As of today, July 17, 2020, our company, Stephanie Gunning Enterprises LLC, is no longer offering “referral fees” / “commissions” / “overrides” / “mandatory gifts” to any individuals who refer clients to us.
To clarify our position: At SGE LLC we have never had a formal affiliate program. However, there has been some confusion among some of our allies and colleagues that our occasional voluntary “thank you” gifts were formal commissions. To avoid future confusion and ill feelings with these friends of ours, we simply won’t be offering them anymore—from this date forward.
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Writing is love. It’s the beating heart pulsing on paper. It is music, magic, and mystery, an effort to gain mastery of forces, of impulses, of desires, of ideas, of life. To those who feel an intense magnetic pull to write, little explanation of the phenomenon is required. You know who you are. You also know the pull is only the beginning. There is a reason others look upon those who write as they would mythical creatures, like unicorns and dragons: Writers have the power to name and to reveal. Once you sense this possibility in yourself, you likely will be hooked on it forever.
Yes, writers are admired. But writers should also be suspect. Watch out. Everything is fair game to writers. Their lives—meaning anything and everything they feel, think, do, experience, observe, or dream about—can and probably will show up in their poems, plays, films, essays, and books. As admirable as they may be, writers can also be dangerous.
As a writer myself, I feel I’m always trying to capture fireflies in a jar. But how does one capture a dynamic, moving force like life or an emotion in images without it losing its vitality? How can one put a frame around a picture that has no beginning and no end? I always do my best to approximate my perceptions in words. But some days I’m a better writer than on other days. Some days my writing sucks. On the best days, there’s nothing like the feeling of writing.
No one can stop you from writing if you want to write. That’s one of the beautiful things about it. You might think that someone else has to give you permission. That’s a false belief. Writers really get better at writing when they stop looking for approval—both their own and others’. For encouragement, I used to keep a note stuck up above my desk that read: “Be bold.” Then there was the time in a Chinese restaurant that I got a fortune cookie informing me, “One day you will write a book.” I taped that above my computer screen. Whatever message you need to hear to grant yourself the freedom to write whatever you want to write, tell it to yourself.
It’s only human nature to compare ourselves to other people and study their habits. It’s human to want to belong to a tribe, to fit in. For these reasons, it is fun to observe how other writers write and live. How do they do it? What does it mean to them? Am I the same way? I hope you’ll be excited to flip around in this book and see what random pages you land on.
When I began compiling quotations for The Writer’s Book of Inspiration, I was impressed with the extraordinary highs and lows creative writers experience while pursuing the craft. Some describe virtually tearing their hair out in desperation, others are pragmatic, even mercenary, and compulsive, and many express delight and spiritual wonder. The ones I love best are those that provoked me to laugh and to think. They all made me proud to call myself a writer and lifted my self-esteem. In these remarks from men and women of different ages, races, and eras, I felt a mirror being held up to my daily life as a craftsperson, an artist, and a living human being. There is tremendous humanity to be found in how they go about and often struggle at doing their best work. Nothing else matters more, when you get right down to it than being human—with all that it means.
The literary life is a path of self-discovery and revelation. If you have chosen to walk this well-worn path, remember to step a little bit outside of the bounds of cultural expectations from time to time. Trample the grass—or better, take off your shoes and feel the grass between your toes. Never rush and always daydream. Nap at strange hours. Design your own rituals. Ignore the ringing telephone, and other forms of buzzing, chiming, beeping technology. Let yourself forget what day of the week it is. Travel. Read. Cultivate relationships with odd and curious people. Whatever it is you feel, whatever you think or believe, make the blank page your friend and no matter where you go, you’ll be at home and have something to do. Be surprised by life.
Sandra Rogers is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice , specializing in object relations and transpersonal psychotherapy. Schooled in the depth psychology of Carl Jung and the archetypal psychology of James Hillman at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, she believes that self-knowledge, including an awareness of the personal unconscious, opens the door to living an effective, authentic life.
