What I see is that as we try to solve our problems we keep coming from the same place; we keep starting our thinking in the exact same spot: We need to get off the wheel. The idea of The Conversations Movement is to do just that. Our job now, our opportunity, our exciting task is to place before the world a set of ideas from which a brand new discussion may begin. Then readers from all over the planet can offer their thoughts and their ideas. And it will offer humanity such a fresh new beginning, with inspired input from people of every nation, that this new start will launch a new era.
A new start…to launch a new era. Out of the 3, pages in the Conversations with God dialogues, one idea, in particular, jumped out at me. I knew as soon as I heard it that it was revolutionary. If adopted, it would turn everything, everything , around. Talk about giving us a new start!
God invited—dared, actually—every minister, every priest, every rabbi, every ulama, every political party, every head of state, every corporate executive, every leader in every area of life, to stand behind every pulpit, every political convention podium, every lectern, every desk in every classroom, and share a New Gospel. God also predicted that none of those people, none of them , would do it. Not a pope, not a president, not a prime minister, not a chief ulama, not a head of any political party, and certainly not a classroom teacher… no one would do it.
Because this is not something that in our present society we would not dare to teach our children. It is not something we would dare tell our congregations. But if its message were embraced by the world, that world would be magnificently altered. The New Gospel proposed by Conversations with God is…. We are all one. Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way. Especially the last part. Is that a fair question? So let me answer it by saying that the problem with people speaking out their deepest convictions is not the speaking out itself, but the implied message that is often not-too-well hidden beneath those convictions—which is that they are absolutely right; that their way is the best way.
Can it not be simply another picture? Another expression of beauty? You are all flowers in the Garden of the Gods. Shall we turn the garden under because one is no more beautiful than another? You have done exactly that. Shall we decline to play the music because one note is no more crucial than another? And of course we want to implement the best idea. Will you excuse me for bringing a bit of old-fashioned wisdom here?
So the New Gospel is a different way of going forward. This is an exploration, not a declaration; an invitation, not a proclamation; a observation, not a notification. Our gentle observation is this: And then we ask a gentle question: Is it necessary for us to continue with it? So my answers are next. Decide what you want is to truly know and experience yourself as who you really are. Repeat it often to others…and invite others to repeat it often to even more. And remember these answers are only my answers. I can only share with you what I feel my soul saying to me. How is it possible for 6.
Some people have said this situation exists because not all people do want the same thing. I disagree with this. I believe that at the heart of every person, every person is wonderful. They want all of these things just the way all of us do, but they feel that life, or some condition in life, is not allowing them to have them.
So they become…how to put it…. This does not justify or condone actions that harm or destroy—but it does explain them. I believe that people who get fighting mad could be asked a single question that might diffuse their anger, and the violent eruptions that too often spring from it. How is it possible that an entire world full of people cannot get what they collectively insist they want? Their model of the world does not allow it. I hate to keep harping on this, but the point must be made indelibly: The majority of people have refused to let go of this story even though it has been proven to be not only ineffective , but actually self-destructive , as humanity has struggled for millennia to find a way to live in peace and harmony.
It will make you feel incredible by allowing you to notice how much of what is really good in another you are actually be able to see an acknowledge once you get your judgment even just a little out of the way. The second of the Seven Simple Questions always seems rhetorical to me. To declare that we understand everything about God and life is sheer folly.
Clearly, there is an information gap here. Clearly, all the data is not in. Yet some people believe that we have all the information that we need to live a completely and fruitful life. Well, now that depends upon to whom one is speaking. Many say, the New Testament. Others say, no, in the Mishna. Others say, the Talmud. Others, the Rig Veda. Others, the Mahabharta and the Ramayana. Others, the Tao-te Ching. Others, The Master of Huai-nan.
Others, the Pali Canon. Others, the Book of Mormon. Well, the point is, many people believe that Direct Revelation—that is, God speaking directly to Man—is found in the Holy Scriptures with which they feel most comfortable. This makes it a little bit difficult for humans to find out what it is they may not fully understand about God and about life, because the words found in books other than those of our own spiritual tradition are considered to be inaccurate. And books such as Conversations with God?
