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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 #574


January 03, 2014

Happy New Year!

A Note from Neale...


My Dear Friends...

When I was a child, I was told that love means thinking of others first.  Then Conversations with God said I should always put myself first.  Could this be right?  How could I reconcile this with my earlier life teachings?

The answer is that everything has to do with intentions.  If it is your intention in life to live the grandest version of the greatest vision you ever held about who you are, and if that vision of yourself is that you are loving, caring, generous, kind, compassionate, and truthful, then you will behave towards others in a way which could look like you are putting them first.  The difference is that you will be doing this not for others, but for yourself...because this is simply who you are.

When we do things for others (or imagine that this is what we are doing), two insidious attitudes can appear:  Expectation and Resentment.  We may begin to expect that those for whom we are doing things now "owe" us, and we may experience growing resentment if they don't "pay up."

On the other hand, when we do things for ourselves (even if that results in nice things happening for others), it will be difficult to move into Expectation, and virtually impossible to build up Resentment...unless we clearly do not understand the nature of what is occurring.  That is, unless we ignore or deny that we are doing something for ourselves, and actually convince ourselves that we are doing it for another.

In truth, everything you do, you do for yourself, because every act is an act of self-definition.  All of life is a process of deciding Who You Are.  Your purpose is to experience that, and to recreate yourself anew in the next grandest version of it.  This is called Evolution.

So think of yourself first at every moment of decision.  Think of Who You Are, and of what you are trying to become.  Make the highest choice about that - paint the greatest picture you could ever imagine of Who You Are in every place and circumstance - and all the rest will take care of itself.

Love always,

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Letters to Neale: Some Answers PLEASE?

Dear Mr. Walsch,
I've been asking our Father for guidance & the answer is always that I should write to you so that others will share in the answers.

I was raised by a self-proclaimed Pentecostal preacher who sexually abused me. I spent 20 years living a destructive lifestyle, often trying suicide. It was on one of these attempts I believe I met God. Six years ago, I tried to kill my stepfather and had a complete breakdown. I was put in a mental hospital and diagnosed as manic-depressive. I then began to notice how many mental patients are terrified of not just the devil, but of God.

I have been mentally stable since reading (many times) CwG, Books 1 & 2 and now try to help the mentally ill. My husband and I meet thousands of people every year (we move every couple of months), mostly of Southern Baptist and Pentecostal persuasion. I have to be honest, most of these people get mad when I talk about CwG , but they always come back with questions--questions I'm not able to answer. I've been fortunate to be able to share CwG with so many and have seen people change their lives completely, thanks to you and our Father. But I need to know the answers.

Now for the questions. If there's no sin, what did Jesus die for? How do we explain people who have near death experiences and claim they went to hell? If the Bible isn't all true, what parts do we study? Are we supposed to still pay tithes? I was taught to pay tithes to the place where you're taught. Are you set up to receive tithes? I look foolish when I can't answer these questions, from other people, and possibly hurt the person's chances of knowing our Father.

How do I discover my purpose? I know the Father ruined my suicide attempts for a reason. Is sharing enough? How can I do more to help?

name withheld by request

Neale Responds


Dear Friend,

Let's take your questions one at a time.

If there's no sin, what did Jesus die for?

Jesus died and rose again so that we might know the truth about him, and hence, about us. His act was meant as a demonstration of Who We Really Are. Every act is an act of self definition. That is true for you, and it was true for Jesus. Jesus was a divine master who possessed absolute understanding of the truth, about himself and about God. He wished to share this truth with all the world. Thus, he said "I and the Father are one." He also proclaimed us to be his brothers, and was heard to ask, "Have I not said, 'Ye are gods'?" With regard to his miracles, he said, "Why are you so amazed? These things, and more, will you do also."

Jesus did not die for our sins, but rather, to demonstrate that we are sinless. We were made in the image and likeness of God, and Jesus kept trying to tell us so. But few believed him. He knew that only a real demonstration of Godliness could prove convincing. Well, he convinced many people that he is God, all right, but quite a few missed the point that we are all the same thing. We started worshiping him, and that wasn't what he intended.

