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There Is Another Way

15 Words That Will Rock Your World.
Neale Donald Walsch
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Sep 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Out of the 3,000 pages in the Conversations with God dialogues, one idea, in particular, jumped out at me. I knew as soon as I heard it that it was revolutionary. Utterly, completely revolutionary. It’s what I call a Turn Around Idea. If adopted, it would turn everything, everything, around. Talk about giving us a new start!

Okay, I’ll bite. What is it?

God invited—dared, actually—every minister, every priest, every rabbi, every ulama, every political party, every head of state, every corporate executive, every leader in every area of life, to stand behind every pulpit, every political convention podium, every lectern, every desk in every classroom, and share a New Gospel.

God also predicted that none of those people, none of them, would do it. Not a pope, not a president, not a prime minister, not a chief ulama, not a head of any political party, and certainly not a classroom teacher… no one would do it. Because this is not something that in our present society we would dare teach our children. It is not something we would dare tell our congregations. And it is not something we could even imagine putting in our political party’s platform.

Well, for goodness sake, what is it that’s such a showstopper…? 

It’s two simple sentences, a mere 15 words. But if its message were embraced by the world, that world would be magnificently altered. The New Gospel proposed by Conversations with God is…

We are all one.

Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.

Okay.

Well.

Yes…well. That’s interesting. Especially the last part.

It’s an interesting idea.

But if people or political parties or religions don’t believe they have a better way, why bother offering it?

Is that a fair question? If people feel a deep conviction, shouldn’t they speak out?

That’s a very fair question. So let me answer it by saying that the problem with people speaking out their deepest convictions is not the speaking out itself, but the implied message that is often not-too-well hidden beneath those convictions—which is that they are absolutely right; that their way is the best way.

When I asked the same question you just asked me, you know what I received in the CWG dialogue? This…

“Because you can’t have a ‘better’ religion, or a ‘better’ political party, or a ‘better’ economic system, does that mean you should not have any at all?

“Must you know that yours will be the ‘better’ picture before you pick up a brush and paint? Can it not be simply another picture? Another expression of beauty?

“Must a rose be ‘better’ than an iris in order to justify its existence?

“I tell you this: You are all flowers in the Garden of the Gods. Shall we turn the garden under because one is no more beautiful than another?
You have done exactly that. And then you lament, ‘where have all the flowers gone?’

“You are all notes in the Celestial Symphony. Shall we decline to play the music because one note is no more crucial than another?”

But we’re talking about solving problems here. That’s all very poetic, but we have to implement ideas, not just talk about them. And of course we want to implement the best idea. And if we think ours is the best, we have to be able to say that, don’t we?

Well, certainly. Yet saying that you “think it is” is one thing, insisting on it is another. Will you excuse me for bringing a bit of old-fashioned wisdom here? My father used to tell me, “Son, two heads are better than one.”

If people spoke from their conviction, yet allowed that they might not necessarily have all the answers or the best solutions, but simply said that they see the same problems that we all do, and if they made it clear that they are genuinely interested in opening a dialogue to see if combining ideas might produce terrific answers, then we’d have something helpful.

Yet if people speak from their conviction in a way that makes it clear they’re totally convinced that what they believe is absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt right, about everything, then we have another matter altogether.

And if they treat your opinions, and your very person, not as if you simply hold a different opinion, but as if you’re just plain ignorant— or worse yet, evil—then we have not just another matter; then we have another problem. We’ve created a problem in order to solve a problem.

And that’s what’s happening right now. It’s the polarization that we talked about earlier. It’s normal to the process of an era ending, but that doesn’t mean we have to go forward in the same way. So the New Gospel is a different way of going forward.

What is being discussed here, in this conversation, is “another way” we might do things, “another way” of being human. Not the “only way,” not the “best way,” but “another way.”

This is an exploration, not a declaration; an invitation, not a proclamation; an observation, not a notification. Our gentle observation is this:

What we’ve been doing is no longer working. There’s some doubt that it ever worked. And then we ask a gentle question: Is it necessary for us to continue with it?

About Author
Neale Donald Walsch
In addition to authoring the renowned With God series, Neale Donald Walsch has published 12 other works, as well as a number of video and audio programs. Available throughout the world, each of the Conversations With God books has made the New York T Continue reading