August 2009 Archives
I got to see some preliminary ideas for the cover of Choosing Easy World this week. The in-house designer at St. Martin's, Mimi Bark is very nice and very good. (Be sure to check out her portfolio on that page--she's designed covers for such famous authors as Jackie Collins and Barbara Taylor Bradford!) She hadn't yet quite hit on the perfect CEW cover, but she's come very close. Her instruction from my editor was to make it look like the ILiveInEasyWorld.com website. I liked that, but the funny part is, with using the graphics I designed, her cover ideas looked almost like I had designed them! One of the things I have been looking forward to with having a major publisher is that, unlike last time, I would not be designing my own cover. So I made sure to encourage her to let her creativity have free reign (as long as she kept the logo, which is trademarked). I'm excited to see what she'll come up with!
And now, for the part of this blog entry that relates to the title: I bought a didgeridoo! I had read a British Medical Journal article that tells how research shows that playing it helps strengthen your upper airways so they don't collapse when you sleep. I am not wishing to be perpetually beholden to the CPAP machine for every little nap. So far, it's proving a bit daunting. I'm only able at this point to make embarrassing sounds with it reminiscent of ones you'd hear after eating a lot of beans, but I have hope that at some point, I'll get proficient at playing it. I found some instructional videos on YouTube and lesson one says the funky noises are what to expect at first, so I am heartened. I also found this video, and some others, which provide inspiration. I guess I need to tap into my aboriginal, Outback soul!
I haven't been to Australia--in this lifetime, at least not consciously--but back in the '80s, I wanted to go badly because some friends were going for a spiritual intensive, and I wanted to go too and was thinking about it a lot. During this time, I had a bit of a strange experience. I was relaxing and about to fall asleep, thinking of nothing, when suddenly, as real as I'm sitting here now, I was in a huge field and there was a kangaroo charging me! He hopped very rapidly and powerfully straight to me and stopped within inches of me and stared into my face. It was very real, very intense and yet, it faded quickly and I was aware of being back in my bed again. I never did go Down Under, but have wondered at my connection ever since. Maybe the "me" who is in Australia will kick in and help me learn to play the didgeridoo...
Wednesday, August 26 (or whenever you like!)
Julia will be Sheila Ulrich's guest on her Truly Alive show on Blogtalk Radio to talk about Living and Healing in Easy World. You can listen live at
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The last 48 hours have seen a lot of water-themed events at the Hamrick house. I am not even going to relate them all...
First--and this was planned--Peter, our wonderful pool guy, came to empty the pool, uninstall the stainless-steel benches and the current generator, scrub it all completely, reinstall everything and refill it. The water has been murky for a long time despite our efforts to clarify it, and I finally could not stand it any longer. I was in denial about its safety because I hesitated to spend the money to get it done, what with Rick having still not found a job. But it was definitely the thing to do. When he pulled out the benches (these are an integral part of an Endless Pool as they create the return channel for the water when the current is on), there was hideous thick, brown sludge hiding under and behind them. ICK!!!
We have a chlorine-free pool which is purified (supposedly!) by an Eco-Smarte system that uses ultra-violet light and copper ions. It hasn't been doing the job, obviously. It wasn't cheap, either, but at the time we got it 2 years ago, it was pretty much the only viable candidate. (As a disclaimer, Endless Pools does not endorse the Eco-Smarte. The standard issue with an EP is a mild chlorine with copper and silver ion system.)
The pool holds between 2500 and 3000 gallons of water, and it had to go somewhere, so it went to water the garden. Rick stayed outside and made sure it was spread around equally. Being that it was a gorgeous, dry, sunny day and the garden needed the moisture, that was really a timely event. I thought. But it rained last night and again today. Not a problem--just one of those ironies!
So, the day was spent dealing with water. And so was the night. The pool was full again with fresh water by 5:00 p.m. but it had to warm up before I could swim in it. So my watery adventure of the evening wasn't from the pool, but the bathroom.
I went to my bathroom (the one that was remodeled 2 years ago) around midnight, after not being in there for a couple of hours, and found water all over the glass vanity countertop which had run under the glass and between it and the fancy wooden cabinet frame, into the under-sink cabinet, and the drawer as well. Since I had lined them with plastic liner, I had to pull it all out and dry the wood thoroughly, which meant taking everything out of the cabinet and drawer. It was enough water to soak 3 thick bath towels and an oversized beach towel. What a mess!
Now, you may be thinking I had left Easy World, and I suppose I had, but the gift in all this was that in the vanity drawer was a printout of an ebook I had stuck in there a year or so ago while hastily tidying up, folded to the page I'd last been reading. I had spotted it a couple of times while getting something out of the drawer and it had kind of called to me, but I'd been too busy to stop and just hadn't gotten to it yet.
On that page, whose contents I hadn't remembered at all, was the exact answer to a heartfelt prayer I'd sent out just minutes before I had discovered the flooded bathroom. I don't want to share about that right now, but suffice to say that there was absolutely no mistaking that I was meant to encounter that information as a result of the water problem. Spirit moves in mysterious ways and will get your attention however it has to!
