Writing as a Path

Writing Path

 

Book: “Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Become an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life,” by Albert Flynn DeSilver

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Creating can be a chore that can and should be done through inspirational lows and disillusionment. No matter what your genre is, writing and meditating should be done religiously as one would with any craft they are trying to develop. Even if you are sore or tired or angry, successful people hit the trail, the ice and the pathway to hone their craft. It is important to keep at it no matter what obstacles come your way. There isn’t anything particularly magical about it.

Most people have had a spiritual experience. For some it is a memorable electrifying experience. It is one that one remembers forever. By combining meditation before writing, one can increase one’s ability to create. Likewise, by writing, one can develop one’s ability to experience a new level of spirituality.

The Buddhists call it Buddha Nature of Shunyata and New Age people speak of the Source Energy. Whatever you call it, it is important to connect with the energy to create – “ushering you along the path of awakening to your true creativity.”

The moment for action is now to find that spark of creativity. It takes devotion to your craft to get your motivation going. Meditation is following your breath in and out not considering anything else in your mind. It is grounding yourself with your feet on the ground and your seat in your chair sitting erect and tall to the cosmos. Take the time to write about what you are devoted to – what your purpose in life is. That is the key to knowing what you are all about.

Writing is one of the most powerful points of focus. Writing down something makes it clear and more likely to happen as in affirmations. “Through writing, we generate the power to manifest our dreams.” Write out six goals for the next year – Spirituality, Creativity, Health/Fitness and Wellness, Relationships, Financial/Job/Business, and Community.

Setting situations and initiating incident, plot, characters, scenes, conflict and opposition, climax, final resolution and ending are all parts of your story. Together you can create your hero’s journey. It can start anywhere from the last 3 weeks of somebody’s life to three decades of life. It is your story.

By meditating, you can create an awesome story and by risking writing, you will accomplish your goals. By using our over-stimulated senses, in a directional way, you can write about the senses more delicately and intimately. It is as if there is a heightened way of dealing with the senses. Your stories will become all that much more brilliant. That is the way with this author. He writes eloquently using many sensory attributes. It makes the reading of the book nice to read.

I would recommend this book for those who would like to improve their writing. I did about half of the writing exercises and I did many of the meditations which brought me to a recognized level of understanding about writing. This is one of the best ways to write in combination with meditation. Finally remember writing is a process and journey, not a product or destination.

Tags: inspiration, meditation, writing, genre, spiritual experience, source energy, setting situation, initiating incident, plot, characters, scenes, conflicts, opposition, climax, final resolution, ending, process, journey, product, destination

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Perched on a Tree

Perched on a Tree
Mikawoz Perched on a Tree
 
Here is a lone Bald Eagle perched on a tree. I took this photograph just before he launched. I think it is a good enough photo as it is.
 

Eagle Reflection

Eagle Reflection
Mikawoz Eagle Reflection
 
Here is a photograph that I have taken of a Bald Eagle on top of a tree. I have included an abstract drawing of a bald eagle’s head. Together they form a new image.
 

Strife to Calm

Strife to Calm

Mikawoz Strife to Calm

 

Strife to Calmness – This image depicts both strife and calmness. From left to right, the image changes from strife to calmness.
 

Abstract Art 104

Abstract Art 104

Mikawoz Abstract Art 104

 

Indian Ink Drawing made with fluid ink and old-fashioned nib pens.

 

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Abstract Art 102

Mikawoz Abstract Art 102

 

This is made with fluid Indian Ink wells and old-fashioned nib pens.

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Suffering?

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Book: “You Were Not Born to Suffer: Love Yourself Back to Inner Peace, Health, Happiness & Fulfillment” by Blake D. Bauer

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is extensive. I took the maximum time to read this book before it left my computer due to time restrictions. The practical questions are worth their weight in gold. They are very in depth and inquisitive. They make you really wonder about your past and how it has affected your current status in life. I particularly liked the letters written from your current age to your 5 year old, 10 year old, 15 year old and 20 year old stage and so forth. It continues to your current stage of development. In exchange, you also write from a younger age to the current age a letter. It is very informative what comes out of your mind.

The beginning is good but is indicated as an introduction. It should not be that as it is already an intimate part of the book. It should have been chapter 1 and continued onward.

