No Ten Commandments? Can that be?

ADVANCE REVIEW: “This part of CwG…it’s beginning…these ‘Commitments’…made my Soul Sounds ring beyond my skin! In this very moment, they still do so. Verrry free-ing stuff, indeed! Thank you for this, btw.”
     — From the Comments Section below this article.

Of all the messages in Conversations with God, none stand out more than the statement that there’s no such thing as the Ten Commandments. How can that be?, people want to know. I still get letters and emails about that today, 18 years after publication of Book One in the 9-book CWG series. So I thought I would publish here exactly what God said to me about that, and then solicit your comments.

I was told that Moses went to God on the mountaintop and begged God to give him a sign…something, anything, that he could take back to his people that would allow them to know that they were taking the right path; the path back to God.

So God talked with Moses directly (yes, God does that with humans, have you heard?) and said, “You will know that you are on the path back to the experience of your own Divinity—which is the path back to God—because there are certain things that you will do and not do as a result of being on that path. So, God said, look for these signs that I promise I will give you. This is my covenant. This is my commitment.”

Here is exactly what God said, transcribed from the handwritten dictation I took in my very first conversation with God in the early 90s…

You shall know that you have taken the path to God, and you shall know that you have found God, for there will be these signs, these indications, these changes in you. I promise you, you will see these signs. These are my Ten Commitments…

1. You shall love God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul. And there shall be no other God set before Me. No longer will you worship human love, or success, money, or power, nor any symbol thereof. You will set aside these things as a child sets aside toys. Not because they are unworthy, but because you have outgrown them.

And, you shall know you have taken the path to God because:

2. You shall not use the name of God in vain. Nor will you call upon Me for frivolous things. You will understand the power of words, and of thoughts, and you would not think of invoking the name of God in an unGodly manner. You shall not use My name in vain because you cannot. For My name—the Great “I Am”—is never used in vain (that is, without result), nor can it ever be. And when you have found God, you shall know this.

And, I shall give you these other signs as well:

3. You shall remember to keep a day for Me, and you shall call it holy. This, so that you do not long stay in your illusion, but cause yourself to remember who and what you are. And then shall you soon call every day the Sabbath, and every moment holy.

4. You shall honor your mother and your father—and you will know you are the Son of God when you honor your Father/Mother God in all that you say or do or think. And even as you so honor the Mother/Father God, and your father and mother on Earth (for they have given you life), so, too, will you honor everyone.

5. You know you have found God when you observe that you will not murder (that is, willfully kill, without cause). For while you will understand that you cannot end another’s life in any event (all life is eternal), you will not choose to terminate any particular incarnation, nor change any life energy from one form to another, without the most sacred justification. Your new reverence for life will cause you to honor all life forms—including plants, trees and animals—and to impact them only when it is for the highest good.

And these other signs will I send you also, that you may know you are on the path:

6. You will not defile the purity of love with dishonesty or deceit, for this is adulterous. I promise you, when you have found God, you shall not commit this adultery.

7. You will not take a thing that is not your own, nor cheat, nor connive, nor harm another to have any thing, for this would be to steal. I promise you, when you have found God, you shall not steal.

Nor shall you. . .

8. Say a thing that is not true, and thus bear false witness.

Nor shall you. . .

9. Covet your neighbor’s spouse, for why would you want your neighbor’s spouse when you know all others are your spouse?

10. Covet your neighbor’s goods, for why would you want your neighbor’s goods when you know that all goods can be yours, and all your goods belong to the world?

Again, you will know that you have found the path to God when you see these signs. For I promise that no one who truly seeks God shall any longer do these things. It would be impossible to continue such behaviors.

These are your freedoms, not your restrictions. These are my commitments, not my commandments. For God does not order about what God has created—God merely tells God’s children: this is how you will know that you are coming home.

Moses asked in earnest—“How may I know? Give me a sign.” Moses asked the same question that you ask now. The same question all people everywhere have asked since time began. My answer is likewise eternal. But it has never been, and never will be, a commandment. For who shall I command? And who shall I punish should My commandments not be kept?

