Ari & Per- Norway TV show, Ari Behn author & son in law of the King of Norway, Per Heimley, Famous Photographer – once a group of artists called “New Wine” — I enjoy both of them very much- we had a blast filming XOX
Full Snow Moon
By Tara Sutphen
The Snow Moon at 29* Leo will culminate Feb 18, 12:36am pst/ 3:36am est (almanac) This moon is about being powerful and ambitious. It can rock the boat as all of a sudden you feel carefree and reckless. Aquarius allows you to perceive the vision and Leo is taking claim. Normality seems lifeless and boring. Drama may take hold of your heart or your words. Shaking up the status quo, your desire to have what you want and not knowing why you sometimes want it. Many times what we desire seems out of reach.
Why don’t we always go after what we want. We can find ourselves in dead end jobs, unhappy relationships, un daunting incidents and we certainly know how we got there but did we take one wrong turn and it keeps leading to bad and bitter circumstance’s. Where’s the correct road to move towards the destiny that ultimately labels ‘perfection’. How does one get back on track. Is it the shake up or are you looking to gain perspective, the first application might be to recognize that something is wrong. Look at the good and bad happening in your life. If you aren’t making money, gaining love or happiness, what can you do if you are stuck.
Life is a bit of a puzzle, the pieces to complete the picture will be different for everyone. But there is a common thread of decency and human dignity. Abiding by the laws of the earth are foremost the path of fulfilling contentment. Those laws are free flowing boundary integration, there is enough light to make things grow – but what happens when things grow too big with power or greed. There is enough water to sustain everyone and everything also land to appreciate and care for – but what about pollution. There are children to love and help prosper – but how do we handle problems. Everything we are allowed to fix, develop and accomplish are gifts. We forget we are a living miracle and must try and stay conscious to that fact. We have a capacity to have faith in ourselves.
How to become unstuck:
What is your dream
Having fun again
Taking care of yourself
Get in water
Telling the truth
Learning new things
Become a Love magnet
Be reasonable about time
Be your own best friend
Write out the meanings for each aspect above and on what level you might accomplish each topic through the 4 levels.
• Physical level
• Emotional level
• Intellectual level
• Spiritual level
Drama time with:
• Career Choices
Who do you love and who loves you. Then write out why.
• Career Choices
Dreams or a scene of Reality:
• Career Choices
Where can you become unstuck:
3 – 10 sentences
If you become unstuck will your friends and family become that way too. Not always. You must allow everyone to learn life at their own pace. Always be the good example and others will follow your lead. Be the Love you desire. Be the creator of good will.
“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire.”~Aristotle
Tara Sutphen interviews
Robert Friedman has been in book publishing since 1974. Co-founded Hampton Roads in 1989. Founded Rainbow Ridge in 2010.
Published over a thousand books, including five New York Times
bestsellers. First publisher and discoverer of the world-famous
Conversations with God series by Neale Donald Walsch.
Milton’s Secret is his first published book. Robert has four children.
Robert Friedman has a B.A. in English from University of Virginia, and an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He lives near Charlottesville, VA.
Robert Friedman, my publisher on “Soul Agreements” and I have become very good friends over the years. I love conversing over meals on our shared friends and fun stories. He knew Jess Stearn very well, and as many of you know Jess meant the world to me. How Robert describes Jess’ observations and antidotes tickle me pink. Robert has very much the understated humor and observations that Jess had. Always enjoyable you are Robert. Here’s some questions and answers on the publishing world according to Robert…
T: When you choose books…do you pick one because you like it and think others will?
R : I do have to like it, of course, but just as important is whether or not I think we can distribute and sell it. Sometimes we love a particular book but don’t think we can get the book buyers to take, or just don’t think we can reach the particular audience that would buy it.
T: What are some of the qualities you look for in books?
R: Uniqueness, good writing of course, an interesting voice, an engaging subject that may not have been written about before.
T: When did you get into publishing?
R: In the fall of 1974, with my first company, The Donning Company/Publishers. I co-founded Hampton Roads in 1989, and retired in 2009. Now I’m doing a small line of spiritual/metaphysical books called Rainbow Ridge Books, which is distributed by Square One Publishing in New York.
T: Tell me about your college education?
R: B.A. in English from the University of Virginia; M.F.A. in Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and a couple years post-graduate work in American Literature at the University College of Swansea, University of Wales.
T: What area of publishing do you specialize?
R: Spiritual/Metaphysical/Self-Help, though I have published in almost all genres at one time or another. Even cookbooks.
T: Upbeat books or sad stories? Which are you attracted to and what do you think sells in the spiritual realm or genre?
R: I think books that are practical and help people to learn and do for themselves are my favorites. Good stories are entertaining in fiction and in certain non-fiction books, but I think the main purpose of any good book is to teach people something they don’t know and then give them the opportunity to make it work in their own lives.
T: How many NY best sellers have you published?
R: Five. Conversations with God, Book 1 (softcover). Conversations with God, Book 1 (hardcover Putnam edition); Conversations with God, Book 2; Conversations with God, Book 3, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn; When Everything Changes, Change Everything by Neale Donald Walsch.
