What God Wants: A Compelling Answer to Humanity’s Biggest Question
By Neale Donald Walsch
star must reading.
following is what I highlighted during my read of this excellent book -- I
recommend it on my Top-ten List of Peace resources. My purpose in
providing them is to interest you, the reader, and hope that you will obtain and
read the complete work. To properly understand the highlights, you need to
read the book to put them in the proper context.]
If we watch what we are doing during our childhood – if, as author Robert Fulghum suggests, we look both ways before crossing, if we learn to share, if we hold hands and keep track of each other, if we walk and don’t run, if we quit pushing and say we’re sorry when we do, if we clean up our messes, and if we stop fighting with our brothers and sisters – we’ll grow up, and our future can be spectacular.
People who make a different choice are people who make a different world.
One result of this teaching: Males are considered superior to females in nearly all of the world’s cultures.
Many humans have been told that What God Wants is for love to be conditional. God has made it clear that He loves humans if they do what He wants.
This packaging of love and fear in human theology has not been without consequences in human behaviour.
Many humans have been told that What God Wants is for money to be considered the root of all evil. One result of this teaching: The higher one’s purpose and the greater one’s value to society, the lower one’s income must be.
Humans have created a disconnect between “doing good” and being well compensated.
...freedoms are taken away in the name of Freedom itself.
...the theology represented by our traditional teachings is a theology of separation. In this theology, we are over here, and God is over there.
Theology produces sociology.
A Theology of separation produces a sociology of separation. It is as simple as that. Regrettably, theology too often produces a sociology that produces pathology.
...humanity is unceasingly and increasingly violent with its own kind.
Allowing people to go hungry is a form of violence. Placing life-saving drugs and the finest medical care out of reach of millions is a form of violence. Underpaying labourers while taking huge front-office profits is a form of violence. Mistreating, underpaying, denying promotions to, and mutilating females is a form of violence. Racial prejudice is a form of violence. Child abuse, child labour, child slavery, child prostitution, child trafficking, and child soldiering is a form of violence. The death penalty is a form of violence. Denying civil rights to people because of their sexual preference or their religion or their ethnicity is a form of violence. Creating and maintaining a worldwide society in which exploitation, oppression, and injustice are commonplace is a form of violence.
Ignoring suffering is as much a form of violence as inducing it.
“Attention must be paid”.
Do you think it may be because we imagine that we are separate from each other?
...if the world simply reversed its priorities, the cost of defense would never have to exceed the smaller sum.
When even those who should be contented are discontented, you know something’s wrong; you know you’re in trouble.
Brother is watching you.
Separation Theology does not work. Yet people insist, to this moment, that it is What God Wants.
Only such a cultural story could justify a world in which the income of the richest 225 people is equal to the income of three billion poor people.
How is your life going? ... are you meeting more challenges than, frankly, you’d like to be encountering in your relationships, in your career, in your day-to-day movement through life?
You’ve just seen the answer to the most important question in human history. What does God want? Nothing. Absolutely nothing at all. Please think about this.
The reason to believe in God is that this belief opens us to the possibility of God’s power playing a role in our lives. You can’t use the power of God if you can’t believe in the existence of that power.
The very best reason to believe in God is that we don’t need God. God has made us capable enough to get along just fine, as any good parent would. Thus, we can be open to just loving God – and just loving God is the most powerful thing any of us could ever do. That’s because love unleashes the power of who we are, and when that power is unleashed, there is nothing we cannot do. Which is, of course, what God intended.
...loving God means, of course, that we would stop fearing God...
...not to decide is to decide.
My recommendation: make a conscious personal choice about everything.
Perhaps “God” does not want something from humans, but exists only to give something to humans. And perhaps what God wants to give to humans is exactly what humans want. Nothing more, and nothing less.
Consider the possibility that what you call “God” might also be called, simply, “life”. Consider the possibility that God not only created life, but that God is life – and that life is God, made manifest.
