Wednesday, November 8, 2017

11 Angel Muses to Inspire and Ignite Your Writing and Creativity

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

An old traditional saying believes, "An angel guides every act of creation."

The word inspiration comes from the Latin and means, “filled with spirit.” Inspiration goes beyond imagination as a “divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.” 

Creation fires up your life with new ideas which then translate into forms.

Do you believe that creativity comes from the spirit? Whatever you believe or don’t believe, consider expanding and opening up your thinking that Divine Downloads can more easily flow by connecting with angels as muses.

You can view angels as abstract energies or embodied in physical representations. Choose whatever works best to inspire and ignite your creativity and writing-- especially if you feel blocked or like you’re swimming in pea soup with open eyes!

Since 2011 after hosting and designing two successful angel telesummits, my relationships with angels continues to expand and bless me in countless ways. It’s comforting and grounding that my first actions each morning include calling upon them --especially Archangel Gabriel--to start my Divine Dialogue Writing Practice.

Do you want to meet these 11 Angel Muses?

Achangel Adnachiel, Angel of November and ruler of the Zodiacal sign of Sagittarius
According to the Guardian Angel Guide, “Guardian Angel Adnachiel is the angel of wisdom and power…He brings you spiritual wisdom through sacred knowledge. He fills you with thirst for knowledge. Adnachiel inspires you to share your wisdom. Because your wisdom will inspire many people…”

Your Guardian Angel
Like me, did you have a Gaurdian Angel picture in your bedroom growing up?

This angelic relationship may be your earliest muse. Perhaps your Guardian Angel prayers included help with sleeping, a test, project, or even a relationship while growing up—and even now. What’s the name of your Guardian Angel? If you don’t know, consider meditation to ask for her/his name to come to you. 
Knowing your Guardian Angel's name makes the relationship all the more personal and powerful.


Your Three Birth Angels-According to some angelologists and also in the Talmudic tradition, it is believed that you are born from Divinity; you arrive in your earth suit with three angelic pieces: Your Birth and Heart Angels (based on your birth date) and your Intellect Angel, based on the time you arrived.

The Annunciation with Archangel Gabriel sharing news of Jesus's birth to Mary.
According to A Dictionary of Angels, these are the angels of the week:

Monday-Archangel Gabriel, “God is my Strength”
Use citrine and copper to connect with his/her energies. Considered the muse for writers, authors, poets, speakers, and all messengers, Archangel Gabriel is found in several religious texts including the Christian’s Old Testament, the Muslim’s Koran, and the Jewish Talmud.

Tuesday-Archangel Camael, “He Who Sees God” 
His name personifies Divine justice, strength, courage, and war in Christian and Jewish mythology and angelology. Archangel Camael often appears in the guise of a leopard.  

Wednesday-Archangel Rafael, “God’s Master Physician” or “Whom God Heals” 
Use emerald or malachite to connect with his healing energy. In Hebrew, the word "rophe" means to "to heal." According to Beliefnet, Archangel Rafael "aids in restoring and maintaining harmony and peace.  He is also the patron of travelers...and clears away fears and stressors that may be adversely affecting your health..."

Thursday-Archangel Zadkiel, “Righteousness of God” 
Use lapis lazuli to connect with his energy. Zadkiel is also called the Patron Angel of all who forgives.  Rabbinical tradition considers him to be the angel of mercy.


Friday-Archangel Haniel, “Glory of God”
Use moonstone to connect with her energy. Susan Gregg of Angels on Your Shoulders writes that she can help you "make new friends; create an outrageous love life; enhance any artistic eneavors, heighten your intuition, enliven your healing rituals (especially at new and full moon times) and; bring balance into all areas of your life."

Saturday-Archangel Tzaphiel, “Knowledge of God” 
Wear blue to connect with her energy. "She is often depicted holding a golden chalice which symbolizes the cup of knowledge and is known as the angel of compassion and understanding. This archangel also helps people learn how to love others with the unconditional love God has for them, resolve conflicts,  forgive, and develop compassion that motivates people to serve others in need,” according to Whitney Hopler.

