Hodder & Stoughton 2004
Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk McCain
Neale Douglas Walsch has probably done more than anyone in this last couple of decades to assist people in outgrowing their infantile images of ‘God’ as some old, judgmental, sky-dwelling patriarch in a nightie, and replace them with something closer to the Perennial Philosophy. His Conversations with God series of books and tapes has been remarkably popular, not least because his main tool is humour and he uses it so well.
Walsch’s series started gently, tactfully, trying not to scare his readers with the strangeness of this new ‘take’ on things. But Tomorrow’s God brings us light years away from the old guy in the nightie. This God says things like: “Most human beings think that objects in the universe such as the earth, the sun and the solar system are ‘dead.’…This is an illusion and when you live within this illusion you have no reason to act in any way in relationship to those ‘dead’ things except to exploit as many of the m as you can, so that you can ‘live better.’ Yet when you envision and experience the objects in the universe as part of a living system, which is the reality, your idea about your Self in relation to that System changes.”
“Right now, you know that you, yourself, are living, but once you perceive everything else as being alive also, you experience yourself as one part of a Larger Whole, one energy package within a larger energy package, one Life Form within a larger Life Form.”
“The Old Spirituality insists that Yesterday’s God created the heavens and the earth, while the New Spirituality says that Tomorrow’s God IS the heavens and the earth.”
Here at last is a genderless, deconstructed, post-modern God who hands the responsibility for our screwed-up planet right back to us. ‘Tomorrow’s God’ is the grown up God of spiritually grown-up people.