Conversations With God
Conversations with God
Book 1

Conversations with God - Book 1

 Page Contents: Quotes - Excerpts - Reviews

  • "Feeling is the language of the soul" - Page 3
  • "...hidden in your deepest feelings is your highest truth" - Page 3
  • "All people are special" - Page 6
  • "The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation" - Page 20
  • "You came into this life with nothing to learn -  you have only to demonstrate what you already know" - Page 34
  • "You are always in the process of creating. Every moment. Every minute. Every day." - Page 35
  • "There is only one reason to do anything: as a statement to the universe of Who You Are" - Page 36
  • "Allow each soul to walk its path" - Page 47
  • "A thing is only right or wrong because you say it is. A thing is not right or wrong intrinsically." - Page 48
  • "Emotion is the power which attracts. That which you fear strongly, you will experience" - Page 54
  • "What you fear most is what will most plague you. Fear will draw it to you like a magnet" - Page 56
  • "Masters are those who have chosen only love. In every circumstance. Even as they were being killed, they loved their murderers" - Page 57
  • "There are no coincidences in the universe" - Page 58 !!!
  • "God is in the sadness and the laughter, in the bitter and the sweet. There is a divine purpose behind everything—and therefore a divine presence in everything" - Page 60
  • "Very few of the value judgments you have incorporated into your truth are judgments you, yourself, have made based on your own experience. Yet experience is what you came here for—and out of your experience were you to create yourself. You have created yourself out of the experience of others" - Page 62
  • "Desire is the beginning of all creation. It is first thought. It is a grand feeling within the soul" - Page 65
  • "You are a three-fold being. You consist of body, mind, and spirit" - Page 73
  • "Your soul is the sum-total of every feeling you've ever had" - Page 74
  • "The first thing to understand about the universe is that no condition is "good" or "bad". It just is. So stop making value judgments.
    The second thing to know is that all conditions are temporary. Nothing stays the same, nothing remains static. Which way a thing changes depends on you" -  Page 79
  • "All your life you think you are your body. Some of the time you think you are your mind. It is at the time of your death that you find out Who You Really Are" - Page 81
  • "You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion. You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the greatest love. You are these things. And in moments of your life you have known yourself as these things.
      Choose now to know yourself as these things always" - Page 86
  • "Life is a creation, not a discovery" - Page 90
  • "You do not live each day to discover what it holds for you, but to create it. You are creating your reality every minute, probably without knowing it" - Page 91
  • "In order to truly know God, you have to be out of your mind" - Page 94
  • "Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, except exactly who you're being right now" - Page 98
  • "What you resist, persists" - Page 100
  • "Passion is the love of turning being into action. It fuels the engine of creation. It changes concepts to experience" - Page 101
  • "To live your life without expectations—without the need for specific results—that is freedom" - Page 101
  • "Beingness is the highest state of existence." - Page 101
  • "The point of life is not to get anywhere—it is to notice that you are, and have always been, already there. You are, always and forever, in the moment of pure creation. The point of life is therefore to create—who and what you are, and then to experience that" - Page 104
  • "Suffering is an unnecessary aspect of the human experience. It is not only unnecessary, it is unwise, uncomfortable, and hazardous to your health" - Page 105
  • "...suffering has nothing to do with events, but with one's reaction to them" - Page 105
  • "What's happening is merely what's happening. How you feel about it is another matter" - Page 105
  • "There is nothing scary about life, if you are not attached to results" - Page 110
  • "You always get what you create, and you are always creating" - Page 118
  • "...the purpose of relationships is not to have another who might complete you; but to have another with whom you might share your completeness" - Page 123
  • "You must first see your Self as worthy before you can see another as worthy. You must first see your Self as blessed before you can see another as blessed. You must first know your Self to be holy before you can acknowledge holiness in another" - Page 126
  • "Cultivate the technique of seeing all problems as opportunities" - Page 141
  • "By your decisions you paint a portrait of Who You Are" - Page 154
  • "Embarrassment is the response of a person who still has an ego investment in how others see him" - Page 161
  • "Doing is a function of the body. Being is a function of the soul. The body is always doing something. Every minute of every day it's up to something. It never stops, it never rests, it's constantly doing something.
    It's either doing what it's doing at the behest of the soul—or in spite of the soul. The quality of your life hangs in the balance" - Page 170
  • "True masters are those who have chosen to make a life, rather than a living" - Page 176
  • "The actions of the body were meant to be reflections of a state of being, not attempts to attain a state of being" - Page 185
  • "Religion is your attempt to speak of the unspeakable. It does not do a very good job" - Page 195
  • All Illness is Self-created

       Now let's understand what you probably already know: all illness is self-created. Even conventional medical doctors are now seeing how people make themselves sick.
       Most people do so quite unconsciously. (They don't even know what they're doing.) So when they get sick, they don't know what hit them. It feels as though something has befallen them, rather than that they did something to themselves.
       This occurs because most people move through life—not simply health issues and consequences—unconsciously.
       People smoke and wonder why they get cancer.
       People ingest animals and fat and wonder why they get blocked arteries.
       People stay angry all their lives and wonder why they get heart attacks.
       People compete with other people—mercilessly and under incredible stress—and wonder why they have strokes.
       The not-so-obvious truth is that most people worry themselves to death.
       Worry is just about the worst form of mental activity there is—next to hate, which is deeply self destructive. Worry is pointless. It is wasted mental energy. It also creates bio-chemical reactions which harm the body, producing everything from indigestion to coronary arrest, and multitude of things in between.
       Health will improve almost at once when worrying ends.