For this reason, powerful people and organizations, religions not the least among them, are not likely to encourage the teaching of a God who is One with Everything – a “Power With” rather than a “Power Over” kind of God.
Nothing stands outside God. Nothing exists without God, and God does not exist if nothing exists. You are the expression of God Itself.
And what does life want? Nothing. Life simply is.
Life is an energy, a power, to be used.
Life is the creater, and it’s that which has been created.
Life is, in a few words, the Alpha and the Omega, the All in All. There is nothing that IS that It is not. If this is not the definition of God, then what is?
God is life, and life is God. Nothing stands outside God, and therefore there is no separation between God and anything at all.
Humanity’s understanding of this will mark the End of Separation.
The One Ruler’s One Rule is Self-Rule.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if it turned out to be the thought that saved humanity?
Likewise, all that God could possibly give you, God has already given you. It exists in you, as you. Therefore, you want for nothing. You need ask God for nothing.
If this is true, then only prayer to ever say is a prayer of gratitude. And that is, in fact, the only prayer that any master has ever uttered.
“Thank you, God, for helping me to understand that this problem has already been solved for me.”
Once you know that, you’ll never feel a need for these things again. All you’ll feel is a desire to call them forth. Desire replaces need in the experience of the master.
A desire is a preference. A need is a requirement.
The key to inner peace, he said, is to elevate one’s addictions from addictions to preferences.
...you do not have to be who you use to be. That is the greatest liberation. That is the great miracle. This is the great victory.
...the Great War That Cannot Be Won. It cannot be won because it does not exist.
I desire that you shall know and experience Who You Really Are.
I desire for the whole life process to be an experience of constant joy, continuous creation, never-ending expansion, and total fulfilment in each moment of now.
In the moment of your own Total Knowing (which moment could come upon you at any time), you , too, will feel as I do always: totally joyful, loving, accepting, blessing, and grateful.
God wants nothing, then you have total freedom to create the life you wish to experience.
This is, in fact, the definition of perfect love, in two words. Total freedom.
You are free to call forth any reality that you wish. And the fastest way to call anything forth is to give it to another. You cannot give another something that you do not have, yet it is the giving of it that produces the having of it. Now isn’t that a wonderfully simple formula?
This teaching can be summed up in three words: BE THE SOURCE.
“Do unto others as you would have it done unto you.”
If all of us saw ourselves as One, it would create a new ethic for our species and a new way of life on our planet. Virtually all of our behaviours would change.
A new kind of spirituality will have to be born. A spirituality built around two new and totally reconstructive core concepts: God wants nothing at all/ God is separate from nothing at all.
There is nothing but God.
This is, by the way, going to happen for humanity. It is not a question of whether, it is a question of when.
Humanity cannot experience what humanity already has if it denies that it has it.
You cannot experience what you are unwilling to express.
You life will become a constant journey. It will be a journey to nowhere. It will be an endless search. A search for what is already there.
...the word “alone” turned out to be an early English contraction for “all one.”
Our constant yearning for union is the outward worldly expression of the innermost knowing of the soul: we are one with all things and with life itself, and we seek always to experience that. That’s what you’re doing day to day...
This book is a mirror in written form. You placed this book before you, so that you might look at yourself. Look, then, deeply. This book is speaking right to you.
The new culture would be a culture of oneness, of unity, replacing the culture of separation that now exists.
It seems easier to ignore the mistake than to recognize it and rebuild the society – until the society is being so disassembled by the mistake itself that it needs to be rebuilt anyway. ...either by those who would seek to do us ill, or by those who would seek to protect us from those who would seek to do us ill.
...the present state of things: The fact of the matter is that there is more suffering on the planet than a society that was truly civil would allow, permit, or tolerate – much less create. There is more lack than there is plenty, more fear than there is love, more unrest than there is peace, and more indifference than there is concern.
How long do you think it will be before this concept of a Non-Human Vote spreads across the rest of the world?