There is only Me.
Your comments and observations on this are invited. All of this is part of the rewriting of humanity’s cultural story, a story that has told of a violent, angry, and vindictive, needy and demanding and commanding God. What do you believe? Has God given us a list of commandments? If so, why? Why would She do this? And what do you believe is His intention if we fail to meet those demands?

I am anxious to hear what you have to say about this.

Blessings, Neale.

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  • Lloyd

    OK, God/Creator/ Source Energy is Love, unconditional Love. Freely given, no expectations, just pure Energy flowing throughout eternity, and all existence, from the largest to the smallest, is an expression of this Love, Energy. Humanity is a small minimal part of the whole and God/Creator resides within each individual. The old cultural story about humanity is proven false daily, yet many continue to close their eyes and ears to this truth and cling to the old story out of fear mostly. Unconsciously this drives humanity to cling to groups that will reinforce their own illusion of their view about themselves, Christans, Moslems, Budda, etc. All organized religions seek conformatity of members in an attempt to direct humanities beliefs about the individual connection to Creator.

    We are born from eternity into this physical expression of Creator and we die back into eternity, thus the flow of existence continues. The only thing we take with us is our Love, Creator, the spark that is present within ALL. Life is a blessing, and each of us are blessed to be here NOW. Now is exciting, Love is never-ending, humanity is just a state of Being, of an awareness that opportunity existence every moment, free will. There is no judgement, just our own, no separation that we did not create for Ourselves.

    Big questions and I only have small answers, yet I trust Love will lead me to where I accomplish the highest good for all concerned. Namaste’

  • Erin/IAm

    This part of CwG…it’s beginning…these “Commitments”…made my Soul Sounds ring beyond my skin! In this very moment, they still do so. Verrry free-ing stuff, indeed! Thank you for this, btw. 🙂

    Beloved Butch…Your “small answers” are power-packed, as well…Thanks for your adds of eloquence. <3

    Good Journey, All…No less than Amazing! 🙂

  • Sean

    I am curious, why do we have to hear for ourselves what we already know to be true? Hmmm….

    Could it be because we cannot, therefore we shall and hope that nobody is watching? If so, then why do anything?

    Is this anarchy? Considering that we do know, prior to?

  • Laura Pringle

    Sean’s question intrigues me, although I don’t fully understand it. Sean, can you elaborate?

    As a child I was given the freedom to find and interpret God in my own unique way, and thus, have intuited many of the same conclusions as Neale, only in a simpler fashion.

    However, the conflict comes when you try to mingle with mainstream society, and see all the different ways that God’s truths are construed. You then begin to doubt your own truths (which came from your heart,) because they don’t agree with what is currently being presented as the truth.

    It is almost impossible to exist this way, and thus, I choose to exist within a very small social circle in order not to conflict with what is currently socially acceptable.

    I fervently wish that mainstream would feel the truth in Neale’s words, then I could “come out of the closet” and feel like part of something larger and stop hiding from society.

    That is why we are gathering, exchanging ideas, reinforcing what our hearts have been telling us, and trying to assemble in an organized manner, our own

  • Sean


    I appreciate your comment and also of the ideas you hold and were able to share.

    After reading what you feel about things, it appears as though maybe you just touched down on anarchy. It appears to me that contradicting your desires because others see it differently than you, may cause one to lose sight of what is right or wrong.

    To answer your question of elaboration, you must explain to me what your interpretation of what I wrote was. In order to answer you with any clear understanding it must be based on your own conclusions, thus enabling me to help you see what I was inferring.

    The greatest contribution is one that allows others to see it their way first.

    Hope this help’s and I look forward to any conversation that may arise,

    With Sincerity,


  • mewabe

    Yes, all of this is true Neale, we can call it having found God, or listening to our higher conscience (we all have a conscience), being connected to our soul, following the way of love (the way of the open heart, that doesn’t allow us to hurt another or ourselves because if lying, stealing, betraying love, murdering etc we would understand the pain we would inflict, we would feel this pain and know that we could not do these things, to another and ourselves…our heart and soul would simply say no, this is not who I am).

