Conversations With God Pt. 2 by Neale Donald Walsch
One Line Summary
God gets political
If you haven’t read Pt. 1 of the Conversations with God (CWG) trilogy, do that now.
In that review, I talk about the awakening experience I had. I didn’t use those exact words because I didn’t really understand what was going on, but that is what happened.
Shortly after, I read the first Conversation with God book. It wasn’t the first time I had been exposed to many of those spiritual concepts, but the book resonated very deeply with where I was at.
Now that it’s been about six months, I decided to go further in the trilogy.
Conversations with God Pt.2 is very similar to part one. Walsch continues the same casual dialogue format as in the first book and further expands on many of the same concepts.
Why it’s Awesome
I like CWG. It’s casual, relatively easy to understand and includes a ton of nuance.
A problem I see with spiritual works is that they tend to shame people for living a human life. CWG doesn’t do that. It’s extremely life-positive.
The main premise of CWG is that we are here to create ourselves. Since everything is actually God, we must separate ourselves in order to know ourselves as anything. Our identities may ultimately be illusory, but they’re necessary.
After all, why have life at all if not to experience life? That’s what life is by definition. It’s experience.
CWG does not paint a picture of people being separate and watched over by God, like an annoying parent. Rather, it tells you the shocking truth that you are God. And so is everything else.
Walsch argues that major societal institutions have a strong incentive to not let this be known. When you know your own power, you suddenly don’t need the powers at be.
Side tangent, this is why I believe the psychedelic movement in the 60’s was heavily correlated with anti-establishment beliefs. Psychedelics have the potential to give you a glimpse of the spiritual truth of your own power, and so they rebelled.
In essence, CWG Pt.2 is a very political book. It’s a lot of ranting against “the system” and those in charge. And some of the points made are extremely illuminating.
Another interesting insight Walsch makes is about past lives. Past lives are something I’ve only recently gotten interested in exploring, but it’s a fascinating area.
What Walsch argues is that not only have we all lived past lives, but all these lives are happening right now. The line between past, present and future is not as significant as we usually imagine.
For me, this is still speculation. But I’ve definitely had glimpses of this idea that time is not at all what most people believe it to be at an existential level.
Overall, what’s good about this book is what was good about the first in the trilogy. If you’re into politics and spirituality, this is your book.
Why Does It Suck
I’m not much into politics. I care about the issues, but politics in general seems more like a “let’s beat the other guy” than actually looking for solutions. People get their beliefs, hold onto them and line up to do battle against “the enemy”.
God reads like your average liberal in a lot of this book. It’s very anti-establishment, very left-wing radical. So if you like those politics, this is your book.
The Wrap Up
Great book if you’re wondering how politics ties into spirituality. I know there’s also a part three to this series, so I’m looking forward to checking that out. You can expect a review shortly.