Excellence Reporter: Rev. Bill, what is the meaning of life?
Rev. Bill McDonald: I have given much thought and time to contemplate that very question ever since I was a child facing death in the hospital at eight years of age. I had “died” in my hospital bed all alone and unmonitored by medical staff in an isolation ward. In those moments of “death”, I had left my physical body and encountered great beings of light and love. I was shown parts of my future and how I was to love and serve others. It was the first of three near-death experiences I was to have over the next seven plus decades of my life.
I realized at that young age, that life was not just to be lived as an entertaining passage of time, accumulating wealth, material things and power – but it was all about giving, loving and serving our greater self. I have spent my whole adult life trying to uphold that very purpose – to LOVE and SERVE others as one would do for our own self.
I realized that the collective WE were actually just ONE. We are all connected. We are all a part of the DIVINE. What happens to one of us happens to all of us. I realized that GOD is everything and that we are only separated from that knowing by our ego’s attachment to self-identification.
We are here on earth, in this dream life of God’s creation, to evolve and reconnect with our oneness. Everything that comes to us in this life is to help us in that spiritual journey of awakening and reunification. Life is just one big school of spiritual lessons to help us find our true self again.
In the end, when you leave this earth, the only question worth asking is, “Who did you love, who did you assist and help?” It is not about who loved you but who you loved and how you gave of yourself to serve your brothers and sisters.
To me we are here to LOVE and SERVE, not to be loved or served. This is about giving and not expecting to be rewarded or given anything back. It is about understanding others and not concerning yourself with being understood. It is about your purest intentions and not about rewards of any kind. Love for others is our greatest gift and we should be as generous as we can while we are here.
~Rev. Bill McDonald
ON A MISSION: TEACHING THE POWER OF LOVE & FORGIVENESS
Rev. Bill’s life has been a spiritual journey, spanning slightly over seven decades. His whole life has been a mystical trip in search of gurus, ascended masters, the paranormal, and self-discovery. He has written about his many spiritually transformative experiences and “near-death-experiences” including supernatural events during his combat tour-of-duty in the Vietnam War. In his books, he has shared some incredible spiritual events that are beyond both common understanding and explanation.
His autobiography “Warrior A Spiritual Odyssey” takes us on a life quest for love, understanding, forgiveness and enlightenment. His follow-up book “Alchemy of a Warrior’s Heart “continues that mystical journey including four trips to India for even more profound experiences with holy men, miracles and his personal relationship with the Divine. What he knows for sure after all these years – is that the only thing that is truly real is LOVE.
He is an author, an award-winning poet, international motivational speaker, artist, film advisor, veteran advocate, a Vietnam War veteran (Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, The Purple Heart Medal, 14 Air Medals, The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, etc.). He has spoken around the world including Germany, England, Wales, Bolivia and India. He has been involved with a dozen films and documentaries. (Such as: “In The Shadow of the Blade”- shown on the History Network and “The Art of Healing” shown on PBS TV)
Rev. Bill has been on over 1000 radio and TV shows over the last 20 years and has stories about his life featured in over a dozen books by other authors and in hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. He has had articles in such diverse publications as “Parade Sunday Magazine” and “The Self-Realization Fellowship Magazine” as well as military magazines and new age magazines. His You Tube Video Channel has over 70 videos and had gotten almost 700,000 views in the first 18 months it was posted. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXUVf8UOT237rw2RfsB9haA/videos?sort=dd&flow=grid&view=0
He has been invited to speak all over the world including Mexico City for a large international conference. He has been a Keynote Speaker at IANDS 2019 Conference and at the SAND 2019 Conference in San Jose. He has spoken in the UK, Germany, India and Bolivia.
He is a seeker but not just for himself. His “mission” is to allow others to experience his journey through his stories. He has had many near-death and near-death-like–like experiences and encounters with the supernatural. He is a friend to many – including famous celebrities and people in power positions in life but he treats everyone the same regardless if they are a homeless person, or the President, or a CEO. His beliefs are simple: There is but ONE GOD – and our only mission is to LOVE & SERVE ALL.
Rev. Bill McDonald was born In San Francisco and raised in California, Oregon and Hawaii. Graduated from The University of San Francisco. He spent over 30 years working for the federal government and retired in 2001. He has spent his time since then working for 6 different non-profit organizations helping veterans while serving the purpose of world peace. He works with PTSD veterans and is an unpaid lobbyist for veteran issues in California. Has also has worked as a volunteer chaplain in Folsom Prison and worked for a time answering phone calls for The National Suicide Hotline.
He is the founder and runs Spiritual Warrior Ministries – which is an all-faith chaplain service that provides free help and workshops for the veteran community. He also founded two other non-profits – The American Authors Association, and The Military Writer’s Society of America.
His life is filled with service. He married his high school sweetheart Carol, going on 50 years.
Copyright ©2019 Excellence Reporter
Categories: Awakening, Elders, Excellence, Film, Leadership, Life, Ministry, Peace, Poetry, Storytellers, Think Tank, US Military
Leave a Reply