Thursday, March 19, 2020

What's Your Spring Mantle?

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” 
~Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize in Literature 1913

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 do you now seek to be after waking up to this pandemic after a 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 external urgings to celebrate Sister Spring?!
What if you’re just not ready to face today’s outer chaos despite months of cocooning?

Then stay there.
Be still. 
Find solitude.
Feel peace.
It’s perfect where you are.
You are 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.

This is when your metamorphosis magic literally unfolds! 
Now the caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. 
Exquisite change is visible.
Here the caterpillar’s old body dies and a new and different shape is completed inside the protective casing (the chrysalis). 

Death begets a beautiful new life.

What butterfly stage are you in?
You'll know the answer the moment you announce your new spring mantle.

Remember what Rabindranath shared, “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”

Appreciating the gift of a condor feather from my Peruvian shaman friend--a reminder to be a “chacaruna”--a bridge person--helping people connect to their authentic selves and messages.
Let’s stay connected!
Lore (like ‘story’) Raymond 
Transformational Author & Thought Leader I Development Editor I Teacher

Here’s how:
* Check out Lore’s Amazon Authors Page with nine books, five of which are #1 Amazon International bestsellers and; Lore Raymond, Author, Book Startup & Message Mentor
Join the Writer’s VisionQuest, free, dynamic private Facebook group for women writers to “take your words somewhere brilliant.”
* Enjoy reading Women as Visionaries with Lore Raymond featuring daily inspiration about sHeroes from around the globe!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

9 Free Resources to Celebrate Your Daily Sunrise

“Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise.”
~Victor Hugo

You may be experiencing the “darkest night” and rightly so with the news’ bombardment of everything COVID-19. I, too, know these moments.

That’s why upon waking with a writer’s mind, I meditated in the Theta state. The answer to the question, “What do I need to know now for my best and Highest good was:

 “Be a channel; be of sacred service. Don't try to be the superstar or media darling.”

Ego immediately woke up with the disturbing thoughts of “No way! You can teach writing classes online or offer Facebook Live’s. This is your time to shine!”
True. I could.
In 2014 I taught ten online courses long before the boom of online courses.
But not now. 
Not today.

Instead, when I told Ego, “Thanks, but no thanks; you can go away now,” the memories returned of a conversation in 2008 with the Incan shaman, Don Jorge Luis Delgado. We both served as co-leaders for a weeklong church trip in his native Peru.

Puerta de Aramu Muru, Peru
On the last day with our group of 32,  Don Jorge and I sat on a stone bench in silence observing everyone, one by one, spend quiet time facing the Puerta de ArmaMuru, a stone portal; it was an unusual place that he discovered as a “Star Gate” years earlier.  

Whispering, Delgado turned to me and asked if I knew my purpose. 

“No,” I replied out of curiosity to hear what he thought the answer might be.

He bestowed the title of “chacaruna" --a bridge keeper--on me with the challenge of helping people express their authentic power and messages. He then pulled out a majestic, ebony condor feather from his shamanic fan with a jeweled, silver hilt saying, “This is for you.”
Shaman, author, and entrepreneur, Don Jorge Luis Delgado
Yes, right now it might feel dark outside and maybe inside your thoughts--and you can choose to enjoy this time of staying at home, self-isolating, shuttering-in-place, and self-quarantining.

With Delgado's inspiring declaration, I delight today in being a "chacaruna" --a bridge person--to connect you with these resources. Please remember that there’s always a sunrise coming your way! 

(Please add any additional free resources in the comments from you or others.)

·       1) Join me! Hearts Helping Humanity -- a Facebook group that grew to 2.6 thousand members in 48 hours! It was created by Sunny Dawn Johnston (who I know and trust) to bring people together that are now in need because of the global pandemic. They are a community where people can express their love of each other in several ways being one or more of the following: Receiver (You need help!); Giver (You can put boots on the ground to assist those who can’t go out.); Donator (You can give a monetary gift of any size and/or; I am a lighthouse (You can offer prayers, encouragement, support).  

