Conversations with God, Book 2 – Neale Donald Walsch

A friend Victor recommended this to me because he’s really into these books and this one is about global society. It is a very unique view of God, religion, spirituality and people. I had some trouble with parts of it, but overall it was very interesting and I got a lot of new ideas from it.

Most of these quotes are from God. Otherwise I’ll note them with “N:”.

  • current challenge
    • your world, and the condition it is in, is a reflection of the total, combined consciousness of everyone living there.
      as you can see by looking around you, much work is left to be done. unless of course, you are satisfied with your world as it is.
      surprisingly, most people are. that is why the world does not change.
      most people are satisfied with a world in which difference, not similarities, are honored, and disagreements are settled by conflict and war.
      most people are satisfied with a world in which survival for the fittest, “might is right,” competitions is required, and winning is called the highest good.
      if such a system happens to also produce “losers” – so be it – so long as your are not among them.
      most people are satisfied, even though such  model produces people who’re are often killed when they are judged “wrong,” starved and rendered homeless when they are “losers,” oppressed and exploited when they are not “strong.”
      most people define “wrong” as that which is diffretnet from them. Religious difference, in particular, are not tolerated, nor are many social, economic, or cultural differences.
      exploitation of the underclass is justified by the self-congratulatory pronouncements from the upper class of how much better off their victims are now than they were before these exploitation. by this measure the upper class can ignore the issue of how all people ought to be treated if one were being truly fair, rather than nearly making a horrible situation a tiny bit better – and profiting obscenely in the bargain.
      most people laugh when one suggests any kind of system other than the one currently in place, saying that behaviors such as competing and killing and the “victor taking the spoils” are what makes their civilization great! most people even think there is no other natural way to be, that it is the nature of humans to behave in this manner, and that to act any other way would kill the innder spirit that drives man to succeed. (no one asks the question, “succeed at what?”)
    • the inability to experience the suffering of another as one’s own is what allows such suffering to continue
    • separation breeds indifference, false superiority. unity produces compassion, genuine equality.
    • these people you call “pagens” have an enormous respect for life. they know nothing of rape, and there are virtually no killings in their societies. your society puts sex – a very natural, normal human function – under cover, then turns around and kills people right out in the open. that is the obsentity.
    • you don’t know how to solve conflict without violence
      you don’t know how to live without fear
      you don’t know how to act without self interest
      you don’t know how to love without condition
      these are basic – basic – understandings, and you have not even begun to approach a full comprehension of them, much less implement them… after thousands and thousands of years
    • you must stop immersion children in the ways of the past. those ways have not worked. they have not taken you where you say you want to go. yet if you are not careful, you are going to get exactly where you are headed.
    • past data should not be the basis for present truth.
    • deception is part of government, for few people would choose to be governed the way they are governed – few would choose to be governed at all – unless government convinced them that its decisions were for their own good.
    • Yet why should they have to work for the simplest dignity? is there not enough for all? why should “working for it” have to do with anything?
      isn’t basic human dignity the birthright of everyone? oughtn’t it be?
      … Ought one have to struggle even to survive – on a planet where there is more than enough for everyone?
      that is the central question facing humankind
      the challenge is not to make everyone equal, but to give everyone at least the assurance of basic survival with dignity, so that each may then have the chance to choose what more they want from there
    • those who say that “relative to the standards in their society, those peasants are doing wonderfully!” are hypocrites of the first order. they would throw a drowning man a rope, but refuse to pull him to shore. then they would brag that a rope is better than a rock.
      rather than raising the people to true dignity, these “haves” give the worlds “have-nots” just enough to make them dependent – but not enough to ever make them truly powerful. for people of true economic power have the ability to then impact, and not mealy be subject to, “the system.” and that’s the last thing the creators of the system want!
    • doubt is was a way, is the only way, to control people. you must doubt yourself, you see, or you would claim all your power. that would not do. that would not to at all. not for the people who currently hold the power. they are holding the power which is yours – and they know it
  • world solutions
    • N: what is interesting about the present condition of the human race as i see it is that most of us agree things aren’t going well. yet if most of us individually agree, why can’t all of us collectively do something meaningful about it? that is the question which plagues humankind. how can we turn individual awareness into collective action?
    • until you are willing to take responsibility for all of it, you cannot change any of it.
    • So stop! turn around! sit down together and collect your thoughts. create the grandest version of the creative vision you ever had about yourselves as a human race. then, take the values and concepts which undergird such a vision and teach them in your schools.
