A NOTE FROM NEALE: For the next several months this space will be used to explore — one-by-one — the messages, metaphysical principles, and spiritual meaning of the material found in the 3,000+ pages of the Conversations with God dialogues. This series of observations and interpretations is offered with my continuing disclaimer: I could be wrong about all of this.
CWG Explored/Installment #2:
I believe that the idea that everything in separate from everything else is the greatest obstacle to the rapid expansion of human potential and the rapid forward movement of human evolution.
Right now most people who believe in God — and that is by far the largest number of people on this planet — still embrace a Separation Theology. This is a way of looking at God which declares that we are “over here” and God is “over there.”
This would not matter if it began and ended there, but the problem with a Separation Theology is that it produces too often in too many people a Separation Cosmology. That is, a way of looking at all of life that says that everything is separate from everything else.
This wouldn’t be so bad if it was just a point of view, but the problem is that a Separation Cosmology produces too often in too many people a Separation Psychology. That is, a psychological viewpoint that says that I am over here and you are over there.
This would also be something we could live with if that was all there was to it, but the problem is that a Separation Psychology produces too often in too many people a Separation Sociology. That is, a way of socializing with each other that encourages everyone within human society to act as separate entities serving their own separate interests.
Now we’ve entered into truly dangerous territory, because a Separation Sociology envitably produces too often in too many people a Separation Pathology. That is, pathological behaviors of self-destruction, engaged in individually and collectively, and producing suffering, conflict, violence, and death by our own hands—evidenced everywhere on our planet throughout human history.
I believe that only when our Separation Theology is replaced by a Oneness Theology will our pathology be healed. A Oneness Theology recognizes that we have been differentiated from God, but not separated from God, even as the ﬁngers on our hand are differentiated but not separated from the hand itself.
We are being invited to understand that all of Life is One Thing. This is the first step. It is the jumping-oﬀ point. It is the beginning of the end of how things now are. It is the start of a new creation, of a new tomorrow. It is the New Cultural Story of Humanity.
It is my thought that oneness is not a characteristic of life. Life is a characteristic of oneness. I believe that this is what we have not understood about our existence on Earth, the understanding of which would change everything. Life is the expression of oneness Itself. God is the expression of Life Itself. God and Life are one. You are a part of Life. You do not and cannot stand outside of it. Therefore you are a part of God. It is a circle. It cannot be broken.
I believe that when we begin acting in harmony with this truth, our entire experience of Life will be altered forever. There will, in fact, be war no more. Violence in all forms will disappear. Depravity and insufficiency will end. Abject suffering and poverty will vanish. Cruelty will become unthinkable, insufficiency insupportable, indignity unacceptable, starvation impossible, and intolerance intolerable. We will have civilized civilization at last.
Note from Neale: For the next several months my blog will be used to explore — one-by-one — the messages, metaphysical principles, and spiritual meaning of the material found in the 3,000+ pages of the Conversations with God dialogues. This series of observations and interpretations is offered with my continuing disclaimer: I could be wrong about all of this.
CWG Explored/Installment #1:
We begin at the beginning.
There is something more going on here than meets the eye.
We are living in a system far more complex, far more magnificent, far more organized, far more intricate, far more directed, and far more usable than most people on Earth imagine.
It is precisely because most people on Earth do not imagine this to be true that our species is living the way it is living, with the largest percentage of us suffering hardships and facing challenges that no Enlightened Species should or would ever have to encounter.
It is incomprehensible, for instance, for a race of sentient beings that considers itself to be “evolved” to allow over 650 of its own offspring to die every hour of starvation.
It is incomprehensible, for instance, for a race of sentient beings that considers itself to be “evolved” to allow 1.7 billion of its members to lack clean water, or for 2.6 billion to exist without basic sanitation, or for 1.6 billion to live without the benefits of a discovery turned into a tool for modern living over 150 years ago: electricity.
Think of that: After 150 years we have still not found a way to provide electricity for a quarter of the human race.
In other words, we have not even found a way for everyone on Earth to harness and utilize the power that is visible to us, provable with regard to its existence — to say nothing of harnessing and using power that is invisible and not provable as to its existence.
This is how backward we are as a species. This is how primitive we are. We are so barbarian and uncivilized that we cannot find a way to stop 650 of our children from starving to death every hour on our planet.
