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Revisiting the Past

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It is said, Mercury retrograde is the time to revisit, relaunch, and redo things. For me, doing one week of Facebook ‘lives’ was just that… revisiting the past.

So, what did I learn?

For three weeks prior, I’d been guided to get creative and share uplifting words in the form of games… July 24 began with the old version of Hangman renamed as Scarecrow, where the negative words were driven away. Then the week beginning July 31 the Find-a-word game was renamed Hopscotch and our inner child came out to play. There was no prize offered in the first week, though, there was in the second, which saw me share my first live video on Facebook. I felt grateful to have ticked this off my list of things that takes one out of their comfort zone, and naively thought that’d be it for a while. Ha!

August 7 and I presented a challenge for people to write their own statement of intent for the day, utilising a positive word that I’d shared using the phonetic alphabet. It was at the end of that week that I sat to ask, what’s next? That’s when I was guided to share snippets from my book Write to Heal… live on Facebook.

At first I thought this was absurd, until I was reminded of the dream I’d put out into the cosmos… a.k.a. I’d sent my third memoir to book publishers with the desire to relaunch Write to Heal and In Light of the Truth, along with it’s completed sequel—a trilogy of memoirs as I’d called it. To voice these pieces, meant I was willing to take responsibility for my written words. I was sharing my truth, and I was pouring energy into my dream.

I went ahead, feeling this was reasonable and of sound mind. It was my intent to inspire and spark self-love in the people who watched them. Yet the sharing is always a dual highway!

While I may never know what people learned from what I shared, I have personally gained a vista of fresh understanding.

I realised I have no desire to rewrite, Write to Heal.

For those who watched these videos may have noticed I did not share any of my personal story. This is because it is my past. I was guided to only share snippets that are still relevant to today, to assist people to learn and understand themselves better.

To revisit the past is to appreciate the wisdom one has attained, and use it now. It’s not about going back to camp there, unpack the old and get ourselves bogged in a marsh.

When I shared how to determine one’s timeline from understanding one’s personal year in numerology, it was to assist people to know how to move forward with confidence, having learned from their past. It’s about acknowledging the lessons learned and not being defined by them. If you’d like the free download please see this page.

We are all so much more than we may believe.

I also noticed the days I felt at my maximum—shining my brightest light—as these videos were viewed more than two hundred times. On the days where I felt less confident or found myself wading through fear, there were fewer views. Which sought to show me that I’m always being ‘looked after’ and there truly is nothing to be afraid of.

What remains is my gratitude, for all I have learned and who I have become. I accept that my trilogy of memoirs, about love and belonging—whether they are picked up or not by a publishing house—are complete. I have fulfilled my aspirations to heal self and am now free to live my life joyfully, in peace, balance and harmony. Sure, there will be further things that pop up… we are students of life, after all. For the most part, though, I close the door to my past and choose to embrace my unlimited potential… whatever this entails.

This process has reinforced my belief in self and the writing programs I have created to assist people on their path to knowing who they are and why they’re here. As I shared at the beginning of 2017, this year was going to be about joy and reinventing myself, and I feel I’ve just begun!

Thank you sincerely for walking with me on this journey we call Earth life. It is a beautiful and magical place where miracles occur on a daily basis, when we’re willing to believe.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle♥

PS: Interestingly, after writing this I chose three photos for a collage to go with my post. I discovered the cyclamen is symbolic of resignation.  It’s a flower that means goodbye. The ladybug is symbolic of luck and protection. And the bee is said to be a potent symbol of love, sweet abundance, and anything is possible. Bees can also be viewed as a message to stop being so busy. So, in summary… goodbye old… hello new. I’m super keen to see what unfolds!


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2017 Year of the Rooster

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Chinese astrology is said to be more than 5000 years old, and 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. It’s China’s longest and most important holiday of their year, and spans 2 weeks.

Were you were born 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 or 2005? If so, you are said to be kind-hearted, loyal, beautiful, hard-working, honest, and sometimes gullible, arrogant and wild.

It didn’t surprise me to read that this is not a year to take risks, and to be clear with our intentions regarding career, money and love. After last year’s intense energies—it was a Monkey year—it makes sense to be wiser and listen to our internal guidance.

Unlike a 9-year numerological cycle, the Chinese year follows a 12-year cycle that is represented by various animals.

Here’s a couple of fun facts:

  • The rooster is the only bird in the Chinese zodiac

  • The rooster is also known as the chicken or the cock

  • The map of China is shaped like a rooster

  • It’s considered good luck to cleanse the home at the beginning of the Chinese New Year—that’s January 28—to ward off any present stale chi, and invite luck into the home and its occupants.

  • During the festival people greet each other with auspicious phrases, sharing the vibe of good luck… what a great idea!

For further fun facts head to Google.

For every animal year, there is also an accompanying element. 2017 is the element of fire and is yang. It’s energy is masculine and attributes much enthusiasm and creativity—good for writers, okay, all creatives! ahem… It’s also associated with the colour red = lucky. The opposite is it can highlight aggression and impatience.

Interestingly, one of the organs associated with the element of fire is the heart. Friends and I recently chatted about the importance of communicating from a heart space, instead of the head. And too, being heart-centred in business instead of being focused on the money.

The last Year of the Rooster in the element of fire was 1957. So, if you’re like me and haven’t experienced this yet, we can expect to fulfill our dreams when we’re prepared to do the work.

What work will you be doing? Do you feel you have a clear direction and you’re just going for it? Or, will you wait and see where life takes you? Were you born in the year of the rooster? Share in the comments below.