Since speaking directly to the source of their religion, the faithful declare, God has come down with a very bad case of celestial laryngitis. No more speaking directly to humans is being done. Still, none of this is problematical, right? Because we know all that we need know, yes? We know enough to be able to create the collective and individual life of which humanity has long dreamed, do we not? No, we do not. There is still something we do not fully understand…the understanding of which would change everything.
When I was a young man there was a saying: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? But it takes such courage to admit even that , much less to offer some suggestions on what the missing data may be , that the question has effectively been closed for most religions—and therefore, by extension, for most of humanity. So here is the irony: And to most people the idea that one person or two, a small collection or a little group here or there, may in fact have come to discover something more , or new, is absolute anathema.
We do not and cannot seem to behold the miracle of love. I mean, true love. We therefore eliminate from our own good use anything and everything having to do with extra-sensory perception, mind fields, creative imagery, psychic insight, dream work, positive thinking, or any other non-measurable, inexplicable phenomena. Let us say that you experience yourself wanting something desperately. Did you know that if you keep saying to yourself I want that! And that this announcement produces your continuing reality? Your Word Has Creative Power.
This is because the universe has only one response in its vocabulary: It listens to you very carefully, and it listens most of all to what you are feeling. The Engine of Creation is actually a magnet. We are talking about power here. The power of a magnet. Remember that a feeling is energy, and in the matter of energy, Like Attracts Like. If it were not, if the process was not always working, you could have a single very positive thought about something and that outcome would be made manifest in your reality without fail.
But the process works all the time, not just part of the time, and is fed by that which you feel most deeply, most consistently. So a single very positive thought in a whirlwind of not-so-positive ideas and projections is not likely to produce the desired result. The trick is to stay positive in a sea of negativity. The trick is to know that the process is working even when it looks as if it is not. That is what we are talking about right here, in this conversation. That is what will turn this storm front around. I have given you just one example above. Does it make complete and total sense for humanity to have a conversation about this?
Of course it does. See how this lines up with what you were taught as a child or came to understand through the common culture. Promise yourself to actually make a study of it in the next year. Twelve months from today, add this to your discussions with others about the Seven Simple Questions. Always the toughest and most significant questions get back to us; to ourselves; to that person in the mirror. We can externalize life all that we want to as long as we want, but at the end of the day, when the head hits the pillow, it comes down once again to The One Behind The Closed Eyes.
These observations, by the way, have applied to me. That is why I can offer this answer with such articulation. I am very clear what I have not understood, and that there is still so much, much more to understand. I did not understand until I turned 50 that the entire purpose of my life was to recreate myself anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever I held about Who I Am.
I did not know that every act is an act of self-definition. You think your life is about you. I was made to understand that my life had nothing to do with me, but rather, with everyone whose life I touched—and with how I touched them. I wished someone had told me this 30 years earlier…. A sacred aspect of The Sacred Itself. I thought I was nothing, smaller than a piece of dust in the cosmic sky. Then I discovered Who I Really Am—who we all are—and what we are all doing here, and everything shifted in my life. I found that earlier in my life I knew nothing of the real truths of life.
I thought it was about get the car, get the girl, get a job, get the diploma, get the spouse, get the kids, get the house, get the raise, get the better car, get the better job, get the bigger house, get the gray hair, get the grandkids, get the office on the top floor in the corner, get the retirement watch, get the pension, get the cruise tickets, get the apartment that replaces the house, get the illness, get the sympathy, and get the hell out.
Now I know better.
Are there things that most of us do not understand about ourselves and about who we are, the understanding of which would alter our lives forever for the better? Of course there are. Determine this moment to begin spending 20 minutes a day with your soul. Use the guidelines toward the end of this book as a means of creating that experience, or any other tools that you wish, but promise yourself to do it.
Sooner or later in our lives we have to make a major decision about the most important question in life: What is our actual identity? Are we the physical manifestation of a biological incident, or are we something greater, something more, something other than a mere mammal? As I observe it, I have a couple of choices when it comes to how I think of myself. If I see myself as a Chemical Creature I would see myself as having no more connection to the Larger Processes of Life than any other chemical or biological life form.
