Good Reading : June 2006
word of mouth mind body spirit talking to god NEALE DONALD WALSCH’s Conversations with God was on the New York Times bestseller list for 137 weeks and sold five million copies. Home with God is the tenth book in the ‘Conversations with God’ series and, the author tells ROSAMUND BURTON, the last of the dialogues. About to turn fifty, Neale Donald Walsch felt that he had nothing to show for half a cen- tury on the planet. For five months he had been experiencing chronic depression and insomnia, he had relationship problems and work troubles Unable to sleep yet again one early morning in February 1992, he wrote an angry letter to God demanding to know how to make his life work. Immediately, he started to receive answers as if a voice inside his head were speaking to him, and he began to write the answers down. ‘Before I knew it, I was involved in an on-paper dialogue with some source of wisdom, insight and clarity in the uni- verse that I have come to call God,’ explains Walsch. He kept this process up for about a year, never intending to write a book, but really as a process of personal healing. These writ- ings became the first ‘Conversations With God’ book. Since then the series has been translated into 37 languages and sold in Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Africa and South America. Although Walsch was born and raised a Roman Catholic the books in no way espouse a particular religion, and Walsch describes them as ‘trans-cultural’ and ‘trans-spiritual’. ‘Home with God is probably the most meaningful of all the books,’ he says. Contradicting the idea that death is something that just happens to people, it says that, whether onsciously or not, people cause their own eaths, and rather than being a tragedy, death is lways a gift. Many of the concepts are similar o the theories upon which quantum physics is based. ‘I think the intersection between spiritu- ality and science has been crossed. I think we are very clear now that science and theology have really become one,’ continues Walsch. The God he describes in Home with God is no t s epa ra te from us, but rather something of which we are a part. Every other human being on the planet is also part of that same god. Walsch firmly believes that when we really understand this, our behaviour towards each other will change dramatically. Many religions have a list of do’s and don’ts in order to secure a place in heaven and be with God, rather than go to hell. But, Walsch says, there is no way to enter the Kingdom of God, because it is where everyone already is. Walsch, now sixty-two, says that God has changed his job description from getting the message through to getting the message out. He has a busy worldwide public speaking pro- gram, a daily blog and a regular radio program, which streams live on the inter net. He has founded a number of international non-profit organisations to teach and create communities around the world based on the principles found in the ‘Conversations with God’ series. He plans to write a number of commentaries on the dialogues over the next few years. Home with God by Neale Donald Walsch is published by Hodder, rrp $24.00.