Ginger and Fred ~ Want to Dance?

I am posting this just because I have always loved watching Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dance … such synchronicity they have—it oozes from them.

(Imagine the hours they spent practicing.)

This clip is from their movie, Swing Time (1936).

Ohhhh and there is a great song in this movie too! Sung by Fred Astaire … The Way You Look Tonight. So sweet.

Always a treat to watch.

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Are You an Aspiring Author? You Need Followers!

From the time I walked in the door to start my first guided past life regression, I knew I wanted to write a book about these experiences from one soul’s perspective. I passionately wanted to write a book about my healing experiences through past life regression. The title is: Life is Just Another Class – One Soul’s Journey through Past Life Regression by Karen Kubicko. My book is an account of sixteen of my past lives and the emotional, spiritual and physical healing that has positively influenced my present lifetime. I am writing it to help others feel comfortable remembering their own past lives.

A fellow blogger asked how followers help get a new author’s book published. Here is my answer Alethea. (Find her at http://nottomatoes.wordpress.com/.) She wrote a book she would like to publish too.

What a beautiful morning with the sun barely peeking through

A year ago, I did not have any social media (except for Facebook – which I barely used at the time). I am trying to follow my intuition, so when I came across a conference by the Hay House, I signed up.

I attended the Hay House Conference called Speak Write Promote September 9-11, 2011. (I got to meet Louise Hay!!! Very cool!) This publisher basically said that an aspiring author needs to have an excellent platform (ie. have a huge following). They gave everyone a manual and talked about important points for each outlet. One week after the conference, I started learning how to use all the popular social media. I have slowly added a few more since.

Attending this conference was also a contest to get a book published, etc. They gave us info on how to write a great book proposal. Plus to enter, you had to do a YouTube video (they want to see you speak). I did not win the contest, but I did win personally – it was a great learning experience. Doing a book proposal was like a dissertation. Entering that contest was a great way to get the job done.

The bonus was this – a few months later, I gave my book proposal to just one literary agent who really loved it and my book! (Doing a happy dance) (Great story on how I found her and met her – I will save that for another time! ♥) She spoke to some publishers, but at the time, I did not have much of a following. The publishers told her that they would love to print the book, but I would need to have thousands of followers. A month later, I found (thank you law of attraction) and started a class that teaches holistic entrepreneurs how to become more visible in the marketplace. I am still learning more each day.

I am doing something right; if I add up all the beautiful people who follow me in some form or fashion – I have gone from 802 on 9-13-2012 to 878 on 9-26-2012! In addition, I also have 911 views from 47 different countries for this blog. (Wait. Does that count as thousands? Well, it is almost 2000.)

In addition to that, I have been teaching classes, etc. about past life. I just started teaching a heart chakra meditation class that I re-learned (I taught it 1000’s of years ago) from a past life. That is a lot of fun for me too! I am excited for this weekend – I have a table at a local holistic fair at a place I will be teaching classes soon. I keep having visions of me speaking on stage to a very large group of people, so I joined a speakers group (Toastmasters) to help hone my speaking skills. I help others remember their past lives as well. It is so rewarding to see others heal.

I have to add that I did look into self-publishing my book. But, there again, you are the one who is publishing it, so you also have to be the one to publicize it = the platform = the followers. So, it is the same. Plus, there is a difference in how non-fiction and fiction books are viewed by publishers as well as how they generally get publicized. Non-fiction books can stay on a shelf a long time, like a reference manual. But, fiction books are harder to sell, unless there is a lot of word of mouth (like Shades of Grey and Harry Potter). A memoir, while being a non-fiction book, sells more like a fiction book.

The whole journey to get to this point has been a lot of fun. That is what life is all about!

I appreciate and love each new person who follows me … they are one person closer to the number of followers I need to be published.

Thank you for being one of them!

Dream Day in Paris

I read an article the other day that said everyone should write their own horoscope. I thought, what a nice way to do a little law of attraction work. Some horoscopes are written for a year, month, week or day. This gave me the idea to write about my perfect dream day. I challenge you to write (or even daydream about) your dream day.

