WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGES – CHANGE EVERYTHING – Neale Donald Walsch

by Corinne

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CHANGE?

Stay away from my door.  I have enough problems now.  Any more changes would put me under for sure.

I met Neale Donald Walsch when his first book, Conversations with God, was hitting the New York Times best seller list.

The first thing I asked him on my TV interview was “Why would God choose to talk to YOU?  Why not some monk or Rabbi or nun? ”

I had to think about his answer.  He said that “God” (fill in here who you think God is) was talking to all of us all the time but we don’t LISTEN.  He said he was desperate enough in his life situation to listen when he asked questions.  It was in the middle of the night when he sat down – with no place to go and no future – with a yellow pad of paper.  He scrawled down the questions and wrote down the answers that came to him.

The rest is a million dollar history that has been translated into many languages.

When I received his last book in the mail I thought it was just another self help book.  Have we not had enough messages from God?  It is not.

This book is written by Neale.  He’s learned a thing or two along the way.

The underpinnings of the book are stated in the first chapter.  Are you ready to consider this?

The ideas here are based on ancient wisdom, modern science, everyday psychology, practical metaphysics, and contemporary spirituality.  The invitation here presumes that Divinity exists, that life has a purpose, that human beings have a soul, that our body is something we have and not something we are, and that the mind is under our control at all times.

Neale goes on to say –

. . . if these concepts feel valid to you, you may be holding in your hand the most useful, the most helpful, the most powerful book you have read in a very long time.

NINE CHANGES THAT CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING

1. Change your decision to “go it alone”

2. Change your choice of emotions

3. Change your choice of thoughts

4. Change your choice of truth

5. Change your idea of Change itself

6. Change your idea about why Change occurs

7. Change your idea about future Change

8.  Change your idea about life

9. Change your identity.

To sum this book up in a review would be nearly impossible.  Some of the ideas are so counter to what we have been holding – and what the world has been holding – forever.  It is more than a book.  It is an experience.

But if you are willing to suspend your judgment, I guarantee you no boredom here.  Perhaps, a huge shift in your life.  An upheaval.

I just turned to the first page and I am reading the whole book again.  I could not get it all the first time.  I admit I am resisting some of it.

It scares me.  But, I am willing to change.  I need to change.

Are you?

CHANGE – Is it time?

Interview with Neale on Talking Purpose

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Chris July 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm

There is always change – except from a vending machine.

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Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker
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July 28, 2009 at 12:25 pm

I have thoroughly enjoyed each of Mr. Walsh’s books. Some of his ideas I have always known in my heart but didn’t know how to adequately express. Some of his ideas, like you, I have resisted. Each time that I stopped resisting and went with the idea, I was better off for it. I look forward to reading his newest book. Thanks for the review.
.-= Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker´s last blog ..Lies Incest Perpretrators Tell Their Victims =-.

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Genevieve July 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Corinne, Why do you need to change? Just because some guy wrote another one of those books … I think life’s lesson for someone as evolved as you are is to just BE – and enjoy the magnificent beauty that you are …. and you have all the answers that you need now. It’s all inside that big beautiful soul of yours. When does this stop? When do we finally sit in our own bubble of love and enjoy. Enough striving!!!

Wonder what my beloved Thomas Moore would say to that?

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Evan July 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I flunk on several of the qualifiers:
“that human beings have a soul, that our body is something we have and not something we are, and that the mind is under our control at all times”

I think we are our sould and body (and spirit) – just that they are not all of who we are (which may be what Neale means). Who is the ‘our’ that controls “our” mind?

So I guess I shouldn’t by the book(?)
.-= Evan´s last blog ..Empathy and Communication =-.

