I have a very special post tonight. Ron Berry, one half of Surreal Storm Creations (yours truly is the other half) has created a book trailer for my book, Storm!! Please let me know what you think!!!
I have a very special post tonight. Ron Berry, one half of Surreal Storm Creations (yours truly is the other half) has created a book trailer for my book, Storm!! Please let me know what you think!!!
For all the things that God does here on the earth, it seems He always uses a person. God rarely uses birds to bring us food as He used ravens to feed Elijah. Most people probably won't experience manna raining from heaven in their lifetime. God uses us to minister to each other, and it is shameful for the Body of Christ not to have an answer for those who are hurting. Where can a person find the answer if not in the Church? If a person cannot trust the people in today's churches to really love them, where should they search for love?
Everyday the Kingdom of God is losing people to the streets. Children are searching for answers to their troubles. If the Church does not have the answer for these children, the streets will pacify them with a lie.
Everyday, neglected and unloved women take up the search for an answer to their pain. They search for unconditional love. The local assemblies of the saints proclaim to have the answer, yet their profession isn't backed with action. Hurting people come to church day after day and leave the same way they came. Some people come into the churches heavy hearted and burdened. They then leave disillusioned and hopeless.
Though this may not be the case everywhere, unfortunately, it is the case for a lot of people. Therefore, I lend you this advice: If you are blessed with great leadership in your home church, stay there even when you don't understand everything. The grass is probably not greener on the other side of the fence.
One of the things we don't seem to understand is that not everyone is able to endure the heartache of unfaithful and unloving Christians. For centuries, the church, as an institution, has been lifted up as a beacon of light for the hopeless, the destitute and the mournful. When people come and find it to be anything short of a loving assembly, not all of them will recover. In that case, who is guilty? We can't blame it on the devil, but must cleanse our own hearts from hypocrisy. It's okay to have a bad day or moment in life. It's a different thing to habitually practice behaviors that cause the morale of in the Church to decline.
When innocence is lost, the Body of Christ should be positioned to take in the hurting souls. It is our job to nurture people and give them back to God.
Many children have lost faith in adults. Some children are not raised with parents that understand what it is to protect their children. Some children need protection from the very people that should protect them. Some children are defenseless against the adults in their lives.
In my childhood, my problems were not with other children. My problems came from adults forcing me to grow up too fast. My problems came from men who refused to allow me a childhood. My problems came about when the people who were supposed to protect me did not do what they promised. I'm only one person. There are many more who have endured similar or worse problems.
When innocence is lost too early, a young person's world can soon deteriorate into a pit of darkness. When life seems continually dark from a very young age, hope is easily lost. As adults, we should seek to protect children, even if the children are not our own. We should foster a child's individuality while yet cultivating the attributes of Christ in them. We should provide a safe haven for children, giving them a place where they can grow into who God called them to be without fear of harm or negativity. We all have a part to play in protecting and safeguarding children since they cannot do it for themselves.
Of course, not only children are affected by the darkness in this world. Adults are just as often disheartened by the cruelty in the world as children are. For those blessed to go through life in a somewhat naïve state, the sure awakening to the brutality of life can be very disturbing. Life doesn't just happen to the unsaved, but life happens even to the saved. Life happens inside and outside of churches. Life happens to people of all ages and in all cultures. To live means to endure hardships and trials. Adults are sometimes robbed of their ability to bear up under burdens. Just like children, many adults are forced to realize that not everybody in their lives mean them well.
In my own life, many times I was dismayed at how fickle friends can be, at how phony saints can be and at how easily hurt I could be. It seemed that just as I figured myself out, a change would come. Just when I thought I couldn't cry any longer, more tears would make their way to my eyes. I found myself distraught in the world and disenchanted in the fellowship of believers. I wondered where my answer would come from. I had no role models and nothing tangible that I could grab hold of. I felt destined for history to repeat itself.
There is a terrible injustice both in the world and in today's churches, a common ground, if you will. Neither the world nor some churches like to be confronted with issues of moral decay and degradation. People hate to come face to face with any issue that shows they have been failing in their duties. It is not customary for most people to deal honestly with themselves. It's easier to deal with others from far off distances. A child marrying her teacher in another state is considered "sad and heart-wrenching", but we only shake our heads at it. It's news and nothing more. It serves as entertainment, in the crudest sense of the word. Of course, if our child marries his/her teacher, then it becomes an outrage and something must be done! How sad! Innocence is innocence, whether far off or close to home.