Sunday-Archangel Michael, “He Who is Like God”

Use sugilite to connect with his energy. Michael is considered to be "the Prince of the Archangels and of the Angelic Hosts, the Defender of the Faith, the Angel of Deliverance. He is also the sponsor of the police departments an law enforcement agencies around the world. Archangel Michael has figured as the greatest and most revered of angels in many scriptures and spiritual traditions. In Muslim lore, he is the angel of nature who provides both food and knowledge to man." -The Summit Lighthouse

As an author, book startup and messenger mentor, I can't imagine writing or creating without the archangels and angels as part of my Team of Muses. 
I invite you to learn more about them with these four resources:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Ready to write the book that makes you an expert?

Spinning Your Gold: Words that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions
One in every four Americans is writing a book.” 
-Reid Tracy, President & CEO, Hay House
Once you get over the sticker shock of this number, might you be one of those writers or wannabe writers? I was shocked when Tracy shared this statistic during a Transformative Author’s Summit that I attended. 

Hearing this did two things:
* Depressed me because I thought, “Who am I to think I could write and be published?”

* Depressed me even more as I wondered, “What could I possibly write about that’s not already being written?”

Have you ever entertained these similar thoughts?
Perhaps you’re also like me at the time with piles of paper consisting of outlines; jottings; napkins with inspirational notes and; even some actual copy of the book manuscript.

Four years passed after that summit with the annual New Year’s intention that this would be the year to write and publish my solo book. with each year’s passing, I felt more and more pregnant, ready to explode with the messages that sought expression!

Source always listens and delivers your heart of hearts’ desires--though perhaps not in the way you want.

Rewind to 2016
Over a year, invitations steadily arrived to participate in a six collaborative books! Not questioning Source’s plan to become a published author, I said “yes” to every invitation and along the way, brought two dozen author wannabe’s with me for this writing adventure. 

Book launch days became like my birthday, Christmas morning, and New Years rolled together in a joyance that remains forever in my heart. Gratefully, five of the six books reached #1 Amazon international rankings in many women’s spiritual and empowerment categories. 

In the publishing world, this is a miracle! 
Why? 
Goodreads states that roughly 5,000 new titles are launched on Amazon daily.

Next?
Bryna Rene Haynes happened. This year, "my editor" of two books,  stepped out to put on her big girl teaching panties. She offered an online class to help me and others write their solo books. There’s where I now reside, happily pregnant again with twins (There are two books I’m writing.), but this time with a skillful book midwife.

Now? If you'd like to get to know, Bryna, better and how she could help you, then please read on. This is pure sister support and lots of braggadociousness for which I make no apologies.

What does it take to write a book that makes you stand out from the crowd―a book that builds your brand, uplevels your expert status, and catapults your business to the next level?

No one knows the answer better than my friend Bryna. She’s the founder of The Heart of Writing, a top editor and book coach with more than 15 #1 best-sellers under her belt, and the author of the best-selling, award-winning book, The Art of Inspiration: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Powerful, Effective Inspirational & Personal Development Books. In her career, she’s helped over 300 authors make their voices heard through single-author and collaborative books that showcase their expertise and connect them to their ideal clients and readers.

We’ve successfully worked together on two collaborative books and again, she’s helping me birth my first solo books. She’s also supported my vision to create the women’s Gulfport Writing Retreat: Recharge Your Body, Mind & Creative Soul. Bryna is both “grace under pressure” and “skilled savvy.”

That’s why I’m so excited to share that, on Wednesday, November 8, Bryna is offering a FREE Masterclass, “How to Write the Book That Makes YOU an Expert.” If you’ve been waiting for the right time to write your book and step into the limelight as an expert in your field, you don’t want to miss this information-packed offering. 

In this video Masterclass, Bryna will share her personal secrets for writing THE book that will speak to your ideal readers and clients, establish your expert platform, capture your unique voice and message, and―most of all―create real results for your readers that will have them raving to all of their friends.

