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I’m sure you have observed, as have I, that current events worldwide are generating a great deal of stress among many people today, causing them to search for tools that might be used to come to grips with all that is happening on our planet.

Leaders on the world stage are loudly and belligerently threatening to destroy each other’s country, global warming is whipping up storms to a level we have rarely seen before, earthquakes are producing tragedies right and left, and social and political issues are dividing people more profoundly and disturbingly than ever. Add to this the shifting sands in many peoples’ personal lives, and it is small wonder that millions are yearning for emotional respite.

Whatever one thinks of the theology found in the Conversations with God series of books (the word “theology” is defined, by the way, as “the study of the nature of God and religious belief” — not “the TRUTH about God”), many of the spiritual tools offered in this extended dialogue have been found by not a few people (judging from the communications I receive on my Facebook page, at CWG Connect, in my email, and in person daily) to be beneficial in helping them find some measure of inner peace in this time of seemingly endless turmoil.

I have been asked many times if I could simply and easily summarize what I considered to be the most important messages of the Conversations with God oeuvre, for peoples’ easy reference. In the book What God Said I did just that, opening it with what I called “1,000 Words That Would Change the World.” The book then devotes one chapter to a deep exploration of each of its statements.

I am happy to reproduce that opening presentation below, for whatever value you might find in it:

Here, in 1,000 words, is all that the human race needs to know in order to live the life for which it has yearned and which, despite trying for thousands of years, it has yet to produce. Carry these messages to your world:

We are all One. All things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing There Is. This means that you are Divine. You are not your body, you are not your mind, and you are not your soul. You are the unique combination of all three, which comprises the Totality Of You. You are an individuation of Divinity; an expression of God on Earth.

There’s enough. It is not necessary to compete for, much less fight over, your resources. All you have to do is share.

There’s nothing you have to do.

There is much you will do, but nothing you are required to do.

God wants nothing, needs nothing, demands nothing, commands nothing.

God talks to everyone, all the time. The question is not: To whom does God talk? The question is: Who listens?

There are Three Basic Principles of Life: Functionality, Adaptability, and Sustainability.

There is no such thing as Right and Wrong, there is only What Works and What Does Not Work, given what it is you are trying to do.

In the spiritual sense, there are no victims and no villains in the world, although in the human sense it appears that there surely are. Yet because you are Divine, nothing can happen against your will.

No one does anything inappropriate, given their model of the world.

There is no such place as hell, and eternal damnation does not exist.

Death does not exist. What you call “death” is merely a process of Re-Identification.

There is no such thing as Space and Time, there is only Here and Now.

Love is all there is.

You are the creator of your own reality, using the Three Tools of Creation: Thought, Word, and Action.

Your life has nothing to do with you. It is about everyone whose life you touch, and how you touch it.

The purpose of your life is to recreate yourself anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are.

The moment you declare anything, everything unlike it will come into the space. This is The Law of Opposites, producing a Contextual Field within which that which you wish to express may be experienced.

There is no such thing as Absolute Truth. All truth is subjective. Within this framework there are five levels of truth telling: Tell your truth to yourself about yourself; Tell your truth to yourself about another; Tell your truth about yourself to another; Tell your truth about another to another; Tell your truth to everyone about everything.

The human race lives within a precise set of illusions. The Ten Illusions of Humans are: Need Exists, Failure Exists, Disunity Exists, Insufficiency Exists, Requirement Exists, Judgment Exists, Condemnation Exists, Conditionality Exists, Superiority Exists, Ignorance Exists. These illusions are meant to serve humanity, but it must learn how to use them.

The Three Core Concepts of Holistic Living are Honesty, Awareness, and Responsibility. Live according to these precepts and self-anger will disappear from your life.

Life functions within a Be-Do-Have paradigm. Most people have this backward, imagining that first one must “have” things in order to “do” things, thus to “be” what they wish to be. Reversing this process is the fastest way to experience mastery in living.

There are Three Levels of Awareness: Hope, Faith, and Knowing. Spiritual mastery is about living from the third level.

There are Five Fallacies about God that create crisis, violence, killing and war.First, the idea that God needs something. Second, the idea that God can fail to get what He needs. Third, the idea that God has separated you from Him because you have not given Him what He needs. Fourth, the idea that God still needs what He needs so badly that God now requires you, from your separated position, to give it to Him. Fifth, the idea that God will destroy you if you do not meet His requirements.

There are also Five Fallacies About Life that likewise create crisis, violence, killing and war. First, the idea that human beings are separate from each other. Second, the idea that there is not enough of what human beings need to be happy. Third, the idea that in order to get the stuff of which there is not enough, human beings must compete with each other. Fourth, the idea that some human beings are better than other human beings. Fifth, the idea that it is appropriate for human beings to resolve severe differences created by all the other fallacies by killing each other.

You think you are being terrorized by other people, but in truth you are being terrorized by your beliefs. Your experience of yourself and your world will shift dramatically if you adopt, collectively, the Five Steps to Peace:

Permit yourself to acknowledge that some of your old beliefs about God and about Life are no longer working.

Explore the possibility that there is something you do not fully understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which would change everything.

Announce that you 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.

Courageously examine these new understandings and, if they align with your personal inner truth and knowing, enlarge your belief system to include them.

Express your life as a demonstration of your highest beliefs, rather than as a denial of them.

Let there be a New Gospel for all the people of Earth: “We are all one. Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.”

The 1,000 words here, embraced and acted on, could change our world in a single generation.