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Precious Gifts ~ It’s Official! Get your copy today!

My Book is Here!

I am so excited to share this moment with you!

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Precious Gifts~ By Shakti Chionis

Inside every purpose lives a masterpiece waiting to be cultivated and unearthed. This creation abounds fully and completely known as “The Essence of our Precious Hearts”. As we shed tears, something beautiful has come from it, revealing new layers of loving oneself and freeing the mind.

By loving and opening ourselves to another dimension of consciousness, we can co-create with genuine compassion towards all sentient beings, birthing new levels of healing. In doing so we strengthen our love and peace for mankind.

Precious Gifts is a reflection of a years journey of asking “What would someone who loves themselves do?” Poetry and inspirational passages emerged up and out of me as my foundation of self-love grew. The joys, the sorrows, the whispers and the memories echo throughout this book leaving one with much reflection of how it resonates in your own life.

A labor of love, product of lots of courage, trust and hard work. May my words touch you deeply, bring hope, guide you to find inner peace and a willingness to partake in a bigger picture in humanity where we are all waking up our own hearts. May this benefit all sentient beings.

Much love and light, Shakti Chionis

 

“Love Recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope”…… Maya Angelou


 

I have a special invitation for you when you pre-order the book today. 

When you order before 11/11/2014

1) You will get 40% off the cover price, that’s only $15.99 ($24.95 normally)

2) You will also get a signed copy from me.  Precious Gifts is a perfect holiday gift for yourself or a friend.

3) You will also get the book in your hands, as soon as it is published.

4) Special Bonus:  When you purchase my book and sign up for my newsletter today, you will receive a FREE gift of one of my favorite singing bowl recordings I have made.  It is perfect for meditations, relaxation, as well as an excellent sleep aid.  It is available in an mp3 download.  (A $5.95 value.)

Thank you! May the essence of your preciousness awaken today.

magic dust“The heart knows perfect love.  The heart lives authentically and opens when we surrender into this love.”…..Shakti

Special Offer… BUY NOW $15.99 (expires 11/11/2014)

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Why pre-order?

Those of you who know a little about publishing may know that, for lots of different reasons, pre-orders are *very* important for a book’s success. So when you pre-order, you not only get an autographed copy from me and saving 40%, as well as a FREE gift of one of my favorite singing bowl meditations,  you are also supporting the book to help awaken the global heart and I sincerely appreciate your help with that.

Copies will be available on Amazon, Barns & Noble, and other global distributions November 15th.

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What People are saying:

angela_headshot-250Angela Montano, author of the forthcoming book Rethink Prayer, says, “Every once in a while, someone writes something that strikes a universal cord. A particular longing we have not had words for bears down upon our collective soul, until a writer finds the words, gifts them to us, and offers us a path back to ourselves. Precious Gifts calls on us, urges us, begs us, whispers to us to wake up to one simple truth- that of the preciousness of our own heart.

 


 

LL-orange-scarf-300x198Laura Lavigne author of “Pink Hair and Chocolate Cookies”,”Petite Histories”, “The 90-Day Gratitude Journal” and creator of the Happiness Sprinkling Project says, “Shakti’s book IS a precious gift.  You will find nourishment within its pages – from the heart-filling art, all the way to the soul-soothing words. You will feel yourself getting both enlivened and more grounded, page after page. What a treat.”

 


 

66809_506951282707183_678843218_nRajeev Kurapti, MD, Author of ‘Unbound Intelligence; Discover the God Within’ says, “Precious Gifts is a remarkable book offering a true journey to self-love. Shakti’s tales of pain and struggle come full circle as you witness through her prose the moemtn she finds bliss. Through her empowering, beautiful language and supportive images throughout the book, you will feel enlightened and inspired to be simply, but perfectly, you.”

 


Inspired by asking a question for one whole year “What would someone who loves themselves do?” and then acting intuitively with whatever inspired me. Sometimes being scared and brave at the same time was often what propelled me forward. 

