Monday, November 28, 2011

If you could meet anyone.....

Someone asked me recently If I could meet anyone who would it be? What a vastly vague question I thought to myself. I pondered it for a moment thinking that there is no one so great that I would be excited to meet other than The Dalai Lama. I'm not sure if excited would be the word either, more like spiritually enlightened...
I decided after completing a 100 hour workshop on how to teach Yoga I would expand my mind on a few things. I had just finished reading the Gita, which was very interesting. I now wanted to learn more about The Dalai Lama and his thoughts about our world and life. I recently purchased a book called. "My Spiritual Journey" by: The Dalai Lama... After only reading the first few pages of his writings I knew this book was going to change my life. I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you a paragraph or two in hopes that it will make a difference in your day.

"We are all alike"
"No matter what part of the world we come from, fundamentally we are all the same human beings. We all seek happiness and want to avoid suffering. As human beings, we all want to be free, to have the right to decide our own destiny as individuals as well as the destiny of our people. That is human nature.
The problems that confront us today are created by man, whether they are violent conflicts, destruction of the environment, poverty, or hunger. These problems can be resolved  thanks to human efforts, by understanding that we are brothers and sisters and by developing this sense of fraternity. We must cultivate a universal responsibility toward each other and extend it to the planet that we have to share.
I feel optimistic that the ancient values that have sustained mankind are reaffirming themselves today, preparing the way for a better, happier twenty-first century.
I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, so that together we can succeed in building a better world through mutual understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings."

The Dalai Lama December 10, 1998 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, quoted in part above.

Have a wonderful Holiday and a loving New Year
Elizabeth Cheryl

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Book Cover!

Here it is! The book cover for my new novel, The Summerland..
The art work is done by the talented Jeannie Ruesch and my publisher Crescent Moon Press..
Please look for the book to be released in late November!
More to follow soon!
Elizabeth Cheryl
www.crescentmoonpress.com

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mabon/Fall Equinox is today, September 23, 2011

 Mabon is the season of sacrifice, of watching what you love die, and committing yourself to faith that those things you see withering before you will return in another form.
Maybe take this time to walk through a wooded park filled with changing leaves. Meditate on what you will do to prepare for the fall and winter season. Choose a tree with lots of leaves and a healthy trunk, and place your hands on it. Listen as long as you can to the whispering of the leaves and hear if those sounds form thoughts or impressions in your mind. Take that moment to reflect on the summer and what gifts it had brought to you to warm your heart and your soul. 
With winter comes reflection and calm. Give thought to what you and that tree will have to make do without what it provided  to the earth during the spring and summer. Be sure to leave an offering of thanks to the beauty that surrounds you and what the summer gifted to your memories. 

Blessings,
Elizabeth Cheryl

Sunday, August 21, 2011

THE SUMMERLAND ZONE THAT LIES WITHIN THE MILKY WAY

"If I have told you of earthly things, and ye believe it not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things?"
Testimony of Mary's son, as recorded in the new testament.

 When I asked my four year old today where Grandma was, he simply took his index finger and pointed up....
I had never showed him where Heaven might be nor did I really ever explain what heaven was. Its sort of an innate concept that takes shape as we grow older. It fascinated me that we associate the sky above us as a final resting place for our loved ones. The concept of Heaven and the afterlife is coincidentally the general concept of my book and a Writers Workshop that I will be participating in October 6, 2011. I figured that maybe it was time to start gathering other peoples ideas of what they believe happens to us when our souls leave our physical bodies.

It is within reason with no conflicting testimony that there is a physical possibility of an inhabitable sphere or zone of spiritualized matter in space called the Summer Land. It is no dream that at the end of a telescope there are a group of stars and systems of suns. It has occupied man's eye and expanded their minds with respect to the magnitude of the planetary splendors. But how much do we really know, we have what our space expeditions tell us and we have whats in our hearts. If only there were a way to look within the vestibule of the Eternal Temple. 
I'm not sure about you, but tonight I am going to take a moment to stare up....

Happy star watching and peace to those in the Summer Land, especially you mom.

Elizabeth Cheryl



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Fear only has as much power as we give it space" Josh Ritter

So I don't know about you but sometimes in life we need to breathe. Review our goals and make sure we are on the path we intentionally started on. Life has a tendency to veer us off course between kids, work, loss and hobbies, we can become lost. Being that my life has consisted of all of those mentioned above I decided to explore Yoga. I needed to regroup mentally and physically, needless to say I really had no idea what it entailed other than maybe a tree pose and some nice music. Ummm... not so much! I signed up for a 2 1/2 hour beginner workshop and after it was over I was exhausted. I sweated more than I would like to mention, my body screamed rejection at the poses I forced on it but surprisingly I felt exhilerated.
 I decided to sign up, not sure what I was thinking at this point because I could barely lift the pen to sign my name but never the less I did 30 days for $30. Not a bad deal and ventured to my second class last night. Just the two times I have gone I already have a new energy, my life seems a little calmer and I am breathing. Maybe only an hour and fifteen minutes a day is all I can afford myself for some personal time but it by far the most quality alone time I have spent with just me. I am hoping over the next few weeks I will find my path again, clear my mind of everything I don't need--the junk, clutter, hang-up's and hurts--and in with the fresh, fantastic, unencumbered life I have always wanted.
I wish that peace on all of you...Happy Wednesday
Elizabeth Cheryl

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Magic is in the air!

