Lofty Writing Strategies by Larry Loftis

Larry Loftis author of Code Name: Lise

Contemporary nonfiction writers give an unwritten promise to expose unknown facts about people and events, however, international best selling author, Larry Loftis delivers titillating secrets of larger than life characters. In his biography Code Name: Lise, Loftis shares the incredible life of World War II spy, Odette Sansom. 

Loftis takes his time in selecting who will be the topic of each of his biographies. He seeks out real people with extraordinary talents and jaw-dropping experiences. His careful selection is based on his passionate enthusiasm. With Code Name: Lise, his intrigue with Odette Sansom generates a curiosity in the readers’ deep desire to find out what covert events occurred.

Lofty Cover Design

The cover image of her in uniform and the snappy line of her being “WWII’s most highly decorated spy” spark readers’ curiosity. 

J Wilder Bill: What elements of color, imageries and tag lines do you pull together in devising such an intriguing cover design?

Larry Loftis: As for the image, you’d have to ask the cover designer, Lisa Litwack, at Simon & Schuster. For the subtitle, it was simply the best way to describe who she was.

Lofty Descriptions

Loftis captures the visceral qualities novel writers study for years before crafting in his nonfiction storytelling. It is as if he played a personal role in the relationships and spy capers. 

J Wilder Bill: How do you create the sensation of the reader becoming a participant in the scenes?

Larry Loftis: Verisimilitude, as it is called, is the goal of every novelist, and should be the goal of every narrative nonfiction writer. Conveying that feeling of “being there” is a combination of research (knowing minute details for every scene) and literary craft (i.e., active verbs, pacing, and attention to all the senses, particularly sounds).

Lofty Plotting

His biography provides a rollercoaster experience. He builds anticipation, and retains conflict with plot intensity fit for a hero’s journey. 

J Wilder Bill: How much leverage or tweaking do you incorporate into the time line of historical events?

Larry Loftis: If you mean by “leverage” or “tweaking” inserting fictional elements, the answer is none. Every event/scene is historically accurate, which is why end notes are vital to any work of scholarship. Having said that, where I break chapters is up to me. 

The best illustration comes from the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock. “Action,” he said, is when we see a couple go into a cafe, sit at a table, and suddenly a bomb explodes. 

“Suspense” is when we see the bomb placed under the table, the couple arrives and sits there and we can hear the bomb ticking but the patrons can’t. To break the scene (or chapter, in my case) here is what provides suspense as the viewer or reader screams to find out what happens. 

Lofty Character Building

The personalities in Code Name: Lise show motivation and vulnerabilities. They are affectionate and clever. 

J Wilder Bill: How much of your imagination and personality do you utilize in creating relatable people, and how much of each personality is based on historical records? 

Larry Loftis: Again, the work is nonfiction so I add nothing. As I detail in my Preface to the book, every word of dialogue is verbatim from primary sources. And as for physical descriptions, these also came from primary sources, mostly the SOE files at the UK National Archives. 

By way of example, when Odette first sees Hugo Bleicher, I describe what she sees … a man with plodding, “elephant-like” steps. 

I didn’t create that; “elephant-like” was exactly how Odette described his movement in her debriefing in 1945 (in her personnel file the National Archives).

Lofty Reporting

J Wilder Bill: When laying out Sansom’s mistakes and weaknesses, do you hold a duty to relay the truth over protecting her and her heirs’ reputations? 

Larry Loftis: If a work is nonfiction, there’s no gray area. Either something is true or it’s not; either it happened, or it didn’t. Someone’s reputation is irrelevant. 

The tricky part, of course, is when sources differ as to what happened, or what was said. It is then that I apply the rules of evidence (where it’s handy to be a lawyer) to determine which source most likely has it right. If it is unclear, I have to indicate that (i.e., “It’s unclear whether …”).

