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  • One of the hardest things about writing the book was staying in integrity with myself and true to what I felt called to write.

    The publisher did NOT want the word 'sacred' in the title. Said it would severely limit the audience. I suspect that was true. But it was important to me.

    A marketing person said I needed to write using more 'business lingo' because otherwise it would severely limit sales.

    Frequently the question was raised, Did I really want to have the core 'path' for increasing consciousness be the chakras? In a business book?

    And on and on.

    We were at a final step of seeking endorsements from people who would both like the book enough to write kind and relevant words and who were somewhat well known in the business community.

    Then came the unexpected and REALLY big test. A colleague of mine knew Ram icon of mine for years...and offered to send the manuscript to him. I was excited to think he might endorse the book!

    Ram Dass said did not like the book, did not agree with it, and would not endorse it.

    Of course, as you might imagine, I felt devastated! And vulnerable. And I doubted myself. After almost a year of labor, I was considering taking the book out of production and forgetting the whole thing.

    In tears, I called a wonderful wise friend of mine...also a writer. She calmly suggested that I reread the book first myself and test whether I liked it, agreed with it, found it to be the truth as I see it, and would endorse it.

    I did reread it and I did like and agree with it. And I would have endorsed it. It felt true to me. So it went into production.

    The incredible gift I received from Ram Dass was that, through the experience of his rejection of my work, I somehow was able to detach from the judgment of others.

    With that gift, I was able to let the book go out into the world and become whatever it would become, serve wherever it was to serve....

    [Photo by Barbara]
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