General: August 2009 Archives

I hope you were able to tune in for the radio show yesterday when I was on with Sheila Ulrich. It went great, if I do say so myself! She is really good at listening and asking pertinent questions, and I was feeling very in the flow and able to bring the info through clearly--a great combination! If you didn't listen live, you can still listen at this link: Julia on Truly Alive with Sheila Ulrich

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 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...

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MY dream?

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I had a really cool experience yesterday when I was in the swimming pool--an exceedingly high-vibe place for me, especially with the movement and oxygenation I experience while working out there.

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."


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Years ago, when I decided to use the name on my birth certificate, "Julia," instead of the nickname I'd always been called, "Julie," I used to sign my name "Julie/Julia" when corresponding with people who had known me as "Julie." Didn't want to freak them out or make them feel  bad for still thinking of me as "Julie." I, myself, have been challenged to accept and integrate a friend's "new name" when called upon to do so, and I wanted to accommodate this for my friends and family. So when I heard about Julie Powell's blog, "The Julie/Julia Project," back in 2003--or, it may have been 2002--I felt a mixture of familiarity, connection and envy (what a cool idea she had!).

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 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!

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Here's a thought that came powerfully to me tonight--an affirmation of sorts. I don't know how eloquently it will come out as it's late and I'm bleary-eyed, but I felt strongly motivated to share about it before heading to bed::

I am always inspired, energized and funded with resources to support me in thriving.

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.

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