Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What's Your New Spring Mantle?

SPINNING YOUR GOLD BLOG: Words to Open Hearts & Inspire Actions
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, 
and has time enough.
~ Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize in Literature 1913
What new Spring mantle do you seek to unfurl and share with the world?

On this official first day of spring, beginnings and second chances are sure to be a buzzin' in your mind. The signs are everywhere. The butterfly metaphor appears in posts, poetry, memes, and Tweets. Sheesh, the Dollar Stores displayed spring items the day after Valentine's Day!

Perhaps you can recall your science class in elementary school. Do you remember learning the four stages of the butterfly as an egg, larva, pupa, and adult?

As a butterfly in the making, who or what do you seek to be after your long winter's nap? 

And what if you're not prepared to...
show up,
unfurl your wings and,
emerge to proclaim a new title despite all the outer urgings to celebrate Sister Spring?!

What if you're just not ready despite months of cocooning?
Then stay there. Be still. Know your peace. It's perfect.You're perfect.

Perhaps you're' still in Stage Two, the caterpillar-butterfly phase.

Yes, you could be "going caterpillar." 
You're still cocooning.
Perhaps you're still devouring the leaf you were "born" on. You're reading, reflecting, researching, and then responding in words. 

Perhaps you're growing, expanding, and then molting.
This means you are okay with being in the dark.
This means you are where you are supposed to be.
This means you are "faithing" it until you make it.

Eventually, you will evolve to Stage Three: The Chrysalis Butterfly.

What butterfly stage are you in? 
You'll know the moment to announce your new spring mantle.
Remember what Rabindranath said, "The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."

P.S. Join me for the Master eCourse, Create and Write Your Personal Vision Book in 7 Sacred Steps because you're ready to soar and share your messages!  Of course, you've got 18 minutes a day for just 33 days to create a new story, a new "tell-a-vision" of your desired life. Register now for the early bird price before April 10.

Copyright Lore Raymond, 2018. No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

7 Stars in Stephen Hawking’s Constellation of Words

SPINNING YOUR GOLD BLOG: Words to Open Hearts & Inspire Actions

"A star just went out in the cosmos. We have lost an amazing human being." ~Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist, and cosmologist

For today's National Write Down Your Story Day, let us celebrate Stephen William Hawking— the life and legacy of an amazing human being and scientist who was also a prolific writer and gifted storyteller. Professor Hawking uniquely told his story, intricately woven into his story of the cosmos, by authoring numerous published and unpublished works; each book and essay touched millions of readers around the globe! He keenly defines the title “international bestselling author.”

Perhaps you’ve read the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Time which sold 10,000,000 copies in 40 languages. 

According to Amazon.com, it was “a landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?"

Hawking’s brilliant mind “roamed the cosmos” while writing other books that covered a range of topics including astrology, cosmology, quantum physics, and children’s science fiction physics.

Here are seven stars in Hawking’s constellation of words to remember:

1.“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

2. “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it’s the illusion of knowledge.”

3. “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

4. "One day, we might receive a signal from a planet like this, (referring to the potentially habitable alien planet Gliese 832c) but we should be wary of answering back. Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn't turn out so well."

5. "The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had the survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all."

6. "We are close to the tipping point, where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees [Celsius], and raining sulfuric acid.”

7. “Shouldn’t we be content to be cosmic sloths, enjoying the universe from the comfort of the earth? No. The earth is under threat from so many areas that are difficult for me to be positive.”

Which "star" above did you connect with?
Let us hope that others --here and in the celestial realm--are now attentively listening to Hawking’s messages to save our Blue Marble. As writers and creative messengers, let’s use our words and artistic expressions to share his inspirational messages!

Thank you, Professor Hawking. Thank you.

P.S. Do you seek to tell your story and write your book? A special invitation awaits you for the Master eCourse, Create and Write Your Personal Vision Book in 7 Sacred Steps, April 18-May 21. 