Blake write about the butterfly scenario. I love this story because it says so much. A butterfly was trying to get out of its cocoon and a person thinking they would be kind in helping it out cut it out of its cocoon. Not realizing that blood runs to its wings and that the butterfly comes out exactly when it is strong enough and ready enough to come out. The person did not help the butterfly but hindered the life path of the butterfly. The butterfly was bloated and could not fly. That is with us people. We need to deal with the difficulties to deal with the good things afterwards. It builds strength.

Blake indicates that we become depressed or unwell because we have not learned to express our emotions. We need to remain healthy and happy throughout our lives but for this to happen, we need to be aware of how we are feeling and able to bring out the good and the bad. We need to be authentic to ourselves.

In fact, no one is a bad person for wanting an authentic life. It is simply a desire that each human being has and should have. If we are not reaching our potential it is because we don’t know how to meet our needs. We don’t even know how to ask for what we want or need.

Our egos are not wrong. If we do make our egos wrong, we effect our psyches in a negative way.

According to Buddha, it is not to live in the past or the future but it in the present moment that counts and makes all the difference. There are many good quotes from many good sources throughout the book. I also liked the affirmations that are included after the chapters.

We do need to realize that negative experiences from the past were there to teach us a lesson for leading towards our true purpose. “Everything is exactly as it is supposed to be.”

With that, I will close my review and recommend this book for anyone who is suffering. Read the book and enjoy the insights. Take the time to do the questions as they bring much insight that you would otherwise would get from a counsellor but this way you can do it on your own. Best of luck.

Tags: younger age, younger self, past, butterfly, cocoon, Buddha, ego, suffering, psychology, insights, counsellor, potential, extensive.

Vibrations

Vibrations

How do you raise your vibrations?

Book: “’Raise Your Vibration: 111 Practices to Increase Your Spiritual Connection” by Kyle Gray

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I have always wondered how to increase my vibration and here I found a book exactly to deal with this subject-matter. It recommends that you do the 111 practices – one per day, however, as I was reviewing this book, it necessitated me doing the practices in a relatively short period of time.

Kyle Gray is the young author at only 28 years of age. He has been intuitive for a long period of time. When he was 4 years old, he was visited by his grandmother’s soul. He continued to be intuitive into his teens when he developed an interest in spirituality and angels.

He covers many of the main topics such as everything is energy and that God is love. He writes that what he discussed in this book is not contrary to any religious doctrine and that it can be acceptable to all people. The information is basic to becoming a lightworker who does good in society and is trying to make a positive difference in the world.

Kyle Gray goes through presenting the practices or vibes according to the main seven chakras plus three others. One is the Earth Star Chakra which is found 6 to 12 inches below the feet. The second is the Soul Star Chakra which is found 6 to 12 inches above the crown or head chakra. Finally, there is the Stellar Gateway Chakra which is found 12 inches above the head chakra and with its connection to the cosmos.

When we accept the spiritual gift and mission that lightworker is on, we “awaken and empower ourselves from the inside out.”

One of my favourite vibes is vibe number 73 which is affectionately known as Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize. It speaks of the importance of cutting or shearing off the negative chords that are connected to us and then to recognize divine light as our inner being and finally to protect ourself with a shield in a colour of our choosing. By surrounding your aura, you can protect yourself against negative influences.

The first 90 practices or lessons make up the main part of the book. They are to be done one at a time on a daily basis as if you were doing A Course in Miracles. Then the next 21 vibes are affirmations that you can reflect upon also on a daily basis.

Finally, the book ends off with the Declaration of a Lightworker where you sign your name to it.

I recommend this book for people who are into New Age Spirituality and specifically as a good training book for Lightworkers. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. It was released on March 29, 2016 by Hay House.

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Tags: vibrations, chakras, energy, love, Jesus, Ascended Masters, Angels, Archangels, Lightworker, spiritual, vibes, practices, lessons, A Course in Miracles, Affirmations, Intuition

Déjà vu?

Past LifeBook: “The Past Life Perspective: Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Platforms” by Ann Barham

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Have you ever met someone and been automatically in sync with them, be they male or female? Conversely, have you ever met someone and instantly disliked them? Do you have an affinity for doing things despite not being really trained in it? Are you really connected to a certain part of the world, certain cultures, foods or foreign languages? If you have said “Yes” to any of these questions, you may have a clue to as your past life.

