Neale Donald Walsch is the New York Times Bestselling author of nine books in the Conversations with God series, which have sold more than ten million copies in 37 languages. He is one of the major authors in the new spirituality movement, having written 29 books, with eight books on the New York Times bestseller’s list. Titles in the With God series include: Conversations with God, Books I–III; Friendship with God; Communion with God; The New Revelations; Tomorrow’s God; What God Wants; and Home with God. CWG-Book 1 occupied the NY Times Bestseller list for more than two-and-a-half years. His more recent books include When Everything Changes Change Everything (2010), The Storm Before the Calm (2011), The Only Thing That Matters (2012), What God Said (2013) and GOD’S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD: You’ve God Me All Wrong (2014). His life and work have helped to create and sustain a worldwide spiritual renaissance, and he travels globally to bring the uplifting message of the CWG books to people everywhere.
Is there something that humans just don’t understand about life? Yes—and it’s huge – answers Neale Donald Walsch, especially after the latest conversation with God which is now Conversations with God, book 4, Awaken the Species.
Neale writes “How is it possible for seven billion human beings to all want the same thing—safety, security, peace, prosperity, opportunity, happiness, and love—yet be unable to produce it for any but the tiniest percentage, even after thousands of years of trying?
“I pose this question wherever I appear on my speaking tours, but I rarely get a satisfactory answer. That’s because most people do not understand the nature of the problem. As a result, we keep trying to solve the problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists.
“First, we try to solve the problems as if they were political problems. We author legislation, we pass resolutions, we issue declarations and sign documents, we create governments and then, by vote or by force, dismantle the governments we have created—we try everything we can think of politically, and yet we are faced with the same problems today that we have faced for centuries, and indeed, for millennia.
“So we say, obviously these are not political problems. They must be economic problems. And we then try in every way that we can to manipulate how cash flows around the problems. We throw money at them (as in the sending of foreign aid), or we withhold money from them (as in the imposition of economic sanctions). We try everything we can think of economically, and yet we are faced with the same problems today that we have faced for centuries, and indeed, for millennia.
“So we say, obviously these are not economic problems, they must be military problems. And then we shoot bullets at them and drop bombs on them and fire missiles into them. We try everything we can think of militarily, and yet we are faced with the same problems today that we have faced for centuries, and indeed, for millennia.
“So we say, it’s time to stop the fighting and go back to the bargaining table. We need to negotiate a settlement. And the cycle starts all over again. We pass more resolutions, then we impose more sanctions, then we drop more bombs, all the while crying out plaintively: ‘There must be a solution somewhere.’
“Yet the problem facing humanity is not a political problem, it is not an economic problem, and it is not a military problem. It is a spiritual problem, and it can only be solved by spiritual means.
“In my Conversations with God book series—the first entry of which was published in 1995—and has sold in the millions and been translated into 37 languages worldwide, so I have some well-worn opinions on what I call ‘humanity’s dilemma.’
“Nothing we are doing is working. Our political systems clearly are not working. Our economic systems clearly are not working. Our ecological systems clearly are not working. Our health care systems clearly are not working. Our educational systems clearly are not working. Our social systems clearly are not working. And saddest of all, our spiritual systems clearly are not working.
“Nothing that we have created to produce a better life for all of us is producing that outcome for the largest number of people. In fact, it is worse than that. They are actually producing exactly the opposite. It is time to arouse humanity from its slumber. There is obviously something we don’t understand, both about life and about God, the understanding of which would change everything.
“I have catalogued what I consider to be humanity’s major misunderstandings in my latest book, Conversations with God-Book 4: Awaken the Species. I offer seven tools for integrating the behaviors of fully awakened beings into an average person’s daily life. I really didn’t think I’d ever find myself in another conversation with God of the kind that extends to book length, but I got caught up in exactly that kind of experience in August of 2016, and before I knew it an entire book had emerged. As with my other experiences, I realized it was intended to be a published book from the beginning, and was never meant for me only. So I sent it to a publisher who agreed to distribute it globally, and there you have it.
“Perhaps the most startling assertion of my new book, however, is not about current human behaviors, but the behaviors of extraterrestrial beings—who I am convinced not only exist, but are actively working to help the people of Earth grow in their understanding.
“My book includes a list of what I say are sixteen crucial differences in behavior between what I describe as “Highly Evolved Beings living in an awakened state” and those human beings who are not. I understand that such an assertion will meet with skepticism at best, and derision in some quarters for sure.
“I think most people now accept that we are not alone in the cosmos, and most would be comforted to know that benevolent beings are seeking to help us move forward in our evolutionary process. Yet if such beings are helping, one might ask, why is our planet now facing crisis after crisis, with terrorism destroying lives, economic dreams being shattered, and unpredictable political upheaval emerging everywhere?
“The fact that these conditions exist make this the perfect time for our advancement. They comprise the storm before the calm, their severity serving to shake humanity from its complacency, awakening us to what now urgently needs to be done if we are to keep the promise of our potential.
“I was told all of this in my latest conversations with God, a communication with the Divine that people are having all the time. Most people are simply calling it something else. A moment of inspiration, perhaps. A sudden insight. A wonderful or brilliant idea. An intuitive sense. Some have even labeled such moments an epiphany. People will call it whatever they have to call it to get away with sharing their experience without having to claim that God spoke to them, or that Divine revelations had anything to do with it.