Given this low level of our sophistication, it is small wonder that we hold the extraordinarily limited ideas about Larger Realities that so many of us hold. We can’t even imagine or manifest the miniscule about of love it would take to stop ourselves from letting so many of our offspring die of insufficient food, much less can we imagine the enormous love it would take to create the Universe and empower all of its sentient beings to produce and experience their own reality as they choose.
We live in a world where we throw away more leftovers in the restaurants of Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles in an evening than would be needed to feed the children of an entire village for a week, and as we watch the children die we discuss it even while poisoning ourselves with smokes and liquor in serious after-dinner conversations that produce no solutions, but plenty of tsk-tsking.
What it would take to turn around this sad state of affairs is a new and larger understanding of Life Itself…its origin, its function, its process and its very purpose. Yet many of us have limited ourselves to that which can be proven as we seek to expand that which we say we “understand.”
We’ve taken an “if-it-can’t-be-proven-it-can’t-be-true” position on matters of enormous consequence — and it is possible that it is this, and this alone, which has so dramatically slowed and hugely hindered our growth.
I have discussed this before in this space. I have asked: When a person who we have come to truly and deeply admire turns to us and says for the first time, “I love you,” do we believe them? Or do we say, “Really? Prove it. I can’t take you at your word. I need proof.”
If we required everyone who tells us they love us to prove it, I want to suggest that we would live very limited and lonely lives. Yet many of us require “proof” of other equally impactful and important Life Data before we can accept it and use it to our benefit — not the least of which is the understanding that there is something more going on here than meets the eye, and that we are living in a system far more complex, far more magnificent, far more organized, far more intricate, far more directed, and far more usable than most people on Earth imagine.
Conversations with God begins with a premise that cannot be proven. Therefore, if Proof of Premise is the yardstick by which one measures viability and usability of data, our exploration of CWG’s many potentially wonderfully beneficial messages needs must end here.
Its messages must be dismissed out of hand, for they emanate from what I have come to call the Undeniable Unprovable. It cannot be denied that it cannot be proven, and its very unprovability is what, to me, renders it undeniable.
Humanity has demonstrated that everything that can be proven is subject to denial. Global warming offers us a perfect example. A Chinese hoax? Really?
So I’ve taken to assuming that if is can’t be proven, there’s a good chance that it’s true. Like the fact that the first time my wife said “I love you” to me, she meant it. And like the fact that there’s something more going on here than meets the eye in the Universe.
Like the fact, for instance, that there is a Prime Source, an Originating Energy, an Essential Essence that some of us call “God” that exists, and that can be used with predictable and consistent results. An Essence that we are part of. That we are made of. From which we cannot be separated, because we are the manifestation of That Which It Is.
The first message of Conversations with God — contained on Page 5 of over 3,000 pages of dialogue — is this: We Are All One.
We are told: “All things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing there is.”
This cannot be proven. What can be proven, according to Earthly science and Earthly standards and Earthly understandings, is that everything is separate from everything else. We live in a Separation Cosmology.
I believe this single idea is the greatest obstacle to the rapid expansion of human potential and the rapid forward movement of human evolution.
And we will explore that thought in Installment #2 of this series.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a presence here, so I wanted to check in and give you an update on how things have been going since my open-heart surgery Nov. 1.
It turns out that I needed a quintuple bypass, as most of the major arteries to my heart contained significant blockages. I am happy to say that I tolerated the procedure very well, and was actually sent home from the hospital five days later — which is much sooner than I expected.
It is now one-month post-op as I write this, and my life is back to normal. I have been up and around and out of my at-home hospital bed for 10 days now, and have been cleared to drive again. The doctors tell me that my recovery is ahead of schedule, in terms of what most patients experience, and I am very grateful.
I have just put the finishing touches on the final editing of the latest CWG dialogue book, Conversations with God-Book 4: Awaken the Species, to be released in March by Rainbow Ridge Books. The text offers an open invitation to members of the human race who feel they are ready to “self select” to be among those who feel they would like to move forward their own evolutionary process by doing whatever they can to help awaken our species.
This is the Perfect Time for Our Advancement, God tells humanity in this new dialogue, and in it we are given a list of 16 differences between how Highly Evolved Beings in the Universe live and the way human beings have constructed life here on Earth. We are also offered detailed notes on how we can integrate those ways of being into our everyday life, should we choose to.
It’s an exciting and unexpected dialogue, and I’m hoping its contents will be seen as being very useful in the Evolution Revolution movement. In the meantime, let me offer my thanks to the many of you who sent me prayers and good energies following my surgery.