Like all the others, I would be impacted by life, but could have very little impact on life. Further, as a Chemical Creature I would see myself as having very limited ability to create an intentioned response to the events and conditions of life. I would see myself as a creatures of habit and instinct, with only those resources that my biology brings me.
I would see myself as having more resources than a turtle, because my biology has gifted me with more. I would see myself as having more resources than a butterfly, because my biology has gifted me with more. I would see myself as having more resources than an ape or a dolphin but, in those cases, perhaps not all that many more , because my biology has gifted me with more.
Yet that is all I would see myself as having in terms of resources. If I saw myself as a Spiritual Being, I would see myself as having powers and abilities far beyond those of a simple Chemical Creature; powers that transcend basic physicality and its laws. I would understand that these powers and abilities give me collaborative control over the exterior elements of my Individual and Collective Life and complete control over the interior elements—which means that I have total ability to create my own reality, because my reality has nothing to do with producing the exterior elements of my life and everything to do with how I respond to the elements that have been produced.
Also, as a Spiritual Being, I would know that I am here on the earth, that is for a spiritual reason. This is a highly focused purpose and has little to do directly with my occupation or career, my income or possessions or achievements or place in society, or any of the exterior conditions or circumstances of my life. I would know that my purpose has to do with my interior life —and that how well I do in achieving my purpose may very often have an effect on my exterior life.
For the interior life of each individual cumulatively produces the exterior life of the collective. That is, those people around you, and those people who are around those people who are around you. It is in this way that you, as a Spiritual Being, participate in the evolution of your species. My answer to Question 4: Each part of my tri-part being has a function and a purpose. As I come to understand each of those functions, each aspect of me begins to more efficiently serve its purpose in my life.
I am an individuation of Divinity, an expression of God, a singularization of The Singularity. There is no separation between me and God, nor is their any difference, except as to proportion. Put simply, God and I are one. This brings up an interesting question. I am rightly accused of heresy? Are people who believe that they are divine nothing but raving lunatics?
Are they, worse yet, apostates? So I did a little research. I wanted to find out what religious and spiritual sources had to say on the subject. According to Buddhism there ultimately is no such thing as a self independent from the rest of the universe the doctrine of anatta. Also, if I understand certain Buddhist schools of thought correcting, humans return to earth in subsequent lifetimes in one of six forms, the last of which are called Devas…which is variously translated as Gods or Deities.
Which would make me…well… God. Do you wish or need more? You might find it instructive and fascinating to go to Wikipedia, the source to which I owe my appreciation for much of the above information. As well, read the remarkable books of Huston Smith, 91 years of age at this writing and a globally honored professor of religion.
Among titles of his that I most often recommend: Our Great Wisdom Traditions , , rev. So…that is my answer to the fourth question. I am an out-picturing of the Divine. I am God in human form. So too, of course, are we all. Not once, but every day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night, for one year solid.
Look at the question and give yourself the answer that feels true for you in that moment. Do not tailor the answer to what you think an enlightened being would say. Let your answer be your truth. After discussing the Three Persistent Questions, gently invite the exploration into a look at this most profound inquiry.
My answer is that I am on the Eternal Journey of the Soul. I am moving on that journey from the Realm of the Spiritual to the Realm of the Physical to the Realm of the Virtual in a continuing cycle. The Realm of the Spiritual is the realm of the absolute, where everything exists in its absolute state. In this realm there is only Love, it is always Now, and there is only Here. In truth, it is but a part of heaven. This realm may also be called the Realm of Knowing, because everything that is, is utterly and completely known.
The Realm of the Physical is the realm of the relative, where things exist relative to other things. Here there is up and down, big and small, fast and slow, hot and cold, here and there, before and after, male and female, and an entire universe of what appear to be dualities but are really triads—more on this later! This realm may also be called the Realm of Experiencing, because the soul places itself here in order to experience, in relative terms, what it knows itself to be absolutely.
