The Journey continues “Forever…and 365 days” by ULRIKE
Three years ago, after a life changing experience, I started my dream of writing and teaching metaphysics. The first book was written within a year, self-published, and full of thoughts which have been cooped up in my mind for eternity. At least this is how it seemed to me. Two inspirational booklets followed with daily affirmations. I was on a quest, a journey that had only just begun. I could taste the fulfillment of a desire born a long time ago.
I didn’t know, however, how rewarding and fulfilling this journey would become, but I also didn’t have the faintest idea of the challenges waiting in my path. “Be patient and learn a lesson every day”, I kept telling myself, and I did. I spent every day of 2012 writing my new manuscript. I woke up early each morning, grabbed a cup of coffee while still in my pajamas, and either started to write in bed by hand under a lamp, or walked out to my pool house turned office, and started to type away.
The thought of chronicling my own unfoldment came soon after the release of my first book “…because you can!” “What now?” I thought after sending it off to the publisher. What now? How will I spend my days that have been filled with the excitement of writing and imagining? What will replace the time I used applying what I was preaching and writing about, so I could prove to myself that my thought theories worked? I needed to theorize strategies that you, my readers and students, also could absorb and utilize. After all, this book is for you. It is designed to show you ways of living a better life through your own right thinking.
Yes, marketing and promoting our work is part of a writer’s job. I know many writers aren’t interested in this part of the journey necessary to succeed as an author. No, we yearn for people wanting to read our thoughts. We want to share what our instinct dictates from within. We want to write. However, learning the marketing/promoting aspects of our business can be quite interesting and fulfilling.
My answer to my sincere question “what now?” came through soul-searching, and a few quiet days by myself with my Self. Teaching was always part of my agenda and my students were thriving and making great progress, but what about my own unfoldment. I had to ask myself “How did I do?” and “Did I pass the grade?” I picked up the pencil and started to jot down what had happened the first day of January 2012, my first thoughts, my environment, and what was happening in the city I lived in. How did I react to the people around me, how did I see my immediate world?
This journaling of thoughts became a daily obsession. I couldn’t wait to step out into my office, which I lovingly created to reflect my writing spirit. I continued to arise early, mostly when it was still dark – just a slight hint of the awakening of the morning sun – and I wrote what came to mind, my feelings, my emotions, but also my troubles and lessons of the day. I talked to many people, searchers of truth which I met on-line and in person, and I asked them questions and asked them to write their own stories about their daily struggles and victories. I also incorporated many healing examples, one of my favorite topics, with sound metaphysical advice.
And so the manuscript grew, day after day, week after week, and soon it became a living document of the thoughts and actions of a metaphysics teacher and writer; a testament to the workings of the mind. In this diary I am sharing private moments and personal experience, stories sent in by friends and strangers alike. I am sharing my best memories of my class work, then and now, and seeing my student’s faces ‘light up’ once they understand a new point. The love I see all around me is testament to my purpose in life. “Better Living through Right Thinking”, a booklet series I am in the process of writing in 2014, was and is my motto. This is what my purpose in life has become. Helping and serving others through positive encouragement, a “you can do” attitude. This is what not only makes students and readers feel good, but it makes me feel terrific!
ULRIKE, author and teacher of Modern Thought Theories.