My dear, dear companions on this journey…
The time has come for me to make a closing statement about Conversations with God — this wonderful experience that has touched my life and, amazingly, the lives of millions of others around the world.
By “closing statement” I do not necessarily mean “final” statement. I may very well have more things to say about CWG before I die (and after I die, for that matter, as I am sure there will be writings released after my departure). So by “closing statement” I mean to say that the words here are intended to bring a close to any speculation about how I feel about, how I personally hold, the Conversations with God experience — and how I wish and hope that anyone who is, or becomes, aware of it will feel also.
I want to put to rest any thought, idea, notion, or claim that may lead to a misunderstanding that any person or group may have about me, and about the body of work that has filled over 30 books and consumed the last 25 years of my life.
I am aware, of course, that some people and groups have called me a blasphemer, a heretic, an apostate, and, in the extreme, an instrument of the devil. I understand how they could have come to that, for many of the ideas I have placed into the world directly confront and specifically contradict their most sacred beliefs.
Because of this, I am very okay with them calling me these names. I am okay with it because I admire and encourage the active and energetic defense of one’s own most sacred beliefs, so long as that defense does not involve or include the inflicting of emotional or physical violence. (No, not even to protect — much less, to extend) — those beliefs.) For in my heart’s deepest experience and my mind’s highest understanding, sacred beliefs lose the quality which rendered them “sacred” if they are demonstrated in a way that deeply or irrevocably damages another.
But so long as we create and maintain the space within which you can share and practice your beliefs and I can share and practice mine…and we can do so while loving each other purely, and admiring each other genuinely, for having the courage and the gumption and the willingness to do so without rage-filled hostility, without brutality, and surely without bloodshed…then we will have both venerated our beliefs and honored each other. And what better way can there be to reveal why our beliefs feel so valid to us?
It is true that in my writing and in my speaking I have offered critical commentary on certain beliefs held by and espoused by particular religions, but I placed each of those statements into the arena of ideas in the spirit of simple and honest disagreement — and I hope that I have always welcomed the spirited disagreement of others with a willingness for open engagement in ongoing and vibrant dialogue.
That said, I hope you will hear me when I offer, with as much clarity as I can muster, this “closing statement” on the messages of CWG: I could be wrong about all of this.
Don’t imagine for a second that I don’t think about that. I think about it all the time. Matt Lauer once asked me in an interview on The Today Show on NBC: “Neale, do you ever doubt that the experience you’ve had is what you say it is? Do you ever doubt the accuracy of the information you feel you’ve been given?”
My response was immediate, simple, and straightforward.
“Matt, the day I stop doubting is the day I become dangerous, and I have no intention of becoming dangerous.”
So I want to tell you to doubt as well. (I’m sure I don’t have to encourage this.) I want you to be clear that one of the most important messages of the Conversations with God dialogues is not to believe them.
Indeed, in the very first book of the nine texts we hear this in the voice of God:
“Believe nothing I say. Simply live it. Experience it. Then live whatever other paradigm you want to construct. Afterward, look to your experience to find your truth.”
We do well to remain our own authority in all matters regarding the Self and the Soul. No one can tell us what is True for us, and no one should try.
I will always be happy to tell you what is true for me. I became very clear about my truth when I read the recommendations and the suggestions on how I might live my own life found in the CWG dialogue. I couldn’t help but think: “I wish someone had told me these things fifty years ago. I can’t imagine a better way to live.”
I hope that if and after you read and absorb the CWG material, you agree with me. I hold this hope because I truly believe its messages can profoundly change your individual life, and the world entire, for the better. But whatever your personal response to the 3,000+ pages of this dialogue, I think we can concur that this is a powerful subject we are talking about here, and it is good to proceed with care.
All of it is wrapped up in our relationship with The Divine—indeed, in the question of whether there even is a “God.” And that is not a small matter.
Our understanding of all of this is significant because most human beings need and seek and sooner or later deeply yearn to find some kind of meaning in life. Without that meaning, without some purpose for it all, many of us soon find ourselves simply trudging along with heaviness of heart, trying to make the best of something we haven’t even begun to understand, pushing through our days and nights engaged in what appear to be increasingly aimless, valueless, senseless activities that clarify nothing, produce little, and generate not much more than “things to do” while on our way to where, we don’t know, but an eventual end that we call eath — the anticipation of which offers naught but a heightened sense of what feels like the almost bitterly laughable fruitlessness of it all.
