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There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir by Casey Gerald
Author: Fabi Preslar
Publisher: SPARK Publications
Genre: Business / Entrepreneur / Business Biography
Basic Description: When Fabi Preslar entered the world of business ownership, she never knew how powerful F words could be. Twenty years later, she’s sharing what she’s learned in Fabulous F Words of Business Ownership: Redefining Choice Words to Fuel Your Small Business. Throughout the book, we journey along with Fabi through her forefather’s lessons in business ownership to the fear and facade we all experience as business owners and finally into flourishing in the spaces we have built. With probing questions in each chapter, she invites readers to dig deep into their own business journeys to find the fuel to move forward successfully.
Arden’s Thoughts: Being honest about our struggles with anything is hard to do. It takes courage to put our big bags of… not our finest moments into the world to see. It takes wisdom to understand where we fall short, learn from it, and understand our lesson(s) enough to share with the world. It takes a leader to pull off all of the above and lead an award-winning business to profitability year after year.
In Preslar’s second book, readers get insight and practical lessons for how to be the leader our businesses need. Fabulous F Words of Business Ownership is tailored toward business owners, but includes practical lessons for all leaders.
My favorite F Word in this book was Foundation. I believe a solid foundation sets us up for success. It’s often times the most boring part of any business development (and for sure the least sexy) but without a solid foundation, our businesses fail. Preslar teaches about her own foundation and poses questions for readers to consider theirs.
The book takes readers on a path from fear to flourish, which will leave each person feeling encouraged in his or her own path while also challenged to keep moving forward toward more productivity.
Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel by Drew Hill
What to Say When You Talk To Your Self by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D.
Author: Michael G. Love
Publisher: SPARK Publications
Basic Description: There are many ways to leave the old dogmas behind and embrace the new understanding of who we are and how we relate to this universe. In author, Mike Love’s personal experience with this has been facilitated by the Twelve Rays. In The Reality of Your Greatness he shares with you a new understanding of the way he now thinks things are. Mike shares with you the information about the Rays. He offers practical ways to use the Rays in your everyday life. He invites you to follow along with him as he experienced the Rays.
Arden’s Thoughts: Finding peace in our busy lives is so hard. To me, anything that can help me find some clarity and serenity sounds lovely. I know taking time to meditate is important to my overall health, but goodness… being still. Y’all want me to be still?!? Luckily, I discovered The Reality of Your Greatness full of meditations transcribed by Mike Love. Mike gives readers guided meditations around each of the 12 rays of light. I got to spend some time with Mike and learned more about the 12 rays. Check out this interview…
Arden: What is your goal with writing your book?
Mike: The message of this book is simple. You are more than you think you are. You are Greatness. Now I’m not saying you can aspire to greatness. I’m saying you already are Greatness. I think that might be hard for some people to believe. I know it was hard for me to believe at first.
I’m probably a lot like some of your readers. I used to think that the person that I saw in the mirror every morning was the only me I really knew. I wasn’t sure what comes after this lifetime and I didn’t know what came before this lifetime. And I think a lot of people are OK with not knowing for sure. But as you get older, I find the answers to these questions become of more interest to you.
I became convinced of the reality of my greatness by working with the Twelve Rays. I am a big fan of meditation, although I resisted it for a long time. You know I thought it wasn’t for me. But then I tried it, and I realized the benefit I got from it. So, when I connect with the Rays I do so mostly by using meditations. There are many guided meditations in the book.
I was encouraged to let my light shine and that’s what I hope this book does. I hope it encourages people to let their light shine. And what I mean by that is I believe we all have special gifts to share. And when you get the opportunity to share them in your own way, you are letting your light shine and your example encourages others to do the same.
I also think that the book presents what I call a new spiritual metaphor. In this digital age, many of the old institutions and dogmas are just not working for people. I mean, just take a look around. This new spiritual metaphor will hopefully provide a framework for understanding that helps people to find their own answers to life’s important questions.
Arden: Wow. That’s really beautiful. So, what was the process like for you to write this book?
Mike: The process probably started around 2002 when I decided to open a wellness center in Charlotte that I named Phoenix Rising. My intention was to promote alternative healing modalities like Reiki. To tell you the truth, I couldn’t even spell Reiki at the time. I was also interested in exploring other avenues of communication to get answers to some of my personal questions.
