Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sneak Peek at the Cover and Preface for D. D. Scott's Upcoming New Age Spiritual Book - I AM GOOD ENOUGH: One Non-Guru's Path to Spiritual Awakening (No Trip to India Required)

Happy Soul-Full Sunday Peeps!

I'm so tickled to be able to share with you the beautiful cover for my upcoming book...



I AM GOOD ENOUGH: One Non-Guru's Path to Spiritual Awakening (No Trip to India Required) will release the end of August.

You may be wondering how and why I'm going from a career as an International Bestselling Contemporary Romance and Humorous Mystery Author to becoming a Spiritual-Awakening Ambassador writing non-fiction New Age books. What has lead me from building communities of readers to building a community (Let Love Glow) where spiritually-awakened or awakening beings can connect and spread unconditional love around the world?

This book is my attempt to explain what I think is happening...all in Divine Time and with Divine Inspiration.

Here's a fabulous sneak peek at the preface for the book which fills you in on all of the wonderful details...


PREFACE

I Am Good Enough...and So Are You

“The Self That God created needs nothing. It is forever complete, safe, loved and loving. It seeks to share rather than to get; to extend rather than project. It has no needs and wants to join with others out of their mutual awareness of abundance.” — A Course in Miracles


I needed a miracle. But I didn’t know it. So I didn’t have it scheduled-in on my OCD-detailed To-Do List. And because that’s the way I used to live, I could have missed the life-altering moment when the mighty wall around my heart cracked, allowing my soul to awaken and walk toward a spiritual bliss and freedom that I’d all but given up on experiencing.

Not until that day, February 12, 2014, about a month before I celebrated my 43rd birthday, did I figure out that I didn’t have a clue who I was or what my life purpose was for this incarnation.

The day started like any other Wednesday at that time in my life. I got up around 6 AM, took my two much-beloved boys — Buckley, our Springer Spaniel, who’s more than a little intuitively talented, and Sigmund Freud (Siggy or Freud Boy for short), our Affenpinscher, who was and still remains clueless — for their morning walk around the block.

I fixed breakfast for myself and my wonderfully sweet husband Scott. Back then, breakfast consisted of a couple of eggs, over-hard, a couple of pieces of sourdough toast with a butter-like spread (not real butter because we ate “healthy”...well, we thought we did) and a couple of cups of decaf coffee for me and a hearty dark brew, full-on caffeinated for Scott, both with very healthy servings of agave syrup.

By 8:30 AM, I was pedaling my super-cool three-wheeled DeSoto Classic trike through our retirement community in Sarasota Florida, on my way to yoga class, my yoga mat and towel in the groovy basket between the back two wheels, and Scott on his bike behind me.

We had started taking yoga classes two days per week, on Mondays and Fridays, as part of our New Year’s fitness resolutions. We’d added a third class, on Wednesdays, because we adored a beautifully-spirited being, named Wendy, in our regular classes who taught her own class on Wednesdays. Wendy’s voice is that of an angel sent from the highest of highs in heaven, her low, deep and peaceful resonance is a therapeutic massage to my soul. I often teased her that I was going to record her classes so that when I was home, practicing the poses she taught me, I could hear her divine encouragement.

She began each class taking us through a series of basic poses like Tree Pose, Rag Doll and a few nice-and-easy Sun Salutations. That life-changing day, she did the same. But after our third Sun Salutation, she asked all of us to stop for a moment and look into the bank of mirrors covering the east wall of the studio. She didn’t want us to simply glance in the mirrors, she explained. She wanted us to really, really look into those mirrors and truly see ourselves, exactly as we were in that singular instant.

This made me extremely uncomfortable. I didn’t like mirrors, at all. Growing up, I’d looked in way too many of them over the eighteen years that I took dance lessons and performed in junior civic theatre, each time, seeing that I was by far the chunkiest kid in the room. Oh, I was very, very talented (always in the lead role and eventually voted Most Talented my senior year of high school), but I was also very, very pudgy. Let’s just say that wearing leotards and tights always made me feel ridiculous. And I just knew that everyone else who saw me in them had to be thinking the same thing.

