An Unexpected Gift

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Yesterday, my dear friend Cara gave me an unexpected gift.  The hard cover, first edition of Your Erroneous Zones by Dr. Wayne Dyer.  Oh man.  She knows how much I admire Dr. Dyer and his work.  I have had the good fortune to hear him speak on two separate occasions in the past six months.  Now this….his first book.  Years ago I had a paperback copy of it that I lost through my many moves, but this, well, this is very special.  I feel it has come into my life for a reason….I just know it.

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I am so touched and so very grateful to Cara for her thoughtfulness and act of kindness.  This wonderful gesture is more than just the gift of a book, more than Cara probably realized when she found the treasure at a local Goodwill store and thought “Kathleen would like this“, because the book symbolizes many things for me and has generated a positive storm of ideas.

Last November, I first heard Dr. Dyer’s story about this book.  How he came to write it.  How it became a best seller….. mainly through his very creative efforts to get it out there and noticed.  For me, the book symbolizes one person’s sheer determination and willprior to the advent of social media, to make its existence known because he knew the information in this book would help people.

As an aspiring writer, this book is something I can look at as a source of motivation to work on my first book and do whatever it takes to make it happen.  If it’s to be it’s up to me….with what I believe is a bit of divine intervention too.  Read Dr. Dyer’s books, hear him speak and you will come to understand that too.

Here’s the really magical thing that this gift, this wonderful gift, is doing for me.  It relates to Dr. Dyer telling his story about the first 3000 copies of the book, of which this is one.  When the book was first published, he would call the publisher asking about how well it was selling.  He said, and I’m paraphrasing here, he became a bit of a pest with his publisher, asking about those book sales on a weekly basis…maybe even twice a week or more!  Well, it got to the point where he actually bought all the copies of the first publication, stored them in his garage and would take some of them to various book stores in New York state to sell on a commission basis.  10 books here, 15 books there.  The next time he called his publisher, to the publisher’s surprise, all of the first edition books had sold out (thanks to Dr. Dyer’s efforts) and they would print the next edition of the book.

Now here’s the magical part.  Because of Cara’s thoughtfulness, I have one of those first 3000 books!  Think about how amazingly great that is!!!  As Dr. Dyer told his story, I envisioned where these books traveled, where they are now.  AND I have one thanks to Cara!  I can’t help but wonder and believe that this book is one he had in his garage and distributed in his rather non-conventional way, just to get his message out to the public.  How freaking awesome is that!  I like to imagine this wonderful little book’s journey from New York to Colorado to find its way to me, someone who truly, truly appreciates and values its worth more than any monetary value.

You may think, “It’s just a book”.  Ah no, it’s more than that.  I believe the Universe is giving me more than a gentle nudge here.  This was more than a coincidence.  It is synchrodestiny at work, at its finest work.  The ebb and flow of the Universe giving guidance.  This is the push for me.  Sit and write.  The words will come.  I know it.  The Universe knows it.  Just do it.

Sometimes we just don’t know what impact a gesture will have on another’s life.  Powerful stuff.  May the Universe speak to you through a friend or even a stranger to guide you on the journey you are meant to take.  I must add yet another heartfelt “Thank you” to my friend Cara, you have done more for me than you will ever know.  Priceless.

Namaste.

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Writing From Your Soul – The Workshop

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Reid Tracy, Nancy Levin, Dr Wayne Dyer (left to right)
Two Day Writing Workshop, April 27 – 28, 2013

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  ~ Henry David Thoreau

I first heard this quote in the 1980’s and it so inspired me then that I typed it on a 3 x 5 card and pinned it to the wall of my work cubicle.  Somewhere through the years, I know I lost sight of my dreams and this beautiful, inspirational quote worked its way to a desk drawer, hidden, out of sight.  But now it has come back to me and I intend to place that quote somewhere in each one of my workspaces so I am constantly reminded of my dreams.  You see, I have many dreams and aspirations….now is the time to work on making them a reality.

