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Humanity is about to create a new form of spirituality on earth. Neale Donald Walsch believes that this New Spirituality will allow humans to express their natural impulse toward the Divine without making one another wrong for the way in which they are doing it...and without killing each other in the...
Humanity is about to create a new form of spirituality on earth. Neale Donald Walsch believes that this New Spirituality will allow humans to express their natural impulse toward the Divine without making one another wrong for the way in which they are doing it...and without killing each other in the name of it. In Tomorrow's God, Walsch offers compelling reasons why adopting this new belief system is in the best interests of humankind -- now.
Tomorrow's God contains an astonishing prediction, one that comes from an astonishing source: God. Presented as a conversation between God and Walsch, this startling, profound book is offered in two parts: Part One deals with humanity's current conception of God, and the new ideas about the Deity that will characterize God in our not-too-distant future. Part Two examines how these ideals will be put into place -- and how they will impact our lives, and help us to create a newer, better world.
Controversial, challenging, and illuminating, Tomorrow's God provides both spiritual and down-to-earth advice on what each of us can do to cope with the current world crises -- and experience God in such a way that ourexperience of one another will be healed at last.
This book contains the most exciting news of the past 100 years: Humanity is about to create a new form of spirituality on the earth.
Our civilization stands at the brink of its greatest adventure and its most extraordinary achievement. I want you to commit now to finding your place in that creation.
This book is a look at Tomorrow's God. It is about humanity's future -- but not some far-off distant vision. Rather, it includes a startling prediction for the next thirty years. It is about our near future, and the role that humans will play in creating it. It is about the role that you can play in creating it. It is about what will happen and how it will happen.
Like the other With God books, this text takes the form of a conversation with God, but it is not necessary to believe that I actually had such a conversation in order to benefit from it. All that is necessary is that you have an open mind -- and this book even tells you how to achieve that.
But now, fair warning. You will find information in this book that is not new to you. Very little here cannot be found, cumulatively, in the sacred writings of all the world's wisdom traditions. Very little has not already been spoken by all of humanity's master teachers. Very little, for that matter, has not appeared in my own previous writing.
What, then, would be the reason to read this book? I suggest that it is not that it contains wisdom that we have not been given, but that it repeats wisdom to which we have not been listening.
And the problem is, if we do not listen to this wisdom now, we may not have many more chances to have it repeated.
Weare at the edge, you see. We have gone as far as we can go in the direction we have been taking. We need now to change course if we wish to preserve life as we know it on this planet.
Humanity cannot afford any more temper tantrums. We have found a way to pack the end of the world into a briefcase. We can seal the death of civilized society in a spore-filled envelope and simply mail it off. Talk about our fate being sealed...
We have trained ourselves to be able to fly airplanes into buildings, killing thousands of people, without flinching. We have talked ourselves into believing that preemptive strike -- shooting first and asking questions later -- is a perfectly acceptable means of conducting foreign policy.
We have decided that to have dominion over the earth means to destroy it -- and to pretend that we don't know we are doing it. We have concluded that altering the basic genetic structure of our food is the way to improve it. We have chosen to allow 20 percent of the world's people to receive 80 percent of the world's income, and to call this the good life.
We are, in short, confused. Yet there is a way out of this confusion, and you can play a role in taking us there. This book talks about your role. It says that the next thirty years will see a paradigm shift within humanity so positive, so upheaving, so reshaping, so utterly inside-outing, that it will alter the course of human history. And it invites you -- yes, you, the person now holding this book -- to join in this reinventing of humanity.
That is why this book has been written. It is an invitation directly from God to you.
Think about this.
Now think about how this book came into your hands. How did you come to hear about it? Or, if you never knew about it until just this minute, how did it attract your attention? What made you pick this up and start reading it? For that matter, what makes you keep reading it?
Do you think this is all happening by chance?
It is not. There is no such thing as "chance." The universe does nothing by accident. This book has come to you to tell you that you can change the course of human history.
Not only the people who run governments or own corporations or lead movements or write books or are influential for some other reason. Not only those people.
You can change the course of human history.