...when humans are not getting what they want, or when they feel threatened (by something real or imagined), they will use violence to resolve the problem.
1. People are given information about God and about What God Wants from their elders – information that they widely embrace as true.
2. This information sponsors beliefs about Life and how it is, as well as how it “should” be.
3. These beliefs produce behaviours within the human family that create humanity’s on-the-ground experience.
Everything begins with the original information. Even those people who do not “believe in God” are affected by the ideas about God held by those who do.
We simply refuse to question our most basic assumptions and our most basic beliefs.
The problem facing humanity today is a spiritual problem.
...it is at the level of belief, not at the level of behaviour, where behaviour can most profoundly be modified.
What we really should be talking about is Belief Mod (modification).
...the world thinks that God condones violence as a means of conflict resolution.
It’s one of humanity’s false beliefs. ...if we can’t use God as our model, who can we use?
When we believe in our heart that We Are All One, everything will change. Everything.
Our challenge, in a nutshell, is group consciousness.
Because we keep trying to solve our problems at every level except the level at which the problems exist.
It’s a spiritual problem.
The simple fact is that we have not been taught that we are all members of a single group called Humanity.
We don’t see the people in
...expand human consciousness to include the awareness that God and life are One, that everything in life is part of a unified whole, and that our different religions are merely wonderfully divergent paths to the same destination – a destination the soul need not strain to reach, because it is already there: the everlasting embrace of God.
...their message is their life, lived.
...simply look closely to see which text and which messenger speaks to them in a way that makes it possible for them to express and experience their connection to the Divine, and to understand the great mysteries and the great wonders of life.
...life...is an ongoing process by which the soul seeks to grow, to expand, and to experience its intrinsic nature, which is unlimited and divine. ...evolution never ends.
Humans will also understand that life is not limited to what can be perceived by the five senses...
...eye toward what is being created, expressed, and experienced at many levels of perception in the Holy Moment of Now.
Creating heaven wherever you are will be seen as the prime objective.
Because of their deeper understanding and rich personal experience of life as a unified field, for people everywhere life itself will become the prime value, and the core around which all spiritual understanding and expression revolves.
One result of this teaching: Discrimination and abuse of females will disappear from civil society.
Humans will understand marriage to be a spiritual tool, a sacred device, used by evolving beings to play out their soul’s agenda and to complete that part of their journey that involves mutuality with a particular Other for the purpose of growth and the continued re-creation of Self.
They’ll also understand that all human relationships are hallowed ground, that intimate relationships with a significant other are highly impactful and important, and that holy matrimony is a contract of extraordinary meaning and consequence.
Humans will be aware that no two souls meet by chance, but every human encounter is purposeful and laden with gifts, and every melding of hearts and partnership of souls, however long or brief, is the playing out of a mystical agreement – God’s Invitation to experience and expand in awareness, consciousness, understanding, and expression of the Divine Essence of Being.
One result of this teaching: People will not see marriage and an opportunity to complete themselves or to somehow bring their lives “something that is missing,” but to celebrate the fact that there is nothing missing, that they are Whole, Complete, and Perfect just as they are, and to expand and grow in their experience of this through the wondrous miracle of bonded relationship.
Humans will never again enter into marriages (or stay in them) for reasons of security, because they’ll understand that the only real security is not in owning or possessing, nor in being owned or possessed... not in demanding or expecting, and not even in hoping that what they think they need in life will be supplied by another... but rather, in knowing that everything they desire in life... all the love, all the wisdom, all the insight, all the power, all the knowledge, all the understanding, all the nurturing, all the compassion, and all the strength... resides within them.
People will also not enter marriage in any way that would limit, control, hinder, or restrict their partners or themselves from any true expression and honest celebration of that which is the highest and best within them – including their love of God, their love of life, their love of people, their love of creativity, their love of work, and any aspect of their being that genuinely represents them and brings them joy.