Copyright Lore Raymond, 2018. No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

7 Steps to Writing Your Reading Autobiography

SPINNING YOUR GOLD: Words to Open Hearts & Inspire Actions
I am a part of everything that I have read.” 
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President, USA

It's hard to believe that my 1st-grade teacher in Kansas wrote this on my final report card which I still have: 
Dear Mrs. Raymond,
Lore is very shy. 
To help her, I suggest that she reads many books during her summer vacation. 

Miss Linda

My mom embraced Miss Linda's summer reading advice. Weekly library trips became a summer routine for all three of her kidlets. Gleefully, I lugged home an arm's length of books after every visit. Why? I was inspired to compete in the Willy the Bookworm Reading Contest. For every book read, you colored one segment of Mr. Willy's caterpillar body--all done on an honor system. Once completed, you gave the librarian the completed and colored form of Willy for a prize. While I can't recall what the prize was...

I do remember that this was the summer of falling in love with reading!
Fast forward five decades and I’m a self-professed bookaholic who doesn’t want to be in recovery. 
I love the word.
I love books. 
I love writing. 
And writing loves me!

To illustrate I helped gift thousands of books and textbooks to Honduran schools while teaching there for five years. The Goodwill Outlet Store became my personal Barnes & Noble. The books were bought for a $1.17 a pound thanks to family and friends' kind donations and efforts. (Check out local stores.There's a difference between Goodwill Retail and Goodwill Outlet stores.) 

Finally, a long-held dream came true last year: I became a #1 Amazon bestselling co-author of five books. No, it's not a #1 NY Times bestselling author title, and I am both content and thrilled!

Where did your love of books and reading come from?
Curious to answer this question myself, I crafted a Readers' Autobiography—something all of my students are assigned in the Divine Dialogue Writing Course. It could also become a reflection exercise for a book club, writing circle, or a rainy day family project. 

Daughter Nazlie (10) & me on the front steps
My all-time favorite book? 
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach, a #1 NY Times bestselling author.
Anyone who knows me owns a copy. Three books now rest on my "to gift bookshelf." Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, Sarah: my copies of Simple Abundance now come from Goodwill since I give away so many. Whoever donates them, well, it's their loss and my treasure.

Published in 2009 and gifted to me by my mom, Simple Abundance sustained me as a Caribbean expatriate and new, single, 45-year old mom with a 10-year old daughter.There was no phone, snail mail, or internet services on the Isla de Roatan, Honduras, where we lived. My lifeline to sanity and civility became the daily reading of "Sarah"--it's what the book was called in our bungalow on the Caribbean Sea.

Do you feel the same deep-sea gratitude for an author and book?

Rediscovering your reading roots might uncover buried treasure!
Here’s a 7-step roadmap to writing your reading autobiography:

1. Get started
Find a quiet place. Sip on a favorite childhood drink like lemonade, Kool-aid or anything with Fizzies. If not at home, head to the children's section of your library. 
Pull up a little chair or a piece of carpet.

2. Rewind
For childhood research, look at the Newbery Medal and Honor Books. Does any book on the list ring a bell? Your adult reading years might be easier to research. Think about high school or college reading assignments. Finally, peruse your bookshelf, which if you're like me, will take some time given my bookaholic nature. 

3. Record
Make a list of books and authors--three for every decade of your life that made a difference.

4. Reflect
Nothing more to say here.
(L-r)Grandparents Mamie & Bump Bump with siblings Cathy, me & Mikey
5. Remember
Who taught you how to read? Who read your stories? Write them a thank you note. If you don't recall the person's name or if they're no longer alive, write the letter anyway. They'll get it via Spirit-mail. I'll be writing my grandparents and Miss Linda, my 1st-grade teacher.

6. Write
Put pen to paper. Write your reader's autobiography. Write what you enjoyed and learned from each book. Celebrate and document your life through the books that you've become a part of. It's like an old-fashioned book report; perhaps they now call them "Kindle Reports."

