Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Overcomer's Tour

Today The Overcomers stop by my blog on their virtual tour.

Mission Statement Overcomers, Inc: True stories of hope, courage, and inspiration will give readers the knowledge and emotional resilience to face the most difficult times of life by sharing inspiring stories of triumph and fortitude

I've picked one of the authors to be interviewed.

Rev. Rita MeKila Herring is an ordained minister and clinical hypnotherapist. She has been leading meditation groups for over twenty years and has helped countless individuals in remembering the power they have within. Visit www.MeKila.com if you would like more information or need help remembering your power.

1. How did you get started writing?
I’ve always dabbled in writing as I find it an excellent means of expressing myself. I enjoy the ability to choose the exact words to portray what I’m intending to communicate. I remember when my parents came home from Parent Teacher Conferences when I was in the 8th grade, they told me that my Science teacher, Mrs. Howie, had leaned in real close to them after they’d introduced themselves whispering, "Your daughter is a letter writer." As I recall, I wanted to share with her my feelings about something she was going to cut from the curriculum. At the time, aside from Band, Science was my favorite subject. Guess she enjoyed my letter as the topic of discussion remained in the lineup.
2. What do you do when you are not writing?
I’m living ... I’d say, very close to my dream life. I’m incredibly appreciative of my day-to-day journey. I embrace the stretching of my comfort zone that propels me into ever growing understandings of the nature of walking the face of the earth at this precise time in our evolution of consciousness. I’m learning the sheer power of choosing to be joyful, happy, at peace ... no matter the seemingly outside circumstances. That whatever presents itself is only a snapshot of something I’ve previously created - and if I don’t like the way it feels in any way, I need only create what I want and move toward it. Eventually, and quite often quickly I’m in the newly created space and I’ve enjoyed the path to get there. It is a definite learning experience as there was a time when historically I’d been immensely tyrannical with myself. I wasn’t even aware of this behavior of self depravation, I only knew I never allowed myself to truly look at my creations with appreciation and marvel in their blessings ... I’d see something that wasn’t quite right and harangue myself and unknowingly set myself up for drawing more experiences of the same. It’s been a glorious jaunt from the day I actually realized that I was listening to the whole self-imposed utterly-ridiculous impossibly-perfectionistic demands I placed on myself ... to being a person that’s now more and more gentle with myself (infinitely gentle with myself is my intention ... I’m not there yet). I’ve also created a magical and delightful life so I’m very much experiencing what I consciously intended for myself, both in the distant and more recent past. With a sizable majority of my time spent in smiles.
3. What would readers like to know about you?
That I’m a consummate student. I love learning. I love finding the answers to my questions and quite frankly, I don’t stop till I find those answers. I believe that if there’s a question - there’s an answer ... and once we’ve posed the question, the answer isn’t far behind ... we just have to keep ourselves open to receive it. I believe we’re all out there, sometimes stumbling around, trying to do the best we can. I like to find ways of living more of what I want and less of what I don’t want. Mostly I love it when I can help someone become reacquainted with the power and peace of their own inner guidance.
4. What inspired you to be a contributing author in Overcomers, Inc.,
To be honest, I was drawn to the energy of the project. I knew next to nothing about it but a powerful feeling compelled me to looking into it further and upon doing so, the energy intensified. I’ve done well in the past when I’ve heeded my inner feelings. I jumped in and thought I’d go with the flow and see where it took me. There have been wonderful

