When I got the call from Gill that my newest book, The Book of Healing Affirmations, had arrived in their office I had to drop everything and run over there to see it! It was lunchtime and nobody was around, but they had left my author copies on the table in reception. Seeing a book in your hands for the first time, a book that you have written, is a remarkable experience. And even though I have been blessed to have had this experience 7 times (this was the 8th time) it never gets old! When I held this book in my hand, the joy was immense. My first hardback, with shiny pink gold foil lettering on the dust jacket, and underneath the dust jacket, the shiny pink gold foil lettering is embossed on the spine. With my words inside it, beautifully laid out, thoughtfully typeset with annotations and notes pages, you can open it anywhere and it’s almost as if an affirmation chooses you. Wonderful!! I had to sit down and gather myself! A workman who was at Gill that day came over to me and asked me if I wanted him to take a photo of me with my new books! Even without knowing me or what was going on, he could tell my cup had runneth over!
This book started as a prayer book. I approached Gill with the idea that prayer is a connection to gratitude, a pathway to peace and inner connection. Prayer has been associated with religion, and so people tend not to pray any more, but we all do pray without knowing it – when we make a wish, or wish someone well, or give thanks for something, and it’s something we don’t need to be afraid of. I’ve been writing spiritual prayers for a while now and started to share them with my group healing sessions and people have asked me to post them online, so it was a natural step forward to me to collect them and an opportunity to dedicate some time and space to writing more. But Gill wasn’t sure about it, it’s still a new market, and perhaps sometime in the future a space will open up for this. Instead, my editor suggested we took the affirmations from the One Day at a Time diaries and gave them a dedicated book of their own, and call it “The Little Book of Affirmations”. I have used affirmations for years with my clients and I put the best of them into the diaries, yet as diaries have a shelf life, so this felt like a good compromise.
Diaries have a shelf life and I did want a way to make the affirmations longer lasting. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that affirmations are in a way, prayer-like, if said with conviction. So I agreed to the book thinking that it would be little in size, a nice light book with affirmations, and an explanation on how to use them. The contract was drawn up and signed, and I went off to write.
I spent a summer putting together the best affirmations about love, presence, relationships, abundance, manifesting joy. Along with an introduction to how to use affirmations, and what affirmations are. The power that went into each affirmation for me was immense, each one imbued with its own energy and life force, each one really did feel like a prayer to me.
After I sent it to my editor Sarah, her reaction was “Where’s the rest of it?!!” I was surprised! I thought I had given her what she wanted, what we had agreed upon. The best thing to do was to get together and talk face to face about what she felt was missing so I could understand it better. When we met and talked I realised that not everybody sees healing the same way I do, and not everyone would be able to get in touch with the power of these affirmations. She suggested I write more about that, and about the power of healing. When I went back to write I sat with what I had, tuned into what was missing, and the rest of the book just fell into place. It was no longer a “Little book”.
Most people see affirmations as a bunch of words put together in a sentence that they repeat over and over to make themselves believe them. That moves away from the idea of prayer and transformation, and into the mind. The mind isn’t a tool for healing, it’s a resource that we have for navigating life, it’s wonderful for that, but get the brain to do everything for us and we become disconnected from our spirituality.
When I sent the new version of the manuscript in, Sarah was delighted and they went into design straight away. On editing the proofs I realised that the only thing I wasn’t happy with was the title, so I said so, but with the realisation that publishers are very unlikely to change a title at this late stage in the development. However, Gill listened to me, and the “Little Book” is now a book of healing, and that’s such a blessing for me, and for the work.
And when I complemented Sarah on the design of the book, telling her how much I loved it she said “Well, we wanted it to be like a prayer book, something people would leave on their bedside tables, something substantial and a little bit special.” And that was the icing on my cake.
(c) Abby Wynne
Abby Wynne is one of the world’s leading lights in the field of Shamanism, Psychotherapy and Energy Healing, working in private practice in Dublin, Ireland. She teaches people how to reconnect to their heart and soul and become more available for life. Abby’s newest book is “The Book of Healing Affirmations” published by Gill Books. Her forthcoming book “Heal your Inner Wounds” will be released in Ireland in June 2019, published by Llewellyn. You can join Abby for online programmes such as her 21 day Raise Your Vibration Bootcamp, take part in a monthly group online healing session, receive her weekly energy tips email, or connect with her thriving social media community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find out more about Abby on her website abby-wynne.com
About The Book of Healing Affirmations:
Affirmations are a powerful tool for transformation and healing, reminding us what is really important. As we navigate the multiple roles our busy lives demand, we can often feel anxious and uncertain. Affirmations can help anchor us to the present moment so we can return to our true selves. When we take our power back and feel strong, our inner light shines brightly, we have a happier outlook and we can inspire others to do the same.
The book is divided into 12 topics, each containing affirmations for different needs, such as emotional release, abundance, gratitude, acceptance, manifestation, relationships and growth. With guidance on how to cultivate a daily affirmation practice, The Book of Healing Affirmations invites you to re-invest in yourself and start a daily practice that empowers you to become the master of your thoughts and emotions, rather than allowing them to be the master of you.
Get ready to discover a whole new positive way of thinking, acting and feeling.
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