I’m Getting Annoyed, Really Ticked Actually With Reviewers.

Reviewers Beware! Some readers have been quite harsh in commenting on Forbidden’s seer – Eliza MacKay.

I should be a bit more blase when it comes to being annoyed with people who believe being a seer is someone with a crystal ball, using super natural paranormal talents.

In fact, we are all seers. To some extent, we all use this ‘gateway’ to a higher awareness but mostly, and often embarrassingly refer to it as ‘my gut, or ‘my intuition.’ I don’t know of anyone of my associates who haven’t experienced an illogical reaction to being in a particular location, attending an event, or making a purchase, etc. etc. You instinctively ‘see’ a consequence, a condition, a reward or threat associated with the idea, plan or action.

The seer is one who has flexed those intuition muscles and has become more adept at discerning what is fact and what is fantasy. Eliza MacKay in Forbidden is a character who has proven she has had success in finding lost dogs, being able to see where they are (if they aren’t running). She doesn’t portray herself having some supernatural gift bestowed upon her by a deity. She’s no goddess, and certainly no saint.

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My ire with a few reviewers is justified. The first chapter, in fact first few paragraphs, she’s struggling with a strong intuition (seer) that she should get out of RIPT. She’s torn. She’s promised to meet a Habitat for Humanity group to be their interpreter. She can’t abandon them. As the chapter progresses, it is clear that she is truly in great danger.

Reviewers seem to get rankled when, much later in the story, she offers to help Captain Sharif find his children through touching the child’s coat or gazing into a map. The reviewers state that ‘suddenly’ she became a seer. No, that characteristic was introduced in chapter one, paragraph one. Damn! Sometime I wonder if reviewers read the bloody story or if they simply skim, reading every other sentence. Is there a trend to see how fast a reader can finish the book? How many books can they read in a year?

This assessment is from reading each review and discovering some readers did not grasp the plot, the motives, the chain of events, etc. Now, if every reader had the same difficulty, obviously the fault is with me, the author, in not writing a clear and well though out story. However, since most did fully understand the story, I wonder why other readers were confused. If they were required to write an exam on what they just read, they’d flunk.

There’s one more point I want to make clear. Some readers believe that what was forbidden is that Captain Sharif was not allowed to have a relationship with a non-Muslim. That is not true. The reader’s personal beliefs and misconceptions tainted their experience with Forbidden. What happened to having an open mind?

Fact: What is true for a devout Muslim, is that he or she should not be intimate before marriage. A Muslim man can marry any woman he chooses, regardless of her religion. Sadly, the reverse is different. A devout Muslim woman must marry only a Muslim man (to ensure the children are raised as Muslims). However, in a moderate Muslim community, there is more flexibility.

I’m done with my rant. Thanks.

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Windwalker, an Uncommon Mentor

 

I am offering a special gift to all my followers. If you’re seeking to become more conscious of your spiritual growth, develop a closer relationship with nature, and awaken to your inner guide and wisdom, there is no greater mentor than Wes Gietz.

Introducing Wes Gietz, Windwalker.

Main Areas: Vision Quest, Rites of Passage, Natural Mentoring, EFT
Career Focus: Guide, facilitator, Elder

Wes Gietz has studied and practiced natural skills and beliefs for over fifty years, with pauses as required by the necessities of love and life. He has been taught by Tom Brown Jr. and Native teachers the skills of survival and living, awareness, and philosophy, the ceremonies of daily life, and the ceremonies and responsibilities of the sweat lodge. He has studied Coyote Mentoring with Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School, and is regarded as an elder by many.  He honours these ways by keeping them for the generations yet to be born, and has taught them in workshops and at gatherings since 1993.

Wes has guided Rites of Passage for individuals and groups for over 15 years, including the 24-hour Solo and the four-day Vision Quest, for both young people and adults.

He has taught a nature-based path of spiritual awakening and power since 1994, and combines this with the path of the sweatlodge and the Vision Quest.

He practises and teaches EFT, a powerful meridian-based technique for healing emotional disturbances, phobias, addictions and a variety of physical problems.He has worked for seven years with CanAdventure Education, a wilderness-based program for youth at risk, facilitating ceremony and nature awareness for staff and participants.

Wes facilitates the learning of Natural Mentoring and Coyote Mentoring through programs of nature awareness and experiential learning, in both English and French, for individuals and school groups.

He has published numerous articles in various journals and newsletters on topics such as edible and medicinal plants, spirituality, healing, tracking, and Coyote Mentoring, and is contributing author of Peak States of Consciousness, Volume 2: Acquiring Extraordinary Spiritual and Shamanic States (Grant McFetridge with Wes Gietz).

In 1999 he initiated the Firemaker Primitive Skills Gathering, an annual week-long learning and celebration of ancient skills and community held on Vancouver Island.

In his former professional life, he has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s degrees in biochemistry and public administration, and 15 years of consulting experience in training, strategic planning, and human resource management. He has taught at the University of Victoria and North Island College. He is bilingual in French and English, has very little hair on top, and is omnivorous.

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Forbidden: Allah’s Wrath Versus Family Loyalty

Captain Sharif ‘s choice. Protect his family = his soul will be damned. Follow Allah = loss of family

What evCaptain Khaner your chosen religion or beliefs, have you had to make a decision that was in direct conflict with those ‘rules’? What if your life depended upon stepping away from those sacred tenants. Could you sacrifice your soul for the higher good of another? Even for someone you don’t know?