And so we yearn, and we search. And giving it deeper thought as I write this, I arrive at a place of knowing that if we hold the notion that there is some sort of Higher Power in existence, our reaching clarity may very well be guaranteed.
Seek and ye shall find, God has said to all of us. Knock and it shall be opened unto you. We may very well be caused to remember that there is something greater going on here. Information may come our way that will make the “larger-ness” of all that is and all that occurs suddenly apparent.
But what is the larger reason for it? What is the greater purpose? What is the grander point? These are the questions we all ultimately ask about life. And this is what I believe only your own ongoing conversation with God can tell you. The ideas and the pronouncements of others can perhaps lead you closer to it, but only your own inner communion with The Divine can open your heart and mind to your deepest truth.
I hope, then, that you will allow yourself to experience such a communion, to have such a conversation, and to know . . . whatever your most sacred belief, whatever your religion, whatever your faith tradition, or if you have none at all . . . that you can experience your own first-person, one-on-one exchange with God.
For some it may come in the form of words. For others, as feelings, or a simple sense of “knowing.” For still others, pictures and thought forms and signs and signals may present themselves as life itself is being lived.
God’s “conversation” has no limits, no boundaries, no specifications in terms of “how” it may proceed and how its messages may be sent or received. But I do not believe that your interaction with The Divine was ever intended to be a one-way encounter. I believe it was intended to provide you with comfort, to produce for you wisdom and clarity and strength, and a goal worthy of your dedication, of your commitment, of your time and your effort.
And so, I encourage you to engage in your own conversation with God every day, in whatever way feels natural and good to you, based on your tradition or your innermost feeling. Call it prayer, call it meditation, call it inspiration, call it whatever you wish. And if my exchanges with God have lead you to your own, my publishing the CWG books will have succeeded in its goal—which was not to open you to my truth, but to put you directly in touch with your own.
God has blessed you, and me, and all the world. And if we simply extend God’s blessings to everyone whose life we touch, through all the days of our lives, in each of the encounters that fill our hours upon the Earth, we will have unlocked the Secret of the Ages held within the folds of the most sacred doctrines of all of humanity’s spiritual belief systems: Love is the answer. Love is all there is. Love is who you are. And the experiencing and expressing of love is why you are here.
There you have it. The mysteries of life have been solved.
I could, of course, be wrong about all of this.
(But I don’t think so.)
Since my last entry here on this topic the world has suffered the tragedy of Nice in France, the death toll in Turkey after a coup attempt there, and the ambush that killed three police officers is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before that, Dallas. Before that, Orlando.
Before that Zliten in Libya (60 dead), Sharaban in Iraq (100+ dead), Eei-Adde in Somalia (63-dead), Deir-ez Zor in Syria (300 dead), and the list goes on. And that’s just in January of this year alone.
Every day people are dying for no reason other than that they were in “the wrong place at the wrong time.” Innocent people, including children and the elderly. Totally innocent people, guilty of nothing save being in the line of fire (or courageously placing themselves in the line of fire as a matter of their sworn duty) when the anger of others has erupted.
How can such a thing continue to occur in a species that fancies itself to be highly evolved?
On this planet today, there is a belief held by 95% of the people that is killing us.
Unless we find a way to alter this belief, the terrorism plaguing our species will not abate.
This belief is not the direct cause of the violence we inflict upon each other, but it absolutely creates an environment in which such savagery — rather than feeling unnatural, wildly inappropriate, repulsive and repugnant — feels totally acceptable to those who perpetrate it. And that number is increasing daily.
The belief that produces an environment of acceptability is the belief in separation. The vast majority of the human race has embraced this belief. We believe we are separate from each other, separate from Life Itself (in that we have nothing to do with its process except to endure it), and separate from God (if we even believe there is a God).
This belief is our aloneness in the Universe has led to our creation of a defense mechanism called tribalism. We’ve decided to join with others who we think, though they are separate from us, are similar enough to us to share common interests. And so we are not quite so alone.
The Tribalism of Separation has caused us to think in terms of “us” and “them” in nearly every area of our lives. And this is what has caused Orlando and Dallas, Nice and Ankara, the killings of and by police, the terror of and by ISIS, the verbal attacks of and by Mr. Trump, the anger of and by people all over the world leading to revolts by ballots and bullets against The Establishment everywhere.