This past weekend, I was blessed to attend this writing workshop, Writing From Your Soul, along with 499 aspiring writers and another 300+ who watched live via webcast.  Hay House is the publication house responsible for this workshop.  The speakers were:

  • Reid Tracy, President/CEO of Hay House, who truly is interested in helping authors reach their audience.
  • Nancy Levin, Hay House Event Director, who led the writing exercises and writes poetry that leaves you breathless.
  • Dr Wayne Dyer, a true super star as an author and one of the most humble men I have heard speak.

For a long time, I have wanted to write a book.  However I had no idea how to approach the mechanics of what would be needed.  More importantly, I wasn’t even sure what my subject matter would be, even who my target audience is.  Not the best way to start.  I am happy to say that all of that started to change for me last October when a good friend and I attended one of Dr Dyer’s speaking engagements at MileHi Church in Denver.

The next thing I knew, information about writing kept coming to me out of the blue, or so I thought.  I assure you it wasn’t mere coincidence.  Emails about this workshop came to me, comments on my other blog about my writing, comments on Facebook that I should write, artist friends mentioning how much they enjoyed my writing, even a Facebook post about the November Writing Challenge through National Novel Writing Month captured my attention.  The message to write was almost YELLING at me….WRITE Kathleen WRITE.

Let me share with you how important it is to pay attention to the things that continually appear in your life.  I have found it is God’s way of communicating with you, guiding you on a path where you can help others.  Deepak Choprah calls it Synchrodestiny, which is the merging of coincidence and destiny.  As Deepak puts it, recognize and trust that there is a rhythm in life and when we live in harmony with that rhythm, everything we desire comes to us effortlessly.

That’s what happened to me, the workshop was in Denver about an hour away from where I live.  It was being held on a weekend where my schedule was free.  One of the speakers was Dr Dyer, who I have admired since I first read his book Your Erroneous Zones, and it became so clear to me that I needed to be in this workshop.  I enrolled in November and also decided to start writing this blog as a way to prepare for my journey as a writer.

Fast forward to today, the morning after the workshop that has changed my life.  Not only was this an invaluable learning experience, I witnessed synchrodestiny at work in my life and others during this weekend.  The connections I shared with others in attendance, hearing their stories, watching so much unfolding before my eyes.   Many of us in attendance were/are newbies at writing.  Others who attended were certainly more practiced and better prepared knowing their base audience.  The thing is, now I have a road map that I didn’t have before and I have never been afraid at working hard to achieve my dreams.

Do I know what I will write about in my first book?  Not exactly.  I have ideas, they are percolating.  Do I know what it takes to get a book published?  Yes, I have a much better understanding of the process and all the work involved.  Am I committed to what is required of me to accomplish this? Yes, absolutely.

My next step is to begin work on the very valuable book proposal draft.  There is a lot to do and I am getting started today.  One of the by-products, if you will, of attending this workshop is being given the opportunity to present a book proposal to Hay House by the end of October 2013.  I know this will prepare me for so many things.  I hope you will follow me as I begin this part of my journey as a writer and please feel free to share with your family and friends who may be interested.  I will be posting more frequent updates on my Facebook page that I hope you will find informative.

The journey begins today.

Namaste.

In the Land of I Am

Recently I listened to a song performed by Jennifer Burnett.  The lyrics affirm what I have been learning through my meditation practice  “I am Wishes Fulfilled”.

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The lyrics of the song are:

In the Land of I am,
I am more than I have been,
I am more than I will be,
I am all that I am

Powerful and profound in their simplicity.  Especially since I have been listening to the sounds that represent the “I am” mantra in the Wishes Fulfilled Meditation.

In 2012, I feel like I re-connected with the teachings of Dr Wayne Dyer.  I started meditating to his CD that is comprised of the Moses Code tones.  It’s a fascinating process, which I would like to share here.

