Creativity is not just painting or writing—it's stepping outside the way you normally think to achieve greater happiness and personal fulfillment. With mindful, heart-based practices, 99 Keys to a Creative Life helps you make the most of your creative opportunities, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Nurture and strengthen your imaginative expression, as well as your link to what inspires you, by applying the 33 keys found in each of the three sections: awareness, intuition, and connection to spirit. These keys provide practical methods for daily inspiration and action, making every day more creative and successful. Presenting innovative ways to raise your focus and express yourself, author Melissa Harris shows you how to unlock the gate to a more creative life.
Daily Writing Resilience
Author: Bryan Robinson
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Chances are, whether you're a seasoned author or an aspiring scribe, you've grappled with your share of rejection, setbacks, and heartbreak. However, literary agents say the number one key to writing success is perseverance in the face of disappointment. Daily Writing Resilience provides advice, inspiration, and techniques to help you turn roadblocks into steppingstones. You'll find tips and support through exercises such as meditation, breath work, yoga, stress management, gratitude, de-cluttering, sleep, exercise, mindful eating, and more. These 365 meditations will help you navigate the ups-and-downs of your writing practice, creating positive habits that will guide you toward the success and fulfillment that you've been seeking. Praise: "Every person with that little voice in their head—the one that tells them to write everyday—must own this book. Every page is full of hope and reality, just what we all need to keep us going."—Steve Berry, New York Times and # 1 Internationally bestselling author of The Patriot Threat "For every type of writer—new, old, fresh, tired, impassioned, cynical, hopeful . . . this gem is flat out inspiring"—M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Language of Stones "Bryan Robinson's Daily Writing Resilience is not only wise but also marvelously practical. The daily mantras he offers, taken from the experiences of those who've kept to the path, will provide much needed encouragement along the way. Take this book to heart, and then take it with you wherever you go."—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of the multi-award winning Ordinary Grace and the Cork O'Connor series. "I urge both fledgling and experienced writers to get their hands on Daily Writing Resilience and keep it nearby for handy reference. Bryan Robinson knows his way around the head and heart of the working writer, and this book is a wonderful companion and a balm to the writer's soul."—John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author "You don't have to be a writer to treasure Daily Writing Resilience, a unique and uplifting meditation book. It's chock full of insights so profound you'll be tempted to gobble it up in one bite instead of savoring each daily portion as intended, slowly and appreciatively. For writers, it's a must-have!"—Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife and Moonrise "This must-have collection of inspirational nuggets will nudge you free of writer's block, garden variety or worse. Even if you're not blocked, a morning commune with some of writing's great minds will put you in the right creative space."—Sara Gruen, bestselling author of At the Water's Edge and Water for Elephants "I loved this book. Every page offered reasons to hope or reflect, to try harder or feel connected to writing's grand traditions. Seasoned pro or beginner—it doesn't matter. This book should be on every writer's desk."—John Hart, New York Times bestselling author and back-to-back Edgar Award winner "If you expect to speed-read these pages as the reading addict you are, reaching the end won't be your reward. This book is the Fountain of "Youcandoit" that will sustain you as a writer day after day (recyclable for new insight year after year)—for as long as you reward yourself each day with one premeasured cupful of wisdom."—Chris Roerden, author of Agatha Award-winner Don't Murder Your Mystery "Bryan Robinson's daily compendium is like a gift you can open again and again. Full of wisdom, insight, and advice from acclaimed authors on the front-lines of publishing, this book will allow writers to soldier on in the face of the inevitable setbacks, delays, and frustrations of this writing life."—Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark and Silver Falchion award winning author of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls, and As Night Falls "The author's voice makes this book of meditations a true stand-out. Robinson offers a wellspring of wisdom shared with refreshing candor through daily doses of inspiration. A must-read for any author, whether at the start of the writing journey or well along the path of publication."—Wendy Tyson, author of the Greenhouse Mystery Series and the Allison Campbell Mystery Series "In this thoughtful and inspirational treasure, Bryan Robinson connects writers of all levels and provides exactly what every author needs: intellectual fuel and emotional sustenance. Don't start your writing day without it!"—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author "At last! A real tool for real writers, a reference book that should be on every writer's desk next to their Thesaurus and Strunk & White Elements of Style. A practical guide that can be used as a daily devotional or motivational tool to hold your hand, to guide you, to encourage you, and to pull you back from the ledge. I can't wait to get my finished copy to put front and center on my desk."—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Flight Patterns.
