Should We 'Rock the Boat'?

My dear Friends,

Conversations with God says that economics is our spirituality, demonstrated.

How we do business, how our society handles its commerce, tells us a great deal about what our values are.

The New Spirituality talks about these things. There are those who think that it shouldn't. Keep God out of life on the street, they say. Stay away from social commentary, they say. Stay away from politics, economics, military issues of war and conflict — anything, actually, that has anything to do with how we actually LIVE.

Keep the spiritual discussion elevated. Rise above mundane, day-to-day issues and controversies. Yes, these are comments that I hear all the time. People — even a surprising number of so-called "new thought" people — want their God and their daily life separated. They don't get the connection.

The connection, of course, is direct and immediate. Our basic and most sacred, fundamental beliefs about Who We Are in relationship to God and to each other are most powerfully and impactfully reflected in our day-to-day, 9-to-5 activities, not in philosophical articles posted on the Internet or sermons delivered from pulpits.

In fact, ministers, priests, rabbis and imams work hard to get their messages OUT of the churches, temples, synagogues, and mosques and INTO THE STREETS, where those messages can do some good. The New Spirituality must do the same thing. That is why I am relentless in exploring social issues and political questions facing humanity today. I have no intention of stopping.

This is the surest way to reduce my popularity, I know. Everybody loves a spiritual messenger who speaks in platitudes and niceties and aphorisms and gentle admonitions and encouragements. No one wants to hear from a spiritual teacher who says, "Hey, what's up here? Do you really believe the message of Conversations with God and the New Spirituality, or are you just giving it lip service?"

This is, of course, why they crucified Jesus. He could have espoused a gentle theology all he wanted and no one would have paid much attention. But when he became a social activist, he crossed the line. He stopped the crowds from stoning a prostitute. "Let those who are without sin among you cast the first stone," he said, and a lot of people walked away feeling shamed and disgruntled. He drove the money-changers out of the temple, and a lot of people walked away feeling shamed and disgruntled. He confronted the Pharisees on their own ground, and a lot of people walked away feeling shamed and disgruntled. He told the parable of the prodigal son returning to his father's house to receive the same reward as the son who stayed and worked hard for 20 years — and a lot of people walked away feeling shamed and disgruntled.

He said we are to be our brother's keeper. He said we are to turn the other cheek when offended or hurt. He said that when a man asks us for our coat, we should offer him our shirt as well. And a lot of people walked away, feeling shamed and disgruntled. Jesus turned the values of human society and culture upside-down. He said we had so many things all wrong. And he was right. And his society crucified him.

What the world needs now is spiritual messengers willing to bring an unwelcome message: we have so many things all wrong. Not "wrong" in the sense of Right and Wrong. "Wrong" in the sense of, "This simply doesn't work. Is anybody noticing?"

No one wants to hear this. No one wants to hear negativity. Even New Thought advocates who claim to be working to change the world admonish against "spreading negative energy." One must not be critical of anything. One must speak in positive terms only. If a person is standing on a railroad track, we may tell him how to get off before the train hits him, but we are not to discuss how he got there in the first place, or that it is not a good place to be because a train is coming, or that the train IS coming, or that this train itself is on the wrong track and would not even be on its way to kill us if we had not put it there...

Let us use another analogy. We are on a stormy sea, but for God’s sake, don't rock the boat. Don't rock the boat. Row the boat, row it madly, get us the hell out of here, but don't rock the boat while you're doing it.

Hummm...yes, well...uh...




dmartin 17th June 2016 3:14 pm

Thank you for this, Neale. Yes, we should rock the boat! What we need is to be realistic about the state of current affairs. I have no answers to the issues. I just know that what we have been doing is no longer working.

dmartin 17th June 2016 3:32 pm

I welcome change even radical change. Change is scary but the current way of things is empty, narrow and misguided.

rainy 17th June 2016 4:39 pm

"What the world needs now is spiritual messengers willing to bring an unwelcome message: we have so many things all wrong. Not "wrong" in the sense of Right and Wrong. "Wrong" in the sense of, "This simply doesn't work. Is anybody noticing?" "
Oh my word, YES. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SAYING ALL THIS!! I have been feeling this for almost a year now, and no one has seemed to understand! This mindset of 'perpetual positivity NO MATTER WHAT or else-" has even become popular throughout my less spiritual friends! It's like, it's too uncomfortable for anyone to look at their poor choices/our collective poor choices, so if we try to bring it up for discussion or healing we get labeled as 'bad' or 'negative', because they know it will guilt us into feeling bad for noticing it. It's so frustrating! Being blindly positive can be just as damaging as being blindly negative. You have to be able to see the balance of reality. I feel like spirituality is just that, trying to find the balance of life, the *truth*, not fooling yourself by being a positivity fanatic!

Heartfelt courage 17th June 2016 9:54 pm

My father used to say this, "Don't rock the boat, but just know where you are going and be sure you know why!" I know that what I'm feeling is the same
And where we are headed Will prove to be the right path of love and light minus fear......

zorro 18th June 2016 12:24 am

The great disruptor of his day would agree, if thy boat be aligned with the tide.

“There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.”

“See first that the design is wise and just; that ascertained, pursue it resolutely.”

“Our doubts are traitors and cause us to miss the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

“This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

cyndy 18th June 2016 12:47 pm

Oh Zorro, Zorro, if your saying what I think your are saying. Yes. YEs. YES. Words well spoken.
The boat that is rocked in 3d fashion and 3d waves perhaps does clearing in a painful way. And perhaps it is no longer necessary to clear out in painful ways.
The new boat rocking, aligned WITH the tides creates new form for the new world.
Felt your alignment. Felt my alignment. My boat was rocked.

zorro 19th June 2016 7:17 am

Heartfelt courage,

Your Dad was right. Like Yogi Berra said, "If you don't know where you are going you may not get there. But if you come to a fork in the road, take it."

zorro 19th June 2016 7:54 am


I sense that you are referring to this time that we have now entered, which is a time of holographic awareness of things, and just by looking through objects, situations, relationships, and patterns of energy, we morph them. So we become diligent in imagining the highest vision and outcome for everything in our awareness. Jesus' most amazing message to me is the aligning of mind with Spirit. We can feel spiritual 100% of the time, and still not be cognizant of this deeper message of masters like Jesus. We are cosmic imagineering implants. (forget alien implants, and remember that YOU are the implant for the Light!) We image what will work, and see the building blocks in the underlying fabric. We re-create order out of chaos. We create miracles.

dawning 19th June 2016 10:08 pm

excellent! i needed this.. thank you, neale.


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Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.


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