How can we achieve the success we deeply desire?

mannaz-invertedMANNAZ inverted is the rune that came forward today. In its upright form it represents the joining together of people for the purpose of achieving a common goal. The success we desire happens when our goals flow into a greater purpose for the benefit of the many – the community or all of mankind. When this rune is drawn in its inverted form it is telling us to look within to remove obstacles that are acting as a barrier. It’s time to take a self-inventory. Do we have any agenda other than one that would lift others as we lift ourselves up? Remember that real success involves accomplishing our goals on all fronts. It includes health, wealth and happiness. This is the time to find peace by taking responsibility for our motives and resolving imbalances. Mannaz inverted advises us to take time to reflect inward through quiet time and meditation.

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What can we do to break free of limitations?

ansuz-invertedThe rune for this question today is ANSUZ, inverted. It symbolizes all forms of creativity, music, the arts, literature, the birth of a child or an endeavor coming into fruition. Many see it as the rune used by the divine to send direct communications. In the case where it is inverted, there is a suggestion of an authority figure that is blocking progress. This could be a parent, a teacher, an employer or a spiritual leader – anyone that is an authority in our lives. However, this is a time to take an honest look at what we perceive. Is this authority really causing an impediment to our progress or are we resisting their genuine assistance? Real change involves doing something totally different. It can feel terribly uncomfortable, even suppressing to step outside our usual behavior. To this point we have been interpreting the world with a limited perspective. The authority figure might just have a view of the bigger picture that is precisely what we need. The rune is advising us that the wisdom we need to break free of our limitations is within our immediate circle of contacts, but we must be open and willing to accept it.

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How do we know if we are on the right track?

Runic_letter_algizThe rune is ALGIZ, which symbolizes defense, protection and sanctuary. It was used on the shields, swords and spears of warriors as a mark of protection and a safe place from harm. When this rune appears it is notification to the seeker that there is a need to protect against something, yet within the same energy is contained the force that ensures he or she will come to no harm. It references our natural internal system of checks and balances that do keep us on track with our purpose. I see Algiz as the assurance that although we may lose our perspective in the moment to moment busy-ness of life, there is an intelligence within us that has our backs, so to speak. It talks to us through our “gut” feelings, letting us know if we are engaging in activities that are beneficial for ourselves and others or not. It is the part of us that is connected to the bigger picture and is the ever present sanctuary. It feeds us information and creative ideas that keep us on course.

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How can we make the world a better place for everyone?

rune-nauthizThe rune I drew this morning with this question in mind is NAUTHIZ. It is the rune that represents the sense of lack, something not fulfilled or a need. It could be anything material, emotional or spiritual. There are some rune interpreters that say drawing this rune is not a good sign because it focuses on not having. It makes sense to me that it came forward due to the nature of the question I asked. We, as humans have a tendency to believe that we either have something or we don’t. According to mystics and quantum physicists, everything we could ever desire is right here, right now because we exist in a field of unlimited possibilities. It is the core essence of everything, including us, which means everything we want is already a part of us. What we actually have or experience is limited only by our beliefs. I see this rune telling us that we live on a planet that comes packaged with everything we could ever desire, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. What we can do to make the world better for everyone is find ways to network people together with solutions. There cannot be a problem without a solution. Each one of us is born with the ability to see certain solutions that will take care of the needs of others. Our willingness to share what we know, to reach out and act like we are all in the same community is the answer.

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What can we do today to increase our happiness?

rune-jeraWhat can we do today to increase our happiness? The rune that came forward to answer this question is JERA.

Jera symbolizes two scythes poised to sweep across fields of wheat, rye and flax, indicating that the harvest of your efforts is about to happen. It represents abundance and plenty, material manifestation and gain. It can also be the reminder to stay motivated and see your hard work through to a successful completion. A couple things come to mind as I study this rune. First, when we are doing the work, it’s common for us to become so immersed in the nitty gritty details of a project that we lose sight of the overall picture and we don’t notice how far we have actually progressed. This is a reminder to acknowledge the work we have already accomplished and give ourselves credit, a pat on the back. Second, I know from experience one of the biggest challenges we have as humans is to see things through to completion. We push hard to make things happen, but in the final moments just before we reach the target, we give up in exhaustion. Our fears and self doubts take over. Again, this rune reminds us to keep going that final mile; the rewards are waiting for us at the finish line. Keep our chins up and go for it, success is imminent. Hold to the course and be open to receive the rewards and the change about to happen.

Popular Twitter Hashtags for Kindle Book Authors

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On Twitter, the pound sign, also known at the hashtag turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. When you use a hashtag with your Tweet, it automatically places it in the associated category. The reason to use hashtags is to connect your Tweet with the type of audience that would benefit from your information. It is also a way to target a specific group of users that may be interested in buying your products, in this case, your books.