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Chris July 30, 2009 at 12:12 am

Like all these guru things it’s diverting. Religion and quasi religions can get you through a crisis. They are also a nice little earner if you come up with a great idea like god writing back to you. I thought Mr Walsch’s first book was highly entertaining. I loved it and tried writing to god several times
There is a bit inside everyone, their unconscious, which can solve problems if you let it. It’s incredible but difficult to access. Dreams are one way.
In dreams the mind picks up props and scenery from the store in your mind and attempts to offer comment, answers, warnings. It uses whatever is to hand – memories, bits of film, recent events…
It can be difficult working out what is trying to be communicated. The unconscious mind can’t speak openly and directly to the conscious.
Personal inner conflict often arises because your unconscious knows what is necessary and right, but you aren’t picking up the message.
I think I recall psychiatrist Ronnie Laing saying something to the effect of, and I paraphrase, ‘ So many people come to may office. Why won’t they leave by the door?’
The solution to a problem may be staring them in the face, like the door, the exit, the way out, but they would rather climb the wall or jump out of the window than accept the obvious.

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Corinne
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July 31, 2009 at 8:59 am

Dear Evan -

Should you buy the book? Maybe.

Neale is a compelling writer. Much he has to say you will agree with. Some you will probably have to give some thought. But it will not bore you.

In the meantime, you can probably find it in your local bookstore and can give it a once over. Or, maybe in a library. It is a new bestseller and is probably available.

Or you might start off with his book, Conversations with God. You will find it extremely interesting.

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Corinne
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July 31, 2009 at 9:06 am

Dear Chris -

I too have tried to write to God. If you get really quiet and listen to what you hear in your head, you get some really interesting and sometimes surprising answers.

Do they come from God? Well, I guess it is what you define God as. I think we all have a channel to some Great Unconscious that we can access. You just have to study what you get and decide whether is is true for you.

Jung thought so.

The test for me is – Is this a loving answer?

Since I believe that the spirit does not die with the body, I think there could be some mischevious ones around who are looking for a chance to be heard.

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Corinne
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July 31, 2009 at 9:12 am

Dear Genevieve -

I think you are right on with one thing.

When are we going to accept ourselves just as we are?

Awareness is another thing. Sometimes these books trigger something that will really help us.

I have read hundreds (thousands?) of self-help books. It was my job as an interviewer for Wisdom TV. They all say “Follow me. I have the way.”

I learned to cherry pick. Consider an idea here – and then there. Then use what might be useful to myself and others.

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Corinne
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July 31, 2009 at 9:14 am

Dear Patricia -

Knowing you as well as I do, you are going to find a lot to consider (and object to) in any of Neale’s books. Especially, this one.

I hope you do read it. I would be interested in what you have to say!

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Reed July 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I do believe strongly in “Divinity and that life has a purpose, that human beings have a soul and the body is someting we have and not something we are and that the mind is under our control at all times” (except when under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol).

BUT…I woujld like very much to engage Mr. Walsh in conversation regading CHANGE. He says change our emotions. To what? My emotions consist of laughter, sadness and, yes, at times anger. Is it not good to laugh? Is is not good to feel sadness? Is it not good to express anger when abused? What’s to change? Without these emothions we are “blob” in flesh.

Change my choice of truth? I would ask Mr. Walsh to give me some guidence here. If I must change my choice of truth, it is NOT truth. Truth cannot be changed! Truth is truth, NOT what you want it to be.

Change my identity? To whom? Certainly if I am a bad person I had better change. But the majority of people are good people. Oh, I must strive to be a better person. But that does not mean changing my identity. Genevieve asked the right question: Who says, Corinne, you need to change who you are: With all due respect, Mr. Neale D0nald Walsh has over stepped. In order for him to suggest changing identity he must have deep insight into our souls. Without that deep insight, which he does NOT have, Mr. Neale Walsh has no right to say, “Change”

I’m with you , Evan. I’m NOT buying the book!

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Chris August 1, 2009 at 12:13 am

Regarding Reed’s assumption that the mind is under our control at all times – I just couldn’t let that pass.
I direct you to Dennett’s new book, Freedom Evolves. It is a fine discussion of the experimental data of Benjamin Libet (now professor emeritus of physiology at University of California, Davis), which show that the neural activity that begins an action starts up around a third of a second before the agent’s conscious decision to act. Neuroscientists have frequently interpreted this as showing that decisions are somehow illusions: Consciousness is “out of the loop.” They maintain that the action is originally precipitated in some part of the brain, and off fly the signals to muscles, pausing en route to tell you, the conscious agent, what is going on (but like all good officials letting you, the bumbling president, maintain the illusion that you started it all).
Scary eh?