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This book was a labor of love, devotion to my own personal growth and joy in seeing the fruits of my effort.  A beautiful presentation, full of over 25 colorful images that bring the words alive.  The entire book is a work of art.




 

Just in time for the holidays.  A perfect Gift for yourself or a loved one.

What are you waiting for?  Say YES, your spirit thanks you today.

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Excerpt of Precious Gifts-

Promises

It never mattered how much a wish was, when promises were never kept.

To dream and believe in a wish come true, what matter that my wishes were dreams unfulfilled, stories untold:?

What matters most are the dreams I live. The stories become the wishes filled and the memories of dreams once lived.


Special Bonus:  When you purchase Precious Gifts, and Sign up for my newsletter today, you will receive a FREE gift of one of my favorite singing bowl recordings I have made.  It is perfect for meditations, relaxation, as well as an excellent sleep aid. It is available in an mp3 download (a $5.95 value).



I am SO very very grateful for this day! One step after another. One decision after another. One heart opening after another. Digging inside myself to find my value, my worth, my joy, my prayers are being answered. I am loved, I am blessed and I am moving my life to the place I am meant to live. There are no words that touch me deep enough to say that my life is perfect the way it is. I am honored to share this with you. (the music in my background was perfect for writing that! lol) and yes, tears are flowing.

I have been moved by what others have been saying about the book.  Thank you all, I am grateful for your support.


“Love this book…this opportunity to heal and connect with my own preciousness. This book is like a healing balm for the soul.”….Carrie

“OMG..it’s WONDERFUL….*tears*..you have touched me so, thank you. Much love.”…. Robin

“Your poem, The Gift brought me to tears.  I wept and wept.  It touched me so deeply, no words can describe what it did for me. Thank you dear Shakti.”……. Kimberly

“Your words spoke directly to my heart.”…….Amanda

Shakti is such a gift.  She truly inspires me with how much courage she has.  Thank you.”…Dianne.

“Shakti is always doing her best to make a difference in the world. Precious Gifts is another outlet that speaks heart to heart. I was completely uplifted and inspired. Thank you”….Tara

 


 

The Time is Now, say YES and buy today, and get your autographed copy and a Free gift.  

 


 

We are all walking each other home.  Please share on Facebook, Pinterest, twitter, email or any other social media you belong too.  I am grateful so many are supporting my purpose.


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“The light in me, honors the light in you. All is Well, thank you.” ~ Shakti

Joy Joy Joy!

It's a Perfect day to?

This Full Moon and Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse AND Mercury retrograde are creating something….. It’s VERY powerful.  If you want to learn more about the importance of the Blood Moon (we will be having 4 of them, and I believe this was the 2nd one of the four, ending the last one September 2015) you can watch Matt Kahn’s video discussing it here.
How do you want it to go?

We are significantly part of the whole.  We get to decide how our life unfolds.  What do you declare today?

I declare Joy, Ease, freedom and bliss.  All is well.

I want to share a little bit of something I began doing a month and a half ago.  It’s called EMDR therapy.  You can read more about it here.

Very simply, the technique supports the nervous system in processing material that was too intense to resolve subsequent to the painful event or events. EMDR significantly reduces the emotional pain and the accompanying body sensations associated with the memory of the trauma. More importantly, EMDR allows the person to change the underlying false beliefs that were instilled with the trauma and replace them with more truthful, helpful beliefs. For example, a small child being abused usually believes deep down that he or she deserved the abuse and this false belief becomes a part of the subconscious. Once there, it will continue to limit that person’s ability to feel good about him or herself and to limit the development of their full potential.

For me, it feels like I am rewriting my story.  I get to rewire my brain in a loving supportive environment.  I have done little “doses” of it over the past month and a half, but today, I did a full 45 min.  It was such a blissful outcome that I really need to share this.  Having someone be present with me and aid me to rewrite my stories I tell myself has been remarkably healing.  I literally felt a matrix in my thought waves reconstructing new words, beliefs, and messages while my body experienced the relaxation of it as I worked through the emotions of it.  Today, I witnessed so much joy I thought I was going to fly away when I left.  It was very blissful.  I don’t always have that experience, but today, I owned it.

