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Neale Donald Walsch. Author: Conversations with God.

If a spaceship from the outer reaches of the galaxy landed on Earth in the next two months, and its occupants climbed out and presented Earthlings with a list of secrets—a simple formula—for making life finally work on this planet without violence, killing, and war, without turmoil, pain, and suffering, without want, lack, and despair, do you think we would be wise to look it over? Even if it contradicted everything we knew to be true or thought to be so? What if we thought that this list of secrets, this simple formula, came to humanity directly from God? Would it bear at least a glance—even if it did contradict all that we imagine ourselves to understand about life and how it works? What if such a document came simply from the Mind of Man? Would it be worth the smallest number of moments, if only to be sure that we should not be dismissing it out of hand? What makes an observation about our species authoritative? What makes it worth at least exploring and examining, if not completely embracing?

This is a question I have been asking myself for nearly twenty years, as the author of the nine-volume Conversations with God series. That series covered well over 3,000 pages and contained many life-altering concepts that millions of people said have brought immediate improvement to their daily experience.
Why, then, hasn’t the whole of humanity—or at least a larger portion of our species—latched on to these ideas, and implemented them in their lives? It’s not as if what we are doing right now is working so well that we don’t need suggestions.

Even a casual observer can see that not one of the systems, institutions, and devices that our species has put into place on this planet to “create a better life for all” is functioning in a way that generates that outcome. Our political systems clearly are not working. Our economic systems clearly are not working. Our ecological systems clearly are not working. Our educational systems clearly are not working. Our health care systems clearly are not working. Our social systems clearly are not working. Our spiritual systems clearly are not working.
None of the systems we have created are producing the outcomes that were intended. They’re actually producing exactly the opposite.

I should think suggestions are certainly welcome. The problem is, most people don’t like to hear suggestions that directly confront or run counter to their most sacred beliefs. Science and medicine and technology have all produced the breathtaking advances with which they have gifted the human race, only because they have been willing to do what religion has consistently, staunchly, and stubbornly refused to do: question the prior assumption.

We keep trying to solve the world’s problems at every level, except the level at which the problems exist. We keep approaching them as if they were political problems, economic problems, or even military problems. The problems facing humanity today are spiritual problems, and they can only be solved by taking a long, hard look at what it is we all believe.

Beliefs create behaviors, and the dysfunctional behaviors of the human race, observable everywhere every day, are the product of our non-workable beliefs. Chief among these is the belief in separation, which has arisen out of our ancient Separation Theologies. This is a way of looking at God that insists that we are “over here” and God is “over there.”

The problem with a Separation Theology is that it produces a Separation Cosmology, a way of looking at all of life that says that everything is separate from everything else. A Separation Cosmology produces a Separation Psychology, a psychological viewpoint that says that I am over here and you are over there. A Separation Psychology produces a Separation Sociology, a way of socializing with each other that encourages the entire human society to act as separate entities serving their own separate interests. A Separation Sociology produces a Separation Pathology, pathological behaviors of self-destruction, engaged in individually and collectively, and producing suffering, conflict, violence, and death by our own hands.

This sequence has been observable everywhere on our planet throughout human history. It is time to end the sequence. But that is going to take a great deal of bravery—the kind of bravery that is required to look at what our cultural story has told us about ourselves, about life, and about God, and the kind of courage that is required to explore new ideas about these things, ideas so antithetical to our current understandings that they might feel as if they have come from some civilization from outer space—or from an even Higher Source.

To encourage such a global discussion, I have taken the 3,000 pages of the Conversations with God books and reduced their revolutionary concepts to what I consider to be the twenty-five most important messages about God, Life, and ourselves.

I believe that these twenty-five statements—embraced and made functional in our day-to-day lives—could change the world in one generation, eliminating savagery, poverty, and man’s inhumanity to man forever. I put them into a single book, titled What God Said, in which I’ve expanded upon them in-depth, then offered very practical, immediately usable suggestions on how these ideas might be applied in hour-to-hour life. Is this a presumptuous thing to do? There are those who have said so, and I’m not even sure I would argue with them. Yet
someone has to get the conversation going at the next highest level, no?

I hope you’ll join in the discussion. Indeed, I hope you’ll instigate it.

Neale Donald Walsch is the author of twenty-seven books combining modern-day psychology and contemporary spirituality, seven of which have made the New York Times bestseller list. His new book, What God Said, will be published in October 2013. Join in the discussion at theglobalconversation.com.


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