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Reed August 1, 2009 at 10:10 am

This is ddirected to Chris who somehow has me confused with Neale Donald Walsh.

It is he not I that makes the assumption our mind is under our control at all times. Indeed, I point out that the mind is not under our control when we are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Of course the initial decision whle we are still sober to imbibe is a mind-controlled decision.

Let me take this opportunity to add that I was enthralled with Mr. Walsh’s first book, “Conversations With God”. Both fabulous and mind boggling!. I read his second book and found it not as compelling.

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Corinne
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August 1, 2009 at 10:38 am

Dear Chris -

Interesting book – read all the reviews and synopsis.

Think it is above my pay grade.

But if anyone is interested, you can buy a used copy from Amazon for $1.16. (Rather rude for such a scholarly work)

Here’s the link -

http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Evolves-Daniel-C-Dennett/dp/0670031860

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Chris August 2, 2009 at 2:13 am

The interesting thing Reed is that if we believe the science we don’t make any decisions consciously. We are simply notified by our brains of the decision having been made. We are then allowed to entertain the conceit that we actually decided to do whatever it was.
This goes directly to the concept of free will and is why the science is so disturbing don’t you think?

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Gail Waldeck September 2, 2009 at 11:53 am

I just finished reading “When Everything Changes….”, a library book, and plan to purchase a copy for further study. The lessons offer a new kind of hope; I feel inspired and want to send a copy to others I know who are struggling with difficult changes.
The journey is going to be challenging. I tend to be lazy and procrastinate, but the possible/promised outcome may be worth abandoning my evasive habits. Gail Marie

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Corinne
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September 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

You are right, Gail. This book is beyond the realm of the usual self-help books. I keep going over the chapters and rereading.

I purchased it for a friend. She tells me it is challenging also!

You can buy the book here at a discount by clicking on the link.

Onward and upward! Right?

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Being the Change I Wish to See
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October 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I’m kinda far out there compared to most of you. I loved the “Conversations with God” trilogy and think they have a bunch of great messages. I’m also a huge believer in Dr. John Hagelin’s quantum physical relationship between the theory of everything (there is an equation for it and it works) and the physical world’s relationship to the spiritual world. I think what goes on in our subconscious minds is more interesting and more important than what goes on in our conscious minds. The really interesting part is the relationship between the subconscious and conscious. We don’t go away when we are asleep or under anesthesia. Where do we go? Good question.

So, does Neale Donald Walsch go too far? It’s completely up to you. What is your definition of change? To you, does change mean abandoning who or what you believed or were before to become something new? Or does change mean you add to the substance of who and what already exists? Or is it a combination of both? Isn’t it up to you to decide? Isn’t that his point? Are you afraid to have your definitions of reality, being and becoming challenged? If so, why? Maybe your discomfort is trying to tell you something.

I look forward to reading the new book. I’ll have to get it from the library because I’m in transition right now and money is tight, but I will eventually buy a copy.

I’ve found this transition easier since I decided to let go of my previous comfort zones and go with what I want to be and how I want to live instead of hanging on to what made me feel safe in the past. I haven’t given up who I am to change. I have given up my comfort zones and jumped on the wild horse with both eyes forward and both hands tight on the reigns. Sure transition is scary, but it’s not boring and I am seeing success pretty quickly.

Part of the big change has been returning to my early roots and my love of fundamental science and math, school and working with others who don’t understand math and science. Being a scientist was great for 20 years. Now it’s time for me to go back and use that experience to help teens truly understand the work they are doing to get into college. The science they study has real world applications and consequences. If they are more aware of them they can understand the theory more readily. Most science teachers never worked a day as practicing scientists, and I think their students suffer for it.