Lofty Settings

Each scene unfolds with atmospheric settings and the thoughts of each notable figure. Loftis’ biographical accounting of how the people relate to the difficult circumstances is relayed seamlessly and with heartfelt emotions. The significance of their mission to salvage the world is palpable. 

J Wilder Bill: Which comes first, the setting for establishing the scene, or do the bullet points of a person’s life determine the mood of the setting?

Larry Loftis: Thank you. That’s a very insightful question, and one I’ve not before been asked. I think every person brings to any setting their own personality, background, and idiosyncrasies. As a result, I don’t think it’s possible to separate or segment the two, scene versus person. 

A perfect example is Arnaud, Odette’s and Peter’s radio operator. Countless sources described him as a fierce person (champion boxer and wrestler) who suffered no fools. He was intense and a hothead. So how he reacts to any occurrence is quite different from how Peter, for example, would react. 

Now couple that knowledge with actual dialogue recorded in primary sources and you have a dynamic scene which is 100 percent historically accurate.

Lofty Recognition

Larry Loftis is an attorney who took a leap of faith in following his dream to write. 

J Wilder Bill: For every aspiring writer sending out queries and proposals, what is the best approach for catching the attention of an agent or publisher? 

Larry Loftis: In short, a commitment to excellence. First, your query or proposal won’t even make it to the “consider” stack if there’s a typo or grammatical error anywhere in it.

If a writer has not worn out the pages of The Elements of Style (Strunk and White), the Chicago Manual of Style, and The Oxford Guide to English Usage, it’s probably best to start there. 

Second, you should have two or three qualified people critique it before you send it out. Who is a qualified reviewer? Ideally, someone who has several published works of their own. 

After that, someone who is skilled with literature, which is subjective, of course. This is not an English major (if you claim to be a writer, your grammar should be flawless already), by the way, or even a professional editor (most of whom are not writers themselves), but someone who has read enough good literature to recognize mediocre writing from outstanding. My beta-reader (reviewer) has a background in graphic design, but she’s a better commentator on writing than any professional editor, in my experience. 

Thank you, Larry Loftis for presenting a valuable historic figure with such fascinating storytelling skill. You introduce readers to a woman who might have become overlooked. Your writing style draws the reader in, and offers a gift to the individuals you personify. 

Larry Loftis: The pleasure was all mine!

Your Special Imprint Moves and Shakes


It is nice to share the qualities that make you unique. There is a trend to soften individuality and for everyone to act as though nothing makes one man stand out from another. This is a noble concept when we are called to follow orders and pull together manpower in circumstances where the number of bodies needed will bring about a unified desire. But any shift towards submerging one’s talents can rebound into a sense of going unacknowledged and undervalued. 

The reaction can be mistaken as an act of defiance. Where we once recognized the qualities of another, we now have rules and social standards pressuring us to suppress giving credit to another for whom he is. But this homogenized outlook motivates people to say, “This is who I am and what makes me different because of my background” with greater clarity.  

Just like every other person on the planet, you were born with unique qualities. Before we linked our characteristics to our family backgrounds and personal experiences, what made each of us the way we were? Why were we linked to our settings? 

The elements that make up each of us relates to the way we express ourselves. Your personal imprint on the planet is shaped by the aspect of God from which your soul was sparked. While oftentimes the Almighty is depicted as a wise old man with caring eyes to show the Fatherly aspect, the Creator serves as several roles, including the spark of life. 

In this spark, is energy. Different forms of energy exists. Each of us came about from a spark of energy, but not all of us came from the same flavor. 

It is like venturing into the Twinings Tea shop in London. Initially, the charming carvings attracted my attention. Then, the mingling of scents drew me inward where a tea boxes lined the shelves and each connecting room offered surprisingly beautiful teapots and teacups. By the time I reached the belly of the enterprise, I understood the significance of Twinings’ role in the international tea trade. I felt a connection with the founders even though I never met them.  

