Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 9 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Tina M Games whose book Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-Discovery (and its accompanying deck of 54 journaling prompt cards) is celebrating its 1st birthday on Amazon on Tuesday May 3, 2011.
Author Tina M Games is certified creativity and life purpose coach. She calls herself the “Moonlight Muse” for women who want to tap into the “full moon within” and claim their authentic self, both personally and professionally. Through her signature coaching programs, based on the phases of the moon, Tina gently guides women from darkness to light as they create an authentic vision filled with purpose, passion and creative expression.
Yesterday, Tina visited Paula Tarrant at http://inspiredwomenwork.com/journaling-the-moon-and-you-the-path-to-self-discovery/ , where she answered about her catalyst for writing the book, her discovering one’s true purpose, connection of moon & women, and intuition.
Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Tina when I got to ask her some questions on why write this book, journaling process leading to book, discoveries and what she hopes people will take away after reading. I hope you enjoy it.
Tina M Games: Thank you, Debra, for your interest in my book, Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-Discovery and its accompanying deck of 54 journaling prompt cards.
I believe that mothers are a significant part of the “ripple effect” – that will transform the world into a more loving, more nurturing place. Imagine for a moment a “pebble thrown into a pond.” It creates a ripple that goes on and on and on.
When a mother is living life with complete authenticity, she’s subconsciously giving permission for her kids to do the same. She’s truly at her best – creating powerful change for her family, her community, and for the world at large. It’s all part of “the ripple.”
It’s my belief that “a happy mother makes the best mother” – and our kids really do want to see their moms happy!
Debra Simpson: Why did you want to write this book?
Tina M Games: I wanted mothers to realize that every human transition and every new phase of motherhood begins in darkness and gradually moves into light, where we get a glimpse of what is possible. And when we take the time to retreat and go inward, we can ponder the many ways we can manifest these possibilities into reality.
This requires deep work, where we step into our own truth and into our own power – and where we can emerge in the most authentic way possible. This is what I call the Blue Moon phase – when we finally realize that we are here on this Earth to be WHO we are, to put our personal thumbprint on the world in the most truthful, most authentic, most unique way possible. Each one of us are individuals being divinely guided on our own purposeful path.
This is the beauty of journal writing. It’s an invitation to jump into the depth of your heart and soul. It’s a place where truth can be spoken without fear of judgment and without worry of being censored. It creates a very private, very sacred place where one can have an honest conversation with her subconscious (that deep inner knowing that we all have). It also provides the space where one can dialogue with her higher power, asking open-ended questions and waiting for thoughtful answers.
Neale Donald Walsch provides an excellent example of what can happen when one opens up to their higher source and makes a request for answers. In his book, Conversations with God, he engages in a dialogue with his divine power and asks, “Why is this happening to me?” And then he waits for the answers – and they eventually come. They pour through him and onto the pages of his journal. And it’s through his journal writing process that he becomes enlightened and finds a way to get his life back on track.
But it all begins with truth. Before we begin our search for answers, we must first be willing to tell the truth. We must be willing to speak from a place of honesty, which many times come from a place of pain.
Debra Simpson: How did the journaling process lead to the book?
Tina M Games: Shortly after the birth of my first child, and after making some fairly significant life changes at the same time, I fell into depression – a place that felt so foreign to me, a place where I felt like I had fallen into a black hole with no way out. It was during this time, a period that spanned over two years that I had disconnected from everything that made me happy. My son suffered from chronic illnesses related to serious colds and severe ear infections so I made a very difficult choice to give up a successful career in order to care for my son full-time. I hadn’t realized until this experience how much of my identity was tied into my career. I really enjoyed working and without that opportunity in my life, I felt very lost and very unhappy.
It was during this time that I fell back on a great passion of mine – journal writing. And as a mom of a baby who did not have a normal sleep schedule, I found myself exhausted and emotional much of the time. So night after night, after I’d get my son settled and after my husband went to bed, I’d grab my journal and retreat to my favorite chair – beside a big bay window where I caught a glimpse of the moon. It was the moon that taught me the meaning of transition. I’d watch this beautiful lunar goddess, night after night, move in and out of her various phases. And before long, I began to connect her phases with my own emotional tides.