This is not an exaggeration. Please believe me. This is not an exaggeration.
This book calls you to that singular undertaking. It invites you now to internalize the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary masters found here; not merely to hear it again, but now to receive it, to take it in, to absorb it at the deepest level of your being, until it becomes the essence of who you are at the cellular level.
Life will be inviting you in the years immediately ahead to act and respond from this level of Deep Knowing. What you place there now in terms of the things you profoundly believe, and how far you spread the messages found here through the living of your life in a new way, will make all the difference in the world to the world.
Yet do not feel that you have to do all this by yourself. Perhaps the most uplifting and exciting part of the message that is brought to us in this book is that now, none of us have to "go it alone." We have teammates, and we can join them and call them to us, to rally around humanity's greatest cause: changing ourselves and changing our world.
I said earlier that you might not find much that is new in this book. I was wrong.
You might find...a New You.
And a way to create a New World.
Copyright © 2004 by Neale Donald Walsch
Chapter 1: The Greatest Blasphemy
We need a new God.
No. I'm serious. We need a new God. The old God isn't working anymore.
The old one never worked.
Some people think it did.
They were not looking at the world around them.
Not honestly. Not comprehensively. They were seeing only what they wanted to see.
They were not seeing the cruelty and the fighting and the killing that was going on in God's name. They were not seeing the separation and the oppression and the fear and the utter dysfunction. Or, worse yet, they were seeing it and they played into it. They used it as a means of controlling the people.
In truth the old God, Yesterday's God, might have made individual lives work here and there -- perhaps even many of them -- but that God was never able to create a just society or a joyful, harmonious civilization, to say nothing of a peaceful world. And that God can't do that even today.
Even today, with all your powers of instant communication and total connection and advanced comprehension and increased awareness and sophisticated technology and marvelous miracles, you can't produce the simple, humble experience for which humanity has yearned from the beginning of time.
You can't produce peace.
You can't produce lasting joy.
And the God in whom you believe can't, either.
Why? Why? Why can't all the best efforts of humanity and all the help we've begged for, and received, from God, produce this result?
Because the God in whom you believe isn't real. The God in whom you believe is made up. It is a God you created out of thin air, having nothing to do with Ultimate Reality.
Well, there's a challenging thought. That's just about the greatest blasphemy.
All great truth begins as blasphemy.
The time to challenge your most sacred beliefs is at hand. If you don't challenge your beliefs soon, your beliefs are going to challenge you.
This book is meant to be challenging.
This book is meant to save the world.
That's up to the world.
Why? Why isn't it up to you? If you're God, why isn't it up to you?
Because my function is not to save the world. My function is to create it.
And after you create it, you don't care what happens?
I care what happens as much as you do.
No, you don't. If you care what happens as much as we do, you won't let the world destroy itself.
You mean if I care what happens more than you do. If I care what happens as much as you do, I will let the world destroy itself, because that's exactly what you are doing.
Since I care only as much as you do, the world in which you live may very well be destroyed. At the very least, life as you now know it could be irrevocably altered. And if that's what happens, I will let it happen.
Why? Why won't you do something to stop it?
Because you won't.
We can't. You can. You're God. You can do what humans cannot.
Your statement is inaccurate. I can, and YOU can. But I will not, unless you do.
Why not? What kind of a God are you?
The best kind there is. The only kind there is. The kind who gives you free will, and who will never, ever interfere with that.
Not even to save us from ourselves?
If I saved you from yourselves, then you wouldn't BE "yourselves," but only a slave to me. You would not have free will. Your will would be free only until you did something that I did not want you to do. Then, I would stop the exercise of your free will and make you do what I want you to do.
Of course you would. If you were half the God that humans think you are, you would stop us from destroying ourselves. You would do what is best for us. You would make us do what is best for us.
By whose assessment, and by whose definition?
"Best" by whose assessment, and "us" by whose definition?
By yours. By your assessment. By your definition. You would define what is meant by the term "us," you would decide what is "best" for us, and then you would make what is "best" happen for all of "us." We depend on you to do this. That's what God is for.
Really? Is that what you think?
