Conversations With God
Conversations with God
Book 3

Conversations with God - Book 3

 Page Contents: Quotes - Excerpts - Reviews


Quotes:
  • "Everything that has happened in your life has happened perfectly in order for you—and all the souls involved with you—to grow in exactly the way you've needed and wanted to grow" - Page 3
     
  • "You must learn to be gentle with yourself. And stop judging yourself" - Page 3
     
  • "Truth is truth, and it can neither be proven nor disproven. It simply is" - Page 4
     
  • "Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself" - Page 4
     
  • "There is no devil" - Page 6
     
  • "Happiness is a state of mind. And like all states of mind, it reproduces itself in physical form" - Page 15
     
  • "Whatever you choose for yourself, give to another" - Page 17
     
  • "When you die, you do not stop creating" - Page 58
     
  • "the reason you do not stop creating when you die is that you don't even die. You cannot. For you are life itself. And life cannot not be life. Therefore you cannot die" - Page 58
     
  • "In the physical life there might be a lapse between thought and experience. In the spirit's realm there is no lapse; results are instantaneous" - Page 60
     
  • "Everything that occurs—everything that has occurred, is occurring, and ever will occur—is the outward physical manifestation of your innermost thoughts, choices, ideas, and determinations regarding Who You Are and Who You Choose to Be" - Page 68
     
  • "Nothing in the universe occurs by accident. There is no such thing as an 'accident,' nor is there any such thing as 'coincidence' " - Page 96
     
  • "There is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no one you have to 'be' except exactly who you're being right now" - Page 103
     
  • "The truth is that there is no journey. You are right now what you are attempting to be. You are right now where you are attempting to go" - 103
     
  • "The more you act on your intuition fearlessly the more your intuition will serve you" - Page 114
     
  • "To be psychic, you've got to be out of your mind" - Page 115
     
  • "Every feeling you've ever had resides in your soul. Your soul is the sum total of all your feelings" - Page 115
     
  • "Whatever you cause another to experience, you will one day experience" - Page 120
     
  • "People will always believe in hell, and in a God who would send them there, as long as they believe that God is like man—ruthless, self-serving, unforgiving, and vengeful" - Page 127
     
  • "No experience is visited upon any soul against the soul's will"  - Page 140
     
  • "No soul dies—ever" - Page 141
     
  • "Death is never an end, but always a beginning" - Page 143
     
  • "Nothing is permanent. All is changing. In every instant. In every moment" - Page 144
     
  • "Enlightenment begins with acceptance, without judgment of "what is" - Page 150
     
  • "There is nothing ignoble, or unholy, about having sex. You have to get that idea out of your mind, and out of your culture" - Page 155
     
  • "The soul is lightness and freedom. It is also peace and joy. It is also limitlessness and painlessness; perfect wisdom and perfect love - Page 159
     
  • "Smile a lot. It will cure whatever ails you" - Page 163
     
  • "...the silences hold the secrets. And the sweetest sound is the sound of silence. This is the song of the soul" - Page 165
     
  • "If you believe the noises of the world, rather than the silences of your soul, you will be lost" - Page 165
     
  • "The soul is larger than the body. It is not carried within the body, but carries the body within it" - Page 173
     
  • "Your life was never meant to be a struggle, and doesn't have to be, now or ever" - Page 184
     
  • "Love is that which is unlimited. There is no beginning and no end to it. No before and no after. Love always was, always is, and always will be" - Page 206
     
  • "There is only one sacred promise—and that is to tell and live your truth. All other promises are forfeitures of freedom, and that can never be sacred" - Page 210
     
  • "Until you can create your future, you cannot predict your future. Until you can predict your future, you cannot promise anything truthfully about it" - Page 211
Excerpt #1 - The Morality of Suicide!

Will You speak to me now of something that is troubling me ? Ineed to talk about suicide. Why is there such a taboo against the ending of one's life?

Indeed, why is there?

You mean it's not wrong to kill yourself?

The question cannot be answered to your satisfaction, because the question itself contains two false concepts; it is based on two false assumptions; it contains two errors.

The first false assumption is that there is such a thing as "right" and "wrong." The second false assumption is that killing is possible. Your question itself, therefore, disintegrates the moment it is dissected.