When innocence is lost and even beforehand, the answer is always found in Christ Jesus. No matter the circumstance or trial, we must learn to develop a relationship with God, and to introduce our children to God while helping them to build a relationship with Him for themselves.
Lacresha Hayes has honored us with her wonderful message the past few days. I want to thank her for being so open with everyone. We love you Lacresha!!!
Well, so much happened to me for such a long period of time that I'd say the first emotion I remember having about it was guilt and pain. Afterwards, there was numbness. I think that deadness was what led to the majority of my mistakes. The numbness was interrupted periodically by intense hatred, self and otherwise. I actually tried to commit suicide several times, once after being saved. I also went through a period of awakening after salvation. I woke up to a life that had been tainted with bad decisions and was full of regret. You'd think after all the pain I'd been through that my biggest source of pain would be the rapes and molestation. To the contrary, it was the pain of a missing father and mother that kept me up at night. I guess I felt like none of those other things would have happened if I'd been born into a "normal" family.
The healing started when I was put into a situation where I had to face what was going on inside me. God shut down everything around me. I had to start at the presence and work my way back. I had to find the root to the bitterness, hatred and vengefulness inside me. Anyway, long story short, I ran the gamut of emotions during the healing process. There were a lot of tearful nights. Then, I began to meet and minister to others who had similar pasts. I gave myself to prayer and God gave me strength to choose how I felt. That was my point of deliverance. I don't everyday feel good about my life, or myself but I know that my emotions are my choice, even about the things that has happened to me.
2. Do you feel forgiveness must occur before healing can be achieved?
I think it's absolutely necessary. How can a person truly say they are healed when their heart is filled with bitterness? I kept saying that I was healed, but I also hated. I was trying to convince myself of that. I tried to convince my minister friends of that. It's impossible. There has to be a release before complete healing happens. I have a long chapter in my book about forgiveness, but in a nutshell, I talked about how forgiveness takes the power away from the victimizer. When you forgive, you take your life back. You empower yourself to be free from what happened to you and what you've done.
Honestly, I've found that a lot of people cannot forgive others because they've not yet learned to forgive themselves. Mark a person who is hard on themselves. They do not forgive easily. They don't know how to have mercy. They must be taught. I had to be taught the beauty of mercy and forgiveness. In it all, the hardest person I ever had to forgive was me. There's a lot that goes into forgiveness and healing, but you have to have them both. They are like an inseparable tag team.
3. Do you believe a face-to-face confrontation must take place to heal? If so, what can a victim do who does not have that opportunity, such as when the violator has died or is miles away?
I don't personally believe you have to have face-to-face confrontation. In my situation, many of the people are dead now. I believe the only person who an ex-victim needs to confront is themselves. Healing is also a choice. It takes standing up to your emotions and saying that you will not be led by them. You have to confront your memory and demand your freedom from that. You have to confront your fears and say no to them. Those are the necessary confrontations. We may long for that apology, but honestly, sexual abuse is not the kind of offense that an apology fixes anyway.
In my case, I also had to confront God. It is my personal belief, and in fact the truth that God is sovereign. I know that He could have stopped it all. He could have given me to saved people, but He didn't. I had to come to terms with some things. Now, I wouldn't trade my past for anything, not that I always feel that way. My small cross was nothing compared to those some carry. I was special to God. I believe all of those who endure such things are special, remarkable in some way; hence the reason the devil perpetrates such an evil upon them. So, we also need to recognize that no matter who actually did whatever to us, our confrontation and fight is with the devil. This is another wonderful tool for forgiveness too.
4. Forty years after my own experience, I still can't stand things like having my wrists held, half-opened doors or the smell of Old Spice. Do you believe that a person is ever fully healed from this kind of betrayal, or is there always some remnant left behind no matter what?
I do believe you can be totally healed. Nevertheless, the memory is there. Sometimes, we win the fight against the fears that lie in the things we remember. Sometimes, we don't. I think it does take years and lots of purposeful choices to overcome those kinds of things. For instance, I hate freshly shaven men when you can still feel their prickly hairs on their face. That un-nerves me. It reminds me of my great, great uncle. Still, when I see it coming, I make a choice to not give in to the temptation to hurt all over again, or to be disturbed. It takes a lot of focus and I don't always get it right. I can certainly understand what you are describing. It probably seems that just when you're feeling good, someone goes and leaves a door cracked. Either everyone around you will cater to you, or you'll look up one day and find that cracked doors no longer have an affect.