Here’s what Bryna’s free Masterclass will cover:
  • Why writing the RIGHT book will make you an instant expert in your field (Hint: you don’t need a PhD―although if you have one, cool!)
  • Bryna’s PROVEN 8-step, 3-tiered system for writing a world-changing book
  • Why writing a book isn’t as scary (or difficult, or time-consuming) as you think
  • How to get 100% clarity on your book’s purpose, mission, and audience BEFORE you start writing
Plus, when you register today, you’ll receive 35+ amazing free bonus gifts from our launch partners, including yours truly!

Now, listen up, because this part is REALLY important. 
You’ll want to register BEFORE November 8 when the class goes live, because if you watch the Masterclass within the first 24 hours (before 9 AM on November 9) you’ll get a truly SWEET bonus offering from Bryna. If you’re serious about writing your book, you need to listen to the class on launch day.

I hope to see you on the Masterclass so that you, too, can get that book out of your head and into the hands of the people who need your message most!

So, are you ready to write your book and top being pregnant with possibilities? 
You are the one the world’s been waiting for--don’t you know that, dear one? 
xo Lore

PS: Here’s the signup link for this FREE Masterclass



PPS: Remember to add November 8 to your calendar so you can watch the Masterclass on launch day and take advantage of Bryna’s amazing bonus offer! 

Connect with me here: Amazon Author's Page.
Bryna edited both the bestsellers of Inspiration for a Woman's Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace (2016) and Midlife Transformations: Redefining Life, Love, Health & Success (2017)--both published by Inspired Living Publishing.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ready to Write Your Epitaph on All Souls’ Day?

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"Wit is the epitaph of an emotion." – Frederich Nietzsche

As writers, authors, and creatives, this may be one of your toughest assignments to embrace: Plan Your Epitaph Day. It also coincides with All Souls' Day or "Day of the Dead."

According to Google Dictionary, "This is a phrase or statement written in memory of a person who has died, especially as an inscription on a tombstone." It can also be a short poem that’s serious, witty, or humorous!

What one or two lines would you want on your epitaph? 

My dad, an Air Force pilot, and veteran left his earthly flight suit in October 2004. His burial took place at the National Bay Pines Veterans Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. For his gravestone, they allowed for only five words besides his name and dates of birth and death. Yes, just five words for 75 years of life and 30 years of patriotic service. 

In a Divine Download, his epitaph came to my mom; she recalled what my brother at age three used to say when people asked, "What does your daddy do?" He always answered, "Zoom in the sky!"

While this day on the surface might seem morbid, doesn't it make more sense for YOU to be the author of this final piece of writing?

Decades ago while feeling forever young and immortal, my "final day" seemed too far away to give it any thought. The reality now whispers and reminds me every day that I am in the "autumn" of my life at 64 years young.

Perhaps you will join me for this challenging writing assignment and follow these suggestions on how to write an epitaph:
World National Holidays reports on "The Origin of "Plan Your Epitaph Day": We believe Lance Hardie is the creator of Plan Your Epitaph Day. He is the author of How to Write Your Own Epitaph -- and Live Long Enough to Enjoy. (I was unsuccessful in finding the book's link.)…There is also a lot of reference to this day that is celebrated on April 6."

So, if you "need a little nudge to plan your epitaph, let today be the day."

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Meet 11 Literary Muses for November



I have learned to surrender to the muse. I become obsessed with a theme or certain stories; they haunt me for years, 
and finally, I write them. -Isabel Allende

On November 1, let's celebrate National Author’s Day, Family Literacy Day, and National Novel Writing Month! 

How? 

One way is to be curious while meeting some familiar and new literary muses. Some of these eleven authors and poets still create. Then, as Stephen King suggests that some, “Muses are ghosts, and sometimes come uninvited.”

So what is a muse? Muses are visible and invisible energies, found in trusted people, places, pets, and things. They're always present and often not present when needed and so writer’s block appears. Some writers state they've never experienced this state of mind. Lucky them!

