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December 2016

What A Character!

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Do you like characters that are larger than life?

If so, perhaps this is why reading novels is so rewarding. We experience how our heroes react to their interesting and sometimes dangerous lives from the safety of our own armchairs.

When they show us their dark side we secretly identify with them, and when they try to overcome their conflicts and learn from them, our inner hero soars to heady hights with them. Sounds a bit like life doesn’t it?

I always think that reading a good novel is like living someone else’s life vicariously. If the writing is good, we are pulled into it with all our senses; we live it as though it’s real.

It’s not really real though is it? Or perhaps it’s only as real as we want it to be. We can certainly learn from our hero’s journey as though it has really happened, and in a sense it has.

Many writers say that once their characters have taken shape, they completely take over and virtually dictate the story themselves, which is a great place to be if you are a writer.

With the end in sight for research on my follow-up novel, I wanted to develop my characters and I thought I would try something different – I would interview them.

This of course is a leap into the mysteries of Consciousness – something that I looove!

I’ve practised meditation for over thirty years and this practice gives you a bit of an edge when it comes to intuition, imagination and creativity.

I started with Ajax, the father of my hero Alejandro in my first novel, and I’ve realised his place in the next is very important.

It’s the strangest thing to type a question to a character in your head, and get an immediate response that you didn’t expect!

When I asked him what was the first thing he thought of when he woke up in the morning, he replied:

‘The sky. The sky always represents the emotions, thoughts, and turmoils of humanity and other lifeforms, therefore I must know by looking as soon as the dawn calls, to see the state of play of the world.’

If you have read ‘The Children of The Law of One’, you will know why his answer could hold a lot of conflict for him!

The marvels of Consciousness are endless.

I’ve heard it’s possible that we have alternative selves in multiple alternative universes – perhaps this is what writers are tapping into.

But there is one thing I am sure of, and that is that what we see, hear, taste, touch and smell with our senses is not all there is.

Spiritual teachers have said that the world we live in is just a shared dream that we have all created, and that our true nature is divine spirit.

Therefore, perhaps the characters in a story are just as ‘real’ as we are!


I Simply Am

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Ever heard of self-sabotage?

I’ve been there.

As a yoga teacher I was frequently told I was a good teacher, but in my mind I fought demons trying to be better and better, doing one post-graduate course after another.

As a healer/therapist I was told by many clients how much I had helped them, but I was much more inclined to take notice of the no-shows.

I would listen in admiration and awe to other people talking of their successes and never notice that I didn’t.

I just didn’t seem to trust my own abilities.

I juggled working, caring for an elderly parent, helping out with my small grandchildren, while coping with the menopause. I loved it all (not the menopause); probably because to feel needed is a great elixir, but I spread myself too thin. I still wasn’t good enough you see.

For the first time in a long time I realised how much I had been doing, and cut right back, exactly as I would advise any of my clients when I saw exhaustion in them. I decided to spend more time on meditation and writing.

I followed my passion for researching ancient civilisations, and spirituality. I wrote a novel and published it. I went on meditation retreats, deepened my spiritual practice and met wonderful people.

However, when it came to publicising my novel I could feel my old ‘self-worth’ issues re-emerging – I wanted to cringe up into a ball and hide behind the sofa. I’m still not a lot further on than this, but the difference is – I’m aware of it.

Awareness is everything – when you are aware of something you can change it. Have you been watching ‘Humans’? If you have, you will know what I mean. ‘Synths’ or synthetic humans have received a code into their systems that makes them aware and feel emotions.

Perhaps we all have codes in our systems that make us believe we are less than we are? Could it be that we have learnt from birth a story that keeps us in this illusion? The books ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz and ’The Fifth Agreement’ by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz, point out that what we think of as reality is in fact an illusion that we all create, and refers to it as ‘art’.

Our true nature is eternal spirit and we are having a human experience; when we arrive at this realisation, the greater awareness gives us more perspective.

I am aware that I have self-sabotaging tendencies; therefore I intend to create more positivity about what I do. Sound a bit hollow? Well, the dark space behind the sofa is beckoning – but – I’m aware of it, so that’s OK. I have a strategy.

Writing for me seems an indulgence, a kind of guilty pleasure; however if I share it, it seems to justify my efforts. So, I’m sharing that I have started to ‘interview’ the father of my hero in my follow-up novel. If this sounds strange – it is. But I’m telling you about it. How brave is that? I might even tell you more next time!

Staples Stuck To My Knees In The Light Vortex

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I am lucky enough to have a work room.

Here, I practise yoga, meditation, write, and give healing treatments.

I am also lucky enough to have several lively grandchildren.

My work and spiritual practice has taken place in my special room for twenty years. After all this time it has acquired a certain ‘feel’ or energy, as do most places when they have accumulated spiritual energies.

Being at the top of the house I have always fancied there is a vortex of healing light coming in through the roof – in fact many times I’ve sensed it as I do treatments or meditate.

Meditation has the effect that wherever it is practised it lifts the energy so a higher vibration can come in. Beautiful places in nature have a similar effect.

My daughter’s three children are drawn to it like a magnet. Often, when they arrive they ask to go up to my room straight away. Out come all the yoga mats, blankets and blocks and they spread them over the floor as ‘beds’.

Out come all of my writing materials from my desk (with permission of course), and out comes the stapler and the staples and the special folder where I keep their paper creations.

They all like producing their own books. Paper is cut to size and the clippings don’t usually make the waste bin. Stories are written on the white board, then copied into the books, then drawings and illustrations are done on coloured paper and lavishly glued in.

Then comes the stapling. The thickness of the books usually requires many staples which don’t always snap in successfully every time. And there you have it.

The floor is littered with staples. My husband comes in to see what’s happening and is subjected to a game of doctors and nurses. He has to lie on the floor (on one of the ‘beds’) as a patient to be examined. My granddaughter who is eight then dons some glasses that have no glass in them, sits down at my desk, and takes out my old computer to ‘write her diagnosis’.

By now, my room is beyond recognition – but we’ve had a great time. When they return home I reclaim my desk and re-position the yoga mats and blankets, but I never quite manage to find all the staples, and they often end up stuck to my knees and hands during my next yoga practice. It just makes me smile as I remember the fun we had.

As I settle down at my desk again, all this creativity has given me a great idea how to get to know the characters in my follow-up novel more – I’m going to interview them!

I’ll let you know how it goes.