The tea shared its signature flavor by releasing its scents. In the same way we enter a shop of concoctions, each of us creates a signature by how we express ourselves. At our core is an initial spark. It grew and expanded into our complex lives.

I can purchase a box of tea, and walk out the door with it. The scent creates a trail. The decorations on the box remind me of my visiting the store. An extension of the expression of God reaches into you along an energy ray of light that is unseen much of the time. The complexities of mankind reflect the Holy Source’s vast range of aspects like a color chart at a paint store. 

You might sometimes catch of glimpse of these light rays. While in college studying fine arts, I had a professor who painted oils on canvas. She could see auras in colorful lights. I’d never heard of such a thing and soon discovered books with instructions on how to see energy surrounding people’s figures. 

A few years passed, and I took a road trip up the South’s east coast. In Savannah, I visited a historic cemetery where I noticed numerous men had been in the same organization as my ancestors who I had been researching at the time. I photographed the plaques and tombstones so that I could cross reference how well the men might have known each other.

One image stood out. In it was a grid of light rays in the silhouette of a human figure. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I was convinced an imprint of the man’s energy existed at the site. The imprint must have been established by an emotion strong enough to leave a residue long after the majority of his personal expression left the Earth plane. 

The remnant of this man’s expression inspired me to write my fantasy manuscript, Spirit Prisoners of Evangabella. My newfound confirmation in how energy continues to express a person after he is moved on allowed me to develop beyond intentionally finding people’s auras. I began seeing rich shades of lights around me, which I likewise incorporated into the quest element of my protagonist’s quest,  as inspiration for everyone to discover the hidden world interacting with us.

The color of light is formed by the frequency of a vibration. The frequency is the expression of the initial spark of life. Energy emanates from all objects. You can catch glimpses off whatever it is you are focused on. The energy of objects and people around you alters the current wavelengths of your immediate frequency. 

Where a red angel ray fades into pink before transitioning into orange, even without seeing the presence of a higher influence, you can sense what type of character or expression of Divine Love is revealed. Although the variations of shades and combinations of gifts are endless, the characteristics in man provide information as to which area of the Divine Love’s expression is contributing at this time. 

All around you, the world is moving and shaking. No matter how much influence surrounds you, the initial spark remains at your core being. No one else has the exact same spark, and no amount of generalizing can make you less noticeable. You are seasoned with personal experiences and a background worthy of being remembered. 

Writer’s Tip: The Qualities of an Ancient Romance

Playful couple at homecoming

Romance, we love them as much as we want them. They inspire us to find the happy zone in our relationships and sooth the savage beasts. But how we aspire to feel in our comings and goings with others can be difficult to translate into a novel. 

Tropes establish the criteria of a romance, but don’t necessarily fulfill the emotional journey a reader craves. The conception of romance writing developed from laying out the desirable qualities of a man and woman before tropes were categorized. It began with a man having the pressure of behaving a certain way when circumstances would lend to his reacting selfishly. 

One thing I’ve noticed in recent years is how often I hold the door open for men. It’s really a test I conduct and I’m surprised by how may males fail. Yes, I am aware about the conflicting feelings felt by mankind on the topic of gender, yet, as a Southern gal, I still find value in chivalry. If nothing else, everyone prefers associating with others who respect their place in life and who are polite and kind, which is exactly why romance novels feed us a dose of healing energy. If we can’t find that civility amongst our social dealings, we certainly can tap into that burst of glory in the well-planned organization of words.  

The Inspiration for Romance

Romance novels solidify the qualities of chivalry. It began with man’s guilt. For eons, as early as pre-historic eras, man sought to find patterns between his choices and natural disasters. Imagine those men in sheepskin leaving offerings at the base of active volcanoes. 