"Right" and "wrong" are philosophical polarities in a human value system which have nothing to do with ultimate reality—a point which I have made repeatedly throughout this dialogue. They are, furthermore, not even constant constructs within your own system, but rather, values which keep shifting from time to time.

You are doing the shifting, changing your mind about these values as it suits you (which rightly you should, as evolving beings), yet insisting at each step along the way that you haven't done this, and that it is your unchanging values which form the core of your society's integrity. You have thus built your society on a paradox. You keep changing your values, all the while proclaiming that it is unchanging values which you . . . well, value!

The answer to the problems presented by this paradox is not to throw cold water on the sand in an attempt to make it concrete, but to celebrate the shifting of the sand. Celebrate its beauty while it holds itself in the shape of your castle, but then also celebrate the new form and shape it takes as the tide comes in.

Celebrate the shifting sands as they form the new mountains you would climb, and atop which—and with which—you will build your new castles. Yet understand that these mountains and these castles are monuments to change, not to permanence.

Glorify what you are today, yet do not condemn what you were yesterday, nor preclude what you could become tomorrow.

Understand that "right" and "wrong" are figments of your imagination, and that "okay" and "not okay" are merely announcements of your latest preferences and imaginings.

For example, on the question of ending one's life, it is the current imagining of the majority of people on your planet that it is "not okay" to do that.

Similarly, many of you still insist that it is not okay to assist another who wishes to end his or her life.

In both cases you say this should be "against the law." You have come to this conclusion, presumably, because the ending of the life occurs relatively quickly. Actions which end a life over a somewhat longer period of time are not against the law, even though they achieve the same result.

Thus, if a person in your society kills himself with a gun, his family members lose insurance benefits. If he does so with cigarettes, they do not.

If a doctor assists you in your suicide, it is called manslaughter, while if a tobacco company does, it is called commerce.

With you, it seems to be merely a question of time. The legality of self-destruction—the "rightness" or "wrongness" of it—seems to have much to do with how quickly the deed is done, as well as who is doing it. The faster the death, the more "wrong" it seems to be. The slower the death, the more it slips into "okayness."

Interestingly, this is the exact opposite of what a truly humane society would conclude. By any reasonable definition of what you would call "humane," the shorter the death, the better. Yet your society punishes those who would seek to do the humane thing, and rewards those who would do the insane.

It is insane to think that endless suffering is what God requires, and that a quick, humane end to the suffering is "wrong."

"Punish the humane, reward the insane."

This is a motto which only a society of beings with limited understanding could embrace.

So you poison your system by inhaling carcinogens, you poison your system by eating food treated with chemicals that over the long run kill you, and you poison your system by breathing air which you have continually polluted. You poison your system in a hundred different ways over a thousand different moments, and you do this knowing these substances are no good for you. But because it takes a longer time for them to kill you, you commit suicide with impunity.

If you poison yourself with something that works faster, you are said to have done something against moral law.


Excerpt #2 - Promises

Are You saying we should never make promises—that we should never promise anything to anyone?

As most of you are now living your life, there is a lie built into every promise. The lie is that you can know now how you will feel about a thing, and what you will want to do about that thing, on any given tomorrow. You cannot know this if you are living your life as a reactive being—which most of you are. Only if you are living life as a creative being can your promise not contain a lie.

Creative beings can know how they are going to feel about a thing at any time in the future, because creative beings create their feelings, rather than experiencing them.

Until you can create your future, you can not predict your future. Until you can predict your future, you cannot promise anything truthfully about it.

Yet even one who both creates and predicts her future has the authority and the right to change. Change is a fundamental right of all creatures. Indeed, it is more than a "right," for a "right" is that which is given. "Change" is that which Is.

Change is.

That which is change, you are.

You cannot be given this. You are this.

Now, since you are "change"—and since change is the only thing constant about you—you cannot truthfully promise to always be the same.

Do You mean there are no constants in the universe? Are You saying that there is nothing which remains constant in all of creativity?