7. Read
Once you've finished writing, savor your reader's autobiography while sipping a childhood beverage...ah, enjoy meandering down the memory lane of this unwrapped gift to yourself.

P.S. Do you seek to write YOUR BOOK? Your special invitation awaits you at the Master eCourse, Create and Write Your Personal Vision Book in 7 Sacred Steps, April 20-May 20. 

Copyright Lore Raymond, 2018. No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Moonlit Ideas for the Full Sleeping Moon & World Compliments Day


Never underestimate the power of good morning texts, apologies, and random compliments." ~Unknown

Did you know that today is the Full Sleeping Moon and World Compliments Day? The two go hand in hand. At 7:51 pm ET she'll be shining brightly over our world. Like moonlight, your compliments can also bring verbal moonlight to brighten someone's day.

Who might that be? Who needs your kind, compassionate words? A verbal hug?

For fun, consider writing an alphabet list of friends and family. Then set the intention to text or write them a compliment today and watch the magic unfold.

And if you're noticing different energies right now you're not a LUNAtic--you're normal.

Studies about sleep habits and the full moon show:

·        “Sleep is the “third leg” in your health regimen; it has the same importance as nutrition and exercise
·        Even in a completely dark room, your body appears to be affected by the phases of the moon, getting less-quality sleep during the night and lower levels of melatonin
·        Melatonin is important to your sleep hygiene and also your overall health, playing a role in the prevention of certain cancers”
With this information,you might also now consider these moonlit ideas and get ready to explore the magical energy of March! 

You just might:

·       feel extremely guided. The ebb and flow energy of the tides might be calling you to shift—to pull away or to push ahead.
·       want to be more mindful of what’s unfolding around you. Rise like Moon and take a higher perspective to collect the moonbeams of insights to gain greater clarity on foggy issues
·       make more practical decisions with these higher perspectives to move ahead with expanded self-confidence and less self-doubt.
·       ponder Moon’s Virgo energy that rules over the digestive system and the integration of ideas; consider the changes you need to better absorb and digest life!
·       review your New Year’s Vision, Mission and Mantra to see what’s serving you—or not. Be open and full, like this Sleeping Moon, to new ideas to easily move forward and shine your moonlight.
·       consider restarting your writing or journal practice along with meditation to tap into these powerful celestial energies. Remember, it only takes 18 minutes a day to develop a forever habit!
Whatever you choose to do, know that the Universe is conspiring to support your best and Highest Good. 
So is Moon.
And me, too!
P.S. Do you seek to create more magic, balance, and clarity in your life? If yes, please join me for my month-long Master eCourse, Create and Write Your Personal Vision Book in 7 Sacred Steps. Moon is sure to be guiding us as a friendly and helpful co-creator!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

5 Ways of Writing to Express Love with Gratitude


How are you feeling on this Love Day?
As with any holiday, you may have high expectations of how this day "should" unfold. You may not feel the loving energies intended for expression and celebration today. And who hasn't been on the receiving end of feeling unloved, unwelcomed, and unappreciated? I've rented space in these unhappy places.

Flashback: On Valentine's Day at Judson, an all women's college, I painfully recall looking out the 2nd-floor window dozens of times all day. Every chance I could, I tried to spot a florist delivering roses at my Julia Barron Dorm. 

"Could that be for ME?" "Oh, those MUST be for me." The monkey mind chatter increased with every passing hour that he didn't remember me. The call, card, and flowers never arrived. Emotionally exhausted, I went to sleep feeling angry, jealous, upset, and unloved.

The next day he called to say he'd been very sick and apologized for not sending flowers; it had been his intention and I believed him.

I then resolved NEVER to expect expressions of love from an outside source. I released the illusion of rejection. This intention has since guided me through life-- though I do slip up with expectations on occasion!