Basically, man felt responsible for the weather and nature’s conditions. With man’s tendency to view the universe as revolving around himself, he developed a fear in nature inflicting natural disasters on him as punishment for his foolishness. If you think about it, this is an incredible amount of pressure for a man to take on. His hometown will be scorched in lava if he kills more rabbits than his family can eat. A tidal wave will crush his neighbors if he thinks about dating a woman who is uninterested in him. 

Cause and Effect

The Greeks clarified the expectation that conducting oneself outside the perimeters of acceptable behavior results in destruction and suffering. By then, man had developed desires outside the instinct to survive. Where man had walked miles to find drinkable water, he then acted on impulses to murder a relative in order to gain a political advantage. He fled responsibilities when faced with temptations, which on the surface seemed selfless and ideal, yet resulted in fate still torturing him. 

Self-Indulgence in Motives

Fate was introduced as the element of life man is unable to control. No matter how practical and disciplined he behaves, fate continues on its pre-ordained course. The underlying message is that man can’t undo what is pre-destined. Thus, he might as well reap and sow to his heart’s content.

Sensuality in Expression

The 12th century French court enjoyed convenience and comfort. By now, life was about more than finding food and running from severe weather. The questions became, what was man to do with his keen intelligence and free time? 

He devised fashions and decorated castles. He planned parties and designed communities. He invented gadgets for improving the standard of living. With all the pruning and prepping, he noticed how much effort a lady put into her appearance and presentation. There were those who adhered to the rules of courtesy and hygiene, and those who stuck with barbaric tactics. 

Rules of Behavior

As the population increased, the need for respect increased. As man’s personal space was encroached upon by another, the more aggressive he became in protecting what he considered to be his stuff, otherwise known as, an extension of himself. The greater his aggressiveness, the more guilt and rules of behavior were piled on to establish which men deserved more leeway in his extensions and which should be limited. 

The more man valued another’s territory, the better they got along. This idealized conduct was emphasized in writing, and the birth of man’s own words describing his relationships with others became simplified into the romance genre with boundaries of chivalry.

Story Arc

Man remained the intelligent survivor he was back in the pre-historic day, yet, his increasing free time left him feeling vacant. He had additional hours where he wasn’t testing his brain. 

Writings shifted from being about the words to telling a story. Narratives altered the purpose of words so that the meanings challenged man’s intellect. British literature provided depth to the medieval narratives by idealizing the  love affair and implementing turning points. They mastered the simplicity of plotting, and stories no longer conceptualized what man viewed as reality. Instead, the stories were meant to elevate the standards of behavior practiced by man. 

Emphasis on Surroundings

The setting plays a strong role in romance novels. Just as the French aristocrats invested their creativity and wealth into decorations and fashion, a romance gives the promise of fantastical descriptions of where the characters meet, live and present their complicated feelings. Where other stories mention what is in the room for the value of the characters having props to carry out their intentions, a romance seasons the scenes with fuzzy blankets and enticing colors. Anything to emphasize the sensory preceptors, and kickstart the hero opening up about how he feels and what he thinks and why he wants things to change. 

Quality of Setting

The surroundings gauge the mood and emotions of us all. A sterile white room reminds us of doctors and medical treatment. An ivory interior at a ski lodge brings on thoughts of staying warm after long hours on the invigorating slopes. 

As you write romance, include the details in the room, those that invoke feelings, good or bad. Whichever emotions the characters are expressing determines the items you bring into focus. At times, you will want to match the comforting textures with the buildup to a trusting relationship. 

Other times, you should contrast the adversarial context with poignant elements around them that emphasis how wrong the situation is. A heated scene with a disagreement between the hero and another is a perfect time to have expensive items to be damaged. You can show how important a feeling is to a character by having his actions take precedent over the value he gives to material things in the extravagant setting.

Quality of Words

The language used, the selection of words and the pattern for organizing the order of those words, creates a romanticized quality. By having the characters speak one way with the sub-characters be in contrast with the way he speaks to the love interest when no one else is listening elevates the significance of his interactions with that one person. 