One day a woman came into the center and told me she had a message for me from somewhere beyond. I was curious so we pursued it. We did a number of sessions together and one day the information about the Rays started to be delivered. It turns out that the information was delivered over a period of several months. But even before the Ray information was received, I was encouraged to write a book.
You know how life has a way of happening? Well, that’s what happened for me. I closed the center in 2005 and spent a lot of time and energy on keeping things going. I eventually got the information about the Rays together and started to share it with people in workshops and seminars. That is how I developed many of the guided meditations that are in the book today. About twelve years after I received the information about the Rays, I finally sat down and wrote the first draft of the book. Then I let it sit on my bookshelf for about 18 months.
About a year ago, I joined a small business development group. We meet every two weeks, still to this day. One of the participants is a gifted astrologer and she was very interested in knowing more about the Rays and how they fit into her work. I told her that I had written a manuscript and she asked if she could read it. So I gave it to her. At our next meeting, the group held an “intervention”. She had read the book in a single day and then gave it to one of the other members of the group and she read it in two days. They wouldn’t let me leave the meeting until I promised to publish the book.
That’s when the fun began. I knew who was going to publish the book for me (I had an existing relationship with Fabi Preslar at SPARK Publications) and so we sat down and her team took me through the process. It isn’t easy to let go of something that is so personal with the intent of sharing it with the world. I’m still getting over that.
I am so happy with the way the book turned out. My publisher did a really great job of leading me through the process, making really insightful suggestions, and keeping me on track.
Arden: That’s so cool and a real testimony to what it looks like to work with great people. I’m curious… Do you have a favorite ray or meditation?
Mike: My favorite Ray is the Third Ray, The Ray of Active Intelligence, or as I call it the “Get ‘er Done” Ray. The Law of Attraction became very popular with the success of the book, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. My understanding is that the Law of Attraction is just part of the Third Ray.
The “Get ‘er Done” Ray is the energy that allows us here in this dimension to manifest our thoughts into reality. It helps us to put a plan together that really gives us the understanding on how to make our thoughts become real.
It also, and this is where the Law of Attraction comes in, draws toward us the resources to get the job done. People may think that this applies mainly to money, but it doesn’t. Remember resources can mean just about anything that it takes to finish the project, people, materials, expertise, you name it.
When you understand how this Ray works, you quickly come to the conclusion that the universe is on your side and is supporting you all the time. The important thing to remember is that the universe makes no judgment. It doesn’t decide if what you want to manifest is good or bad for you. That is your responsibility.
Arden: I’m pretty sure every single person reading this wants to know more. How could my readers use your book?
Mike: I think the best use would be to feel better about yourself, knowing that you are more than you think you are and you are capable of achieving what you set your mind to.
We all have limiting beliefs about ourselves, our abilities, and our availability of resources. See yourself as a child of God, or Spirit, or All That Is, or whatever other name you may use to describe that one Source. Then realize you have a Divine Heritage. Just as an acorn has the heritage of the oak tree, we have the Divine Heritage of our Creator. Didn’t let anyone tell you that you are less than anyone else.
Arden: Where can they find you to learn more about this work?
Mike: I’m right here inside their computer. I have a Facebook page where I am constantly posting things. It is 12rays. I even do Facebook live events. And my website that has a lot of information and all the book meditations is www.twelverays.com. Of course they can buy the book at www.realityofyourgreatness.com or Amazon.com.
Arden: Perfect! Is there anything else you’d like my readers to know?
Mike: Yes. I’m so glad you asked. We haven’t spoken about the music! There is an accompanying 2 Disc CD that is composed and played by Richard Shulman which features music infused with the energy of the Ray. There is a really interesting story here, but in the interest of keeping things brief, I’ll leave it for now. This is the first music that I am aware of that has the energy of the Rays blended into it.
As I said, it is a 2 Disc recording, and I like to say CD but it is of course also available in MP3 format to download. You can hear some lovely samples of it on the www.realityofyourgreatness.com website.
This is melodic keyboard music. There is one track for each Ray and they are relatively short, generally between 5 to 8 minutes each. I think you will find that it really helps you to tune into the vibration of the Ray energy.
Mike will be hosting Facebook Live sessions weekly starting August 8, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST on the 12rays Page. He will speak on discovering the reality of your greatness through the 12 rays and the meditations. Like his page to stay up-to-date on all he is doing!