Monday, May 2, 2016

Guest Blog & Book Tour: Interviewed By God by Beth Banning

Title: Interviewed by God - A Journey to Freedom

Author Name: Beth Banning

5 Things I Know for Sure

  1. When I meditate in the morning I have more energy than when I don't. How do I know this? Because of all the "low" energy days that I've experienced lately when I've been "too busy" to meditate.

With Interviewed by God just having been released there are so many things to do: write blog posts, keep up with social media, create business cards, plan book launch parties, and 1001 other things. With everything there is to do in relation to getting my book "out there," my meditation schedule has been a little more dicey than usual. But as I write this (yet another) blog post, I'm remembering that meditation is one thing I know for sure helps me keep going. So I'm recommitting to my daily meditation schedule right now.

  1. When I follow my inner guidance, my life is more peaceful, fun and interesting than when I try to "figure everything out" and make all the "right" decisions. While on my journey that I write about in my new book I've learned that there are no "right decisions" there are only opportunities for telling the truth about what you know and what you want.

What I mean by this is that I always know exactly what I want, what the best decision is for me, and the only thing that keeps me from relaxing into acceptance of this is the idea that I have to figure everything out by myself and that there is the possibility of making a wrong decision.

  1. When I consciously connect with God (what I call my source of inner wisdom) each day, I feel more grounded and connected to everything and everyone than when I don't. None of us are meant to be alone or feel lonely, and when I turned my attention to my connection with God, my life changed. Now I'm never alone.

  1. Ask for what you want. My dog has got the right idea about asking for what she wants. I don't know about you, but every dog I've ever had knew how to ask for what they wanted. When they want to go out they barked, when they want to eat they let you know it, and when they want you to pay attention to them they don't hide it. don't But what I love most is that they are never offended, discouraged, or depressed if they hear NO. They just go ask the next available person or come back and ask you again later. I love that!

  1. It's much easier to write when I stop thinking about it and just start doing it. It took me five years to write my new book and when I realized I was going to need to start writing blog posts again I was a little worried. But when I stopped thinking about it and just sat down and started writing, the words flowed out just fine. "Don't think - just do." - Horace :-)

New Favorite Recipe:
My beautiful talented assistant brought me some of these grain-free muffins and I thought I was in heaven. :-)

Coconut Flour Banana Muffin Recipe

3 ripe, mashed bananas
1/3 c coconut oil
6 eggs
2 tbsp of coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 c of finely shredded coconut
1/3 c mini choc chips (Enjoy Life brand is dairy free)

Combine bananas and coconut oil. Mix well.
Add eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla and whisk until eggs are combined.
In separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
Add to wet ingredients.
Add chips and shredded coconut and stir in.

Transfer batter to greased mini muffin or mini loaf pans and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Author Bio:

Beth Banning is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual catalyst who lives in California with her husband, their cat, and their six pound poodle. She was born in New York City and from a very young age could sense the feelings of people around her, felt kundalini energy running through her body, and experienced other unusual events that she didn't understand. The well-meaning adults in her life told her she was depressed and that these experiences were just her imagination. Growing up in this cloud of ignorance and disbelief, these gifts were buried and unable to flourish and so she was left confused and lonely.
As a young adult she recognized the same sense of confusion and loneliness in others and became passionate about helping people better understand themselves and those around them. Later in life she took this passion into her work with her husband Neill and co-founded Focused Attention, Inc. She has written numerous books, co-created the Pathway to Personal Freedom, and the Art of Conscious Connection Seminar Series.
After many years of integrating this consciousness shifting work into her own life and teaching it to others, she experienced a profound reconnection with God that turned her life upside down. This radically changed the way she perceives the world and functions in it. Beth now lives her life guided by her inner source of divine wisdom. She is committed to helping others discover this for themselves and fully experience the essence of who they truly are.

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Book Genre: Spirituality
Publisher: PuddleDancer Press
Release Date: September 1, 2014

Book Description:

Interviewed by God is an account of Beth Banning’s journey of spiritual awakening—her conscious connection with God and the lessons she’s learned along the way. From a very young age, Banning experienced phenomena that could only be called extraordinary: she’s received messages from spirit animals, felt kundalini energy awaken in her, and experienced dimensional shifts in her awareness that have allowed her to witness what only a few have seen. She was visited by totem animals, took ritualistic baths, and visited shamans and healers; she experienced ecstatic states and received messages; her ego mind began to battle against her higher mind. As she experienced her spiritual journey, a small voice within guided her. With doubt as her constant companion she continued to follow her inner promptings, which led her to higher levels of truth about her connection to herself and the world and reality as we know it. Written in a format in which the author is “interviewed by God,” the book is meant to be a mirror for the reader to reflect their own experiences back to them, and a gentle guide for those who are at the precipice of an extraordinary adventure and are either scared to jump or who hunger for answers and understanding.

Excerpt One:

Interviewed by God
Chapter 2, What is REALLY Real?
Pg. 11

God: Are you ready to get going?
Beth: I'm not sure why I'm writing about any of this. Who's going to care?
God: There are many people who are having experiences similar to yours and they're embarrassed or think it's all their imagination and are not allowing these experiences to blossom. There are others who are right at the precipice of these extraordinary, life-changing experiences, but they are pushing them away. These people need to know they're not alone and what they're experiencing is actually more real than what they thought was true.
Beth: They need to know that there is more to life than they are told about, is that it? They need to know that the world is much richer and more wonderful than they ever imagined.
God: Yes, it's time for people to know just how much more there is to life. You've already begun the process of transformation, and your experiences can help to guide them. I've heard you say you have had many unusual experiences. What do you mean by this?
Beth: Over the last four years, many things have happened to me that are outside the realm of ordinary human life. They come in different forms. I may feel them, hear them, or see them, but they are nothing like my previous day-to-day existence. Research has showed me that these types of experiences are not completely uncommon. On one hand, knowing that others have had similar experiences helped me at times when I thought I was going crazy. On the other hand, I mostly found that saints, eccentric geniuses or gurus in India were the ones having these experiences. There were only a few stories involving ordinary people like me.
God: So what has changed in your life over the last few years?
Beth: In short, I have gone from wanting to know everything, understand everything and control everything in my life, to a place of peacefulness and acceptance to a degree that I've never known. I don't mind now when plans change, or someone else thinks they have a better idea about how to do things. And I don't have to agree with or understand exactly what someone is talking about in order to hear what they're saying and be able to empathize with them. My whole being has shifted. As I continue to have these unique experiences, they change me and how I perceive the world in incredible ways. I've gone from an almost compulsive need to "know" everything to an acceptance of just what's going on in the moment, and a sense of calm trusting about the future.

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