In general, man’s defenses are lower when his vital life force and standard of living are not threatened. If a stranger breaks in line at the grocery store, it is less of a statement against one’s livelihood than if the love of his life never speaks to him again. The hero will respond to a slight with an exaggerated flare when committed by the woman he is pursuing.

Primitive Guilt Shifts to Judgment

The same way man originally felt guilt for his choices, he evolved to measuring the behavior of others. In a romance, the hero explores how he feels about being slighted. When a stranger is rude, most of us don’t bother to analyze how his behavior relates to our childhood. But to have that one person we believe fulfills a hero’s sense of lack devalue him creates a threat to his concept of wholeness. Where a civilized person ignores a scuff by a person who doesn’t have a value in his life, a romance novel provides a forum for a civilized person to experiment with the outcomes of his expressing a wide range of feelings he isn’t allowed to share in reality.

The romance hero is given a stage where he can safely share his thoughts about the one he loves. He can explain why he is such a klutz when it comes to sentimentality, and justify why he gets confused by her conflicting messages. 

A romance allows the hero to be open with his feelings before he responds to the unfair situations thrust upon him. Keeping these expressive qualities of what created ancient storytelling in mind keeps the romance alive, in books as well as life. 

Relationship Booster: Set the Mood in Scenic Saigon 

Buddhist Temple in Vietnam

Buddhist Temple in Vietnam taken by J. M. Wilder Bill

A sure-fire way to reset the idyllic images you shared between your loved ones and yourself is by exploring a historic destination together. My family and I roamed Saigon together and I’d classify it as a wildly exotic city.

In fiction, Saigon is portrayed as the romanticized metropolitan where men fall deeply in love during warfare and women weep bitterly when the treaties are signed. Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam during the long war that sacrificed lives from all over the world. The new generation as of 1976 grew up with Saigon’s revamped image under the name of a previous North Vietnamese leader credited for gaining independence for Vietnam in 1945, Ho Chi Minh City.

Like many history buffs, my husband gets excited about standing in a place he’s seen in the news as having great political significance. We made a point to touch the Reunification Palace gates where a tank was televised for destroying the barrier and seizing the territory as an end to the Vietnam War. When South Vietnam fell, the country reunited as a communist society.

To appeal to my gentler qualities, we strolled through Ho Chi Minh City’s French colony that was established around 1856 and lasted into 1945. The elegant style is evident in the clean architecture and artistic pockets in the street layouts. The French colonial district still feels alive with the dashing reporters and the dare-devil media cast in noir detective mysteries.

We appreciated the retro-accommodations in the Rex Hotel, the Caravelle Hotel, and the Hotel Majestic. It is a town conducive to couples bonding under atmospheric sightseeing at the City Post Office and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. 

When we returned home, my dear local Vietnamese friends became sentimental at seeing photos of the community where they lived. They had a home around the corner from the post office and I was able to better understand the difficult choice they made in leaving an endearing town they cherished to live so far from their relatives. I was able to show that I valued her walk through life by taking time to educate myself on her customs and challenges. I would touched by her keeping a few photos of me in her hometown as a memento of our growing closer. 

Like many towns, Ho Chi Minh City has a hidden gems. Each museum warranted a day of attention because not only are filled with artwork, they contain perfectly preserved pre-historic artifacts. With Vietnam having ideal geography for waterway transportation and creating a barrier against warring countries, it has been invaded continuously going back to pre-historic times. Cambodian relics and ancient mythological statuary were discovered nearby, showing how resourceful their ancestors were in surviving raids and famines. 

The museum also provides quaint innocence. Children put on theatrical puppet productions with fireworks over an elaborate temple and characters dancing in water.

We felt an emotional moment when we visited the last site televised at the end of the Vietnam War. A helicopter landed on the roof of an apartment building in downtown Saigon to evacuate a select few Americans. This was the last evacuation.

