Imagine if you will. . .

. . . that we still have the will to imagine.

 

I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately, and no, that is not why I have been neglecting my writing. I have not been writing because I have had nothing to share. This is a Blog after all, it is an open forum to share our thoughts, the ones we think the universe would like to hear about, and although I have kept busy with things, the universe is a busy place, so I was being thoughtful.

 

I am engaged in a new program (Further Education Society of Alberta) at a local facility with my Mentor and Co-facilitator Lois, and in this program I am seeing things a little differently. The participants are an awesome group and enjoy the fact that we are there for them, but my outlook has changed. I am looking at life a little differently, or should I say a part of life, which I think we lose at a very early age. This part of life I am focusing on is our ability to use our imagination.

 

We lose our imagination when we start school, (in my opinion) we are placed at a desk among our peers and we are told to learn, and for the next 12 years straight our minds are filled with facts, figures, information and opinions, we lose our imagination completely. Oh I know we get caught day dreaming a lot, but that is not the same thing. Now, some fifty years later I am finally able to imagine again, to run through puddles like a grizzly chasing salmon, to see shapes in the clouds and imagine myself flying through them with outstretched ebony wings.

 

The “key” I think, to enjoying life and being happy is to simply imagine you are, but without the ability to imagine, we are doomed. I have the absolute privilege to have the opportunity to chat with some very wonderful people in my day-to-day adventures, and I am appreciating the fact that most everyone I talk to is thrilled to learn of my thoughts on our imagination. It seems as though all it takes is the simple turn of a tiny key to unlock a gift that each and every one of us is born with. Now if we can attach this tiny key to the smiles we share in the wind, the world will be that much happier.

 

On another note, my little books are now available (paperback editions) through Chapters/Indigo and Create Space (change the little grey box in the upper right from “site” to “store”)  and the Hard Cover Boxed Set of Series One is available at all the New Age, Spiritual, Mind and Body shops in Calgary and surrounding area. Please see my website for locations and stores. Plus I can share with the Universe that my little inspirational books have made it over to Japan, this is just the start of a wonderful adventure to come I imagine.

Stay tuned for information on Series Two.

 

If you want to find your happiness, just imagine that you are

Once you do it looks good on you, now its time to touch that star.

 

WI:)ND

BawB

http://www.bawbsravenfeathers.net

 

Use positive steps. . .

. . . and you will arrive at positive places.

It’s been a while since I have had the pleasure of sitting with the keyboard and sharing my thoughts. I still write every morning but only my short bursts of inspirational poetry, which come to me at 0500 with my first cup of coffee. I choose to abstain from writing if in fact I have nothing to write about because I don’t want to end up with nothing to read. 🙂

 

I have decided to move forward with Series Two of BawB’s Raven Feathers; my editor Rachel has plunged herself into the piles of print and papers I have sent to her, she is using her positive perception while perusing for some perfectly printed prose and poetry, and in this series there will be a particularly pleasing positive twist using pristine pictures… whew, that’s enough p’s for one paragraph.

 

I have also had the absolute pleasure of growing in my role as a facilitator with the Further Education Society of Alberta. So far I have co-facilitated two full programs at the Calgary Remand Center, and I have found working with those groups to be incredibly rewarding, but it gets better. I was offered an opportunity to run a writing circles program at the Calgary Catholic Immigrant Society and although I was nervous as heck to step up on my own, it too has been very rewarding.

 

The real ground breaking, earth shattering, life changing event for me, was being trusted with my co-facilitator Lois’ (I am actually Lois’ side kick, but we work so well together) group at the Alcove Addiction Center for Women. I have never in this lifetime met such a wonderful group of strong, dedicated, determined women. This group not only welcomed and trusted me but also made me feel accepted. Together over the last few weeks we have, in a two-hour session each week, achieved a level of balanced calm, while using our imaginations to escape for a moment to a place of much appreciated inner peace.

