The Worst Review I Ever Received and Why I Loved It

I absolutely hated it. It was the worst book I ever read.”

 I happened to stop by a friend’s store and she mentioned she had loaned my book, Gifts of the Storm, to her friend.

 “I loved the book and thought she would too,” my friend told me. “I was so surprised when she told me she hated the book.”

 “Did she say why she hated it?” I asked.

 “Yes, she hated it because the main character Maureen got everything in life my friend has always wanted,” she said. “My friend told me she cried through the whole book.” 

When I heard the reasoning behind her review of my book, I knew that this was the best review I could ever get.

As an author, I try to write books that will touch my readers. When this woman said the character had everything she’d always wanted and never got, I knew there was a yearning within this woman. By reading my book, she’d been able to touch this yearning and recognize it.

The character in Gifts of the Storm she refers to is Maureen.  In the beginning of the book, Maureen has everything on the surface. She has a wealthy husband, a beautiful daughter and a barn full of beautiful horses.  When her husband leaves her for another woman, Maureen feels like her world is falling apart. Through the book, Maureen finds love in a new direction and with it comes a large family who is very accepting of her and shows her how to be part of the family that she’s never had.

“She told me her husband’s family has never accepted her and puts her down all the time,” said my friend.  “When she read about Maureen experiencing a beautiful and accepting family, it made her sad because she has never had that.”

Our emotions are part of what makes us human.  Our emotions are meant to be experienced and not to be held or stuck inside.  I knew this woman had been feeling this sadness for a long time and was allowing it to become stuck inside herself.  She was not able to find a way to express her sadness.  By reading my book and having the book be a mirror for her, she was finally able to realize what she’s been holding for so long. Hopefully this realization will help her find a way to change your life and manifest what she has always yearned for.

If you haven’t read Gifts of the Storm, you can order it from my website: www.EvergreenSpiritPress.com or find the Kindle download here: http://tinyurl.com/n8umx7z

Has a book ever touched you in an intimate way?  I’d love to hear about it.
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Evergreen Amundson is an Earth Wisdom Guide and intuitive who can assist you in getting clear about your life’s journey. Evergreen is a speaker and global telesummit guest and is known internationally for her Crystal Clarity Intuitive readings. Evergreen is a bestselling author who uses her varied background to celebrate the bond between humans and the earth. Through Crystal Clarity Guidance programs, she can help you realize the healing possibilities of Earth Wisdom to build a deeper connection to all life. She also leads personal and group ceremonies in the Earth Wisdom tradition.

Today’s Healing Word – Uplifting

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To life up, to rise above, to bring to a new level.

What does it mean to be uplifting?  It is a raising of the spirit, away from heavy energies and into the heights of passion, amazement, hilarity and love.

There are many things in life which seem to have been created to bring us down. War, crime, disease, malice, judgement, and the list goes on.  It can seem like the weight of the world is riding above us.

What can you do today that will be uplifting to you, emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally?  A walk in nature, a wet slurp from your dog, giving a special gift to a stranger, or creating a work of art.

You were created with the gift of choice.  You can choose to allow the heavy energies to weight you down, or you can choose to radically uplift yourself and others with your thoughts, words and actions.

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Evergreen Amundson is an Earth Wisdom Guide and intuitive who can assist you in getting clear about your life’s journey. Evergreen is a speaker and global telesummit guest and is known internationally for her Crystal Clarity Intuitive readings. Evergreen is a bestselling author who uses her varied background to celebrate the bond between humans and the earth. Through Crystal Clarity Guidance programs, she can help you realize the healing possibilities of Earth Wisdom to build a deeper connection to all life. She also leads personal and group ceremonies in the Earth Wisdom tradition.

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Choice

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Each moment brings us the power to choose.

What will I do now?  Where will I go now?  What words should I speak now? What reality do I want to create in this moment?