Once the helicopter was out of site, the townspeople broke into chaos. Vietnamese families crowded the streets, burning papers and any other evidence that suggested they were in cahoots with someone from the United States.

Another romantic element is the Shangri-La mood within the narrow back streets. Not every aspect of Ho Chi Minh City was influenced by Western civilizations. The people were careful to protect the elaborate Buddhist temples modestly tucked between modern skyscrapers.

To peek inside a temple that is open to non-practitioners, you must venture into the depths of the authentic community. Your senses are rewarded with heady incense, bold decorations and abundant candles. The statues portray images of peacefulness and centeredness. My family and I were overcome with the calming effects of respect shown by the practitioners upon their entering the shaded sanctuary.

A way to boost the love ratio while traveling with loved ones is by taking time to venture outside the developed communities. We experienced a harmonious mood from spending time in the countryside. Outside the cities, Vietnam is green with nature. Rich shades of greenery cushion cottages and airy restaurants. The landscape shifts into an energized good-earth. 

In the rural areas, tables are immaculately set up to sell antiques and unique Asian relics. Booklets of stamps and vintage currency offer history and artwork at low prices. Fresh fruit is a delicacy. The lush fauna allows you to easily connect with Earth. It’s as if the landscape whispers Yanni songs while polite and tailored locals attentively sell their products. You feel as though you’ve meditated and practiced yoga for weeks after a clean meal. Natural fabrics and cleansing vibes permeate the calming effects of tailored gardens. Leaving town is like entering a spa spread across hills if paradise.

If you love history and reconnecting with the Source energy, Vietnam is the place. Refugees return to visit on family and realign with their heritage. The country emits soothing energy, however there is pollution issue in the cities and coastal communities due to manufacturing. A sense of devastation from the war lingers over the residents. Although the city is sensitive to the effects from the war, the raw beauty flourishes, budding into an inspiration for feeling the love of mankind within your family and amongst your neighbors.

Love Your Body, Heal Your Mind

Ever had a moment where you felt an opposition to your body? I’ve enjoyed conversations with family, friends and, even strangers, where someone expressed negative opinions about illnesses, injuries and body images. It leaves me to wonder why as a species we have such emotional responses to the behavior of our bodies.

We blame the media for projecting images of skinny people living adventurous live styles for the moments we feel self-conscious. But is the human mind so limited in processing images and self-perceptions that looking upon a thin person deprives us of personal joy? 

Now, the media is compassionate to our fragile mindsets and politely casts heavyset actors in health food commercials and as lead characters in romances. But, then again, is the human ego so naive to believe one body type is superior to another?

Not if you’ve ever had health issues. I exercise, eat like a monk in the Himalayas, and yet, I’ve received test scores outside the range of ideal performance. Viewing a heavyset person selling leafy salads delivered to my home doesn’t inspire me to buy into the concept that the shapes and performances of our bodies are a direct result of what we consume and how we treat them. It certainly doesn’t inspire me to exchange lettuce for the wide range of fruits and hearty portions of vegetables I consume each day. 

The actors portraying characters in commercials and onscreen don’t establish my ideal body type. I doubt they do for you, as well. More likely, the theories shared within your local community plays a key factor in the body images of those around you. 

Most people are focused on their own weight and health. Certainly, if you have a friend who is disappointed in her thighs, she tends to notice when someone else has thighs like the ones she wants. That isn’t the same as deciding you’re a failure because someone else succeeds. 

We are made in a Holy Image and therefore have an innate ability to perceive each other’s spiritual attributes. 1 Samuel 16:7 provides, the Lord sees not look on the outward appearance, but looks on the heart. By knowing one another as the perfect spirit, we find love when we look to another.

For every skinny person who feels overweight, there is a large-boned person who feels fabulous. For each person who watches his diet to avoid a health issue, there is another who puts forth no effort, appears to be unhealthy but never seems to suffer. If you ask for opinions about what is ideal, you will receive a range of descriptions with regard to health and image.

