Every year, Elevated Existence Magazine honors one individual with the Elevated Existence Spiritual Service Award. Our editors choose the person based on the impact they’ve had in the spiritual community and their dedication to lifting the world’s consciousness through their work. In the past, Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Shirley MacLaine, Gregg Braden and Ram Dass received the award, and this year, we are honoring Debbie Ford.
Ford passed away on February 17, 2013, from sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, but she left a body of work that will live on for centuries to come. She revolutionized the concept of the shadow self, and created a three-step integration process still being taught in workshops run by The Ford Institute. And even though she is no longer in her physical form, she is continuing to touch people’s lives.
“I don’t think she realized the impact she had on people while she was in the physical world, but when she passed into the spirit world she saw the influence she had on people,” friend, colleague and psychic medium James Van Praagh told Elevated Existence in the December 2014 Issue cover story. “She still hasn’t stopped. She is still busy doing work over there. She said, ‘I’m not done yet.’”
In lieu of an award, Elevated Existence is donating to Ford’s favorite charity, Just Like My Child, an organization that empowers women and girls in Uganda, Africa, and recently created the Debbie Ford Leadership Fund to help the women attend college. If her work has helped you in any way, you can donate in her honor at www.justlikemychild.com.
Also in this issue, we talked to seven top authors in the spiritual and self-help category, including Sonia Choquette, Doreen Virtue and Mastin Kipp, to find out what their morning routines look like and how starting the day with a spiritual practice makes a big difference in how the rest of the day turns out. In the article, The Morning Spiritual Practice, their responses will give you a number of ideas to incorporate into your own routine. And, of course, we have our annual Editor’s Inspirational Gift Picks in this issue, with a variety of clothing, beauty, jewelry and more for someone special on your gift list — or as a treat for yourself!
The holidays are often a time of joy, but for many, it’s also a time to miss those who have crossed over into the afterlife. But love doesn’t die, and neither do we. My mother crossed over three days after Christmas in 1999, and I know she still celebrates with us every year. Your loved ones will be with you too, and if you open yourself up to it, they will do everything they can to send you a sign to show they are around you.
Wishing you all a very happy and elevated holiday season, and a new year filled with joy, peace and love.
Blessings, love & elevation,