It is a perfect day to celebrate.  How about you?  What is it a perfect day for?

Much love and light,

Shakti

www.miraclesandmore.com  

Counting down the days for prelaunch….stay tuned!

The Hidden Secrets of Risk Taking

“Success doesn’t tell us how rich we are, it only tells us how willing we are to show up.”

 

Last week I had a dream that revealed to me some hidden secrets of taking risks. What really surprised me was how quickly I was able to process the dream and work it out, and then watch how the Universe delivered an opportunity for me to really look at what risk taking is all about for me.

In my dream, there was a large investment that someone was selling in order to buy another business. A friend of mine had a million dollar business and she was selling hers to buy a different one. In the dream (after much story), I actually heard the question, Do you consider yourself to be a risk taker?

Before you jump to your answer I want to shed light on what isn’t so obvious for my answer.  My original answer was no.

Here’s why.  First define what level of a risk taker you are?  If you think you aren’t, look in your life where you are successful at taking risks, even if they are small because you can build on them (taking trips, driving, saying yes when you are uncomfortable with the unknown).  All these reflect many levels of being a risk taker.  If your definition of “highly successful” and risk taker are about investments in money only, then here’s a window to open and see just how much money has nothing to do with success.

For me, success is another delusion of risk taking.  It is a trap we fall into.   What is it that you are trying to succeed at? All important questions.  In my article I wrote called,  The Power of Failure: We get to decide what it means, I share many different perspectives of success and failure.

Success doesn’t tell us how rich we are, it only tells us how willing we are to show up.

So do you consider yourself to be confident with your decisions? Or do you get caught in the trap “What if I’m wrong?”. This “what if I’m wrong” has been a major obstacle for me to over come when it comes from “small risks” to “big risks”. Because for me I could see that small risks are fine, but when it came to bigger ones I finally got to understand what “being wrong” really meant. It was not as painful as a tooth extraction, but it was close enough. When faced with my honesty of why I am so triggered with “What if I’m wrong?”, I was able to decode it and bring the charge out in the open. For me, the trigger was “Being wrong is dangerous”. My family (particularly my dad) did a number in my head about what happened when I was caught in a situation of one kind or another. After really seeing that I could find areas in my life where “Being wrong wasn’t dangerous” I was able to see that it is just a belief I have been carrying. Freeing myself of this belief is how transformation takes place. It is literally what changes our external world inviting more and more mini miracles into your life.

My hopes is that if you don’t consider yourself to be a risk taker, that you look at the reasons why.  The hidden obstacles are a possible trap keeping you from living the life you want or you don’t realize that you are a risk taker because you might be basing it on monetary success.  Either way, I hope you find value in this.

Please leave a comment about how taking risks in your life have been successful or how they have hindered you from doing what you love.

As always, please share on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.

Shakti Chionis

Miracles and More

Look soon for my prelaunch with Precious Gifts!  It’s here and as soon as I get word from my publisher that global distribution is complete, it is ready to buy!  Yay…. 🙂

Robin William’s Last Gift- by Peter Coyote

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“The only thing that never changes is change itself. All things are impermanent.” ~ Buddha

Peter Coyote, a Zen Buddhist Priest, wrote a lovely letter to help others find peace in how Robin Williams chose to end his life.  I found it on Facebook and feel it’s important to share, so I am posting it on my blog (see below).   I hope it helps you  shift any perceptions on such a heavy topic.  I have mixed feelings on what is going on and part of me feels Robin’s calling for leaving is as big as his life was.  He battled with what so many of us have battled with.  Our mind, our thoughts of suffering and how helpless we fall victim to them.  When we are isolated in our suffering, or have some kind of mental illness, our minds strength to just “reach out” for help is often not a realistic possibility for some.  Is it possible to change it?  I believe it is, with the right mix of helpers, prayers, and outreach.   Will everyone have success?,  possibility not, but without starting or trying, how would we know.  And how does one start?  How does one bypass the shame or the fears in reaching out?  Or even know they have something “wrong that needs fixing”.  As long as society thinks that those who have some kind of “mental illness” is different from them, there will always be this “hands off or hands out of reach” approach.

