Soon after the first Conversations with God book was published in May 1995, demand began for tools that would assist parents in teaching the marvelous concepts of this extraordinary dialogue to children. Readers wanted to share with their offspring what CwG had shared with them.
"If only I have been introduced to these ways of seeing God and myself when I was 8 or 9, my whole life would have been different" were the words Neale Donald Walsch heard in letter after letter and conversation after conversation.
This book is an outgrowth of the School of New Spirituality program. In it, Walsch has joined with Laurie Lankins Farley and Emily A. FIlmore, the directors of the school, to put into one place all the spiritual concepts of a home schooling curriculum. This book makes available for parents not only the tools for teaching CwG'sconcepts, but a narrative summary of the concepts themselves, to help aid in their home schooling efforts, and help them to use the other tools created by the school with maximum effectiveness.
Each chapter is presented in two parts: (1) A narrataive for parents that includes background information and interpretative commentary on the spiritual concepts being explored; and (2)Tools with which parents may effectively share these concepts with their children. Together they form a powerful guide for the spiritual teachers of the 21st century,
"[T]his is an in-depth, yet highly readable, discussion of the universal connectedness of every living being to every other living being. Co-authored with Laurie Lankins Farley and Emily A. Filmore, directors of the School of New Spirituality, [Conversations with God for Parents] is a major step into the future of human spirituality and a sense of co-existing with a power higher than ourselves."
—Anna Jedrziewski, RETAILING INSIGHT Magazine
“[Walsch] has an international audience attuned to the message of a nonjudgmental God . . . [in this book], each chapter is divided into two parts, the first explaining the spiritual principle being considered in a way adults can grasp, followed by lists of ways adults can share and discuss the principle with children . . . there's so much that is useful [that] parents can easily pick and choose.” —Ilene Cooper, BOOKLIST
NEALE DONALD WALSCH is the author of nine books in the Conversations with God series, which have sold over ten million copies in 37 languages. He is one of the major authors in the new spirituality movement, having written 28 other books, with eight books on the New York Times bestseller's list. 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. He lives in Oregon with his wife, the American poet, em claire.
Introduction or preface
From the very first months after the firstConversations with Godbook was published in May 1995, the demand began to appear for tools that would assist parents in teaching the marvelous concepts of this extraordinary dialogue to children.
Readers wanted a way that they could share with their offspring what CwG had shared with them.
"If only I had been introduced to these ways of seeing God and myself when I was eight or nine, my whole life would have been different," were the words I heard in letter after letter, email after email, conversation after conversation.
My response to this so-often stated desire was the creation of the School of the New Spirituality, and the subsequent design of its CwG for Parents program. You may learn more about that wonderful resource by simply going to this address on the internet: www.cwgforparents.com.
The book you are holding in your hands is an outgrowth of that program. In it, I have joined with Laurie Farley and Emily Filmore, the directors of the school, to put into one place all of the spiritual concepts of a home schooling curriculum.
We wanted to make available for parents not only the tools for teaching CwG's concepts, but also a narrative summary of the concepts themselves, because we knew this special articulation for parents would form the backbone of their home schooling efforts and help them to use the other tools created by our school with maximum effectivenes.
It was widely known that even though teachers in regular schools know their overall subject matter very well, they will very often (in fact, almost always) "read up" on the lesson they are about to teach their students, so that they are refreshed in each particular area of exploration and feel fully ready to answer the most case-specific or detailed questions.
Before parents can even begin to think of reducing highly nuanced, extremely sophisticated spiritual concepts for children in age-appropriate aways with age-understandable language, parents must feel confident that they, themselves, both comprehend the deeper meaning and grasp the day-to-day functional implications of those concepts.
Each chapter in this book is thus presented in two parts: (1) A narrative for parents that includes background information and interpretative commentary on the spiritual concept being explored; (2) Tools with which parents may effectively share these concepts with their children.