According to 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, you are God’s temple and the Holy Spirit dwells inside you. “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is Holy, and you are that temple.” When you are in opposition to your body, you destroy a temple placed in your custody.

The issue of body consciousness is about how you relate to your body and its way of expressing your mindset. The body seems to behave on its own. It develops unanticipated characteristics. While we make an intention to treat our bodies with respect, and to cherish them the way we do a temple, we find ourselves at crossroads as to how sacred a temple can be without essentially being treated as an idol, a pagan god. 

These conflicting emotions stem from adversarial thoughts we carry toward our bodies. If we are given a negative medical prognosis, we tend to attack our shells. We pump ourselves full of chemicals and pesticide quality nutrients in an effort to overpower our physical selves. When we outshine an ailment, we applaud ourselves or having the intellect to devise a drug or remedy, yet is it necessary? 

In truth, yes, at this age and time. We are at a place, as a global community, where we operate under physical laws requiring each of us to take responsibility for the state of our bodily affairs. During another era, we neglected ourselves of nutrients, yet managed to remain vigorous and healthy. For instance, Huguenots were imprisoned for a lifetime. They were locked inside dark boxes, and denied sunlight. They ate one bread per day, and still, they survived for decades. 

Whenever I decide to let go of a few pounds, I muster through three days of reestablishing my eating habits by reminding myself man doesn’t require three square meals per day. He can go several days without food and water, and be perfectly fine. Cavemen, even settlers, couldn’t access fruits and veggies all year. Even when stored, food rots.

The key is to connect with our bodies the same way we establish a bond with a pet, family member, or friend. We turn to another when feeling discouraged. In seeking a solution to our needs, we crave for another to fill our emptiness. When sick, we long for a cohesiveness with another to restore our energy. We seek a healing comfort outside ourselves because we sense an inability to rise to that level of affection toward ourselves. 

We need to offer affection to those in need. When you are depleted and ill, your reserves save for self-recovery. The same intensity of love you put forth in caring for your pet and those you sympathize with should be turned inward. Send love and comfort to yourself. 

If you love your body, you heal your mind. The moment you feel inadequate or ill, consider new ways to love yourself, and the rehabilitation will flow.

The Purpose of Your Life

energetic colors of aura

I am the least photogenic person on the planet, and therefore, I rarely post images of myself. I am sharing the above picture taken while I was visiting the islands surrounding Tahiti as an example of the energy we emit, and the energy moving around us. We can’t always see the forces in our lives, but every once in a while we get a glimpse to remind us of our higher purposes.

I offer tips to make love blossom. Through these words, I hope to inspire you to take a moment to celebrate and, thereby, heal mankind from any possibility of existing as the fractured souls of creation. We can release the connection to a community of individuals being expressed in unique, yet uniform ways. 

While some character traits are appreciated, others appear to create obstacles in one’s health, finances, emotional balance and spiritual growth. At times, our personalities and characteristics are a result of the Divine Love surrounding us becoming distorted by our perceptions. 

What is the purpose of life?

Our goal in establishing desires and then working to satisfy them can cause us to fragment and then reconnect in a less divine way. When we defragment, our energy flows less smoothly. This can cause us to feel weak, isolated or unloved. Each of us chose to be born on Earth at this time because there is a higher likelihood we will grow substantially in our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bodies. But once we get life rolling down here, there are so many distractions that can shift us off course, and so many energies adverse to our original ideals, we might find ourselves in need of repairing our pathways.

You are here with an opportunity to rejoin the essence of you into your wholeness and complete energy form so you can transcend above your current situation for a better quality of enjoyment in life. We’ve all heard of accumulating negative karma due to our poor choices or intentions. We’ve been chastised and tend to be told at some point that we deserve the worst. 

But not all suffering is necessary in order to ward off bad karma. There are situations that arise that you did not create; however, you drew them into your experience. These are emotions and energy spots you didn’t intend to attract. 

