In two weeks, I’ll be interviewing Conversations With God author Neale Donald Walsch (left). I am very excited about this one.
Why? At the age of 50 years old, he was a bum, living on the streets, begging for dollars and dimes. Soon after, he was talking to God at 4.15am and scribbling as much of God’s wisdoms down on a yellow legal pad as he could.
Those scribbles became the Conversations With God book series, the first of which sold more than 7.5 million copies and stayed on the New York Times best sellers list for 137 weeks straight. Whoa!
In book 4 of the series, Walsch writes that God presents four concepts which are central to the entire dialogue:
1) We are all one
2) There is enough
3) There is nothing we have to do
4) Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way
But what if your experience of life feels separate? I mean, it’s all very well to say those things, but how can there be nothing to do when there are bills that need to be paid?
I’m going to get to the bottom of this with Neale this month by asking some challenging questions to shed light on what this all means for us in our every day lives. Imagine having to do nothing? What?!
(NOTE: Soul Sessions members can submit your personal questions for me to ask Neale directly here. Members whose questions are chosen will receive footage of their name and question being asked in the interview as well.)
In an interview with Eckhart Tolle you can watch here, Neale talks about the moment it all started for him:
“My conversations with God began when I realised that nothing in my life was working in the way I thought it was supposed to work. My relationship with significant others was falling apart, as were all of my other relationships.
“I broke my neck in a car accident and my life work had come to a grinding halt. Eventually I was unemployed, doing nothing, living on the street, asking people for dimes and dollars, with too much pride to ask the people who loved me for help. A few weeks turned into months, which turned into two weeks shy of one year.
“Then, I finally managed to get a weekend job as a radio announcer and got back in the game of life, the drama. That’s when I realised the utter vacuousness of life and thought; is this really all there is? I woke up one night and started asking myself the eternal questions:
What does it really take to make life work?
What is really going on here? Why am I here? Who am I?
And how did I get to this place and for what purpose?
What is it that I don’t understand? Help me, just help me?
“I really begged God for an answer. And God was good to me, she said: ‘do you really want answers for all of these questions or are you just venting?’ I said, I really would like answers.
“That’s when I heard a clear, present, physical voice audibly in the room right next to me… such that I turned around to see who was in the room at 4.15am. I sat down to write what I heard.
“The voice very quickly moved into my head and became part of my inner experience and I got really clear that I was talking to my conceptualisation of God. At one point I asked; ‘I tried so hard to live a good life and obey the 10 commandments… so what does it take?’ God said: ‘Actually Neale, there is no such thing as the 10 commandments’.
“That, there rocked the bedrock of my entire life… and then I knew that I had connected with some place of grander awareness, which is the thing I now call God for want of a convenient and concise word for it.
“But the place of grander awareness resides in all of us, and is the identity of all of us. It is the thing that all of us are. I sat there and thought, I’m not just hearing that, I am that, that’s who I am … and all the rest I’m just making up.
“So I continued this dialogue and every night at 4.15am. It was like someone was pulling me by the shirt front… every morning at 4.15am I was up and writing more and more.”