CwG Quotes "To be fully free is to be fully joyful, because full freedom creates the space for every joyful experience. "

- Friendship with God





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 #583


March 07, 2014

Let’s Talk About Fear...

A Note from Neale...


My dear friends...

A woman wrote to me a few days ago at CWGConnect asking if it was okay to express her fears about things going on in her life openly and authentically with others. She felt that by doing so, she was offering an example to others, making it possible for them, too, to be open and honest about their fears. --- thus to heal them.

She wanted to know if this made spiritual sense, according to Conversations with God. As I was creating my reply, I realized that I was producing something that I wish everyone could see and read. It is one of the most precise, concise, clear and spiritually lucid discourses that has come through me on the Way and Why of Life as it is. 

I am moved to share it with you, my spiritual team members, from the For What It's Worth Dept. Please feel free to pass it on to anyone, and anywhere, you wish. Here is that reply:

My Dear Jeanette…As I understand it, the Soul migrates (in a sense) from the Realm of the Absolute (also called The Realm of the Spiritual) to the Realm of the Relative (also called The Realm of the Physical) in order to experience fully the Fullness of Who and What It Really Is: namely…Divinity Incarnate. 

God’s greatest desire is to experience Itself completely, in all its glory. Yet in the Realm of the Absolute there is nothing else BUT God…nothing else BUT glory…and so, God can know Itself absolutely, but the experience of Itself can only occur in the Realm of the Relative, where the Totality of God exists in relative terms. 

Therefore we experience, in physical life, what we call “good” and “evil,” “happiness” and “sadness,” “joy” and “pain”—-and all of the conditions that our limited awareness causes us to define as “dualities” in our lives. 

Yet when our awareness increases, we begin to see all of it as One Single Energy—-I shall call it the Essential Essence—-simply manifesting in different forms. As an example of this, let us use the apparent duality of “hot” and “cold.” Often we see these conditions as two different things—-“opposites”, even—-yet looked at from afar we see that they are simply varying degrees of the SAME thing…which we call “Temperature.” 

In the same way, every aspect of life is simply the same thing, Divinity, simply expressing in varying degrees. Even Fear is simply Love—-the Essential Essence—-expressing in lesser degree. If we did not Love anything, we would Fear nothing. Can you see that? 

Once we see this, we decry nothing, we condemn nothing, we reject nothing, but embrace and accept everything in life as the Perfection Expression of Perfection Itself. 

In so doing, the energy that we hold around any given situation, event, or circumstance shifts dramatically, moving from what we would call “negative” to what we would call “positive”—-and this, in turn, alters dramatically the energy that we project, that we send out, regarding any particular occurrence. With the pouring of our positive energy all over that occurrence or circumstance, our experience of it is transformed. We no longer “suffer”—-although we may still be in pain (emotional or physical). 

We are taught in Conversations with God that “pain” is an objective occurrence, whereas “suffering” is the result of our thought about the pain. Suffering occurs when our thought about our pain is that “this shouldn’t be happening. This is wrong. This in unfair,” etc. Yet when we accept our pain as the Perfect expression of Perfection Itself (as a woman in childbirth might experience it), our suffering dissipates and dissolves. The pain may remain, but the suffering disappears. Even death is not experienced in a negative way, but as the Perfect Next Event. Hence: “O Death! Where is thy sting?” 

Now you asked me about Fear, and I agree with you that speaking authentically and openly (and even extensively) about our Fears can be an extraordinarily beneficial thing. CWG says: “What you resist persists, and what you look at disappears. That is, it ceases to have its illusory form.” 

This was one of the greatest messages we were given in Conversations with God. 

So yes, speaking into our Fear is powerful, indeed. And yes, I agree with you: It sets an example for others, allowing others, as well, to “be okay” with the fact that they, too, have Fears…and to be okay with talking about them. 

What I observe about this as well is that it DOES take “courage” to do this. Living by the advanced theological concepts of Conversations with God (which happen to be nothing more than clarifying re-statements of the highest truths of all the world’s great religions) is not easy. (Until it is. Until it becomes second nature. Until it easily and continuously expresses our TRUE nature.) So while you did not share with us your particular “story” in order to hear choruses of praise for your courage, still, it is understandable and justifiable that you would hear them. All of us recognize courage when we see it, and it is natural that we would want to praise it. 

You have said here that you speak of your Fears not to garner praise for your courage, but to offer an example to others who may also be afraid of something in their life, but be reluctant to discuss them. Your intention does not reduce in any way the courage that it takes to face your life as you have done. That is why I wrote to you, in response to your first entry, the following: 

“I will join the chorus of people who have told you how brave you are! I know that you will touch many lives through the living of your own in the courageous way you have chosen.” 

I joyfully stand by every word of my first response! And I do not experience you as being “still somewhat confused” at all, but as being extraordinarily clear in every word that you have written above. Particularly your summarizing statement: “Perhaps, rather than shun fear behaviours, we would do better to embrace them, embrace them as great because now they are in the open they can be explored and will naturally dissipate?” This is pure Conversations with God, re-stated and re-phrased. 

