Abracadabra and other magical words — Raja Choudhury Part 2

Part 2 of Lisa’s interview with Raja Choudhury is now online!

In which Kundalini expert and teacher Raja Choudhury tells us about the metaphysical magic of sound. Raja and Lisa discuss:

  • Is the Golden Rule the same as karma?
  • The metaphysics of sound … how do the sounds we utter create change?
  • Aum … the original magic word and three magic words that will change your life.
  • Much more …

Check out Raja’s website at http://www.rajachoudhury.com

You can find information about Raja’s courses with The Shift Network here: http://www.theshiftnetwork.com

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION:
Lisa’s new book, The Poppet Master, can be found here: http://www.thepoppetmaster.com

You can check out her website at http://www.lisabonnice.com

Visit http://www.MindYourselfTV.com for more video interviews with leaders in the field of human transformation.


Lisa Bonnice is an award-winning, best-selling author. Her current passion-project is a series of metaphysical comedy novels. The first is entitled The Poppet Master (previously published as Be Careful What You Witch For!, now revamped and with a new ending). The Poppet Master is a modern-day fairy tale about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic faery assigned to assist and educate her. The Poppet Master is available wherever books are sold. Its sequel is in the works.

Lisa is also writing The Maxwell Curse, a fictionalized version of a story she found in her own ancestral lineage about a witch trial, a generational curse, and massive mine explosion, all of which left ripples of destruction in their wake, devastating one family’s tree.

http://www.lisabonnice.com

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Mantras and karma and curses … oh my! — Raja Choudhury Part 1

Part 1 of Lisa’s interview with Raja Choudhury is now online!

In which Kundalini expert and teacher Raja Choudhury tells us about the metaphysical magic of sound. Raja and Lisa discuss:

  • How does the construction of a mantra change its magical properties, and how can sound trigger the energy centers in your body to affect positive changes?
  • What the heck is karma?
  • How can gossip snowball into a “curse” and how is the world cursing itself?
  • Much more …

Check out Raja’s website at http://www.rajachoudhury.com

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION:
Lisa’s new book, The Poppet Master, can be found here: http://www.thepoppetmaster.com

You can check out her website at http://www.lisabonnice.com

Visit http://www.MindYourselfTV.com for more video interviews with leaders in the field of human transformation.


Lisa Bonnice is an award-winning, best-selling author. Her current passion-project is a series of metaphysical comedy novels. The first is entitled The Poppet Master (previously published as Be Careful What You Witch For!, now revamped and with a new ending). The Poppet Master is a modern-day fairy tale about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic faery assigned to assist and educate her. The Poppet Master is available wherever books are sold. Its sequel is in the works.

Lisa is also writing The Maxwell Curse, a fictionalized version of a story she found in her own ancestral lineage about a witch trial, a generational curse, and massive mine explosion, all of which left ripples of destruction in their wake, devastating one family’s tree.

http://www.lisabonnice.com

Marc Allen offers a free magical meditation download

Part 2 of Lisa’s interview with Marc Allen is now online!

In which Publisher and CEO of New World Library Marc Allen talks about The Magical Path and offers a free downloadable Magical Path meditation. Marc and Lisa share a story of magical synchronicity that literally changed the directions their lives ended up taking.

Check out Marc’s website here: http://www.marcallen.com

Did you miss Part 1 of this interview? Here’s a link to watch it: https://youtu.be/eASX31ea_BQ

Lisa’s new book, The Poppet Master (for which Marc wrote the foreword), can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Poppet-Master-Lisa-Bonnice/dp/198222696X

You can also find out about future guests, karmic astrologer Marguerite Manning and Shakti mystic Raja Choudhury, at their websites:

http://www.margueritemanning.com
http://www.rajachoudhury.com

Visit http://www.MindYourselfTV.com for more information.


Lisa Bonnice is an award-winning, best-selling author. Her current passion-project is a series of metaphysical comedy novels. The first is entitled The Poppet Master (previously published as Be Careful What You Witch For!, now revamped and with a new ending). The Poppet Master is a modern-day fairy tale about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic faery assigned to assist and educate her. The Poppet Master is available wherever books are sold. Its sequel is in the works.

Lisa is also writing The Maxwell Curse, a fictionalized version of a story she found in her own ancestral lineage about a witch trial, a generational curse, and massive mine explosion, all of which left ripples of destruction in their wake, devastating one family’s tree.

http://www.lisabonnice.com

 

The new Mind Yourself is here!!! The new Mind Yourself is here!!!