How do we explain people that have near death experiences who claim they went to hell?

God says we will experience in the first moments after "death" whatever we expect to experience. If we are afraid we will "go to hell"; we will create that outcome in our reality. We need not worry, however, because we will only experience our self-created "hell" until we don't want to anymore, until we don't believe in it anymore. That's the moment we end the present experience. Incidentally, it's very much the same way here on earth. We can think we are in a living hell, and then we can change our perception about it, and the entire experience changes for us.

If the Bible isn't all true, what parts do we study?

Study any parts you wish to study. If you could only study stuff that's "true," that would leave out half the history books and social studies texts you read in school, and most of the newspaper articles written today. Read the Bible as often as you like, and go within with each reading to ask yourself what is true for you. Do the same with Conversations with God or any other book of spiritual wisdom.

Are we supposed to still pay tithes? I was taught to pay tithes to the place where you're taught. Are you set up to receive tithes?

You are not "supposed" to do anything. Who would do the "supposing?" Tithing is a very effective means of increasing your financial abundance, for that which you give to another, you give to yourself. If you demonstrate yourself to be abundant, you will experience yourself being abundant. That is why most spiritual movements and nearly all religions encourage tithing in one form or another... Not because it is "good" to tithe, but because what goes out comes back to you. And yes, The ReCreation Foundation, which is a non-profit organization, does receive tithes each month from people all over the world who choose to contribute to what they consider to be a source of spiritual inspiration.

How do I discover my purpose?

You cannot "discover" your purpose. CwG says life is not a process of discovery, it is a process of creation. You have no purpose until you assign yourself one. Who else would give you one? God? And, having given you one, would He then keep it a secret from you? Here is a great wisdom: We are waiting for God to show us our purpose, and God is waiting for us to show Him our purpose.

I know the Father ruined my suicide attempts for a reason. Is sharing enough? How can I do more to help?

There is nothing you need do to help, because nobody needs your help. There is only one reason to do anything: to announce and declare, express and experience, fulfill and become Who You Really Are. Does sharing your wisdom and your help with others give you an experience of Who You Are? Then do that. If it does not, then don't do it, because you will only wind up resenting it anyway, and that will help no one.

My friend, read CwG over again, because all of the answers are in there. Everything I've said here is in the CwG books. There is no need to convince anyone of any of this. All people come to the truth when they are ready. Just watch and wait. "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Wait for the "student" to be ready.

Many blessings,

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From the Director's chair

Happy New Year! May I begin this week with a blessing for each of you. On this new day of the New Year, may 2014 be the year that you live at an even grander version of the greatest vision ever you held of who you are. And so it is and so it shall be.

Wow, what would that be like for you? Please consider this for a moment, and then another and then another after that. This is your life and it deserves your attention and best energy. Perhaps you may wish to give yourself the gift each day of this year by asking and answering this grandest version/greatest vision question more often. And then dare to be it. That’s right, be it full out! You understand your true power is your ability to choose, to be or not to be, to make up your life through your choices and decisions. Imagine just for a moment on this day how you would like your life to be and who you would like to become… and then go be it, go live it, make it so.

I know it sounds simplistic, that’s because it is. Look at the word because (BE – CAUSE). You are the cause when you choose to be. So who will you choose to BE this day? Choose wisely. Choose consciously. Choose like you matter, because you do.

Today, I am honored to be performing a wedding ceremony at my home in San Diego. What a wonderful gift to be asked to share in one of the most important days in a couple’s life. To share in this wonderful expression of love has my heart feeling full and rich.

Now consider again the blessing that I shared with you, for my own life is a demonstration of the power we have to become our next grandest vision. Fourteen years after reading Conversations with God, I have the gift of being a Minister, Counselor, Healer, Helper, and the Director of the CwG Foundation, who has the treasured duty of working with people from all over the world in becoming grander versions of themselves. It is easy to see the path that led me here, especially when I look back, yet the real power was my desire and then my decision to become who I am choosing to be again today. Little did I know it would lead me here, yet I knew exactly who I wished to be, helpful and of service. Life co-created a way for me to be that in a grander way than I even thought possible. This process works if you work it.