Author: Melissa Moore, Michele Matrisciani
A five-point plan to usher you through heartache and toward a stronger, healthier place. “I know how to kill someone and get away with it.” The words spoken by her father when Melissa was a teen haunt her to this day. Two years later, after confessing that he was the serial killer nationally known as the Happy Face Killer, Keith Jesperson was arrested for the murder of eight women. The pain, guilt, and shame that followed her father’s conviction stigmatized Melissa for years until she figured out a way to use her emotions as fuel to free herself from self-imposed limits and set out on a journey to rebuild her fragmented life. Through her work as an Emmy-nominated investigative journalist, television host, educator, and advocate, Melissa created WHOLE, a five-step program to better develop her own approach to healing: Watch the Storm, Heal Your Heart, Open Your Mind, Leverage Your Power, and Elevate Your Spirit. Among other things, she found that the commitment to your core values makes all the difference in getting unstuck; that forgiveness gives the greatest chance of making a future not defined by the past; that there is great value in vulnerability; that creativity is essential to living a full life; and that hope is the basis for everything we feel, believe, and do. In each phase of the program, Melissa inspires you to embrace your past to find wholeness within the parts of your life that you believe to be “broken.” If you are stuck in the rut of a painful experience—whether depression, trauma, pain, fear, addiction, or guilt—you will find comfort in this book’s advice, self-evaluation, and action plans. WHOLE is a powerful journey of recovery and awakening that reframes the pain experience so it can be used as a way to invite understanding, growth, and transformation into your life.
Astrology for Writers
Author: Corrine Kenner
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Explains the core concepts of astrology and how they relate to elements of fiction, and offers guidance on developing characters, plots, and themes using astrological imagery and symbolism.
Tarot for Writers
Author: Corrine Kenner
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Once reserved for mystics and seers, the tarot is one of the best tools for boosting your creativity and shifting your imagination into high gear. Famous authors such as John Steinbeck and Stephen King have used the tarot deck to tap into deep wells of inspiration, and you can enliven your own writing the same way—whether you craft short stories, novels, poetry, nonfiction, or even business proposals. This book on reading tarot cards and applying them to your writing will guide you through each stage of the creative process, from fleshing out a premise to promoting a finished work. Enhance your storytelling technique through over 500 enjoyable writing prompts, exploratory games for groups and individuals, tarot journaling, and other idea-stimulating activities that call upon the archetypal imagery and multi-layered symbolism in the tarot. Infuse flair and originality into your work as you learn to: • Interpret symbols, myths, and learn to read all seventy-eight cards in the tarot card deck • Use classic tarot layouts and spreads to structure your story • Brainstorm story ideas and develop dialogue and plot • Create detailed settings, powerful scenes, and dynamic characters • Overcome writer's block and breathe new life into existing projects As a writer, you hold the power of creation in your hands. By exploring the tarot and incorporating it into your writing practice, you will set your creative potential soaring to new heights.
Have you read shelves full of books about self-help and spirituality and are now asking, How can I go deeper? The Easy Way to Enlightenment: 7 Lessons to Give Your Soul the Adventure of Your Life redefines and demystifies enlightenment, putting it well within reach for todays modern spiritual practitioner. The lessons and practices in this book will help you honor your past achievements and discover how to harness the creative forces of your soul, your connection to spirit and Mother Earth, and your creative magic to live a brighter, richer, and more satisfying life. The Easy Way to Enlightenment gets you off the bench and puts you into the exciting game of applied spiritual living, teaching you how to access higher forms of guidance and contribute your unique gifts to planet earth.