Wendell Berry,  poet, essayist, farmer and novelist, offers these clarifying insights:
“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who return, again and again, to say "It is yet more difficult than you thought." This is the muse of form.

It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”

These 11 writers and poets born in November could serve as your “Muse of Inspiration and Muse of Realization” and whose words sing.
Won't you please meet and remember:

Kamaria Muntu November 1 (b. 1962) – American poet, arts activist, black feminist-Fertile Ground-Memories & Visions: A Call to End the Oppression of Women (1996)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal formerly Kath Walker November 3 (b. 1920-1993) – Australian/ aboriginal poet, political activist, and first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse -We Are Going (1964)

Margaret Mitchell November 8 (b. 1900-1949)-Pulitzer prize winner an American author-Gone with the Wind (1936)

The book is actually divided into five sections, through which the key character, 
the muse, leads us. –Christopher "Kit" Williams

Alicia Ostriker November 11 (b. 1937) – American poet – A Woman Under the Surface: Poems and Prose Poems (1982)

Ayaan Hirsi Ali November 13 (b. 1969) – Somali writer, human rights activist –Infidel (2007)

Karen Armstrong November 14 (b. 1944) – U.K. writer (religion); memoirist – the Spiral Staircase (2004) 

Writing sometimes feels frivolous and sometimes sacred, but memory is one of my strongest muses. I serve her with my words. So long as people read, those we love survive however evanescently. As do we writers, saying with our life's work, 
Remember. 
Remember us. 
Remember me. -Marge Piercy

George Eliot November 22 aka Mary Ann [Marian] Evans (b. 1819) – British novelist, journalist, poet and translator – Brother Jacob (1864)

Alexis Wright November 25 (b. 1950) – Australian (indigenous) novelist, short story writer – Carpentaria (2006)

Louisa May Alcott November 29 (b. 1832-1888) American novelist and poet-Little Women (1869), Little Men (1871), and Jo’s Boys (1886)

Lucy Maud Montgomery November 30 (b. 1874) – Canadian novelist – Anne of Green Gables (1908)


Mural, Musee D'Art, Palais De Toyko
Like Allende, might you now surrender to your familiar or new muse? 
Which author or poet "whispered" to you? Share a link to your book(s).

Curious? Find out more:

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

7 Gifts from the Threaded Gem Adventure



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

“If you have one true friend, you have more than your share.” ~Thomas Fuller

Rewind four years: Malana Ashlie, my Honduras writing sister and dear friend, wrote The Threaded Gem Adventure: How to Connect the Jewels in Your Life, to celebrate the ONEness of life and friendships.
Malana Ashlie, 2013

From the book's Introduction: “This is an idea and project that brought me joy. I want to spread the joy by sharing it with you. The idea came to me while I was trying to find a way to connect with all the people I care about for my 65th birthday. I was as many miles from them as they were from one another. How to connect with all of them brought the idea that I share with you here. 

Meaningful relationships are the treasures of living, and the people in those relationships are the jewels of our lives.

Although this story is my story, within the personal experience are directions for a craft that can connect or reconnect, rekindle and even lay the way for forgiveness. The basic directions are set apart like stepping stones, blocked in to make them easy to recognize and follow.”

I sent Malana a glowing email. 
I wanted her to know how much her inspiring idea touched me.
I wanted her to know how brilliant she was.
I wanted to experience my own threaded gem adventure!

Always the generous soul, Malana sent me her book as an early birthday present. 
Months later as my 60 birthday approached, I embraced her directions to “connect the jewels in my life.” 

Porch time and the last time I saw Malana, 2017. (L-r Ginny Monroe, Malana & me)
Today's blog post is dedicated to my dear friend, Malana. 

This spring she left her earth suit to meet her heavenly friends and family. My words gratefully go to all my friends and family who joined me on this adventure. I am grateful to celebrate 64 turns-around-the-sun, I AM!