I’m also free to explore the connections between science and the rest of life, our experiences, spirituality, and faith. My favorite question is “What is reality?”. Oh, and atoms are not things, they are probabilities and possibilities. You cannot know the exact position of an atom and the velocity of its motion at the same time. See the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Use the Google machine if you want to know what it is and who Heisenberg was.

Teaching is more rewarding than anything I’ve done in my career so far. The only thing more rewarding is being a mom.
.-= Being the Change I Wish to See´s last blog ..Service Dogs, Prison Inmates and Wounded Veterans =-.

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Rishi Devanoor October 11, 2009 at 8:50 am

Well,

What to say and what not to say about this book. I bet if you would want to see a real change in your life or that piece of things you are looking to change then yes I you will for sure get addicted to this book.

This is not joke and take it from me. Every page has a change effect that will impact and affect reader to course of change in a positive pyschological thoughts that will gear on towards humaterian objective of life in a very relative insignia for one self to ensure they find the change that affects ono one but self.

Fantastic work Neale, you have made right effort in giving your Iea ouot to people across globe.

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Corinne
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October 12, 2009 at 11:05 am

Dear Rishi -

I know Neale and admire his brilliance. He was also a radio host at one time so he was a fantastic interview for me.

The book is life changing and not the ordinary garden variety self help book.

I though the beginning was a great and easy read.

As it went on, it became really challenging. I think it must be read more than once – maybe several times for it to sink in.

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Corinne
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October 12, 2009 at 11:11 am

Dear Sherri -

You said it here -

“So, does Neale Donald Walsch go too far? It’s completely up to you. What is your definition of change? To you, does change mean abandoning who or what you believed or were before to become something new? Or does change mean you add to the substance of who and what already exists? Or is it a combination of both? Isn’t it up to you to decide? Isn’t that his point? Are you afraid to have your definitions of reality, being and becoming challenged? If so, why? Maybe your discomfort is trying to tell you something.”

See my answer to Rishi above. This is not a book – it is a revolutionary experience.

I also interviewed John Hagelin. Twice. Very serious man. Another brilliant forward thinker.

I wonder when the world will be ready for people like these two.

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Being the Change I Wish to See
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October 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Corinne,

I think you are blessed to get to interview Walsch and Hagelin. I would love to meet both of them. I hope the world will be ready for Walsch and Hagelin in my lifetime. I’m not sure it will, but as things change so fast in fits and starts just in the last year, I have hope. Two years ago I would have said there was no hope at all.

Sometimes I forget that world change took off growing exponentially at the industrial revolution and has continued that growth pattern despite those trying to hold it back. They managed to hold back some groups of people with propaganda and spin control, but the intellectual world quietly continued changing exponentially. It burst back on the scene and those trying to hold us back are a minority today. They just didn’t know it until the majority spoke.

Walsch’s books are a revolutionary experience, I agree. Hagelin’s work is too. I read the trilogy 4 times when I first bought them. All the other books in the stack by my bed gathered dust for weeks while I focused on those three. It was then that I stopped and took a hard look at where I was and where I wanted to go, and that I have the power to make it happen.

I shut down my failing business and focused on what I wanted to do most, teach math and science and write. I started cleaning up the financial mess I had created (that’s still ongoing) and after almost 2 years I’m about to finish the cleaning process. The influence of these two people were the main catalysts to me grabbing the reigns and steering my way out of the deep rut I had dug for myself. All I had to do was stop beating on the bars in front of me and walk in a different direction.

I’m going back to the library this afternoon and I’ll check the catalog for this book. I’m not sure it’s available yet. Our library has a rather tight budget right now and they have been relying on donations to get new books. Fortunately, the community is generous to the library.
.-= Being the Change I Wish to See´s last blog ..Service Dogs, Prison Inmates and Wounded Veterans =-.

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Benjamin March 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Very much enjoyed this book, read my review here.

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Corinne
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March 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Thanks , Benjamin, for sharing your wonderful review.

I consider Neale one of my good friends. I interviewed him a few times and he even wrote an endorsement on the back cover of my last book.

I personally appreciate anyone, like you, who supports him.

His message is always profound – life altering – and worth the time for an excellent read as well.

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