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February 2001

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by Carol Adrienne, Ph.D.

Carol Adrienne's work and teachings have been a great inspiration to me!  In August of 1998, about four months after my father passed away, I read about one of Carol's workshops in a Learning Annex catalog and synchronistically found her book on a bookshelf at the bookstore.  The themes of her teachings were familiar and comforting, as they confirmed the thoughts and ideas my father had shared with me shortly before his passing.  Her books and workshops ignited my spiritual curiosity, setting me on my soulful life path, which led to the very creation of SoulfulLiving.com!  Carol's participation has been an integral part of SoulfulLiving.com, at its soul level!  Thank you, Carol, with all my heart!
~Valerie, Founder and Soul, SoulfulLiving.com

"In the Company of Writers"

Last month I participated in a writers retreat and conference in Sedona, Arizona, organized by writing coach, Tom Bird, which turned out to be an amazing look at what makes writers tick. The urge to write and to express our thoughts and observations lurks deep within many of us. This creative urge, however, may be thwarted by fear and insecurities.

I first met Tom Bird through a synchronistic circumstance, and was delighted when he invited me to co-lead this retreat for writers. Tom has a unique system for helping unblock writers and get them writing from a deeper and truer level than ever before. The six day retreat was followed by a nuts and bolts conference about publishing realities. The reception to the program was so successful that we decided to schedule another session in Sedona in July (let us know if you’re interested) in addition to the one already scheduled September 23-30 at the University of Las Vegas in Nevada.

The week-long program in Sedona created new levels of enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment for every individual there. Not only did the participants get inspired, but one of the speakers, Lindsay Gibson, serendipitously received so much good feedback on her talk, that everyone insisted that she write a book on the subject!

What Did Your Parents Teach You About Success?

During the retreat, mornings were devoted to exploring the reasons why writing is so important to each of us. Through various exercises, we looked into the kinds of early messages we received about ourselves from parents and family. We examined our beliefs in order to see what might be affecting our ability to move forward in the world.

Ask the Universe to Support Your Goals

In order to heighten creativity and attract opportunities to become more successful with writing, participants were asked to write clear statements of purpose about what writing meant to them. No matter what project we are working on, it’s always a good idea to create a mission statement so that the universe can fulfill our desires. For example, Writing frees me. Writing is the doorway to the next step in my life. Writing is life.

Your Inner Male and Female Must Work Together On Your Goals

We also peeked—through a guided meditation--at the state of our inner feminine (the creative magnetic part of our nature that defines what has meaning for us), and the inner masculine (the dynamic action part of our nature that implements our plans). This exercise allowed people to see what really has top priority in the subconscious realm, and why they might be procrastinating on a project, such as sending their writing to an agent.

Let The Words Flow

Afternoons were devoted to writing, using Tom Bird’s unique process which generates an amazing and prolific flow of originality from places that we hardly knew existed within ourselves. Writing in the company of writers was an exhilarating and healing experience. The entire retreat was a great time to share common dreams and visions, and allow synchronistic messages and relationships to teach us what we came together to know. One evening, for example, our group attended the movie Finding Forrester, a new movie with Sean Connery, playing a Pulitzer-prize winning author who has become eccentric and reclusive, and Rob Brown, a sixteen-year old African American boy who is driven by the urge to write. Connery becomes Brown’s mentor, and Brown becomes Connery’s friend. The movie inspires us to "write from the heart first, then from the head." The movie also gave a clear message that when we begin to follow our life purpose, we have to move out of what is known and we have to leave our comfort zone. Once we wake up to our uniqueness, we cannot go back to a lesser level of awareness.

At the weekend conference following the retreat, we heard from an editor, a literary agent, and three authors, all sharing their experiences in the publishing business. Lindsay Gibson, Psy.D., author of Who You Were Meant to Be, A Guide to Finding or Recovering Your Life’s Purpose, gave a riveting talk on the special characteristics of writers. She received a burst of applause at the end of her talk. Everyone was practically weeping after hearing her scientifically-based theory on what makes writers different—and what cultural mission they fulfill. Her ideas validated people’s life and writing experience. It was at this point in the conference that the idea for Lindsay to write a book on this subject was instantly born! Magic happens when you are following your life purpose.

Lindsay is soliciting responses (for her new book!) from those of you who are writers or who want to write.

If you wish to contribute to her book with examples of your own experience as a writer, please answer the questions below, and email them to lcgibson2000@aol.com.

Or call Lindsay at (757) 497-9545 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The Writer’s Personality

(Please respond to some or all of these questions.)

  1. How have you felt different from other people in the kinds of things you think about?
  2. Have you often felt that you are overly sensitive compared to others?
  3. Are you often interested or fascinated by things that other people overlook or ignore? Can you be specific?
  4. Do you find yourself frequently bored by ordinary conversations?
  5. Do you often find it difficult to turn off your brain? What helps you stop your racing brain?

Writers Retreats

To inquire about Tom Bird’s personal writing consultations or future retreats and seminars, please email him at tbird10646@aol.com or call the office at (520) 203-0265 or (888) 266-9593..

Writers’ Retreat, Sedona, Arizona July 11-15, $795, plus local accommodations

Writers’ Retreat, The University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 23-28

Writers’ Conference, The University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 28-30


Carol Adrienne, Ph.D., is an internationally-known workshop facilitator and author whose books have been translated into over fifteen languages. Her books include The Purpose of Your Life: Finding Your Place in the World Using Synchronicity, Intuition, and Uncommon Sense; Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life, and The Numerology Kit. She also co-authored with James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide and The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision--An Experiential Guide.


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