If you find yourself “down in the valley” of emotions on this Love Day (or any holiday), how do you shift your energies for regaining equilibrium-- or even increase your vibration to a happier state of mind?
You’re invited to write your way up into a higher, happier vibration and...
 1)  Write an Alphabet Gratitude List
Using the alphabet, make a list of all the people who have ever liked or loved you. It's sure to fill your heart and cause some tears to flow. Be sure to include people who haven’t liked or loved you yet gifted you with lessons learned. Once your G-List is completed, it won't matter anymore if cards, calls or roses arrived -or didn't yesterday; at least, it might matter less.

2)   Write 5 Thank-You Notes
Using your Alphabet Gratitude List, choose five people to write an old-fashioned thank you note to. If they are no longer in the physical world or you don’t have an address, write them anyway! Make a copy of each one.

3)   Write a Calendar Love Letter
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Include everything you love or like about yourself. Be sure to add the many differences you’ve made in your successful turns-around-the-sun. Start with February and close with December. No act or thought is too small to be included. Then self-address an envelope and give it to a friend or family member to surprise you by mailing it to you whenever they choose.
4)   Write an Always in Advance Appreciation List—An AAA List
Mentally walk through your day. Visualize how you see it unfolding: peaceful, successful, easily, happily, etc. Capture your positive emotions with AAA statements like the ones I wrote this morning:
I am always giving advance appreciation for the…
·       Engaging phone call with my new client
·       Lots of  H.U.G.S. > Happy Unexpected God Surprises
·       Divine Downloads for the outline of my new book
·       Perfect writing sisters now joining me in my Master eCourse
·       Happy, inspiring mother-daughter date with the Florida Orchestra

  5)   Write your “I am Love, Loved, Loving & Loveable Autobiography”
Fueled and inspired by the writing activities above, write this autobiography to coalesce and condense the hopefully happy emotions they produced in your body, mind and creative soul.

Keep everything you’ve written including:
the Alphabet Gratitude List; copies of the five thank you notes; Calendar Love Letter; Always in Advance Appreciation List and; your I Am Love Autobiography –all handy to re-read often or whenever you find yourself  “down in the valley” before or after the next Love Day or holiday.

Thank you in advance for liking and commenting. What idea opened your heart to take inspired action and why?

P.S. Why not give yourself the gift of self-love? Consider joining me for the Master eCourse, Create & Write Your Personal Vision Book in 7 Sacred Steps, March 20--the first day of spring--to April 20.

Copyright Lore Raymond, 2018. No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

7 Ways to Celebrate the Super Blue Blood Moon

Spinning Your Gold: Words that Open Hearts and Inspire Action
Like me, do you have a severe case of selenophilia--someone who loves the Moon and finds it soothingly captivating?

Passionate selenophiles number in the millions and can be found on every continent going back to ancient times.Tomorrow morning at 5:30 am EST, selenophiles will celebrate the  unique lunar trifecta of the Super Blue Blood Moon. 

Three reasons make it special according to NASA as "it's the third in a series of "supermoons," when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit--known as perigee--and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It's also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a "blue moon." The super blue moon will pass through the Earth's shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth's shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a "blood moon."
The Moon is loved because she:
* offers comfort in the midst of chaos or change as an eternal presence, even when unseen. There's a reason she's called "Grandmother Moon" and "Sister Moon" as we can connect with her any time to be heard and loved unconditionally.

* shares her light generously at no charge for us to bask, delight, and reflect in the silver luminescence. Quietly studying and staring at the moon provides a perspective that our problems are not as big as we think they are; indeed, there's always another day followed by another night sky with the moon, just like our problems which can be solved...another day.

* keeps our inner and outer time clocks synchronized with the rhythm of her cycles. Lunar calendars remind us that the nature of life is cyclic. Moon has always shown up, gone through her phases, and reflected the sun's light--except temporarily with equinoxes!