indications of compatible energies each time I encounter the remarkable group that assembled.
5. Why is the topic of Overcoming important to you?
I think the topic of Overcoming is important to us all. We’ve been bombarded by media that is obsessed with dark and negative stories. We’ve all been conditioned and desensitized from being conscious of the atrocities that are put into the focus of our choices each day. How often do you indulge yourself in reading a horrible news story or watching it on t.v.? If we hadn’t been desensitized, would we really choose to watch and place our precious creative energy paying attention to and sending out the request for more of THAT? I sincerely don’t think so. Is it any wonder there is still the concept of war on this planet? With so many people literally sitting in a meditative state staring at the t.v. and contributing their precious creative energy toward the manifestation of such things, how could there not be?
Overcoming is an aspect of self discovery that we all need to participate in if we truly want to live in a different world than we do today. We have to overcome the habits or beliefs that we’ve taken on somewhere along our journey that simply do not match our picture of what we want. We have to wake up and put both hands on the helm with the confidence of the ship’s captain as we traverse the waters of life. No longer willing to absorb what’s thrown our way and deciding once and for all that we are in charge of us - that we will knowingly place our creative energy in expenditures that will bring about what we truly want. We each have varying amounts of overcoming involved in getting from where we are now to where we want to be. I like finding the shortest most enjoyable (and lately gentle) path to do that.
6. Why are you specially qualified to write about this topic?
Well, for one thing, I am a tropical being that was born into the not so tropical state of Michigan and I now live on my beloved and magnificent Kauai in the middle of the Pacific. There’s a certain degree of overcoming involved in that 5,000 mile trek.
It’s also kind of been my life’s work when you get right down to it. Since 1986, I’ve been an ordained minister and since 1992, a certified clinical hypnotherapist. Each of those activities has placed me countless times in the position of successfully assisting others in overcoming some aspect of their experience that they found less than enjoyable.
7. How many books have you written?
In my head? Or in actuality? In my head, I’ve written 15 that I can think of right this second. In the material sense of actuality, this is my first in tangible form. I thought it would be fun to get my feet wet with a bunch of others. See what that’s like first. So far it’s been an incredible ride.
8. What are the titles of your books and what genres are they?
The titles of the books I’ve written in my head continuously morph as I continue to advance in my direct experiences of the topics covered. The genre is always the same - A stronger connection with The Source of All That Is - God - or any other name attributed to our Creator. Coupled with the soul level recognition of our own individual Divine Sovereignty.
9. How do you manage to keep yourself focused and on track when you’re writing a book?
Well, that is yet to be seen. My intent is that once I’ve determined that a book is to be written, it will be created with the joy and happiness that will reflect what it feels like to have the understandings being shared.

10. Do you write to make money, for the love of writing or both?
Haven’t yet experienced the money making part, although I’m certainly open to it. I do love writing. Writing gives you the potential of reaching anyone, anywhere, anytime. It takes one-on-one to an exciting new level of possibility. It creates a marvelous tool that can travel countless diverse paths to unite writer with reader - it’s not limited to face-to-face exchanges. That in and of itself is attractive to me since I live at least 2400 miles from most people making face-to-face highly unlikely.
11. What makes you proud about your involvement with Overcomers, Inc.?
I’m proud to be affiliated with such a dynamic and remarkable group of people. All sharing with you their unique forms of courage. It’s been an honor to be amongst them.
12. Will you write more books?
Given the verboseness of my answers, what do you think? Kidding aside, I most definitely will. I have a yearning inside to live in a more pleasant world and I know I must do my part. Although I believe a large portion of doing my part is through the manner in which I live my life (which I believe is true for each of us), I also believe that sharing what has worked for me has the potential to help others ease their journeys. If that is at all possible, then I want to do everything I can to participate. Books, I believe, will hold keys for others who have locked themselves out of their own power. I envision a world radiating with the glow of everyone living their dreams and realizing who they really are.
13. What do you have in the works now?
I am working on so many wonderful projects that I can hardly contain my exuberance. I am doing all the things I love and am experiencing joyous synchronicity upon joyous synchronicity. It’s such fun!
Let’s see, I’ve compiled a decent sized collection of the photos that I’ve taken since moving to this beautiful island. If you’ve ever been here, I’m sure you will find a shot or two that will instantly take you back on a virtual mini-vacation. I try to capture Kauai’s beauty in all her splendor. I’ve been told Kauai’s nurturing essence radiates from my photos. That makes me happy because I want to do her (Kauai) justice. You can see how this project is coming along by visiting KauaiThroughMyEyes.com - if you visit, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Another project that is ongoing is my study of color and the gifts and blessings from God that come along with them. Each color or Ray has its own specialty, its own essence, its own frequency. I’m speaking specifically of the 7 Earthly Rays - what we know as the spectrum, or rainbow, ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet) - as well as the 6 Divine Rays. Having studied color my whole life, I became interested in the nature of the human aura in the late 70s. Since that time I have conducted innumerable experiments to test my color theories both with individuals and with groups. My findings have been empowering, energizing and enlightening. Utilizing color is one of my favorite means of manifesting the energies that I intend. I will be sharing information about this and other projects on MeKila.com as they approach completion.
I’ve also recently become quite fascinated by twitter and enjoy the array of people that I’m meeting there from all walks of life. It has been a delightful experience and I’ve met some amazing people that I might never have met otherwise. My twitter name is RevMeKila.

