Neale Donald Walsch Receives 2015 Elevated Existence Award

Every year Elevated Existence editor’s choose one individual whose actions, intentions and work spread the gift of spirituality, enlighten others with knowledge and tools to improve the quality of their lives, and contribute to the overall uplifting of the world’s consciousness. This year, we honor bestselling author of the “Conversations With God” series and more than 30 books, Neale Donald Walsch.

“The title of the books has received far, far, far more attention than the author of them, which is exactly how it should be, because I was not the true author,” he says in the December 2015 Elevated Existence Magazine cover story. “I merely transcribed. I was the messenger. I refuse to allow myself to be placed in the forefront of these messages, except to the degree that I think it might help others to hear about them, and perhaps see some truth within them and to embrace them and activate them in their own lives. To that degree, I’m willing to joyfully and humbly receive this award.”

In the December 2015 cover story, Walsch shares some of the biggest misconceptions people have about God, including God wanting or needing things from us. Different religions teach we must follow certain rules or we will surely be punished, says Walsch. “If we don’t go to church on Sunday, confession on Friday or bow to the east three times,” we will be disappointing God, committing a sin, and must seek forgiveness.

“Many of the world’s religions teach it is possible to offend God because God has needs we must meet, and if we do offend God, we must find a way to get God to forgive us or we are not going to heaven,” he explains. “That is the single most damaging and self-destructive belief we can hold about God. What if you lived in a world where God wanted and needed and required nothing at all? That is the biggest misconception, and others are that God is punitive, punishing, judgmental, condemning, and that some sins are unforgivable.”

The biggest issue and why it’s so important to realize God is not punishing and unforgiving is because that belief mistakenly gives human beings the moral authority to act that way with each other, he says, not just one on one, but worldwide. When you remove this belief, we remove that authority.

“If you take God’s judgmentalness and God’s condemning nature off the table, you suddenly remove the moral authority of ISIS, for the death penalty in Texas, and for virtually every act of righteousness committed by human beings — not just in these days and times, but over many centuries of humanity’s existence on Earth,” Walsch shares in the issue.

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Embracing Life’s Hardships

By Jennifer Garza

No one wants hardship. As human beings, we try to avoid it at all costs. We stuff our feelings down with food, alcohol, relationships, shopping – all in an effort not to feel pain. But pain is often a gift. When it’s not a gift, it’s something we are choosing to inflict upon ourselves – and realizing that is also a gift.

In the middle of a crisis, we often feel like we’re drowning and we do anything to keep our head above water. But if we realize we’ve chosen to go through experiences to learn on a soul level, we can begin to welcome lessons instead of running from them.

Neale Donald Walsh wrote a beautiful children’s poem entitled “The Little Soul and the Sun.” It’s about a soul who realizes it is the light and knows who it is, but wants more – wants to be who it is – which only occurs through experiencing life in the physical world. God tells the little soul it will be immersed in darkness – for we can’t experience the light without the dark. The little soul tells God it wants to experience what forgiving is like.
Another soul steps forward and says: “Not to worry, Little Soul, I will help you,” and volunteers to do something to the little soul in its next lifetime so he can learn to forgive. “I will do something terrible, and then you can experience yourself as the One Who Forgives.” The little soul says, “But why? Why would you do that?” And the other soul replies, “I would do it because I love you.”

Have you noticed patterns within your life? Have you struggled with a particular issue for years? Have you repeated relationship patterns over and over? There is a reason – and it doesn’t have anything to do with the externals. It’s not that life keeps throwing you curve balls you cannot control, or you keep encountering manipulative partners. The issue lies within yourself – on a soul level. It always does.

The key to breaking the pattern is looking deep to discover what it is that you are doing that keeps you locked within this pattern. You can’t blame another person in a relationship for abusing your rights because you are choosing to stay. You cannot blame fast food restaurants for serving food that makes you gain weight because you are choosing to consume it.

The questions to ask yourself with any hardship is: Why? What am I afraid of? What does this person, food, item or addiction give me? What is it that I’m not facing? The patterns keep occurring because the lesson is re-emerging to give you an opportunity to experience “Who You Are.” Did you travel here to learn humility, forgiveness, or to stand up for yourself?

You will continue to be challenged in these areas until you become humble, learn to forgive, or stand up for yourself. You can embrace the lesson and move on or continue the pattern of hardship. The wonderful part about it is that you have a choice!

Jennifer Garza, M.S., has a master of science in counseling and psychology. She is a former therapist and has taught life enhancement classes at venues including college campuses, state conferences and prisons. She is the author of the inspiration journal “365 Days to Happiness: Use Your Strengths, Thoughts, and Dreams to Manifest a New Life.” Garza has been featured in Natural Health magazine, AOL,, Young, and on FTNS radio. Visit her website at or connect with her. 


Most Popular Stories of 2012

Elevated Existence celebrated an amazing 2012, with bestselling authors on the covers of Elevated Existence Magazine, adding new expert bloggers to our daily news coverage on the Web site, winning a 2012 Gold Folio: Award for Best Single Article in the Spiritual/Religious Consumer Magazine Category, and launching our new YouTube channel, featuring an interview with bestselling author Gregg Braden.

Looking back on the year, we wanted to share with you the 10 most popular stories on our Web site. Bruce Lipton, Caroline Myss, Marianne Williamson and Dr. Wayne Dyer are a few of the authors we featured in the below stories, and there is even a Dr. Oz recipe!

Here they are in order of popularity:

1. Bruce Lipton on 2012 & Healing the Body

2. Oprah Explores How to Navigate Life Purpose With Caroline Myss

3. Marianne Williamson: How the Universe Views Intimate Relationships

4. How & Why to Add Lemon Water to Your Daily Routine

5. Neale Donald Walsch Shares 3 Secrets to Ending Struggle

6. 15 Vegan Superfoods to Add to Your Diet

7. Dr. Wayne Dyer Explains New Book “Wishes Fulfilled”

8. Dr. Brian Weiss Explains Past Life Regression Therapy

9. RECIPE: Dr. Oz’s Fountain of Youth Shake

10. The Secret Behind Many Law of Attraction Experts – The Master Key System