CwG Quotes "Believing you cannot have something is the same thing as not desiring to have it, for it produces the same result. "

- 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 #589


April 18, 2014

What Is Absolute Truth?

A Note from Neale...


My dear friends...

I don't know about you, but I've spent my whole life looking for my truth outside of myself.

First, I found it in my parents, who were my earliest authority figures, and who I assumed spoke Nothing But The Truth on everything.

Second, I found it in my family members--my older brothers, my aunts and uncles and the relatives with whom we visited. All of them, to some degree, were authority figures.

Then, I placed my schoolteachers in that category. My earliest teachers were nuns and priests, as I went to Roman Catholic elementary schools. The nuns taught us every day and the priest came in once a week for catechism class. I learned about God and about Life from these individuals, whom I assumed to be impeccable sources.

As a result of this, God soon became my highest Authority Figure. The only problem was that I had to depend on humans to tell me what God wanted. This I did, of course. I listened carefully to what the nuns and priests told me.

Difficulties began to arise, however. Some of what the nuns and priests told me about God and what He wanted did not seem to jibe with what my stomach told me. By that I mean, it did not "sit well." Something inside told me that some of what I was hearing at school was not true.

I left the parochial school environment when I left the 8 th grade--and left the Church's understandings about God behind me at just about the same time. The God that I knew in my heart just didn't seem to be the God I was being told about by others.

None of this came together for me in any complete sense until the Conversations with God dialogues began nearly 35 years later. But after those dialogues I became very clear that something I'd felt might be "so" was, in fact, so: With regard to God, and my life, I am the Truth.

No one else's truth can be Absolute Truth for me. Others can share with me their thoughts, others can give me their ideas, but I have to make up my own mind about what is true for me.

This may sound like a simple and obvious conclusion, but I can tell you that it was not a conclusion that was easy for me to come to. Nor, from my observation, is it easy for most people. We have all invested so much of our authority in other people from the earliest days of our lives that to take that authority back, to reclaim it, later on in life is no small matter.

Yet Conversations with God made it clear that the only truth in the Universe is the truth that exists within me. There is no such thing as Absolute Truth, CwG said. This was a startling statement when I first heard it. All my life I had believed the opposite. Yet now I see that all "truth" is relative, and that it is truly, therefore, in the eye of the beholder.

The moon is "up" when looked at from the earth. Yet one can look "down" on the moon from outer space. All definitions disappear as perspectives change. Nothing is true, nothing , in the absolute sense. Truth is, to use the phrase of Hemingway, a moveable feast.

My life shifted dramatically when I gave back to myself the authority I had given to others. In some ways, this begins to happen as an automatic process of life. I remember when I first moved out of my parents' house. I was 19, and the moment I walked into my own apartment I knew that my life had changed. I was driving my own car, living in my own place, working at a job that I loved (in radio), and--quite suddenly, it seemed to me--living "my own life."

I could come and go as I pleased, eat what I chose, do as I wished. The parental authority over me had vanished, literally over night. I could stay on the phone as long as I wanted, come in at night whenever it suited me, even sleep with whomever I desired that desired me.


So THIS was what life was like!


I never knew such power.

Or such responsibility.

I felt very much the same way after hearing the statement, "You are the truth" in my conversation with God. I felt that someone had just given me the "keys to the kingdom." Suddenly, I was all-powerful. I didn't have to believe anyone else any more. I didn't have to take another's word for anything.

But I also had new responsibility. I had to decide for myself what my truth was.

Now, if I had to do this alone, I would have felt that it was just too much of a task. I am just one little old human being, and I cannot decide, even for myself, the truth of the Universe.

But the wonderful news is that I do not HAVE to make these decisions alone. That's because I have a real, a genuine, and a working friendship with God. Because of this, I can ask God's help in determining my truth. And that, of course, is what the Conversations with God books are all about.

Each of us can have our own conversations with God. We do not have to rely on the books written by others. We can write our own.

Is this true or not? What do you believe? What do you think?

Ask God right now. Take out a sheet of paper, clear your mind of all other thoughts, ideas, or considerations. Now write out your question.

Is it true that I can have my own conversations with you? Will you respond to me just as clearly and immediately as you responded to Neale Donald Walsch?

Go ahead. Write the question. Then listen for your answer.