Sacrifice of the self, in the mind of the One Most High, may be the ultimate expression of love and devotion to God. It may be the song angels sings and to which gurus aspire. Does Allah, God, Buddha, et al have such high expectations to prove our obedience to the law of creation, heaven, even to attain immortality?

Yes, most of us would sacrifice our life for a child. I know I’d put my life on the line for one of my animals. Yes, crazy pet lover. But love is love. Where would I draw the line? For an animal I don’t know? An injured bird struggling in the center lane of a freeway? If I want to sleep peacefully that night, I would make the attempt.iStock_000015136153_XXXLarge

Captain Sharif had his orders. Execute the prisoner. If he fails to comply, his family will be in dire peril. If his loyalty to his superiors is in doubt, his death will be the least of his worries. The thing is, he doesn’t know her. As far as he’s concerned Eliza could be a criminal, a spy or killer, a woman of ill repute, maybe deserving of harsh punishment. His superiors have the security and honor of RIPT in their hands. Perhaps she has jeopardized the future of his nation.

And yet, having observed her for ten minutes in the compound of his police station, he witnessed something more profound than the first breath of his newborn son. In an instant, Captain Sharif knows he will go to the wall for her. He must. Even if Allah damns his soul for eternity.

Water, a Mystical Antidote. #NatureIsCalling

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I’m boosting my creative juices? During May, I am participating in David Suzuki’s 30 X 30 Nature Challenge: 30 Minutes in Nature over the next 30 days. #NatureIsCalling

See my post: A Fun Challenge That Could Make You a Better Writer

#30x30NatureChallenge

Why will this boost my creative juices? “A growing chorus of scientists and researchers agree: time spent in nature makes us happier, healthier and less stressed. It increases creativity and lowers risk of heart attacks. It even makes us nicer, more empathetic humans, with more meaningful relationships and increased community involvement.​”

Water, a Mystical Antidote

DailyTip9How many beaches have you walked, sunbathed at, or where you read a romance novel? What drew you to the sandy shore? Was it the party atmosphere or a stunning sunset? Was it an opportunity to relax and get a tan?

In fact, I believe it was the water, not the sand, that drew you to the beach.  The sound of waves lapping at your feet subliminally banished your worries of the day. The hypnotic rhythm lulled you into a state of pure bliss.  Even a small shoreline has the same power as the beaches of Cook Island.

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Chickakoo Shoreline

Sammy, Jade and I visit Chickakoo Lake Recreation Site almost daily. There are a string of lakes surrounded by old forest. A network of groomed trails connects several lakes. However, my Sammy has earned the nickname, Sidetrail Sammy. He’s not content to follow the path of others. Oh no. Yesterday, he led us through brush and over fallen trees.  Now, consider my dogs are Shelties. Their fur grabs every hitch hiker and small sticks as we trudge through underbrush and descend carefully down banks.

Finally, we came to the shore of Kettle Lake. Not exactly pristine beach property, mind you. In fact, this ‘beach’ is more often enjoyed by beavers and waterfowl. However, it’s mystical powers equaled that of many exclusive shorelines I’ve enjoyed worldwide.

We intended to remain just a short while. I began to remove various twigs and burs from Sammy and Jade’s fur, cool off from the hour long hike, and watch the ducks. I began to get distracted by the sounds at my feet. The wind was pushing the water’s surface toward us. Ripples of small waves licked at the debris along the shore. My attention was drawn to notice the colors, the rhythm, the soft whispers. Suddenly, there was no need to fret over my dog’s coat or the time.

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90 Mile Beach, New Zealand
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1987 New Zealand 90 m beach

Seduction of Nature, #NatureIsCalling

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I’m boosting my creative juices? During May, I am participating in David Suzuki’s 30 X 30 Nature Challenge: 30 Minutes in Nature over the next 30 days. #NatureIsCalling

See my post: A Fun Challenge That Could Make You a Better Writer

#30x30NatureChallenge

Why will this boost my creative juices? “A growing chorus of scientists and researchers agree: time spent in nature makes us happier, healthier and less stressed. It increases creativity and lowers risk of heart attacks. It even makes us nicer, more empathetic humans, with more meaningful relationships and increased community involvement.​”

Seduction of Nature

Have you experienced a seduction as powerful as that of a lover’s touch?

There are forces that have a power to speak to us, wake us up from our living sleep – even for just a moment, a breath, a heartbeat. Through experience, we discover the healing power of those moments. As we wake, we learn how to grasp onto those forces, those incredible moments of sheer joy, of connecting with our omnipotent higher self.

DSCN0495Some call those transitional events as the ‘aha’ moment – sudden awareness or comprehension. They are available to humanity continuously. One does not need to adopt a religious doctrine or chant prayers. If a special rock or medicine pouch gives you focus, bring it along. However, all that is needed is to stand by a flowing stream, gaze at the stars, or close your eyes and listen to nature.

Caution. These moments are seductive. And, the more you surrender, the greater will be your shift to a more conscious state; the more you can let go of perceived fears; the more you will discover your authentic self – a powerful and omnipotent being.