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“Their Inspiration for Writing” from Five Top Authors


Chakra Secrets and the companion DVD are part of my HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!

I am happy to take part in Authors Tagging Authors! to explain their process of becoming an author and how they were inspired to share their writing.

I was tagged by the visionary author, Gary Markwick, and I am thrilled to keep this going. As part of this blog hop, I am going to answer the questions below, tag a new set of 5 Authors, which then they answer, tag 5 more authors, etc.

1. What is the title of your book?

Chakra Secrets. It’s available on Amazon.com and also as part of my Holiday Giveaway.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

As the author of The Chakra Diaries, released in 2010, I offered the stories of nine participants in a chakra workshop as they transformed their lives through energy healing, really, the healing power of love. My readers wanted to know more of my personal story, as my life became entwined in both good and bad ways with theirs… while aspiring to help my best friend overcome Stage 4 melanoma, I succumbed to a love affair with her partner. Saintly counselor or tantric temptress? My readers wanted to know more about me… and I wanted to share my secrets about my own tumultuous life, yoga journey, and exploration of every New Age modality, including past life regression, to remove the guilt that had been my constant companion throughout my life (even when unexplainable).

I love to teach about balancing the chakras, and I wrote Chakra Secrets to show how I used chakra healing in my own life. At the same time, I bared my soul to all my shortcomings and the mistakes I had made, hopefully explaining how the “wounded healer” can help others. And to find and feel forgiveness.

Part II of the “sizzling” memoir (as it has been described since it covers Kundalini rising, Tantric Sex and more) is actually a sharing of a mind-body “instant healing” technique that I learned in Hawaii from Serge Kahili King, PhD.  In my mind, it should be part of everyone’s “Emergency 911 First Aid Kit.”

3. What genre does your book fall under?

New Age, Metaphysical, Memoir, Self-Help, Dramatized Life Stories

I don’t write in any one specific genre. The closest comparisons to Chakra Secrets that I’ve been thrilled to receive are Paulo Coehlo’s Aleph, and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.

I’d love for Angelina Jolie to play Rebecca in the movie adaptation of Chakra Secrets.

4. Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition?

I’ve always thought being a casting director would be great fun… I often cast my characters while I’m writing, as I’d love to see all my works made into movies.

For Chakra Secrets, I’d choose Angelina Jolie to play Rebecca, as I think she’s a fabulous actress who could show me as I was accused of being – sometimes saintly, sometimes the tantric temptress. Gwyneth Paltrow would be perfect as my best friend Julie, and Bradley Cooper in the twin roles of the men in my life and past lives – Richard and Mark.

5. Here are the authors I have tagged… all in different genres, all great. Check out their blogs, and look for their posts coming to your computer screen next week!

Marla Martenson

Roger Harris

Wendy Naarup

Kay Goldstein

Iain Parke
I hope this gives you some great ideas for additions to your bookshelf, Kindle or iPad. And don’t forget to enter my Holiday Giveaway. If you win, there will be one less gift to buy for your favorite yogini, friend, or to enjoy for yourself!

Aloha,
Becca Chopra

www.thechakras.org

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Star Child – A Delightful, Wise and Magical Tale


Is Star Child a fantasy tale, a metaphor for the magic living inside us all, a wise lesson in how to accept and love ourselves and our unique gifts? I’d say it’s all three. I was entranced by Terra and Marius, two mystical and mysterious children, who try to fit into the “real world” after crashing on earth, soul-seeds of a dying star. They meet briefly as young children, recognize their similarity, but then spend the rest of their tale searching for each other, and their true selves, which become hidden by trying to blend in with those around them. Is it safe to be different? That’s a question many, especially youth, have to ask these days. Their beautiful story, wrapped in the beautiful cover of this hardcover keepsake, shows how letting your light, your gifts, shine brightly in the world is the way to happiness and peace.

Wise elders and nature spirits and animals guide the two Star Children on their path. The Ancient Mother, deemed a witch by townsfolk, advises Terra, “Finding ourselves is the only journey that matters.” And later, “A human being who knows herself has great power. She can use that for the good of others. Always surrender to your heart, your guide, even if others don’t understand.”

If you want to bask, to bathe, in the beauty of Kay Goldstein’s words, dive into this book with an open heart and mind. You will surface feeling that you were given the gift of unconditional love. Share it with young and old; it is a story for all ages.

Kay Goldstein is a cook, writer, and teacher of meditation who says she was delighted to find herself writing a story about star children. She is the co-author of A Book of Feasts, Stories and Recipes from American Celebrations, and has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post  (www.huffingtonpost.com/kay-goldstein/ and her own blog at www.kaygoldstein.com. Here’s what she has to say about her book and writing process:

Becca: What is the underlying message of your book?

Kay: The underlying message of the book is that we are all spiritual beings on a human path and that with love, compassion and acceptance of who we are we can appreciate our unique gifts and use them to fulfill our purpose on earth. It is not that we won’t fail to honor our own hearts or make “mistakes,’ it is only important that we return again to who we are  and what we intuitively know. Faith and courage are often needed to do this.

Becca: What inspired you to write it?

Kay: I had just finished a writing workshop and was driving along the coast seeing meadows and cliffs near the ocean. I was musing about what I would write about if I ever wrote fiction. The idea for the book came to me in a “flash” and I spent 15 years learning about the characters, their journey and about myself in the  process. I kept returning to the book because I loved writing it and being in the beautiful world that was created there.

Becca: What do you hope readers will take away from your book?

Kay: I hope readers will find inspiration, comfort, recognition of the common themes of our humanity, and a sense of possibilities in their life. I hope they find affirmation and kindness for who they are.

Becca: Where do you find your inspiration?

Kay: Many things inspire me. I am always uplifted by nature and try to spend as much time being outdoors as possible. My meditation practice, my meditation teachers and reading about spiritual teaching are always inspiring to me. I love all kinds of creative work including cooking, gardening, photography. I am often inspired by film, theater and other books.

Becca: What is the best thing anyone has said about your book?

Kay: So many readers have commented that they didn’t want it to end. One reader said this: “I don’t want it to end. Star Child captured my heart and mind from its first pages with a wondrous fable told with exquisite language, with gentle restraint, with love in its voice. This book is a gift of such generosity I scarcely know where to begin to praise it or how to thank its author for sharing her vision….”

For more information: (www.kaygoldstein.com).

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

www.thechakras.org

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