The choices in each moment are unlimited, so why do we usually make the same choices over and over again?  Whether consciously or unconsciously, your brain will usually go to whatever choice has been pre-set in the past.  If the pre-set is that you are poor, your brain will tell you to make the cheapest choice.  If the pre-set is that you are unworthy, your brain will make a choice to keep you small and invisible.

When you access the wisdom of your heart, you make choices that are life-affirming. Your heart knows you are part of the amazing design of creation in the universe.  Your heart knows how to create abundance and joy.

What choice will you make, from your heart, today?

 


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Evergreen Amundson is an Earth Wisdom Guide and intuitive who can assist you in getting clear about your life’s journey. Evergreen is a speaker and global telesummit guest and is known internationally for her Crystal Clarity Intuitive readings. She can help you find your strengths and walk the high road to the mountain top where you can look at your life’s challenges from a place of power. Evergreen is a bestselling author who uses her varied background to celebrate the bond between humans and the earth. Through Crystal Clarity Guidance programs, she can help you realize the healing possibilities of Earth Wisdom to build a deeper connection to all life. She also leads personal and group ceremonies in the Earth Wisdom tradition.

Today’s Healing Word – Sniff

Spring is a great time to take a ‘sniff walk.’

A dog trainer once recommended I take my dog for sniff walks.  During sniff walks, there is no planned destination.  The dog is free to sniff at whatever he finds, for as long as he wants.  Random direction changes are welcome.  Time means nothing. The walk is over when the nose is satisfied.

It’s not only good advice for your dog; it’s good advice for you.  You don’t need to have a dog to take a sniff walk.  The same rules apply with or without a pet along.  There is no destination, or time.  You walk at your own pace, stopping whenever something interesting catches your nose, eyes, or ears.

The goal of the sniff walk is to be in the moment.  Stop and pick up a rock.  Examine every color and texture in the rock.  Sniff it, taste it.  Experience the smell of fresh pine, the feel of the breeze on your face.  If you only go to the end of your driveway and your senses feel satisfied, don’t worry about the mileage.  Your only goal is to experience with all your senses.

Enjoy your ‘sniff walk’.

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Today’s Healing Word – Joints

When you go for your spring spirit walk, how many joints in your body are you using? 

You have somewhere around 230 joints in your body. Your physical body is the home to your spirit and your spirit yearns for expression.  When you allow your spirit to use all of the  joints in your body, you give yourself full expression.

As you walk, which joints are locked or sluggish?  Start at your hips.  Feel each hip joint as is moves and try to accentuate those movements.  Now go to your knees, your ankles, your feet and toes.   Feel each joint moving with every step you take.

Now, move up your spine, to your shoulders, your elbows, wrists and fingers.  Move your neck and your head.  Feel the fluidity returning to your body.  Feel the pathways you have opened for your spirit to soar.

You may think walking this way would look silly, however, it doesn’t have to be.  Very subtle movements may not be seen by others, but they will be felt by you.  When you loosen your joints with movement, you begin to feel the beauty of fluid motion.

You are a dancer in the sunlight!  Express yourself!

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Today’s Healing Word – Walk

The end of winter is near.  After a season of going inside, it is time to begin to awaken your spirit to new possibilities. It is time to walk.

During the season of cold, we tend to bundle up or stay indoors.  It is a time of rest and dreaming in the old way.  The days are cloudy and dark, the perfect time for quiet reflection on our lives and what we want to dream into being during the next cycle.

As spring approaches, it is time to shed our layers and open ourselves to the new light.  We cast off our heavy clothes, and with them, we cast off our heavy burdens.  We stand a bit taller and feel the freedom of leaving behind what is no longer needed.

Now is a great time to begin your new walk.  Literally, you can go out into nature and walk, listening to the messages of the returning birds, seeing small buds and new shoots emerging.  Feel inside for what is wanting to be awakened in you.  What are you wanting to bring forth in this new time?  What dream are you wanting to manifest?

Are you ready to walk with freedom and creativity?

Today’s Healing Word – Ignite

Like moths, we are drawn to fire.

