Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1 (Guidebook)

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The perfect and indispensable companion to Conversations with God, Book 1. The Guidebook is a comprehensive manual that organizes the original material in a step-by-step format, ideal for group discussions or individual study. This essential companion book provides insight into the most re-read book in years.
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Overview

The perfect and indispensable companion to Conversations with God, Book 1. The Guidebook is a comprehensive manual that organizes the original material in a step-by-step format, ideal for group discussions or individual study. This essential companion book provides insight into the most re-read book in years.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571740489
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Conversations with God Series
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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On Tuesday, September 30, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Neale Donald Walsch, author of CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD.


Moderator: On September 30, 1997, BarnesandNoble@aol welcomed Neale Donald Walsch, who in the spring of 1992 began writing the letter that became a written dialogue with God. This letter grew to be his first book, the word-of-mouth hit and bestseller CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD BOOK ONE, and his latest, CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD BOOK TWO.



JainBN: Mr. Walsch, thanks so much for joining us this evening!

Neale Donald Walsch: Thank you very much. It's wonderful to be here.


Question: How can I change my "sponsoring thought"? I know the thought is there; I know it is not the thought I want to have, but it persists. How can I change it?

Neale Donald Walsch: You cannot change a sponsoring thought. You can only add a new thought to it. The computer program of your mind is nonerasable but is enlargeable. The answer, therefore, is to stop trying to change your sponsoring thought and create a new thought that you wish to become part of your reality. Then add the new thought to your program and live from that. Remember this What you resist persists. Therefore, do not resist your sponsoring thought; simply ignore it.


Question: Why would someone choose to be evil? Why did Hitler choose to be so? And others, here and now, performing gruesome murders, etc. Why?

Neale Donald Walsch: No one does anything inappropriate given their model of the world. People do not choose to be evil. People simply choose to act in certain ways that we call evil. No one gets up in the morning and says, "I think today I'll do an evil thing." What people do do is say, "This is what I think I must do," and then they do it. They make the decisions and take the actions they take because of every preconceived notion which fills their mind. These notions are what we call sponsoring thoughts.


Question: Who did God tell you Jesus is?

Neale Donald Walsch: I didn't ask the question.


Question: What does God think of the state of televangelism?

Neale Donald Walsch: I didn't ask that question, either.


Question: Where were you when you had your first conversation with God? And what was the conversation about?

Neale Donald Walsch: On the couch in my living room at 4 20 in the morning. The conversation is outlined in the first portion of BOOK ONE. It, in fact, forms the first chapter of BOOK ONE.


Question: Your books have changed my life. However, I fall back into the fear mode. How can I safeguard positive thoughts?

Neale Donald Walsch: By causing others to do so. When you teach what you have to learn, and give to others what you wish to receive, you become a great master.


Question: According to God, what is the source of mankind's pain and suffering?

Neale Donald Walsch: Our own misguided thoughts, our deepest fears, and our guilts. And most important of all, our utter misunderstanding of God and our right relationship to God. Chiefly, the thoughts which are misguided are thoughts of separation. Any thought we have which separate us from God and from each other will cause, and has caused, great pain. All pain disappears from human experience the moment we "get" that we and God, and we and everyone else, are one -- and begin acting as if we believe that. If the world began acting that way tomorrow, every human problem would disappear from the face of the earth.


Question: In your books, you say that each person's purpose is to be who they were meant to be. How do you know who you are supposed to be and what to do?

Neale Donald Walsch: You are not "supposed" to be anything. Who would do the supposing? God has given you the opportunity to choose, quite arbitrarily, who you are, what you wish to be, and what you wish to do. You cannot make a mistake in this, because God has no preference in the matter.


Question: What is the best thing we can offer our children?

Neale Donald Walsch: Love. Without condition.


Question: I've seen BOOK ONE and BOOK TWO in the stores. Is there a BOOK THREE lurking in the air?

Neale Donald Walsch: Yes.


Question: What's the source of abandonment? Was there an original abandonment experience that occurred in human collective unconsciousness?

Neale Donald Walsch: Yes. We felt abandoned by God. Most people still feel abandoned by God. Many religions subtly teach abandonment by God, although they don't call it that. In the moment that we realize that God has never abandoned us and never will -- in that moment, we lose our fear of abandonment by anyone else. In truth, we have abandoned ourselves. For we have stepped away from our grandest notion of who we are. God would have us return to that idea, and so would I.


Question: How long did your conversation with God last? Was it one giant conversation, or did it come in intervals?

Neale Donald Walsch: It is still ongoing. And it is experienced in intervals, sometimes just a few minutes, sometimes three or four hours. Usually in the middle of the night.


Question: What reactions have you gotten from fundamentalists? Have you gotten a lot of feedback, as you expected, that your work is satanic in origin?

Neale Donald Walsch: No. The negative reaction to the book and its teachings has been remarkably minimal.


Question: Were your conversations with God audible? Could another person in the room with you have heard the conversation?

Neale Donald Walsch: No.


Question: So, there is no evil force in the universe...no absolute right or wrong?

