As preposterous as it sounds, Neale Donald Walsch sat down one day in 1992 and wrote out some questions that he wanted to ask God. To his surprise, he got some answers.
Meet Neale Donald Walsch
According to the information on the book’s dust jacket, “Neale Donald Walsch lives with his wife, Nancy, at a retreat site they have founded in the woodlands of southern Oregon. Together they have formed ReCreation, an organization whose goal is to give people back to themselves. Walsch is continually touring the country, answering requests for lectures, and hosting workshops to support and spread the messages contained in Conversations with God.”
Follow this link to read the book – http://www.universe-people.com/english/svetelna_knihovna/htm/en/en_kniha_conversations_with_god_1.htm
The Dialogue Begins…
“I have heard the crying of your heart. I have seen the searching of your soul. I know how deeply you have desired the Truth. In pain have you called out for it, and in joy. Unendingly have you beseeched Me. Show Myself. Explain Myself. Reveal Myself.
“I am doing so here. In terms so plain, you cannot misunderstand. In language so simple, you cannot be confused. In vocabulary so common, you cannot get lost in the verbiage.” (from the back cover)
Would that we all could have a conversation as clear as this.
From the Introduction, Walsch adds “My life would have probably been easier if I had kept all of this quiet. Yet that wasn’t the reason it happened to me. And whatever inconveniences the book may cause me (such as being called a blasphemer, a fraud, a hypocrite for not having lived these truths in the past, or — perhaps worse — a holy man), it is not possible for me to stop the process now. Nor do I wish to. I have had my chances to step away from this whole thing, and I haven’t taken them. I’ve decided to stick with what my instincts are telling me, rather than what much of the world will tell me, about the material here.”
Walsch began this section (near the middle of his book in Chapter 5) with a discussion over the best spiritual path to follow in order to ‘find God’, as many might call it. God’s answer began with this idea: “Every heart which earnestly asks, Which is the path to God? is shown. Each is given a heartfelt Truth. Come to Me along the path of your heart, not through the journey of your mind. You will never find Me in your mind. In order to truly know God, you have to be out of your mind.”
I will limit the quotations from this book to one that appears on pages 96 and 97 of the book. We all know the Ten Commandments off by heart. In the spirit of understanding, God said:
“And I came to Moses, even as I have come to you now, with a divine covenant — an everlasting promise — a sure and certain commitment. ‘How can I be sure?’ Moses asked plaintively. ‘Because I have told you so,’ I said.‘You have the Word of God.’
“And the Word of God was not a commandment, but a covenant. These, then are the…
“You shall know that you have taken the path to God, and you shall know that you have found God, for there will be these signs, these indications, these changes in you:
1. You shall love God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul. And there shall be no other God set before Me. No longer will you worship human love, or success, money, or power, nor any symbol thereof. You will set aside these things as a child sets aside toys. Not because they are unworthy, but because you have outgrown them.
“And, you shall know you have taken the path to God because:
2. You shall not use the name of God in vain. Nor will you call upon Me for frivolous things. You will understand the power of words, and of thoughts, and you would not think of invoking the name of God in an unGodly manner. You shall not use My name in vain because you cannot. For My name — the Great ‘I Am’ — is never used in vain (that is, without result), nor can it ever be. And when you have found God, you shall know this.
“And, I shall give you these other signs as well:
3. You shall remember to keep a day for Me, and you shall call it holy. This, so that you do not long stay in your illusion, but cause yourself to remember who and what you are. And then shall you call every day the Sabbath, and every moment holy.
“4. You shall honor your mother and your father — and you will know that you are the Son of God when you honor your Father/Mother God in all that you say or do or think. And even as you so honor the Mother/Father God, and your father and mother on Earth (for they have given you life), so, too, will you honor everyone.
“5. You know you have found God when you observe that you will not murder (that is, wilfully kill, without cause). For while you will understand that you cannot end another’s life in any event (all life is eternal), you will not choose to terminate any particular incarnation, nor change any life energy from one form to another, without the most sacred justification. Your new reverence for life will cause you to honor all life forms — including plants, trees and animals — and to impact them only when it is for the highest good.
“And these others signs will I send you also, that you may know you are on the path:
6. You will not defile the purity of love with dishonesty or deceit, for this is adulterous. I promise you, when you have found God, you shall not commit this adultery.
“7. You will not take a thing that is not your own, nor cheat, nor connive, nor harm another to have any thing, for this would be to steal. I promise you, when you have found God, you shall not steal.
“Nor shall you…
8. Say a thing that is not true, and thus bear false witness.
“Nor shall you…
9. Covet your neighbor’s spouse, for why would you want your neighbor’s spouse when you know all others are your spouse?
“10. Covet your neighbor’s goods, for why would you want your neighbor’s goods when you know that all goods can be yours, and all your goods belong to the world?
“You will know that you have found the path to God when you see these signs. For I promise that no one who truly seeks God shall any longer do these things. It would be impossible to continue such behaviors.
“These are your freedoms, not your restrictions. These are my commitments, not my commandments. For God does not order about what God has created — God merely tells God’s children: this is how you will know that you are coming home.”
It has been very difficult to reconcile our experience of the God of the Old Testament with Jesus’ Father in the New Testament. They seemed to be like night and day to our understanding. Now it feels like the ‘two are now One’ again. To say that this book is filled with Wisdom of many varieties is an understatement; the Word of God may have a new example for all of us to read. See if you agree.
If anything, this book has helped me to come back to my own Truth: I am a Child of the Universe.
And if you think that all of this ‘finding God’ business is only serious and hard work, here is a quote from the Introduction — God’s words written by Neale Donald Walsch, like all the rest:
“I talk to everyone. All the time. The question is not to whom do I talk, but who listens?”
Photo credits: Neale Donald Walsch courtesy of wikipedia
Conversation with God cover courtesy of amazon.com
Ten Commandments courtesy of quietmike.org