 

I have such tremendous respect for the men and women in these groups I have been asked to work with, as they possess the will and desire to achieve their own level of happiness after experiencing and learning from some of life’s hardest lessons. The positive energy they share with me in our two-hour sessions lasts me for the entire week and I look so forward to sit with them again.

 

I hope only to absorb some of their wonderful energy and have it mix with mine while I follow the path to becoming a seasoned and well-rounded facilitator, so far I am honoured to sit with and watch the masters while I learn from them and to share with these groups of amazing people my own peaceful, positive and inspirational energy.

 

Keep doing what you do if it works for you and each day you’ll find yourself growing

Share what you learn with others you meet and your smile will always be showing.

 

WI:)ND

BawB

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Time is more than something you have. . .

. . . it is also something you need to make.

I have experienced a shift of sorts in my understanding of “time”, I don’t profess to truly understand it or it’s effects on the world as we know it, but I think I now have a better grasp of what it means to me. When I started writing my books I was told that in the book world the concept of time slows to a crawl. It can take months, even years to finish a manuscript, which then goes to an editor, who needs time with it to work their magic, then a designer, whose time has not yet been measurable in anyone’s standards, they are just amazing in their own right and can do the impossible in whatever time it takes. Then off to the printer, and in “no time at all” you have your book.

Now, my question is; How much time does it take to get a book “out there”? I have been at it for three years, 5 volumes, 1 boxed set –Series One. Done. Now, I wait, and as I understand it I wait until I understand it better, when that happens I will let the universe know. Until then I keep doing what I’m doing and sharing my experience to others caught in the book warp; good things will happen, you just wait, you’ll see.

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With all of the questions I have been asking myself about my time and my concepts of limits and unwritten rules, I find myself chatting more frequently with people in their own situations who are faced with their own concepts of time. We tend to agree there are pressures from society to “let go” and “move on”, and I ask; move on to what? Let go of what? Who wrote the book on the rules of time in situations of the heart and soul? When a soul we held dear in our hearts crosses over, is there a rule somewhere that states:

We must complete our passage to a place where we should be living comfortably without a soul we miss, by the second Tuesday of next week at any o’clock or we are no longer invited to compete in the human race.

Really!

We are all individuals, we are all unique, whether we are waiting for a book to be enjoyed, a painting to dry or a heart to heal, our concept of time is our own, there is no getting over, no moving forward, no letting go, until each individual chooses their own time, and in due time they will let the Universe know they are ready to BE who they choose BE once again.

If I had the power to make one wish come true, it would be a wish for all living things to make the time to enjoy the time they have on this colourful world we call earth. It is our chance to do the things we enjoy doing, to share in the happiness of simply being and to cast to the Universe enough smiles that it will take a lifetime to enjoy them all.

Take your time to see the things you really need to see

Make the time to be the you that you really want to be.

WIJND

BawB

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Is there a right time to write. . .

. . . yes, write now.

 

I promised myself when I got back from New York over a month ago that I would sit down and share my experience in writing, well, the intent was there. This was my second appearance at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the first was a year ago as a finalist for Best Cover Design Non Fiction, this year, two awards, Winner Best Overall Design Non- Fiction, and Finalist for the Gift/Specialty/Novelty category.

Yes, the “once in a lifetime dream” that rarely happens to most people, has happened twice in my lifetime… so far.

I am learning on this adventure, that “once in a lifetime” is only a saying, just words now that mean things can happen as often as you let them, if you put your mind to it. I had never written a book before, so that was a first, I had never submitted and won anything for books that I had written, so that was a first, and I had never created a boxed set of five volumes of books, submitted them, and won awards for them, so, that was also a first. All of these first events could very easily be “once in a lifetime” things, but for me they are now new achievements, challenges and milestones, on my adventure.

