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Editor’s Advice

Editor’s Letter Jun 2008 Issue

tammy

Welcome to Elevated Existence!

For me, it all started with the death of my mother. For others, it’s often a similar story—the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship or a battle with an illness. More often than not, the journey to spirituality usually starts with some type of emotional pain or struggle. But no matter why we are led down our individual spiritual paths, we’re usually searching for answers to the same questions: Why did this happen? Why does it hurt so much, and how can I find some relief? What is the meaning of it all? And, ultimately, why am I here, and what happens when I die?

Once we start down this road, however, we begin to realize there are many more questions (and even more answers) than we ever imagined. If the floor next to your nightstand looks anything like mine, you could open your own library with the stacks of books full of insight waiting to be discovered.

Eight years ago, I began down the road to higher consciousness, and with each new book I pick up, seminar I attend, podcast I download or program I uncover, I feel I am getting just a little bit closer to the truth—and subsequently, finding a little more joy and inner peace in my life. And that is what this new publication is about—sharing what I continue to learn in the hopes that it will help you in the same way it has helped and continues to help me. While I am certainly no guru and don’t have all the answers, I have more than 10 years of experience in magazine publishing and decided to use my knowledge and talent to create a publication that spreads love, healing and hope to those who discover it.

In the cover story, ‘Connecting to the Soul,’ I go inside the Chopra Center Renewal Weekend, held recently in New York, because I feel it was a previous Perfect Health program by the Center that led me to create this publication. It was there I realized each and every one of us in this physical world possesses a special talent to be used in service to others. I asked myself What is my talent, and how can I use it? A year and a half later, after too many synchronistic events to describe, here is Elevated Existence.

I’d like to take a minute and thank all of my advisors, especially my creative director, Ana—this never would have happened without your talent, wisdom and advice. Thank you for illustrating my vision so beautifully through your art. Kathy, the logo is amazing, as are you, and Mehgan, you have gone above and beyond, and I will be eternally grateful. Maureen, thank you for taking the time to answer all of my e-mails and calls looking to tap into your seemingly endless pipeline of publishing wisdom and experience, and Sandi, I couldn’t ask for a better friend. I thank you for listening and encouraging me throughout this process. Without all of you, this magazine would not be possible.

Last but not least, thank you, reader, for downloading this issue. I hope I provide you with useful information and inspire you in at least one way. If there is anything you would like to learn more about, or if you want to share a comment on something you’ve read, I encourage and welcome your feedback. E-mail me at editor@elevatedexistence.com, and I promise to do my best to fill each issue with the information you seek.

Although many of us have discovered spirituality through struggle, as Dr. Deepak Chopra says in the cover story, something needs to die to create the space for something new. May this magazine help you to fill that space.

Blessings and love to you all,

Tammy Mastroberte