The very first episode of Mind Yourself is now online.

Part 1: In which Publisher and CEO of New World Library Marc Allen describes how he can be both lazy and wildly successful. He also talks about how to get happily published. Marc and Lisa both share stories about amazing synchronicity that literally changed the directions their lives ended up taking.
Part 2, which will be posted on 9/27, includes Marc’s description of the Magical Path, which he calls “Harry Potter for grownups.”
You can also find out about future guests, karmic astrologer Marguerite Manning and Shakti mystic Raja Choudhury, at their websites:
Be sure to submit your questions for Marguerite and Raja before 9/27 and then watch their interviews to see if your question is Asked and Answered.
Visit http://www.MindYourselfTV.com for more information.

Lisa Bonnice is an award-winning, best-selling author. Her current passion-project is a series of metaphysical comedy novels. The first is entitled The Poppet Master (previously published as Be Careful What You Witch For!, now revamped and with a new ending). The Poppet Master is a modern-day fairy tale about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic faery assigned to assist and educate her. The Poppet Master is available wherever books are sold. Its sequel is in the works.

Lisa is also writing The Maxwell Curse, a fictionalized version of a story she found in her own ancestral lineage about a witch trial, a generational curse, and massive mine explosion, all of which left ripples of destruction in their wake, devastating one family’s tree.

http://www.lisabonnice.com

Mind Yourself TV — it’s TIME!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE MOST RECENT EPISODE.


And now, for a little back story…

I’ve been gearing up for months to launch an online chat show, independent from my work as a program host with The Shift Network, and it’s time to finally roll out Mind Yourself. Want to know how I know it’s time? Check out this stunning synchronicity …


First, a little background so the story makes sense:

I’ve spent most of my adult life building up to this. Because my career experience is primarily in news, standup comedy and hosting interviews, it seems wise to combine those skills and launch my own YouTube channel.

My work as a program host with The Shift Network is a dream come true and I’m grateful for the opportunity to interview some of the brightest minds in the cutting edge field of human consciousness and transformation. But in these interviews, I’m mostly asking the questions TSN’s viewers want me to ask. While their questions are always good ones, oftentimes I have questions I’m dying to ask, too, but it’s not the right time or place.

Sometimes, if there’s a spare minute or two after a broadcast, I’ll toss a question or two at my guest, but it’s frustrating that we never have time to turn it into a full blown conversation.

In addition to Shift’s guests, there are fascinating people I’m itching to interview who may never be booked with The Shift Network. I have questions for them, too!

So, that’s what Mind Yourself is all about … sharing with you intimate conversations with fascinating people. Want to ask a question? Send it in, then watch to see if it gets answered on the show.

I still haven’t addressed how I know it’s time to get started, so here it is. Lately, all of the pieces are beginning to fall into place and the nudges from the Big U to just do it already are impossible to ignore. It’s time. Now.

After the name for the show was delivered from my future self (that’s a story for another day), it was time to design a logo (did I mention my past experience as a graphic designer?). Because the backdrop for my set is this colorful braingasm (design by Melting Miltons) I wanted a similarly colorific brain for the logo.

I Googled for affordable (or free) clipart, and found this exquisite design on iStock by Getty Images:

Isn’t this awesome?

I fully intended to purchase a license to use this, but then read in the small print that it cannot be used in for logo purposes, so I kept up the search.

I was getting discouraged because I wasn’t finding what I wanted. I began to doubt … am I on the right track? Should I wait until what I need is easily delivered, like everything else while developing the program? Am I rushing this? Is it the right time?

I didn’t want to allow discouragement to take the wind out of my sails, so I played around in Photoshop and created the nifty logo that’s posted at the top of this page.

This is a picture of my mind being blown by synchronicity.

After a long day sitting at the ‘puter, I decided to get out of the house for a while. I went to Sprouts to get some organic stuff and saw this at the checkout stand:

To say that my jaw dropped and I stood in uffish thought would be a severe understatement. “Is it time to do this?” I had asked before I left the house.

The answer came thundering in: YES, IT’S LITERALLY TIME.

Can the Big U get any clearer than that? I submit that it cannot. It’s time.

So … welcome to the birth of Mind Yourself with Lisa Bonnice. Here are the pertinent links. You’re one of the first people to see them so don’t be surprised if things are a little quiet, for now. Go ahead and follow them all, and help me build this. Later, you can tell your friends, “I was there at the beginning!”

