CwG Quotes "You are seeking to experience yourself as the grandest version of the greatest vision you ever had about Who You Are. "

- Conversations with God Book 3





Daily Thought


I tell you this: The purpose of life is not to please God. The purpose of life is to know, and to recreate, Who You Are.

- Book Two p 41




Bulletin #553


August 09, 2013

The chief problem facing humanity today

A Note from Neale...


My dear friends,

As we move into the first week of August I notice that it is hard to believe that we have passed the halfway point in the year 2013. The years go by faster and faster...

This week I am offering the following commentary in all of my public posting locations. I hope you will find it intriguing and beneficial.

God is the source of all help to people in the world, but most people are asking God for the wrong kind of help—and even then they often do not turn to God except when it is too late.

Most people are asking God to change things. They are asking for a change in the situations, circumstances, and events of their lives—not understanding that they are asking God to undo the very conditions that they, themselves, have co-created.

They are asking God for peace on Earth, and goodwill between all people—while they, themselves, continue to co-create the opposite.

They are asking God for health, safety, and security—while they, themselves, continue to co-create the opposite.

They are asking God for everyone to have an equal opportunity for full self-expression, for abundance, and for personal happiness—while they, themselves, continue to co-create the opposite.

It is true. All the while that we humans send up our prayers to God, we deny that we, ourselves, are continuing to co-create the opposite of that for which we say we yearn. And there is one thing we can be certain of in our relationship with God: God will always give us Free Will, allowing us to create in our collective experience whatever it is we choose to create — even when it violates the spirit of everything we say we wish to create.

The chief problem facing humanity today is our absolute refusal to accept responsibility for the experiences that we, ourselves, are collaboratively creating.

What God deeply desires us to do is to allow God to empower us. Yet when we turn to God for the wrong kind of help at the wrong time, it disempowers us, because it affirms our thought that that we are the victims of the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

As well, it furthers our thought that we are powerless to alter the circumstance we have created, and that God is now the only one who can help us — if there even is a “God.”

As long as most people think of themselves as being at the effect of the events or circumstances in their lives, they are bound to repeat them, because they are not aware of how or why those events have occurred.

This is a declaration, in 40 words, of the precise reason that life is the way it is on the Planet Earth today.

People are not at the effect of the global events and circumstances in their lives, they are collectively at cause in the matter.

Every event and circumstance on Earth is jointly produced, placed into the collective reality as a collaborative creation of The Collective Itself.

And the tragedy is that The Collective does not know this—or, worse yet, does know this, and merely acts as if it does not.

Much of this has to do with our understanding of the nature of God itself. Is there even a being called “God”? What is the true nature of The Divine — and what does it want, need, require? What does it actually do in our lives? How does Divinity interact with Humanity? What is the nature of this relationship? Does it even exist?

These questions and more will be explored here in a multi-part series titled "The Nature of God and Life/an exploration of critical importance in our time."  I hope you will join in the discussion by writing a Letter to the Editor — and invite your family, friends, and acquaintances to do the same. Now is the moment for a worldwide conversation on a matter of global impact and universal significance.

In the months ahead I will bring this discussion right into your home via telephone and video links. Look for that from CWGConnect. In the meantime, join us here for the online print element of our exploration.

With love and hugs,

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Letters to Neale: How to stay connected.

Dear Neale,I hope this e-mail is read by you because I do have a question that has been bothering me for a long time. I have just finished all four books in Conversations with God and have found them to be profoundly valuable in my experience to have a relationship with God. People say that they love God, but I always found that to be somewhat superficial because can anyone really say they know God and have developed a relationship where they have fallen in love with Him/Her (and I am not speaking about you because you seem to have fallen in love with God through your work). I am trying to develop this HONEST FEELING of LOVING GOD.

Well, here is my question: I lost my only child, Timmy, in an automobile accident on Friday, August 13, 1999. You might say he came into the world through an accident because on Friday, September 13, 1974 I had an automobile accident while I was 8 months pregnant. We survived, fortunately, but he was born almost a month early as a result of my water breaking from the traumatic experience of the accident. When he was born I was 24 years old just shy of my 25th birthday. When he died he was 24 just shy of his 25th birthday. When I was in labor with him I developed some severe knots in my hair that took many weeks to get out. When he died those same knots came back and it took a hairdresser and cutting of my hair to get them out.

Since 1985 I have been on a path about what death is all about to the point where my son one day said to me, "Mom you read all these near death experience books and other books about death and dying that I am afraid you are going to die". I told him I was tough and wouldn't die for a long time. Never knowing that he would go first. Before I read your books, I read the Journey of the Souls and the Destiny of the Souls by Dr. Michael Newton. In those books it declares that your child is no longer your child, your husband no longer your husband, and mother and father no longer that because they just played those roles in your present life time. If that is true, it is disheartening to me that my son is no longer my son. It hurts me to think that he will choose a new mother from our so called "soul group" and continue another existence with another family for his soul development. Excuse me if that sounds selfish, but it is hurtful enough to loose him without thinking that he is no longer my son anymore.

