Neale Donald Walsch, Best-selling author of Conversations with God
I am a professional psychologist, organisational consultant, spiritual educator and published author. My transformational events combine a contemporary articulation of timeless spiritual wisdom with cutting-edge psychological insights to help people transform their hearts and minds.
A Chartered Psychologist, I have been a leadership development consultant to large organisations for over 10 years. My first class degree in psychology is from the University of Nottingham (UK) and my postgraduate certificate in Spiritual Development and Facilitation from the University of Surrey (UK).
I have led mind-body-spirit events since 2007 and have co-facilitated several retreats with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the best-selling Conversations with God books. Neale wrote the foreword to my first book, Life-Changing Conversations (Watkins Publishers, March 2012).
Where I’ve come from
I was brought up in a small town near the border of mid-Wales in a large and loving family. My parents were (and still are) devoted Roman Catholics. Saying prayers at night and spending my schooldays with nuns gave me a taste for the transcendent. I sensed early on that there was more to life than cartoons and candy floss.
My younger self felt deeply connected to the God that I found in my heart. I didn’t experience this in the stuffiness of Mass. I felt God in me when I sang and danced and ran around the playground. I knew no separation between this divine force and me. This taught me, through my own direct experience, that no intermediary is needed between an individual and the Divine.
As a teenager, I started to lose this intuitive, heartfelt connection. I began more and more to occupy my mind and came to question many of the religious orthodoxies I had been taught. A quiet rebel, I found some of the teachings of the priests differed from my own observations about what made life feel good and full of energy. I gradually turned away from organized religion towards science, psychology and philosophy, eventually identifying myself as an atheist. I loved the freedom that came from dropping the shackles of restrictive, rigid, religious teachings.
My newfound liberation, however, had its downside. In my early twenties I’d turned my back on a good job and stable income and started living on the road, travelling around Europe in a camper van. This was life at the edge of chaos: virtually no money, hanging out with weird and wonderful travelers, busking for a living by juggling fire in the fiestas of Spain.
After four years of nomadic life, I unexpectedly headed into a deep and debilitating depression. I had lost my partner, thrown away the promise of a glittering career and become distant from my family, friends and faith. Life felt meaningless and I felt devastated. In my desperation, I eventually cried out to the God that my soul had known as a child and asked for help.
It was the proverbial darkest hour before dawn. In the midst of my bleakest time, I was awoken early one morning by a soft, orange-pink light flooding the room where I was struggling to sleep. I got out of bed, pulled up the blind and saw the most stunning sky I had ever seen. I sensed a deep peace surrounding me. My heart was shot through with joy. I experienced for the first time, as an adult, a direct and life-changing encounter with the Divine.
What I’m about
Having experienced the dryness of life devoid of Divinity and then the sweetness of life infused with Spirit, I am passionate about helping people to find the wisdom that flows from deep inside their own soul. I believe that we will always be restless until we find our way home — to our true selves, to each other and to Life.
I am committed to helping people to transform their consciousness. For me this means going beyond a binary mindset that splits things into fixed notions of right and wrong, good and bad, victim and villain. When we move beyond the machinations of the mind and drop into our heart space, there is an expansiveness in how we see life and a largeness in how we experience ourselves.
Renewing our hearts and minds means that we loosen our grip on certainty and control. We embrace whatever happens with an openness and receptivity that enables us to enter the flow of life. We align our energies with all that is life-enhancing: harmonious relationships, right living and a deep sense of aliveness. I love to help people to step into this space and experience for themselves the radical joy of finding the “kingdom of heaven” within.
Neale Donald Walsch