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?