Posted by authorcamilson
Book Genre: Spirituality
Publisher: PuddleDancer Press
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Interviewed by God is an account of Beth Banning’s journey of spiritual awakening—her conscious connection with God and the lessons she’s learned along the way. From a very young age, Banning experienced phenomena that could only be called extraordinary: she’s received messages from spirit animals, felt kundalini energy awaken in her, and experienced dimensional shifts in her awareness that have allowed her to witness what only a few have seen. She was visited by totem animals, took ritualistic baths, and visited shamans and healers; she experienced ecstatic states and received messages; her ego mind began to battle against her higher mind. As she experienced her spiritual journey, a small voice within guided her. With doubt as her constant companion she continued to follow her inner promptings, which led her to higher levels of truth about her connection to herself and the world and reality as we know it. Written in a format in which the author is “interviewed by God,” the book is meant to be a mirror for the reader to reflect their own experiences back to them, and a gentle guide for those who are at the precipice of an extraordinary adventure and are either scared to jump or who hunger for answers and understanding.
Beth Banning is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual catalyst who lives in California with her husband, their cat, and their six pound poodle. She was born in New York City and from a very young age could sense the feelings of people around her, felt kundalini energy running through her body, and experienced other unusual events that she didn’t understand. The well-meaning adults in her life told her she was depressed and that these experiences were just her imagination. Growing up in this cloud of ignorance and disbelief, these gifts were buried and unable to flourish and so she was left confused and lonely.
As a young adult she recognized the same sense of confusion and loneliness in others and became passionate about helping people better understand themselves and those around them. Later in life she took this passion into her work with her husband Neill and co-founded Focused Attention, Inc. She has written numerous books, co-created the Pathway to Personal Freedom, and the Art of Conscious Connection Seminar Series.
After many years of integrating this consciousness shifting work into her own life and teaching it to others, she experienced a profound reconnection with God that turned her life upside down. This radically changed the way she perceives the world and functions in it. Beth now lives her life guided by her inner source of divine wisdom. She is committed to helping others discover this for themselves and fully experience the essence of who they truly are.
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Q&A With Beth
My 10 Favorite Authors and the Irony That Can and Can’t Define Me
I am sure most of us can relate to life’s little ironies. Like how it seems that every time we spill something on our clothes we happen to be wearing white. Or, the way the car battery is dead when you are in a particular rush. An irony of my life is that I’m a writer but not much of a reader I have dyslexia and reading has always been quite difficult for me. There were writers however that did interest me, and when I was interested and engaged in the writing I would read. I was mostly drawn to those writers who wrote about universal truths, consciousness, and human evolution.
Writers like Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle, Gary Zukav, Neale Donald Walsch, Dan Millman, James Redfield, Benjamin Zander, Lynn twister, Malcolm Gladwell, David Hawkins and many others. The concepts, ideas, and quality of thinking presented by these authors held my attention well enough that I was willing to read even with my challenges. And when I did read what I loved is finding myself in what I was reading.
Just like Ram Dass rejected labels, I refused to let the label of ‘dyslexia’ define me. We are all more than our labels. Labels are often a by-product of a society’s expectations…expectations that are trained into us from birth. Just like the label of ‘beautiful’ is applied differently by different cultures; ideas, thoughts, wants, desires, are all a by-product of our society’s values. The idea that a person with dyslexia could not become a successful author is just part of a label that I wasn’t going to apply to myself.
In his book, The New Earth, Tolle writes that “the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” But with all the expectations, both subtle and overt, that are put in our thoughts our entire life, how can we even know our true thoughts?
Each of the authors I mentioned above, as well as many others who explore these ideas of consciousness and self, have a common theme in their life. Each has, at some point in their life, been inspired to look beyond their self-limiting boundaries. For Zukav, it was perhaps the deaths in the south during the right-to-vote struggles. Certainly Redfield was deeply influenced by the Human Potential Movement.
In exploring myself, as I describe in Interviewed by God, I too looked to find my own human potential. I was inspired by writers who challenged me to seek my own truth. My irony turned out to be my asset. Because reading was such a struggle, the scope of my reading was fairly limited to writers who wrote about things that touched my soul. I was being enriched by the words, so the struggle was worth the payoff. The freedom of really, really knowing yourself is the same: a struggle worth the payoff.
