Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Michele Rae, of the Center Within and author of Living From the Center Within: Co-Creating Who You Are Becoming. Michele is a participant in Brush and Pen: Festival for Artists and Authors,
Welcome, Michele! It’s an honor to spend time with you today!
Katelyn- Let’s start off with you telling us a bit about yourself that isn’t writing related.
Michele-I have a passion for supporting humanity as we choose timelines that have the most positive outcomes for the greater good during this time of tremendous transformation. It has been my heartsong for many years now. I founded The Center Within, LLC in 2001 and provide intuitive holistic life coaching designed to accelerate and support personal, professional and organizational transformation. While working with me, clients tell me they become more confident and engaged as they enhance their gifts, talents, wisdom, and passions. Part of this process of transformation also requires we all gain clarity and power as we expose and unblock limiting beliefs, stuck patterns, and fears. As an empath, my abilities in deep listening, intuition, appreciative inquiry, spiritual practices, mindfulness, presence and emotional intelligence are supportive as clients create self-directed strategies to implement the changes they desire to create a life they love.
I also offer classes and retreats through the Center Within. In addition, I am a graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota in the Center for Spirituality & Healing, The Humphrey Institute and the College of Pharmacy. I teach about mindfulness leadership, Mind-Body Science, spirituality and human development. I will talk and teach about these topics wherever I get invited! Supporting people on their journey to wholeness and full discovery of their holiness is a true delight!
Katelyn- You are teaching powerful information which is so needed right now. People need to learn to be self-empowered to be able to navigate the waters of change we are in right now.
I am always curious to learn what inspires an author to write. Can you tell our readers what inspired you to start writing?
Michele- I had clients, students, friends and family ask if I had the information we talked about in one place so they could read more and share it within their circles. This prompted me to write blogs and articles that eventually made their way into this book.
Katelyn- I think a lot of authors start by writing a blog. I know I did and it helped me to get more clarity on my thoughts before jumping into a book. I imagine your clients and students are grateful that you put your wisdom into Living From the Center Within!
Do you have a genre that you prefer to write in and to read?
Michele-Spirituality, human development, self-care, transformation, the evolution of consciousness, mindfulness
Katelyn- Those are some of my favorites too. I have found that authors have all kinds of reasons for choosing to write. I am interested in why you write.
Michele-I write because we are living amidst a huge shift and in a transformative period which is creating lots of confusion, uncertainty, and change. This book is a roadmap for us to utilize as we move towards a new way of being human. Cultivating higher consciousness in myself and others brings me joy. This book invites the readers to join more deeply into this conversation so that together we may build our capacity to live at higher levels of consciousness. I encourage all who read it to connect and build the community of people living with intention and expanding our awareness. I invite each of us to support one another as we co-create who we are each becoming with love and compassion.
Katelyn- I think it is so important for those of us who have been on the path for a long time to pass our wisdom along to others, which is what you are doing. Those who are newer on the path, as you say, are faced with confusion and uncertainty and books like yours will give them more of a sense of peace as they move through the change.
As an author and creative, I am sure you get creative blocks at times. What do you do when you get a creative block?
Michele- In the book I have a chapter dedicated to transforming practices and have utilized all of them at different times when I have a creative block. In the book, I define transforming practices as activities designed to center, quiet, and open the mind-body-heart. They help us focus attention and awareness in the present moment. These mindfulness practices encourage open receptivity, accepting and observing without evaluation or judgment. Here are a few from the list:
- Breathwork: patterns of breathing
- Meditation: mindfulness, concentrative, moving, open
- Music: listening to chant, singing, toning
- Silence: binge in quiet
- Smell: aromatherapy
- Mindful eating: intentionally prepare and eat a meal
- Body Movement: exercise, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, stretch, walk a labyrinth, dance
- Guided Imagery: autogenics, visualizations
- Journal: writing and reflecting, creating a gratitude journal
- Art: writing, drawing, sculpting, creating mandalas, making collages
- Biofeedback: using instruments that provide feedback on physiological changes
- Being in nature: walking, sitting, observing
- Contemplation and study: sacred text, poetry, koans, myths, symbols, metaphor, archetypes
- Ritual: a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects that support an intention
- Dreams: recording, contemplating, exploring meaning and insights in dreams
Katelyn- That is a fabulous list of ways to move through any kind of block. Many of them I have used myself and know that they work. It looks like there is a lot of valuable information in Living from the Center Within.
I am sure you have read a lot of books over the years. Do you have writers who inspire you and can you tell us why?
Michele- I am inspired by other’s who are visible in leading conversations and building community during this time of transformation. They are envisioning a new world and providing tools and insights for us all. A few include:
Deepak Chopra, A.H. Almaas, Wayne Dyer, David Hawkins, Ken Wilbur, Barbara Marx
Hubbard, Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Jon Kabat-Zinn
I also find great wisdom in the sacred teachings and poetry
Katelyn- A great list of leaders in the new world movement. Anyone of them would be a great place to start if someone is interested in exploring this field in more depth.
I imagine there are people reading this blog who might want to write a book themselves someday. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Let your writing be a dance. Let it move you, show you new ways to know yourself and the material that is presenting. Let it transform you. Write from the heart, let the head, details and how unfold like magic to support your art expressing into the world. Create routine time and space in your life for your writing, just like setting aside time for spiritual practice.
Katelyn- That’s a beautiful way to look at. I love the metaphors you use. You are speaking my language!
As we end this conversation I would like the readers to know how they can support you in your work?
Michele- People can buy my book, write a review, share my book with other likeminded lightworkers, way showers and those interested in living a life they love. You can also support my writing by sending me feedback on the book, participating in one or many of the many classes I offer or come in for a coaching session.
Katelyn-What is your web address or where can people find your book and connect with you are coaching or speaking?
http://www.CenterWithin.com or contact her at Michele@CenterWithin.com or 612-465-9775
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