Peace will be attained when we, as human beings:
Permit ourselves to acknowledge that some of our old
beliefs about God and about Life are no longer working.
Explore the possibility that there is something we do not understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which could change everything.
that we are willing for new understandings of God and Life to now be brought forth, understandings that could produce a new way of life on this planet.
Courageously examine these new understandings and, if they align with
our personal inner truth and knowing, enlarge our belief system to include them.
Express our lives as a demonstration of our highest beliefs, rather than as a denial of them.
(Excerpt from The
New Revelations: A Conversation with God by Neale Donald Walsch)
Walsch was born into an Ukrainian American family, and brought up as a Roman Catholic by a family who encouraged his quest for spiritual truth. He informally studied comparative theology for
many years. He says his books are not channelled- although Walsch insists that he could hear God talking to him, as if God stood
right beside Walsch - but rather that they are inspired by God and that they can help a person relate to God from a modern perspective. The God in his books, for example, says that "there is nothing you have to do." Walsch believes in a panentheistic God, who tries to communicate itself as being "unselfish". Walsch's vision is an expansion and unification of all present theologies to render them more relevant
to our present day and time. He created Humanity's Team as a spiritual movement whose
purpose is to communicate and implement his New Spirituality beliefs, particularly that we are all one with God and one with life, in a shared global state of being. This state can be achieved, Walsch argues, by the act of helping other people: "The fastest
way to apply anything in your life is to help others to apply it ... The fastest way to use any wisdom that resides in your soul is to help someone else ... Because we are all one." Walsch has nine children. He has a home in southern Oregon
where he lives with his wife, Em Claire, who is a working poet.
Before writing the Conversations With God series, Walsch worked variously as a radio station program director,
newspaper managing editor, and in marketing and public relations. In the early 1990s he suffered a series of crushing blows—a fire that destroyed all of his belongings, the break-up of his marriage, and a car accident that left him with a broken neck.
Once recovered, but alone and unemployed, he was forced to live in a tent in Jackson Hot Springs, just outside Ashland, Oregon, collecting and recycling aluminium cans
in order to eat. At the time, he thought his life had come to an end. Despondent, he began his writings after working his way out of homelessness and following a stint as a radio talk show host.
His first book, Conversations with God, was published in 1995 and became an international bestseller. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for 135 weeks. Six of his other books have made
the Times list in the years since. He has published 28 books and his works have been translated into 37 languages.
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