My 10 favorite books… And it’s Time to Ditch the Lists
I am a list person. I am. I write lists for my chores, I write lists for my tasks, I write lists to keep track of my ideas. So, I like lists. But, when I look at my lists, I don’t look at them as ‘lists’. I look at them as a way to track my goals and my intentions.
The act of mindfulness focuses on a state of being, not a state of doing. When we are stuck thinking about what we need to ‘do’, like read a particular book because it’s on a list, it can keep us “doing” instead of just “being” who we are and letting ourselves be drawn to what there is to do next. When we can redefine these tasks as possibilities, we can stop focusing on what we need to get done and start opening ourselves up to potential outcomes we haven’t imagined yet.
In the spirit of replacing our lists with qualities of being and miraculous new possibilities, I am providing a list of my 10 favorite books, not in any particular order, and not for you to read just because I say they’re good books. Click on the links, look at the covers and just be present. You will, I promise be called to the book that is next for you to read. And who knows, it might not even be on my list.
1. Finite and Infinite Games: http://www.amazon.com/Finite-Infinite-Games-James-Carse-ebook/dp/B004W3FM4A
2. Barn Dance: http://www.amazon.com/Barn-Dance-James-F-Twyman-ebook/dp/B0043VDIPQ
3. The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: http://www.amazon.com/The-Four-Spiritual-Laws-Prosperity/dp/1594861951
4. Blink: http://www.amazon.com/Blink-Power-Thinking-Without-ebook/dp/B000PAAH3K
5. POWER VS. FORCE: http://www.amazon.com/POWER-FORCE-David-Hawkins-Ph-D/dp/B007ETF3MU
6. The Third Millennium: http://www.amazon.com/Third-Millennium-Living-Posthistronic-World-ebook/dp/B005AJSQKC
7. What Ever Happened to Penny Candy: http://www.amazon.com/Whatever-Happened-Explanation-Economics-Investments/dp/0942617622
8. The Art of Possibility: http://www.amazon.com/Art-Possibility-Transforming-Professional-Personal-ebook/dp/B00N1KJ76E
9. Where Ever You Go, There You Are: http://www.amazon.com/Wherever-You-There-Are-Mindfulness-ebook/dp/B0037B6QSY
10. The Go Giver: http://www.amazon.com/Go-Giver-Little-Story-Powerful-Business/dp/B008GAY5PC
A few of the many things that surprised me about writing Interviewed by God
I was asked to write about ONE thing that surprised me during the process of writing Interviewed by God. I realized when I started writing this post it wasn’t as simple as it sounded. There were so many things that surprised me during the writing process. I decided to tell you about a few of them.
One is that inspiration doesn’t make the journey easy. Most of us can relate to those beautiful moments of inspiration. We spend a fun night out with our friends and feel inspired to do so more often. We may splurge a little on sweets or treats and then feel inspired to make healthier food choices. We can hear about a tragedy and feel inspired to make a difference. These inspirations can lead us to, however briefly, reexamine our lives.
How can such a deeply felt flash of motivation turn itself – like a switch – on and off so quickly? How come it is so easy to feel inspired, but so hard to sustain that feeling and transform it into action? Sure, we would like to spend more time with friends, but our schedules make it difficult. Of course we would like to maintain a healthy diet, but there are always donuts at the office.
I was INSPIRED to write Interviewed by God. I’ve been a writer for a very long time. I’ve written books, blog posts and articles. I have written and created seminars and workshops. But when I went to write this book, it was very HARD! For days and hours at a time, I wrote nothing to speak of. I felt uncomfortable and even irritated as I sat in front of the computer. It was as though someone had taken me, and like a wet rag, wrung all the creativity out of me.
I was guided to write this book, or so I thought, which made me wonder, why was it being so hard? Why could I feel so inspired, but not reach the source of that inspiration? What was blocking me? What would be possible if I could easily reach and settle into that spot inside of me where inspiration sits?
One day I screamed out loud as if someone was listening. “If this book is supposed to be written, then send me someone to interview me.” The interview idea was a strategy I learned from another writer. All of a sudden I heard a voice say, “I’ll interview you.” I must be going insane I thought. Then I heard, “I’ll ask and you answer.”
