Before starting Conversations with God, I was hesitant, curious and excited at the same time. Hesitant because I was unsure how someone would write down a ‘conversation’ with God and stay believable. Curious because I had heard so many people talk about it. Excited because I finally wanted to know what it is all about.
The First Impression
It took me a little while to really get into the book to be honest. To start with, it felt a bit weird and did not quite grab me the way I thought it would straight away. Instead, the book seemed to make more sense to me the further I read into it. In my opinion, it got better and better as the pages went on. I like the style it is written in and that it actually looks like a dialogue. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed Neale’s critical voice that comes up in between. His questioning what is going on and self-doubt makes the dialogue a lot more real, honest and captivating.
What’s It All About?
So what is actually talked about? Well, Neale is asking all the big questions. Why is there so much suffering on earth? What about heaven and hell? Do we live multiple lives? What is the purpose of life? How can we have meaningful relationships? These are only a few examples.
One after the other, God starts answering them, but not quite in the way we may expect. ‘God’ in this sense does not refer to any specific religion or belief, but is a lot bigger than that. And his answers are thought-provoking, meaningful and have the potential to be life-changing. We come to know that a lot of the things we are taught in life (life is about discovering ourselves, we are here to learn as much as we possibly can, we cannot change our reality) are not actually true. What is so fantastic about the book is that it manages to give you a new perspective on life without necessarily trying to. It’s just a conversation – but at the same time so much more than that.
Thoughts & Creation
Without giving too much away, the book mainly focuses on explaining how we can use our thoughts to change our reality. In essence, our reality and everything in it should be an expression of who we are. Everything we do, say or own should be in alignment with our values, wishes and our soul. If we notice that something in our life (what we eat and wear, where we work, who we spend our time with etc.) does not fully express who we are, God prompts us to change it and establish a new reality:
” If there is some aspect of creation you find you do not enjoy, bless it and simply change it. Choose again. Call forth a new reality. Think a new thought. Say a new word. Do a new thing. Do this magnificently and the rest of the world will follow you.” (p.92)
In creating a new reality, we as humans have immense power. Before reading the book, I have never thought about it that way, but everything we see in the world was once someone’s idea. A street sign, a piece of furniture, a restaurant, a piece of clothing, a business. No matter what we look at, somebody thought about it. Designed it. Created it. Brought it to life. Called forth a new reality. Pretty amazing.
Moving From Fear to Love
This also means that we can change bad things happening in this world by being creative and initiating new ways until they represent who we are inside. Neale Donald Walsch writes that all human actions are always motivated by either fear or love – nothing else. If we are motivated by fear, we need to aim to change it. Because if something represents who we are, we will always have love as a driving force. We then always ask: What would love do now?
Actions are Words Moving
The author also makes it very clear that although changing our thought patterns and imagining the world in the way we would like to see it is vital, it is only the first step to a new reality. Once ideas are formed in our head, we need to voice them them and then get them moving with our actions. Only then can we create ourselves anew.
“Now having seen the differences between where you are and where you want to be, begin to change – consciously change – your thoughts, words, and actions to match your grandest vision.” (p.77)
This sounds a lot easier than it is – but it is really the only option we have if we aim to fulfil our life’s purpose.
The Question of Right & Wrong
Another important aspect discussed by Walsch is the questions whether situations and decisions in life are right or wrong. He writes that the question often does not really matter as there is no right or wrong as such. There is only what is real. The reality we have created. Rather than asking if something is right or wrong, we should ask if our decision paints a portrait of who we are. He also believes that there is no incorrect path for us in life “as on this journey you cannot ‘not get’ where you are going.” (p.104)
It made me feel quite good to read this as I am often wondering whether I am going in the right direction, whether it is all worth it etc. So it is good to know that no matter what I do I cannot really miss what I am here for – unless I pay no attention to myself or never turn my ideas into thoughts, words and actions.
In summary, I would recommend reading Conversations with God to anyone looking for more direction and self-fulfilment in life. Believe me, you don’t have to be religious in any form to make sense of the book or to grasp the deeper meaning of it. It is about finding your purpose in life and understanding why some things on earth are the way they are. Also, it is quite funny at points, e.g. when God explains how ridiculous the man-made concept of heaven and hell is.
I hope you are brave enough to start your own journey of creating and re-creating yourself anew. Remember, everything was once someone’s idea and there is no reason why you should not be able to add your own mark to the world. Or as Neale Donald Walsch would put it:
“There is nothing you cannot be, there is nothing you cannot do. There is nothing you cannot have.” (p.44)
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Lots of love ♥