“We are talking here about the expansion of awareness that arises from the place of highest wisdom within all of us. It is the daring vision of Galileo, the incisive clarity of Socrates, the expansive understanding of Simone de Beauvoir, the intellectual bravery of Gertrude Stein, the pure genius of Madam Curie and Albert Einstein that resides within everyone, awaiting our access and our use.
“Book 4 in the Conversations with God series contains an invitation to human beings to choose to be among those who commit to moving forward their own individual and personal evolution by embracing and demonstrating behaviors that serve to awaken the species to who and what human beings really are (Individuations of Divinity), and how that may be made manifest in daily experience.
“Consider the two most fascinating questions that emerged from this new book: (1) Is the human race being offered help by Highly Evolved Beings from another dimension? (2) Is there a key role that humans are being invited to play in advancing their own evolution in a mutual mission to assist the planet during these critical times ahead? I was told the answer to both questions is “Yes”. You decide.
Truly Alive: Neale, millions of people have read your books, but there are many people who still, in spite of that, have not heard of you, or don’t know your story. Could you just tell us a bit about how you came to write a book called Conversations with God? What is the story behind that series of books?
Neale Donald Walsch: Well, it all began now almost 25 years ago, when I was going through a period of time in my life when nothing was working. My career had reached a dead end, my health was really going downhill rapidly, my personal relationship had fallen apart, nothing in my life was working, and so I woke up one night at 4:23 in the morning, calling out to God. What does it take to make life work? What have I done to deserve a life of such continuing struggles? Somebody tell me the rules and I’ll play, just tell me the rules.
I just got out of bed and I found myself in the living room and there was a yellow legal pad on the coffee table so I started writing a very angry letter to God in which I wrote out all those questions. And I began hearing, a voice over my right shoulder that said to me, “Do you really want answers to all these questions? Or are you just venting?”
I recall thinking, I am venting, but if you have answers I sure as heck would like to know what they are. I received answers immediately, almost like a download to all the questions I had asked. I began writing those answers that I was hearing in my mind. First, I was hearing them actually in the room as an audible voice then, very quickly; the answers came to me as thoughts, in my mind, in a voiceless voice. The voice of one’s own thoughts.
Except they weren’t my thoughts, because they were answers that I would never have dreamt up, never have thought of in my life. So, I wrote them down very quickly, and as you can imagine the answers that I was receiving brought me other questions, and so I would ask those questions, and get answers to those questions. And pretty soon I found myself involved in a non-paper dialogue with God, question answer, question answer, question answer which was the dialogue that now millions of people have read in 37 languages, in countries around the world. In fact, that dialogue has filled actually four books of back and forth dialogue in that form and other books as well.
The latest book in that Conversations with God series, book 4, came out in March of this year (2017). So, that’s how it all began and I have to tell you that I never even imagined that this sort of thing would occur in my life. It’s just what happened.
TA: I understand that you are often asked about an invitation in the book, what is this invitation that you’re talking about?
NDW: The book contains what it calls the Third Invitation, and it refers back to Two Invitations that were received by me, and by all readers, of the earlier conversations with God material. Those first Two Invitations are, #1 “Change the world’s mind about God,” and, #2, “Give people back to themselves.” That is, return them to a higher, and grander, and fuller richer understanding of who they are in the universe. And the Third Invitation, is contained in three words, the invitation is to, “Awaken the species.” That is, to live our lives, in such a way, that the behaviors that we exhibit, and that we display in our everyday life, are such that other people who are touched by us in our life and who witness those behaviors are inspired to notice who they really are; they’re inspired to notice what is possible within the human experience, and they are inspired to emulate and imitate those behaviors and to bring some of those behaviors into their daily lives as well. This is what all spiritual messengers across the centuries have done of course. And so, the Third Invitation is for all of us, all of those who read the material, to become, in that sense, spiritual messengers. But not one who goes out on the street and seeks to proselytize or seek to change people’s minds about anything, but a spiritual messenger in the sense of one who simply lives in a different way. One who marches, if you please, to a different drummer…and interacts with human beings in a way which causes others to say, ‘this is a different way of moving through life and I like what I’m seeing here. And I want to embrace some of these ideas into my life as well.’ So, that is the way that we would awaken the species; that’s the invitation that we have received in Conversations with God, book 4.
TA: How can these behaviors be integrated into our daily lives? Even if we did agree that most of them are beneficial or would be beneficial for us to embrace?
NDW: The Conversations with God book 4 dialogue doesn’t end with just the listing of the 16 behaviors and the differences between highly evolved beings and the people that are living in an unawakened state. In fact, the book offers 7 specific tools with which to help us integrate those behaviors, should we find 1 or 2 or 3 or 4, if not all of them, attractive enough and beneficial enough in our assessment that we want to include them in the living of our lives. So, the book doesn’t leave us off there, with no pathway into our own future, but in fact gives us specific grounding tools that allows us to live these behaviors, live in a brand-new way, and how to get from where we are to where we want to be, in the evolution of our own individual lives.
TA: Is there anything else you would like my readers to know about?
NDW: For anyone who would like to connect with all the material in the previous Conversations with God books, looked at in a wide variety of ways, with in-depth opportunities to explore those messages, CWGCONNECT.com is the place to stay close to the material. I always want to make certain that anyone can get to this wonderful wisdom that’s come through us in the Conversations with God dialogues; whether they have read any of the books or not.