OPENING UP TO GOD By Charles E.J. Moulton - Book Review It is all too common in today's world, or in the world of any era for that matter, to regard the Lord God as a spirit only existant in a remote and far-away-heaven and too mysterious and elusive for us mortals. God is a judge sitting on a cloud, they say. Sitting on a cloud, he dramatically shakes his fist at all the sinful men and women that are roaming about the globe doing dirty work. But as Deepak Chopra wrote in his book How to know God: this view of the Lord is only the first and very primitive step in understanding God. Chopra speaks of the seven steps toward knowing God. However, we are not here to speak of the equally brilliant Deepak Chopra. We are here to discuss the immortal work of Neal Donald Walsh. Maybe it always has been a problem for man to understand that God is everywhere all of the time. God is more. MUCH more. This is strongly emphasized in the work we are reviewing. Anyone who reads this work will be touched in one way or another. The book is an eye-opener. What we face today is that people think that Allah is not Brahma and Jehovah is not God. Jesus has nothing to do with Mohammed and, by Jove, don't confuse Krishna with John the Baptist. After reading all 752 pages and all three very weighty volumes of this profound book of belief labeled The Complete Conversations with God (Putnam, 2005) by the eminent author Neal Donald Walsch, the view of God as creator of the universe becomes not only enriched. God becomes your best friend, your healer and the soul that binds everything together. God is the glue that keeps the universe intact. Neal Donald Walsch had a crisis. He solved it by conducting an interview with God in written form. What happened to Neal Donald Walsch also happened to me. I was one fifth of a vocal soloist ensemble working full time on a cruise liner. I left shore apprehensive about my departure, but feeling lucky in love. My then-time girlfriend split up with me mid-journey, although she had urged me to go. She had the keys to my flat and used them. She met my friends, but suddenly she didn't want to see me again. She responded with a dry: "How nice for you!" when I told her I loved her. When the machine of our boat caught fire and the ship hit the pier of Mahon, Menorca in the year 2001, I was sent back to Germany for a month on shoreleave after six weeks of hot weather. I had been sailing the unknown waters. Now I was swimming in deep and very cold waters. She left a note for me on the table, dry and clean and shallow. "Don't be sad. Here are the keys. Bye." The cruise liner had shipwrecked and so had my life. I began writing interviewing my higher self, beginning with the simple question "How are you?" It was a cry for help. Often my higher self would respond with questions when I inquired. This drove me to search for the answers myself. The outcome was astounding. The spirit I called my higher self was actually God. He promised me to lead me to the reality of the situation at the end of each conversation and then lead me to this outcome step by step. At this point, I had never heard of Walsch. I was just saving my soul. The bestselling author Walsch was in the same situation. A fire, a divorce and a fierce accident were cataclysmic events that crashed down upon his fatal head somewhere in the beginning of the 1990's. A devastating crisis loomed over the newspaper managing editor's head like a cloud brewing a twister. In this difficult situation, this alumni of comparative theology uttered a cry for help that turned into a movement that has had him touring the world and inspiring millions of readers across the planet and giving hope to those who have none. Walsch's road from working as a radio station programme director to becoming one of the most successful spiritual authors of the 21st century was a long, painful but glorious one. It changed my life. Or at least it strengthened what was already there and made it all the more stronger. The observation one makes while reading the book is the search that Walsch goes through. He is genuinely confused in the beginning of the first book. As he goes on, his questions become more and more elaborate. As his confidence grows, he gathers the vitality to renew is hope in life. The format is basic. God gives the answers. Or does he? God makes the author himself come up with the answers and when he doesn't, God moves and and inspires. God is a medium that leads Walsch to the ultimate rescue. Two spirits talking. It is a soul on Earth and his Lord having a long conversation about everything that life is about. In Conversation with God, it is stressed that the soul's purpose on Earth is to reinvent itself over and over in new incarnations and experience itself anew through God and God experiencing himself through us. God ultimately made us in order to feel himself through us. God also gave us hope. We were never born, we will never die. The gamut of our lives has proved so eternal that heaven and earth will crumble before we do. We create new versions of us for eternity and when we wish we can move to the next level of existance or go back to carnal form for another life. We are free beings. Free to choose and free to create, free to become what we want to be. The format for the new life occurs in collaboration with the guardian angel before the new reincarnation. Birth is a release into the journey on this Earth and death can never ever be anything bad, for the deceased is released into an even more extraordinary reality. This is world that will reveal everything to us, the meaning, the promise and the faith. Humankind's unfortunate liability to see reality upside-down or misinterpret his surroundings has often lured him into trouble. Not only are we using up our world. Nay, not only our natural assets are usurped. Our bodies were meant to last much longer, but we destroy them with addictive poison. What is most striking about the book is the claim that there ultimately are no right or wrong ways of doing things. There are just ways of doing things and each person has his or her own way of doing things and everyone thinks he is doing the right thing. No one does things because they think they are born evil. People always think they are doing the right thing. What there is, however, is a lower or higher form of conciousness. Awareness of spiritual reality are key words. That is lacking in today's society. Getting back to our inner truth is a difficult road. We are only teaching our children the facts and not how to use them. We are giving them information, but are failing to hand them a compass. We are setting up laws to block ourselves away from one another instead of trusting our fellow man. We are bottled up in our nations and finger pointing at each other instead of collaborating. Politicians say they care, but in actual fact they care only about themselves. If we get attacked, we care. If the our neighbour gets attacked, do we care? We should, but we don't. The basic problem is that we don't see ourselves as a part of our fellow man. We see ourselves as nations, religions and races. These categories are important, diversity is a part of God's world. But seeing ourselves as one is the main key to creating a peaceful world. Neal Donald Walsch verifies what I always have known to be true. Anthony Quinn was interviewed by Paul Hollingdale a number of years ago and I heard Quinn say live that the religions are different phone connections to the same God. That God is even bigger than any religion should give people faith. Religion only emphasizes parts of God, but not the whole truth. We are here to learn from each other. There is no devil, there is no death. So corporeal death is only a gateway to a new level. So when you order your copy of Conversations with God, then remember that God is not a bearded guy on a cloud shaking that proverbial fist we spoke about in the beginning of this article. He is your soul, he is a good friend saying hello, he is the sunshine, he is laughter, he is your wife's goodnight kiss and he will be there for you always and forever and ever until the end of time. Amen.