The idea for the Queen archetype sprang from her long-held interest in the Crone archetype (the third in the classic Triple Goddess paradigm), which she found most women strongly rejected. The Queen is a new developmental stage sandwiched between the Mother and the Crone that is now available to women at midlife because women have so many more healthy, generative years in which to express their power and experience to benefit not only their own children but their communities, corporations, and the wider world.
By aligning with this archetypal energy, women can access their now highly developed power and skills to enhance and deepen their lives.
In her practice, Sandra often uses dreamwork, clinical hypnosis, guided imagery, and art therapy to help deepen the work. She believes that by helping her clients find their strengths and unique qualities they can become more self-aware and access their inner wisdom, heal were they need to, and reach their goals.
Inviting the Queen holds exercises that lead the reader through levels of consciousness associated with the seven chakras in their bodies as a means of beginning to embody the Queen, ultimately operating from her higher perspective in their daily lives.
Susan Nicholas, M.D., M.B.A., is the founder of the Human Consciousness Consortium. Author of The Duality of Being: Perspectives from Multidimensional Travel and a new series of conscious illustrated children’s books, she is a reiki healer, a life coach, and a public speaker on issues of consciousness.
Susan is a former clinical fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University and general surgery resident and research fellow at UCSF Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine and Emory University Goizueta Business School. She has also done healthcare equity investment analysis.
The Duality of Being details aspects of her life and how her emotions and mindset were altered by the convoluted journey she made into higher realms of consciousness through her out-of-body travels. She shares what she’s learned that has improved her quality of life, decisions, and relationships. Many who travel as she does have had near-death experiences. Her own multidimensional trips began spontaneously. From depression, her state now is one of joy and equanimity. Hers is a hopeful vision of what is possible for all of us.
2:55 Susan explains what happened to her in her life that lead to having an out-of-body experience.
9:36 Susan talks about the shift that happened in her life.
11:00 Susan describes her first out-of-body experience.
13:50 We discuss awareness and the role it plays in having this type of experience.
16:53 Susan describes some of her challenging experiences and what she’s learned from them.
20:15 We discuss the lower frequency version of earth that some people travel to.
33:35 Susan talks about the relationship she has to her body.
38:30 We discuss life after multidimensional travel.
47:15 Susan tells us the secret about our feelings.
For Episode 20 of the Executive Shaman Podcast hosted by psychologist Dr. Krystal White, author of The Letter Code, we had a serious discussion of the nature of expressing in your own voice when you write–and offering a few tools to get there. This topic is not about boasting or arrogance; it’s about hitting that sweet spot when you stop trying to defend yourself and start writing truthfully.
December is a month in which annual business plans are put into place by those of us who work from home offices and kitchens–or corner offices and shops. Dreaming and hustling are the two legs of entrepreneurship. Our end-of-year planning sessions may include reviewing the detailed metrics of the previous year and auditing our website functionality and content, or boldly outlining broad strokes of our wildly important goals. Year 2019 seems as fresh as a new copper penny, gleaming with promise.
Who do you want to be? These ten books may help you decide.
There’s a lot to be said for confidence. Have you ever been in a room when a confident women walks in? She owns the space. She knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to go after it. In today’s world, where women are more educated and more well qualified than ever before there’s no reason they should still be making 20 percent less than men.
In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason for this outrageous discrepancy is confidence. If you’re looking for the It factor and want to be the woman to watch, give it a read. Where will your confidence take you?
Raise your hand if you’ve ever walked into a meeting with your boss looking for a raise only to walk out wondering, What just happened?
Raise your hand if you thought you were going to land a client only to walk out of your face-to-face “closing the sale meeting” feeling like a sad little puppy with its tail between its legs and no deal.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to speak in front of an audience only to start sweating and shaking through the whole presentation you’ve prepared and feel like a phony by the end of it all.
There’s a reason you come out of these experiences feeling like a fake and a failure. It’s because you lack presence. When you have presence, you don’t care about what other think of you. Your main focus is what you think of yourself. Often times the work that needs to be done is internal and Harvard professor Amy Cuddy is here to take you on a spiritual journey to find the presence needed in order to approach your next challenge with your head held high.
Full disclosure, I am Rania Anderson’s editor. And a proud one.
