CwG Quotes "Cause another to remember. That which you wish for yourself, give to another. . . what I give to another I give myself. "

- Conversations with God Book 3





Daily Thought


If you see a future event or experience you do not like, don't choose it! Choose again! Select another! Change or alter your behavior so as to avoid the undesired outcome.

- Book Two p 63




Bulletin #594


May 23, 2014

What is Spiritual Growth?

A Note from Neale...


My dear friends...

Contentment is a great place to me. Many people spend their entire lives seeking to be there. And when--or if--they reach a place of "contentment", they are willing to let things rest right there. Getting to Contentment is enough for one lifetime. It is more than enough. It is truly an extraordinary achievement, and, truth be told, most people do not make it.

So why go on? Why--in a sense--not be "content" with Contentment?

Well, of course, you can't go on if you are "not content" with Contentment, because that means, by definition that you have not reached Contentment. So the first thing we can understand about the reason to go on is that it has nothing to do with the state of Contentment somehow not being "enough." It has nothing to do with need, or frustration, or dissatisfaction with Whom or What we are.  

If our desire to move forward with our own evolution springs from one of those feelings, then we may have actually moved backward. Or, perhaps, we never arrived, after all, at the place where we imagined ourselves to be.

So the first message we receive when we reach the place on the Evolutionary Journey called Contentment is that--as Conversations with God says so perfectly, "there is nowhere we have to go, nothing we have to do, and no way we have to be, except exactly the way we are being right now."

Boiled down to its essence, this translates into a simple matter of Self Acceptance. Yet, for most people, Self Acceptance is not such a simple matter. Indeed, it may be the hardest thing in life to achieve. That is why it is such a wonderful accomplishment for a Being to reach a state of Contentment. And to be able to sustain such an experience is a sign of beginning mastery.

Yet there are grander places to which a soul may travel. There are grander experiences within the framework of human life which may be had. And the state of Contentment is by no means a state of total wakefulness. Or, to put it in other words, Self Acceptance does not equal Self-Awareness.  

To accept your Self as you presently are does not mean that there is no greater version of your Self that you can experience.

It simply means that you are satisfied with your Self and that you have no need to go further, no need to be "more," no self-imposed or other-imposed requirement to be somehow even "better."  

It means that you have understood the Ninth Illusion of Humans: Superiority Exists.

(You will remember The Ten Illusions of Humans from the extraordinary book, Communion with God:

  1. Need Exists
  2. Failure Exists
  3. Disunity Exists
  4. Insufficiency Exists
  5. Requirement Exists
  6. Judgment Exists
  7. Condemnation Exists
  8. Conditionality Exists
  9. Superiority Exists
  10. Ignorance Exists

The first five of these are The Physical Illusions, having to do with life in your physical body. The second five are the Metaphysical Illusions, having to do with non-physical realities, or ideas held in your mind.)

The idea that Superiority Exists can create a "need" within the mind to experience something other than what we are experiencing right now. This need, too, is an illusion. It is the First Illusion of Humans, and the false idea upon which all other false ideas regarding Life are based. It is the First Mistake. It is the Prime Misunderstanding. It is, in a sense, the Original Sin.

(There is no such thing as "sin," of course. The term is used here as a figure of speech.)

So, Contentment is a State of Being in which we realize that Superiority is an illusion. It is impossible to be superior to exactly what you are being right now. This is another way of saying that all things are perfect in God's world. God needs nothing to be any different than the way it is being right now.

Why, then, bother to change? Why bother to change anything, much less our very selves?

The reason to change

The reason to change is the same as the reason to do anything. Conversations with God tells us that there is only one reason to do anything at all: to announce and declare, become and fulfill, express and experience the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever we held about Who We Are.

CwG puts this succinctly in the following phrase:

Every act is an act of self definition.

This is profoundly true--and it is understood by very few people. It is embraced by even fewer.

It is important to realize here that "grander" does not in any way mean "better." A thing being bigger does not equate to a thing being superior. "Grander" means simply that: larger. Within the context of the statement above from CwG , it means "a larger version" of the greatest vision we ever held about ourselves.

A tree is not "better" because it is larger today than it was fifteen years ago. It has simply grown. It has become no "better" than it was before. It is in no way "nicer" or "wiser" than it was when it was a seedling. The tree knows nothing more now than it knew then. But it has GROWN. It has become more of what it always was, from the very beginning. It is simply exhibiting more "treeness." It hasn't become something other than what it was, but it has become more of what it was.

The reason for a human to change is not to become "better," but simply to become a larger version of what that Being already is. This process of becoming larger is the process of growth--and growth is the process of Life itself. Therefore, you could not stop the process if you wanted to, without stopping Life itself, and that is something you cannot do.

You can, however, slow it down.

(Not in real terms, but in terms of the Illusion you are living, which you call human life. In real terms, you always were, are now, and always will be, exactly what you are right now: Divinity, to the max. You cannot be "partly" Divine, for Divinity is a State of Being that is indivisible. It is non-reducible. It is Wholeness itself. It is the All In All being All In All. Yet, inside of the illusion that the All In All has created, called Time and Space and Physical Life, you can slow down your experience of Who You Are, and you order that you may "experience the experience" more completely, more fully, more long-lastingly, more "divinely," than you could if you experienced it All At Once.  When you understand this, you understand the reason that you created all of the illusions, including the Illusion of Time.)