This has been and continues to be a long path for me. I have accepted his death because I do not have a choice, but to realize that he is no longer my son is devastating to me. Can you shed some light on this for me? Your testimony of God feels so right, so comforting. Can you tell me more, with your acquired wisdoms and knowledge what this is all about. I am saddened to think your conversations with God has stopped in your writings and I cannot gleam any more knowledge from a continuation of these wonderfully, spiritual books.

Please, Neale, if you could possibly find the time to reply directly, I would be so grateful for some inspiration on this subject.

A forever student of the Universe, Helen.

Neale Responds


My dear Helen,

The very first thing that I want you to do is to go to and order a copy of HOME WITH GOD in a Life That Never Ends. If you do that right now, after reading this, you can have a copy in your hands tomorrow. Then begin reading it and don't stop until you finish. In many ways it is almost as if this book was written for you.

In this final dialogue, God explains that "death is a process of re-identification." Each soul lives forever, and in the Time After Death the soul moves through a three-stage process in which it (1) ceases to identify with its body; (2) ceases to identify with its mind; (3) ceases to identify with its soul, merging at last with the Oneness, the Essence of Being that some of us call God. This is the Journey Home, and it is a joyful, wonder-filled journey that each spiritual entity takes after death, which is not death at all, but merely birth in another form.

Through all the annals of time it will be recorded that you gave physicality to the soul that has been called your son. Yet this soul is much greater than the localized, individual identity that it took on at the moment of this birth. In that sense, this soul is "no longer your son" -- nor would you want it to be. The soul is eternal, everlasting, and not limited in its identity with any individual incarnation, except when it chooses to be re-focused in that way.

What this means is that the gigantic spirit that is your son's soul can "get small again," reducing itself to one of its singular notions of itself, at any time in the Hereafter. What I am saying is that, as I understand it, the Individualized Essence of Being appearing in your lifetime as the soul of your son can, and does, reassume that specific identity at will, and it always chooses to do so at the slightest loving thought of him.

Souls, in truth, Helen, are "shape shifters" -- even as is God Himself. A soul never, ever forgets a shape it has once assumed, and no individual identity (the soul lives many lifetimes) is ever abandoned or lost or "set aside" forever simply because a particular physical life has ended. Rather, a soul may, as I have already said, reform itself around a specific shape whenever it wishes to do so. And one of the things that causes it to do so is Love.

Love is a particular form of Pure Energy that comes closest to resembling the Essential Energy of God, and when a soul is thought of with Love, that soul responds by reforming itself into the shape that it took when it was the object of the Love it is now feeling, and it will fly to the person thinking of it in that way. Love is a magnet that draws all souls to us, both those living in the physical realm and those living in the spiritual realm.

In this way, you son always retains his identity--at the same time that his Eternal Essence enlarges beyond it. This is a Divine Dichotomy that can only be fully understood in the context of a Greater wareness within which two apparently contradictory truths can exist simultaneously in the same space. Thus, the answer to your question, Helen, is that your son both is and is not "your son" through all eternity.

The near perfect symmetry of your son's life--the apparent "coincidences" having to do with his birth and death--suggests a Divine Plan and a level of Divine Intervention that reaches way beyond human comprehension. See this perfect design for what I believe that it is: a clear "signal" from one soul to another that a very high level of co-creation has been going on. I believe that this soul may be much more than simply your son, but may, in fact, be one of your Soul Partners through all eternity---an Aspect of the Single Self, dividing and reuniting through the eons of time, coming and going in each other's physical lives, co-creating on the Canvas of Forever an eternal experience of Love in every form. In other words, the experience of Who You Really Are, physicalized.

Be grateful for this experience, having had it once again, my dear Helen, and yearn not for, nor mourn the loss of, that which you will always have and which cannot be set aside by anyone or any belief: an eternal connection with the soul you have known most recently as your son. Celebrate this connection, and allow it to nourish you all the days of your life, and of your Endless Forevers.

May God's wisdom and comfort be visited upon you now, and expressed through you even during all the days of your life.

Blessed be....

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From the Director's chair

I need your help. Asking for help in the past was never easy for me. Have you ever felt that way?

When I think about it though, it’s a little silly not to ask for help. I mean, people absolutely love to help! Giving is one of those precious things that make a person feel incredible. But wait. What if there is no one to receive?

I had an awakening about this one day while in a seminar about the benefits of tithing. When the presenter asked that very question and then shared the key element that changed everything for me.

If there is no one to receive, giving can’t exist.

That means, reception is necessary and is also a gift. I realized that in receiving, I too was gifting the giver in giving the gifts that gave a gift to them. Did you follow that? If I do not receive, no one gets a gift. Not receiving is almost like stealing. So instead, I learned to say Thank You, smile and receive the gift.