That is, exactly as on a computer, we are making it all up. God is the Great Maker-Upper. Or, if you prefer more respectful and reverent language…God is the Creator. I am, right now, in the Realm of the Physical. Nor it is a school, where I must make passing grades. There is nothing for me to learn, there is only for me to remember. Everything I needed to know I knew when I arrived here. It is part of my cellular encoding. The year-old tree outside my window knows nothing more now about how to be a tree than it knew when it was a seedling, no bigger than the nail on my little fi nger.
All it has done is grow into itself, becoming more of what it always was. Nor is this place where I am a testing ground, where I am put through my paces to make sure I am up to snuff. I was perfect when I arrived here, I am perfect in this moment, and I will ever and always be perfect through the entirety of my eternal and everlasting life. This place called Earth is simply and magnificently a place where I am able, because of its relative environment, to experience in lifetime after lifetime any and every aspect of God that it brings me joy to express in me, through me, as me.
There is nothing I have to do, nowhere I have to go, and no way I have to be except exactly the way I am being right now. My happiness is knowing this, my joy is expressing it, my bliss is experiencing it. These three realms—this whole construction, if you will—was given to me in my conversations with God. There is obviously much more to explain about all of this. I am skimming the surface here, because to go much deeper would be to fill two books. I went this far because I felt it was only fair to offer the answers to these questions that have emerged through me and in me as a result of my own soul searching—and my direct questioning of God.
Not everyone would come up with the same answers even if they, too, questioned God. I am clear that God speaks to each of us in the language and using the terms and offering the analogies and illustrations that God knows will best allow us to understand with our finite minds the infinite reality. For now, let me end my answer to question 5 with this: We are not really journeying anywhere. Yet even the placing of attention implies the existence of time, because the placing of attention on this or that appears to be a sequential activity.
I assure you, however, that there is no such thing as Time as we commonly understand it, and that we have all of our attention on all of our creation in all of the spaces of All Of It all the time. My thought is that I am in the Realm of the Physical, or what may also be called the Realm of the Relative, because I desire a Contextual Field within which to Experience what I Know of myself, and to experience it fully.
I cannot experience who I am in the Realm of the Spiritual because there, there is nothing I am not.
And in the absence of what I am not, what I am…is not. That is, it is not experienceable. The light cannot be experienced without the darkness. Only in the presence of the thing called Small can the thing called Big be experienced. The cycle of my eternal journey, from the Realm of the Virtual to the Realm of the Spiritual to the Realm of the Physical, then returning to the Realm of Virtual, where the cycle begins all over again, has a purpose.
In simple terms and these are simple terms , God is growing—becoming more of Itself—through this process. God IS this process. That is, God is the Process Itself…and the result of it. The Alpha and the Omega.
The Beginning and The End. There is no Time and there is no Space. Therefore, there is no time in which to grow, and no space into which to grow. The Cycle of Life is therefore occurring simultaneously everywhere. This is called Evolution. Stated simply, this was accomplished by The Whole by dividing but not separating itself from Itself, re-creating Itself in smaller and finite form. Let me see if I can illustrate this. Hold a DVD of your favorite movie in your hand. Notice that the entire movie exists on the disc.
When you put the DVD into a player and watch the story unfold, you know at some level that everything has already happened. Everything that ever was, is now, and ever will be…is now. My answer may not be yours. But I am intrigued by this from Shakespeare:. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5. My idea is that I intend to keep myself aware that I am engaging in the Process of God. God is a Process. You are engaged in that Process now. I have always been, and I always will be.
This is Nirvana, this is Pure be Bliss. Here in the Realm of the Physical I am producing and then living within a Contextual Field in order that Experience may occur. The Experience I choose. I make this choice by my co-creation of, and my response to, the Contextual Field, and my decision with regard to it. It is up to me. The process by which I experience what I came to physicality to experience is a process of increasing my awareness of the Process Itself.
It invites me to Master the Moment. I can do this by moving into each moment deciding ahead of time what I Intend to Express. I am inviting myself not to live my life as an experience of reaction, nor even as an experience of creation, but as an experience of intention, producing the expression of Divinity. This is what I call fulfillment.