YouTube
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Marc Allen and me at the offices of New World Library. Marc thinks this picture makes him look a little nutty, and my hair is all wonky, but it’s better than the other selfie we took so we’re sort of stuck with it. 😉

The first show is scheduled to air on Friday, September 20, with my guest Marc Allen, publisher at New World Library and the man who discovered Eckhart Tolle (the author of The Power of Now).

Marc is also the author of The Magical Path and developer of the program How to Get Happily Published, and those are just a couple of the things we’ll be talking about.

Got a question for Marc? Post it on the Facebook page, then watch to see if it gets asked and answered. See you then!


Lisa Bonnice is an award-winning, best-selling author. Her current passion-project is a series of metaphysical comedy novels. The first is entitled The Poppet Master (previously published as Be Careful What You Witch For!, now revamped and with a new ending). The Poppet Master is a modern-day fairy tale about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic faery assigned to assist and educate her. The Poppet Master is available wherever books are sold. Its sequel is in the works.

Lisa is also writing The Maxwell Curse, a fictionalized version of a story she found in her own ancestral lineage about a witch trial, a generational curse, and massive mine explosion, all of which left ripples of destruction in their wake, devastating one family’s tree.

http://www.lisabonnice.com

Why I wrote The Poppet Master

Thar she blows, the very first copy of The Poppet Master to come out of the box.

If you’re an HSP (highly sensitive person)—that is, someone who lives the meaning of the word “empath”—you know that bearable entertainment can be hard to come by. There exist plenty of well-made movies and TV programs, written and performed by truly gifted artists, but a lot of it is just too intense for people with over-the-top psychic abilities.

To be an HSP is a blessing and a curse (a blurse, as comedian Jonathan Katz would call it). On one hand, you’re psychic, which is pretty groovy. On the other hand, you’re psychic, which means that you feel and know stuff you don’t want to feel or know.

It also means that watching or reading violent or psychologically twisted programming or books is nearly impossible.

Even though I have access to movie channels, Netflix and Hulu, and have the entire world at my fingertips via the interwebs, sometimes it feels like there’s literally nothing on that I can watch without making me weep for the future (or the past). I don’t need any more anxiety in my life, but I also get tired of settling for fluff. I want to sink my teeth into something flavorful, but I don’t want said chompers stuccoed with Cheeto gunk when I’m done.

When something that fits the bill comes along, I grab onto it and squeeze the life out of it by obsessively binge-watching over and over until my husband begs me to find something else to watch. For example, I adore a British TV show called Detectorists, and I’m on what is probably my fifth viewing of all three seasons. It’s insanely funny, but it’s a gentle humor. The characters are so very real and the situations in which they find themselves are dramatic enough to be interesting, yet not so hard core that I can’t sleep at night.

Shows like this are hard to find and, sometimes, when your personality is such that stories come to you “on a flaming pie”, you write the kind of books you wish you could find. Thusly, here comes Lola and Twink, starring in The Poppet Master, a metaphysical comedy for empaths and the people who love them.

It’s the kind of book I like to read: sometimes zany, sometimes suspenseful, always magical. Plus, I love when any of the characters address the blurse of being a Highly Sensitive Person.

Check it out. If you like it, leave a positive review on Amazon. If you don’t like it, remember what your mom used to say, “If you can’t say something nice …”

And, of course, here’s you a writing dog:


Lisa Bonnice is an award-winning, best-selling author. Her current passion-project is a series of metaphysical comedy novels. The first is entitled The Poppet Master (previously published as Be Careful What You Witch For!, now revamped and with a new ending). The Poppet Master is a modern-day fairy tale about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic faery assigned to assist and educate her. The Poppet Master is available wherever books are sold. Its sequel is in the works.

Lisa is also writing The Maxwell Curse, a fictionalized version of a story she found in her own ancestral lineage about a witch trial, a generational curse, and massive mine explosion, all of which left ripples of destruction in their wake, devastating one family’s tree.

http://www.lisabonnice.com

Ancestral Synchronicity in Saltcoats, Scotland

The Saltcoats train and bus station, with connections to Glasgow, Ayr, Kilmarnock and many other places in Ayrshire.

Jeff and I parked the camper for two weeks in Saltcoats because their “holiday park” had the amenities we needed for such a long stay, and it was a centralized location, with a train station, for my genealogy research in Ayrshire. Little did I know, when I booked our spot months before we left the States, that I would also find ancestral connections there!

Saltcoats Town Hall

Saltcoats is a cute little town on the coast of the Firth of Clyde in southwest Scotland, just a short hop to Kilmarnock—where most of my research was to be done—and to Ayr and Glasgow, also places with ancestral connections.

