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Personal Time Travel Workshop at Tucson RWA Monthly Meeting, Saturday October 26

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Find Your Story in the Past . . .

This story began in the past when I discovered the work of world renown psychiatrist Brian L. Weiss, M.D., who has been called the dean of past life regression therapy. Dr. Weiss has written several best-selling nonfiction books based upon his clinical practice. He has successfully treated thousands of clients with past life regression therapy, which he defines as the mental act of going back to an earlier time, whenever that time may be, in order to retrieve memories that may still be negatively influencing a patient’s present life and that are probably the source of the patient’s symptoms.

Regression hypnosis allows the mind to short-circuit conscious barriers to tap this information, including those barriers that prevent patients from consciously accessing their past lives.

Due to the proven efficacy and rising interest in past life regression therapy, Weiss reports that his appointment waiting list is limited to 5000 as he could never treat more than that in this lifetime. However, increasing numbers of people continue to contact his Miami-based Weiss Institute hopeful of scheduling private appointments for therapy and to explore their past lives. In order to serve those desiring consultations, Weiss instructs health care professionals in twice-yearly professional training courses at the Omega Institute in New York. After completing the training, one may qualify to join the Weiss Institute’s international referral network.

I was privileged to take the training from Dr. Weiss at the Omega Institute. It was an amazing experience to meet him and enjoy his delightful Woody Allenesque sense of humor. Nearly 80 health care professionals from all over the world absorbed Weiss’s scientific and theoretical lectures and watched him gently and compassionately demonstrate his techniques on volunteers. We then practiced on each other and learned hands-on how truly powerful, ecological and effective Weiss’s techniques are for healing and creating positive change. My own life changing experiences at the Weiss training reaffirmed my long-ago decision to study consciousness to help myself and others overcome negative emotions and limiting decisions that keep us from creating the lives we desire.

Access to the Higher Self, the Subconscious

After reading Dr. Weiss’s book Through Time into Healing, I was motivated to train as a certified hypnotherapist in1995. After that, I conducted past life regressions for writers and other creative people who wished to access their inner/higher selves, what I call their creative centres, which may also be thought of as the subconscious. Dr. Weiss explained (from Through Time into Healing) that the subconscious is:

  1. The part of our mind that lies beneath ordinary consciousness, beneath the constant bombardment of thoughts, feelings, outside stimuli, and other assaults on our awareness.
  2. The subconscious mind functions at a level deeper than our usual level of awareness. In the subconscious mind mental processes occur without our conscious perception of them. We experience moments of intuition, wisdom, and creativity when these subconscious processes flash into our conscious awareness.
  3. The subconscious is not limited by our imposed boundaries of logic, space, and time. It can remember everything from any time. It can transmit creative solutions to our problems. It can transcend the ordinary to touch upon wisdom far beyond our everyday capabilities.

Is It Real or Is It My Imagination?

Every writer, poet, artist or musician—anyone engaged in authentic creating—has experienced hypnosis or intense focus that is an altered state of consciousness from which their inspiration and creativity flows. Yet most people who haven’t been guided into hypnosis by a certified hypnotherapist or trained counselor don’t realize that in hypnosis, your mind is always aware and observing. Weiss explained that this is why people who may be deeply hypnotized and actively involved in a childhood or past life sequence of memories are able to answer the therapist’s questions, speak their current life language, know the geographical places they are seeing, and even know the year, which usually flashes before their inner eyes or just appears in their minds.

“The hypnotized or intensely focused mind, always retaining an awareness and a knowledge of the present, puts the childhood or past life memories in context. This is also the reason why a hypnotized patient, finding himself a peasant fighting in a medieval European war, for example, can recognize people from the past lifetime whom he knows in his current life. This is why he can speak modern English, compare the crude weapons of that time with those he might have seen or used in this lifetime, give dates and so on.” His present-day mind is aware, watching, commenting—is this real or is it my imagination?