According to the Twitter company page, there are 288 million monthly active users and 500 million Tweets are sent each day. It’s a great way to contact people that would buy your Kindle book.

It is generally recommended that you use 2 hashtags with each of your Tweets. According to surveys on the subject, you will get the highest level of response doing this. Too many hashtags and people will be turned off because it appears that you are spamming.

Try alternating your hashtags to see what gives you the best response. Your Tweets can be no more than 140 characters, including spaces.

Here are 3 resources you may find helpful.

1. This website offers a hashtag search that shows the Top 10 hashtags associated with your hashtag. http://hashtagify.me/

2. This website provides an avergage per hour use for specific hashtags, so you can see the popularity. https://www.hashtags.org/

3. This website provides an alternative to long links. Remember that you only have 140 characters for a Tweet, so a long website link can take up a lot of space. Use the shortened version instead. https://bitly.com/

Here is a list of popular hashtags used by authors of Kindle books:

#140Poem
#1K1H (write one thousand words in one hour)
#99c
#99cents
#amazon
#Amazon
#Amazon
#AmazonKindle
#Amazonlikes
#AmazonPrime
#AmEditing
#amreading
#AmRevising
#amwriting
#AmWriting
#AskAgent
#AskAuthor
#AskEditor
#asmsg
#AuthorRT
#bestread
#bookbuzz
#BookBuzzr
#BookChat
#bookgiveaway
#BookGiveaway
#BookLovers
#BookMarket
#BookMarketing
#booknooz
#bookreview
#books
#Books
#BookstoreBingo
#BookWorm
#borrow
#ChickLit
#Comedy
#CopyWriting
#Crime
#DarkFantasy
#Dystopian
#ebook
#eBook
#ebooks
#EBooks
#EditGoal
#Editing
#ePubChat
#eReaders
#Erotica
#FaithLitChat
#fiction
#Fiction and #Nonfiction
#FollowFriday
#free
#free or freebie
#freebie
#FreebieFriday
#FreeBooks
#freelance
#FreeReads
#fridayreads
#GetPublished
#GoodReads
#greatbooks
#GreatReads
#HistFic
#Historical
#IAN1 (Independent Author Network)
#indie
#IndieAuthor
#indieauthor or #indiepub
#indiebooksbeseen
#indiepub
#IndiePub
#indiethursday
#IndieThursday
#IndieWriterSupp
#iPad
#KDP
#KDPselect
#kidlit
#KidLitChat
#kindle
#Kindle
#KindleBargain
#KindleBargains
#KindleBooks
#Kindlebooks
#Kindleebooks
#KindleFire
#KindleTouch
#Kindletweet
#KindleUnlimited
#Kobo
#lendinglibrary
#Literature
#LitFic
#LitFict
#MemoirChat
#MGLit (middle grades literature)
#mustread
#MustRead
#Mystery
#MyWANA (writer’s community created by Kirsten Lamb)
#NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month is held every November)
#new
#NonFiction
#Nook
#Novel
#Novelines (to quote your own work)
#Paperbacks
#Paranormal
#Poetry
#PoetryMonth (Each April in the USA)
#PromoTip
#Pubit
#Publishing
#pubwrite
#read
#reader
#readers
#reading
#reviews
#Romance
#RomanceWriter
#Romantic
#RomanticSuspence
#RT
#samplesunday
#ScienceFiction
#SciFiChat
#ScriptChat
#SelfPublishing
#Share
#shortreads
#ShortStory
#SmashWords
#Sony
#special
#SteamPunk
#Storytelling
#Suspense
#TrueStories
#UrbanFantasy
#Webfic
#weekendreader
#WhatToRead
#WIP
#WomensFiction
#WordCount
#WriteChat
#WriteGoal
#WriteMotivation
#WritersBlock
#WritersLIfe
#WriterWednesday
#writetip
#WriteTip
#Writing
#WritingBlitz
#WritingPrompt
#WritingTip
#WroteToday
#WW
#YA
#YALit

 

Let me know how it goes for you!

Robbi

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Twitter: @roserabbit23

The Whale

“Enter the place you originated from.” ~ Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha

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Once I dreamed of standing on the shore of the Petawawa River where it forms a small bay of water that nudges against the land that has been in the care of my father’s family for generations.  At the most northerly point of the bay one’s perspective is exposed to a high set of white water rapids strewn with gigantic boulders and marked by the frothing turbulence of tumbling water.  Downriver it runs with the clean swiftness of a youthful warrior, strong and lean.