You understand things perfectly, my friend. And now, may you know and experience that God has blessed you, and given you this glorious opportunity to express the glory of Divinity Itself—-in, as, and through you. 

Shared with you lovingly…

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Letters to Neale: Will My Loving Cat Remember Me When I Die?

Dear Neale...I have had depression all my life. Now I must do the unthinkable for my cat. Put him to sleep. Will he remember me when we meet again? I am also considering suicide since I don't want to be without him.

Neale Responds


Dear Friend...Committing suicide because you do not want to be without your cat is the last thing that the spirit which is your cat would want you to do.  It is the last thing that the spirit which is LIFE would want you to do.  Your physical life is a gift, designed to be used for the wonderful purpose of experiencing the most wonderful spiritual truth about yourself--which is the fact of your own divinity.  HOME WITH GOD tells us that committing suicide does nothing to solve our present earthly problems, because the first thing we do when we get to the "other side" is decide to come right back into physical life once again, facing the same set of circumstances and conditions that drove us to commit suicide.

The purpose of life is to use these circumstances and conditions, not avoid them.  There are cures for depression--both spiritual and physical remedies that can be very helpful in your life.  I urge you to take advantage of them.  If you would like more spiritual insight into suicide--and, for that matter, the reasons for all of life--you may wish to read HOME WITH GOD.  It is a most extraordinary book.

My answer to your specific question is that yes, I believe that your cat, and every living thing that has loved us, will remember us when we meet again.  I send you love and encouragement. 

Thank you for writing to me,

NOTE: If you would like to write a Letter to the Editor of this Bulletin, simply send an e-mail to, with “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line. Neale occasionally uses messages from other sources in this column.


From the Director's chair

I turned 51 years young this week. A little over a half century on the planet. Last year at this time I was just getting settled into my new role as Director of the Foundation. Teaming up with the other recent Birthday Boy, Board President Will Richardson, who is a Leap Year baby so we don't actually know how old he really is, and the wonderful Laura Banda who joined us about this time last year and brought her business and accounting experience to help us recreate the Foundation anew. It has been a great year, and we all accomplished a lot...thanks to YOU!

My Birthday has me thinking a lot about what else I desire to accomplish while I am on the planet. If you have read any of my recent articles, you know of my real passion and commitment to make a difference while I am here. Following in the footsteps of great role models who have been trail blazing a path of possibility for me. Will, being one of them, and of course Neale, who at 50 had his Conversation with God, and helped millions of people find a new way to connect with God; including this guy who found a path back to a God of his understanding and had a spiritual awakening that changed everything. It is a gift that keeps on giving.

My gratitude for that has turned into a passion to make a difference, and since 1999, I keep looking for the next grandest way to make an impact on the world. It's one of the reasons I extended an invitation to you, to consider joining with us and see what we could co-create. Remember "where two or more are gathered"...well together our impact grows. Will, Laura and I, all want you to know we are here to serve and are looking forward to meeting and working with others who feel the same. Feel free to reach out to any of us. You can reach us by e-mailing our first name @CWG.ORG

So we are less than a month away from Neale's next Spiritual Renewal retreat. I simply love retreats. Gathering together with others to share in a conversation about God, about Life and about all of it, has benefited my life greatly over the years. Like AA says "keep coming back" and I do.

Neale's retreats have people from all over the world show up and what is created in these retreats for me is inspirational. It renews my commitment to being of service to humanity and inspires me to become the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever I held of who I am.

If you would like to learn more about his retreats, you can go to this link:

You can help support us there at the bookstore we have at all of these retreats.

I also wanted to send a great big thank you to all who helped us reach our goal for the "Books for Friends" program. We have just enough to fill our order of 250 books for the Massachusetts Treatment Center. You made this happen and I hope you continue to do so. Imagine what else we could accomplish together. I would like to see our programs and study groups in every prison, and in towns and cities all over the world. It is so comforting to find other like minds to share this with, especially when one first reads CwG. And when it comes to reform, there is nothing more powerful than “remembering who you really are”. These groups make a difference and your support allows our support to Prison Chaplain’s, and Study Groups all over the world.

Speaking of making a difference, if you would like to start a CwG Study Group, all of us here at the Foundation have many years experience facilitating them and we would be happy to help you start your own. Again, just reach out to us. We will help you get it started and list it on our web-page. And starting soon, we will be announcing groups on our Facebook Page too.

We will be reaching out to all of the groups currently listed on our web page to insure that the contact information is correct and that the group is still meeting. If you have an active group listed, please check to be sure we have your correct info. If you have an active group and are not listed, send your info and we will get you posted. If you have a group that no longer meets and are still listed, please let us know so we can remove it.

Well I'm off to celebrate another year and another opportunity to be and become the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever I held of who I am. Care to join me? Thanks for all of your love and support this last year and I look forward to what we will create together this year! That is what I call a wonderful Birthday gift! :-)



(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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