Finally, people will not see marriage as producing obligations, but rather as providing opportunities... opportunities for growth, for full self-expression, for lifting their lives to the highest potential, for healing every false thought or small idea they ever had about themselves, and for ultimate reunion with God through the communion of two souls.
They’ll see marriage as truly a Holy Communion... not an everlasting union between a man and a woman, for better or for worse, but a union between two loving people lasting as long as both people choose to be united, a journey through life with one’s beloved as an equal partner, sharing equally both the authority and the responsibilities inherent in any partnership, bearing equally what burdens there be, basking equally in the glories. Humans will understand that the successes of a marriage is measured by what has been given and received, understood and remembered, shared and healed, and by what growth has been produced.
And finally, all humans will understand that marriage is about teamwork, the teamwork of two souls who have created a holy team to do the holy work of life itself, which is the work of growth and the expression of divinity through the experience of unity. Those who have a truly holy union will know that their union is a three-way union, that their team consists of each other and of God, and that this is The Only Team There Is (TOTTI).
This is the purpose and the wonder of life, they’ll see: To constantly re-create ourselves anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision we ever held about Who We Are – as a species, as individuals, and as divine beings in a causal universe.
...life is... a process of continuous and unending growth, expansion, self-expression, self-creation, and self-fulfilment.
Imagine the power that you would experience – the power to create the life of your dreams, and to assist others in creating theirs!
This is just a taste of what life could be like in the days of the New Spirituality, and you don’t have to wait for all of humanity to create that experience collectively. All people can being to create it individually for themselves, and in the lives of those whose lives they touch. That is, in fact, what life invites you to do! It’s what God is calling you to do right now.
How to use God?
Attention must be paid.
...we can become what we choose to become.
...how to create life as we would like to experience it on this planet.
What is God’s purpose, what is God’s function?
God can be used.
That is the point of having a God.
The force, the power, the energy, that is life itself can be used, with consistent and predictable results. Interestingly, this point is made over and over again in the teachings of all religions.
If you do not go within you go without.
“The Force is with you.”
The question now is, how to use God?
It’s simple. Thought, word, and deed. What you think, what you say, and what you do is how you use God. These are the three Tools of Creation...
Think only what you choose to experience, say only what you choose to make real, do only what you choose to demonstrate as your Highest Reality.
When you desire something, look to see what feeling you imagine you would experience if you had that. ...it’s always an internal experience that your soul is seeking, not an external experience. ... “feeling” is the word we have given to this experience.
This is the most liberating insight of personal growth work, because it means that nothing exterior to yourself is required at any time for you to know inner peace and inner joy.
You’ll want nothing at all as well when you realize that it is feelings that you are after, that these are all you have ever been after, and that any of these that you wish to experience are available within you at any moment.
The difference between conscious decision and unconscious decision is that consciousness considers consequence.
...feelings are a great tool of the brain that most people are not using in their most effective way. Most people spend their lives reacting to feelings rather than creating with them.
The point of having a God is to use the essence and the energy that IS God, and that is life, in a way that allows you to create your own experience, thereby becoming as God is: the creator.
Creating a feeling inside you can create an event outside you. This is because feelings move energy around, and energy is the stuff of life.
The power of positive thinking...
...Ask and It Is Given...
“My will for you is your will for you.” This opens up the space for miracles. Personal miracles, in your own daily life.
This is how God cares for you. God cares for you by giving you the power to care for yourself. All human beings are creators, and we are creating our reality in every single moment of now. That is why Now is the most important moment there is...
And it is not what you do in the moment of Now that is the most important element of the creative process, it is how you feel. Your feelings create your inner reality, and your inner reality creates your outer experience.
This puts you squarely in the driver’s seat. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to drive. They are out of control, because feelings can so often “come over them” out of nowhere, and run them.
...you can literally decide to feel any way you wish about any experience you are having... You can even decide ahead of time how you are going to feel under certain conditions or circumstances.
...a pre-judgment, or prejudice.