14. What does the future hold for you and your books?
Boy, if it’s anything like my dreams - hold onto your hats! Individually we are amazingly powerful creatures. Collectively we are unbeatable. I thoroughly endorse the nature of synergy and look forward to the marvels that we can create together.
15. What makes this a book that other people MUST read and WHY?
The Overcomers book is a book that other people MUST read because we can all learn from each other. Each of us is unique for a reason. In sharing that uniqueness we are able to grow in ways we couldn’t possibly by ourselves.
Also, this book will show other people that they are not alone. That there are others that have tough things to deal with too. In this book the authors share a portion of their walk on this precious planet. In each of their stories there is something you can take to encourage you on your own path. An idea or approach to a challenge that you might not have thought of. Or one that you already thought of but dismissed because you decided it couldn’t possibly work. You can gain courage in facing the things you need to face through the stories of others having activated their courage.
16. What people NEED to read this book and WHY?
Anyone who is currently in a situation where they feel hopeless or helpless. Anyone who has a curiosity about the diverse ways we as humans pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and continue on. Anyone who enjoys happy endings. Those are the people who will enjoy and be inspired by the stories in this book.
17. What sparks your creativity? Any tips to help others spark their own creativity?
What sparks my creativity? Waking up in the morning. We are all creators whether intentional or not. It’s in our DNA. We can’t get away from it. By the very nature of where we spend the blessing of energy that we’re given each day, we determine where our creations stem from. I’m fortunate enough to have known or learned that early on and have been able to do some amazing things as a result. I’m inspired by every little thing. I find wonder in each unique expression of our Creators "creativity."
As far as tips to help others spark their own creativity? Follow what you love. Feed your soul with things that nurture you. Think about what you enjoyed as a child and bring more of those things into your life. Children when left to their own devices (not stimulated by artificial means like incessant t.v. watching or video games) are fabulously creative. Be more like you were when you were a child - you were most expressing your true self then. Tap back into the dreams you had as a child and consider living them out. Or look at your surroundings and your life as if you are a child again and explore the wonders you find.
18. What do you think motivates people to become authors? What motivated you to get into this unusual industry?
I’m not sure what motivates other people to become authors. What motivated me to once again dabble in this form of self expression is my desire to help people smile more. I’m hoping that by sharing my thoughts and experiences others will be easier on themselves and will regain the joyousness of life they thought they’d lost.

19. If a potential reader thinks that your book wouldn't interest them, what would you say to convince them to buy? I'm thinking something better than "Its the greatest book ever." Give me something more specific :)
Well, this might not be a popular answer but I wouldn’t say anything. I believe in the Law of Attraction as well as a sort of Divine Choreography. I truly believe with all of my heart that people will be drawn to the book by the essence of the book itself. If someone thinks the book wouldn’t interest them, who am I to try to convince them otherwise? If anyone started reading this interview with the feeling that they weren’t interested in this book, hopefully they have been inspired to take action and to eagerly look forward to discovering all of the beautiful stories contained within.
20. What is your final message to our readers?
My final message to your readers is this: Learn to be the most gentle, nurturing and supportive person to yourself that you have ever experienced. Stop being hard on yourself. Stop being mean to yourself. Stop saying horrible things about yourself or things that you really really don’t want to experience. When you lighten up on the self talk it’s as if you’ve been plucked out of quicksand and plopped down on smooth and solid ground. A delicious side effect is that as you learn to be kinder to yourself, you will begin to magnetize into your experience people that are also kinder to you. If we all took a little time to really master this, there’d be no more need for the mirroring of unkind, harsh, critical people in our experiences. If we all learned to stop attacking ourselves, we’d experience a world with no need to attack others. We could all experience this planet as a safe and loving playground. To get your own copy of Overcomers, Inc.,True Stories of Hope, Courage and Inspiring AND enjoy dozens of wonderful gifts with your purchase go to http://overcomersinc.com/booklaunch

Rev. Rita MeKila Herring is an ordained minister and clinical hypnotherapist. She has been leading meditation groups for over twenty years and has helped countless individuals in remembering the power they have within. Visit www.MeKila.com if you would like more information or need help remembering your power.


Kimberly Martin said...

Hi Chris,

Thank you for posting this interview with Rev. Rita Mekila. As a co-author in the book Overcomers, Inc. I'm so honoured to share this beautiful, inspiring and courageous book with the world. When people see the amamzing gifts they will recieve not only in reading the book, but when they buy it tomorrow, everyone will be blown away.


Holly Eburne said...

Hi Chris,

Thank you for posting this wonderfully verbose (just kidding MeKila)interview with Rev. Herring. Her words are spoken from the heart and with passion.

Rev. Herring's writing is a sample of the quality of writers in this incredible book--Overcomers Inc.

What a great feeling to be surrounded by uplifting people and their stories!