When you get the answer, write it down. Do not question it. Do not doubt it. Just write it down as you hear it in your head.

If the answer comes up "no," ask another couple of questions. Ask, "Why not? If God is not replying to me right now, then who is?"

Then, keep the dialogue going. But remember, stay out of your head when you do this. When you see yourself writing the answers that are in your mind, stop the process. You can tell the difference between answers that are coming to you from the highest place of wisdom in the Universe and answers that are coming to you from your own mind or previous thoughts or deepest fears.

Trust this. You will feel the difference.

with love,

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Letters to Neale:

Dear Neale...

A client of mine gave me a copy of What God Wants , and I consider it one of the most important books of our time.  I am just writing to inform you that I AM starting to shift the medical paradigm.  I have attached a copy of my paper entitled "Inoculations:  the True Weapons of Mass Destruction".  Inoculations corrupt the immune system and cause all autoimmune diseases and cancer, and I have developed a protocol using homeopathy to reverse all these iatrogenic conditions. 

I agree with you that "Re-legion" is the biggest problem to overcome to obtain world peace.  Unfortunately, Medi-SIN is the biggest problem to overcome to obtain wellness.

Thank you for your important book; I AM working on "Heaven Sent Healing" (and manifesting a center with that name) at this time. 


Rebecca C., MD

Neale Responds


Thank you for your wonderful note, Rebecca.  I am so very pleased to have you on this planet in this particular way.  You grace us all with your presence.  Your note was very appreciated.


Dear Neale,

I am such a fan of CwG - have recently lost my mother and want to see her again ----is there reincarnation? or do we get to see our loved ones?  thank you so much for your time--Kathi

Neale Responds


My Dear Kathi...The answer is "yes" to both questions.  But boy, do you ever want to read HOME WITH GOD in a Life That Never Ends.   Not next week, not tomorrow, but right now.  Get it, and READ it.  It deals directly with what you are asking about here!

Love and hugs,

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

We had a bit of a scare around here with Neale in the hospital last week. The good news is that all of the tests came back fine and he is feeling much better. We appreciated all of the prayers and well wishes. It never ceases to amaze me how loving you all are. Thank you as always for all of your support and for being a part of The CwG Family.

I am heading back to San Diego this week as I begin the task of preparing to sell my family home. My Father died in 2007 and my Mom’s recent fall made it clear to me that I could no longer responsibly keep her in her home, especially so far away from me. It has been four years since her diagnosis of dementia and I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful souls who helped me accomplish keeping her home as long as possible. It became clear to me though that the time had come for change.

Like all change, it is best not to go it alone. The support I received from the people around me was overwhelming and the way things came together was nothing less than miraculous. Every worry and concern I had about my Mom was addressed and handled as if it had all been preplanned. Of course in God’s world it had.

My dear sweetheart and soul partner Laura sprung into action and so did the people around us. Within the week, we not only had the perfect place to care for my Mom, which just happened to be right down the street from our home in Oregon, but Mom has already made the trip here with no problems or additional health concerns. She is settling in and beginning to actually thrive in her new surroundings. As you can imagine, I feel a huge sense of relief and gratitude.

All of the concerns I had held for years regarding that day and how things would work out were not only met, but exceeded. It was a great reminder of how faith works and why worry is pointless. Everything always works out. And so it is.

So how about you? Are you worrying about something right now in your life? Are you going through something right now alone? Are these very words an invitation from God? Are they being made directly to you? If so, is it time to reach out? Let the answer be yes.

May I please make you aware of The CwG Helping Outreach as one possibility for your consideration:

Close to twenty thousand people have joined our no fee required outreach site. Filled with helpful ideas from the book When Everything Changes, Change Everything, led by a wonderful woman named Therese Wilson, facilitated by a dedicated team of volunteer Spiritual Helpers, and along with our Spiritual Coaching Team, it is a place where you can be supported in whatever you may be facing or going through.

It is just one more way the CwG Foundation is here to serve you. The real thanks goes to all who support us and make these programs possible. Your contributions touch lives all over the world as together we make a difference.

Though I won’t be in the office for the next couple of weeks as I take care of family business, I will still be working, so please, as always, feel free to reach out to me. JR@CWG.ORG

In Gratitude,


(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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