Should you choose to undertake this threaded gem adventure, 
you might encounter these 7 gifts:

Gift #1. Completion:“I’m a big believer in putting things off. In fact, I even put off procrastinating.” ~Lisa Kleypas

Real life showed up despite all of my enthusiastic intentions four years ago to immediately construct my treasure necklace! The many happy detours included my daughter’s wedding; her pregnancy and; grandson Blake’s arrival. Creativity also happily consumed me while designing and delivering 10 online writing courses for the first time.

The beads and their tender birthday messages waited patiently for me until last week. And I imagine friends and family did too—or I hope so! When things are supposed to happen, they happen. Right?

4 am * Yeah! No more waiting! No makeup either.
Gift #2. Gratitude: “Gratitude without expressing is similar to wrapping a gift and not giving it away.” ~Unknown

Finally, I can publicly say THANK YOU AGAIN to the friends and family who joined me in this threaded gem adventure while crafting a new story of our relationship. You are most precious and dear to me! (To the new friends encountered over the past four years, know that there’s a new treasure necklace in the process with a forthcoming invitation.)

Gift #3. Detachment:“Don’t take anything personally.” Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
Each days' snail mail delivery brought this lesson to my doorstep to practice as my October 14 birthday approached. I won't lie. 
It was tough learning that it was mental flagellation to continue asking, “Why hasn’t ___ replied and sent me a bead or told me they’re not participating?” 
In time, I did release the squirrel chatter and found peace. 

Who and what showed up was perfect, and so was everyone who didn’t show up.

Listening for the Whisper to tell me which envelope to open...
Gift #4. Delayed gratification: “What is delayed is not lost…” ~Juliette Drouet
Intentionally, I waited three weeks for my birthday morning to open and read the contents of the padded envelopes. Lovingly sequestered for 4 years, these treasures filled a large shopping bag. I felt more expectancy than waiting for any Christmas morning! Finally, my 60 birthday arrived. While meditating and breathing, I energetically let my hand touch an envelope. Each one was a precious gift to be opened slowly and reverently.

Gift #5. The Ripple. Many influences cause separation. However, just as many things can bring people together. The people of the world are beginning to awaken to the understanding there is no separation. 
This bead idea carries the message of connection. 
We are one. 
May the ripple continue to spread.” ~Malana Ashlie

Each bead and message brought joy and tears over the next two hours of unveilment—this was a process to cherish and slowly savor. Hopefully, Malana’s message and this blog post will inspire you to venture out on a threaded gem adventure.

My mom Clare, treasure necklace co-designer
Gift #6. Co-creation: “When we think with love, we are literally co-creating with God.” ~Marianne Williamson

All parts of the threaded gem adventure contained thoughts of love starting with Malana’s original idea to my invitation to family and friends to share a bead and memory to my mom, Clare, who constructed the three treasure necklaces.

Mom, her bestie Liz, and I collaborated to design each necklace first by colors. I'm certain that God and the angels joined our creative chats.The chakras inspired the length and assemblage of each one: the longest one represented the lower chakras with red, orange, and yellow beads; the second necklace combined the middle chakras with green and blue beads and; the shortest necklace combined the higher chakra colors with white, silver, and gold beads.

Gift #7. ONEness: “The I that is we.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer
Malana dedicated The Threaded Gem Adventure to ONEness saying, 
“I hope that the story it contains and the connection of the beads help the people of the world return to the understanding that there is no separation between fellow human beings regardless of color, race or religion.”

Gratefully celebrating the "jewels" in my life!
I feel this ONEness when I see my treasure necklace connecting dozens of different colors, textures, and sizes of beads--symbolic of the diversity of people who bless my life. I feel it through the weight of the three colorful separate strands that appear as one. I remember each bead message and the gentle person who shared it with me. I appreciate this beautiful symbol to remind me of ONEness.

Now: May you also wear the idea and feel ONEness. That's all Malana would want.
It's all I seek today for my extra unwrapped birthday present.

I already have the greatest treasure--my friends and family.

I am blessed with more than one jewel of a true friend.

I am grateful, I am.

Amen

P.S. Interested in crafting your relationships into something memorable and beautiful? Check out Malana's book, the Threaded Gem Adventure: How to Connect The Jewels in Your Life.