Both shorelines, to the east and the west are guarded by ancient windblown cedar and red pine.  The trees step away from the shore where formations of granite worn smooth by time and glaciers sit with immovable steadfastness.  The place has the feeling of something ancient and if one were to listen carefully, beyond the sound of the wind rushing through the pines, one could hear the low murmur of the “Old Ones’” singsong voices.

In the dream I stood waiting at the northern end of the bay on granite that slopes toward the water eventually giving way to the sand of the narrow beach.  Soon, a young, blonde-headed man garbed in the soft-brown tunic and leggings of medieval times appeared beside me.  His smile was princely and gentle. Though I did not recognize him, he was familiar.

Without a word he formed his hands in an open-ended cup and placed them to his mouth and began to blow as if through a horn.  The sound that came was haunting and melodious.  I intuitively understood him to be teaching me to call forth a whale.  I copied his method and was able to create the sound.

The sound I was making through the instrument of my hands began somewhere at the back of my throat.  After several repetitions I felt a light pressure that pushed down into my chest cavity.  The area of my heart tingled.  At that moment my hands fell away from my mouth and a sweet song slipped from my heart in a strange and beautiful language.  I sang as if overtaken by the chant and a great blue whale emerged from the depths just below the rapids to the north. She was enticed to make her way through the water toward me.

In the distance the whale had posed no threat but as she glided closer, like some gargantuan barge I was shaken by her size.  I saw the outline of her tremendous broad back, the power of her thundering tail fin and the roar of spray expelled from her blowhole.

Behind me I felt my teacher urging me to step forward and greet this Sacred Being.  I hesitated until his suggestion grew more forceful and I knew I had no choice.  I had called her.

whale-eyeSuddenly the whale was upon me, her dark shape filling my peaceful bay with a looming, ominous shadow.  Before I knew it I was propelled halfway across the bay to the place directly above the submerged whale.  I stood ankle deep in the water, yet did not sink. I gazed down into the depths and watched the great whale turn with a graceful curve to confront me, eye to eye.

I could see clearly through the water, the long line of her smiling mouth and the intensity of her right eye which held me transfixed.  In her eye I read an invitation.  I could dare look further into that eye or not.  If not, she would be on her way without regret.

I focused my attention on the darkness that lay behind the gleaming surface of the eye.  I fell into the soul of the great blue whale and knew she was an Ancient One, as old as Creation itself.

Her usual ocean of travel was the universe and all the parallel universes.  She took me on a voyage into the stars and beyond.  She was the Ancient Keeper of records, whose purpose to record the events of the cosmos. She held within her soul the patterns of original wisdom. She showed me the formula of my own soul and then I knew what I must do in my life.

The whale bade me return to the place she had joined me in the river.  As suddenly as she had appeared she was gone. I awoke to the first rays of sunrise streaming across my face through the east window.  Gathering the image of the whale and the cosmic mysteries she revealed as reflective companions, I embarked upon the new day, my new life.

~ Agi’sti Tis’stu

Love Letter from a Bodhisattva

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Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha encourages people to write love letters to the One, to themselves. Here is one I wrote…

My beloved, this day is special for us because it marks a passage of time in our lives together.  When I look into your eyes I see something wonderful that fills my heart with happiness and joy.   On this special day I wish to express the depth of my love for you and the gladness I feel for having you in my life. 

Sometimes I forget to tell you how much I care.  Sometimes I am so overwhelmed with love for you that I cannot find the words to say how much I appreciate you.  Sometimes I am simply too angry, stubborn or frustrated to let you know that even when things are not going well, my love for you is constant. 

In those moments, when my words don’t come easily, know that as sure as there are mountains that reach to the sky and pebbles that lay upon the ocean shores, my love for you spans all time and is as old as the earth itself. 

Know that as in the clarity of a pure quartz crystal, you help me to see clearly in times of confusion. 

Know that as in the softness and vulnerability of a rabbit that must use sheer determination to protect its own life, you help me to find the courage to go beyond my fears and become all that I can be. 

And as in the everlasting nature of the pine tree that remains green throughout the seasons, you help me to find faith within myself, to know that I have endless love to give and that I am also loved beyond measure.

And when the wind comes to you with the fragrance of wildflowers and sunshine, know that your presence gives me indescribable sweetness and richness beyond compare.

My beloved, know with certainty that as with the first birdsong upon the rising of the sun, each and every morning when all of life awakens to the new day, my love for you is renewed and all that lies before us is the promise of time yet to come, where we will share our precious love for each other and fulfill our dreams of happiness. 

On this special day, I give appreciation for all that you are to me and for the infinite ways you bring joy to my life.

“As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery… we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.” ~ Dalai Lama

~ Agi’sti Tis’stu