Friday, December 3, 2010

The Miracle of Your Invisible Network

Do you know that you have an invisible network? After being inspired to write a book, I had the “what,” but I didn’t have the “who.” I needed a co-writer who could bring my tale of transformation to life. I needed someone to create a book cover. I needed a professional photograph for the back cover. I needed someone to oversee the publishing process. And though I didn’t know it yet, I would need someone to market what I’d created!

Instead of focusing on how I was going to find the people I needed, I chose to believe that the plan was in place--just hadn’t been revealed yet. And with that, I took inspired action on the first priority: contacting the one “ghostwriter” I knew. The cost turned out to be prohibitive, but I took that to mean that there was evidently another person better suited for the job.

Within three days, the perfect scribe presented herself. It was the person I had secretly wished could write my story, but believed her to be too busy with her own work: my daughter, Maridel. Unbeknownst to me, she had just decided to take a bold step and write for a living—and was looking for a “ghostwriting” project!

At each step the invisible network became visible. But the amazing thing is that most of the people were in my life already. My granddaughter-by-marriage, Nikki Bowes, became a graphic artist during the time that the book was being written and asked me if she could create the cover for the book. When I asked my hairdresser, Pam, if she knew of a good professional photographer, she pulled out examples of her beautiful portrait work and said she would be honored to do it. When it came time to publish, Maridel took on that phase as well, having published her own book a few years before. Nikki was in the hospital when the back cover design was due. As if on cue, her brother-in-law, Joe Hatzel-- also a graphic artist—seamlessly collaborated with her and met our deadline! While the book was in production, my daughter, Linda, took an unusual route home from town one day, stopped at a book fair, and met Aaron Patterson, the young man who easily and effortlessly became my marketer.

How has the invisible network revealed itself in your life?

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In Spirit,
Addie and Maridel

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Welcome to Our Blog "Living On Miracles"

Are you living on miracles? If so, you’re “living on love” as we say about people who are high on the thrill of a new relationship. But to live on miracles you don’t need a new relationship. You just need a growing, trusting relationship between you and the Divine. (Whether you call that source “God,” “Higher Power, “Spirit” or any other name.) We believe that what people call “miracles” are really an expression of our alignment with Spirit—a living romance unlike any other.

My daughter, Maridel Bowes, and I have just published a book about my spiritual transformation. It’s entitled, “Houses of My Consciousness – Waking From Religion to Spirit,” and is the story of my passage from a strict, rule-bound religion to a spiritual experience of vitality and joy! It’s filled with a lifetime of miracles and in fact, the book itself is a miracle. When you set out to write a great read at the age of 88, you need a few of those to pull it off! So in these first few blogs, we want to share with you some of the miracles that made this book possible. Let’s start with…

The Miracle of Inspiration. The first miracle involves a total stranger. I met her when I was 87 and had concluded that the sun had set on sharing my passion of spiritual growth with women. I had held many seminars and workshops over the years and had taught lots of classes. I had even written a book about my life to give my family on my eightieth birthday. Still I felt such longing to leave a larger legacy of the miraculous transformation I had experienced—but no idea how to go about it. At some level I believed it was too late.

Then on a vacation, I met a young woman on who, after meeting me said, "You have the light of God in your eyes. Have you told your story?" I was stunned.  How did she know I even had a story?  After hearing a synopsis of it, she urged me from her heart to tell it. As if her passion had reconnected the loose wire of mine, I knew I must do it! Isn’t inspiration miraculous? It’s like getting a spiritual transfusion.

You will be able to read all about this “divine appointment” in my book, but for now, I just wanted to share with you the miracle of inspiration. It opened a whole new world to me! Remembering that inspiration is literally an experience of being “in spirit,” we need to receive it as a miracle and then follow where it leads for there are few things as powerful as “in spirit” action!

Who or what was your most recent source of inspiration?

Please leave us your response on the comment link below and let us know!

Addie and Maridel