Despite my personal horror at looking into mirrors, I did as Wendy instructed. I trusted her. In addition, all of the other students were doing as they were told so who was I not to follow? I certainly didn’t want to disrespect Wendy’s outstanding leadership. Her methods in the studio had made me a true believer in the healing power of yoga. I reminded myself of the blessings that she had helped me manifest in recent days. For the first time in the three years that I’d been suffering, I was beginning to get some relief from the horrible pain of my Crohn’s Diseased-body.

So, yes, I pulled up my big-girl panties (thrilled that I could wear them with my black loose-fitting leggings...there was no way in hell I was squeezing my thunder thighs into a pair of those fantastic, whimsically printed yoga pants), and I looked into those ungodly large mirrors.

Wendy then said, “Now repeat with me, ‘I Am Good Enough.’”

The room went silent.

I took a small amount of comfort in the fact that no one, out of the twenty or so students, including my husband, wanted to say anything into those mirrors, let alone, ‘I Am Good Enough.’ I could tell by the looks on several faces that I wasn’t the only one who thought Wendy had crossed the line with this mortifying method.

“It’s okay. You can do it. I Am Good Enough. Say it with me. I. Am. Good. Enough,” she said, her wonderfully warm, spirit-infused tone heating up the thick blocks of ice I could now feel encasing my heart in a wall of fear.

“I Am Good Enough,” I finally whispered, so stuck in my frigid hell that I don’t know if anyone else was saying it or not. It’s as if I’d melted into myself, entering a world inside my body and mind that I was totally unfamiliar with, suspending all operation of my five senses.

“I Am Good Enough. I Am Good Enough,” I continued to whisper, not allowing my eyes to focus on any part of me reflected in that bank of mirrors. My world was a total blur.

Out of nowhere came a single tear, followed by a few more. And then the tears kept falling. And falling. Sliding down my cheeks as if they’d been waiting a long time to do just that. I wiped them away with my hands while acknowledging Wendy’s sweet, serene, all-knowing smile, gazing back at me in the mirror.

I took a couple of deep, centering breaths, accepted her gentle hug and went right back into another Rag Doll and then a nice leisurely Downward Dog, as she instructed.

After class, Scott asked me if I was okay. The caring and kind soul that he is had picked up on my struggle with the mirrors.

But I really didn’t know how to answer him. All I knew was that for some reason, and on a very deep level, saying those words — I Am Good Enough — into that mirror had cracked the frosty wall around my heart and soul that before that moment, I didn’t know was there.

I had no idea where that feeling would lead me but I knew with everything I thought I was that I would never ever be the same person.

You may be wondering how that day, as deep as it affected me, took me from a career as an International Bestselling Contemporary Romance and Humorous Mystery Author to becoming a Spiritual-Awakening Ambassador writing non-fiction New Age books. How did it lead me from building communities of readers to building a community (Let Love Glow) where spiritually-awakened or awakening beings can connect and spread unconditional love around the world?

This book is my attempt to explain what I think is happening...all in Divine Time and with Divine Inspiration.

More than a New Year’s resolution to kick-off 2014, I’d started yoga to heal the illnesses Scott and I had been suffering a great deal from. I had Crohn’s Disease, and Scott was still recovering from a double knee replacement he’d had less than a year previously. Not to mention that we were both grossly overweight, borderline obese, and were starting to experience the overall general malaise and health issues that extra pounds cause. Yoga was to help us shed the pounds and get us moving on a regular basis.

I was also heavily researching a variety of dietary and lifestyle changes that we could make to ease our all-over body aches and pains and deal with the concerns we had about our mental and spiritual health along with our physical issues.

Jan, our Monday and Friday Yoga Instructor, often brought to class the latest issue of Yoga Journal magazine. Since I’m a total information junkie and bibliophile, I immediately subscribed to the magazine and had just received my first issue the day or two before Wendy’s I Am Good Enough mirror-work.

Curious by nature and committed to, if not addicted to, learning everything I can about every subject I can squeeze into my life (I read approximately ten books per month, countless magazines and journals and devour spiritual and health-oriented articles and information posted daily to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), I came back from Wendy’s class, inhaled my first copy of Yoga Journal and immediately downloaded onto my Kindle every New Age/Spiritual book recommended in that issue.