This time however my trip was even better than the first, I knew what to expect, I felt more at home in the Harvard Club (if that’s even possible) and I was relaxed. I was treated like I was special, (because I was special) in a room full of amazing, remarkable and talented people, we were all welcomed and our work was celebrated with applause, medals, certificates and pride. The evening was for ME, and of course every other author and writer in the room, but for a moment it was just me, and I will cherish that once, or should I say, twice in a lifetime moment.

No one should ever tell you that you can’t do something, because that just makes it a challenge, and if you don’t know something can’t be done then it becomes easier for you to do. I will continue doing things I have never done before, I will continue to do things for the first time, and with some positive energy and an optimistic outlook on life, I will continue to share my smiles with the universe. Wherever the awards are going to be, I would like to think I will take part again one day, because there should be no limits on how many times in a lifetime something wonderful can happen.

Writers should write and share their words, and positive people should smile, enjoy being you and whatever you do, make the joy of success last a while.

WI:)ND

BawB

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The reward for your efforts. . .

. . . is an award for achievement.

 

A year ago today, I received notification that my little book was a finalist in the http://www.indiebookawards.com/index.php for best cover design -non fiction. This was what I thought, to be the highest form of recognition a self published Author could ever receive, that is to be recognized by a group of his/her peers for the work he/she has accomplished. This was to me a once in a lifetime thing because I didn’t know then what I know now.

I know now that if you have a book inside you it should come out, if it comes out and gets to print it should be shared, if it is shared and recognized for an award then you should take that and run with it. Don’t stop trying, don’t stop writing, don’t stop sharing your work with others and for your own sake don’t ever stop believing you are worthy of recognition.

I speak from experience, as a year ago my recognition happened. I was then working on Volume III of my series, shortly after that Volume IV came out then in January 2015 Volume V and the slip case for the Series One Boxed Set. I submitted the finished set to the Indie Book Awards group because it was finished and because I was bursting with pride.

I received notification May 7th 2015 that my boxed set of books, BawB’s Raven Feathers Volumes I through V have been named Winner in the Best Overall Design category, and Finalist in the Gift/Specialty/Novelty category, a once in a lifetime achievement is happening again because I didn’t give up, I didn’t stop at “once”. I think life is two short for one, why can’t we achieve twice and three times in a lifetime? Why can’t there be no loss of forward momentum when it comes to our creativity? And why can’t we share it with everyone? If it is recognized, good for us, if it is appreciated, then even better, I won’t quit until I run out of words… and we know that won’t happen.

I would also like to take a moment to congratulate my dear friend Kyla McMullen, she has successfully published her first book “Warrior” and with a little nudging, submitted it to the Indie Book Awards group, Kyla received notice that her book was named Finalist in both categories she submitted to, I am very proud of her, and I know there is more to come.

I will share with you now another secret in the wind, I had the pleasure recently of meeting a very talented up and coming Author, her name is Jenn, and her book is in the editing stages at Faultless Finish Editing, and I have a very good feeling you will see it in print very soon, as will the wonderful group of esteemed judges at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

I am off to New York in a couple of weeks to share in my achievement, to mingle with other very talented authors, to share in the pride and to support the creativity of each of them. I will accept my awards with the biggest smile my heart can produce, I will be welcomed and treated with respect for being a writer, an author and a self-publisher in a room full of authors, writers and self-publishers, it will be a once in a lifetime event for the second time in my life.

 

The Universe knows when you are happy, it keeps your thoughts on track

You know when you’re putting positive out there, the Universe sends it back

 

My sincere thanks to all my supporters, all my friends, and to all of the friends I am destined to meet along my journey… you make this adventure real.

WI:)ND

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Share a smile with the universe. . .

. . .the universe will smile back.

I haven’t shared a smile on this page for a while, but what to me seems like only a heartbeat, is to the world, a month or longer. I don’t know for sure how that happens as my watch tells the same time as everyone else, my calendar has just as many days, yet I exist in a bubble. Well, in this bubble, when I get a minute, I share with the universe my thoughts on hopes and dreams, inspiration and encouragement. I have written about being real and following through, making dreams happen, and of course I have written about patience, and might I add, my lack thereof.