·         2) 20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids

·        3) Here Are 450 Ivy League Courses You Can Take Online Right Now for Free 

·          4) National Trust to Open Parklands for Free During Coronavirus Social Distancing Period

·        5) 2,500 Museums You Can Visit Virtually

·       6)  Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums

·          7) NASA Makes Their Entire Media Library Publicly Accessible and Copyright Free

·        8) Coloring Book, also known as color by number, paint by number, painting by number, is the best way to blow your stress away! Discover tons of *free* coloring pages to create your own artworks now. Relax and happy coloring!

·       9)  Free online Buddhist Summit, March 25-29, In the Footsteps of Thich Nhat Hanh-Cultivate joy and transform suffering from leading teachers

The condor feather, a gift from Don Jorge Luis Delgado

Let’s stay connected!
Lore (like ‘story’) Raymond 

Transformational Author & Thought Leader I Development Editor I Teacher
I would love that! 
Here’s how:
* Check out Lore’s Amazon Authors Page with nine books, five of which are #1 Amazon International bestsellers and; Lore Raymond, Author, Book Startup & Message Mentor
Join the Writer’s VisionQuest, free, dynamic private Facebook group for women writers to “take your words somewhere brilliant.”
* Enjoy reading Women as Visionaries with Lore Raymond featuring daily inspiration about sHeroes from around the globe!

Monday, January 6, 2020

6 Unwrapped Gift Ideas to Celebrate the Epiphany

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"Ahead of them went the star that they had seen at its rising...When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy."-Matthew 2:9,10
What gifts might you share on this Feast of the Epiphany?
On January 6, many people across the globe celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany—a day when the Three Wise Men arrived with gifts for the Bethlehem Babe. The story goes that these magi followed a star to reach their sacred destination. 

Today I suggest that Three Wise Women also arrived but in the moonlight, never to be seen so that there are no stories about their precious gifts...until now.
Art by Shiloh Sofia
Following your inner star, here are three of six gifting ideas to celebrate today’s Epiphany:

1. From the Wise Maiden-Woman arriving on the wings of Sparrow in the moonlight is the first secret gift: 
Open your heart to everything and everyone as being a miracle.
Rewind and consider once again experiencing your world with childlike wonder.

2. From the Wise Mother-Woman arriving on the wings of Eagle in the moonlight is the second secret gift: Create sacred space, a room at the inner inn. 

You can do this by writing an AAA List -- Always Advance Appreciation List.

3. From the Wise Crone-Woman arriving on the wings of Owl in the moonlight is the third secret gift: 
Be mindful of how your expectation for miracles now appears. 

You expand on the two first secret gifts to expect and see only H.U.G.S. or Happy Unexpected God Surprises. Miracles that once seemed like only rare events, now appear as your daily norm.

Three additional “unwrapped pressie” ideas include:

 4. Write a love letter. My dear friend, Joy Siren, said, “If I was to write a love letter it would most likely be all about the party I was writing to (as opposed to being about me). I'd let them know how much I appreciate them and why...and I'd ask about specific things in their life, how they're enjoying their journey, what's been making their toes wiggle lately...that sort of thing." 

5. Call a prayer ministry to invite prayers for loved ones, leaders, and global concerns. This could be a call to a place like Silent Unity, a 125-year old prayer ministry. (I’ve called them for 35 years.) Call 1-800-NOW-PRAY as it's always free, 365/24/7. They'll send an email that includes your name and the person you prayed for.

6. Radiate love during meditation or walking meditation. Make a list of everyone you love or like, and also a list of people you don’t love or like. I use the Pink Heart Meditation: First, put your hand on your heart. Breathe. Then see a pink ribbon in figure 8's being woven around your heart, crossing to the center of the person in mind, circling their heart, and returning to your heart. Repeat 8x.

Embrace change as something fresh and fun! As you welcome change, you are able to make the best choices at each moment. 

Over the years, family and friends taught me the value of giving and receiving “unwrapped pressies” as we call them. The reasons are many:
They don't involve the exchange of money; they can be given any time, anywhere to anyone while saving on wrapping and postage and; do connect the head to the heart. 
The list to give these kinds of gifts to loved ones and yourself can be as long as the “to buy list.”