5. This may be a hard one, Lacresha. If you were able to speak to those men and women in the world who molest children, what would you say?
Yes. This is a hard one. I'd definitely tell them that they need to look at what effect their actions have on the children's lives long term. Maybe they need to use a little imagination. You have molesters who love and almost worship their parents, but treat their children or the children of others with disdain. Maybe they need to imagine it happening to their mother or father as a child. Maybe they need to get in touch with their own hearts and past pains so that they can realize a fraction of what they are perpetrating upon others. Most importantly, though, I'd like to tell them that Christ died for all sinners. They can still be forgiven. They can be saved. There is indeed a penalty for all sin, but salvation is free, even to them.
I personally hate to see people swallowed up in guilt. There's no one beyond God's love and salvation. Therefore, though they need to pay for what they do, that does not keep God from loving and accepting them. The time can be redeemed and they can spend the rest of their lives helping those who have been victims and victimizers.
6. I want to touch on an area that often gets overlooked when a child has been traumatized--the parent. What would you say to a parent who learns a child has been violated that might help them deal with the circumstances and still help their child heal?
Gosh. That is so important. If the perpetrator is the husband/wife, then leave him/her immediately for the safety of your child. I'd also tell them to seek counseling as soon as possible, either by a professional or a pastor. They need to give the child time and room to grieve. They need to avoid any questions that might even insinuate that the child did anything that caused it. Words are very important in the beginning and the child needs to be surrounded with love.
I'd also tell them to press charges and see them through, primarily for the sake of other children out there. It takes time and patience, but if a parent builds their child up, the day will come when the family will be healed and whole again.
7. This is a two-part question. First, what words would you say to comfort a victim who had just been molested--while the anger and confusion is still fresh? Second, what words of comfort can you offer adults who have kept that pain inside since childhood?
I'd tell them something that I hold true to my heart. The Bible says at 1 Corinthians 1:26-28 says that God chose the weak, base and foolish things (people) of the world. You may feel like you have been let down by nearly everyone in the world, but God says when mother and father put you down, then He will lift you up. You may feel angry and dejected. You may be full of fresh hatred toward everyone around you. Nevertheless, you must bring yourself to a place where you can use this fresh anger, channel it to do good for others, to see the perpetrators of such horrid acts put behind bars where they'll never hurt anyone else again. Now is the time to stand up and fight for your future since you can do nothing to change the past.
As for adults, I know that sometimes you can feel like your life is so full of responsibility that you load down with things to do rather than work on healing. But, you need to spend some time dealing with your pain. Don't hide it. Face it, rather face it down. Don't carry this burden around with you any longer. Go on and release the anger against the person(s) who've hurt you. Then, forgive yourself and move into a future without all that baggage.
8. Is there anything else you would like to tell those who are reading this, Lacresha?
Sometimes, I tend to ramble on. However, I want the people reading this to know and understand that the stigma we've attached to this kind of abuse causes victims to suffer in silence. It's unfair to think of a victim of abuse like they have some kind of scarlet A on their forehead. I believe we as a society need to work at making sure that we don't treat people like this any differently than someone else. They aren't to blame for rape, incest, or molestation. There is absolutely nothing a person can do to ask for rape or bring on incest. These abuses come from a perverse heart and evil imagination inside the person who do these things. We must always remember that.
There's a lot I could say, but I won't go on any further than that. I just want people to be whole again because I believe they can.
We are visiting for a few days with Lacresha Hayes, author of The Rape of Innocence. Lacresha recounts how childhood sexual abuse took her childhood and how she came to overcome the pain to grow and become a minister who helps others in the same situation.
This is an isolated case, correct? It doesn't happen often, does it? When it does happen, it's some shifty-looking stranger who just happened by, correct? Wrong! A child is sexually abused every four seconds. One of every 3 girls and one of every 4 boys is sexually abused by age 18. Ninety percent of sexually abused children know and trust the perpetrator. The little old man with the sweet smile next door could be a child molestor. The daycare worker, minister or local police officer could all be hiding a horrid secret. Child sex abusers come in every age, size, race and social class.
So, if there is no way to tell a child molestor by the way he or she looks (Yes, women can be child molestors too!) what can a person look for that might be a clue? There is no one particular profile, but a majority of child molestors have the following characteristics:
Unfortunately, we can't always protect our children no matter how hard we try. To keep them totally safe, we'd have to lock them away from society and that in itself would be abuse--a child needs to interact with people to learn, grow and develop into the wonderful being they are meant to be.
