Conversations with God, Book 1
by Neale Donald Walsch
(Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., 1997)
[On September 18, we traded the quotes from Book 2 with the quotes below from Book 1]
The following quotes reflect the mystical teachings of the "New Thought Movement."1 Each is part of a dialogue between author Neale Donald Walsch and a spiritual entity that calls itself "God." The result is a seductive occult message spoken with divine authority.
Apparently, millions of people believe these twisted messages came from God. Thats not surprising, since Walschs books have been listed on the New York Times bestsellers list more than120 weeks. Nor should we expect to be immune to the timeless pattern of deception that caused the decay of ancient Israel. The prophet Jeremiah could well be speaking to us today:
"Hear now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, but you make this people trust in a lie. . . . you have taught rebellion against the LORD." (Jeremiah 28:14-15)
Because these books touch so many lives, and because their message reflects the global and spiritual philosophy of many educators and politicians in this country, we need to discern the source, understand the deception, and heed Gods guidelines:
"As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ." (Colossians 2:6-8)
Viewing the conversations between Walsch and his god from a Christian perspective, I believe that he received the politically correct answers through a blend of two increasingly popular occult practices: channeling and automatic writing. As he explains in Book 2,
"On a blank sheet of paper, I would merely write a question. . . and no sooner was the question written than the answer would form in my head, as if Someone were whispering in my ear. I was taking dictation!"
This "Someone" is acknowledged at the beginning of the book as "That Which Is All Things, and which is the source of all things, including this book." Then Walsch lists other spiritual teachers, "especially angels sent to me by God to bring me a particular message." Finally he thanks the following for "their gifts to me": Ken Keyes, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Carter, Shirley MacLaine, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Hugh Downs, and Gene Roddenberry.
He sends a special thanks to Robert Mueller (sic), "whose work on behalf of world peace has blessed us all, and inspired this planet with new hope and a spectacular vision for over half a century."Lest you think Muller is a minor player on the world stage, know that who served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for more than three decades, worked on a global education program with UNESCO, prepared a World Core Curriculum to change the values of children around the world, and attributes his curriculum to the wisdom of Djwhval Khul, spirit guide to theosophical guru, Alice Bailey.2
CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, Book 1
God: "My most common form of communication is through feeling. Feeling is the language of the soul. (p.3)
NDW: How can I know this communication is from God? How do I know this is not my own imagination?
God: What would be the difference? Do you not see that I could just as easily work through your imagination as anything else? (6)
God: You are always in the process of creating. Every moment . . . . Events, occurrences, happenings, conditions, circumstances all are created out of consciousness. Individual consciousness is powerfuo enough. You can imagine what kind of creative energy is unleashed whenever two or more are gathered in My name. And mass consciousness? Why, that is so powerful it can create events and circumstances of worldwide import and planetary consequences. (35)
The soul is very clear that its purpose is evolution. That is its sole purpose. . . (82)
The highest feeling is the experience of unity with All That Is. This is the great return to Truth for which the soul years. This is the feeling of perfect love. (83)
This alleged state of imperfection in which you are said to come into this world is what your religionists have the gall to call original sin. . . Some of your religions have built up whole theologies around this misconception. . . Yet, in order to justify the idea of a punitive God, your religions needed to create something for me to be angry about.. . . Sop youd better do something about all of this or youll go straight to hell. This, in the end, may do nothing to mollify a weird, vindictive, angry God, but it does give life to weird, vindictive, angry religions. (119-120. See also 136)
Only humans are judgmental, and because you are, you assume that I must be. Yet I am not . (183)
HIGHLY EVOLVED MASTERS
. . . a select few - will return with a different mission. You will return to density and matter for the soul purpose of bringing others out of density and matter. [The same message as in Betty Eadies Embraced by the Light] (184)
Nothing occurs in your life nothing which is not first a thought. Thoughts are like magnets, drawing effects to you. 188
It is very difficult to reverse the effects of negative thinking once they have taken physical form. (189)
RIGHT AND WRONG
NDW: Then the evolutionists are right!
God: I find it amusing that you humans have such a need to break everything down into right and wrong. It never occurs to you that youve made those labels up to help you define the material and your Self. (194)
GOD & MAN
Now Ill explain to you the ultimate mystery: your exact and true relationship to Me. YOU ARE MY BODY. As your body is to your mind and soul, so too, are you to My mind and soul. Therefore: Everything I experience I experience through you. (197)
I am God, as you know understand Him. I am Goddess as you now comprehend Her. I am the Conceiver and the Creator of Everything you now know and experience, and you are My children. . . even as I am the child of another. (197)
God is the energy you call imagination. God is creation. God is first thought. And God is last experience. And God is everything in between. (198)
NDW: Is there such a thing as reincarnation?
God: You have had 647 past lives, since you insist on being exact. This is your 648th. You were everything in them. A king, a queen, a serf . No, there is not such thing as karmic debt not in the sense that you mean You are not obligated to do anything. (204)
Using psychic ability is nothing more than using your sixth sense. Obviously, this is not "trafficking with the devil," or I would not have given this sense to you. And, of course, there is no devil with whom to traffic. (205)
NDW: Is sex okay?
God: Of course sex is "okay." Play with sex. Play with it! Its wonderful fun. (205)
Sex is sacred, too But joy and sacredness do mix (they are in fact the same thing) You have repressed sex, even as you have repressed life, rather than fully Self expressing with abandon and joy. You have shamed sex, even as you have shamed life, calling it evil and wicked, rather than the highest gift and the greatest pleasure. 207
The energy that which underscores sex is the energy which underscores life 207
Call on Me, therefore, wherever and whenever you are separate from the peace that I am. I will be there. With truth. And Light. And love. (211)