Humans are no longer willing to submit to the established order of things — an order of things that has created global groupings of The Have’s and The Have Not’s — a few people living in Plenty while plenty live in Poverty.
Sadly, those living with poverty and its pains do not know how to revolt against it without causing further separation, and those living with plenty and its pleasures think only about how to stop the revolt of those in poverty and pain without doing very much about it. Thus, both groups perpetuate the very thing that has caused all the terror to begin with.
All of this can be solved with one simple remedy: an approach that if adopted by all of the world’s people, both the Have’s and the Have-Nots, would bring an end to our tribalism — and the anger of isolation that so frequently accompanies it — virtually overnight. The challenge is that our species does not seem to know exactly what the real problem is.
So, as I mentioned in the first article of this series, we keep trying to solve it as if it were a political problem, or an economic problem, or a social problem. Or, worst of all, a problem of insufficient power or force being used to get our way.
Yet all need not be lost. We can still heal the anger that is producing the conditions that is fueling the violence that has been flowing both ways between the tribes of humanity throughout human history — and that continues to affect and infect so many people to this very day.
We will not be able to do so, however, unless we stop to collectively understand that nuance and nature of the problem itself.
NEXT, Part Three: What is really going on, and why it is happening.
People all over our planet are asking themselves today: “What can we do — is there anything that anyone can do — to bring an end to what’s happening in our world?
Is there no way to stop the brutality and put the heart back into humanity?
What has driven so many of us to forget who we are — talking, and then acting, like barbarians?
And is there anything at all that can return us to ourselves, and inspire us to stop using violence and killing to address our grievances?
The world is hungry for leadership today, starving for guidance, gasping for answers. People everywhere are stupefied, shocked, astonished by what we are doing to ourselves. They’re hoping, yearning, crying out, begging for life’s insanity to stop.
But nobody seems to know how to get an entire species to wake up, to collectively reassemble, to call an end to its separations and divisions, and to bring itself out of its tribal nightmare.
Part of the problem is that we keep trying to solve the problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists.
First, we say we’re facing a social problem, having to do with our attitudes toward one another. Particularly our racial attitudes. So we throw words at it, hoping to get each other to change our minds about each other. But the words we use are labeling and wounding, accusing and divisive, even as we say we are trying to produce unity and healing.
Then we say we’re facing an economic problem, having to do with the quantum gap between the have’s and the have-not’s. So we attempt to throw money at it (urging a raise in the minimum wage, calling for free college tuition, demanding expansion of society’s safety net), or withhold money from it (lowering welfare payments, reducing social services, opposing health care reform, cutting unemployment benefits). But our manipulations of cash buy us nothing save more frustration and more anger among both the poor and the rich.
Then we say it’s a political problem, having to do with the policies and decisions we are imposing, or failing to impose, on our population, our corporations, and our institutions. So we throw laws at it, trying to legislate our way to morality, equality and equanimity. But the overlaying of statutes and regulations does little to regulate or alter basic human behaviors, instead creating new behaviors designed to sidestep regulations and tap dance around statutes.
At this point we throw up our hands and declare that our challenges are not simple ones, and will not be overcome with simple solutions, but require all three approaches — harnessing social, economic, and political action to produce healing of our wounds and changing of our ways.
We say, in effect, that our problem is All Of The Above, when the truth is, it’s none of the above.
The problem facing humanity is not a social problem, it is not an economic problem, and it is not a political problem.
The problem facing humanity today is a spiritual problem, and it can only be solved by spiritual means.
It has to do with what we say are our most sacred beliefs, our fundamental understandings, the convictions we hold, the doctrines we embrace, and the principles we adhere to as we daily express who we are, demonstrate our awareness of the nature and purpose of life, and reveal the nature of our relationship (whatever it may or may not be) with that entity that some of us call God.
Our problem is a spiritual problem, but this is something that no social agency, no economic entity, and no political party dare even begin to discuss. Yet unless and until someone does, the backward and deeply damaging social, economic, and political actions of our species will not diminish, decrease, dwindle or decline. In fact, we will see them increase.
We are in a downward spiral here, and only a Looking Upward can get us out of this hole we have dug for ourselves and then thrown ourselves into. The good news is that such a Looking Upward is possible. All it takes is leadership.
That’s where you come in. For a Leader is not one who says, “Follow me.” A Leader is one who says, “I’ll go first.”