In truth I cannot create anything, because everything has already been created. I am wasting my time trying to create something. When I am trying to create peace, security, opportunity, prosperity, happiness, and love, I am in the sandbox, playing with toys. I did not come here for that. I came here to experience my Self as Who I Really Am; to express through me, as me, an aspect of Divinity—and to re-create myself anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever I held about Who I Am. When I do that, all those other things I was trying to produce in my life come to me without effort.
I could, of course, be wrong about all of this. But my experience has shown otherwise—and I have not found a more inspiring or a more exciting way to live. That is what makes this a paradise. You would have to adopt a new perspective—the perspective of the soul, on why things are happening the way they are happening, what the purpose of every event is, and how we can put those events to that purpose in a meaningful way.
Bless those experiences and circumstances and forgive yourself for ever having been them wrong, or not okay with you if, in fact, you ever did. Embrace them now in your heart as the gifts that each of them were and are. And if they truly came from God, should they not be dictums? First, God does not lay down dictums. That would violate the first condition of life, which is Freedom.
Or, as some religions have labeled it: Freedom is a fundamental condition, it is an Isness , which God never would or could overrule or dismiss. God cannot overrule an Isness because God Is the Isness. God IS Freedom; the perfect expression of that. So the last thing God could or would do is demand something or require something or force something. The very reason that most of the ideas that most of the religions have put into most the world have not worked is that most of those religions have declared most of their ideas to be Right and Best.
Nothing stops humanity from adopting an idea faster than being told that the idea dare not be opposed, because it is Right and Best. But the fact that I believe in them does not translate in my mind into a requirement that you should believe in them. This is the problem with most religions. The purpose of proposing of an idea should be simply that. To propose it, not to impose it. If they simply proposed rather than imposed , there would be no problem.
There also would not have been the Crusades, the jihads, the ethnic cleansings, and the countless other horror-ridden and totally unacceptable tactics by means of which, throughout history, one group has sought to overlay its views and ideas on another. As you surely know, litmus is a dye obtained from certain lichens that is red under acid conditions and blue under alkaline conditions. So…if you live in the U. If you live somewhere else, are you a member of the Red Team conservative or the Blue Team liberal? Be careful of your choice. Be sure about what jersey you put on, because no deviation is permitted in this kind of deeply divisive politics.
Individual thinking by members of a group or party is not allowed. Of course I would like humanity to seriously consider the ideas here, and maybe even adopt a few of them, but I believe that the simple proposing of the ideas should be enough.
If they have true merit, the benefit of adopting and embracing them will be self-apparent. If not, the ideas should be dismissed. People may read these and stamp them Rejected. The choice is always theirs. That exploration alone, that single, civil conversation, can affect a great deal. I believe that we are just one conversation from paradise.
I want paradise for you. I want you to know peace and joy in your life. I wish that for all of us. For your children and for mine. So my yearning for this future has taken on a very poignant energy for me today. I touched on this ever so briefly at the very outset of our time together here. I said that I just wanted to look at it quickly and then get to solutions fast.
But now I want to expand on what I said then, as I promised that I would do. The situation we find ourselves in as we move more deeply into the 21 st Century is that we are coming up with the wrong medicine for the wrong illness. What we think is wrong with us is not wrong with us, so what we hope is the solution is not the solution. The biggest difficulty in the world today is that we continue trying to solve our problems at every level except the level at which the problems exist.
We hold discussions, we write laws, we pass legislation and adopt resolutions in every local, national, regional, and global language and assembly we can think of to try to solve the problem with words— but it does not work. Whatever short-term solutions we may create evaporate very quickly, and the problems reemerge. They will not go away. They are economic problems. We throw money at them, or withhold money from them as in the form of sanctions , seeking to solve the problems with cash. But it does not work.
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Whatever short-term solutions we may create evaporate very quickly, the problems reemerge. They must be military problems. We throw bullets at them and drop bombs on them, seeking to solve the problems with weapons. And so, having run out of solutions, we declare: No one expected that they could be fixed overnight. This is going to be a long, hard slog. Many lives will be lost in trying to solve these problems. But we are not going to give up. We are going to solve these problems if it kills us.
