Donald Walsch believes humanity is on the verge of a spiritual awakening
that will dramatically change our way of life.
with Neale Donald Walsch and an excerpt from his new book.
In the introduction
to your book you say, "This book contains the most exciting news
of the past 100 years." What's the news?
is going to create a new God for itself in the next 25 to 30 years, that
this new God will result in the emergence of a new spirituality on the
planet, and the new spirituality will in turn result in, at last, a movement
toward that time of peace and harmony for all humankind, which has been
so long predicted and so long awaited.
not just talking about a change at the level of individual consciousness,
but something on a global scale?
about the creation of a new God on the earth and by that I mean a new
understanding of the only God who always was, is now and always will be-but
an understanding so radically different, an enormous departure from our
present understandings that for all practical intents and purposes, it
will seem like a new God.
And that the creation of this new God by humanity will cause to emerge
a new spirituality on the earth, across the planet.
you describe the difference between this new understanding of "tomorrow's
God" and the understanding that we have right now?
fallacies about God are:
1. God needs
2. God can fail to get what God needs.
3. God has separated you from God because you have not given God what
4. God still needs what God needs so badly that God now requires you,
from your separated position, to provide it.
5. God will destroy you if you do not meet God's requirements.
this is what God is actually like:
God does not require anyone to believe in God.
2. Tomorrow's God is without gender, size, shape, color, or any of the
characteristics of an individual living being.
3. Tomorrow's God talks with everyone, all the time.
4. Tomorrow's God is separate from nothing, but is Everywhere Present,
the All in All, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the
Sum Total of Everything that ever was, is now, and ever shall be.
5. Tomorrow's God is not a singular Super Being, but the extraordinary
process called Life.
6. Tomorrow's God is ever changing.
7. Tomorrow's God is needless.
8. Tomorrow's God does not ask to be served, but is the Servant of all
9. Tomorrow's God will be unconditionally loving, nonjudgmental, noncondemning,
those differences will produce a strikingly different form of spirituality,
which in turn will produce a strikingly different form of life, a different
way of being with each other.
the message you say is missing from the world's religions?
missing message" is that we are all one. That is, that we are one
with God, no separation between us and God whatsoever. That message is
not being sent to the world by the Islamic faith, by the Christian faith,
or by the Jewish faith-the world's major exclusivist organized religions.
None of them say, "God and we are one." In fact they teach quite
the opposite. Not only do they fail to bring that message, they actually
teach a message which opposes that message.
make followers of these religions adopt this new spirituality in the next
20 or 30 years?
and the figureheads of the world's largest exclusivist organized religions
will not suddenly wake up one morning and say, "You know, we've got
it all wrong."
Or "We have been incomplete in our understandings, therefore we have
to offer a new encyclical or a new proclamation." It will not happen
that way. It will happen exactly the way political changes have occurred
on this planet in the past 20 years that no one would have ever thought
It will happen from the ground up. Just as communism fell in Eastern Europe.
Just as political changes have happened all over the world in the past
30 or 40 years. From the ground up, not from the top down.
And what I'm suggesting is that one of two things is going to happen.
Either the religions themselves will find themselves shifting and changing,
enlarging their belief system to include the missing message, or those
religions that fail to do so will simply disappear.
Because the mass of the people who practice those religions and profess
membership in them will not tolerate those religions continuing to ignore
what is an obvious truth, which is the truth of our oneness, both with
each other, with all of life and with God.
book, God says, "This book is meant to save the world." Save
the world from what?
worst idea about itself. Save the world from the outcome that most of
the world's people say they do not desire, which is the slow but sure
destruction and disassembling of life as we know it.
physical destruction-psychological, emotional, and spiritually as well.
The slow but sure disassembling of life as we know it at every level.
I'm not talking about the end of the world here. I'm not talking about
the planet stopping to revolve or the world destroying itself in the sense
that it will become uninhabitable.
I'm talking about life as we know it. That is, life may continue in 30
or 40 years but it won't be anything like the life that we now know. We
will not have the freedoms, we will not have the enjoyments, we will not
have the happiness. In fact, it will be worse than George Orwell's worst
This is an opportunity for humanity to reinvent itself. I think most human
beings can now see that we cannot continue in our present direction. I
don't see that there are many human beings of any culture who would seriously
question that. The question then before us seems to be a rather simple
one: In what direction then should we be moving?
My theory is that an insufficient number of people are actually addressing
that question. Which way should we move collectively as a human society?
In the next 20 to 30 years, these changes will occur: Humanity will in
fact create a new idea of divinity, a new idea of itself and a new idea
about life. The only question is whether it will do it as a result of
the next great calamity or as a preventative measure.