T: What are the spiritual qualities that you look for?
R: Books that promote oneness, a way to truth, not the way to truth, that demonstrate that we are more than our physical body, that we are evolving spiritual beings having a physical experience, that as the Beatles said, love is all there is.
T: Did you know when you published those books that they had a certain magic or charm?
R: Yes, one has opinions about that, though others may have different opinions.
T: Which books are a total surprise?
R: The really good ones that don’t sell.
T: And which books did you think would be popular — but don’t do as well as they should?
R: Too many to name.
T: Who are your mentors and inspiration?
R: Edgar Cayce, Jane Roberts, Richard Bach, Hermann Hesse, Raymond Moody, Neale Donald Walsch, many more.
T: Who was your favorite author or authors when you were young?
R: Albert Payson Terhune, who wrote all those books about collies.
T: Talk about loving what you do and that inner passion creates your path?
R: I feel as if I came to the planet with the purpose, which is to disseminate information about the true nature of the universe, who we really are and why we’re here. Publishing is one of the ways to do that job, and I have been very fortunate to be able to work in the art and business of publishing for so long.
T: When you suffer from doubt? Which spiritual teachers, quotes, reading’s do you turn to?
R: I re-read Conversations with God, which I think is one of the most profound and enlightening series of books ever written.
T: Do you believe you are on a spiritual mission?
R: As mentioned above, I feel that I do have a mission to fulfill.
T: Do you think your being a publisher is connected to a past life?
R: I believe we are living many lives simultaneously, and there are connections between in energetic ways. So, yes, a “past” or “future” life is definitely impacting this one, as mine may be influencing theirs.
T: I am an Author through your company with the book, Soul Agreements – but I’m tied to you also through Jess Stearn. And you published a book for him when and the name of it is?
R: Elvis’ Spiritual Journey, which he wrote with Elvis’ former hairdresser. An interesting book, but not that impactful unfortunately. Most Elvis fans didn’t care much about his spirituality.
T: What Advice would you give a budding writer?
R: Read voraciously, learn your craft, never give up if you have the fire in the belly to write.
T: What do you see as the formula of winning words and works?
R: There is no formula, there is only writing truly and from the heart.
T: When you see a winning writer, do you believe it’s karma or just good luck, good work ethics, or good marketing?
R: By winning, I suppose you mean commercially successful. I think a winning writer is one who writes well, writes truly, writes from the heart, and doesn’t necessarily have to make a lot of money from his/her writing.
T: Is book selling a lot about marketing?
R: It can be, but many books make it only on word of mouth. Nobody really knows why one good writer sells and another good writer doesn’t. Sometimes writers can spend even a million dollars on marketing, and still not sell.
T: Talk to me about the book you wrote?
R: It’s called Milton’s Secret: An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When, and the Power of Now. I co-wrote it with Eckhart Tolle, and it’s about teaching children some of Eckhart’s principles about how to live in the moment. It’s also very practical in dealing with life’s difficult situations.
T: And about your friend and fellow author who wrote with you?
R: Eckhart is too well known for me to describe him. Suffice it to say that he lives his work, that he is a kind, gentle, very spiritual man who is one of the great teachers on the planet.
T: How do you feel authors do when thrust into the public really fast?
R: Some do fine, others can’t take the notoriety. Depends on the author and how well they are able to walk the talk.
T: How can they best handle the adulation or the popularity?
R: By centering themselves and recognizing just how dangerous the ego can be.
T: What are attributes that you feel help a person to succeed as a person in the public eye?
R: Again, everybody is different. Doing quiet mediation every day will certainly help. Knowing who you are, and that you are no different or better than the lowliest bum on the street may help too.
T: Is there a work ethic, a formula that you see that helps a writer be successful?
R: Every writer needs to find their own best rhythm and work habits, and then have the discipline to follow them.
T: What are your upcoming projects?
R: A new line of books called Rainbow Ridge (see http://www.rainbowridgebooks.com); a documentary I am co-producing with Neale Donald Walsch called iGOD; and a film based on Milton’s Secret, being produced by Barnet Bain.
T: Will you co-write or write on your own?
R: I’m open to both.
T: Is it just the quality of my writing or does my appearance/age/personality matter?
R: Quality always matters most. Some publishers don’t like to publish senior citizens because their careers won’t last as long. Sad, but true. And if you’re a movie star, you will get published, even if someone else has to write it.
T: Can I submit my work to more than one agent / publisher at a time?
R: Yes, until you sign with an agent you can shop all you like.
T: Why won’t they tell me why they haven’t accepted someone’s work?
R: They simply don’t have the time. Too many people are submitting to them. They’re not obligated to tell everyone why they don’t want to take them on.
T: How long should I expect them to take to reply.
R: Don’t know. Depends on the work load. Unless a book comes through an agent, they may never reply.
T: Many writing venues seem to want only works from already published writers. How would you suggest one begin if no one even wants to consider my work?