One of the best things you can do is start paying attention to your dreams looking for recurring patterns, be they specific people , scenes or circumstances. If you can afford it, travelling to different parts of the world can trigger past life memories. If you are able to be familiar with certain territories without a guidebook, you may be “home.” If you have a deep profound connection to a place, you may be reconnecting to a past life. You may use the services of a past-life regression therapist who will put you into a light meditative state. Usually a person who is used to meditation is able to hit a trance quicker and be able to reflect upon a past life regression quicker but not always.

There are difficulties in doing a past life regression such as hitting traumatic events, which need to be processed, developing closure and learning the lessons from them. For this reason, it is better to use the services of a certified regression therapist instead of doing it yourself. Mind you, some people are excellent dreamers and so can remember and reflect over a past-life regression during dreams or sleep time. If a person is not able to regress it is because they have a hard time relaxing in normal life or they are not to get a message at this time. Their issues may simply be from this current lifetime and so conventional therapy is the answer with counselling.

I found the past-life regression stories very interesting. They ranged in dates, times and spaces. I felt like I was reading short-story historical fiction and yet it was somebody’s regression. In some ways, it does matter whether past-life regression is a fact or not because if the therapy works in solving problems in your life, it was worth it. People have gotten over fears, resolved feelings with loved ones and found renewed purposes with their life.

I found this book extremely entertaining and interesting. I recommend it for New Age spiritually-minded people. This paperback book edition will be available through Atria Publishing in June 2016. I give it a 5 out of 5 rating.

Tags: in sync, connection, repulsion, affinity, hobby, practice, talent, country, culture, food, foreign language, travel, dreams, meditation, traumatic events, historical fiction, New Age, Spiritual, interesting.

Money Worries?

Money MythsBook: “The Abundance Code: How to Bust the 7 Money Myths for a Rich Life Now” by Julie Ann Cairns

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book was very hard for me to read as it brought up many money issues for me. It looks at 7 money myths. They are commonly held beliefs. They are: Money doesn’t grow on trees/ Time is money/ I have to do something worthy to get something that I get/ It takes money to make money/ The rich get richer while the poor get poorer/ Easy come, easy go/ Money won’t make me happy/ Money can’t buy me love /and Money is the root of all evil.

Julie Anne Cairns is a woman who had a well-to-do upbringing but it came tumbling down as her parents faced alcoholism and divorce. She went from living in a stately home on a lake into just being common, like everybody else. She has since worked on her belief systems and now is a respected financially well-established person. She has studied and ended up working for some well-established companies in Japan and Australia. She knows what it is like to have money and not to have it.

Julie Ann Cairns write that there are 7 possible affirmation methods for changing root belief systems. The first is the “The Sleepy Mind Affirmation Method” which works when you are about to sleep or to wake up. The second is “The Relaxation Affirmation Method” which is similar to the sleepy mind affirmation but is induced throughout the day by reaching a state of relaxation. The third is the use of Vision Boards; a collage of images and words. The fourth is Mind Movies which is a way of visualizing a new life. You can prepare a PowerPoint presentation with your beliefs on each slide. Fifth is using hypnotherapy. It is similar to the Sleepy Mind and Relaxation Affirmation Methods, however done with a professional hypnotherapist. Sixth is Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP. Seventh and finally, there is Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.

This book is about dealing with Scare-city of your money belief systems. It is taking it to a new level of understanding so that you can reach the Abundance Forest where there is wealth, success and financial freedom. I am including a graphic that the author drew of Scare-city and Abundance Forest at the end of this article. It outlines emotions associated with these two belief systems. Finally, remember Desire + Knowledge + Belief = Success whereas Desire + Knowledge – Belief = Frustration. When money myths are removed, it is then safe to be generous, to share and to collaborate.

This book is a good review of your money belief systems. I found the videos that came on Julie Ann Cairn’s website helpful as well.

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Tags: money, trees, easy come, easy go, root of all evil, belief systems, Sleepy Mind Affirmation Method, Relaxation Affirmation Method, Vision Board, Mind Movies, NLP, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, videos, website.

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