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Neale Donald Walsch: The Questions That Create Our Lives

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Neale Donald Walsch: The Questions That Create Our Lives

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger who has touched the lives of millions through his writings, teachings and other work. The renowned Conversations with God series has been translated into 34 languages and each book has made the New York Times Bestseller list, the first book staying on the list for over two and a half years. Neale will be speaking at the Celebrate Your Life Conference in Chicago, Illinois this June and will be inviting people to experience the physical presence of God.

Neale will be leading a session entitled Have Your Own Conversation With God at the upcoming Celebrate Your Life conference in Chicago in June 2010. This is the fifth of nine author interviews appearing on Care2 as part of the Celebrate Your Life series.

Care2: Can you explain the events leading up to the creation of your book Conversations with God.

Neale Donald Walsch: I was facing a time in my life, back in the late ’80s and the early ’90s, when you know just nothing was going right in my life… I did all the things I thought one is supposed to do. I was dependable, kind, courteous and all that good stuff. And yet at the age of 50 I was sitting there with this string of broken relationships, a whole string of jobs. Careers I had started and then moved on, and very, very bad health.

Then what happened was, to add insult to injury if you please, I had a car accident in which I broke my neck. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t lift anything more than three pounds. I couldn’t do any kind of manual labor at all, and I was suddenly out of work. I was rehabilitating myself, walking around. And all the doctors said, ‘you know, you’re very, very lucky because truly people with broken necks either are paralyzed or die, but you’re neither. You just really, really lucked out here.’ But it took 18 months, in fact more than 18 months, about 20 months, almost two years to rehab myself.

I was wearing what’s called a Philadelphia collar. And that’s when I really hit rock bottom. I’m 50 years old. I can’t get work. Nobody will hire a guy walking around with a collar around his neck. It’s an accident waiting to happen… So I couldn’t get a job anywhere. And I was down to my last 30 cents. I wound up becoming a homeless person living in a park.

After I had rehabilitated myself and gotten back into work, this was a two year process. I got back into the world of work and I realized how vacuous life really is. I said to myself, ‘is this it? is this all there is? Get up, go to work, come home, pay the rent, pay the phone bill, get some groceries in the house. Get up, go to work, pay the rent, pay the phone bill, get some groceries in the house. The same cycle every month leading to nothing and nowhere. Is this really it? Is this what I was born and raised for? What I’m going through for?’ And I didn’t get it. And I became very depressed.

And that’s when I had my conversation with God, where I actually had an awakening where I really, literally thought I heard the voice of God, or the voice of something over my left shoulder asking me if I was willing now. Essentially the message was: have you been brought to your knees enough? Are you ready now to look? Are you ready now to look at what’s really so, and what’s really true about life?

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.


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3:37PM PDT on Apr 29, 2010

Very nice man and writer.

1:13PM PDT on Apr 29, 2010

Stephen Conner has made a very true comment. I used to be so devoted to a particular religion. But I could no longer be any part of it when I had to dimish/deny myself, to be submissive to the "authority/elder/priesthood-holder". They keep telling their followers that "the church" has the only access to God and there's no other place one can search truth. Now I finally reliaze why I couldn't stay in that religion...denying oneself = denying the "real Creator".

8:40PM PDT on Apr 28, 2010

Organised religions have tried to give us beliefs but in doing so have interferred with a belief that is crucial to our evolutionary development and that is simply for each and every one of us to believe in themselves and embed that belief into every cell our body. Reliance or reassurance from any other source is false. "Wake up sleeper, rise from the dead, see the Christ in you. "

11:33AM PDT on Apr 27, 2010

great article. I started "listening " just a few years ago and it has changed my life. I am now happy and hopeful for a bright future instead of oh poor me and why is everything happening to me (not for me as is now the case:-)

5:01AM PDT on Apr 27, 2010

The time to take a good close look at religion is long way past. This generation is in the middle of a flux that combines star wars with Damian and preachers who mean absolutely nothing except that they are making a lot of money. I can well understand the missionary zeal of people who have touched near bottom, but I feel that the realisation of self comfort through an adjustment to the realities of life, should be simply left to that - a statement of how they came to feel better. Bringing the concept of God into it, is as bad as the efforts on the part of organised religions to harness collective thought towards a central power structure to rival political platforms. This is causing such bloodshed and confusion to those who have nothing to keep their body and "souls" together, that it should be condemned as archaic, immoral and perhaps, soon, illegal.. The word God even confuses those who use the name to intimidate. They excuse their ignorance by watering it down to aspects of Divinity, like omnipresent, light, the substance of life etc. All, a load of the most incredible bullshit that mankind in its hour of need finds debilitating. The business of God is the yoke of many in different religious practices in his/her/it´s name that even involves human sacrifice, assasination, blackmail and murder of innocent women, collective suicides, impoverishment etc. Have we not had enough of all this nonsense ? Stick to those humans who set an example and attempt to learn.

1:06AM PDT on Apr 27, 2010


7:06PM PDT on Apr 26, 2010

It is very clear to me thar churches block us from the devine. Jesus said the true worshippers worship in their hearts -- not in the temple or on the moutain. Churches want us to depend on them.

4:56AM PDT on Apr 26, 2010

Apparently some people have not read Mr. Walsh's book when they make comments about his material being recylced. It is hardly that. His writings are the collective knowledge from extensive reading, combined with his own personal experience, as is any writer. You don't have to believe in God to read them. His writings are beautiful and help explore who we are as human beings.

Also, in the past, almost everywhere, children were discouraged from using their left hand in schools. This was not just a religious practice, but happened all over. I remember my mother telling me they tried to discourage her from using her left hand in school also. It had nothing to do with it being evil, except of course with some religious sects, it was just something people did back then.

Mr. Walsh is a wonderful writer and his books are very uplifting and inspiring. If you have read extensively, you will see he has a fresh approach to many questions. His books were a tremendous help to me. I would highly recommend them. Also, if you can, I would recommend attending one of his retreats in Ashland, Oregon. Marvelous!!!!

4:54AM PDT on Apr 26, 2010


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