The New Revelations
This is the fifth book by Neale Donald Walsch that I’ve read, and I suspect it will be the last. It’s not that I don’t appreciate his message, because I do, it’s just that his method of delivery is suspect. After all, to say that you’re having a ‘conversation with God’ is very presumptuous. At best, you might be talking with your Higher Self, or even the Holy Spirit, but God, as Walsch makes so very clear in the pages of this book, has no need to talk to a human, since there’s nothing He/She wants.
So, that begs the question: who exactly is doing the quoting of those holy scriptures of different faiths from around the world?
Might it not be Walsch himself, using the literary technique of a conversation with his own alter ego, to make spiritual points for his reading audience? Read these two passages for example:
First you must choose to be. You must select yourself. It is a matter of self-selection. You must decide that this is who you are.
Then, you must decide to demonstrate your decision about yourself, every hour of every day. You must understand that every act is an act of self-definition. Everything you think, say, and do defines you, announces your choice about yourself.
Life is a decision conveyor. It conveys to the world the decisions that you’ve made about yourself. It tells people what you’ve decided about who you are, and who they are, and why you are here, and why you think they are here, and what life itself is about.
Those decisions have greater impact than you could ever guess. They touch people in ways that go far beyond what you might have imagined.
Yet it does not begin by trying to change the world. It begins by seeking to change the self. Change the self and your inner world changes. And when your inner world changes, the outer world that you touch changes, little by little. And when the outer world that you touch changes, the world that it touches changes, and the world that it touches. Outward and outward and outward this spreads, like a ripple in a pond.
(Page 67 – The New Revelations: a conversation with God by Neale Donald Walsch – 2002 – Atria Books – New York)
If all it takes is one person to instigate self-destruction, can it not also be one person who inspires self-renewal?
The human race now yearns to renew itself. You can sense this everywhere. You can feel it in the air. All that people are waiting for is someone to stand up and show the way. Someone to get the ball rolling. One person to topple the first domino.
Yet let me make something clear. The era of the Single Savior is over. What is needed now is joint action, combined effort, collective co-creation. What is called for now is not one person only, but a large number of humans willing to be the “one person” in their family, in their community, in their circle of influence, who will take on the task of bringing change right then, right there,
In this context one person can make a huge difference, for it is always one person within a group or cluster who calls forth the highest vision, who models the grandest truth, who inspires and cajoles and agitates and awakens and ultimately produces a contextual field within which collective action is rendered possible and becomes inevitable.
Are you that one person? Do you choose to be an inspiration for all those whose lives you touch?
That is the question your soul asks you now.
(Page 157-8, The New Revelations: a Conversation with God by Neale Donald Walsch – 2002 – Atria Books, New York)
I have to keep in mind that this book was written shortly after 9-11. Islamic terrorists had seemingly hit America where it hurts, in the emotional gut. There is no doubt that Walsch was seeking to understand “WHY?” So were we all. But this dialogue went down some very unsettling avenues of thought.
Religious intolerance is the reason for so much hate in the world. And we quote scripture to justify it: so do Muslims, so do Jews. Can we all be sure that God is on our side, and on every side at the same time? That premise is the basic misconception that this discussion was trying to undo. We have got it wrong, but we don’t want to change our beliefs.
“Could it be that a society that practices violence in order to end violence has something a bit backward?
“That is the problem with many ‘moral ‘ justifications. They can breed insane behaviors. Your planet saw evidence of that on September 11, 2001.
The jury is out: no one knows for sure what is going on here, not even me.
One little doubt keeps niggling away at my consciousness: could this be the work of the Devil?