Walsch: I’m Not Sure That God Is Spinach
Walsch: I'm Not Sure That God Is Spinach
Last night I read Chapters 4 through 8 of Tomorrow's GodTomorrow's God. I'm still not halfway but I'm getting there. This section of the book focuses on our changing comprehension of God and the introduction of two new synonyms for God. God is Life. And God is Change.
Since God is Life, all of Life is God – including spinach (NDW's guess at something living that is not God). I would have chosen brussel sprouts but to each their own. With the substitution of Life for God, an element of the impersonal is introduced – Life is indifferent to our survival, it is only concerned with its own continuation and it will adapt in whatever way it needs to ensure that continuation (88).
"[Life/God] is ALL shapes, all forms, all colors, fragrances, and sizes. It is both genders, and that which is genderless as well. It is the All, and the Everything, and it is the No Thing from which the Everything emerges" (67). "Life will not 'punish' you if you do not believe in Life, nor will Life 'reward' you if you do. Life does not objectively create rewards and punishments. Life is a process" (69-70).
Therefore, if we, as individual humans, like the way things are then it is up to us to preserve these conditions. This idea of pre-serving is expanded into a discussion of how to totally integrate ourselves with the instinctive urge to serve Life. A person rushing into a burning building to save those inside, at great risk to themselves, is used as an example of the urge to pre-serve Life. Acting from instinct in this way is what NDW means by pre-serving. We act before conscious thought has a chance to stop us.
NDW asks what will happen if he chooses to continue to believe in Yesterday's God – if he wants to continue to believe in Yesterday's God. God says go for it, and then "look to see if this is producing the outocmes you want to see produced in your world, look to see if this brings to your life what you wish to see in your life, and if it does, don't change a thing" (94).
And that if, when you look around, you don't like what you see, then change. Change your beliefs. NDW observes that change will happen, whether we want it to or not, that we can be part of the conscious evolution or not, but that when our survival as a species becomes directly threatened, we will change.
NDW discusses the work of Duane Elgin (Promise AheadPromise Ahead), a sociologist who reported that approximately 60% of humanity lives below the poverty line of $3 per day (107). He continues, "over half the people on our planet are living on an impoverished diet, without access to health care, in shantytowns without power, clean water, or fire and police protection" (108). We are reprimanded, "the only way you can justify treating other countries, other cultures, other people, the way that you do is to imagine – no, to insist that they are separate from you" (73).
He concludes, "the problem here is spiritual. It is not economic and it is not political. And it certainly is not military. It has to do with what people believe about each other, about their relationship to each other, about God, and about Life" (108).
If this is true, then it must change the way we view foreign policy and how to make the world a better place. If spinach is God, then you and I are also God. Even brussels sprouts. Right?