    God is also within us…which is why much of humanity attempts to run away from itself, fearing this inner truth, this inner power, imagining that the mind can create illusions and make them work as reality. We hypnotize ourselves and each other en masse and create cultural and religious trances that allow us to live almost completely outside of reality, in near total delusion.

    The mind, for example, imagines that love is limiting, rather than liberating…and so it chooses to betray love whenever it can. The mind imagines that lies are freeing and that choosing honesty is constraining. The mind imagines that cooperation and peace are uneventful and cause a weakening at the individual and social levels and that conflict is exiting and strengthening, so it chooses competition and war.

    The mind alone, disconnected from the heart and soul, cannot see past itself.

    I have possibly only one small disagreement Neale…I do not differentiate between “human love” and love for the divine. The way of love is, in my opinion, without limit, and sacred and holy in all of its true, authentic expressions.

    Perhaps I did not understand what you meant by “worshiping human love”.

  • mewabe

    Much religious dogma is rooted in judgment, and so are many spiritual concepts.

    For example, the spiritual aspirant commonly seeks the “light” and rejects the “darkness”…s/he seeks the “higher” (such as the Spirit) and discards the “lower” (such as the body, it is believed)…s/he avoid “negativity” and attempts to attract the “positive”…s/he strives to not be angry, irritated or upset (all “negative” emotions according to so many) and to remain even-tempered at all times (quite a feast of unnatural control!)…to not have “bad” thoughts about other people…etc.

    All of these efforts, these futile struggles to control are rooted in judgment.

    “When you make the above as the below, then you shall enter (the Kingdom).”

    The path of judgment and the way of love do not meet often.

    In unconditional love, understanding and knowledge emerge spontaneously.

    Ultimately, there is neither “good” nor “bad”…there is simply more love or less love, which means more understanding and knowledge or less, more life or less life, more clarity or less clarity, a greater vision or a narrower perception.

    Has anyone ever imagined what it would be like to no longer judge anything at all, even for an instant?

  • *lisa*

    mewabe – I have fleeting periods where I am able to consistently live by just saying “maybe” to judging a situation either as ‘oh isn’t that terrible’ or ‘oh that’s great’ or somewhere in between. We can’t possibly know that an event labeled as good may actually be leading to something as bad, and visa versa. So just be present and acknowledge that it ‘is’, not what it is.

    My challenge is maintaining it long term. My experience in learning about mySelf, is that my mind, said ego, is very powerful and is sometimes successful at interrupting my progress in living above it. And then I have to start over the process of eliminating ‘thought’ all over again. But at least I am conscious of this and perhaps one day will master it.

    The world would definitely be an improved atmosphere if we could all live like this all the time. But it is work. Self work. And most people don’t like to face and challenge the difficult issues within themselves.

  • mewabe

    Thanks for your thoughts *lisa*…

    Perhaps it is inevitable that as we each create our individual lives and our world, we create values based on judgment. It is part of what we call culture. Perhaps it is part of being human…then we explore these values and their consequences, and try to learn something in the process. That’s the ordinary experience.

    It takes a certain amount of rebellious spirit to step away from the ordinary experience…to be a fearless truth seeker…to realize that nothing is as it seems, to suspect that when cultural or religious authorities say that something is so, it is not so, that there is always a greater perspective, a vaster reality.

    In Native American terms, judgment may be compared to the vision of the mouse…when we only see what is right in front of us and no further. It is a myopic vision. To abandon judgment is to rise like the eagle…seeing the whole picture…the more we see, the less we can judge, as the more we understand how it all fits together, it is all one reality, one presence, one life.

    So to abandon judgment, we only need to expand our vision. It is not a matter of becoming a “better” person, or more “enlightened” or “spiritual”, but of acquiring greater understanding, ultimately leading to greater knowing.