My husband (Jeff), my brother (Mike) and I spent a lot of time bopping around the town on the days that I didn’t feel well enough to be out scouring the countryside for genealogy clues. There were plenty of pubs to keep us busy, including The Salt Cot, where the food and drinks were very affordable and downright delicious. They have a great system where you order by app from your table by giving your table number and paying for it on the app when you order. They were also one of the few places I found with Pimm’s readily available.

On the days I felt well enough to leave the camper, I certainly kept up with Jeff and Mike in the ale sampling, in spite of (or because of?) being sick with a head cold. One of my favorites pubs was the Windy Ha, where Rabbie Burns is said to have been a regular customer because he enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.

The Windy Ha, where Robert Burns is rumored to have been a regular.

There’s a framed print on the wall, inside, saying that Rabbie wrote his 1792 poem, Saw Ye Bonie Lesley, “while having a quiet drink” in the Windy Ha, about a local woman named Lesley, with whom he had fallen in love.

In addition to enjoying our unhurried time in Saltcoats, which allowed us a chance to soak in some genuine Scottish life, as opposed to hurrying from place to place or only visiting tourist sites, imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that my 3x great-grandfather, Alexander Garroch, lived in Saltcoats in his final years, according to the 1901 census.

Alexander is as far back as I can trace the Garroch name in my family tree. He was born around 1827 in Wigtownshire and, from what I can gather, was involved in a paternity suit in 1844 at age 17, while working as a farm laborer. He didn’t marry the girl, and she gave birth to a daughter. He married my 3x great-grandmother, Margaret, when she was 21 (he was 19). They had nine children in 15 years.

My 3x great-grandfather lived at this address at age 75, according to the 1901 census. He lived in many places throughout his life, but retired and probably died here.

Alex and Margaret eventually moved to Riccarton, near Kilmarnock, living for a while in a place called Bridgehouse Cathouse. I assumed, using American vernacular, that this meant it was a house if ill-repute, but my Scottish researcher friends were surprised at that and quickly assured me that it probably meant that there were just a lot of cats hanging out around that house. Many houses had descriptive names instead of street addresses. The local residents knew the houses by these names.

In 1861, they lived in the Gatehead Tollhouse, where Margaret was the toll keeper and Alex worked, again, as a farm laborer. She died in 1870 at the age of 45 and he remarried a woman named Jessie, with whom he eventually moved to Saltcoats and lived as a “Retired Ploughman” according to the census.

The most welcome ancestral connection, though, came in the form of meeting a living and breathing distant cousin, Sandra, who just happened to own a caravan at the same holiday park we were staying in. Sandra and I are related through our shared 5x great-grandmother, Grace Maxwell. Grace has been a brick wall for many of her ancestors, with a lot of different online family trees disagreeing about who her parents were. That mystery has finally been solved, but now her confirmed father, James Maxwell, is the new face of that brick wall.

I had a lovely chat with Sandra and her husband, Bobby, when they came to the park’s laundromat to keep me company as I tried valiantly to do two weeks worth of laundry. We talked like we’ve known one another for lifetimes. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos because I was distracted and looking pretty ragged, after so much traveling. The dryers weren’t working because the fish and chips shop next door had recently caught fire, so the gas was turned off in the building—meaning, no heat in the dryers!

But, just like family, Sandra and Bobby generously volunteered to take my wet laundry back to their house to dry it for me. Weeks later, as I write this, my heart still swells with gratitude for this huge favor. We had no way to get the wet clothes to another local laundromat (we couldn’t drive the camper, due to the diesel/unleaded fuel clusterboink) so I was screwed. My cousin’s willingness to help was such a godsend! Thank you, Sandra and Bobby!

And, of course, here’s you another dug (Scottish for dog), this one waiting for its people on the main drag in Saltcoats:


Lisa Bonnice is an award-winning, best-selling author. Her current passion-project is a series of metaphysical comedy novels. The first is entitled The Poppet Master (previously published as Be Careful What You Witch For!, now revamped and with a new ending). The Poppet Master is a modern-day fairy tale about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic faery assigned to assist and educate her. The Poppet Master will be available in summer 2019. Its sequel is in the works.

Lisa is also writing The Maxwell Curse, a fictionalized version of a story she found in her own ancestral lineage about a witch trial, a generational curse, and massive mine explosion, all of which left ripples of destruction in their wake, devastating one family’s tree.

 

 

http://www.lisabonnice.com