 With the last Harry Potter casting spells around the country and Halloween just around the corner--it's time to dust off your wands. I have even been following True Blood on HBO this season, as they have included Wiccan's into their crazy world.
I am excited for The Summerland Novel to share it's story of magic, love and adventure. Abigail's journey awaits her arrival into your nooks, kindles and e-readers soon, as well as your local book shelves!
I wish you all a magical August...
Elizabeth Cheryl

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NEC Writers Conference in May 2011 Salem, Mass.

What a great trip!I was nervous about traveling alone across the states to the east coast. I met my editor, Donna for the first time at Logan Airport in Boston. Thank god we had each other that whole day before conference started. We shopped and ate lunch in Salem. It was everything I had hope for. I also had the privilege to meet my amazing publishers for dinner, Steph Murray and Marlene. They made me feel welcomed and accepted immediately. We all had a beautiful weekend. The workshops were great and I cant wait to go again next year. Thanks Crescent Moon Press for all your support you give your authors...and thanks Donna for the great picture!
Hugs....

Monday, May 30, 2011

Summerland Blog Winner is Andrea Copaciu!!!

Congratulations to Deea for being selected as The Summerland Blog Hop Winner!
Please check back in the next few days for the grand prize winner for the entire blog tour
for Crescent Moon Press Memorial Bash. www.crescentmoonpress.com That winner will be given a Kindle or Nook of choice!
Good Luck to all you who took the time to participate. We are honored you took the time to read about
our novels.
And again, Congratulations Andrea!
Cheers!!!

Elizabeth Cheryl

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Crescent Moon Press Blog Hop Bash

Welcome to the online sanctuary of Crescent Moon Press
romantic tales of fantasy, science fiction and the paranormal.

Permission to repost granted….
Crescent Moon Press
Memorial Day Weekend Bash~!
Three Day Blog Tour
May 24th, 25th & 26th Prizes at every stop
Grand Prize Nook or Kindle, Your Choice
Every stop along the way will have a posted quest
Sign up for the newsletter or blog
Email your quest answer to the author to enter for great prizes.
Complete all blog tour stops to enter into the grand prize drawing
A Nook or Kindle, Your Choice
BONUS a dozen digital books

Full itinerary will be posted on the CMP blog.
All stops must be completed to qualify for the Grand Prize.
You can join the games late. All quests must be completed by May 26th end of day.
All Winners Posted on CMP blog by June 4th.

History on the definition of The Summerland

 History on the definition of The SummerlandEmanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), respected scientist and theological writer of the 18th century, inspired Andrew Jackson Davis (1826–1910), in his major work The Great Harmonia, to say that Summerland is the pinnacle of human spiritual achievement in the afterlife; that is, it is the highest level, or 'sphere', of the afterlife we can hope to enter.C.W. Leadbeater, a Theosophist, also taught that those who were good in their previous earthly incarnation went to a place called Summerland between incarnations.[1]

Blog Hop Question

Your question for the Blog Tour is...

What year does Abigail Time Travel to?

Hint: You can find your answer at the bottom of this page under the heading, "The Summerland Book One"

 

After you have finished your answer and signed up for the Blog newsletter(which can be done at the top of the page where it says "e-mail submit" under the title of the Blog) please connect to the next exciting Author, Michelle Picard at the following link...

http://www.michellepicard.com/

Happy Blog Hop Day!!!!

There are loads of great prizes. The giveaway for this question is a Starbucks Gift Basket, filled with gift certificates, cute mugs and much more!
Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 13, 2011

What is The Summerland?

General overview of Summerland in Neopaganism

The common portrayal of the Summerland is as a place of rest for souls in between their earthly incarnations. Some believe that after one experiences life to its fullest, and has come to know and understand every aspect and emotion of physical human life (usually after many reincarnations), their deity will allow them to stay in the Summerland for an eternal afterlife, although this belief is not universal amongst Neopagans. Another common element is that the soul has little, if any, recollection of the Summerland once it arrives on the mortal plane again. The Summerland is also envisioned as a place for recollection and reunion with deceased loved ones.
As the name suggests, it is often imagined as a place of beauty and peace, where everything people hold close to their hearts is preserved in its fullest beauty for eternity. It is envisioned as containing wide (possibly eternal) fields of rolling green hills and lush grass. In many ways, this ideology is similar to the Welsh view of Annwn as an afterlife realm. However, the Summerland is also viewed as the place where one goes in the afterlife in traditions of Spiritualism and Theosophy, which is where Wicca got the term.

Definitions according to Wikipedia

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Summerland Book One

When Abigail Parker graduated from high school, she thought she was going to spend her summer enjoying social events with her friends and prepping for college. But after the sudden death of her mother, she was forced to move to Salem, Massachusetts, with her eccentric Aunt Bridgette.
After stumbling upon a strange book hidden in her aunt’s closet and hearing whispers from a familiar voice, Abigail tries her hand at a spell. But something goes terribly wrong......
She is thrusted into the year 1692, in the summer of The Salem Witch Trials.
Alone and different than the Puritans, Abigail is forced to hide her identity as she finds love for the first time.
But Alexander Thomas, Salem's primary Witch Hunter has his eye on her. She must find her way back to the future to retrieve the spell book before she is accussed herself of the ultimate sin, a witch.