The psychologist in me had always been determined to fix all of my issues, and lucky (or unlucky) for my husband, I intended to fix his too. My inner Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow also knew that Wendy’s ‘I Am Good Enough’ stunt had triggered something very important for me. I believed without a doubt that whatever it was that made me lock up and tear up in front of those mirrors had to be the cause or at least part of the cause of my Crohn’s Disease.

Never much of a Western medicine kind of gal, except in emergency situations, I’d also been researching holistic and alternative therapies, which was how we’d ended up in yoga studios to begin with. We were also buying all of our food and many of our household products at Whole Foods Markets, eating and consuming as much organic and non-processed everything that we could find.

We were on a path to something big. I felt it with all that I was at the time. But little did I know that it would be our path home. Home to Spirit, to God, to Oneness with All Beings, or whatever you’re comfortable calling it.

What I’ve learned travelling my spiritual path is that not only am I good enough, but every single one of us is good enough. We don’t have to be gurus. We don’t have to take expensive trips to India and ashrams in other far-away places. We don’t have to be of any one religion or go to church or temple on a regular basis. And we don’t have to look great in leotards and tights or hot yoga pants.

Most importantly, we don’t have to be afraid. Why not? Because we’re not alone. There’s plenty of room to walk the path together. In fact, whether we’re aware of it or not, we are always on the path together, walking each other home, as one of my favorite gurus Ram Dass says.

On that note then, welcome to my path, my journey of Spiritual Awakening.

I’ve always been drawn to photographs, paintings and sculptures of paths with open gates or doors inviting me to follow them and find out what’s around the next bend. In fact, my home is full of these kinds of images, and I enjoy looking at them each and every day.

Not until my own spiritual awakening, however, did I realize how significant my love for paths was in my spiritual awakening process. I learned that paths symbolize the fact that I’ve always been searching for something. I just didn’t know what it was. And I certainly didn’t know where to find it. But I knew that something was missing from my life. Something spectacular. And something with purpose and meaning.

Sound familiar?

I’ve been creating space for you to travel this path with me perhaps for my entire life. But it wasn’t until I knew, without a doubt that, I am good enough, that I found the courage to lead and teach other beings how to awaken. Writing this book is my first endeavor to help you find your way home.

I’m an International Bestselling Fiction and Non-Fiction Author. I’ve topped the charts with over thirty contemporary romances, humorous mysteries and on-writing books. And I’ve sold over 600,000 copies. But how do those accomplishments qualify me to write books on spiritual awakening?

It’s okay to wonder that. I pondered the same thing — for months. What I discovered was that throughout my writing career, I’ve always been compelled to write stories filled with love and laughter, the basic ingredients of the genres I excelled in. But what I hadn’t figured out, until my own spiritual adventure began in front of those mirrors, was that my life purpose was to leave fiction behind for awhile and to explore love and laughter as it applies to our very-real, everyday lives and spiritual explorations.

I asked myself ‘What if I could find a way to give all of my readers a happily-ever-after in their own lives, and not just provide them with a few hours of escape into the fictional worlds I create?’

Like many of you, I read fiction novels and novellas filled with love and lots of humor to escape from the sadness and at-times horrible realities that we call life on Earth. My love of reading those kinds of heart-warming stories since I was a young teenager is why I began writing them.

But what if we didn’t have to escape into the pages of a novel? What if there were miracles of happily-ever-after waiting for each of us and all we have to do is know where to find them? And better still, what if we didn’t have to find them? What if we had everything we needed inside of us all along?

This is the perfect moment to share one of the first spiritual secrets I learned...

To spiritually awaken, there’s no need to look outside of ourselves. We’ve already got everything we need inside our hearts and souls. We simply have to remember it’s there and tap into it.