If you haven’t mindfully engaged in this practice, you’re invited to become a Changel--someone who lets go of the familiar way of gift-giving and embraces the changes of the unknown with trust and open-heartedness. Your new mantle blends the best of two words, change + angel

Congratulations on your new role as a Changel who gifts unwrapped pressies today and every day.
Happy Epiphany!
Christmas 2019 with the Bear Tree I created 20 years ago--a gift to my parents.
Want to connect with me, Lore (like story) Raymond? 

Amazon Bestselling Author I Teacher I Speaker I Development Editor
I'd love that! Here's how...

* Check out Lore's Amazon Authors Page with nine books, five of which are bestsellers and; Lore Raymond, Author, Book Startup & Message Mentor
Join Writer's VisionQuest, free, dynamic private Facebook group for women writers to"take your words somewhere brilliant."
* Enjoy reading Women as Visionaries with Lore Raymond featuring daily inspiration about sHeroes from around the globe!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Celebrate the New YOU Year with Your Soul-Spa Day!

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Are you counting down the hours to the New Year and New Decade? 
If "yes," then indeed it's time to create sacred space just for you
You do this by engaging with these simple, yet powerful four steps and rituals.

Start shifting your energies by:
Eating a different food for dinner with someone you'd never thought of asking for dinner
Dining differently; open the restaurant section of your paper's "best pics" and choose one
Releasing the past with a Burning Bowl Ceremony
* Gathering or buying supplies for tomorrow's writing e.g. a new pen and journal
Dreaming in new sheets to remember that miracles are coming!
Wearing new jammies 
Setting the alarm for 4:30 am to connect with the archangel's energies at 4:44 am
* Prepping and cleaning your writing (or angel) altar with a new candle, incense, and flowers

Christmas gifts added to my altar included thank you notes and an ornament from a recent baby shower for my new niece.
Start your New YOU Year and Decade by:
Lighting a new soy candle and incense to lift up your thoughts and prayers
Meditating in silence or enjoying a moving meditation of walking to greet the sunrise
Praying through words, song, or dance; go within, "Spinning Your Gold," despite what’s happening on the outside
Reading inspirational books; new ones might include the 25th Anniversary Edition of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach--my all-time favorite book and; the recently released 365 Soulful Messages: The Right Guidance at the Right Time, a #1 Amazon International Bestseller and my ninth collaborative book.
Writing in a new journal with a new pen. (Why write in something old or with an old pen?)
Creating a 2019 Gratitude List and a 2020 AAA List: Always Appreciating in Advance List

* Setting the intention to join me and other like-minded writing sisters on Saturday, January 18 for the 20!20 Visioning Retreat: Vision is Your New Super Power--a Tampa Bay Meetup event of the Women's Divine Dialogue Writing Circle--now celebrating its 14 Season.
* Joining the women's free Facebookook group of the Writer's VisionQuest
Visiting the page of Women as Visionaries with Lore Raymond for daily inspiration about sHeroes around the globe!


xo Lore

P.S. If you live in Tampa Bay, I really hope to meet and greet you on Saturday, January 18 at my monthly Women's Divine Dialogue Writing Circle in St. Petersburg. If not then, please check out our monthly Meetup schedule.

What every author needs as a Christmas gift--refills for their favorite pen and lots of them!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Your Invitation to an Epic Book Launch!

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Mother's Day presents were the gift of being a contributor in 365 Soulful Messages: The Right Guidance at the Right Time! (Photo L-r Cathy Raymond, Clare Ann Raymond, Lore)

Three backstories.
First, to fess up, I wasn’t going to participate in the 365 Soulful Messages book. 
Why? Time demanded my attention to complete a first pocket guide, The Divine Dialogue Writing System: Where Heaven and Earth Intersect on the Page launching January 2020.

However, the powerful message put forth by the editors and publishers Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck tugged at my heart with the book’s subtitle “The Right Guidance at the Right Time.” Inspired, I wrote two stories, which include how Dragonfly's messages helped guided me to create the Divine Dialogue Writing System. You can read the bookend stories of “Winged Messengers of Choices” and “Dragonfly Magic in Bali.”