There are some signs you can watch for that might alert you to the fact that something is drastically wrong in your child's life. While these can be symptoms of something other than sexual abuse, they do indicate a need to find out what is wrong:
Parents can help keep their children safe by teaching children that their bodies belong to them alone and nobody has the right to touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. If someone violates that wish, children need to know they can come to you. Let them know that even if they are told things like people will think they are bad or that someone will hurt them or their family, that they must still come to you because these things are not true.
Most of all--if your child comes to you and tells you someone touched them inappropriately, BELIEVE THEM! It is very rare that a child will make up a story of this nature. If trust has been violated, your child needs you to hold onto and believe them.
The Rape of Innocence: Taking Captivity Captive-No More Victim Here
The title of this book may seem long, but it only captures a small portion of what lies within its pages. Over the next couple of days, we will be visiting with the author of this book, Lacresha Hayes. We'll look inside the book and talk with Lacresha. Hopefully, before it is over, some of you will find hope and healing in your lives.
On April 18 at Noon EST, please join me as I welcome this inspirational woman to my chat room http://pub29.bravenet.com/chat/show.php/2488831080 for an hour-long talk on not only how her innocence was tragically ripped from her, but how she came to heal, grow and thrive today.
Below is an excerpt from The Rape of Innocence by Lacresha Hayes:
Molestation happens across cultural lines. It happens across racial lines. It isn't based upon intelligence. It isn't based upon financial health. It may seem to happen more in poverty-stricken communities, but I can assure you that most of it just goes unreported.
I found out the hard way that molestation isn't just a black thing or a poor thing. It is a perversion thing. It happens to God's called and chosen people, and it happens to the average Jane Doe in an average home. God created each of us with purpose. I don't believe the enemy would waste his time tempting people to molest or rape a person who has no destiny and no call upon their life. Because of the very nature of the crime, it can be nothing less than a device of the enemy, one of his strongest weapons.
Someone reading this book may think that they have never been molested when indeed they have been. A molester is a molester long before he touches his first victim. He is first guilty in his thoughts. Some men never actually touch their victims. They just think and fantasize about touching. They rent the videos of children with adults engaging in sex acts. Some molesters do it with the words of their mouths. They talk filth to children. They take advantage of their positions in those children's lives. They open a door that should not be opened by planting filthy word images in young minds. Some of you haven't actually been touched, but you have been molested.
That family reunion opened my eyes to a lot of things. Because of that repressed memory, this book exists. God had to allow a series of events to happen to make me go back and deal with my past. This testimony was freed while I was in jail.
I was arrested in August 2005 for old fines and failure to appear warrants. While I was in jail, God kept bringing the memory of what my great grandfather had done back to my mind. It seemed to torment me. It had been 2 years since I first remembered and here it was, still cropping up.
One night as I was praying, God spoke to me in a whisper and told me that I would be in jail until I learned obedience. He would never specifically tell me what I needed to do because I already knew. I was in jail for 44 days, skirting the issue, hitting and missing at what He wanted from me. Finally, I put pencil to paper and began to write. With every paragraph I was stopping and crying. It was dreadful! I didn't feel prepared for the suffering!
With every page I completed, the family reunion kept coming back up. The answer had been right before my eyes. The reason the memory continually resurfaced was that God was telling me to share my testimony with the world. He wanted to use my story to break heavy yokes of oppression, depression, worthlessness and anger off of others. In my own family, rape had happened... not only to me, but to others that I loved. I was angry. I was really angry at the devil for the first time and God helped me to channel that anger onto these pages.
My family reunion was the genesis of my assignment, my destiny. I was called to bring the light of exposure to the hidden world of familial incest and perversion inside and outside of the Church, and to bring encouragement to men and women around the world who have been victimized and disillusioned. Though this call is not easy, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Author: Dyan Garris
I opened the pages of Money and Manifesting with an open mind but not many expectations. Having read quite a bit on manifesting throughout the years, I thought I'd be in for the usual "Think positive." and "Concentrate on what you want, and you will receive it." I was pleasantly surprised that this book packed a great deal more into its pages.
Dyan Garris explains not only what manifesting is, but goes into detail about why most people fail to achieve success with the run-of-the-mill postive-thinking behavior. She delves into what blocks energy and causes us to merely attract, rather than create what it is we want.