I do not have a labeled “mental illness” and yet, for me, my thoughts of depression or suffering of my mind have been probably as debilitating as some.  My fears to reach out and stay isolated are real and are my choices are based out of fear at times.  However, I know to ask if what I’m thinking is the “collective energy” around me.  Are they really “my thoughts”?  Or because I am so empathic, are they the collective?  There is a movie called “Wings of Desire”,  a German film where these 2 angels can hear everyone’s thoughts.  It’s a buzz of energy that has to be drowned out or one would go crazy.  Learning to discern what’s ours and others is a valuable lesson to learn.  Separating out what’s “my business” or “someone else’s business” is also necessary for an empath.

I have had suicidal thoughts in my past and I have also had profound Buddhist teachings about the mind and what happens to the mind when we die.  I reflect on these because it’s important to me to know how to face my  fears.  If looking at my mind causes so much fear, pain and suffering, then there is more work to be done.  No judgment, no finger-pointing, just awareness that there are layers wanting to be peeled away.  I have also experienced profound inner peace.  It’s the same mind that experiences the same kind of suffering.  This brings freedom of choices.  The choices of how I want to live in my mind.  And if I choose inner peace, then I can declare peace and find ways to start seeing it around me and bringing it in and toward me as opposed to living in my suffering.  However, that does require effort on my end.  Effort to make daily choices of how I want to think and live.  Effort to be present.  Effort to know what choices I want.  It may not seem like a big deal, but it is.

When awareness begins to take charge of our thoughts, new perceptions begin to take place.  AND they are instantaneous, not “let’s wait and see” but immediate.  This is valuable information to the suffering mind.  Looking for ways to get out of our suffering is as old as man itself.  That’s why people overeat, drink, smoke, gamble, watch tv, do video games, etc….  Everything that can distract the mind, and numb us out of our feelings are many ways to not deal with our suffering.  Unfortunately disconnecting is also not an answer, it creates many more problems.  How is it that we can live in our bodies, our minds and find inner and outer peace without looking for outside fixes?   It all starts with our thoughts, our intentions and our desires for how we want to live.  Let’s learn from Robin Williams last gift as to how we choose to live.  May you rest in Peace Robin.  You have been loved by millions. I honor you and your path and your choices.

 

Robin William’s Last Gift- Peter Coyote

Robin and I were friends. Not intimate, because he was very shy when he was not performing. Still, I spent many birthdays and holidays at his home with Marsha and the children, and he showed up at my 70th birthday to say “Hello” and wound up mesmerizing my relatives with a fifteen minute set that pulverized the audience.

When I heard that he had died, I put my own sorrow aside for a later time. I’m a Zen Buddhist priest and my vows instruct me to try to help others. So this little letter is meant in that spirit.

Normally when you are gifted with a huge talent of some kind, it’s like having a magnificent bicep. People will say, “Wow, that’s fantastic” and they tell you, truthfully, that it can change your life, take you to unimaginable realms. It can and often does. The Zen perspective is a little different. We might say, “Well, that’s a great bicep, you don’t have to do anything to it. Let’s work at bringing the rest of your body up to that level.”

Robin’s gift could be likened to fastest thoroughbred race-horse on earth. It had unbeatable endurance, nimbleness, and a huge heart. However, it had never been fully trained. Sometimes Robin would ride it like a kayaker tearing down white-water, skimming on the edge of control. We would marvel at his courage, his daring, and his brilliance. But at other times, the horse went where he wanted, and Robin could only hang on for dear life.