* is considered a symbol of love. Perhaps you've heard the phrase, "I love you to the moon and..."  It's now a trademarked phrase by Walker Books, though many heard the phrase years ago on the Rosie O'Donnell show. She shared that her son, Parker, said this to her while tucking him in for dream time.
How might you celebrate the Moon for her many gifts? 
Here are seven ideas:
1) Mark the dates of the Full and New Moons on your calendars to honor this celestial body. Did you know that the moon's cycle closely mirrors a woman's cycle? It takes the Moon about 29.5 days to circle Mother Earth. 
This matches a woman's normal cycle of 28 days, forever linking us to her Divine, feminine energy!

2) Make time to go outside, be quiet and stare at the moon. I invite you to"Unplug to plug in."

3) Enjoy a moon bath or shower. While this is winter, perhaps you can pause for this sacred self-care time and step outside for a moon bath with clothing. You could also take a real bath while listening to soothing music like Moonlight Sonata. Be sure to include a cup of Epsom salts for detoxing and letting go. Consider wearing pale blue and moonstone jewelry afterward.

Full Bloom Moonflower
4) Plant the seeds or purchase night-blooming plants like a Moonflower, Starry Night Gardenia, or Cereus Night-Blooming flower. Then you can often enjoy their fragrance and beauty in the moonlight!

5) Research and join a local group that celebrates the moon with a ceremony. Don't know of one? Visit Find a Women's Circle: The DF App

6) Create your own moon ceremony. For the Full Moon, it's a releasing ceremony where you write down your worries, fears, and regrets; then burn the paper in a fire with incense! The smoke lifts these lower vibrations up to the moon so you can release, relax and recharge. For the New Moon, it's a setting intentions ceremony where you write them down on the "celestial chalkboard" in the sky. The moon is considered dead, all black with no light until...

Have you ever chatted with the Moon?
7) Enjoy a Divine Dialogue with the Moon. 
Consider asking these questions: 
* What do I need to know for my best and highest good, dear Moon, about ______? (state issue). 
* How can I best get to know, understand, and celebrate you?
* What secrets might you reveal to me? 

Then start a written dialogue capturing your conversation. Be prepared for a lively and inspiring chat!

Whatever ways you chose to celebrate the Moon's many gifts, start now! 

It can be as simple as writing down moon dates; going outside to stare and reflect; enjoying a moon bath; planting a night-blooming flower; joining a virtual or in-person group to celebrate; creating your own moon ceremonies or; having and writing a dialogue with the moon!

Isn't it time to hoooooooowwwwwl at the 
Super Blue Blood Moon?!

P.S. Why not go crazy expressing your purpose and passions with other "passionistas" in my over-the-moon unique Master eCourse, Create and Write Your Personal Vision Book in 7 Sacred Steps? If writing a book was one of your New Year's intentions, maybe this is for you.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

8 Strategies to Stay Out of Facebook Jail

Spinning Your Gold Blog: Words that Open Hearts and Inspire Action

"With 2.07 billion monthly Facebook users, you can't ignore the rules of the biggest social media game on the globe." ~Lore Raymond

If you want to play and successfully stay in this social media game, you must learn and follow the Facebook Game Rules--especially rules about spamming and the community standards. If you don't, be prepared to face Facebook Jail or a Timeout. 

If you do business online, you join the 42% of marketers who report that "Facebook is critical or important to their business. "If you do not consistently follow the rules, the consequences can be jolting frightening, and even financially depleting.

Rewind: This was true in my case. As an online entrepreneur, my wake-up call came after Christmas when my Facebook account was blocked for "suspicious activity." Shocked (This was a first!) I quickly resolved my status by sharing a Driver's License photo. Relieved and now back on Facebook, I immediately learned that "You're restricted from joining and posting to groups for one week."  

What?! Why?! My face flushed red. Tummy twinges followed from the feelings of shame and vulnerability. Most of all, I felt angry for not paying attention. Reflecting, numerous red flags were there--I'd just chosen to ignore them in my busy-ness. It was not a fun week to start my business year despite all my high hopes and the new 2018 mantra, Smooth Saling in Sacred Service. (The Universe does have a funny sense of humor.)