Copyright © 2004 by Neale Donald Walsch
Chapter 2: Good-bye to Yesterday's God
Most of humanity believes that God decides which humans are included in the word "us." We then form groups or clusters around what you have decided, and we call them religions or faiths. You, God, then assure "us" that you will be bringing "us" back to you, by telling "us" what is "best" for "us."
Those humans who are not included in your definition of "us" will not return to you under any circumstances, nor will those who are included if they do not do what is "best" for them. People in these two categories will be condemned. They will suffer in the eternal fires of Hell.
Is that what you believe? Truly? Is that how it is for you?
No. Not really. No, it is not. At least, not anymore. Not after experiencing and understanding all of my conversations with God. But it is still the belief of most of humanity, and I come to this dialogue now to speak for most of humanity.
You do? Why? Why are you doing that?
I want to ask the questions that I think most of humanity asks, to say the things that I hear most of humanity saying.
So that humanity's question may be answered. So that humanity's voice may be heard. So that humanity's experience may be enlarged, enhanced, expanded, even as mine has been. So that joy may abound and peace may prevail upon the earth, even as joy abounds and peace prevails in my soul when I am in my highest place.
You want to give to humanity the gift that you have been given.
Because I want to continue to receive the gift that I have been given, and the best way I know how to do that is to give it away.
Giving your gift away causes you to continue having it?
Yes. The gift that I give is the gift that I experience.
Because only through the expression of Who I Am can I have the experience of Who I Am. Withholding my expression withholds my experience. Because "that which flows through me sticks to me." Because there is really only One of us, and I am a part of that One, and so, what I cause another to experience, I experience, and what I cause myself to experience, another experiences.
Because what I cause another to know, I know, and what I cause myself to know, another knows. Because what I cause another to receive, I receive, and what I cause myself to receive, another receives.
Similarly, what I withhold from another is withheld from me, and what I withhold from myself is withheld from another, for I cannot give what I do not have, and I cannot have what I do not give. Only through the giving of something can I experience the having of it. Without the giving, the having is not experienceable.
Giving transforms Having into Being.
I can imagine myself as "having" creativity, but only through the giving of my creativity to others can I experience being creative.
I can imagine myself as "having" abundance, but only through the giving of my abundance to others can I experience being abundant.
I can imagine myself as "having" love, but only through the giving of my love to others can I experience myself as being love.
Giving transforms Having into Being, and the miracle of giving is that we are giving only to ourselves. This is always the case, and this is the great secret of Life. It is the unfolded mystery of every spiritual tradition.
This is the Universal Law, and it cannot be avoided, nor can it be bypassed, sidestepped, or ignored. It will play its effect in our lives sooner or later. Thus it has been taught: "As you sow, so shall you reap." And, "Do unto others as you would have it done unto you." And, "What goes around, comes around."
What I know is that the fastest way to experience myself as having answers to my questions is to cause others to experience themselves as having answers to theirs.
So now I speak for most of humanity, asking the questions of most of humanity, and making the statements of most of humanity, so that more of humanity may have and know God's responses to these questions and statements, even as I do, so that I may continue to know that I know.
You have learned well. You have understood, and you have caused others to understand, and now you seek to cause even more to understand, so that you may understand more.
And so a circle completes itself in you, and a prophecy is fulfilled through you. For I have said to all of humanity, unto you will I send my messengers, and among you will they walk. Not only one, but many, not only in ancient times, but through all the ages, bringing you the knowing of the truth of your being, even as that truth emerges in and through them, AS them.
And they will say to you, listen. Listen to this invitation:
There is another way. There is another way to experience God. There is another way to live life. Your differences do not have to create divisions. Your contrasts do not have to produce conflicts. The variations in your beliefs do not have to bring violence to your lives. THERE IS ANOTHER WAY.
Yet you will not find that way by searching for it. You will only find it by creating it. And you will not create it by remaining stuck in old beliefs, but only by opening yourself to new ideas. New ideas about God and about Life that can truly light the world.
I want to help to bring those new ideas to humanity, even as they were given to me.
