Neale Donald Walsch’s promotion headline for the movie, Conversations with God, based on his book of the same name, uses the compelling statement, “If It Can Happen to Him, It Can Happen to You. ” Yes, it has undoubtedly happened to many people.
Have you read the book, Conversations with God—Book I? If not, you have missed an incredibly emotion packed and awesome experience—one that will touch your heart in the deepest way possible. Although, there is a trilogy of books titled Conversations with God—Book I is nearest to my own experience. I will confess that when Conversations with God was first published in paperback, I saw it in the book store and thought—“I am not interested in reading about someone’s religious musings about God. The God I know isn’t the punishing God that most religions portray how God fits into our lives. ” It was December 1996, that I was compelled from an unknown, unseen, unheard source to open the book and begin reading Conversations with God on Page 22.
One might think my picking up the book was a coincidence, but you won’t convince me of that. In December 1996, in Phoenix to spend the holiday with my children, I had time to browse leisurely for 90 minutes before my daughter would take me to the airport—a rare treat for my frequently too busy schedule. Book stores are my favorite place to spend leisurely time. As I walked into the bookstore, inside the door was a large round display table and the most prominent book facing the door was, Conversations With God. I began thumbing from the end of the book to the beginning when my thumb stopped on a Page—my eyes moved to the bottom half of the page instead of beginning at the top. The store disappeared as I read:
“In the beginning, that which Is is all there was, and there was nothing else. Yet All That Is could not know itself—because All That Is is all there was, and there was nothing else. And so, [my mind stopped reading the words as the thought—When did I hear this before?—came into my mind. It wasn’t, Where did I read this before, it was unmistakably—When did I hear this before? The thought was so compelling, my arms and neck were filled with goose bumps and my senses seemed surreal. As I pondered my question—I could sense myself lying in open space, a light breeze blowing, looking up at the crystal blue sky. ] How can that be? I thought. I continued reading. “All That Is…was not. For in the absence of something else, All That Is, is not. ”
As I read, I continued to sense myself lying in the open space. I knew where I was and what I was experiencing then. I was lying on a flattened card board box on the side hill on my family’s cattle ranch. I was seven years old and still reeling from the deep sadness I had for months because my dear beloved aunt was taken to the state mental hospital and I was devastated beyond words. The day my parents drove her to the hospital, 120 miles away, I heard the words —“Some day you will have a significant impact in people’s lives. ” I didn’t understand what I was to do and the words were still weighing heavily on my mind which compelled me to look into the ‘heavens’ while lying on the flattened card board box and implore—What are we doing on this Earth? What is my reason for being here? How can I have a significant impact in people’s lives? As I pondered my profound questions—I heard the words on Page 22-23 of Conversations With God. Like Neale Walsch, I beseechingly asked for an answer and true to the promise, God answered.
As I continued reading, “This is the great Is/Not Is to which mystics have referred from the beginning of time. ” I knew that Not only was my memory accurate, I had accomplished what I had heard when I was seven-years-old. I was having a significant impact in people lives as a metaphysical healer. Needless-to-say, I bought the book and read it on the plane flight back home. And subsequently, I read Book II and III.
Life is wonderful when you are connected to the most awesome and powerful source of information—God.
Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, author, international speaker and inspirational leader specializes in: Mind, Body, Spirit healing and Physical/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Recovery. Dr. Neddermeyer empowers people to view life's challenges as an opportunity for Personal/Professional Growth and Spiritual Awakening. http://www.drdorothy.net