It is a New Year and a New You. You can and will become either your next grandest idea of yourself or some opposite version. Each choice will have a predictable outcome. Why not then consciously choose to become the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held of who you are. Choose then to be that moment to moment in your daily life. Watch what happens.

When you catch yourself being something other than your next grandest idea of yourself, simply stop and choose again. You are powerful beyond what you may know at an experiential or conscious level, yet the more you choose to use your power to create a life that really represents who you really are, the more you will see that power come to light. So be it.

Need help? That is why we are here. The CwG Foundation is here to serve you. Write me at JR@CWG.ORG

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Sending you all blessings for 2014!



(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.)


Kevin’s Corner

Hi, everyone and Happy New Year! I am going to share a little of my experience from 2013 with you. This is not to gloat, brag, or claim to have reached any milestone of spiritual understanding that is unavailable to anyone else. It is simply my acknowledgement that when we truly set our intention for something and we stick to it, that thing will express in physicality for us.

In January of 2013, my wife and I had a conversation. We were closing out our books and preparing our tax return at the time. We decided to have a heartfelt conversation about our debt and our spending habits. For many years, we have been treading water financially speaking. Our debt was high and our savings accounts were empty. We both work hard and have decent paying jobs, yet we had nothing to show for it. We made a decision that 2013 was going to be the year that we earned more, spent less, and saved more.

So the first thing we did is examined where we spent the majority of our money. For us, it was eating lunch and dinner out. We both committed to “brown bagging” it for lunch as often as we could. We also decided that we were only going to go out to eat one night per week, and when we did go out, we had to keep it under twenty dollars.

So what about savings? We decided that we needed to pay ourselves on a weekly basis so we setup automatic transfers from our checking accounts to our savings. With any remaining money, we would pay down our debt starting with the smallest debts first and snowballing all payments forward into the next debt when the first was paid off.

One thing we did not skimp on was giving. We gave more of our time, more of our money, more of our goods and services to our community. Giving of our abundance is never a good place to save money. There were many opportunities to give, and I feel like we did a good job of being all in. An interesting phenomenon occurred throughout the year. Money would appear seemingly out of the blue! We never gave with the thought that it would be returned, but it always did, and not just the same amount --- always more!

I know you have likely heard others tell this exact story and I am aware that it is hard to believe if that isn’t what your experience has been. What my experience of this last year tells me is this: Even if more money didn’t come our way (though it did), we still would have made substantial progress on what was a rather bleak financial picture. More so than that was the opportunity to be consciously abundant with our generosity and our service. This is where the greatest gifts were received for us.

The world is really a friendly, accommodating place when we stay focused. What you set your attention on, you become. Or as James Redfield said, “Where your attention goes, energy flows.”

This is not only for financial concerns. This works for anything we do. During this time of the year, many of us have made “New Year’s Resolutions.” This is the perfect time to practice this principle in your daily affairs. Set your intentions on what you wish to manifest. Create a plan or a strategy that you are going to implement and continue to pay attention to that.

For those with deep-rooted issues they wish to combat, consider support groups for assistance. Our individual conscious is powerful, but when you add a group or collective conscious, the results are multiplied. If your goals are spiritual in nature, look to see if there is a Conversations with God study group near you. There you will find like-minded people who will surely support you in your dreams.

Together we can make 2014 even better than and more abundant for all. Happy New Year everyone!


(Kevin McCormack, C.A.d, is a certified addictions professional and a practicing auriculotherapist, life coach, and interventionist, specializing in individual and family recovery. He is a recovering addict with over 26 years of sobriety. Kevin is a CWG coach and mentor and co-facilitates spiritual recovery retreats for the Conversations with God Foundation.)


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