Then, just two days after regaining group access another suspension came--this time for two weeks! I knew the drill and appealed the spam opinion to Facebook. No answer. Silence. More crickets. I had to surrender.
Finally, I felt at peace.

From lessons learned, may these 8 strategies for the Game of Facebook ensure that you never get the card, 
“Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go to jail.”

Strategy #1: Stay current with Facebook changes. 
Schedule time to read and study Facebook update posts from *trusted sources. Otherwise, you might be notified to go to your Support page to read, “Why your post was removed: We removed this post because it looks like spam to us. If you did post this and don’t believe it’s spam, you can let us know.

Strategy #2: Pay attention to Facebook notices!
Once you get a spam notice from a post (like me), you are tagged as a spammer. Be hyper-vigilant to avoid more spam notices. (Read Strategy #3 about spam.) If tagged for spamming, you can appeal by explaining why you don't think the post was spam.

The Facebook reply: “You told us that your post wasn’t spam." 
This is followed by: “Thanks for letting us know about this post. We’ll try to check is it goes against our Community Standards and send you a message here in our Support Inbox if we have an update.” Be prepared for cricket sounds from the Facebook Team as the "crackdown" on gaming spammers and small-time offenders like me must be ginormous.

Strategy #3: Know the Facebook Game Rules about spam

Strategy #4: Avoid posting engagement bait.
How many of the five engagement baits are you using? These posts seem like harmless fun. Facebook sees them as attempts to artificially increase authentic engagement to bypass their stricter algorithms. The five types of engagement bait include asking friends to comment, react, tag, share, and/or vote. 

Strategy #5: Post original comments and content with intention
Facebook seeks to engage authentic engagement. Read blog posts about how to repurpose your content material. For example, a large blog post can be broken into bite-size properties to share on the Facebook game board with different titles. The key is not to re-post the exact same content to your pages or groups. Authenticity arrives while working smarter, not harder!

Strategy #6: Timing is everything
Allow minutes, days, or even weeks between posts. A scheduler can help like MeetEdgar, Buffer, Post Planner, CoSchedule, Spout Social, SmarterQue, Postcron, or Hootsuite. Consider creating an editorial calendar for your business. Repetition and too much of anything becomes a red flag! Which is why…

Strategy #7: Less is more
Consider these five stats to guide your intentional posting from Zephoria Digital Marketing in a January 2018 report:

* Post only five to six times a day with space in between your posts.

* Highest traffic occurs mid-week between 1-3 pm; posting at 7 pm instead of an hour later will often result in more clicks.

* On Thursday’s and Friday’s, engagement is18% higher.

* Facebook users are 76% female.

* Age 25 to 34, at 29.7% of users, is the most common age demographic

Strategy #8: Keep professional and personal posts separate.
Your business page highlights information to showcase and sell your services and products. Sharing posts from a business page to a personal page is a no-no. Adopt the less is more posting strategy from your business page instead of overposting. Avoid self-promoting on other business pages as likes or comments and, sending private messages to promote your business to an acquaintance. Overposting and any of these activities could result in…well, you know.

After being away from group engagement for three weeks, I am now gratefully out of Facebook Jail! 
What a joy to read these words: 
You're no longer restricted from joining and posting to groups.

*Trusted Resources to serve you! Meet these women with great integrity for Facebook and marketing matters. I've worked with all of them as one of their clients. Links go to their personal pages where you can access more information. Also ask to be added to my free, private group, the Writer's VisionQuest--a resource place of giving and sharing information to "take your words somewhere brilliant."

P.S After a not-so-happy start to the New Year, these Facebook Jail experiences inspired me to write a new tell-a-vision for me and my business. I chose to spin gold from a seemingly very negative experience.
I share the journey in a new Master eCourse adventure "Create & Write Your Personal Vision Book in 7 Sacred Steps." It combines my two passions of visioning and writing along with a love for the angels, chakras, feng shui, and numerology to serve my clients and students.