Your Inner Gold
Author: Nanci Shanderá
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
“With wisdom, candor and great self-awareness, Dr. Nanci Shanderá writes beautifully of the importance of complete self-acceptance."—Robert Schwartz, award-winning author of Your Soul's Plan Transform life's challenges into the gold of pure consciousness Heal your outdated attitudes, habits, and fears. Find purpose in this lifetime. Discover the seven stages of the ancient art of alchemy, and transform your consciousness in positive, life-affirming ways. Overcoming the inner blocks that hold you back from spiritual growth is one of life's most important tasks. Your Inner Gold is a step-by-step guide to personal evolution, showing you how to: • Transmute the ego's control • Reclaim emotion and intuition • Discover discernment and wisdom • Open the heart by balancing the inner masculine and feminine • Integrate your lower and higher levels of consciousness • Distill and develop the pure essence of your true self • Release yourself into a new consciousness of wholeness Providing exercises, stories, and deep compassion, Dr. Nanci Shanderá gives you the tools to purify your consciousness and achieve unconditional self-acceptance.
Explains how to develop and nurture one's natural intuitive powers in order to deepen relationships, improve collaboration, and make the most of every situation
Letting Go of Good
Author: Andrea Mathews
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
“Mathews identifies a psychological pattern that largely goes unrecognized, but which is epidemic, and she offers sound, solid solutions. This very wise book deserves a wide reception.”—Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind Stop Being Good and Start Getting Real Rediscover your true self with Letting Go of Good, an empowering guide to dismantling the false connection between being good and being worthy. While exposing the dangers of the guilt-led life, practicing psychotherapist Andrea Mathews shares innovative tools and techniques for healing, including how to understand and dialogue with emotions, develop intuition and discernment, and make decisions from a place of honest desire and compassion. Featuring a foreword by Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, this book provides the guidance you need to embrace the real, authentic you. With illuminating composite examples from Andrea’s clinical experience and a powerful exploration of the pathway to healing, Letting Go of Good presents a breakthrough approach to creating genuine relationships and awakening your true self to find peace. Praise: |“In this wonderful book, Andrea offers an important and insightful message for those seeking the next step in a life of freedom.”—Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, bestselling author of Return to the Sacred “This beautifully expressed book is a true gift for those many who feel lost or depressed about the celebration of life.”—Nancy Qualls-Corbett, PhD, author of The Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspects of the Feminine and Awakening Woman “Andrea Mathews not only understands the depths to which we go to remain in the human condition, but also the purity of the soul in that collaboration. Letting Go of Good: Dispel the Myth of Goodness to Find Your Genuine Self is a powerful bridge between the two, allowing the authentic self to emerge beyond the identity.”—Simran Singh, life mentor, award-winning author of Conversations with the Universe, and media creator for 11:11 Magazine
Sacred Signs & Symbols
Author: Sherrie Dillard
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Improve your life by embracing the guidance that Spirit sends you each day. Everyone receives sacred signs, messages, and synchronicities, but we don’t always notice or know how to interpret them. With Sacred Signs & Symbols, you’ll develop the ability to recognize, understand, and be guided by the signs all around you. Featuring a glossary of hundreds of signs and their meanings, this comprehensive guide helps you build a personal oracle system for invoking messages in your daily life. Explore a variety of methods for increasing your awareness, including exercises and divination techniques that you can personalize to your needs. You’ll also discover ways to connect with loved ones in the spirit realm and expand your perception of the world. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, a loving, wise, spiritual presence is offering you advice and comfort through divine messages. Praise: “Sacred Signs & Symbols is a wonderfully grounded and inspiring guide to connecting with the divine in your daily life. With helpful background information, numerous examples, an extensive signs glossary, and Sherrie’s beautiful personal insights, this book is a true treasure for your spiritual journey.”—Laurie Bonser, author of The Law of Attraction Meets Financial Stewardship “Sherrie Dillard has managed to translate the language of the Universe to everyone in such a simple yet powerful way, so that we can all understand it . . . [Sacred Signs & Symbols is] an amazing translation of the vibrational language of the Universe.”—Nianell, multi-award winning singer-songwriter and author of Knowing Who I Am