Money and Manifesting takes the reader through the individual chakras and explains how to know where our blocks are. Ms. Garris then walks the reader through the process of unblocking his or her chakras, enabling the reader to truly allow the creation energy to flow free.
I closed the book literally feeling the truth in the words I had read. A subject that many find confusing is made so clear there can be no way to go wrong if you follow the words. You will soon see your life changing for the positive as you implement the process written in this book.
Don't be put off by the small size of this book. Its pages hold within them the power to change lives and help readers realize dreams. Not many books hold as much power and truth as Money and Manifesting by Dyan Garris.
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Compassionate, loving, happy.
2. How do you think others would describe you?
Powerful, different, knowledgeable.
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Swimming and music.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
Oh! I used to have a pet but had to give him away. He was so cute. He was a little Bichon. He was darling. I miss him every day.
5. What is your most precious memory?
My most precious memory is of my son as a little boy. He was so sweet.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
What a funny question! One evening, in a social setting, someone accidentally knocked me over into a large potted plant. I was dressed in an all silk skirted suit. I think you get the picture. Looking back, it was actually hilarious, but didn't feel that way at the time.
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
I'm a psychic and musician in addition to being an author, so I would be making music all of the time. Psychically, of course.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Oh my! I've never thought about this. I was hoping not to have an obituary.
Dyan Garris was a well known clairvoyant, author, and musician. Her books and music touched the lives of many. She is survived by three siblings, one son, and a very sweet husband. In lieu of flowers please say prayers for her soul and donate your time and energy to your favorite charity.
Dyan Garris The Writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
When I first saw my intuitive cookbook in print, it was the most exciting moment. The feeling was indescribable.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
I just finished my book Money and Manifesting. I'm excited about it because it's different than what is out there and it's going to help a lot of people. Along with the information I fictionalized parts of the book so that the reader can have a left brain/right brain integration experience. Integration is a first step toward manifesting. And there is an enjoyable story there that everyone can relate to. If we can see ourselves reflected, we then have a platform for change. I wrote The Book of Daily Channeled Messages, Voice of the Angels Cookbook - Talk To Your Food! Intuitive Cooking, Fish Tale of Woe-Lost at Sea, and two journals. One journal is for use with my Voice of the Angels-A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards and the other journal is for use with the CD series of music and meditation for healing, relaxation, vibrational attunement, and Automatic Chakra Balance.TM
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
I'm going to take a break from writing for now. I have spent the past two and a half years building a "toolbox" filled with spiritual tools that anyone at any place on their own healing journey can pick up and use for spiritual transformation. I have two more things to put into the toolbox and then it will be complete. One of those is a DVD and the other is one more music CD vibrating to the eighth chakra. I'm hoping to be done by July.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
Not really. I don't really have a typical day with anything. I've learned to be flexible because anything can happen and it does.
13. Why do you write?
I write to inform and teach and I like to be entertaining at the same time. I like to help people think, grow, change, and transform.
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
I'm inspired by anyone who writes about the depths and resilience of the human spirit.
15. How do you define your writing?
My writing is informative, instructional, deep, thought provoking, and entertaining.
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
I would want them to say there was valuable wisdom there.
Dyan Garris The Details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
The main website is http://www.voiceoftheangels.com/. That site has most everything that I offer on it. It's huge and interactive. There is always something going on there. I write a Daily Channeled Message there and there is a free angel card reading there as well. I have about fifteen sites, but the main sites for the music are http://www.newagecd/. And www.myspace.com/voiceoftheangels. My blog is http://blog.voiceoftheangels.com/
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
Yes. Readers can reach me at email@example.com
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
My book titles are:
Money and Manifesting
The Book of Daily Channeled Messages
Voice of the Angels - A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards
Fish Tale of Woe - Lost at Sea
Voice of the Angels - The Journal
Voice of the Angels - The Meditation Journal
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
New readers can expect to learn something that will help them grow, change, and transform. And most importantly they will learn that there are no limitations. They will learn how to take what they have and integrate their mind, body, and spirit.
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
I've pretty much said it all. You are a very good interviewer, Joyce! I would just like to leave your readers with a few more things. For anyone who perceives themselves as stuck, you don't have to be. For anyone who believes they are limited, you aren't. Limitations are an illusion. You can do anything at all if you believe that you can. Open yourself to infinite possibilities. For anyone who wants to grow spiritually and connect with their true purpose, let me shine a light for you on your pathway. There is a reason for everything. Without the darkness, we cannot know the light. "Through love and light your answers dear, will truly be here soon. This illumination will shine clearly then, even by night's moon." © Dyan Garris, Voice of the Angels - A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards, The Light card.