This healed at least a couple of other wrong and small thoughts I held too. I noticed these thoughts were based in Ego. Edging God Out - EGO is often only committed to looking good and being right rather than happy.

One of my first thoughts was, asking for help makes you look weak. There is a whole set of beliefs and past data that go along with supporting that old thought! Of course I now know the truth, asking for help makes you the exact opposite of weak, for those who ask for help get it and receive the many gifts that go along with it. So, I have learned to ask for help and to receive.

More about the help I am asking for in a moment.

Are there times when not receiving what someone is giving is okay? You bet.

Further exploration of this brought some discernment and clarity. What I am and what I am not willing to receive; now there is an important question. Looking at what kind of gift is being given, the intention behind it, and whether it is beneficial to receive are all important questions to answer.

There is another side of this coin. Here is another way of looking at “gifts”.

It reminds me of this Zen story:

There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many gathered to study under him.

One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village. He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master. Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot and exploit any weakness in an opponent. He would wait for his opponent to make the first move, thus revealing a weakness, and then would strike with merciless force and lightning speed. No one had ever lasted with him beyond the first move.

Much against the advice of his concerned students, the old master gladly accepted the young warrior's challenge. As the two squared off for battle, the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master. He threw dirt and spit in his face. For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse and insult known to mankind. But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm. Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself and left knowing he was defeated.

Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth, the students gathered around the old master and questioned him. "How could you endure such an indignity? How did you drive him away?"

"If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it," the master replied, "to whom does the gift belong?"

Still looking from the point of view that everything is a gift, how often in life do we just accept what is being “hurled at us” without consideration to whether or not we have asked for it or if we even really want these particular kinds of “gifts” being offered. Again, discernment is our friend. This is where the nursery rhyme “sticks and stones” comes in really handy; and so does making a conscious choice to not receive negative energy or take things personally.

In this case we also help the giver. If you accept this kind of “gift” and engage, you may be both drawn into a drama you might wish you had never played in. It is a matter of positive and negative energy. Remember, where your energy goes, it grows. So why play with gifts that you do not really want? You can still smile and say No Thank You!

Everything in life is a gift, but you do not have to accept everything that is being given. Accept only what feels beneficial to you, that you specifically ask for…and leave the rest with a smile.

And that leads me back to my request for help. CwG says that all true benefits are mutual, so if it feels good for you to help, please do!

Here are my requests:

I would like to ask for your help in getting the word out about what we are up to here at the Conversations with God Foundation. There are several ways you can really help us.

First, if you have not already done so, please join us on our Facebook page:

Our Facebook page offers us a way of staying in daily contact with people and sharing what we are up to. I have committed to building our page, which has just under six thousand people on it at of the time of this writing. By contrast, Neale has close to three hundred thousand on his personal page, and given that we know that at least fifteen million people have read the Conversations with God books, we know we have plenty of room to grow our particular outreach.

The books and the Foundation are about changing lives for the better and we desire to grow a grassroots organization that does just that…benefits the world by benefiting people. Our Facebook page is just one more tool to do that.

Request number two:

Will you help us get the word out about our upcoming retreats? I have shared a video on our Facebook page and have asked for people to share it with others. We have done some paid advertising on Facebook, but as you know that costs money. Your sharing the video is like making a donation to the Foundation since “a penny saved is a penny earned”.

You simply click on the share button and all of your friends get the message. This allows them to see the CwG Foundations Facebook page and the upcoming Path to Peace retreat video. I would very much like this to go viral. It increases our chance to be helpful as I know there are people out there suffering right now and we can make a difference in their lives.

Look into your heart right now and it feels good for you to do so, please help us. If CwG has contributed to your life and you feel that others would benefit by reading it or by the work we do at the Foundation, please become a regular contributor, attend one of our retreats and share the message!


As always, if there is a way I can help you, please reach out to me at: JR@CWG.ORG

(J.R. Westen, D.D., C.Ad, is a Holistic Health & Spiritual Counselor who has worked and presented side-by-side with Neale Donald Walsch for over a decade. He is passionate about helping individuals move beyond their emotional and spiritual challenges, transforming breakdowns into breakthroughs. His counseling and coaching provides practical wisdom and guidance that can be immediately incorporated to shift one’s experience of life. As is true for most impactful teachers, J.R.’s own struggles and triumphs inspired him to find powerful ways of helping others. Sober since June 1, 1986, J.R.’s passion for helping individuals move through intense life challenges drove him to also specialize in Addiction and Grief Recovery. J.R. currently shares his gift of counseling & coaching with individuals from around the world. In addition, he operates “Change House” a place where people come to transform. He also works with Escondido Sobering Services and now serves as the Executive Director for the Conversations with God Foundation. He can be contacted at JR@CWG.ORG.)


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