The text is intended to be a teacher's manual. The Preface, which follows, offers a complete list of the topics to be covered here, as well as an opening guide to how you might introduce the whole idea of "God" to your children to begin with.
Challenges and Changes That Occur and How to Handle Them
A Surprise About Eyes
5. Energy Body--Invisible/Subtle
Connect with Your Energy Field
Seeing Auric Fields--Hearing Sounds
Secrets about Sound
More on Faculty Extensions
Basic Locations of Chakra/Gland Centers
Emotions Determine Results
A Litany of Fear
Flip the Switch
6. Spirit Body--In-Between/Soul
Tricks of Perception
The Soul Has Its Own Will
Day Symbol Exercises
Create a "Stage" for Day Symbols
Forget Going to a Psychic
The Mirroring Process
PART III: OUR TRIUNE ENVIRONMENTS
7. Physical World--Animate
The Environment We Create Recreates Us
The "YOU" You Symbolize
Physical First Aid
8. Energy World--Hyper-Animate
More Surprises About Plants
Psychic First Aid
Communicating with Nature
9. Spirit World--Super Animate
The Pickle Syrup Story
A Hidden Order
Imagination Versus Imaginal
Those Worlds Within Worlds
Spirit First Aid
The Time Fan
Part IV: OUR TRIUNE RELATIONSHIPS
10. Self--Initial Focus
Some Basic Basics
Finding/Entering Your Center
Turning Your Dialogue Around
Changing a Habit
Who Are You?
Sex and Sex and More Sex
Who Are You, Really?
11. Others--Broader Focus
Dating and Marriage
Soul Mates, Companion Souls, and Twin Souls
Abortions and Births
Children and Parenting
What Makes Parenting So Tough
The Quicksand of Technology
12. Groups--Multiple Focus
Our Shadow Side
Our Precious Thorn--Pain
Racism and Planting Justice
The Magic of Community
The Third Way
PART V: OUR TRIUNE EXERCISES
The Miracle of Lithium
Third/Fourth Industrial Revolutions
What's Getting in the Way
A Values-Driven Economy
The New Kid's Business Model
A Few Hints
Rhythms of Politics and War Events
Law and Justice
It's Time for Women
What No One is Acknowledging
PART VI: OUR TRIUNE GUIDANCE
Immigrants from Other Worlds
What Children Tell Us
The Cyngus Mystery
Religious Movements Over Time
More Amazing Religious Histories
The Prophecies of St. Malachy
The Issue of Messiahs
Reclaiming the Subversie Way of Jesus
The 12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening
Realities of Breakthrough
That Crazy Left Hand of God
Chaos and Discipleship
Rules of Discipleship
We Need a New Story
18. Universal Law--Mysticism/Collective Whole
Fate and Free Will
Good and Evil
Heaven and Hell
Death Flash/Light Flash
Folds and Spirals
The One Great Paradox
PART VII: GODS IN THE MAKING
A New Christos
GIVERS OF GIFTS
Excerpt from book
We have things backward.
We think being a human is having a body with a name and the potential to grow up in a world filled with lots of people, who compete or cooperate to ensure continuing opportunity for health, advancement, relationships, and the fulfillment of our desires.
We wear these physical bodies and lead animated lives thanks to them because we are here to either test ourselves or be tested. This happens the way it does so we can integrate throughout every level of our being what was already known "at the beginning." Thanks to this process, the little self (our personality) has a way to unify with the greater self (our soul). What results can make us stronger, more confident and intelligent, more compassionate ... whole.
We are not here to be spiritual. Does that surprise you? Nor are we here to be bully prophets or wealthy tyrants, or, to save the world. Such are examples of backward thinking that gets us nowhere.
As humans, we exist in partnership between the seen and the unseen. Our breath is the potential we volley between the Great Breath and the Great Breathing, connecting life with Life. We entrer this world on an in-breath, we leave on an out-breath. Back and forth, motion and rest. Our job during our many journeys: remember who we are and act accordingly. Making the world a better place depends on this.