The process you call life is a process of re-creation. All of life is constantly re-creating itself anew in each moment of now. In this process identically is impossible, since if a thing is identical, it has not changed at all. Yet while identicality is impossible, similarity is not. Similarity is the result of the process of change producing a remarkably similar version of what went before.

When creativity reaches a high level of similarity, you call that identicality. And from the gross perspective of your limited viewpoint, it is.

Therefore, in human terms, there appears to be great constancy in the universe. That is, things seem to look alike, and act alike, and react alike. You see consistency here.

This is good, for it provides a framework within which you may consider, and experience, your existence in the physical.

Yet I tell you this. Viewed from the perspective of all life—that which is physical and that which is nonphysical—the appearance of constancy disappears. Things are experienced as they really are: constantly changing.

You are saying that sometimes the changes are so delicate, so subtle, that from our less discerning viewpoint they appear the same—sometimes exactly the same—when, in fact, they are not.

Precisely.

There are "no such things as identical twins."

Exactly. You have captured it perfectly.

Yet we can re-create ourselves anew in a form sufficiently similar to produce the effect of constancy.

Yes.

And we can do this in human relationships, in terms of Who We Are, and how we behave.

Yes—although most of you find this very difficult.
Because true constancy (as opposed to the appearance of constancy) violates the natural law, as we have just learned, and it takes a great master to even create the appearance of identicality.

A master overcomes every natural tendency (remember, the natural tendency is toward change) to show up as identicality. In truth, he cannot show up identically from moment to moment. But she can show up as sufficiently similar to create the appearance of being identical.

Yet people who are not "masters" show up "identically" all the time. I know people whose behaviors and appearance are so predictable you can stake your life on them.

Yet it takes great effort to do this intentionally.

The master is one who creates a high level of similarity (what you call "consistency") intentionally. A student is one who creates consistency without necessarily intending to.

A person who always reacts the same way to certain circumstances, for instance, will often say, "I couldn't help it."

A master would never say that.

Even if a person's reaction produces an admirable behavior—something for which they receive praise— their response will often be "Well, it was nothing. It was automatic, really. Anybody would do it."

A master would never do that, either.

A master, therefore, is a person who—quite literally—knows what he is doing.

She also knows why.

People not operating at levels of mastery often know neither.

This is why it is so difficult to keep promises?

It is one reason. As I said, until you can predict your future, you cannot promise anything truthfully.

A second reason people find it difficult to keep promises is that they come into conflict with authenticity.

What do You mean?

I mean that their evolving truth about a thing differs from what they said their truth would always be. And so, they are deeply conflicted. What to obey—my truth, or my promise?

Advice?

I have given you this advice before:

Betrayal of yourself in order not to betray another is betrayal nonetheless. It is the highest betrayal.

Reviews:
  • Having now read all three books in the series, I feel both fascinated and enlightened by these books. No one can say for certain whether or not these books were truly divinely inspired, but I came away feeling that much of it was, but not all of it.
    Book 3 briefly reviews many of the principles in Books 1 and 2, which enables the reader to catch up, or to begin here from scratch without missing too much. I found many of the ideas about "why we are here" in book 1 to be somewhat at odds with my own spiritual knowledge, but not entirely unconvincing, for it "solves" some puzzling theological problems. Book 2 was a disappointment, for it seemd to contain more human wisdom about world affairs than divine inspiration. I was thus reluctant to get Book 3, but one day in the bookstore I felt compelled to make the purchase.

    But book 3 has proven to be most fascinating. It tackles the nature of life and death, time and space, and how these relate to spiritual development.

    Missing, however, was one topic that I feel is central to most spiritual teaching, and that is spiritual healing. The book makes some implications in that regard, pointing out that we create our own reality. This is not too far afield from many metaphysical teachings that disease is an illusion from which we need to see past by gaining spiritual understanding. Unfortunately, Conversations With God limits its discussions on health to the popular human theories about eating right and keeping the environment clean. I would hardly call that divine inspiration.

    But, ironically, in the larger questions regarding the nature of life and death the book is much more convincing. It is an intellectual, mind-bending spiritual stimulation that will have you looking at life in a whole new way. It lays out why we are here, and explains life and death as it relates to time.