  • Laura Pringle

    Sean, I interpreted what you asked, thusly:

    Sean: “I am curious, why do we have to hear for ourselves what we already know to be true? Hmmm….”

    What is it that you believe we already know to be true? Our connection to God? That religion doesn’t accurately portray that?

    It is my experience that I don’t implicitly trust my own observations/intuition, I definitely feel more assured when I see that someone else has come to the same conclusions. However, if someone comes to completely different conclusions, I don’t think mine, or theirs were wrong. I just respect that they are different than mine, and I usually just try to avoid interacting with them if we can’t understand each other or agree.

    Sean: “Could it be because we cannot, therefore we shall and hope that nobody is watching? If so, then why do anything?

    This is the part I’m confused about. “Could it be because we cannot”, (what?) “therefore we shall”, (what?) “and hope that nobody is watching?”

    “Is this anarchy? Considering that we do know, prior to?”
    Is, (what) anarchy?

    And, anarchy is such a negative term in my mind, I associate it with incarceration, which I try to avoid at all costs, so… Hmmmm…?

  • Sean

    Hello Laura,

    Thanks for replying and your candor in this discussion. I am grateful it caught your attention. To answer question number one.

    Sean: “I am curious, why do we have to hear for ourselves what we already know to be true? Hmmm….”

    In context this was in relation to the “myth” of the 10 commandment’s, which is of course the main topic in this weeks blog.

    So with this said, does it require of you to hear what somebody else has said is right or wrong in order to achieve any connection with the divine? If so, why?
    According to Neales theory we already know what we need to know prior to our arrival here for this “experience”, right?
    Besides, any example of common sense would prevail when it comes to conscience.

    Perhaps an appropriate lead in for question number two.

    What is it that you believe we already know to be true? Our connection to God? That religion doesn’t accurately portray that?

    Maybe we are not what we think we are? Or perhaps we are and refuse to accept it because we would be wrong?

    Maybe you could define to me what Trust is? I would like to say I respect your ambition to persevere when at odd’s with others, which is my take on your follow up paragraph from question number two.

    Alas, question number three and four which I will answer simultaneously.

    Is not denial of ones own conscience, anarchy? Which is inability to reason with your own preconceived notions based upon what you believe, which also governs your action towards any idealistic endeavor to maintain any stability.

    Remember this is not just about right or wrong anymore, it is about if you realize what you are really doing. It is easy to deny the impulse to act rational, but it is extremely difficult to know why you did so. Don’t forget, your conscience is always listening. Besides, how could it grow without understanding what the cause of reason was all about?

    Isn’t incarceration locking things away that do not serve any purpose?

    Then why were they there? Hmmm…

    With sincere intent,


  • Laura Pringle

    Ok, thx 4 clarifying that for me. Indeed, food for thought! I never thought of denial of one’s own conscience as anarchy, for me, that term connotes a rebellion against an established order of “other” beings. But I see what you mean now.

    I’m pressed for time, but do want to reply briefly, although it won’t do your replies justice.

    To me, it feels as though many of us are aware of the laws of karma to some degree, in this age, and don’t feel the need for someone else’s commandments. But back in the day, not everyone was, and so they felt the need to impose these commandments for order. (obviously).

    The degree to which these commandments FEEL right to a person is the degree to which they will willingly adhere to them, (in this day and age), and the degree to which a person feels morally obligated to adopt them into their life depends on many factors. (upbringing, environmental influences.)

    To some, they DO feel right, because the mindset accepts these rules since they’ve been taught since a very young age, and also, they resonate with their individual mindset from the get-go.

    It all depends on what was drilled into the mind in the formative years, and how much this is in harmony with the person’s own unique viewpoint. I see many people who are very content with these rules as they stand, with no tampering. But do I want to try and discuss with them, why they don’t resonate with me? NO.

    If those original commandments work for that person, no amount of reasoning on my part will probably sway them anyway… They will have to find what ultimately feels right for them by experience.