Second, there were legacy gifts. 
Have you ever found yourself wondering what to give dear ones who have everything? I have. Gratefully, the book provided the answer for Mother’s Day presents! I gifted the three Raymond women in my life with a story in 365 Soulful Messages—my mom Clare Ann, sister Cathy and, sister-in-law Lisa. What is noteworthy is that each woman is being published for the first time. Literally, we’re together forever under one cover with our stories!

Finally, building a writing community is a passion and skill I've developed over 13 years. 
As a co-contributor, I offered the same publishing opportunity to writing sisters for inclusion in what might be another #1 Amazon Bestseller. Happily, several writers of the Divine Dialogue Dialogue Writing Circle replied “yes” along with other writing sisters. 

Joining me as co-contributors are 
Mauri Barnes, Netta deBeer, Heidi Cohen, Amy Coppola, Chery Kedan, JoAnne Lusis, Jordann Scruggs, Kathy Sullivan, Connie Theoharis, Sheila Prance, and Karen Wythe.

Here are four reasons to purchase our inspiring book on Tuesday, November 19:

1) Good karma. If you’re ever planning to write and publish a book, supporting our 200 writers is sure to add positive juju to the time when you seek others to buy and review your book!

2) Access Bonus Gifts. Register now, and you’ll have access to numerous bonus gifts.

3) Meetup and connect with other writers. Enjoy an epic (and most fun!) event via the online Facebook Book Launch Party on Tuesday, November 19 from 10 am to 3 pm PST.

4) Win door prizes. Buy a book via Amazon only on November 19 and keep the purchase number to enter for all-day door prizes in the online Facebook party.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation 
on November 19 for the epic book launch 

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Anguish of Silence

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“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” 
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many values and words from Dr. King, Jr. echo in recent tributes honoring the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings on October 17--a giant of all that's positive about America. King made me recall the quote above and how powerful his four words "silence of our friends" stamped my heart after first reading them.

It is the "silence" that wraps us like a wet, wool blanket on a muggy, 87 Florida day--and regardless of the weather, we remember the silence with costly emotional pricetags--Heartaches. Soul suffering. Tossing-and-turning nights. 
I wonder if Cummings knew this "silence" in his 68 years.

"A true friend's silence hurts more than enemies' rough words."

Prepared, we understand when enemies or haters express in unkind and unmindful ways. We look at their actions and gain emotional equilibrium from recognizing their human patterns. Then, recalling their divinity, we can put on our spiritual Teflon shields, activate positive affirmations and denials, and even pray for them. We seek to rethink the labels above and, despite all this, they often continue on their paths. 

Finally, in acts of surrender and acceptance, we embrace the philosophy of, "It's their upset, anger or whatever, and at the core, it's about them, not me," and move on.

I wonder if Cummings cared about his detractors and how he came to his inner peace.

The anguish of a friend's silence can be "ghosting" leaving you feeling invisible or less than.

Friends are another universe of emotions. 
Unprepared, we are often shocked by their silence, even deafening silence. Some might call this "ghosting" when communication outreaches are completely ignored. We feel invisible. Less than. We are painfully left in the dark.

We don't understand. We trust, hope, and expect something different. We expect "more" from friends. This expectation is the root of the heartache, soul suffering, and tossing-and-turning nights. 
In tough times with bumps or even crashes on life's road, we thought friends would care. Reach out. Ask a question. Call. Talk it out. Support. 
Find out the other side of the story--there is always one!

I wonder if Cummings heard deafening silence from friends.

Loyalty. Commitment. Perseverance. Forgiveness. 
These are sacred qualities in the Art of Friendship.
If you put on the mantle of "friend," be prepared to express these qualities. 
Step into and through your fear to speak your truth. Be kind. Share compassion.
Remember what you saw in this person that first attracted you. 
Put your silence in a box on the bookshelf. It doesn't serve.

Your voice matters--especially to the person who calls you and believes you to be a friend. 
Silence is anything but golden.

I wonder if Cummings is reading this blog.

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