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Why Fiction?

The Extricated Soul is fiction and fantasy based in alternative spirituality. For me, fiction writing is a form of expression that allows me to go beyond the pigeon holes of life. In some way, it is writing the story to match a new paradigm. It allows me to explore Spiritual principles in a way I think a spiritual or non-spiritual person could hear. To delve into spiritual beliefs through storytelling was very gratifying. I have read many spiritual books over the years from Native American spirituality, African spirituality, Tibetan, Mayan, New age ancient wisdom, Buddhist teachings, Sufism, Kabbalah teachings, and many more spiritual practices and teachings. And I have ingested a full plethora of spiritual self-help books. In many of these books I have read, the main principle is that of oneness. Oneness with the universe, harmony with each other, the earth and God. It is a common theme in many of these spiritual teachings and is the passion I feel in my spiritual heart.

Several of my spiritual friends have been quick to say, “I only read non-fiction.” As a spiritual person, they feel it is important to only read what is true or thought to be true. For myself, as a spiritual person, I read books and let the truth resonate with me. Not every spiritual teaching resonates as truth with my inner “Soul being”.

“It is as you know it to be.” If I remember correctly it was said by Earnest Holmes. Feel free to speak up if I am incorrect. For me this means when I read a spiritual book, I know what resonates with me, and I allow that to expand my spiritual knowledge. I allow myself to grow in new knowledge. And more often then less I start to see how that plays out in my life, my thoughts or spiritual practices. “It is as I know it to be”. Reading a book that is fiction and fantasy based on Spiritual principles does not scare me. For there are elements of truth in all fiction. That will be a topic in a future blog.

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Now, I would like to introduce you to my book. It is live on Amazon in e-book $4.99 and paperback $16.95.

The Extricated Soul has a strong feminine heroine, China Hope, who answers a divine calling to save Souls living in the darkness of the egotic mind. During her service, she must save the Soul of her son from the darkness of his father.

The story takes on the misguided beliefs of the ego in a world of divisiveness, greed and hate. China Hope, a nurse at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, is a wise old Soul (a White Soul), who takes an active role in healing Souls on their third incarnation without spiritual growth. Meanwhile, a spiritual call has gone out around the world to bring to fruition the “God Project,” a three-phase intervention by God to raise the vibration of the world and to stop the growing number of Dark Souls tipping the world into a dark, destructive trajectory. In the first phase an elderly high priest from Tibet, Eleazar, travels the globe to recruit spiritual centers to assist in raising the vibration of the earth to aid in healing. During phase two, droves of highly evolved humans flock to these centers to build energetic labs that will support the extrication of the human Souls to serve in an Army of White Souls. Phase three is the extrication of Eleazar’s and China’s souls with thousands of others. They meet during their Souls’ travel, find a common bond in service and healing others, and fall in love. But China must face her ego’s weaknesses and the darkness of her son’s father.

Please feel free to share your thoughts.  While I am still feeling trepidation about what others think of my writing I can handle it.  That is why I put myself out here.  You can also visit me on my Reiki site, www.voiceofsoulreiki.us

Have a very Blessed Weekend!!

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Throughout my life, I heard others say I could not be a writer. It was hit or miss if a teacher liked my writing. I never felt encouraged, I often felt stupid I wanted to write. I even fell into discouraging myself. Now I must admit, I am a self-proclaimed, poor editor, not a spelling wiz and sometimes my grammar sucks! In high school, I would pass hand-written notes to a girlfriend (1970s), and she would send them back corrected with a red pen. Yikes!

Writing for me has been a journey. Not just a writing journey but also a confidence journey. In my 35 years of nursing, I also had a writing journey. SOAP notes full of fragmented, half sentences with minimal attention to grammar, then as a Nurse Practitioner, patient notes and histories just a string of words that made up some sort of medical story/picture. And now no writing skills needed for electronic documentation.
What I am trying to say is, if I allowed myself to stay pigeon-holed then I would have missed the continuous urge to write and tell a story. I did not always know what story I wanted to share, but I knew there was a story inside me.
Over the years, I saved to thumb drives and external drives many short stories, half written stories, not sure it is a story, an unedited murder mystery novel (needs a lot of work), several medical murder mysteries in early phases, and outlines for stories. Somewhere along my writing journey, I subscribed to Hemingway’s philosophy, write while you are drinking and edit while sober. So, when I look at my unique collection of writings, I must say, “I may have had a little too much wine when I wrote that one.”

Finally, I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “you will write no matter how bad you are, it can only get better.” So, I hired an editor. I found him on craigslist and we met at a Starbucks back in 2010. My impression was he was an honest and good person. This kicked off my new journey with my 1st murder mystery. Yes, a motorcycle riding nurse who solves a murder and finds her boyfriend is not who she thinks he is. Rich patiently coached me, sending me detailed information (via email) to lead me in building my story. He kindly edited parts to demonstrate his teachings and always remained calmed and focused even when my corrections missed the mark. That murder mystery is still sitting waiting for me to finish the rewrites. The story is written but, the flaws still run through it. Yes, the flaws Rich so patiently coached me on. Sorry Rich, I still have the emails and will eventually get back to that story.