    In the spiritual realm, according to this book and many other teachings, time does not exist. Everything is literally happening at once. Life, such as this one wherein we experience the passage of time, is simply the way we experience eternity in little bite sized chunks to examine and experience in minute detail. When we die, we simply return to the realm where time does not exist, and we can start over again if we choose. Upon reading this explanation I seem to have lost my fear of death, for it was so completely convincing when added to my current level of spiritual knowledge.

    Even the voice of "God" admits that this book is being filtered through the author, so it is best viewed as a divine message interpreted through a human messenger, and subject to some degree to his own limited insight. But we need not concern ourselves over whether this is the literal word of God or not, for it tells us that we are all one with God and therefore have the message within ourselves already. That accords with many spiritual teachings, and that is how God is best revealed to us. Spiritual books such as this cannot find God for us, but they can open our minds and point out the way. -- James Toy
     
  • This book is a MUST read. It is literally the experience of a lifetime. I can't even put into words how much this book changed my life. It will answer any questions you've ever had regarding, God, love, life, death, afterlife, work, money, politics, etc. I have bought several copies and given them out to everyone I know. I guarantee that anyone who reads this will be touched. -- Amazon.com reviewer
     
  • I suspect that most of you who are reading the review for this book are like me in one sense--you constantly seek out the wisdom of others via books (spiritual, self-help, etc.). You are forming your own opinion regarding the "meaning of life" (why are you here? what should you be doing with your life? etc. etc.) but are constantly refining it by searching and reviewing the thoughts and writings of others. If this describes you, if you are open to constantly retooling your beliefs, if you are looking for one more clue to life's mysteries, then this series of books are worth your time. I would start with book 1, if it does not speak to you, then move on.
    I personally found insights in all 3 books. In many cases, it further confirmed beliefs I held...crystallizing my thoughts into words. However, in many other cases it offered concepts that forced me to put the book down and go "a-ha", those great moments of insight we go cherish. I loved book 1 and recommended it to everyone I thought would benefit from it. Book 2 was my least favorite of the series, maybe it challenged me in areas I was not ready for (or perhaps, it got into areas that I really could not see God being concerned with). I would still recommend it, however. Yet, Book 3 is an excellent conclusion to the series. Another reviewer I think used the word "uplifting" and I think that's a good word for it....I put the book down with a very good internal feeling for having participated in the conversation.

    One concept discussed in the last book I think could help those who question whether the author was truly conversing with God. This is the concept of our "filtering" everything. There is an acknowledgment that God speaking through the author is being "filtered" by the authors own openness and ability to take what is being presented without the internal bias taking over and modifying the message. That is to say, we should not accept these books as "the gospel" because they do come through the author's filter. Some people will be turned away from these books because their personal filters preclude their finding truth from someone who "speaks with God" or from something other than a literal reading of the Bible (itself "filtered" through those who spoke with God 2000 years ago) or from even the possibility that God exists.

    In my mind, God and life speaks to us every day. Yet we filter the messages we receive based upon our set of experiences and beliefs. Obviously our goal is to accept our filtering, recognize that what we accept is true depends upon such filters, and work to expand our openness to finding truth wherever it is. Read these books! Take what is truth for you and discard what is not, but be open to learning about life no matter what form in which it comes. -- Mark Gilbert
     
  • I have grown-up in the deep South, where the Bible and religious fundamentalists fill the air like love bugs on a stifling hot Florida spring day. My father was an ordained minister and I was preaching, complete with my own little red bible, at the age of four. As I entered adolescence I began to rebel worse than an alcoholic at an AA convention. I spent many years looking for answers to my spiritual questions, totally assured that they were not to be found in organized religion.
    In this book, I have found the answers that my soul longed for, leading to a complete and absolute epiphany. Walsch wrote the words I have always thought, but never dared to mutter, not even to my most trusted friends. At first I found his context, an actual conversation with God, to be unsettling. After recovering from this shock, I found this work to be the best book I have ever read, and re-read.

    I warn you, unless you are genuinely looking for answers, unless you are prepared to view your existence in an unfamiliar manner and unless you want to be liberated from the plague of this planet disguised as the dogma of organized religion, don't buy this book! -- Harry R. Jordan

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