Over the last while a very dedicated team of professionals at New Shelves Books have been spreading the word of my little books, (BawB’s Raven Feathers) sending out for reviews and contacting buyers and stores all across the US, now i understand this process takes a while, in fact it can seem like forever, but in my bubble time passes differently, in reality things are moving very quickly. Yesterday I heard from Alyssa (New Shelves Books) and she shared with me the most wonderful reviews from one of the people she had reached out to; Erika Borsos, the review of Volume V is attached, the other four can be found at amazon.com, I am typing this post while wearing the biggest smile you could imagine, a smile I am proud to send out to the universe.

Bawb’s Raven Feathers Volume V: Reflections on the simple things in life (Volume 5) (Paperback)
Volume V completes this series of reflections on honest, truthful living. Robert Chomany provides inspiring insights into walking the path to create a spiritually fulfilling and satisfying life. In this last volume the author writes about these topics: Let Go, Journey, Be Present, Learn, Dream and Change. With simple but very effective clear prose and verse the author tackles big concepts by illuminating their meaning and message. He gives crystal clear understanding to the manner and means of living these concepts but the realization, awakening and desire must begin from within. With a preliminary discussion, that usually begins with a few questions, the author stimulates the reader to think about each topic and realize the importance of its expression in their own life. The reader is guided to realize everything is a choice and many possibilities of outcome and experience exist based on the insights and expressions of reality one chooses. The goal of living an authentic, honest, fulfilled and satisfying life is within everyone’s reach. Robert Chomany, aka “Bawb” provides much food for thought as well as action. It is a matter of choice. Anyone interested in living more fully and completely would benefit from reading this fine series of books. The reviewer received a complimentary book in exchange for this honest review. Erika Borsos”

Thank you Erika, these wonderful words mean the world to me.

WI:)ND

http://www.bawbsravenfeathers.net

When you pick up a pen. . .

. . . stories will happen.

 

If you have been following me for a while you would have discovered that I am not a writer, although my proofreader Carrie and my editor Rachel would argue this. I do indeed write, every morning at 0600 in fact. I write my inspiration and send it to the universe, so, for the sake of argument over semantics, in MY mind a writer is someone with a creative flair who can wield a pen like a sword, and carve a story out of a thought or a memory.

 

However, having said that, when I don’t write in my blog for a couple of weeks I actually miss writing, and at this point I must apologize, I still remember fondly the art of using a pen, actually writing, in fact I have had the pure pleasure of experiencing the feeling, and hearing the sound of writing with a quill and ink, calligraphy, it was very relaxing and it was a remarkable release of creative energy, but, no one read what I wrote, they were stories I wrote to myself and then tucked away… yes, stories happened.

 

So now I write, watching the words form on my Mac, letter by letter, corrected, highlighted, spaced and checked, sure, they are my words but I am hung up on the term “writer”. I wonder if one day in the not so distant future, they will change the title of writer, to “someone who has typed a book”. 🙂

 

Update now on BawB’s Raven Feathers, I am absolutely overwhelmed with the activity the Box Set is creating, my numbers are growing on Goodreads, the reviews I am getting from those that have taken a moment to share, are supportive and positive. I am in a very good place emotionally these days because I finished this part of my adventure. I was terrified, I had no idea what to expect but I pushed through, with the support of my friends and my book family, WE created a beautiful gift of inspiration wrapped in a glossy white graphically pleasing slipcase.

 

Will I continue? Well if my most awesome editor has anything to say about it, yes, we will create Series Two over the next few years, once the dust settles from this adventure I will begin the next, so I sit now pen in hand… oops… I mean keyboard at the ready, to embark on a new adventure along a now familiar (but still very exciting) path.

 

Follow through on your journey, with every step you will take

attach a smile to the memories, your adventures are going to make.

 

WI:)ND

 

BawB

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