What will the world look like in 20 to 30 years?
First of all, our politics will change dramatically. From the politics
of attack and condemn to a politics of collaborative creation.
So that we will say ours is not a better way; ours is merely another way:
"My opponent, the person who is running against me in this election
simply has a different point of view from me.
He is not a villain and I am not his victim nor are any of you; we simply
have two different ideas on how to approach a problem." The political
process will be utterly and totally transparent as well.
our educational system will also embrace this new spirituality. For those
who value the separation of church and state, this might seem like a very
I don't think
that the changes that will occur in education as the emergence of a new
spirituality will violate the separation of church and state. The church
is an "institution"-a word broadly used to mean organized religions
which teach certain dogmas.
But we're talking about spirituality and state. And spirituality is nothing
more than a fancy word meaning the highest and best beliefs that a culture
holds. And if that isn't what education is about, then what is it about?
[I'm not suggesting] that the schools will become launching points for
a particular religious dogma or message, but rather that education will
be the place in which our highest collectively held values and the highest
message-which is simply the message of the unity of all of life-is sent
to our young people.
of the new spirituality is that it will not be doctrinal but experiential.
And because it will be experiential it will allow people and in fact,
entire cultures, to grow within it to create it and recreate it anew really,
almost from moment to moment, but certainly from period to period as we
experience what's true for us.
Goodbye to 'Yesterday's God'
How our beliefs about the divine can transform the world.
Neale Donald Walsch
from Tomorrow's God by Neale Donald Walsch.
Copyright © 2004 by Neale Donald Walsch.
Reprinted by permission of Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,
following excerpt, the author is having a "conversation" with
God. God's voice is represented in bold type.
It is the
perception of many people on this earth that your job-God's job-is to
tell human beings what is best for them. You tell us what is best for
us, and then it is up to us to do it, or else. This is a simplified restating
of one of humanity's sacred beliefs.
is a fallacy. That is not God's job and that is not God's purpose and
that is not God's function.
will continue to create your life as you now know it on your planet.
so bad about that?
you. You like what you see? Then go ahead, continue to believe what you
believe. But don't think things aren't going to change. It's not a question
of "if," but "how." Everything is going to change.
And, sooner or later, so will humanity's beliefs about God. That is when
you will say good-bye to Yesterday's God.
When is this
going to happen?
it's beginning to happen right now.
so much for that being what saves the world, because it's not changing
is. You're just not seeing the change. You're not aware of it. But as
the changes increase, as they spread, you'll become more and more aware
of them. Indeed, you'll become part of them.
When will this process be complete?
Never. The process of seeing and experiencing more and more of God
is never-ending. That's the joy of it.
Well, when will it be complete enough for things to start getting better
Soon. Very soon. If humanity is willing.
What does that mean?
It means that if humanity makes this choice, a movement, a radical
shift, in humanity's understandings about God could occur rapidly. Easily
within your lifetime. Within three decades. Perhaps even faster than that,
once the first domino falls.
It is simply a question of reaching critical mass.
What will that take?
Not nearly what you might think. Some people assume that critical mass
is one more than half, but it is not. Nor is it 25 percent of the whole,
nor even 10 percent of the whole, nor even 5 percent of the whole. Critical
mass is reached when 2 to 4 percent of the whole is affected.
Watch the surface of water as it's brought to a boil. The boiling point
is not reached at the point when over half of the surface is bubbling,
but long before. The effect of critical mass is exponential. That's what
makes it so powerful. A few bubbles break the surface of the water...then,
in a sudden rush, all of the water is boiling.
So a relatively small number of us must make the choice to create that
shift in our understandings about God. What could make humanity willing
to make that choice?
One of two things. More hatred or more hope. Another world-shaking
disaster born of rage and wrapped in violence and killing, or a global
awakening produced in another way.
In what other way? Other than disaster and calamity, there doesn't seem
to be a way for human beings to wake up.
Oh, but there is. There could be a worldwide movement to spread, not
terror, but peace, joy, and love. There could be a massive grassroots
undertaking, with people all across the globe mobilized at the community
level to change the way things are.
Just as there are now terrorist cells, there could be spiritual activist
teams all over the earth.
This would require leadership, of course.
And it would require great commitment on the part of those who follow
these leaders. But it is possible. It can be done.
And the first step lies at the level of thought. Humanity's future depends
on what humanity thinks about itself. It depends on what humanity thinks
about God, and about Life.
From your thought springs your reality. From your ideas your future emerges.
Thus, your beliefs create your behaviors, and your behaviors create your
What you believe, therefore, becomes a most important thing.
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