Ignite a campfire and people will come.  We are drawn to flame for the warmth it provides, and also for the beauty.   The colors of the rainbow can be found in a campfire.

We depend on fire to cook our food and heat our homes.  Nature depends on fire to renew the landscape and allow new seeds to open.  Fire has a way of cleansing and opening possibilities.

We also depend on the fire of our spirit which keeps us alive.  The fire inside of us keeps our bodies warm and our spirit bright.  When you allow your ignited spirit to shine, people are drawn to you.

Like any fire, there is a balance to be found between burning brightly and burning out.  When you feel your fire burning out, ignite it again with creativity and magic. Connecting with other people’s spirit fire will help keep your own ignited.

How will you ignite your spirit fire today?




Evergreen Amundson is an Earth Wisdom Guide and intuitive who can assist you in getting clear about your life’s journey. Evergreen is a speaker and global telesummit guest and is known internationally for her Crystal Clarity Intuitive readings. Evergreen is a bestselling author who uses her varied background to celebrate the bond between humans and the earth. Through Crystal Clarity Guidance programs, she can help you realize the healing possibilities of Earth Wisdom to build a deeper connection to all life. She also leads personal and group ceremonies in the Earth Wisdom tradition.

 

Today’s Healing Word – Breath

Are you taking your breath for granted?

You do it all day.  As long as you are alive, you are breathing.  For most people, breathing is an unconscious action.  Your body is programmed to breathe. You don’t have to think about breathing to do it.

What happens when you think about your breath?  You can begin to realize the active state of your breathing and the effect it has on each moment.  Are you holding your breath?  Are your breaths shallow and constricted or are they deep and free?

Almost anything you do in life will be easier and more powerful when you are conscious of how you are breathing.  Your breath can calm you.  Your breath can increase your physical power.  Your breath can channel your emotional power.  Coming into relationship with your breath brings you into conscious relationship with all life.

What is your breath teaching you today?

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Today’s Healing Word – Dirt

Dirt is not a four letter word.

Can you hear your mother’s voice? “Don’t get your clothes all dirty.” As a child, were you taught that dirt was a four letter word?  It’s time to rethink what you may have learned about dirt.

Dirt is your home.  Dirt is the Mother Earth in all her glory.  Dirt is the structure you walk on every day. Dirt grows your food.  Your house is built on dirt.  When you die, you will turn back into dirt.

Celebrate dirt.   Roll around in your garden.  Garden in your bare feet.  When you allow the dirt to absorb the energy of you, your garden will put exactly what you need into the food you grow there. Smell the dirt, taste it, and love it.  Dirt is your friend.  You can talk to dirt, telling it all your secrets.

Dirt is everywhere.  We cannot live without it, it is what we are made of.

What will you do to reacquaint yourself with dirt today?

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Today’s Healing Word – Water

When your emotions are able to move like water, and you allow yourself to feel, experience and release your emotional power, you can find peace within the self.

I have heard artists say the hardest thing to paint is water.  Water is not a static thing.  It is filled with dynamic movement.  It flows, shifts, changes, sparkles, cascades, drips and reflects.  Trying to capture the spirit of water on a two dimensional surface can be a challenging task.

Your emotions are like water.  They are meant to flow, shift, change, sparkle, cascade, drip and reflect.  And like water, when they are restricted, they become a powerful force. And like water, trying to capture the spirit of emotions in words can be a challenging task. One list I saw had over 4,000 words to describe emotions.

How are your emotions flowing today?

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Evergreen Amundson guides people in their quest for spiritual understanding and living a balanced life. She assists humans in developing a more cooperative and respectful relationship with their animal companions through animal communication and bodywork. She also provides relationship training for humans and horses using concepts of natural horsemanship. Evergreen has studied with WhiteEagle, RainbowHawk and WindEagle, keepers of the tradition of the Teachings of the Delicate Lodge, learning the power of the medicine wheel to bring balance and wholeness to human consciousness. Evergreen uses her varied background to author works that celebrate the bond between humans and animals, and the power of living a balanced spiritual life.