Neale Donald Walsch ‘Conversations With God’ Interview

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God. His Conversations with God series of books has been translated into 37 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.

Bio

Neale Donald Walsch
Neale began his journey in the most ordinary way. Overstressed and overextended by modern day life when the options ran out and frustration reached its peak, he turned to God. Desperate questions scratched on a legal pad in the middle of a long, sleepless night, began a precious dialogue which changed Neale’s life forever and eventually changed the lives of millions. This process began over 10 years ago and became the much loved Conversations with God Series.

Today the books have been translated into 37 languages, and Book One remains to this day in the 100 top selling spiritual books on Amazon.

In addition to bring through the extraordinary With God series, Neale has authored 16 other works, as well as a number of video and audio programs. Available throughout the world, each of the first five Conversation with God dialogue books has made the New York Times Bestseller list, Conversations with God-Book 1 occupied that list for over two and half years.

The With God Series has redefined God and shifted spiritual paradigms around the globe. In order to deal with the enormous response to his writings, Neale joined with loved ones and friends to create the ReCreation Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring the world to move from violence to peace, from confusion to clarity, and from anger to love.

Neale’s work has taken him from the steps of Macchu Picchu in Peru to the steps of the Shinto shrines of Japan, from Red Square in Moscow to St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City to Tiananmen Square in China. And everywhere he has gone-from South Africa to Norway, Croatia to The Netherlands, the streets of Zurich to the streets of Seoul, Neale has found a hunger among people to create a way to live, at last, in peace and harmony. He has sought to bring men and women in every culture a new understanding of God and of Life which would allow them to experience that.

To find out more about Neale Donald Walsch’s books visit: www.nealedonaldwalsch.com

Summary

I am familiar with Neale’s inspirational books, their messages and his journey.

This interview asks the basic questions that the artists who visit my blog want to know, for example, how to create, what skills are useful? How long does it take others to write books? What inspires artists to be creative? etc. So I didn’t raise questions on the spirituality in Neale’s books, (not that the two are mutually exclusive) I just scratched the surface. There are links in the interview that you can follow to delve into this aspect of the CWG series.

Neale gave lots of insightful answers that all artists can benefit from. Thank you Neale for this fantastic interview!

Neale Donald Walsch Interview

Q1. How did your conversation with God start?

I was going through a period of time in my life when everything was falling apart. My health was going rapidly downhill, my career had reached a dead end, and my relationship was crumbling. I didn’t understand why everything “bad” that could be happening was all happening at once. I awoke from a sound sleep at 4:20 in the morning on a February day many years ago with my mind filled with angry questions: What does it take to make my life work? What have I done to deserve a life of such continuing frustration? And what are the rules here? Somebody tell me the rules!

I got out of bed, stomped into the living room, found a yellow legal pad on the coffee table in front of me and wrote down my angry questions. Then I fell asleep on the couch. Momentarily, I was re-awakened by a voice that appeared to be coming from behind me. I sat up to listen more closely and the voice felt like it as coming from just over my right shoulder. It asked if I really wanted answers to all of my questions, and thus began my conversation with God that has continued to this very day.

Moments after that initial encounter, the voice that I was hearing moved inside my head, from which it has emanated ever since, sounding like a “voiceless voice” — or what I have often described as the voice of one’s own thoughts.

Q2. In one of your video interviews you say that creativity is a conversation with God, please can you explain this?

I believed that all human creativity emerges as a product of inspiration from what I call Divinity. It feels to me that God is always yearning to express Itself, and has created life throughout the universe as a way of doing so. Our most creative moments feel to me like the moments in which we are most connected to the Essential Essence of life itself. The essence knows the answer to every problem and the most creative expression of life that is possible in any given moment. All we have to do is pay attention to it. Some writers have called it “the muse”, and I have chosen to call it God. It’s all the same thing.

Q3. Do you have a technique that you use to access your inner creativity?

Other than to simply get quiet with myself, no. Oh, perhaps there is one. I allow myself to “go with” and enthusiastically embrace the first thought that comes to my head when considering any given creative endeavour. I don’t limit myself, I don’t edit myself, I don’t discourage myself. I don’t worry about whether an idea that has come to me is “good”, or whether others will like it or agree with it. I simply plunge ahead with what I consider to be the gift I have been given, and I never worry about the outcome. If you call that a “technique”, then there you have it.

Q4. In one of your video interviews you said that life is the greatest art of all, Tell us more please?

The purpose of life as I have come to understand it is to recreate yourself anew in the golden moment of now, in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever we held about who we are. If that isn’t an art form, then I don’t know what is.

Q5. You’re a best-selling author, what’s the most important step you had to take to create that reality?

Not to try to do so. One does not become a best-selling artist of any kind by trying to do so. One becomes a best-selling artist by paying attention to the art, not the outcome that it might produce. In fact, the best artists pay no attention to the outcomes whatsoever, nor do they care about it. I did not set out to write a best-selling book. I set out to share my personal experience as best I could. The rest took care of itself.

Q6. Many authors say that it takes longer to write their first book, was this the case for you when writing the first book in the ‘Conversations with God’ series?

What became the first book in the Conversations with God (CWG) series was not written in the first instance as a book. That is, I did not know that what I was experiencing would one day be published. To me, it was just a series of handwritten notes in a personal journal. Actually, it was CWG Book3 that took the longest to write. If my memory is correct, it took almost 2-1/2 years to complete. I’m clear why this is so.

