Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch
by John Peace
There is not enough I can say about Neale Donald Walsch’s series of books, the Conversations With God, other than to some up how I feel about the books as life changing!
My first introduction to Neale Donald Walsch's best-selling trilogy, came from a film I was given which mapped out Neale’s life and experiences running up to his first series of questions he wrote to God.
The Conversations With God film
itself is empowering, yet went nowhere to prepare me for the life changing shift of thought I would have when I read the Conversations With God series.
The first book is tag lined, ‘An Uncommon Dialogue,’ which although accurate in the physical nature of the conversation, I truly believe that this sort of dialogue, is not so uncommon at all. And the longer I read, this God, became more of a familiar voice, and as I rediscovered more about myself, the dialogue became both comfortable and comforting.
Although I have been brought in a very traditional Christian family, there have nevertheless, been many questions that I have had to face regarding my beliefs and faith.
I always held a firm belief in God, yet the rules and guidelines laid down through my experience with religious teachings, often seemed to pose more questions than they answered.
Who was God?
Could there be such a place as Hell?
Why, if gifted with Free Will, would I be punished for exercising it?
It’s fascinating to me that, without exception, religion continues to preach the idea of one God, Unity, yet at the same time teaches us that Good comes from one place and Evil from another, a duality of Heaven and Hell, Good and Evil or God and The Devil. A Universe divided against itself.
That there is a God is difficult to deny, but a God of Vengeance and Hate? A God of Destruction and Rage? Could we truly believe that such a God exists, and keep our sanity?
The most that we can believe about such a God, is that there is no such being.
One of the most reassuring messages that reading these books helped me to remember, was what happened when we die, so I have included a short extract from Book 3 which explains this process, and how this is intricately included in the whole creation process, and our power to create.Neale; Can we talk about this death business for a minute? You said this third book was going to be about higher truths; about universal truths. Well, through all the conversation we’ve had, we haven’t talked that much about death—and what happens after that. Let’s do that now. Let’s get to that.
God; Fine. What do you want to know?
Neale; What happens when you die?
God; What do you choose to have happen?
Neale; You mean that what happens is whatever we choose to have happen?
God; Do you think that just because you’ve died you stop creating?
Neale; I don’t know. That’s why I’m asking You.
God; Fair enough. (You do know, incidentally, but I see you have forgotten—which is great. Everything’s gone according to plan.)
When you die, you do not stop creating. Is that definitive enough for you?
Now the reason you do not stop creating when you die is that you don’t ever die. You cannot.
For you are life itself. And life cannot not be life. Therefore you cannot die.
So, at the moment of your death what happens is... you go on living.
This is why so many people who have “died” do not believe it—because they do not have the experience of being dead. On the contrary, they feel (because they are) very much alive. So there’s confusion.
The Self may see the body lying there, all crumpled up, not moving, yet the Self is suddenly moving all over the place. It has the experience, often, of literally flying all over the room—then of being everywhere in the space, all at once. And when it desires a particular point of view, it suddenly finds itself experiencing that.
If the soul (the name we will now give to the Self) wonders, “Gee, why is my body not moving?” it will find itself right there, hovering right over the body, watching the stillness curiously.
If someone enters the room, and the soul thinks, “Who is that?”—immediately the soul is in front of, or next to, that person.
Thus, in a very short time the soul learns that it can go anywhere—with the speed of its thought.
A feeling of incredible freedom and lightness overtakes the soul, and it usually takes a little while for the entity to “get used to” all this bouncing around with every thought.
If the person had children, and should think of those children, immediately the soul is in the presence of those children, wherever they are. Thus the soul learns that not only can it be wherever it wants with the speed of its thought—it can be in two places at once. Or three places. Or five.
It can exist, observe, and conduct activities in these places simultaneously, without difficulty or confusion. Then it can “rejoin” itself, returning to one place again, simply by refocusing.
The soul remembers in the next life what it would have been well to remember in this life— that all effect is created by thought, and that manifestation is a result of intention.
Neale; What I focus on as my intention becomes my reality.
God; Exactly. The only difference is the speed with which you experience the result. In the physical life there might be a lapse between thought and experience. In the spirit’s realm there is no lapse; results are instantaneous.
Newly departed souls therefore learn to monitor their thoughts very carefully, because whatever they think of, they experience.
I use the word “learn” here very loosely, more as a figure of speech than an actual description. The term remember” would be more accurate.
If physicalized souls learned to control their thoughts as quickly and as efficiently as spiritualized souls, their whole lives would change.
In the creation of individual reality, thought control, or what some might call prayer—is everything.
God; Thought control is the highest form of prayer. Therefore, think only on good things, and righteous. Dwell not in negativity and darkness. And even in moments when things look bleak—especially in those moments—see only perfection, express only gratefulness, and then imagine only what manifestation of perfection you choose next.
In this formula is found tranquility. In this process is found peace. In this awareness is found joy.
I would definitely suggest that you read The Complete Conversations with God
, it certainly helped me believe that our physical experience of now is such a small part of our overall souls experience.