A Good Reason for a Writer to Explore Past Life Regression

Relaxation + Refreshment = Creative Flow

“I love to be hypnotized! It feels soooo good,” says an author of paranormal and action/adventure romances. Since all hypnosis is self-hypnosis anyone can feel so good, feel relaxed and refreshed anytime they consciously choose to calm their chattering minds, focus on their deep breathing and imagine relaxation like a warm light sweeping over their bodies, releasing the tension. This does such great things for the body and for our peace of mind. It is from this feeling of focused relaxation that we can sense our subconscious, and if we allow ourselves to imagine/think from this creative centre or perspective, we can experience creative flow. We can also gain access to memories, emotions and resources that may help us understand and improve our present situations.

When writers experience past life regression, they can use their personal past life experience to help them create authentic characters with real emotional depth, accurate settings and unique plots in their books. Many writers whom I’ve guided into past lives have discovered unusual or previously unknown details of an era or location that some have later confirmed with research. Perhaps the most important benefit of regression is experiencing the genuine emotions in a past life memory that a writer may then convey with brilliant authority and impact that deeply affects any reader of her inspired work.

As to how I, a writer of paranormal romances and thrillers, use my own past life regression experiences? I’ve experienced past lives as a writer, cleric, warrior, ship-wrecked sailor, pioneer woman, medieval serf, general, French noblewoman, French nursing sister/nun and many others. The emotions, plots and people I’ve encountered in my past life regressions all serve as guides or lessons for my present understanding of myself and my mission in this life. Through my hypnotherapy practice, research and regression experiences, I’ve been absolutely blown away by the continuing confirmation that each and every one of us is a magnificent spiritual being having an earth adventure. It is from that perspective that I’m trying to create a life any incarnation of me can learn from, just as I’m learning from past life triumphs and mistakes. And even if I’m a slow learner and still making mistakes in this life, I endeavor to create characters in my novels who may go through hell but do learn and are transformed by the choice to love, which in turn affects the reader in some positive way.

Hypnosis and past life regressions are excellent ways of exploring one’s inner landscape and accessing the higher self. So are prayer, meditation, yoga and relaxed imagining. Find the right one for you and allow yourself to create an inspired life and work.

Melinda Rucker Haynes’s Personal Time Travel© creative development process is intended to inspire writers and creatives to discover their inner resources and eliminate blocks that keep them from expressing their authentic creative gifts. Her critically-acclaimed paranormal reincarnation romantic thriller, THE ETERNAL TRUST is available ebook, paperback and audiobook at all online booksellers. Sequels BREACH OF TRUST and DIMENSIONS OF TRUST are coming soon.

Melinda Sells Out at PNWA!

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Melinda Sells Out!

I’m a longtime member of Pacific Northwest Writers Association. PNWA is one of the largest regional writers organizations, and over five hundred writers attended the annual conference last week. This year’s literary  contest had a thousand entries in twelve categories.  I try to attend the annual conference where I serve on panels, teach workshops and hang out with talented writers. I also enter one of my new projects in the literary contest to try out the opening on reader/judges. My new YA thriller, The Boyfriend App, won a finalist award in the Romance category. It was my pleasure to meet two Wild Rose Press authors, Christine Grabowski and Kerry Blaisdale, and sit the Autograph Party with them. The picture of me behind my two award-winning YA paranormals on the left is the “selling out” I’m referring to. It was a grand party and I had an autographing good time!

FUN! Mmmmmmmmmmmmelinda

 

 

 

WELCOME to MELINDARUCKERHAYNES.COM

Friday, June 1st, 2018

 

We’ve been busy here at MELINDARUCKERHAYNES.COM for the past few weeks in re-design. While I’ve been in edits with my two new paranormal YA thrillers for The Wild Rose Press my webmistress Stacy Chitwood has been working her magic here on the site. I especially love our new rotating headers of illuminated photographs that I took at the Japanese Gardens in Seattle and at Lake Powell, Arizona last fall. Keep watching for new additions to the rotation.