I can’t even begin to tell you how long I waited for a book like this to be written. We live in a day and age where stories of men acting inappropriately toward their female colleagues are on the rise. We hear about the backlash and consequences faced by those accused of this behavior, but we often don’t hear about the men who stand by the women being treated disrespectfully. Those “Good Guys,” as Rania Anderson calls them, understand that we succeed together.
This book focuses on the positive. It addresses what is working and how we can make things better. It’s an opportunity for men to be part of the change in the institutions and mindsets of the business world. Girl bosses and team leaders need to read it as much as men. But it is definitely a book to share with your colleagues.
Do you make a six-figure salary? Do you want to make a six-figure salary? I can almost guarantee you answered yes to one of these two questions. Women are quickly outgrowing men in the six-figure category and Barbara Stanny wanted to know why.
In her book, Secrets of Six Figure Women she looks into the characteristics of successful women and sees that they have a lot in common. So if you’re making the big bucks or aspire to, this one is for you. You’ll find you’re in good company!
Women start and grow businesses for different reasons, and money is one of the compelling ones. Money brings us options.
Simon Sinek has the third most popular TED Talk with over 28 million views and there’s a reason WHY (see what I did there?) He’s an inspiration whose approach starts with asking simple questions, like: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some of us command greater loyalty from our customers and our employees? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success patterns over and over–as a serial entrepreneur would?
Sinek figured out that people aren’t motivated to buy from us because of what we’re selling, they want to know WHY we’re selling it. He realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it. Look at any successful entrepreneur you know–and your own responses to different pitches–and verify this assertion for yourself.
What’s the takeaway? If you’re looking to build a successful, long-lasting business and become a leader in your field and community, then implementing his powerful idea about the “Golden Circle” might just be the missing tool you need to succeed.
You’d have to be living under a rock not to know what a TED Talk is, but just in case, I’m here to help. Technology, Education, and Design (TED) Talks are the widely known public speaking events where the world’s leading thinkers and innovators take the stage to share their insights on education, business, science, tech, and creativity. And when you’re the speaker and millions are going to be watching, you need to be prepared to sell your ideas persuasively.
But don’t we need to do this all the time? Anywhere we speak? After all, speaking is one of the best ways to attract clients and customers. As founders and owners, we are the face of our businesses.
Carmine Gallo, a public speaking coach and bestselling author, gives us a step-by -step method to becoming an engaging, persuasive, and memorable presenter devised after interviewing some of the top TED Talk presenters. In this book, you’ll learn the nine secrets sure to make your next presentation dynamic.
Here’s a truth bomb. If you’re looking to make a change in your life, you need to do things differently. Easier said than done? Sometimes the hard part is figuring out what changes need to be made. Good thing leadership expert Sally Helgesen and leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith brought us How Women Rise.
In this book, Sally and Marshall identify 12 habits that hold many women back. If you resonate with any of these descriptions, you will gain a clear understanding of why some things that worked for you in the past can hinder your ability to move onward and upward.
Every level of business success has its own rules and requirements. Learn from this what you can do today to advance your career.
It’s not easy being a leader. Some people think leadership is about having a title, status, and power. Brown found in her research that real leadership is about seeing the potential in others and helping them grow into the best versions of themselves. The women I have met who are most successful are generous in sharing knowledge and connections, and even their wealth under the right circumstances. It is refreshing to know, as Brene Brown understands, that power and influence become infinite when we share ourselves with others.
If you have high aspirations and want to improve your leadership skills and expand the roles you play, this is a must-read book.
GRIT may very well be my new favorite four letter word. There are times in life when we look at successful people and wonder, How did they do it? What do they have that I don’t? What does it take to succeed? Chances are it’s “grit.” Growing up, our society trains us to judge others by their talent, looks, and social status. But this book reports that it takes a lot more than talent to get ahead.
Grit is a combination of passion and persistence. It’s what keeps you going when the going gets tough and it’s what New York Times bestselling author Angela Duckworth talks about in my ninth pick this week.
So, do you have the persistence and determination it takes to success? If not, are you willing to learn and train yourself?