    Many other points you made should be discussed. Hopefully others will jump in, too….

  • Sean


    Thank you for your interest in what I said and I appreciate the time it took for you to respond.

    With Sincerity,


  • Lloyd

    Laura, Sean, this is a confusing issue to me. I do not understand the question Sean orignially posed. Is the question about whether we “know” what resonates within our own being, and if not why not? Or is the question why do we seek to find a different view of Ourselves and our connection to Creator?

    For me, at an early age, I saw that religion was a “do as I say not as I do” group whose only goal was to get individuals to give up their “thinking” rational reasoning to blindly follow a creed, belief system which they developed. I would ask, “If God is Love, why do we hate anyone?” Why do we kill others when one of the commandments is not to kill? Soceities develop their own rationals for their actions which they feel make it alright, but when another society does the same thing it is condemned as evil, this is crazy isn’t it? So from an early age I questioned others rationals as to why they acted the way they do which also lead me to question why I acted the way I do, is this the anarchy you speak of? I have always considered myself an anarchist, not an American, not a Democrat or Republican, and yes I am a Vietnam Vet, and I did take human life simply because I was told it was my responsibility. This took many years of regret and self analysis to personally find my peace with this issue. As a human I am responsible for each action I perform, for each word that issues from my mouth, for my beliefs and for my thoughts that I allow to build a home within my mind. If I take responsibility for myself do I not also allow others the same freedom to take responsibility for their actions?
    As a society of human existence upon this planet, isn’t the individual the mover of social values? Why aren’t humans more outspoken about what resonates within their hearts/minds and less willing to be a follower of social issues that they “know” is not in the best interest of the human race?

    If humanity could get over tribal alliances, ie countries, political parties, etc. and enlarge the vision of existence to include Everyones highest good, then wouldn’t this ultimately lead to a more Loving existence? Freedom requires responsiblity on an individual basis, and not nessarily adheriance to a social structure alone. Namaste’

  • Laura Pringle

    Hmmmm… As always, Butch has presented ideas which challenge me to think past my present parameters… 🙂

    Personally, I haven’t thought of a world without divisions, such as countries, states, societies, etc. This notion is compelling, but it requires a great level of awareness and acceptance of ALL the ways humans can be. This just doesn’t seem possible in my lifetime.

    Actually, I have been thinking along the lines of us RE-dividing/defining societies to more accurately reflect the different mind-sets of people in these times, and have everyone just agree to disagree between these societies, and leave each other alone. (ha! If only?)

    Right now, there are divisions in the individual nations, and unrest, but it seems that if like-minded people could find their way to each other and create societies based on mutual values and mindsets, this could be ameliorated.

    Everyone is different, divided by their beliefs and energies. However, we all possess to some degree, almost all the energies of the zodiac, just in different proportions and ratios. Maybe someday we can all honor the full spectrum of ways of being and not call anything wrong.

    Butch asks, “Why aren’t humans more outspoken about what resonates within their hearts/minds and less willing to be a follower of social issues that they “know” is not in the best interest of the human race?”

    Why, indeed? In my case, it would be because I have painful memories of childhood where I boldly asserted my (different, unaccepted) ideas about right and wrong, and was harassed, rejected, and ridiculed. Since then I have lived on the outskirts of life, feeling like no one can relate with me, and mostly, I keep my ideas to myself.

    Mind you, I haven’t really tried too hard to connect with others now that I’m an adult. I’ve learned that I can feel whole within myself and don’t need acceptance to re-affirm what is true for me. But it IS nice to connect with like-minded people, and lord knows, cooperation yields results more effectively than trying to get through life as a sovereign entity.

    Only now that I have read Neale’s books and learned that I am not alone in my beliefs, have I gained the courage to publish a book expressing my own unique viewpoints without being ashamed or afraid.

