I feel absolutely thankful and honored that our wonderful Sue kindly asked me to write a guest-post for her blog. Her request came out of the blue for me and I am happy and excited! I asked Sue what she would like me to write about. She said, “It would be lovely if you could write a little about your books and what led you to write them… but if something else ‘wants’ to be written, that is fine too.” So, this is what happened 😃:
What is it that makes someone write a book? I believe – no matter what book it is – that behind it is a personal story. It may be a love of communicating, an escape into different worlds or life stories, a wish to experience more which is possible when diving into another reality, or simply our own development which led to particular insights.
A book – no matter what kind of book, fiction, or non-fiction, history, cooking, sports, self-development, poetry, memoirs, kids’ books, etc. – is always a part of the writers themselves. It is a sharing of their love and passion for something they feel within. So the writer expands himself that way into the outside world. That flame of passion and enthusiasm for something that burns within is passed on. Of course, this happens through all kinds of art work like painting, music, photography, and basically with all we do (consciously or unconsciously, constructive or destructive). We are telling a story!
My motivation of writing my first book I’m Free – Awareness of Who You Are by Discovering Who You Are Not! was to share the insights I had (and all that developed from there) when I realized struck like lightning, that all through my life I had waited to be allowed to do what I actually wanted to do. Or to get the permission to stop doing what I did not want to do. I realized that basically what limited me was not the others but me, making myself dependent upon their approval. Yes, there is history behind it in the way I was taught how life had to be lived… but the problem was that I believed it and was too scared and daunted to stand up for myself when I was older, although I felt it was not me. I was afraid to be questioned because I was not able to face such discussions. So when your own dreams come into play, you question those dreams because you are afraid particular people could be against them. So those dreams are buried like unreasonable fantasies.
But there came a moment when I realized that the way I live my life is my decision, that I am entitled to say NO when I feel it, even without justifying it. That it was not others who were limiting me, but something I was doing to myself due to my thought patterns. That actually nobody can harm me just because they think differently. It was a moment of liberation and breaking the lock of my prison. I never ever felt such a power within me before. It was like a huge dose of injected self-esteem. That day I promised myself that I would never let myself be guided by my fears anymore. I would never back-off anymore when opportunities arise. I will take the steps one-by-one no matter how scared I am. I simply promised myself to finally live my life!
Life did not get easier when I ceased to turned away when challenges showed up, but it got so much more meaningful! For example the journey I started due to my book led me here to WordPress. Blogging and meeting all of you gave me insights I had never expected to be possible!
Don’t wait until your life gets meaningful. You are the meaning of your life!
Sharing this bottom line is the reason I am writing!
Thank you from my heart again for granting me this guest post, Sue 💖
In Love and Light
About the author:
Hi, I am Erika! I was born in Vienna but grew up in another part of Austria and in the Principality of Liechtenstein (within the Swiss Alps) where I still live. I am a part-time working mom and running a Practice for Aromatherapy and Self-Development – next to being a singer and author.
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This book provides 101 inspiring quotes regarding encounters, situations, and challenges in life. It shall help make the reader find back to the inner strength and gaining the necessary power and insights to move on. Life is meant to be experienced as a fulfilling adventure. We are the creators of our stories, not the observers. Your life is yours!
“In my opinion this book is a must for anyone who is interested in spirituality and also for those that have lost their way or are looking for their reason for being here in this incarnation. A great book well worth the reading.”
-Chris Gaydon, Medium and Healer
Sind auch Sie von Träumen und Wünschen erfüllt, nach deren Verwirklichung Sie sich sehnen? Stecken auch Sie diese als ‘unrealistisch, unvernünftig’ oder ‘zu riskant’ in eine Schublade der ungelebten Träume? Was aber hält Sie davon ab, diesen klaren Aufrufen zu folgen? Es sind die eigenen Gedanken, die sich im Laufe des Lebens zu Glaubenssätzen entwickelt haben. Viele davon entstammen nicht uns selbst, sondern wurden übernommen. Wir haben jedoch eine unfehlbare Messstation in unserem Inneren, durch die wir in der Lage sind, zu erkennen, wann Handlungen und Denkweisen mit unserem Wahren Ich übereinstimmen und wann nicht: unser Gefühl! Dieses Buch soll eine Taschenlampe sein, um den Weg durch den Dschungel der Illusion und Prägung zu unserem Wahren Selbst zu beleuchten. Wir sind nicht hierher gekommen, um zu leiden, sondern um ein glückliches Leben zu führen, in welchem wir Schöpfer unserer Umstände und nicht deren Opfer sind.
As a teenager Erika wrote many poems about her observations of life. In her late thirties a new perspective of life caused a flare up of this ability. A long forgotten outlet opened up again and made her let all of her challenges and blessings flow into lots of soulful poems. Although Erika’s mother tongue is German many of her poems just appeared in English, since she has a long-lasting relationship to that language. Become enchanted, inspired and touched by the poet’s words which arose out of many personal experiences and insights that life sent towards her.