**ReminderL Dyan Garris will be available during a live chat tonight from 8-10 EST at http://pub29.bravenet.com/chat/show.php/2488831080
Please join us!!!
Today we take a brief peek into Money and Manifesting, the latest release by Dyan Garris.
The very first thing to understand about money is that we do not "make" money. We create and open pathways to the flow of the energy of money. Money is energy. In and of itself it has no power. The power it has is our perception that it has power and this is what fuels the energy of money. These perceptions stem from illusions, perspectives, and deep seated belief systems.
If we understand these concepts as a basis, then we can begin to understand that we need to learn to open pathways of energy flow. Part of that process is learning how energy works, how we can utilize that energy, and subsequently learn to manifest.
What makes this book different is that you will learn how to actually transform energy and learn how to integrate energy and align the mind, body, and spirit so that the things you are manifesting can actually occur. This is called synchronicity.
The magic of synchronicity can't happen if your will isn't aligned with universal will because we cannot manifest from a place of ego, which is the place of wants, needs and desires. This is the place where the mind decides what it wants irrespective of what the spirit came to do.
And synchronicity can't happen if you don't integrate and implement the learning. Reading about how to manifest is one thing. Thinking positive thoughts is another thing. But actually implementing, and clearing a pathway for the energy to travel on and then integrating, is quite another matter.
The energy of money resides in the root chakra. In order to manifest anything we need to understand the chakra system, why it's a factor, and learn how to balance and clear our chakras and chakra system. You will learn how to do that here as well. It is not difficult. But it is integral to the process of manifesting anything.
And we will be breaking down the illusion of money as it relates to self worth. Money as we know it is basically pieces of paper. Those that have learned to equate their intrinsic value and ultimate "success" with money should seriously consider when they became pieces of paper.
These illusions and perspectives have to do with learned patterns and belief systems; and here you will learn about these things, where they originated from and what to do about them.
We will go beyond positive thinking and "you are what you attract" and "you are what you think about." While those things are certainly true, just knowing about those or engaging in positive thinking doesn't take you to the next steps.
Positive thinking and affirmations do not necessarily lead you to learning how to actually create money flow in your life. You have to integrate the positive thoughts into your belief system as truth. They have to take true form in the chakra system and replace the old patterns. This is what we can then build foundation on, and subsequently an amazing new house.
You wll learn to integrate the energy of mind, body, and spirit and thus be able to attract and create anything you choose, not just money.
I wrote the book the way I did for a reason. This is so that while you're reading it you're engaging left brain, right brain, and the different chakras as well. The book itself is an exercise in integration. And the characters each have blocks to manifesting. In one way or another they are each in their own way of getting what they want.
Everything is a reflection, and if you can see yourself reflected here even in one small aspect, you will then have the keys to unlocking the doors of manifesting. All it takes is the knowledg of how to connect the dots, the ability to turn the key in the lock, and the willingness to step through the doors.
I have the distinct honor of hosting Dyan Garris, author of Money and Manifesting, for the next few days. Today we get a look at who Dyan Garris is and what her book is about. Tomorrow we will explore inside with an excerpt. Tuesday, I have a double treat for you--an interview with Dyan will be posted here and you are invited to stop in an talk with Dyan during a live chat in the evening (watch for details). On Wednesday, I will share my review of Money and Manifesting. Stop back often and please feel free to leave comments :-)
For many years Dyan Garris has been counseling clients in order to help them move forward in their lives. She is clairvoyant, clairaudient, and clairsentient. In addition, Dyan is also what is known as a voice recognition psychic and trance channel. This means that she can help her clients via telephone, which is how she conducted her readings throughout her career.
Dyan is the author, developer and artist of Voice of the Angels - A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards. This is a thirty card deck of angel cards based upon scenes from A Healing Journey Guided Fantasy. Each hand illustrated card has its own channeled message in rhythmic quatrain verse from the angels. Free angel card readings are available on her main website. A journal is available separately as an integrative tool for use with the cards and a meditation journal is available for use with the CDs.
Dyan writes the Daily Channeled Message which posts on her website. Recently she authored The Book of Daily Channeled Messages which is a compilation of inspirational angelic messages to be used for daily guidance or as a bibliomancy tool.