When you "slow down Life" you do not actually slow down Life at all, but merely your experience of it. It is like running a DVD in slow motion. Every picture is already on the DVD. You are simply telling your playback machine to run them past the scanner more slowly.

Consciousness is the playback machine of your mind.

The higher your consciousness, the more pictures you see at once. It's like looking at a film strip, laid out on a light table before you. You can look at the film one frame at a time, with a magnifying glass, or you can look at the whole strip and see all the frames at once. The frames exist simultaneously, but you can, if you wish, view them sequentially. Thus, the reality on the table before you is sequentaneous.

(A wonderful description of sequentaneosity is found in the final CwG dialogue book, Home with God in a Life That Never Ends.)

Next week we will explore the Second Step of Self Awareness: Enlargement.

With Love,

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Letters to Neale:

Dear Neale...I was sitting here thinking about some very traumatic things that I went through in my life, and especially those things which have seemed to still effect me today, after many decades. I came into this world into a very abusive home life, which led to subsequent things in my life that also caused me inner turmoil and there were many times I had wished I could have taken myself out of this world to escape the pain and suffering I experienced. And yes, after being on this earth 51 years, I’m still dealing with repercussions from my abusive homelife. I’m doing the best I can, seeking higher spirituality and going to counseling and group therapy.

For the longest time I’ve asked “Why did I have to go through the things I did in the first place?”. I just thought that perhaps I would someday come to find a answer to that question, which would make sense and reveal some kind of higher purpose for it. But now it’s being said (in CWG) that I can simply give it an answer myself, and I can’t for the life of me think of any condonable reason whatsoever for a child to go through abuse and have it haunt them for the rest of their life in one form or another. So…is it being said that I wanted to go through the hell I went through, and that I do know a reason for it and some higher purpose that it’s serving? I’m sorry, I don’t mean no disrespect here in this…but, I truly am having a difficult time with this.

Sincerely, C. E.

Neale Responds


Dear Friend...first, please do not apologize for asking this question or saying your truth here. If this isn't the place to do that, then no place is.

Having said that, let me offer this: Nothing in the video suggests that you wanted to go through the hell that you went through. This is not a conscious choice that you made. 

What the video does suggest is that, through the Process of Recontextualization, you can arbitrarily "assign" a reason for the experience having happened to you...and that, by doing so, you can re-frame the experience itself, seeing it in a new way that can erase all lingering suffering that has, understandably, continued to be attached to it in your Mind.

I have seen this process work with some people in my person-to-person exchanges at CWG spiritual renewal retreats, so I know that this can be effective --- yes, even in situations of terrible and deeply damaging incidents such as you encountered in your life.

I am not saying that the Process of Recontextualization is a process through which the action which was taken against you is "condoned." No. Never. Violence against another in any form can never be condoned, approved of, accepted as okay, etc. Yet it can be explained. 

Explaining is not condoning, but it can be clarifying. Especially if the explaining has to do with what outcome has been produced in the life of the victim through the Knowing of the Soul.

One of the greatest examples of this is the example of Jesus' reaction to the crucifixion, and even to those very people who crucified him.

Jesus understood, at a spiritual level, "why" what was occurring was occurring. Through that understanding, he was able to transform his response to the event, even as it was happening.

We, too, can transform our response to the worst events of our lives, not only while they are occurring, but even years later. This does not change the event, nor does it condone it --- but it can remove, at last, the suffering we continue to experience because of it.

Perhaps one day you might be able to attend one of our CWG Spiritual Renewal Retreats, and you and I may have a chance to work with your particular experience. I would like that very much.

I send you love and understanding, my deep compassion and my very best and most gentle thoughts.

With hugs.

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From the Director's chair

A very short note this week as I am back in the Hospital with my Mom. Sadly she had a stroke a few days ago. Thankfully, the angels who help me care for her caught it quickly and the staff at the ER did all the right things. They all have my deepest gratitude. It has been quite a process dealing with Dementia these last four years and these last four weeks have been the toughest so far. I know and trust that God is helping us all through this process and I am so grateful to everyone who has helped along they way. My hope and prayer is that she will continue to recover and that we will have her home soon.

It is times like these that having regular Conversations with God, makes all the difference in the world. And with the love and support of the people around me, we will make it through these tough times. As always, I have appreciated your support and love as well. The CwG Family has been amazing and I am grateful to be a part of it. Thank you for everything you do.

Which leads me to say a big thank you to those who responded to our appeal letter. Your support means the world to us. Thank you for partnering with us to help change the worlds mind about God. There is much more we could be and do in the world and we can only do that with your support. Conversations with God changed my life and I’m willing to bet it has changed yours too. It has touched millions of lives and, because of you, it will continue to be there for the millions more who are coming to the messages of love found within. As you know, love changes everything. We thank you for sharing yours with the world.

My Deepest 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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