In 2011 or 2012 I found an old journal that held poems from my teenage years. The longing to write poems blossomed and my blog http://www.godisiam.net was started. As I changed jobs in 2014, I found less and less time to write. My writing moments were brief and limited until the end of 2016 and final in January 2017 I started on my first self-published novel, “The Extricated Soul”. This story nagged at me through the fall of 2016 as I was building my Reiki practice. First, I had to deal with my inner conflict that my writing about the divine healing energy was somehow sacrilegious. And who was I to think I could write something people would like? So, one evening I sat in prayer and offered these feelings up for the Divine to lead me. During my meditation, I felt the presence purge the doubts and open my mind and heart to receive this story. Once I started writing, I found the story flowed, often from 1:00 am to 4, or 5 am. So, I just went with it. I took advantage of snowy days, holidays, weekends and wine. I became a hermit, and on some days, I did not get out of my pjs. Within 6 or 7 months I had a story to send to Rich. And then the real work began. Rewrites, changing opening paragraphs/chapters, restructuring, chopping things out. With each returned manuscript from Rich, I would appreciate the emotionless coaching and the note that started or ended with a statement that kindly let me know it was not ready for editing.

In August of 2018, my e-book was published on Amazon, Apple, Nook, and Kobo for only $4.99. Just recently I finished a review of the paperback proof. The new proof copy will be ready soon. If all goes well, the paperback should be ready for purchase in June for $16.95

The story was inspired by Spirit, taping into my nursing, Reiki, my spiritual life and love of Spirit. This story fits this first-time author who needed to hear the spiritual message written in this story. I am blessed to write, read, and understand the message!

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Returning to Blog!

It will be five years since my last post. My hibernation has not been from loss of interest in writing but from the exploration of other forms of writing and new ways of working and living.

It is funny how our lives and interest go through ebbs and turns and when we follow the nudges and tugging from within, we find a journey we could not have predicted easily at the onset.

My life has had its ups and downs, successes and failures, loves and heartbreaks. Yet, somehow, I continue to grow spiritually and more confidently as a Spiritual Being. I love who I have become, and I continue to seek greater understanding and a stronger presence in the Oneness of this thing we call God. The Spirit of the Living God, the one source that is the only source, that Source is the source of me!

The poems on this blog were written as I through me into learning spiritual practices and developing a spiritual life. You must be thinking well after 7 years she should be Spiritually perfect by now. NOT SO! Any perfection I have come from the Spirit within and I have learned to embrace my imperfections and my egotic mind (monkey mind) as a part of me that I will love and transform through self-love and self-care.

In my next post, I will share with you my journey in writing. I feel blessed and grateful that Spirit works through all writing and has chosen me to be a scribe of a wonderful story.

Namaste,
M. Suzanne
AKA Mary

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Heart and Rock

While I am waiting for my computer to be repaired I wish to share a poem from May 2012.

God Is I Am

Grand Falls in Golden Light

“Grand Falls” – Flagstaff, AZ – Scott Wood – Featured Photographer

www.photobotos.com  May 11, 2012

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As the Spirit flies in the sky

Above the cannon and rocks so high,

The cascading flow from the water source

Ebbs and course through the core.

The world so grand is created

By the One Spiritual hand.

In a land that flows with

God’s eternal light

Is the land where life exist

In perfect harmony.

Grace between air, water and dirt

Is the inherent nature of the earth.

The water moves

Across the rocks

And leaves a gorge in the core.

The river way

Spawns life and breath into

Those that swim and

Animals that play.

While the trees and plants grow

From the earth’s floor.

The sunlight ignites

The beauty of the Lord.

All life in and beneath the sky

Is a reflection of God’s creative side.

The Spirit that flows…

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Today I post after a long break since my last post. While I read many post as they came into my email. I made a conscious decision to focus on my spiritual practice within me. Many of you knew I had a fabulous trip to China. While I went to a country I did not know and I did not know what to expect, I found a new and higher level of spiritual awakening.

So it is time for me to turn back outward and reignite my passion for writing spiritual poetry. Thank you all for your wonderful, wise and often needed words. I choose to follow many blogs that lift me up and keep me focused on the light of God. You each play a valuable part in my support system and in my spiritual confidence to stay focused. Namaste!

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In early June I was blessed with another award nomination by Tanumoy Biswas the Nomadic Soliquist. Tanumoy nominated me for the “Galore A foursome Treat,” Award. While I have been delayed in posting I am most appreciative and blessed to have this honor.

Tanumoy has a very vibrant and enjoyable site. He is a poet, philosopher and an artist. You’ll love the music that plays as you get drawn into his words. One of the striking things for me about Tanumoy and his site is the thought that goes into every banner, and saying he post. One such banner reads, “The unexamined life is not worth living” by Socrates. At first I thought how wrong, every life is worth living. Yet, each time I have come to his site this message has been unraveling a deeper understanding.  As I look back within my own life I recognize the truth of these words. I once went through life with monotony and living to expectations I did not understand nor did I believe them to be my own. It took looking deep within to find myself and to embrace the great joy of living.  So the wisdom of Tanumoy’s site is forever unfolding in me and I thank him for this wonderful blessing.
You can visit Tanumoy Biswas at http://www.nomadicsoliquist.wordpress.com
Namaste, Mary

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Sunrise over the Serengeti Plain - Serengeti Plain, Tanzania – Harold Green

Sunrise over the Serengeti Plain – Serengeti Plain, Tanzania – Harold Green
Photo posted on http://www.photobotos.com Nov 13, 2012

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Dawning Day

Under the dawning day

The tree reaches its limbs to the igniting sky.

Darkness of night quietly fades,

Into the colors of the breaking haze.

The morning mist the Lord’s gentle kiss

Lands softly upon the world’s lips.

In a single form

A tree exist,

In a cluster the woods grow

into a community the life energy flows.

The roots of the tree are embedded deep

Into the core of the heart of the earth.

The roots are nourished

From the mineral floor.

Within the tree a world of life exist

A world of unity and community,

Perfectly thought out by the Lord.

Every life form loved and adored.

Every life form a gift for all to see.

Every plant and tree,

Every insect and animal,

Every drop of water,

A perfect spiritual divinity.

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