Please check out Mmmmm for my personal story that’s undergoing constant replotting and rewrites. Click on GALLERY for a retrospective of past book covers and other interesting and some quite strange pictures. You’ll find fun MMMMVIDEOS there, too. The BOOKS page features my backlist novels and new books, with links to their pages which contain lots of info, reviews, plus the Story Behind the Story–what inspired me to write the book. GoodWordy is a page/website under continuing development for my nonfiction projects and creative development tools and processes.

NEW    NEW    NEW    NEW    NEW

I’m thrilled to announce that my first YA Paranormal Romantic Thriller and Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award Winner, GHOSTLY ACTSis a June 6, 2018 worldwide release in paperback and eBook from The Wild Rose Press, and coming soon in audiobook. I love this fun ghost romance for all ages. Check out the book’s page for Ghostly’s Story Behind the Story and the GALLERY for a previous covers retrospective. There might be a Ghostly Acts Cover Story MMMMVIDEO, too.

AWARD-WINNING YA PARANORMAL THRILLER

AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER AT AMAZON and THE WILD ROSE PRESS

Available at Fine Retailers Worldwide in eBook and Paperback June 6, 2018

“First love can be wonderfully thrilling but extremely dangerous, especially with a ghost.”

Where the Magic Happens & A Chimera Story

Friday, May 25th, 2018

THE OFFICE

I took this photo of some of my novels that are on the shelf in my official office. I love this room with bookcases full of favorite books and mementos. My grandmother’s Navajo baskets and rugs are on the floor and my mother’s western art collection decorate the walls. There’s a heavy desk that I bought in 1978 and have moved a thousand times. My husband converted the closet into a printer center with paper and supplies storage. The other side of the closet holds my old tech collection–slide projector, screen, dozens of full carousel trays, my first computer, scanners, audio equip and other old techy stuff I must be saving for something. This is the library and an office because my desk and books are there, but I don’t write in that room so full of old stories and memories.

THE PLAYROOM

If I don’t write in the beautiful, well-equipped office, where does this writer’s magic happen? My playroom is a large, light-filled bedroom with a window seat on the front of the house overlooking the courtyard patio. This is where my particular brand of magic happens. I have all my favorite creativity jumpstarters around–my piano, sewing machine, paints and canvas, a big worktable with space for my laptop and any project, audio equipment, and trophies and tiaras that jog happy memories of creative success and make me laugh.

And no, that is not a giraffe growing out of my head. Of course, there’s a story about that. I bought a three drawer chest at a local import store and went to the outside loading dock to pick up the chest. My son and husband were stuffing a seven-foot headless wooden giraffe into the back of our SUV that they’d salvaged from the dumpster. They intended to use it for target practice. I couldn’t see shooting up that beautifully hand-painted whimsical sculpture. Even headless, it really spoke to me. After I got the piece home and cleaned up, the giraffe insisted it needed a head. I bought a giraffe puppet online, pulled it over the neck stump and tied a scarf around the “join.” Perfect! I stood my magnificent creation in the corner. Pancho the Airedale immediately nosed him up and had to be shooed away lest its long legs are covered with chomp marks.

I sat at my play table each day, writing like the wind and admiring my clever salvaged giraffe muse until I realized . . . Hey, giraffes have caramel colored spots, not black stripes or brushy black manes down their long necks. The wretched thing had lied to me, led me to believe it was something that was tall, long-necked and dined in treetops. I’d saved from a dumpster and bullets, bought a $45 giraffe puppet head for a freaking ZEBRA and created a Chimera! I may not admire my Chimera the way I used to in my ignorance, but I sure do laugh. The interesting thing is I’ll walk into my playroom and find Chimera in a different spot or turned toward the wall or even lying on his side on the floor under my play table. Today he was standing on the window seat, giraffe head peering out the tall, arched window at the Mesquite treetops and striped zebra butt–mooning me.

It’s all fun! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmelinda