Conversations with God, part 8
Can we create reality? part 1
The most predominant theme in this book is the notion that we create our own reality. This notion could be taken in one of two ways. On the one hand, it could mean simply that our actions have consequences. For example, if I get a high paying job, I create the reality of me making a lot of money. On the other hand, it could mean much more than that. It could mean that we create reality in the sense that God creates reality. For example, we could speak things into existence. It is in this second sense that Walsch thinks we create reality. God says, "And so I gave to each of the countless parts of me (to all of My spirit children) the same power to create which I have as a whole" (p.25). We are God's spirit children created in her image. To be created in the image of God means "that our essence is the same. We are composed of the same stuff. We ARE the 'same stuff'! With all the same properties and abilities--including the ability to create physical reality out of thin air" (p.25-6). Recall earlier in this review that God created the universe out of nothing in the big bang. If we each have the same ability to "create physical reality out of thin air," then we ought to be able to create universes out of nothing as well. This being the case, there is nothing in physical reality that we should not be able to create. And in fact God says, "There is nothing you cannot be, there is nothing you cannot do. There is nothing you cannot have" (p.44). There are no limits.
There are three ways in which we create reality, and there is a hierarchy between them. The first way is through thought, the second way is through word, and the third way is through deed (p.91).
Although words and deeds are more powerful in creation than thoughts, thoughts are extremely powerful by themselves. "For you are the creator of your reality, and life can show up no other way for you than that way in which you think it will. You think it into being. This is the first step in creation. God the Father is thought. Your thought is the parent which gives birth to all things" (p.52). "I tell you this: all you see in your world is the outcome of your idea about it" (p.75).
The second way to create is by speaking words. "Next comes the word. Everything you say is a thought expressed. It is creative and sends forth creative energy into the universe. Words are more dynamic (thus, some might say more creative) than thought, because words are a different level of vibration from thought. They disrupt (change, alter, affect) the universe with greater impact. Words are the second level of creation" (p.74). A statement that begins with "'I am' is the strongest creative statement in the universe" (p.93). That's why Jesus was so successful. He said things like, "I am the way," and, "I am the resurrection and the life," which gave birth to his actual resurrection (p.196). "There is no other way the universe knows how to work. There is no other route it knows to take. The universe responds to 'I am' like a genie in a bottle" (p.93).
to be continued...