In the final analysis, what failed Robin was his greatest gift—his imagination. Clutching the horse he could no longer think of a single thing to do to change his life or make himself feel better, and he stepped off the edge of the saddle. Had the horse been trained, it might have reminded him that there is always something we can do. We can take a walk until the feeling passes. We can find someone else suffering and help them, taking the attention off our own. Or, finally, we can learn to muster our courage and simply sit still with what we are thinking are insoluble problems, becoming as intimate with them as we can, facing them until we get over our fear. They may even be insoluble, but that does not mean that there is nothing we can do.

Our great-hearted friend will be back as the rain, as the cry of a Raven as the wind. He, you and I have never for one moment not been a part of all it. But we would be doing his life and memory a dis-service if we did not extract some wisdom from his choice, which, if we ponder deeply enough, will turn out to be his last gift. He would beg us to pay attention if he could.

 

The Time Has Come ~

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We are all being asked to Awaken to our Heart’s Essence. 

 

Are you listening? 

Are you paying attention? 

Are you fighting it or opening to the mystery of it?

 

Do you see life in black and white?  Are you living in the shadow of perfectionism still?

Awakening to your Heart’s Essence means are you waking up to your purpose?  Are you choosing to be for love or against love?  Are you for giving love?  Or against giving love?  Forgiving yourself?  Forgiving others?

I can not answer any of these for you.  Only you can.  What matters most to you?  Being right?  Being loving?  Being present and showing up?  Listening to your calling.

The time has come.  The time is right now.  Do not let life hold you back.

What choices are you making today?  What is your heart saying?  And are you listening?

 

Miracles and More

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In gratitude,

Shakti

In Memory of Maya Angelou

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The Dance of Eternity

Look through the ache

People cry hard

Open Your eyes

Shed one last tear

Dig deep

Stand proud

Step into your life and live till you die.

Paving the way for those arriving another day.

Their joy is your joy.

Their love is your love.

They live together, they exist together

In the dance of eternity

An endless loop of time.

Breathing, pulsing, living, moving one step,

one generation, one era at a time.

Breathe, dance, listen, decide how you choose to live

And pave the way for another.

The dance of eternity lives and breathes in the “ALL”.

We come from “ALL” and we go back to “ALL”.

Paving the way for another.

This is the dance of eternity.

Breathing, Pulsing, Joining, Becoming

The way for all.

Thank you Maya for teaching us, showing us just how to live.  Thank you for your strength, your courage and your inner beauty.  I am moved  deeply with your life.  May I walk as you’ve walked in your lifetime.  May we all find our courage as you showed us so elegantly.  Peace be with you.

In Deep Gratitude,

Shakti

Fierce Acceptance

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“We attract what we judge until we no longer judge what we attract.”     Matt Kahn

When we become clear about this message, miracles are bound to happen, yes?  Or is this just another obstacle preventing us from moving forward?

For me, this message is so powerful.  It takes any confusion out of the equation.  If I want to attract something different, then I have to behave differently.  Becoming different is not the goal though.  The goal is accepting each moment as it appears.  Within each appearance there is opportunity for change.  Within each moment change happens, drop by drop we become different.  It is such a strange riddle, but it is necessary to understand the meaning of this.

The mirror of life is so profound. We look at what we want to look at and we turn our heads and blame, shame and misunderstand what we don’t want to look at.  When does looking become less painful?  I believe as we clear more and more toxic energy out of our habits and pray into a new paradigm, we will welcome change faster and easier.  As I move through all the healing this year has brought me, my habits are still there, but my new practices definitely keep me more present with what appearances do show up.  I am looking with more confidence and finding that I have the tools to heal what does show up.

June 5th will be the unveiling of  Miracles and More.  A place where becoming yourself is not only honored, but it is celebrated.  Stay tuned….it’s just around the corner!  I have been working tirelessly to get it all up and running.  It is going to be so much fun!!!