What is true happiness? How can you experience it? And can you live it wholeheartedly in your day-to-day life? Every thoughtful person asks such questions. Thoughtful Christians ask a few more questions such as, Can Christian practices enhance happiness? If so, how? And does Christianity provide happiness in a way that other paths, like psychology, cannot? Christopher Kaczor suggests answers to these and other questions about how to be happier. In The Gospel of Happiness, the bestselling author of The Seven Big Myths of the Catholic Church highlights seven ways in which positive psychology and Christian practice can lead to personal and spiritual transformation. Focusing on empirical findings in positive psychology that point to the wisdom of many Christian practices and teachings, the author provides not only practical suggestions on how to become happier in everyday life but provides insight on how to deepen Christian practice and increase love of God and neighbor in new and bold ways. “Part of the Christian message is that authentic happiness is to be found not in selfishness, but self-giving,” writes Dr. Kaczor. “In this book, I highlight the many ways in which positive psychology and Christian practice overlap. All of this points us toward deeper fulfillment in this life, and in the life to come.”
Author: Nathalie W Herrman
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Discover spiritual guidance for every day of the year with Daily Enlightenments. In only five minutes of reading each morning, this easy-to-understand and practical tool presents a spiritual truth to keep you grounded throughout the day. These daily contemplations cover a variety of topics designed to encourage self-reflection and mindfulness, including expressions of gratitude for life, how to form good habits, challenging questions about your actions, and more. Each entry concludes with a “take away” summary affirmation about how to effectively apply the spiritual concept to your life. With inspirational images to accompany the entries—including a bonus day for the leap year—this daily reader will bring higher consciousness and serenity to the way you live all year.
Designing Your Life
Author: Bill Burnett, Dave Evans
#1 New York Times Bestseller At last, a book that shows you how to build—design—a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home—at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve. In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise. "Designing Your Life walks readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would. Experimentation. Wayfinding. Prototyping. Constant iteration. You should read the book. Everyone else will." —Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive “This [is] the career book of the next decade and . . . the go-to book that is read as a rite of passage whenever someone is ready to create a life they love.” —David Kelley, Founder of IDEO “An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University . . . Perhaps the book’s most important lesson is that the only failure is settling for a life that makes one unhappy. With useful fact-finding exercises, an empathetic tone, and sensible advice, this book will easily earn a place among career-finding classics.” —Publishers Weekly From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Jett Psaris, Marlena S. Lyons
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
This book precisely maps a unique journey that turns the problems and conflicts that inevitably arise in relationships into opportunities for deeper connection. Illuminating case studies, guided self-inquiries, and challenging exercises help you discover how to engage your partner in a deeper dialogue and find ways of expressing the most profound and untamed aspects of your nature.
Body of Wisdom
Author: Hilary Hart
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
A chakra in our breasts that emits spiritual nourishment into life… a secret substance in our bodies to heal the earth… a direct connection from our wombs to the creative center of the universe… In Body of Wisdom, Hilary Hart identifies nine hidden powers alive in women’s bodies and instincts, waiting to be used in contemporary challenges such as the creation of community, healing of the earth, and the restoration of life’s spiritual nature. Based on interviews with the world’s most visionary spiritual teachers and women's dreams and experiences, Body of Wisdom ushers in a new spirituality in which the body and the shared body of the earth are known as a seat of mystical power and women take responsibility for spiritual work that only they can do.