Utilizing the “I am” mantra, I have been able to reinforce very positive affirmations, such as “I am perfect health”, “I am a creative soul”, “I am happy”, or “I am confident”.  This allows me to express my dreams, desires, wishes to the universe and expect positive things to happen in my life.  It may sound weird and I was a bit skeptical at first, but the positive events that have started to happen over the past 6 months are proof to me that this works.

When I first started meditating, I know I was doing it all wrong.  I used the music as a tool when I was walking outside.  There are two tracks on this CD, each 20 minutes in length.  I questioned how I could possibly find 20 or 40 minutes in my day to meditate.  So I thought, well, you could start by meditating on your Sunday morning walks.  Ant that is exactly what I did.

During my first walk, something started to happen.  Even though I wasn’t still, with my eyes closed, with that careful in / out exhalation of breath,  I started to experience a clarity of sight.  I noticed things that I normally would not.  Birds flying overhead, some watching me from the pasture fences I passed.  The wildflowers had a glow to them.  Looking at Pikes Peak in the distance, it had an other world quality to it….bright, glowing and even more breathtaking than normal.  I experienced a sensation of almost leaving my body.  I felt different.  It was a very surreal experience.  When I finished my walk at the end of 40 minutes, having listened to both 20 minute tracks, I felt rested, invigorated and calm.

At first I wasn’t even doing things right with the “I am” mantra.  I sort of got the mantra, but not really how to do it correctly.  Ok, I know it’s not that hard, but when I finally grasped the concept.  On my breath exhalation I would say things like “I am a problem solver”, “I am creative”, even “I am beautiful”.  The principle is on the exhale, you are telling the universe your desires.  On the inhale of breath, the universe answers those prayers/desires.  All of this takes place in your mind, honestly I wasn’t walking out on a country road saying those things out loud.  Now that would have been interesting in and of itself!

You know it’s one of those things where I always wanted to meditate, but didn’t really have a clue how.  I tried to read a bit about it, but nothing ever seemed to give me the outline of how to go about doing it.  Well, between Dr Dyer and Chopra, I got my answers.

In spite of my rather flawed start at meditation, some things started to happen.  My work was selling better.  I felt better.  My outlook was improved.  New ideas came forward.  It’s a growing process and as with everything, it takes practice.  In November, I started to become more serious about my meditation.  I started the 21 day meditation challenge by Deepak Chopra and that helped me to understand how to meditate better.  I made time for those 20 minutes of quite, still meditation.

My personality is such that sometimes I find things like this to be a bit of mumbo jumbo.  And yes, I felt silly initially.  Once I started to experience the benefits, see positive changes in my life, my thoughts and derive some of the material benefits of telling the world my desires, well, it is not silly to me any more.

By the end of last year, my art jewelry was in another gallery.  I found myself receiving messages from the universe to start writing.  Something I have wanted to do for some time now.  Sure I could sit back and keep saying, “Boy, I’d really like to write”, but if you don’t act on that, you’ll find yourself in the same place…doing nothing and wishing it would happen.

Part of what I want to accomplish this year is to work on my writing.  This blog is part of that practice.  I hope people will find me and be interested in what I write.  If not, that’s ok too because I am doing something about my desire to write….I am writing.  And yes, one of my meditating mantras is “I am a Writer”.

You see, I have found that you have to believe.  Believe in the Universe, Believe in yourself.  Those thoughts alone will bring about a huge shift in your life as Dr Dyer would say.

So when I heard the lyrics of that beautiful song, I realized that I have started living in the land of I am.  Yes I am more than I have been.  Yes I am more than I will be.  I am all that I am.  I know this because it lives inside of me, waiting for fulfillment.  I am responsible for my own happiness.  It’s great to start to have that awareness of what lies within me to make me stronger and better than I was.

I will leave you with this.  I Believe. I Believe in Me.  I am all that I am.  I am a Writer.