As A Course in Miracles says in the quote I chose to introduce this chapter:

“The Self That God created needs nothing. It is forever complete, safe, loved and loving. It seeks to share rather than to get; to extend rather than project. It has no needs and wants to join with others out of their mutual awareness of abundance.” — A Course in Miracles

I’ve spent the last fifteen years teaching thousands of writers around the world (on the award-winning site I co-founded The WG2E — The Writer’s Guide to Epublishing — and in numerous public appearances, conference classes, online seminars, internet radio and lectures) how-to survive and thrive in the writing and publishing world. But not until my ‘I Am Good Enough’ encounter did I begin to think that maybe my life purpose was more than creating fictional journeys and inspiring fellow writers. Maybe my life purpose was helping people with their real-life, everyday journeys home to the loving-kind place we all came from and will someday soon return to.

I didn’t come to this realization on my own. I’ve had amazing teachers on my path. A large part of my purpose in writing this book (and the entire Let Love Glow series) is to share the information I’ve learned.

There’s a Buddhist Proverb that reads, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I’ve had so many inspiring teachers appearing exactly when I’ve needed them, sharing exactly what I needed to know next. And during my journey the last year and a half I’ve had so many miraculous, highly synchronistic experiences.

Every single time I’ve been looking for a certain piece of information, it has appeared, presented in many cases by modern spiritual teachers living according to the lessons taught by ancient ultra-wise gurus who walked the Earth centuries before us. So most of what I’m sharing with you isn’t new information. It includes amazing approaches to life that have been practiced successfully for thousands and thousands of years across all cultures and continents.

My journey of spiritual awakening has unfolded one book one guru at-a-time. And that’s exactly what I’m going to present to you in this book. In I AM GOOD ENOUGH, the first book in my new Let Love Glow series, I’m sharing with you a path to spiritual awakening one book and one guru at-at-time.

Just like the synchronistic miracles I’ve been blessed with on my journey, the Universe has aligned our stars — yours and mine, through this book, leading us to this moment together, exploring our path home side-by-side, page-by-page.

The one thing that my readers and audiences (as well as people I meet at the grocery store and produce markets, coffee and tea shops, and anywhere else I go) comment on is that I’m always happy and usually smiling. They ask me if I’m always that way. Asking me how I stay so positive. And asking me what’s my secret to never-ending smiles. Answering their sweet questions I usually say something to the effect that I choose to be this way. I choose to be happy and cheerful, sharing a smile and a positive outlook. I love to light up the world a bit.
After a year and a half on my spiritual path, I realize that I’ve always intuitively, at my heart and soul level, known that I have that choice. I have a choice whether or not to smile and whether or not to be love and share love.

But I never dreamed that because I was consciously making that choice each day that I could help save the world, one being, one loving-kind act and one blissful moment at-a-time.

I have always chosen to Let Love Glow, even when I was miserable inside or suffering a great deal on the outside, whether from the normal ups and downs of life or from mistakes that I’ve made or the tough pain of living with Crohn’s Disease.

What I know now though is that I don’t have to be miserable, at all. I’d mastered looking the part of peace and happiness on the outside, but now I’m well on my way to healing from the inside, feeling peace and joy authentically, with every ounce of spirit and matter that I am.

What I’ve learned is how positively, spiritually-pure and powerful acts of sharing loving-kind vibrations can be. And it’s not only that I can share the vibrations with a smile and cheerful countenance but that also, energetically, I can actually help you recalibrate and increase your vibrations. By sharing my path to Spirit, I can raise your vibrations, too. (Note: If you’re the kind of human who loves the science behind our truths, throughout the book, I’ll point you in the direction of fabulous research. There’s actually science to prove this! That said, I’ve learned that science can be highly over-rated and unnecessary. We’re simply not open-hearted enough yet to prove a lot of things scientifically. Maybe you’ll come to that conclusion or maybe not. Whatever works for you! Either way, I’ll refer you to the research so you can check it out. It really is fascinating reading.)

Every day since my ‘I Am Good Enough’ experience, I’ve continued to grow into the spiritual being that I’ve been supposed to be since the day I came through the latest portal of my choosing to Earth as a human infant. I’m walking the path home. And I’m so honored that you’ve chosen to walk it with me.