    [ Pages 187-188 ]

  • Right and Wrong are Relative Terms

       There’s nothing “wrong” with anything. “Wrong” is a relative term, indicating the opposite of that which you call “right.”
       Yet, what is “right”? Can you be truly objective in these matters? Or are “right” and “wrong” simply descriptions overlaid on events and circumstances by you, out of your decision about them?
       And what, pray tell, forms the basis of your decision? Your own experience? No. In most cases, you’ve chosen to accept someone else’s decision. Someone who came before you and, presumably, knows better. Very few of your daily decisions about what is “right” and “wrong” are being made by you, based on your understanding.
       This is especially true on important matters. In fact, the more important the matter, the less you are likely to listen to your own experience, and the more ready you seem to be to make someone else’s ideas your own.
       This explains why you've given up virtually total control over certain areas of your life, and certain questions that arise within the human experience.
       These areas and questions very often include the subjects most vital for your soul: the nature of God; the nature of true morality; the question of ultimate reality; the issues of life and death surrounding war, medicine, abortion euthanasia, the whole sum and substance of personal values, structures, judgments. These most of you have abrogated, assigned to others. You don't want to make your own decisions about them.
       “Someone else decide! I’ll go along, I’ll go along!” you shout. “Someone else just tell me what’s right and wrong!”
       This is why, by the way, human religions are so popular. It almost doesn’t matter what the belief system is, as long as it’s firm, consistent, clear in its expectation of the follower, and rigid. Given those characteristics, you can find people who will believe in almost anything. The strangest behavior and belief can be—has been—attributed to God. It’s God’s way, they say. God’s word.
       And there are those who will accept that. Gladly. Because, you see, it eliminates the need to think.

       Thinking is hard. Making value judgments is difficult. It places you at pure creation, because there are so many times you’ll have to say, “I don’t know. I just don’t know.” Yet still you have to decide. And so you’ll have to choose. You’ll have to make an arbitrary choice.
       Such a choice—a decision coming from no previous personal knowledge—is called pure creation. And the individual is aware, deeply aware, that in the making of such decisions is the Self created.
       Most of you are not interested in such important work. Most of you would rather leave that to others. And so most of you are not self-created, but creatures of habit—other-created creatures.
       Then when others have told you how you should feel, and it runs directly counter to how you do feel—you experience a deep inner conflict. Something deep inside you tells you that what others have told you is not Who You Are. Now where to go with that? What to do?
       The first place you go to is your religionists—the people who put you there in the first place. You go to your priests and your rabbis and your ministers and your teachers, and they tell you to stop listening to your Self. The worst of them will try to scare you away from it; scare you away from what you intuitively know.
       They’ll tell you about the devil, about Satan, about demons and evils spirits and hell and damnation and every frightening thing they can think of to get you to see how what you were intuitively knowing and feeling was wrong, and how they only place you’ll find any comfort is in their thought, their idea, their theology, their definitions of right and wrong, and their concept of Who You Are.
       The seduction here is that all you have to do to get instant approval is to agree. Agree and you have instant approval. Some will even sing and shout and dance and wave their arms in hallelujah! That’s hard to resist. Such approval, such rejoicing that you have seen the light; that you’ve been saved!
       Approvals and demonstrations seldom accompany inner decisions. Celebrations rarely surround choices to follow personal truth. In fact, quite the contrary. Not only may others fail to celebrate, they may actually subject you to ridicule. What? You’re thinking for yourself? You’re deciding on your own? You’re applying your own yardsticks, your own judgments, your own values? Who do you think you are, anyway?

    And indeed, that is precisely the question you are answering.

    [ Pages 152-155 ]
  • This book is perfect for those who are open minded and don't come to books (and life in general) with the attitude that you already have all the answers. Most people who swear by the bible haven't even read that much of it. Why? because society has ingrained and brainwashed and created their belief systems and then anything that contradicts their paradigm of the way the world is must be wrong and blasphemy. This book is highly logical, very fair, many of the ideas are sound, interesting and make sense if thought about carefully. Many of the words don't just resonate as being true in the logical mind but in my soul. It covers deep topics with simple words that explain quite effectively the concepts. A combination most readers want. It emphasizes love over judgment and punishment which I believe God should be about. If I were God would I set up a system by which it would be possible for my beloved children and created beings to suffer eternally? Would I not give them free will and in addition when they make mistakes always be forgiving and loving? Would I not make all my creations perfect? A perfect being cannot do imperfect things otherwise it would not be perfect. These concepts are covered in this book and the other two books in the trilogy. I am not saying to accept everything Neale says as literal truth (nor does Neale actually), all I am saying is to think about the teachings and concepts in the book and even put them in to practice to see whether they work or not. Whether this book comes from God or not it is profound and interesting if you are a deep thinker, open-minded. -- reviewer

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