R: Be persistent. It takes time to find an editor who likes you work. Publishers don’t reject manuscripts, editors do. Sometimes an editor in the same publishing house will reject something and another editor will buy it.
Thanking Robert Friedman for sharing his wisdom and experiences with us.
“You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy. You have to resist the demands of the work-oriented, often defensive, element in your psyche that measures life only in terms of output — how much you produce — not in terms of the quality of your life experiences. To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution.”
~Jean Shinoda Bolen
Robert Friedman hugged by Marla Maples and Tara Sutphen in Malibu, CA
Robert Friedman with Dee Wallace, Richard Christian Matheson, Marla Maples & Tara Sutphen
13*Aquarius New Moon
By Tara Sutphen
13* Aquarius New Moon (no moon – starry dark sky, the time of dreaming), culminating February 3, 2011. This Aquarius New Moon is about how you envision the future for yourself. Your destiny will enfold as your mind, voice and actions dictate. We can be in situations that we think or wish we didn’t put ourselves in. Do you stay stuck in the past, wishing for things to be different, speaking of days gone by, or converse of pain to dissect over and over. We want to tap into our emotions and feelings but we have to know when to let things go. Moving on and growing from the lessons that we’ve endured, making them “work for us instead of against us” time for newness and future possibilities. We have patterns and cycles, where sometimes we put ourselves and others down, or have a bleak outlook, instead of sparking conversation of ideas, hobbies and events. You know what hasn’t worked before. You may not tap into what doesn’t work for you, but you know, because it’s the pain and uneasy feelings. It’s the confusion and the chaos. It’s the anger and low self-esteem. Sometimes we don’t allow our best selves to shine, carrying neglect deep in our hearts and soul. Feeling unworthy to eat well, or to keep strong, disappointments bring judgment on ourselves and the people around us. And other people can spark that harshness. For others can break your heart if you allow them to do so, or make you cry in bitterness or anguish.
Do you put yourself in last place for everything, ie. love, money, food, fun, laughter, friendship, happiness. You may want and need to share, but be resourceful and good to yourself. Keeping a good attitude and changing to conscious behavior is a start…you can now begin to burst forth – just as spring in a few months. It’s easy to get stuck with the expectations of others and self-denial, it’s easy to fall into a rut and not make any moves to get out of the situations that have you programmed. How do you expect your life to look like, feel like, and be. It’s time to dream and speak of the future and move slowly in that direction.
You’ll need to take action, nothing overt, assess gentleness, resolve feelings and start to flow with facts. As daily we can accumulate more worry, paralyzing fear and uneasy feelings. All problems have solutions. Clarification brings sound resolution. Every day make a little effort to work at solving a problem or issues, adding a personal goal and aspiration. You don’t need to stumble anymore, feel guilty or pent up. Stay steady to being responsible to your life and others is important. We live up to being a good son or daughter, we live up to being a good father or mother, we live up to being a good friend, we live up to taking care of our loved ones, we live up to being part of a community, we live up to our better self if we allow ourselves to do so.
The sky is the limit, there are no barriers. Limitations are self-imposed. Stand up and breathe freedom. Breathe deep again and enrich your self-esteem. Breathe all the way to the bottom of your stomach. You can progress, cast away recklessness, abandonment, burdens or restless apprehension. Breathe in Life.
What are your goals?
- Living in a certain place
- What are the friend attributes you aspire
- Write out a friendship oath
Write out where you have limitations:
- Extra money
- Past relationships
- Present relationships
- People who aren’t actualizing their lives and you step in to help
- Lack of patience
- Not getting to do what you want
Answer the above list
- Are these limitations or situations?
- Are these responsibilities?
- Do you find balance or do you deny or go full throttle?
What do you abhor in others behavior?
- Things you have they want
- Money exchanging
- Time exchanging
- People who don’t wait for you
- People who don’t do for you
Are you organizing your future:
- Eating well
Romance (if you are or aren’t)
- Dress well
- Be kind
- Smell good
- Be open
How can you feel better about yourself:
- Join a gym
- Join a group
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Talk to your friends on the internet
- Start working on a hobby
- Start working on a new career
- Start working on your marriage
- Start working on your romance
- Start working on a new acquisition
- Start thinking where you want to move
- Start thinking how to help yourself more
- Start thinking how to help loved ones more
- Start thinking how to help others more
- Start thinking how to help in the community
- Start thinking how to help in your state, country or world
- Learn new things
- Write poems
- Write love letters
- Do a physical sport
- Look at nature
- Look at beauty
- Be in appreciation
- Breathe in life
- Soak in a bath
Take time to groom
Stop feeling lack luster…take time for you, get a hobby or meet other’s. There are millions of people in the world. There are many lonely people waiting to be friends. There are people who need to slow down and enrich their lives with meaningful people around them. There is time to accomplish your goals and live a good life. They say Money isn’t grown on trees, but it is made easily…the earth is full of bounty and blessings and they are yours by birthright. It’s all about creating the live you long to live.
“There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.”
~Friedrich von Schiller (German Poet, Dramatist, Philosopher and Historian. 1759-1805)