It takes a village. Have you ever heard this saying? Changes are you have. Do you believe it? I do. Nowadays, practically anything is possible with the support of others. That includes financial support!
Alex Daly, a crowdfunding expert, is here to take you into her most successful campaigns in order to help you fund your next project. This book is a must read before you launch a Kickstarter Campaign to fund your next endeavor.
Writers and other mortals function best from a state of inner calm. When we can breathe and are clear-headed, then we can be highly productive and creative. Meditation has a ridiculous number of benefits for mind, body, and spirit. And the advantage of the modern literature on meditation is that there is something for everyone.
Everywhere you go people are telling you that you should be meditating. But if you’re like many others, the prospect of sitting in silence with your eyes closed sounds dull or uncomfortable. So, if you self-identify as“fidgety,” or “easily distracted,” then you might like this book. Too busy to meditate? Can’t turn off your brain? Curious about mindfulness but more comfortable in the gym? Try this practical and at times funny book to turn things around.
The other type of reader this book is intended for is the“skeptic,” meaning, an individual who doesn’t believe in the merits of meditation. This is a totally different issue. I once dated a supercilious Russian dude who told me, “I feel sorry for people who chant because they look like imbeciles.”Needless to say, we were mismatched as a couple! Chanting and meditation are activities I LOVE, and I can report first-hand that there are tons of benefits for brain and body.
Skeptics are people who wouldn’t be caught dead touching crystals. They can’t sense energy. Poor them. They just don’t get it.
In Harris’s book, written in collaboration with master meditation teacher Jeff Warren, the purpose was for them to road trip and figure out what’s stopping us from taking advantage of these powerful benefits and how to help us get out of our own way. The science is embedded. Dan Harris is a journalist, so he reports well.
Sharon Salzberg is the ideal meditation coach for the beginner. She’s a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Vermont. She has thirty years of experience and has written some of the all-time best books on the subject of Buddhism (Lovingkindness). She presents the information in clear language that’s not fussy with strange jargon.
I picked this book for my top ten list because it is a 28-day program that treats meditation like exercise. Your meditation muscle gets stronger as you inaugurate the habit. This means that in a month you’ll be gaining the benefits of reduced blood pressure and stress, increased focus and alertness, better health, calmness, resilience.
Salzberg weaves students FAQs throughout. Gives instructions for twelve alternate meditation practices (something for everyone). It’s just another great book from a great teacher who’s a person I like.
Nobel Prize-winner Tenzen Gyatso, better known as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, has written numerous books on Buddhism that have been translated in the West. Perhaps the biggest gift he gives us is the gift of showing us a path to happiness.
In the Introduction he says there are two paths to happiness. Way 1 is through external means–the improvement of our circumstances: food, shelter, clothing, and so on. Way 2 is through internal means–moving beyond away from our anger and hatred. He asserts: “The essential objective of daily practice is to cultivate an attitude of compassion and calm. . .Trouble is bound to come, so cultivating the right attitude is crucial.”
Using the story of the Buddha’s awakening to dictate his contents, the Dalai Lama teaches basic disciplines needed to move through three stages of development of our minds. Practices to cultivate morality. Practices to cultivate focused concentration meditation. Practices to cultivate wisdom.
A great book for those who would establish grounded daily practice.
I had the sincere pleasure a few years ago of doing editorial work on the manuscript for the book Shift into Freedom. Loch Kelly, founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute in New York City, is a psychologist and meditation teacher who is a super clear teacher.
In his book he talks about the gradual path of awakening (and compares it to the sudden path–both are true possibilities), and he talks about experiences such as spiritual detox and spiritual bypass that are very real when awake awareness produces an effect on a human being. Fortunately for us, he has generously placed many videos on YouTube (view the one below, for instance), which correspond with teachings from his book. Loch has been initiated by leaders of many schools of meditation and spiritual practice. Their verification of his approach and his ability to teach is meaningful.
The late Gabrielle Roth was an incredible woman who saw energy embodied in the human form as rhythms. She marked how this paralleled emotional states, stages of development/maturation, and simply the tempo at which a day might land on you. Her 5Rhythms dance classes (now taught by her disciples) are opportunities to be fully embodied and present. In Sweat Your Prayers, this becomes a spiritual practice.