The plumber came this afternoon (during a thunderstorm when it rained again!) and showed us that the ceramic cartridge of the fancy tower-style faucet was cracked and that's why it was leaking. He didn't have a replacement and so far, I haven't found one either, even after spending a lot of time online and Rick going to 2 places locally. But I'm sure it will work out just fine. It already has in Easy World.
Oh--last night as I was getting into bed, after the evening rain, the mopping up of the bathroom, and so on, I heard the sprinkler system come on. I didn't even waste time feeling guilty about it. In fact, I chuckled. It was just part of the crazy--divine--uber water day.
I was thinking about the successful launch of Choosing Easy World at St. Martin's earlier in the day. (My editor sent word that it went great and that all involved--a couple dozen people--were, and I quote, "totally into the book." That's huge, as these are the people who will be designing the cover, producing the book, and marketing it, among other things!)
As I was contemplating this and how some other things were lining up for this book to be a success--you know, thinking about how beautifully the Universe and Easy World were cooperating with my vision--I "heard" the following, loving statement:.
"How delightfully amusing that you're wanting to measure our cooperation with you and your dream, even while we are observing how well you are cooperating with the vision and mission we provided you!"
Don't you love it? Silly, ego-driven me, thinking it was mine--forgetting where it came from! Thinking I had to gain cooperation! It was never "mine." It's so much bigger than me, Julia! It is Easy World's and I am the lucky human who is being guided to manifest it in the 3-D world.
"Will it succeed?" "Will it fail?" It's already succeeding and has already succeeded in Easy World! The only question is will I be in Easy World to see that?! I don't have to make anything happen, I just have to coordinate with what is being provided--with the success it already is--and allow myself to stay attuned to that. I can't mess it up. I can only mis-perceive it by being in Difficult World instead of Easy World.
Looking at the whole thing that way sure takes a lot of the pressure off!
What's the divine idea you're trying to make happen? What's the mission you've been charged with? It's not actually yours! You didn't make it up! It was shared with you because you're the right one to bring it into the 3-D realm so that others can connect with it that way.
And you don't have to make it happen! It already exists and your job is to translate it into form. Your job is to provide the conduit for it to manifest. Relax, stay in Easy World, and act only in response to inspiration and energy.That's how you accurately coordinate with its divine blueprint. Allow yourself to be guided and for the wonders to be revealed to you. Know that it's already a success in Easy World. You'll see that and be in alignment with it when you're there! I mean, "here."
By the way, I did ask who the "we" was in the statement "they" made to me. The answer was, "You can just think of us as the Easy World Chamber of Commerce."
And now, with the movie Julie & Julia coming out, I find it somewhat humorous that, while in search of Julie Powell's blog, some people are unintentionally finding their way to my blog--in particular, to an entry from 2006 where I talk about my inner child, "Sweet Julie"! Spirit has some truly fascinating, quirky ways of making connections, and while I'm guessing the lion's share of folks who show up only to find that my blog is not what they were looking for will immediately navigate away, a connection will have been made in the ethers nonetheless. I intend blessings for all those who find my blog and sites (however they find them), and so the Julie/Julia Project seekers get to share in the Love regardless! And, who knows? Maybe a couple of them will stick around!
I'm very excited because today, Monday, the in-house launch meeting is being held for my upcoming book, Choosing Easy World, at St. Martin's Press, my publisher. This is when all the various departments there get involved. According to my editor, Jennifer Enderlin, September is when we'll see a cover design and I'll start working with the marketing department and publicist. Hooray! Things will be picking up speed now! May (publication time) still seems like an age away, but I'm sure time will continue to fly...
I have a new mini-poster to upload to www.ILiveInEasyWorld.com to the freebies page, but it's not there as I'm writing this because Tony, my webmaster, was taking some vacation time last week after I created it (I made it for the meeting and decided to share it with everyone). I'm sending it to him to upload first thing when he gets back to his office, so look for it later today (it's the wee hours of the morning right now) or tomorrow at the latest. Enjoy!
UPDATE: The poster is now uploaded and ready for you to download!
If I don't feel inspired, and the energy and resources don't seem to be available, it's my notice that I'm not in alignment with the Design for Harmony and thus can't see the support which is there for me. (In other words, I'm in Difficult World and the support is in the other reality, Easy World.) If I'm not thriving, it means I have not been paying attention to the path under my feet and I've wandered off..This is not wrong, but it does lead to pain.
When I stay true to mySelf--true to Love--and trust in my own perceptions and instincts, staying fully present instead of wandering off into denial because of fear of what is, I stay on course,
When I allow myself to align with Spirit through choosing Love and acceptance over fear and resistance, I will see and be empowered to take the next step on the path of my well-being and I will find that all the support I need is there.
I know I'm on the path of well-being when I experience inspiration, energy and support for the next step.