WHAT THIS MANUAL IS
Consider this manual an invitation for you ... to think for yourself ... take control of your life, both its unfoldment and the responsibility that comes with that unfoldment ... and align yourself with the directive of your soul.
The underlying premise throughout is simple: If you can't use what you know to be true, it isn't worth knowing.
Each section is crammed with as many "how-tos," suggestions, and ideas as possible covering the six major areas of anyone's life: brain/mind, bodies, environments, relationships, life exercises, and guidance. And, each section is viewed three ways--initial (conscious), intimate (subconscious), and multiple (subconscious), and multiple (superconscious).
All material is an amalgam from what I've learned in the 80 years I have spent tearing up my enviroment, challenging then pushing every limit that stood in my way--exploring the corners of business, community service, relationships, mystical and alternate realities--then creating Inner Forum, Idaho's first non-profit metaphysical corporation devoted to separating truth from fiction. Well over 3,000 people took part in its programs. When I died, three times in three months in 1977, and each time had a near-death experience, the world I thought I knew ended. Another began when I was faced with relearning the basics from the bottom up: everything from crawling to walking, recognizing the difference between left and right, seeing and hearing properly, and rebuilding all my belief systems. The following year I initiated research on near-death states because I was told to during my third near-death experience. This investigation encompassed four decades, involved nearly 4,000 adult and child experiencers, and filled fifteen books--at least this writing (not to mention blogs, articles, and papers).
No explanation exists for the incessant drive I have always and still have, or my need to test everything. Yes, I was born with dyslexia and synesthesia, but even that does not explain the levels I have taken since childhood to refuse limitation. Early-on I discovered that no one is interested in your questions--they just want your answers. So, this time, with this manual, you will not find the usual footnotes, referrals, or appendices. I'm giving you what you said you wanted ... a manual that works.
A Manual for Developing Humans is the "missing book," that third of the trilogy I was told to write when I died the third time. Actually, it was written first. Peer review at the time advised that I put the manuscript in a box and forget it. I did. In a very big box. That was the early eighties--never to be touched again until Robert Van de Castle died in 2014. Bob was a world authority on dreams and a dear friend. At his memorial, he manifested first in my car saying he knew I would come, and then again during the eulogy when he winked at me and said, "It is time." I knew what he meant. I drove straight home afterward and opened the box. You are reading the result.
You know, all of us are subjected to "tests" before we realize there's a "curriculum." That's why life is so puzzling. What seems beyond our control often shifts once we change our attitude and responses--and many times for the better. We make a difference, you and I. To prove it, use this manual ... Don't just read words and glance at the pictures.
Achieving success, status, and wealth is not a measure of life. Nor is becoming a religious or spiritual paragon of things holy. Undergoing an intense transformation of consciousness--through something akin to a near-death experience, baptism of the Holy Spirit, kundalini breakthrough, shamanic vision quest, numinous episode, being bathed in "light," deathbed visions, any of these--constitutes a single step ... an awakening. However, we can accomplish the same thing, reach that step, without all the drama such intene transformational events cause. Move past name and number, race and roots, and you automatically begin to enter realms of mind and memory that reveal a larger consciousness of truth. We recognize ourselves as co-creators with the Creator once that occurs. Years ago, people used to chant "hu" as a way to invoke this revelation, our identity as hu-mans ... gods in the making.
A feature in awakening to who we really are is the enchantment and alteration of faculties normal to us, plus, the very real possibility that thought-forms can become visible. Thought-forms are simply an issuance of energy that "out-pictures" an idea stream from a person's brain. To say it another way, when one thinks a thought, energy is released ... and that energy can be seen.
Twenty-eight thought-form drawings "popped" in for inclusion in the original version of this manual. I kept them intact to use as breaks between the various parts and sections. Each was an attempt at that time for me to depict a particular stage in the life of a thought when it moved from the energy that initiated it to form the shape words would eventually take. The phrasing on each drawing identifies the energy of the idea stream that produced it.