(Just letting you know that Sponge Bob’s song “The Best Day Ever” just popped in my mind. I think I listened to that CD one time too many when my kids were younger.)

Today, I am working on the social media aspect for my book: Life is Just Another Class – One Soul’s Journey Through Past Life Regression. (Every author should have a platform across the internet and beyond.) Are you interested in finding out more about my book? You can be one of the first to read Chapter 9 – the story of my lifetime as Howard Duish from the 1600’s. Plus, I include excerpts from seven additional chapters so you can learn how Howard made an impact in my current lifetime. I am writing this book as a tool to help you feel comfortable with remembering your own past lives. Sign up for chapter 9.

My Dream Day:

I wake up just in time to see the sunrise. As I look out the window over Paris, I breathe in the fresh air and smile. I start my day listening to a Deepak Chopra meditation. It is so nice to get in touch with your inner self. I pick up my phone and read my daily random affirmation as I take a walk down Rue Bonaparte to the local patisserie. You can smell the patisserie a block away – they have the best croissants. Yum. Their pastries are always so good. I walk back to my rental and write for a few hours. Then I check and update my social media, read an article on the quantum physics of the Maharishi effect and go over the speech I will be giving later.

Checking the time, I gather my painting supplies and walk out the door. The Louvre is having a special oil painting class today. The focus is on Mary Cassatt’s work and I am really looking forward to it. As I walk by the French Academy of Painting, I make a mental note to see what classes they offer. I arrive at the Louvre just in time. Painting class is fabulous, the smell of oil paint and thinner adds to the ambiance. I am sorry the class is only an hour.

It is 1pm now, just in time for lunch. I stop by one of the street venders and pick up a ham and cheese on baguette sandwich. I eat as I make my way across the bridge over the Seine River. Just as I get to the other side, I hear a concert echoing from a performance nearby. I recognize the sound of the harpsichord among the instruments. My favorite! I stand awhile, taking in the sound of the music. What a nice treat.

IOrange Sunset - Perfect end to a day get back home and check social media again while waiting for my children to Skype me online. I chat with my kids for a while. It is always nice to hear about their day, too bad they could not come. I get ready for tonight’s speech. Tonight I am talking about my book, Life is Just Another Class, taking questions and reading a short experiential meditation to a crowd of about 500. At the end, I announce the opening date for the movie (based on my book) and I am excited to tell the Parisians of the donation I will be making to their local children’s science center. I sign many books and speak to as many guests as possible. I just want everyone to feel comfortable experiencing their own past lives.

I take a short taxi ride back to the rental and relax. As I crawl into bed that evening I say, “What a fabulous day.”

My Mandala

During the week of September 12, 2011, I began to put together my website, my business cards and a few social media sites. I quickly realized I needed a photo or some kind of cool image. I sat at my computer thinking of what I could possibly use. I looked up and saw my mandala hanging on the wall. “Hmmm,” I thought, “That might work.” It was my very own mandala.

I had just come back from a fabulous weekend conference sponsored by the Hay House (a publisher). They said all new and emerging writers need social media. I said, “Okay.” I started jotting down ideas on the plane ride home.

My mandala is pretty, colorful and meaningful … a choice that is so much more than just a drawing. My kids and friends agreed this should be my symbol online. Besides, I now had an instant image to use consistently throughout my social media.

I remember the inspiration that pushed me to draw it. During the summer of 2011, I found a local class that taught how to draw mandalas. Unfortunately, I could not attend. I was a little disappointed, but I still felt drawn (pun intended) to create my own mandala. (I am an artist … I have to try it.) Not knowing how to go about it, I looked it up on Google, of course.

A few days after that, my daughter had two friends over to the house. The one child, I knew, was into metaphysical stuff (he dabbled with the pendulum), so I asked them if they were interested in drawing the energy part of themselves. They agreed. I pulled out the bin of colored pencils and cut copy paper into large squares. The mandala website recommended a few dots in a circular pattern to help guide the layout of the image, so I penciled on some dots.

