When I first started teaching courses and workshops I did what everyone else does and blocked in weekends where I felt it would all work. The problem I quickly found was that although the dates worked for me they didn’t work for others. I would advertise a Reiki 1 course for example and have one person book a place with four or five others interested but looking for different dates.
At first I tried to juggle this, attempting to adjust dates, connect people up etc but the more I did the more of a mess it became. Even my husband was asking me if I wouldn’t just be better waiting and letting it all sort itself out. Eventually I learnt that if I just handed it over to the Universe it all fell into place.
This was really hard for me to do though as being in control is what I was used to but somehow it worked and over time it did get easier. I also found the letting go of control spilled over into other areas of my life and I began to learn that sometimes it is best to just sit back and go with the flow.
Ever since then I have waited until I have enquiries and then arranged dates to suit everyone rather than planning things in advance. I never advertise unless I have spaces on a course or workshop that need to be filled. Recently though I became aware that my never having any courses or workshops arranged might sound a bit wishy washy to some prospective students and that I was maybe losing them. Perhaps they wouldn’t have been drawn to work with me or my energy anyway but there is never any harm in having a rethink. Maybe I have been going with the flow a little too much, after all there needs to be a balance in all things and I suspect I need to make a little effort too. Can’t leave everything to the Universe after all 🙂
Yesterday trying to be a little more proactive I advertised on Facebook that I am looking to arrange a Reiki 1 course. So far I have had several enquiries and have been able to send out information. I have no dates booked but as before I will arrange these with people who are definitely interested.
It is far too soon to tell how this will work but it does feel a slightly better balance and allows me to put some energy out there, the energy of being willing and available to work. I am not really taking back control but just giving the Universe a bit of a push and maybe finding a better balance which now feels as if it should be a partnership.
I’m not good at self publicising/self promotion which as an pagan author writing for a specialist publisher where this is needed sometimes struggle and sadly my poor book suffers from people not knowing it exists 😦
When I wrote my first and so far only book, I had the foolish notion that the energy of what I had written would carry it far and wide and it would reach those who needed it. This worked initially but in the long run is not a good strategy.
I am also very reluctant to use this blog to create a sales pitch too frequently and like most people do not have unlimited hours whereby I can post on social media or write promotional articles in the hope of getting them published somewhere.
I do though write a regular column for the wonderful Indie Shaman Magazine and the amazing June Kent who owns, edits and publishes this has recently created a new add for my book so with a bit of cut and paste along with her permission I have created this……….
……….which I am kinda happy with and have shared it on Twitter and once this blog post is published, also on my various Facebook pages and on LinkedIn.
I am sure that others may have produced something better, smarter, with more information or impact but for my first attempt I’m reasonably happy 🙂
There are many ways for people to find books that call out to them, resonate, or seem to fit as a much needed resource and one such way is through book reviews.
I try and post reviews here as I find books that readers may find interesting so I am always delighted when someone posts a generous and helpful review of something I have written.
This is a ‘hot off the press’ review for my book Web of Life. If you haven’t discovered it yet then maybe this will help you decide to go explore.
Book Review ‘Web of Life’ by Laura Perry
I have been away from here for a couple of weeks now. This was an unintended break not because I had something else to do but simply because I didn’t want to write. I’m not even sure that this was because I didn’t have anything I wanted to say as it seemed to apply to answering emails and other aspects of my work…..I just didn’t want to write anything. As I don’t consider myself to be a ‘real’ writer i.e I don’t write fiction, I have no idea if this was writer’s block or not but it certainly stopped me dead in my tracks.
I’d like to have something to blame this on as then I would know what to avoid another time but I don’t. Anyway, yesterday I answered emails and today I am here again so hopefully this has now passed. I need it to anyway as I have work to do, some of which involves writing 🙂
I am not at all sure I am a natural writer. Ideas do not pour out of me nor am I bursting with things that I need to get onto paper. At school I enjoyed creative writing but have never had a burning desire to write a whole fiction book. Non fiction is more my scene but hampered a bit by not really enjoying research. Not a lot going for me really is there 😦
The thing is that I actually enjoy writing when I get down to it and I loved somehow managing to produce a book that someone actually wanted to publish, but now I have a half finished manuscript that has been gathering dust and taking up space both physically and energetically. At the start of the year my guides gave me an ultimatum; either finish it or throw it away. No messing about there it seems yet three months in I have done neither.
This week though two things have happened that seem to have made a difference:
- A fellow author told me that they thought I was a good writer
- A friend who has written a book and has several publishers interested, keeps asking me if I have finished my book
Today I have pulled the draft manuscript off the bookshelf where it has been languishing since last October. I have blown the dust off, have deleted all other versions from my laptop so I am more focused and I am just about to read through and see how far I have got. On a word count I am about half way through so I know there is much more to do.
I may do no more than this today but that’s ok. My interest has been reawakened and the energy of the potential book stirred up. What I need to do now is keep this moving.
It has though got me wondering why the two things this week made so much difference and I think it’s because writers do not always get a lot of feedback. It’s hard to get people to take the time to write reviews on Amazon or on their blogs and I am as guilty of not doing this as everyone else is. As writers we also don’t often tell other writers what we think of their work and so we do not get real feedback from our peers. When we are creating we tend not to share what we are doing, holding our work close to our chest and nurturing it in private, so we may have no one to keep us going, no one showing any interest in where we are and what we are doing. Much of our feedback is in actual fact, based on book sales and if you write, as I have, for a small niche publisher, then getting sales, maintaining the drive to get your book seen and even better purchased, can be hard and it’s easy to run out of stream. When book sales are slow then confidence can quickly fall and it can be difficult to remember that this is a marketing issue and not a reflection on the quality of what we have produced.
So this is a plea:
- If you have read something you like please write a review somewhere, anywhere.
- If you can let an writer know that you like their work either by commenting on a blog, clicking the ‘like’ button, or in some other way please do.
Think of us writers as pet dogs or cats, sometimes we need stroking and by doing so you can help encourage us to write more. It doesn’t take much 🙂
One of my first blog posts for the Pagan Blog Project when it was running and when I first began this blog, was about Eggs. I am not going to rewrite the post again but am going to give you the link here as I do believe it is worth revisiting.
I really should have titled the post Eggs in Shamanic Healing as that is where my interest and fascination lay and still lies if I am being honest.
I love the idea that something we use in our kitchens can also be a tool in our healing. We often think of things in the garden, that which we find in nature such as stones, plants, or feathers in this way but not necessarily an item of food.
Since I first discovered how to make use of eggs in my shamanic healing work they have become a useful tool and one that I use whenever it is needed. I am still fascinated by the way in which an egg rolled over the body can pick up information about the state of the body and which can then impart that knowledge to me through my interpretation of what it shows me. I have carried out some insightful and powerful healing thanks to eggs and hope to continue to do so as long as they are happy to work with me in this way.
If you haven’t looked at the link yet but are now intrigued…here it is again Eggs Enjoy 🙂