One year after the events of September 11th, 2001, New Age
leader Neale Donald Walsch's new book The New Revelations: A Conversation with God was published. In this book Walsch announced that "God"
was now offering humanity an opportunity to avert self-
destruction, and achieve world peace, by accepting the principles
of his New Spirituality. Walsch explained that "God" was
proposing a post-September 11th "PEACE Plan" that would
help to bring the world's widely varying religions and belief
systems closer together. Walsch's "God" was calling his
PEACE Plan "The Five Steps to Peace." And both Walsch and
his "God" were citing Robert Schuller as the kind of "extraordinary
minister" who could help make the PEACE Plan and the New
Spirituality work for everyone. Walsch's "God" quoted a
statement that Schuller had made in his 1982 book, Self-Esteem:
The New Reformation. Schuller had written that "theologians
must have their international, universal, transcreedal,
transcultural, transracial standard."
Walsch's "God" suggested that this universal standard be the statement:
"We Are All One." Prior to Walsch and his "God" bringing
Schuller into their conversation, they discussed their thoughts
about the PEACE Plan and the world's need for a New Spirituality.
In his introduction to New Revelations: A Conversation with
God, Walsch wrote:
The world is in trouble. Bigger trouble than it has ever been
This book provides an explanation of the crisis we are facing
in a way that not only clarifies the crisis, but clarifies how to resolve it.
This is a life-altering book. It contains New Revelations. It
provides the tools with which to pull ourselves out of despair, lifting the whole human race to a new level
of experience, to a new understanding of itself, to a
new expression of its grandest vision.
"God" told Walsch that people are not being terrorized by other
people. They are being terrorized by people's "beliefs."
In a language and tone reminiscent of the serpent in the
Garden of Eden, Walsch's "God" explained that people don't
have to change their individual beliefs, they just need
to "transcend" them. He said that "transcending" does not
mean that you have to abandon your beliefs completely, but
rather just modify and "enlarge" them.
"Transcending" does not mean always being "other than," it means
always being "larger than." Your new, larger belief system
will no doubt retain some of the oldthat part of the
old belief system that you experience as still serving youand
so it will be a combination of the new and the old, not
a rejection of the old from top to bottom.
Walsch's "God" cunningly advised that most people couldn't and
shouldn't abandon all their beliefs because it would
make everything suddenly seem "wrong." It would make their
Scriptures and traditions seem wrong. It would make their
lives seem wrong. "God" told Walsch:
In fact, you don't have to declare that you were "wrong" about
anything, because you weren't. You simply didn't have
a complete understanding. You needed more information.
Transcending current beliefs is not an outright rejection of them;
it is an "adding to" them.
Now that you have more information that you can add to what you
presently believe, you can enlarge your beliefsnot completely reject them, enlarge themand
move on with your lives in a new way.
A way that works.
But then there is the "catch." Walsch's New Age "God" warned that
the New Spirituality will necessitate a willingness to compromise.
To achieve world peace, people will have to sincerely dialogue
about their perceived differences and perhaps even "give
up" some of their most sacredly held beliefs. "God" explained
It will take an unprecedented act of courage, on a grand scale.
You may have to do something virtually unknown in the
annals of human history.
You may have to give up some of your most sacred beliefs.
Walsch's "God" explained that in the near future established
religions may still retain the general nature of their individual
identities. But he severely warned that a "self-centered"
and "exclusivistic" belief in a personal Savior would not
be conducive to a world seeking peace and harmony. In other
words, he was telling Christians that, in the days of the
New Spirituality, Jesus can be your friend but not your Lord and Savior. In a statement that should sober every
Christian believer on the face of the earth, Walsch's "God"
Yet let me make something clear. The era of the Single Savior
is over. What is needed now is joint action, combined
effort, collective co-creation.
"God" then described his solution for how humanity can learn to
live together through "combined effort" and "collective
co-creation." By cleverly removing the word "age" from "New
Age Spirituality," Walsch's "God" called his repackaged
New Age solution, the "New Spirituality."
The world must create a New Spirituality.
Not something to completely replace the old, but something to
Not something to reduce the old, but something to expand it. Not
something to subvert the old, but something to support
the best of it.
Human spirituality is in need of refreshment.
It is now time to present the world with new theological thoughts
and ideas, a new spiritual model.
The world must have something new to hold on to if it is to release
its grip on the old. If you were in the middle of a raging
stream, would you let go of a log?
Build, therefore, a bridge.
Prior to directly suggesting that Robert Schuller's theology of
self-esteem could be the kind of "bridge" that could help
humanity transition into the New Spirituality, Walsch's
"God" formally presented his 5-Step PEACE Plan. The PEACE
Plan is the proposed spiritual process that will help everyone
move past"outmoded" beliefs and prepare the way for the
New Spirituality. Walsch posted the Five Steps to PEACE
in the form of an acronym on his "Conversations with God"
THE FIVE STEPS TO PEACE
Peace will be attained when we, as human beings:
P ERMIT ourselves to acknowledge that some of our old beliefs
about God and about Life are no longer working.
E XPLORE the possibility that there is something we do
not understand about God and about Life, the understanding
of which could change everything.
A NNOUNCE that we are willing for new understandings of
God and Life to now be brought forth, understandings that
could produce a new way of life on this planet.
C OURAGEOUSLY examine these new understandings and, if
they align with our personal inner truth and knowing, to
*enlarge* our belief system to include them. [Emphasis added]
E XPRESS our lives as a demonstration of our highest beliefs,
rather than as a denial of them.
endnotes and more on this topic, read Deceived on Purpose by Warren Smith.