So continue, now, this dialogue, if that is what serves you, even as you serve humanity through this experience. For in this dialogue I will speak to you of Tomorrow's God, who will be different from the God of your yesterdays in many important ways.
I will also speak to you of a New Spirituality. A kind of spirituality that will allow humans to express their natural impulse to seek and to experience the Divine without making each other wrong for the way in which they are doing it, and without killing each other in the name of it.
I will describe how this New Spirituality will play its effect when overlaid upon the experiences and constructions of your human society, specifically in the areas of religion, politics, economics, business and commerce, education, relationships, and sexuality.
There is much to explore in our conversation, so yes, let us continue.
Yet as I do continue this dialogue, I want to repeat that I can no longer speak only for myself in every instance, with every comment, as the asker of every question. The truth is that I already have my answers to many of the questions I will be asking.
Yet many humans do not. Or they do have answers, but those answers do not work. They do not function to bring humanity the experience it says it seeks, or take humanity where it says it wants to go.
Still, these humans are trying to make the answers work. They are trying to be faithful to the answers they have been given, and they are miserable in the trying, they are tired and saddened in the effort, they are confused and angered by the process. And so you have a miserable and tired and saddened world. A world that is confused and angry.
This is evidenced all around you. Now, you have a choice. You can see this, announce it, and declare it, or you can deny it.
I choose to see it, announce it, and declare it. I think it is time to say what is "so." I think it is time to talk about it. In very real terms. Very openly and directly. To look at the issues and to look at the problems and to look, most important, at the solutions.
Good. Then we will proceed with the awareness that you are allowing yourself to ask rhetorical questions and to make rhetorical statements for the purpose of presenting the perceptions of many people, not just your own.
Thank you. And so, to get back to where we were...
...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.
That belief is a fallacy. That is not God's job and that is not God's purpose and that is not God's function.
It is the job and purpose of the God that many of you have created in your imaginations, but not of the God Who Really Is. It is the function of Yesterday's God, but not of Tomorrow's God.
That's the second time you've used that phrase. What do you mean by "Tomorrow's God"?
The God in whom you will believe on some future tomorrow. The God in whom you will have faith in your future.
So we are going to get a new God!
Not a "new God," but a new understanding of the present God. An expanded concept, a deeper awareness.
But you agreed with me when we started this conversation that we needed a new God.
I was going with the words you were using, not wanting to get into semantics in our first brief exchange. I knew all along what I meant, and I knew all along that I would have a chance to explain it to you further.
So, what did you mean?
As I've just said, I meant not a "new" God, strictly speaking, but a new version of God. A larger version of God. This is the Same God Who Always Was, Is Now, and Always Will Be -- it is simply not the God of your present understanding.
Your understanding has been incomplete. I am inviting you now to expand your awareness and come to a more complete understanding of who and what God is, and of what is true about Life. I am inviting you to create Tomorrow's God.
What if I don't want to let go of Yesterday's God? What if I'm really attached to those ideas and, by the way, happen to think they are the Right and True ideas about God?
Then you will continue to create your life as you now know it on your planet.
So? What's so bad about that?
Look around 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?
Actually, it's beginning to happen right now.
Really? Well, so much for that being what saves the world, because it's not changing anything.
Yes, it 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 around here?
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 experience.
What you believe, therefore, becomes a most important thing.
What creates beliefs? Can anything in the exterior world of physicality create beliefs?
People in your exterior world can create interior spiritual events. First in themselves and then in others.
Many have done this. This is what you are doing now. That is what all of humanity can do.
But how? How can we do this? That is the golden question!
There are many ways in which one may begin.
You are holding it in your hand.
Copyright © 2004 by Neale Donald Walsch
While the conversation transcribed here took place as one continuous progression, this book is offered in two parts.
Part One deals with humanity's current conception of God and the new ideas about Deity that will characterize God in our not-too-distant future.
Part Two examines how these new ideas will be put into place, how they will impact our lives, and how they will help us create a newer world.
If they do not help us in this way, they will, of course, mean nothing.
Copyright © 2004 by Neale Donald Walsch
Posted February 27, 2000
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