  • Lloyd

    Good for you, Laura, learning that you are whole within yourself is a big plus in dealing with life events. I too was rejected as a youth, beaten and ridiculed and isolated by my family as well. At age 5 when I tried to explain to my mother about my out of body experience, she almost had me committed as she told me I was insane. I did not have enough life experience then to know different, but my dog still loved me just the way I was, and luckily so did my grandmother, my protector. As I matured, aged, gaining life experiences both joyful and painful to experience, we each continue to develop a broader vision of Ourselves and the connection we all share with Source/Creator.

    Keeping an open heart and mind to life, being patient with Ourselves as well as others, are great tools we can use to continue our growth along a path of Loving Acceptence. We are One, and we share more in common than we find differences. Thank you for sharing your vision, and your thoughts with us all. Namaste’

  • Laura Pringle

    🙂 Out of body experience at 5?! Wow. Can’t imagine how that must have affected your young psyche! Geez… I’d love to read about that experience!
    Hope you share that with us someday:)

    Being a soldier in Vietnam, having to kill others because you were ordered to? Can’t imagine that, either…

    You seem to have gotten to a point in life where you bless those, and all your other experiences– for shaping you into who you are today. So glad and proud that you’ve managed to find grace and love in your heart and have the presence of mind to share your insights and wisdom with others. It really does help, thank you so very much! 🙂

    I always found it so odd that people make movies, write books, (works of fiction), when there are soooooo many real-life experiences that people have everyday, that get ignored or taken for granted, unacknowledged.

    I wonder what our creator thinks of this phenomenon? It almost seems like people are unappreciative of their own realities. The entertainment industry is
    such a strong force in our lives in these times. It has tremendous power over so many people. Kinda scary, if you ask me…

  • Inger Lise

    Dear Companions.
    As it is felt of us are searching for The Confirmations Within us…..The Truth Shall Set You Free…?
    Word by Word the same as it is told in each of the books by Neale`s will be The Very Same as told in the books by Eileen Caddys`….The Founder of Findhorn in Scotland nearly 50 years ago.

    The Universal Consciousness will be timeless as it is to become just that: A Universal Concsiousness.

  • Jim Clark

    Neal, once again u have spoken words that go right to the core of one’s sole !!! Nothing has ever done this to me except what u have shared with us in your writings !!!!! GOD IS GREAT, GOD IS GOOD !!! THANK U FOR THIS FOOD FOR THE SOLE, AMEN. What a difference this has made in so many lives already & to think –WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN !!!!!!! A kiss for luck & were on our way !!!

  • Jim Clark


  • Inger Lise

    Jim, I`ll believe it is a bit of the misunderstanding here?
    To me (TO ME), the core of a universal consciousness will be:
    To be co-creators with God, or to put it out in another way, of us to be the exstension of The Creator.
    The Universe will be manyfold, and the truth is to be found among all of us.
    It is many “paths,” but still one core. We are all One “in the Body of God.” And as Edgar Cayce once told; “….of us to grow with God.” There have ALWAYS been Masters among us to teach, f.inst. “The White Brotherhood of Man(the Masters of Light) throughout the ages. And Neale is among them in the same way as The Masters always have been teaching Oneness/-Cooperation/Love each others. The one is connected with the other.
    It is also called “The Higher Self,” or “The I Am=us.”

    And I`ll leave it to “the within.”

  • Laura Wilcox

    This is such a wonderful way to gauge whether I am moving toward or away from God and from fear, and I thank you for sharing this message with me again. I share these words liberally with people of all faiths when the discussion about “values” and the world’s apparent “loss” of them enters our conversation. I find that these words just RESONATE as truth on a subconscious level, even to those who normally would be incredibly offended at even the suggestion of it! Once a person really takes in what the words are saying, no one wants to argue…it’s such a beautiful way to think about life! Now, the “Hitler went to Heaven” argument is a little tougher sell (lol), but I cannot say it has been unsuccessful either! 😉

    Thank you for what you do, Neale. Thank you for living on purpose and giving us a living example of how we can show God to one another, which is really all He/She/We wants…to experience Himself/Herself/Ourselves as pure, chosen truth and love!!! 🙂