One pivotal moment of looking in those mirrors and saying four words — I Am Good Enough, got me onto the path that has led me so much closer to home. And keep in mind that all I did was say the words. At that point in my life, I sure as hell didn’t believe them. Now, less than eighteen months later, I know without a doubt that these words are not just my truth, but your truth too. I Am Good Enough and So Are You.

These words served as the inspiration for this book and my new community Let Love Glow. (Much more on that later in the book.)

This is the most important work of my life. Making a bestselling books list is peanuts compared to being called upon to share the transformative energy and love that I’ve received from Divine Guidance, various teachers and wonderful resources along my path. And what’s fantastic about it is that I don’t have to wait until I’m a prominent guru in the field of new age spirituality to share what I’ve learned. All I need is willingness and a pure heart.

Let’s be real, not all of us, in this very moment, have the resources to jet off to India or pay thousands of dollars to attend one of the many wonderful conferences held each year featuring the world’s top teachers. Not that I don’t believe in and know that we each have the abundance of the universe on our side if that’s what we ultimately want to do. But on this earthly plane, those kinds of trips can take time to manifest.

In the meantime, with my book, you can relax on your couch, in your pajamas or underwear, with a glass of wine, tea or coffee, and get started on your own path to spiritual awakening.

As you’ll soon see, feel and know, right now is all that matters. Not what happened yesterday or who you thought you were yesterday. Not tomorrow and who you plan to be tomorrow. Just today. The present. Right now. Whoever you are this second.

Whoever that is, know that you are good enough, and you’re ready to walk with me.

My intention writing this book is to provide you with what one of my favorite teachers Dr. Barbara De Angelis calls Practical Spirituality. I’ll not only share with you the wonderfully mystical philosophies of the old world as well as cutting-edge metaphysical discoveries and the latest quantum physics applications, but also the exercises and techniques I’m using, based on these findings, to awaken my spirit each and every day. All without taking a trip to India.

Some of these exercises, techniques and the concepts behind them may seem tough to digest at first. And that’s okay. They were tough for me too, and you’ll learn that they were tough for the enlightened masters and gurus that have walked before us for centuries. They’re difficult to grasp because we literally have to retrain our minds, reversing the direction of most everything we’ve been taught when it comes to connecting our minds, bodies and spirits and their purposes while here on Earth.

Know too that our path won’t be a straight line. And there will be a bunch of potholes and detours along the way. All you need is the courage to stay the course, the faith that this is your way home. You are good enough to go the distance from your living room to God’s living room. You have all of the hope you need already inside you. You simply must remember it’s there and tap into its sweet loving strength.

You can take comfort in the fact that the path is always there, waiting for you to continue to walk it or perhaps step back onto it after a detour or two.

It’s not a static path either but one filled with amazing energy, miracles, sweet synchronicities, groovy dances, heart and soul movements, changes, shifts and awakening and recalibrated vibrations. You’ll be stopping to chat with places inside you that you’ve forgotten about (either on purpose or unintentionally), places you didn’t know existed or those you’ve chosen to ignore and skip on by.

I’m honored to help you navigate your path to spiritual awakening, and I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with you. We’ll learn a lot from each other, surrounded by and connected to the love coming from our hearts and expanding into the entire Universe and beyond.
Imagine that I’m standing beside you on a beautiful path, perhaps leading into a magnificent rain forest, or along a tropical beach of white sand and wonderful waves, or into the private sanctuary of a secret garden filled with butterflies and koi fish ponds. There’s a glowing white light reaching from my being to you. It’s connecting my heart to your heart.

We’re ready to walk now. Open your mind, your body and your soul and keep them open. There are so many amazing things for you to both give and receive along this path. Go ahead now. Take that first step. No big leaps necessary. Just a nice little baby-step will be more than fine. I’m right here to guide you.

Let Love Glow,

D. D. Scott
May 2015
Sarasota, Florida

4 comments:

  1. I'm really looking forward to this new series, Dee Dee!

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    1. Yayyy! Thank you so much, Sheila!!! I can't wait to share it with you!!! Hugs and Love my sweet friend!!!

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this preface of your new series, D.D.! It was quite intriguing! I'm truly looking forward to the completed book. :)

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Jaw! I'm looking forward to sharing the rest with you too!!! Hugs and Love

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