Best Spirituality Book for Depression: Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch
In Part Four of the Conversations with God series, Walsch continues his channeled conversation with the God-Source.
Together they discuss the steps to having a friendship with God, namely: knowing, trusting, loving, embracing, using, helping, and thanking God.
During the dialogue Walsch weaves in stories from his life, focusing on his career and the friends who impacted his life significantly, including a few famous folks.
Can this book help me overcome depression?
Does it address depression specifically? What does it say that can help?
Yes, a bit. And its overall message relates to nearly every area of life, every problem.
Many of the most practical themes found in the first three books of the series are revisited, including:
1) Our lives are our own creation;
2) If you want to know what you should do in a given situation, ask yourself what the “greatest version of the grandest vision of who you really are” would do, or “What would love do?”
3) Everyone and everything is part of God;
4) There are no bad decisions or unfortunate circumstances—everything that is, is perfect;
5) There is no sin, and religion is harmful; and
6) Be who you really are, and the rest will follow.
Selected quotes and ideas:
- “A friend is somebody who can’t be imposed upon. Everybody else is an acquaintance.”
- “The soul is the part of God that is closest to you.”
- The purpose of the ego is to help us maintain the illusion of separateness, duality.
- The master is someone who has no expectations, needs or preferences—who knows that everything is perfect just as it is.
- “Do not become addicted to a particular result. Do not even prefer one.”
- “. . . Not needing a particular result frees the subconscious mind from all thoughts about why you can’t have a particular result, which in turns opens the path to the particular result which was consciously intended.”
- “When you face a challenge, you automatically assume that things will go well.” So they do, without a lot of effort.
- “What you resist, persists.”
- “I have sent you nothing but angels.”
- “I have given you nothing but miracles.”
- On meditation: “Do not get caught up in labels, or ways of doing things.” This is religion, dogma. Just sit quietly with yourself or quiet yourself while walking or working.
- Anything can be meditation. “Service can be a deep form of meditation.”
- “Honestly is the highest form of love.”
- Thinking is the slowest way to manifest or create. Feeling is faster, and being is fastest.
- “It is when you just ‘be’ with a problem, rather than keep thinking about it, that the greatest insight comes.”
- Your feelings tell you how you are being right then. “And you can change how you are feeling by simply changing how you are being.” Just choose to!
- Feeling is a response, but being is a “state in which you place yourself.”
- “Do not try to ‘do’ happy. Simply choose to ‘be’ happy . . . What you are being gives birth to what you are doing.”
- “You can choose a state of beingness before something happens . . .”
- “Thinking is another form of being in a dream state. Because what you are thinking about is the illusion . . . So if you’ve created a reality that you don’t like, don’t give it a second thought!”
- When you meditate (stop thinking), you pop out of the illusion. This allows you to be or create from being more powerfully.
- Sadness and joy are not two different things. “They are words we have used to describe different levels of the same energy.” So, sadness and joy are part of each other.
- You can’t feel joy until you help others feel it.
- Discusses the “five attitudes of God:” joyful, loving, accepting, blessing, and grateful.
- The New Gospel in a single phrase: “We are all one.”
To what degree do you think it can help me overcome depression?
Depression effectiveness rating: 5 on a scale of 1-10
Where can I find it?
- ‘Being at One’: Neale Donald Walsch Interview with Gil Dekel
- on YouTube
- on YouTube
- Neale Donald Walsch Interview with Dr. Michael Laitman
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