One can have healthy prejudices, and one can have unhealthy prejudices. Unhealthy prejudices are judgements that you make ahead of time that bring you stress or produce some negativity, such as anger, resentment, or fear. Healthy prejudices are judgements made ahead of time that bring you positive experiences of inner peace, inner joy, or well-being.
...you can decide before these incidents occur how you are going to feel about them. His may seem “calculating,” and it is! There is nothing “wrong” with being calculating, especially when you are devising the best emotional outcome for you and all concerned.
...any stressful feeling is like a compassionate alarm clock that says, ‘You’re caught in the dream.’ Depression, pain, and fear are gifts that say, ‘Sweetheart, take a look at what you’re thinking right now. You’re living in a story that isn’t true for you.’
Emotion is energy in motion (e + motion). It is what you do with the feelings you have. A feeling is simply a thought that you hold about something.
Feelings are our deepest truth. Emotions are the mental and physical manifestations of feelings after the mind gets through with its endless (and rapid) analysis of them.
The mind doesn’t know a darn thing about feelings. Only the heart does.
At moments of great decision and choice in our lives, it would benefit us to therefore go deep inside and look at our True Feelings. Therein is our truth – not in our Emotions.
Guilt is pointless...
Fear is pointless...
Fear is a feeling that, like all feelings, creates vibrations.
Everything is a vibration.
Feelings can be felt in the air.
...every thought affects the whole world...
It is in this way that many people have learned to deeply affect and dramatically impact their personal reality. They live the lives they choose. And when many individuals make the same choice collectively, the combined energy of collective consciousness can have an immediate and detectable influence on the larger reality in any environment. Ultimately, this can affect life on earth itself.
Life proceeds out of your intentions for it.
Pay attention to your intention. And let go of guilt and fear as your first step in moving to clarity about your intentions, for guilt and fear only cloud them.
You are at the centre of it all.
“Every time you see something outside yourself, don’t separate yourself from it, merge with it. Become one with it. You are one with everything. Don’t encourage yourself in thinking thoughts of separation. Look at that man and say, ‘There I am, being a drunk.’ Look at the movie star and say, ‘There I am, being famous.’ Look at the grass and say, ‘There I am, being the grass.’ Just keep seeing yourself everywhere. Just look and say, ‘I am that.’ Practice this daily and it will give you, in three months, an entirely different outlook on life.
And now you are free.
Free of any limiting thoughts you ever had about yourself.
Human beings have always been free. They simply haven’t known it.
A New Spirituality truly is emerging upon the earth, and the idea of Oneness is at its core.
So here is the New Spirituality in three words: God is everything.
Your behaviour, your life lived, is the first part of your Quiet Invitation. Others around you will soon desire to explore the extraordinary possibilities that your thoughts present. When they ask you how it can be that you move through the world so much of the time with such peace and joy and love, you will tell them. Quietly, without any attempt at “converting” or proselytizing, you will simply tell them what you understand of the world, of life, and of God.
Most corruption is not placed into the world by what people do, but by what they do not do.
The first qualification for becoming one of these new leaders is willpower.
Please consider the possibility that you brought yourself to this healing message at this moment in answer to a call from your own soul. It is a call to soar. It is a feeling of yearning from deep within for you to make a difference in a world of indifference.
Our opportunity now is to create the space of possibility for a New Spirituality to emerge upon the earth...
There is much you can do, in your own home, in the teaching of your children, in the interactions with your family. Then, in the places that you touch every day. The office. The store. The bank. The mall. The internet. Bring your energy, bring your changed energy, to those places. Touch the people in those places with that which has touched you...
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Hundreds, thousands – nay, millions – are thinking now as you are thinking: what can I do?
Changing Beliefs: The Newsletter of the New Spirituality; www.nealedonaldwalsch.com
Part of the Change: Your Role as a Spiritual Helper
...69 percent of adult Americans believe religious differences are the biggest hurdle to achieving global peace.
The question now is not, What is the problem?, but What are we going to do about it?