Neale Donald Walsch: There is good and evil. In the Realm of the Relative, if there were no such thing as evil, there could be no such thing as good -- in our relative environment. In the Realm of the Absolute, no polarity exists. There is simply All That Is. We call this Allness, in our language, God.


Question: How did your family react when you first told them of your conversation with God?

Neale Donald Walsch: With great joy and absolute acceptance. No one doubted it for a moment. And when they read the material, they were even more sure.


Question: Have you ever asked yourself, Why me? Why am I having this experience?

Neale Donald Walsch: Yes.


Question: I've read your book several times, and each time I come away feeling like I just won't ever really "get it," even though I understand it. Did that happen with you as you received this information?

Neale Donald Walsch: No, that has not happened to me. I feel that I have been "getting it" and that I continue to "get it." But I must admit that I have a closer relationship with the material than most people.


Question: What is your religious background?

Neale Donald Walsch: I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. I became a Presbyterian at age 21, investigated Judaism by age 30, and by age 40 had seriously investigated virtually every theological construction of which I was aware. I now do not subscribe to any particular theological doctrine, although on Sunday mornings, I often find myself in a Unity church or a Church of Religious Science.


Question: Do you have a retreat in Oregon that people can actually go to?

Neale Donald Walsch: We did, but it burned down in June of '96. We are currently scouting around for new sites and hope to have reconstructed our new site, to have "Re-Created" it, in the next 12 months. In the meantime, we offer our programs at retreat sites around the country.


Question: If, in fact, this conversation transformed your life, how did it? What did it mean to you personally?

Neale Donald Walsch: It caused me to change my relationships, my ideas about money, my concepts surrounding my own sexuality, and my experience of personal health -- all for the better.


Question: I've not read your book, though I am intrigued.... How did God begin to answer you, and how did you know it was God?

Neale Donald Walsch: Read the book.


Question: How does prosperity feel, after the success of your book?

Neale Donald Walsch: Wonderful.


Question: Do you consider yourself part of the new age movement?

Neale Donald Walsch: I reject any label. I consider myself part of the family of humans, and divine preachers currently inhabiting this planet.


Question: What's God's spin on extraterrestrials?

Neale Donald Walsch: They are there, they are real, they are present, they are benign, they are wondrous, and they are extraordinarily willing to assist the primitive race of beings on this planet in whatever way we will allow them to.


Question: Did God comment to you on how the mind affects the body?

Neale Donald Walsch: Of course. All over BOOK ONE and BOOK TWO.


Question: What's God's opinion on why there is mental illness?

Neale Donald Walsch: Each soul enters human form with an idea about itself -- something it wishes to experience, a way it wishes to grow. Each soul brings to itself the exact, right, and perfect conditions in order to allow itself the opportunity for that growth. The word "handicapped" is inaccurate. No soul is handicapped. A soul simply creates for itself a particular kind of mind and body which is perfect for its purposes in each lifetime. Masters see this perfection in every person that we would call handicapped. That is what makes them Masters.


Question: N. D., if God has no preference, isn't that a type of abandonment? Or don't you see this?

Neale Donald Walsch: Of course it is not abandonment. If I tell my children they may do as they wish, am I abandoning them or demonstrating the highest form of love?


Question: How many times will God forgive a person?

Neale Donald Walsch: Forever.


Question: Where is Hitler now?

Neale Donald Walsch: I don't know. The universe is a big place, and All of Creation is even bigger. I do not know where the soul which called itself Hitler in one of its incarnations is at this moment.


Question: What's the difference between joy and happiness?

Neale Donald Walsch: There isn't any.


Question: Did God tell you who we are before we are born?

Neale Donald Walsch: No. God tells us nothing. God asks us who we wish to be, and we tell God. Then God says, Yes.


Question: It all seems so very simple Love is the answer. Why do we struggle with the concept?

Neale Donald Walsch: Because we don't believe it.


Question: Do you feel that your role in this lifetime is as a messenger?

Neale Donald Walsch: Yes.


Question: How do you feel about online communication like this?

Neale Donald Walsch: It is cumbersome...but better than nothing.


Question: I intuitively "got" everything in BOOK ONE except one thing how the God you talked to is, and is not, the God, the one source of everything. Can you elaborate?

Neale Donald Walsch: Infinity knows no limitation. If we believe in a God which is infinite, then we must believe, perforce, in a God who cannot be placed at any particular point or who "ends" anytime or anywhere. Therefore, the God to whom we speak is merely a "localized" element or version of the True God, who is everywhere present without limitation. It is a difficult concept to understand, I know; I suggest you don't try to. Some things are best accepted without understanding. Like the love of our beloved, or the fragrance of roses, or the infinite nature of deity.


JainBN: This will be our last question for Mr. Walsch.

Neale Donald Walsch:


Question: In the book, God says that "there is only one of us." Does that mean that all of us, collectively and individually, are God Himself/Herself?

Neale Donald Walsch: Of course. That is exactly what it means. Would that we would treat each other that way.


JainBN: Thank you for joining us tonight, Mr. Walsch, and sharing with us your experience.

Neale Donald Walsch: I am blessed by the opportunity to have done so. Thank you, and blessed be.


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