I still thought I was probably going crazy, but it worked. From that point forward, the writing came easily. I call my source of inner-knowing God. Reaching that source inside of me was like snuggling with the source of inspiration. That’s the second thing that surprised me, after that event, it all came easily. When I got stuck and didn’t know what to write, I always heard another question, and then I simply answered it. That’s why my book is called Interviewed by God.
But deciding on the title wasn’t as simple for me because who the heck was I to be Interviewed by God? So I asked God that question and the answer was the third surprise. The answer not only gave me the confidence to title the book Interviewed by God, but also helped me to finally settle in to that source of inspiration. Now when I’m touched with new flashes of inspiration, instead of feeling around, seemingly in the dark, I go INSIDE and turn on the light switch. The answer I got from God? Well, that is in the book. ;o)
Where are you from?
I’m originally from New York City – born and raised. I moved out to San Diego when I was 22 with my now ex-husband. We lived here for about a month and I knew I was never going back. Funny though, when people ask me where I’m from, even though I’ve lived in San Diego for 30 years now, I tell them I’m from New York. I guess once a New Yorker always a New Yorker.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve been a writer for a very long time. I’ve written books, blog posts and articles. I have written and created seminars and workshops. What inspired this book, and all of the writing I have done, is the polarity I see in the world; the right/wrong thinking about religion, politics, the validity of science, etc. One could look out at the world and say that we’ll never have a more peaceful world, we will never have a world that is more supportive of everyone and all things. Yet, I have experienced evidence that if we are willing to be present and non-judgmental, we can help change the world in a very extraordinary and beautiful way.
I feel this book creates a new conversation around an age old topic; how we experience each other, beauty, and grace. It delves into how we experience spirituality. It explores a new way of communicating with ‘that which is bigger and more profound’. It teaches that we can have a personal relationship to that bigger and more profound entity, no matter how we define that entity. It puts words to what I was, and many others still are, confused about in relation to hope, love, and the purpose of life.
How did you come up with the title?
As I said before, I’ve been a writer for a very long time. But when I went to write this book, it was very HARD! For days and hours at a time, I wrote nothing to speak of. I felt uncomfortable and even irritated as I sat in front of the computer. It was as though someone had taken me, and like a wet rag, wrung all the creativity out of me. I was guided to write this book, or so I thought, which made me wonder, why was it being so hard?
One day I screamed out loud as if someone was listening. “If this book is supposed to be written, then send me someone to interview me.” The interview was a strategy I had learned about from another writer. All of a sudden I heard a voice say, “I’ll interview you.” I was sure I was going insane now. Then I heard, “I’ll ask and you answer.” I still thought I was probably going crazy, but it worked. From that point forward, the writing came easily. I call my source of inner-knowing God. After that event, when I got stuck and didn’t know what to write, I heard a question, and I answered it. That’s why my book is called Interviewed by God.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, a powerful message. We all have a built-in superpower and that superpower is called your internal guidance. The book is meant to be a mirror to reflect the readers own story. Like a mirror helps us see ourselves, the book is written to help the reader see that they have now, and have always been guided, we are just taught to ignore that guidance that is there.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The funny thing is I’m not much of a reader. I have dyslexia and reading has always been quite difficult for me. But when I did it read, I loved those writers who wrote about universal truths, consciousness, and human evolution. Writers like Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle, Gary Zukav, Neale Donald Walsch, Dan Millman, James Redfield, and many others. The concepts, ideas, and quality of thinking presented by these authors held my attention well enough that I was willing to read in spite of my challenges.
What are your current projects?
I’m in the middle of writing two new books. One is a book about using mindfulness to reduce stress and the other is a how-to book in relation to connecting with your inner guidance and your higher source of wisdom. I’m also creating a certification course with my husband. We’re certifying Incite Coaches in the personal growth work that we’ve been doing together for 20 years. You can find out more about that work at FocusedAttention.com.
What would you like readers to know?
That they are loved, that they are capable, that they are never alone, and whether the individual situations in their lives shows evidence of it, that they are always being cared for.
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