After a while, however, even primitive beings of very little consciousness become tired of the killing and the dying of their own sons and daughters in battle and their own women and children and elderly in the line of fire. And so, after enough killing has been done with no solution in sight, they say it is time to call a truce and hold peace talks. And the cycle begins again…. We are back to the bargaining table, and back to politicking as a solution. And peace talks often include discussion of reparations and economic recovery.
And so, we are back to money as a solution. And when these solutions fail to work in the long run, we are back to bombs again. And on and on and on it goes, and on and on and on it has gone throughout human history. Only the names of the players have changed, but the game has not. Only primitive cultures and primitive beings do this. I know that you have all heard the definition of insanity.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting to get a different result. I know that you have heard, a hundred times by now, the definition of insanity. Unlimited Power Tony Robbins. Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert. Stillness Speaks Eckhart Tolle. Way of the Superior Man David Deida. The Seat of the Soul Gary Zukav. Becoming Supernatural Joe Dispenza. Living Your Yoga P. Happiness Beyond Thought Gary Weber. The Last Lecture Randy Pausch. Rise Sister Rise Rebecca Campbell. The Road Less Travelled M.
You Are the Placebo Joe Dispenza. Emotional Alchemy Tara Bennett-Goleman. Other books in this series. About Neale Donald Walsch With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale Donald Walsch spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now-famous Conversation with God series. These books have been translated into 37 languages, touching millions and inspiring important changes in people's day-to-day lives. Seven of his 27 books have reached the New York Times bestsellers list.
Book ratings by Goodreads. Return to Book Page. The Storm Before the Calm: Book 1 in the Conversations with Humanity Series 3. Massive unrest from Tunisia to Egypt to Libya rocked the Arab world and threw the globe into political crisis. All of this, of course, we did notice. What we may have missed was that ancient predictions for this period of time called for exactly this: But Walsch also says there is nothing to fear, advancing an extraordinary explanation for what is happening even now all over the planet.
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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My favorite books are Conversations with God. Storm before the Calm, calls us to take the teachings of the other books, and affect change in Humanity. What humanity has been doing has done nothing little for the human condition because of the way we view the world - through the physical and mental and not spiritual. Very deep book actually and one I will want to read again. Feeling personal responsibility for changing the world is scary but also exciting and adventurous.
I'd like to become close My favorite books are Conversations with God. I'd like to become closer to participating more fully. Then—and more important—he provides a stunning prescription for healing our lives and our world through the answering of seven simple questions, inviting people everywhere to join in an earth-saving exchange at TheGlobalConversation. Compelling and perfectly timed, The Storm Before The Calm answers every question that is worth asking about December, and beyond.
In this book Neale takes us through 28 "Conversations" that he encourages us to carryout with the rest of humanity. Through the website The Global Conversation, he encourages us to create a dialogue. Essentially, the world is evolving and we need to be a part of our own evolution. He brings up 7 Essential Questions that mankind must ask, there is no right or wrong answer, but these questions, according to Neale, will ease our evolution as a part of humanity. How is it possible that 6. Is it possible that there is something we do not fully understand about life, the understanding of which would change everything?
Is it posslble that there is something we do not fully understand about ourselves, about our own life and it's purpose, the understanding of which would shift our reality and alter our experience for the better, forever? Why am I where I am?
All of us can easily see, simply by looking around us, just how bad things have gotten on this planet. And what kinds of people comprise this composite voice? This leads to the final question. When I do that, all those other things I was trying to produce in my life come to me without effort. Enough already with the way things are.
What do I intend to do about that? These are pretty deep questions, and one's that most people shy away from. Neale takes time to provide his answer to each question, and encourages us to take time and come up with our own answers. He also provides action steps to take to bring us closer to revolution and evolution. A few of these are: Spend 20 minutes a day with your soul Create a Seven Questions Discussion Group There are several more, but this is a start.
I feel that this book is important, however, I found some of it to be repetitive and a little dull. I think it's something you would want to read over time, maybe read a few conversations, get involved online, and over time make your way through. Otherwise, it's a little overwhelming, and when things get overwhelming, they also get boring, and then reading them is pointless. Aug 02, Anduin rated it liked it.