Her book Voice of the Angels Cookbook - Talk To Your Food! Intuitive Cooking is an adventure in opening one's creative centers and communicating with your food so it can transform from raw ingredients into what truly nourishes you on every level.
In 2005 she created a CD series of instrumental music and meditation for Automatic Chakra BalanceTM, self-healing, relaxation, and vibrational attunement of mind, body, and spirit. Each CD is available separately, as well as together in a gift basket, and contains several tracks of relaxation music plus a guided meditation on the last track. The CDs have earned the National Health & Wellness Stamp of Approval.
Her new CD of instrumental relaxation music "Release" was released in late September 2007. Dyan's music can be heard nationally and internationally on numerous radio stations. "Release" recently charted at #3 on Music Choice's cable TV music channel Soundscapes and is currently nominated for New Age Reporter's "Best Relaxation/Meditation Album of the Year" and "Best Cover Art." "Illusions" recently charted at #1.
She is a frequent radio guest on the Jay Grayce show at Tribeca Radio in New York City and has been interviewed by numerous other radio hosts. Recently, Mystic Pop Magazine interviewed her for their January/February issue. Living In Style TV featured her products in their 2007 holiday show.
Dyan Garris is the author of Voice of the Angels Spiritual Cards, The Book of Daily Channeled Messages, Talk To Your Food! Intuitive Cooking, and Fish Tale of Woe - Lost at Sea. In 2005 she created a series of music and meditation CDs for healing, Automatic Chakra Balance,TM and vibrational attunement of mind, body, and spirit.
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Money and Manifesting - Summary
By Dyan Garris
Money and Manifesting is more than a manual about how to apply the laws of attraction and think positively. It teaches you the real secrets of manifesting. Here you will learn what really stands in the way of manifesting, how to unblock the energy flow of money, and how to actually transform energy to get what you desire.
The Law of Attraction is part of what you need to know to manifest, but it is only one part of the process. We do not ultimately create anything with just the power of our minds. While the power of the mind plays a very important part in manifesting, the very seat of creation is in our base chakra.
In the book Money and Manifesting you will learn how to unblock, activate, and integrate the energy of every chakra so you can effectively create exactly what you desire to create. For those that have tried in vain to implement the Law of Attraction, this book will help you understand exactly why this hasn't worked for you. And it will teach you exactly what you need to do to learn to manifest.
In addition to this, parts of the book are fictionalized. There is a good story here too that anyone can relate to. When we can relate, identify, and see ourselves reflected, we then have a platform for change. The book is written this way so that while you are reading it, you are already actively engaging in the process of left brain/right brain integration. This is a first and necessary step to manifesting anything. When you're done reading, you've already had an exercise in integration and you're on your way to manifesting. You will feel an automatic shift.
"It is not enough to think positively, repeat affirmations, and attract positive energy. We must implement and integrate this learning into our daily lives. This is the real secret of manifesting money. It is the real secret to manifesting anything." - Dyan Garris, author of Money and Manifesting.
Democrats and the Black Vote
There was irony and even a little history making in the events that unfolded during the weekend festival in Selma, Alabama the first week of March 2007. Forty years earlier the shocking and brutal attack by wildly swinging baton -welding Alabama state
troopers on hundreds of black and white civil rights marchers sent shock waves through the nation. It spurred an angry Lyndon Johnson to go on national TV and virtually order Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. Now forty years later, there were thousands of black elected officials in the South and the nation. In Alabama blacks made up a significant number of state legislators, and held hundreds of local and state officers.
There was also Obama. He was the first African-American presidential candidate who appeared to have a real shot at the Democratic presidential nomination. He was in Selma that weekend at the invitation of black Alabama Congressman Arthur Davis. Davis asked him to deliver the keynote address at the historic and legendary Brown Chapel that Sunday. The famed chapel was the launch point for the civil rights marchers.
Obama, though, wasn't the only mainline Democratic presidential contender in Selma that weekend for the commemoration. Hillary was there too. She had accepted an invitation to speak at the First Baptist Church. The dueling commemorative civil rights speeches by Obama and Clinton were more than just their tribute to a profound event that marked a racial turning point in American politics. The top contenders were dueling to establish their civil rights credentials. The big prize was the black vote. Their Selma speeches sent an electric signal that they wanted and needed the black vote to win in 2008 and they would do everything within their power to get it.
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