After what turned into the first book sold, and the handwritten notes that became the 2nd book sold hundreds of thousands of books as well, I knew that the public was anxiously awaiting the third book in the series. For me, this was the first book that I was writing “intentionally” and so it took quite a while for me to get out of my own way. Returning to the purity of the process by which what became CWG Books 1 and 2 was not an easy task. I’ve since learned how to remove the obstacles that got in the way of an easy flow for Book 3, but that was my hardest book to write.

Q7. You’ve written 27 books so far, what are you working on at the moment?

Two things. First, I have been engaged in the task of reducing the 3,000 pages of the Conversations with God dialogue to around 300 pages, so that I could put it all between the covers of one book as a summary for people who did not feel they had the time or the money to buy and read 9 separate texts. That book is called What God Said and I am very excited about it because it takes the 25 most important, core messages of CWG and places them front and centre in an ongoing global discussion about divinity and humanity.

The second thing I’m engaged in right now is the igniting of just such a discussion — a global conversation if you will — evolving around humanity’s understandings of God, of life, of the purpose of this experience we are having upon the earth, and of the way in which the process we are undergoing can be made to function to produce deliberate and specific outcomes. People who want to become part of that conversations with me may engage with it at www.TheGlobalConversation.com

Q8. If you didn’t write what other career path would you have been happy to take?

I don’t consider myself to be on a “career path” so the context of your question disintegrates in the space of my experience. Prior to my conversations with God, I was a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, a newspaper managing editor, an actor/director in professional and semi-professional theatre, a professional photographer, and a musician. I could have been satisfied with any one of those career paths in the long run.

Q9. Who in your life inspires you the most and why?

My wife Em Claire, the American poet, because she demonstrates to me every day what it means to be deeply sensitive, endlessly caring, and completely open with regard to whatever aspect of the human experience she is currently encountering. She has also shown me how to be uncommonly nice and unfailingly good in the most difficult circumstance — of which being married to me surely must be one. I’m not kidding when I say I have scarcely found a person who I hold any higher as a role model. If at the end of my life, even a few people say, “Well, he turned out be a half-way decent person after all,” I have no question it will be because of her influence.

Q10. You run a number of outreach programmes, tell us about your new ‘Homecoming Programme.’

It was in the middle of 2009 that I made a promise to myself that I would no longer travel as much as I had during the prior decade—which had escalated to the point where I was gone 32 weeks out of the year. There were just three things that I wanted to ensure:

  1. That I could still get the message of Conversations with God out to as many people as wished to receive it.
  2. That I could provide a way for those who yearned to explore the material more seriously—toward the end of not only using it in their lives, but possibly even sharing it with others—to grapple with its messages on an intimate basis, wrestling with its concepts in highly personal interactions with the person who brought them through.
  3. That I could share with as many people as possible the knowledge that they can have their own conversation with God—and demonstrate for them a way that they can do that, offering an opportunity for them to have the experience then and there.

In pursuit of this goal, I created several outreach programs that could keep me at home and yet keep the message flowing. These activities include Spiritual Renewal Retreats every year and the CwG Spiritual Mentoring Program. Each has its own purpose, each its own agenda and format and process. Some of these programs are produced by the Conversations with God Foundation, and some by me individually and privately, to offer me greater flexibility in form and content.

The latest of these programs, called The Homecoming, offers me a chance to sit down with people in a way that is unlike any other. It is extremely informal, with no rigid format or agenda, no “end product” that is promised, and no outcome that anyone is attempting to produce. There is only the pure and unencumbered experience that maximum synergy and total freedom from form could eventuate. It is, in short, an open-ended discussion, a grand exploration, both a discourse and an exchange, with a handful of people (never more than 12, most often less), just twice a year, in my own home.

Q11. Please tell us more about the ‘CWG Foundation’

In 1993 after receiving the first of the Conversations with God material, I was deeply inspired by the message that “the purpose of life is to recreate ourselves anew in the highest version of the grandest vision we ever had about ourselves.” In order to take action with the messages and guidance of the conversations, I wanted to make the truths and lessons from the Conversations with God book not only functional, but also universally available. Therefore, I formed ReCreation, the Foundation for Personal Growth and Spiritual Understanding. Incorporated in 1995, the Foundation was established as a non-denominational, 501C-3 non-profit. They operate in the world as the “CWG Foundation.”

The Foundation envisions a planet where world peace and global sustainability is a reality. They believe that this can be attained through the embodiment of the Conversations with God material, and the work of other spiritual teachers, in a way that will cause us to recreate our relationship with God. Because of this transformed relationship, we may also recreate our relationships with ourselves and with the entire human family. For details, visit www.cwg.org

Q12. Do you have any Conversations with God resources specifically tailored for teens?

Yes, the book Conversations with God for Teens and the Teens Program offered by CWGforParents.

Q13. What advice would you give to a young person who wants to follow in your footsteps to become an author?

You keep referring to me as an author, as if I was a person who set out to produce books as my life’s work. I’m only considered an “author” because that’s what people call other people from whom books emerge. In my case, I don’t sit down to write books in the way that you seem to be considering the experience. For reasons known only in the heavens, I have apparently been selected to be a deeply unworthy messenger of eternal truth. Even saying such a thing no doubt renders me unworthy in the minds of some, but I don’t know how else to describe the experience I seem to have fallen into. I certainly wouldn’t describe myself as an author. Books merely seem to be the medium with which the messages I have been given are being transmitted. In addition, I also place myself before cameras to generate video content and before audiences wherever they choose to gather to offer lectures and workshops that I hope might be of some benefit to others.

So I don’t have any good advice to give young people who what to become authors. But if you ask me what advice I’d give to young people who want to become happy in their lives, I could spend the next several hours offering an answer. Or you might save yourself some time and simply read anything I’ve written, for God has answered the same answer for me and I have merely passed it on.

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