We all sat down at the dining room table. I did a quick guided meditation to get them in the right frame of mind, turned my iPod onto my favorite metaphysical music by Steve Halpern and grabbed a few of the colored pencils. The kids and I drew for about an hour. They came up with some very interesting ideas. A mandala design can contain anything.

I think mine represents the chakras – individual, yet flowing together.

When we were finished, I told them that when they feel a little stressed, they can look at their mandala and it will help them relax. It is relaxing since it reminds them of the love that came from deep within their own true self.

Take a moment and do a Google image search for “mandala”. You will find many intricate, beautiful pieces of art. Get inspired and draw your energy. Whatever comes to you is for you. It all comes from deep within you. Get out your pencils, paint, chalk, pastels, crayons or markers and draw one today.

Somebody That I Used to Know

Every time I hear this fabulous song by Gotye, I think of all my work learning about and learning from my past lives. Each one of my incarnations is somebody I used to know. I knew them from the time they were born until the day they died and thereafter. I have been in the body of man and woman alike.

Today, I am editing Chapter 17 “Entering the Past” for my book Life is Just another Class – One Soul’s Journey through Past Life Regression. I just looked at the word count and as of this moment, this chapter stands at the lucky number 2222! Does anybody know how to do a screen shot? Me neither … I took a photo of it.

The real me is the spirit part of me. My body is just the vehicle I use while taking this course of life on Earth. I picked these bodies out, took them for a test drive and incarnated to begin this class. I was born to learn the lessons of this lifetime.

I used to be the people in the sixteen past lives that I have included in my book, Life is Just another Class – One Soul’s Journey through Past Life Regression. Each one of them feels like me …  well, they all have a bit of my personality. A few times, I was embarrassed to be a particular incarnation. In one, I could not believe my incarnation had such an opposite value set. In another, I could not get past how daft I acted due to being so uneducated.

But, these are all people that I used to know. They were all me and since I have remembered them, I have grown emotionally and spiritually in this lifetime.

That is the cool part.

BE THE FIRST TO READ CHAPTER 9 – the story of my lifetime as Howard Duish from the 1600’s. BONUS! I include excerpts from seven additional chapters so you can learn how Howard made an impact in my current lifetime. Register at http://karenkubicko.com/emailform.html to receive your chapter and be the FIRST TO KNOW the release date for my book: Life is Just another Class – One Soul’s Journey through Past Life Regression.

For more information visit: www.karenkubicko.com. Have a fabulous day!

Do We Pick Our Name for Each Lifetime?

(Today I am working on Chapter 20 “From the Other Side” for my book: Life is Just another Class – One Soul’s Journey through Past Life Regression. I thought I would share this with you.)

I believe we visit our parents in spirit before we are born. Do we somehow “inspire” them to give us a certain name? I think we do. I have had four lifetimes where my first name had Anna in it: I was Annabelle three different times/places and I was Anna once. My middle name (current life – that makes five) is Ann.

I have another example: my first name was Rosalina in one lifetime, and then 300 years later my middle name was Rosalina.

And, since we are on the subject of naming … In one past lifetime, I had a very clear remembrance of ceremoniously being named after my spirit guide (otherwise known as guardian angel). That was especially cool.

A rose by any other name is still just as sweet ~ looks like a rose doesn't it?

Ask your parents where they came up with the idea for your name. I wonder how many parents will say, “It just came to me one day and I immediately knew it was the right name for you.”

BE THE FIRST TO READ CHAPTER 9 – the story of my lifetime as Howard Duish from the 1600’s. BONUS! I include excerpts from seven additional chapters so you can learn how Howard made an impact in my current lifetime. Register at http://karenkubicko.com/emailform.html to receive your chapter and be the FIRST TO KNOW the release date for my book: Life is Just another Class – One Soul’s Journey through Past Life Regression.

For more information visit: www.karenkubicko.com. Have a fabulous day!