I noticed that the moon always began in darkness and gradually, she’d move into full light – and cycle back around again. And I noticed the contrast between dark and light – the darkness of the night sky against the beautiful full moon light. I started connecting to this – as if I was being divinely guided through my own transitions of dark and light. I began to notice the ebbs and flows of my emotions. There were good days and bad days.
All of this was captured in those two years of deep journal writing. All the raw emotions that I was feeling landed on the pages of my journal. And because of this, I had a full documentation of the process that I went through – from darkness to light. And by reading these writings several years later, I knew this was a journey that needed to be shared.
Debra Simpson: What were some of the discoveries you made through your journaling?
Tina M Games: What really changed things for me was the discovery that my life had a bigger meaning, a bigger purpose – and motherhood was only a part of it. By journal writing through my two-year depression, I began to discover the synchronicities in my life. I started exploring my life story – up until that point.
I began having rich conversations with my mother and learned about the depression that she had battled, trying to raise four kids with very little support. We discussed the importance of having a personal identity – a connection to something deeper within ourselves that was expressed fully in the outside world.
This led to other dialogues with other mothers – and I was fascinated by the similarities in our stories. While we all loved being moms, we all desired “that something else” – that something that connected all the dots, that brought all the life experiences together to create a path toward a bigger purpose.
Here in 2011, I can look back on those two years of my life where I fell in complete darkness, floundering, trying to find my way out – and I can say, it was all part of my life’s journey. It’s what led me to my life purpose – to empower mothers to step into their greatness. It’s a ripple effect. A mother touches so many lives – and when she’s down, it affects the flow of the ripple in a significant way. And when she’s up, the ripples go on and on and on.
My experience with depression – that feeling of being totally disconnected to myself and the world around me – led me to the pages of my journal. It led me to asking the question, “I’m a Mom, but who am I really?” And by “being” with the truth of the reality and by listening to my intuitive wisdom, I found my voice. I found my bigger purpose in life.
Debra Simpson: What do you hope the reader will take away from the book?
Tina M Games: I’m a big believer that each and every one of us are living OUR life story – in whatever way that story needs to play out. And for many of us, this story involves lessons.
In order to learn OUR lessons, we must journey through the challenges. This is where we grow – emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
My book, Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-Discovery gently guides moms on a path of self-exploration through journal writing. I ask very deep questions that take mothers to a place of “Wow, I never knew this part of me existed.” And when we get to this place, we start “connecting the dots” of life experiences. Why did we travel a particular road just to get to this place of deep questioning?
It’s my belief that everything happens for a reason. We experience something in a particular way – good or bad. We meet certain people in our lives who teach us lessons. We travel to a certain place that offers us clues about our next steps or answers a question that we’ve been pondering for quite some time. These are called synchronicities – and they’re happening all the time. It’s when we pay attention that we are led to our authentic purpose.
Many of us go through life never knowing that things are happening for a reason – until we reach a place of questioning, “What does this all mean – and why am I here?”
It’s all about being open to receiving and trusting that the answers are there – if we are ready for them.
I hope you enjoyed this interview with Tina M Games and that you’ll check out her book and card deck Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-Discovery this month at http://moonlightmomscircle.com/book-launch/pages/pre-launch.html
FREE 3-DAY PASS
When you visit the page at the link above and request a “launch reminder”, you will automatically receive a FREE pass to Tina’s 3-day “I’m a Mom… But Who Am I Really? Telesummit” with 11 creative writing moms and grandmothers speaking on how to use intuition, journaling and creativity to explore life purpose. You can listen to the telesummit online in the comfort of your own home, and even ask questions during the broadcast.
This telesummit is a completely free “no purchase necessary” gift from Tina, to celebrate the 1st birthday of her book.
When you buy Tina’s book or the card deck during its birthday celebration on Tuesday May 3, 2011, you can ALSO receive a complete library of beautiful personal development gifts from authors, speakers, coaches and other enlightened professionals from around the globe including one from me…
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To claim your 3-Day Pass and read about the free gifts, go to: http://moonlightmomscircle.com/book-launch/pages/pre-launch.html
Thanks for reading! As usual, please feel free to share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.
AND… be sure to follow Tina tomorrow when the next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is Dawn Espelage who will be interviewing Tina on how this idea took shape, astrology’s role, tapping into intuition and thoughts on living an authentic life. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to http://lifelinesjournaling.blogspot.com/