Will you be like the rooster and strut your stuff? — With confidence not arrogance, of course 😉

Nourish your spirit. Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥


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In Light of the Truth

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In the lead up to International Happiness Day, I wish to share with you the book trailer for In Light of the Truth.

Why?

Because despite there being tears on the front cover, In Light of the Truth is a story about discovering joy through the release of tears… and more.

Please enjoy watching the book trailer for In Light of the Truth. Feel free to share your comments below.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Leanda Michelle ♥


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What’s Makes a Brilliant Book Cover?

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What makes a brilliant book cover? We will get to that in a moment. First things first!

Let me say, writing a book is not akin to taking an enjoyable stroll through a picturesque park on a sun-shiny day… no, it can better be related to walking a maze where one often reaches a dead end, or in writerly terms, arrives at a block in the flow.

There can be many reasons for this—not being grounded, writing from one’s head as opposed to one’s heart, pushing too hard, aiming for a higher word count, and more.

Every story has its own rhythm, its own natural flow, and the more we get out of the way, the easier the words grace the page. This is where the Write to Heal Signature Essential Oil Blend became my best friend, as it assisted me to bypass all the pitfalls.

When the story had magically come together and had been sent to friends to read (to receive feedback) I was then in the position to organise a book cover, and this was truly exciting because my writerly mind was able to shift from playing with words to images… so much fun!

I’ve been blessed to work with two highly talented artists to create my covers and both have delivered their unique and exceptional designs. The latest cover came about from a contest I launched with 99Designs, which saw 22 designers submit their idea and 116 entries overall.

I selected 6 designers to keep working with and shared them in a poll, to see what captured your attention. 69 votes were received—thank you—and as many of you have seen #140 by Giusy D. not only received the highest number of 5-star ratings, her design was also my favourite.

So, getting back to the question of ‘what makes a brilliant book cover?’

Symbolism

The cover for my first book, Write to Heal by Elisandra and the latest cover for In Light of the Truth by Giusy D. both entail symbolism as well as being eye-catching designs.

Here’s some of the symbolism for In Light of the Truth

The tears invoke emotion.

The eye represents the gateway to the soul.

The title was done in blue font to depict the word ‘truth’ and the throat chakra.

The sparkle in the eye signifies the word ‘light’ in the title.

The baby in the eye is me and I’m with my Dad.

Oh, and did you wonder why there’s a Canadian Goose on the back cover? You didn’t think I was going to reveal everything now, did you? You’ll discover this and more when you read the story.

What draws you to a book cover? Can you name some favourite covers? And have they matched the story?

Thank you for being part of this adventure. I am loving sharing it with you.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Leanda Michelle ♥


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2016 Year of the Monkey

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Speaking from experience… yes, I am a “monkey”… 2016 Year of the Monkey is set to rock the foundations of our world with new adventures and fresh opportunities for positive change and transformation. I say this because, 2016 is red fire monkey year… which means it’s all about passion, energy and taking action.

Again speaking from experience, we can be lit with an abundance of passion and energy, yet unless we take action the fuse won’t stay alight 😉

2016 is also a 9 global year in numerology… it’s a year of completion as it’s the end of a 9-year cycle. What do you have to let go of? What projects do you plan to finish? What requires de-cluttering from your life? 9 also represents wisdom, so seeking guidance from your higher self, God, the Divine Source (what you believe in) will assist you to gain the knowledge and understanding you desire.

If you’re a monkey like me, you know you can do anything, right? So, a few words of advice… don’t do what I once did and be a Monkey See Monkey Do type of person!

BE YOU! LOVE YOU!

If you don’t know how to “be you” or how to “love you” then be willing to find out. This can be done in a myriad of ways… of course, you knew I was going to suggest you WRITE! Start a daily journal about how you feel. If you’re not feeling so great, begin a gratitude journal as well. Writing doesn’t cost you anything… not even time… and it’s your best option because there is no third-party-person involved. Other options include a variety of healing modalities. Be willing to seek and have-a-go at a variety of healing options because they all serve to address different areas of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. And all healing happens in layers.

Then there’s the Monkey Mind!

Life is much smoother when we address quietening the monkey mind. If you’ve not given meditation a go, do so. It doesn’t have to be done at the same time every day. I doesn’t have to be a regular habit. Take it outside in nature. Do it inside when inclement weather days arise. Have your eyes open, or shut. The purpose is to still the monkey mind and become more aware of your thoughts. If there are negative thoughts where do these come from… what is the underscoring belief?

My rule of thumb is what empowers and leaves you feeling good is good for you. There will always be the not-so-fabulous experiences, yet these serve to teach us to keep moving… forward, with a deeper understanding and having attained wisdom.

Remember the three wise monkeys?

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil… this translates to…

  1. choose not to listen to fear, in your mind or externally
  2. see the good in others because beneath every person’s layers of behaviour there is good
  3. speak your truth

And to add a little monkey magic to your year, imagine what you wish to create in the clouds…

 

Are you a monkey like me? If not, what Chinese New Year were you born in? Can you relate to monkey see monkey do, the monkey mind, or the three wise monkeys? And what monkey magic would you like to create this year?

May 2016 sparkle bright and ignite your passion to live a fulfilling year!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥

PS: If you want to write a book in 2016 and have your words flow with grace and ease, get the Write to Heal Signature Pulse Point blend or essential oil blend.

PSS: Red Fire Monkey Year begins February 8th.