    • generally, nothing serves “the many” more than letting them govern themselves
    • the entire planet faces a crisis of consciousness. you must simply decide whether you care for each other
    • i do not observe that anarchy – the absence of any governance, rules, regulations, or limitations of any kind – would work. such an arrangement is only practical with advanced beings, which i do not observe human beings to be.
    • lets look at it. if every person on the planet had basic needs met – if the mass of people could live in dignity and escape the struggle of simple survival – would this not open the way for all of humankind to engage in more noble pursuits?
    • I tell you this: compassion never ends, love never stops, patience never runs out in God’s World. only in the world of man is goodness limited.
    • if everyone knew everything about everybody’s money situation, there would be an uprising in your country and on your planet, the likes of which you have never seen. and in the aftermath of that there would be fairness and equity, honesty and true for-the-good-of-all priority in the conduct of human affairs.
    • people have a right to basic survival. even if they do nothing. even if they contribute nothing. survival with dignity is one of the basic rights of life. i have given you enough resources to be able to garuntee that to everyone. all you have to do is share.
  • Who You Choose to Be
    • “Best” is a relative term, depending on a hundred variables. that makes choices very difficult. there should only be one consideration when making any decision – Is this a statement of Who I Am? Is this an announcement of Who I Choose to Be?
      All of life should be such an announcement. in fact, all of life is. you can allow that announcement to be made by chance or by choice.
      a life lived by choice is a life of conscious action. a life lived by chance is a life of unconscious reaction. 
    • If you spend your time trying to figure out what’s “best” for you, your choices will be cautious, your decisions will take forever, and your journey will be launched on a sea of expectations.
    • if you are not careful, you will drown in your expectations.
    • if you are not satisfied with the consciousness of your group, seek to change it.
      the best way to change the consciousness of other is by your example.
      if your example is not enough, from your own group – you be the source of the consciniousness you with others to experience.
    • N: getting back to sexuality, you’re saying, then, that any behavior is acceptable behavior so long as there is mutual consent among all thos involved and affected?
      G: Shouldn’t that be true of all life?
      N: but sometimes we don’t know who will be affected, or how-
      G: you must be sensitive to that. you must be keenly aware. and where you truly cannot know, and cannot guess, you must err on the side of Love.
      the central question in ANY decision is, “what would love do now?”
      love for yourself, and love for all others who are affected or involved.
      if you love another, you will not do anything that you believe could or would hurt that person. if there is any question or doubt, you will wait until you can get to clarity on the matter.
    • Do not accept the unacceptable
    • embrace every circumstance, own every fault, share every joy, contemplate every mystery, walk in every man’s shoes, forgive every offense (including your own), heal every heart, honor every person’s truth, adore every person’s God, protect every person’s rights, preserve every person’s dignity, promote every person’s interests, provide every person’s needs, presume every person’s holiness, present every person’s greatest gifts, produce every person’s blessing, and pronounce every person’s future secure in the assured love of God
      Be a living, breathing example of the highest truth that resides in you
      speak humbly of yourself, lest someone mistake your highest truth for a boast
      speak softly, lest someone think you are merely calling for attention
      speak gently, that all might know of love
      speak openly, lest anyone think you have something to hide
      speak candidly, so that you cannot be mistaken
      speak often, so that your word may truly go forth
      speak respectfully, that no one be dishonored
      speak lovingly, that every syllable may heal
      make your life a gift. remember always, you are the gift
      be a gift to everyone who enters your life, and to everyone whose life you enter. be careful not to enter another’s life if you cannot be a gift.
      (you can always be a gift, because you always are the gift – yet sometimes you don’t let yourself know that)
      when someone enters your life unexpectedly, look for the gift that person has come to receive from you. 
    • yes, you can begin to build this New Society right now, right here, today. the choice is yours. you can continue to support the old system, the present paradigm, or you can blaze the trail and show your world a new way. 
    • you can be that new way. in everything. not just in business, not just in your personal relationships, not just in politics or economics or religion or this aspect or that of the overall life experience, but in everything.
      be the new way. be the higher way. be the grandest way. then you can truly say, i am the way and the life. follow me.
      if the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it? 
  • other
    • the moment you say “I want” something, the universe says “Indeed you do” and give you that precise experience – the experience of “wanting” it
    • envy is a natural emotion urging you to strive to be more. it is the to-year-old chilling yearning and urging herself to reach that door-knob which her big brother can reach. there is nothing wrong with that. there is nothing wrong with envy. it is a motivator. it is pure desire. it gives birth to greatness.
      jealousy, on the other hand, is a fear-driven emotion making one willing for the other to have less. it is an emotion often passed in bitterness. it proceeds from anger and leads to anger.
      [envy is “i want that”, jealousy is “I don’t want them to have that”]