Ten years ago I had the privilege to interview her about her work for several hours, for a book on integrative medicine that I was writing. I also, on another occasion, had the privilege to dance beside her and see how deeply she went into herself to express and process her condition on that day–by which I mean whatever was up for her in her mind, in her heart, in her soul. This was evident in how she moved and carried herself, which that day was rather gently. But intensely. And we met a third time at the launch party for that book–we were outside on the sidewalk looking in through a window making a great escape–something we’d done spontaneously as individuals. We talked about how painful writing a book can be. And we promised to discuss it further, but never got the chance. I cannot recommend her beautiful writing highly enough–or her movement practice.
Many years ago–in 1995–I was given a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book on how to meditate and laughed in delight at the title. So true! Truth usually makes me giggle.
When I dug into the book, I discovered morsels of wisdom. Morsels of insight that were small enough that I could wrap my untrained mind around them. Since then, whenever someone asks me what they should read to learn to meditate this is always one of the books I recommend.
Most authors of this ilk write several books and create a library. Kabat-Zinn’s other book way back when was Full Catastrophe Living. He comes by his views honestly from working with people wrestling with illness. He taught Medicine at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for decades. Being that I have always viewed my life as a process of staggering from one change to another, one drama to another, I value the simplicity of the way meditation is laid out.
Why do we need so much variety of practices? We don’t. Find one that works and keep doing it and let yourself be led. Surrender.
Twenty-first-century healers and musicians owe it to themselves and the world to develop comprehension of the transformational power of sound and music. From the effects of different drum rhythms on our brainwaves, to the positive impact of vibrational frequencies on the physical structure of our cells and organs, anyone who can hum or sing or clap or stamp their feet already has within their grasp some of the best medicine on Earth. Try toning if you have a headache!
Again, I am so proud to say I was the editor of this book, which has garnered advance praise from luminaries that include Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chaka Khan, spiritual teachers Marianne William and Michael Bernard Beckwith, shaman Renee Baribeau, and renowned flutist Wendy Luck, among others.
The power of sound and music has been familiar to ancient and indigenous healers in every culture around the world for millennia. This book explores that history and then gives detailed instructions. It also describes recent scientific research on healing cancer and awakening the vibrations in solid objects–and details how recording music tuned to certain frequencies changes people’s moods.
You can download a free song in MP3 from Flicka Rahn’s album Icaros: Chakra Landscapes here.
A classic book to help women put themselves front and center in their lives. To say no. To take time for self-care. This book combines inspiring quotes with short reflections that are encouraging and reassuring reminders to treat ourselves with loving kindness. It only takes a few minutes to bring wisdom into each day.
Organized as a calendar year, starting on January 1.
Frankly, I haven’t read this book cover to cover yet. But I was so drawn in BY the spiral on its cover that I had to add it to my list as aspirational reading material for the winter. The lunar calendar has thirteen moons, and Wild & Wise has 13 goddess-centered meditation practices to do on your own or in women’s circles.
The book is also organized by season, and we are in the season of darkness and making the inward journey now (it is December at this writing). preparing ourselves, like Mother Earth does, for springtime renewal. Multicultural, rather than mono-ethnic.
I look forward to reading this slowly and with deliberation.
CC Webster is a hoot! We always laugh when we talk. Even so, I am moved by her story of her year from diagnosis to remission from cancer, which occurred between age 29 and age 30.
This book is her answer to the question, What does it mean to be one of the lucky ones that survive cancer?
In our conversation, you’ll find out how CC and I met seated side by side in a café downtown in New York City in a “divinely orchestrated” moment, what it was like to take the hardest thing she’d ever endured and turn it into a source of creative expression, and hopefully a source of inspiration for others, how readers are responding to the descriptions and truths she reveals, what its like to lay bare for the world one’s greatest vulnerabilities and to draw strength from them.
So, That Happened, is funny, touching, and honest, and it is a light in the darkness. You are not alone.