De-fragmenting is a way to save yourself without beating yourself up. You have an ability to open your inner light. You can extend your light across the globe, and throughout the universe. Earth is a tricky playing field. Your choice to be here at this time makes it likely you arrived with at least one goal to serve others in our community effort to ascend to a higher level of understanding.

To serve others most effectively requires you to keep your energy vibrant and pure. As I mentioned, the contrary energies surrounding you, and overlapping into your experiences, can feel like an emotional battlefield. It is imperative for you to realign your connection with the Divine Love on a regular basis. 

The way to reconnect varies and what works best for one, might not be appealing to you. Regardless of how you rejuvenate and redirect your energies, it takes a deliberate effort to achieve the greatest results in your life, and in those around you. 

Why can’t you defragment without deliberate effort?

You are your greatest obstacle. Reflections of you, or mirroring of you is available in artistic forms, which can manifest into separate entities. We refer to this category of lower energy in many names, such as, the devil, evil, sometimes curses, and as personalities with names, such as the demon, Mara. 

While such reflections can take on a mind of their own and stir up enough energy to eventually agitate the atmosphere, they are derived from our egos in an unaltered present state. Such egos were once our inspiration for existing with a goal to have a great adventure during this life; however, now they serve as a motivation for us to ascend our spiritual intelligence. 

What happens if you remain fragmented?

If you continue without reuniting your energies, you will remain in this circle of life. Our existence appears to be a continuation of similar unpleasant or undesirable events as long as we choose to remain on the roundabout. Consider your ancestors. If you research the history of your lineage, you are likely to find similar experiences to yours, even if your predecessors relocated to escape unpleasant circumstances, or made other significant changes in their physical surrounds with a goal to improve their adventures. 

Imagine a world on Earth where you aren’t pulled into the chain of seemingly unintentional incidents, where you aren’t blindsided and living in the defensive mode of reactions. It is possible and powerful to take control of your circumstances, and to live a life without participating in unpleasant scenarios. Only in this way, can you break free and reach the highest kingdom above this life.

Next time you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to consider what will make you feel reconnected with the purest form of love. Keep in mind the four areas we have a sense of existence. The four areas are our spiritual connection with the unseen forces, our physical association to our material surroundings, our emotional relationship to ourselves and others based on our perceptions, and our mental health as it relates to our existence. 

Each of us identifies with one of these areas more than another. To heal one aspect of ourselves heals another. They overlap and work together. This is how our physical bodies can feel weak when we endure an emotional hardship. 

What’s Your First Step?

Consider which aspect of your energetic makeup you identify with most, and give yourself the gift of commitment. Taking time to realign your energy is the greatest gift you can provide. At times, we feel guilty if we take time out to reconnect. 

But in caring for yourself on an energetic level, you extend your improved existences to those around you. By uplifting your energy, you improve the lives of those around you. From this point forward, no matter where you are on your path, take time to spread the love by de-fragmenting.

Fast for Faster: Bring Your Prayers to Life

Do you have a reoccurring nightmare? The strongest impression for me began, like so many nightmares, when I was a child. I am walking down the steps leading to my home’s red, front door. Our red and white brick house sat on a hill on top of a hill, at the back of a cove where children from miles around gathered to play each afternoon. 

On a lantern, Blue Jays and Red Breasted Robins sang all day. As I walked along the steps in my velvet Mary Jane’s and smocked dress, frogs leaped out to greet me. My Siamese Chocolate Point stayed by my side and the family, overgrown Airedale joined as our bodyguard. No matter how many times my junior kindergarten teacher asked my mom to tame my hair, it stayed unruly because, according to my mom, I liked to drag it on the dirt and let bugs crawl in it.

I was the youngest child in my family, which meant I had the most freedom. No one noticed when I set out on an adventure and they never asked where I was going. If I weren’t home by dinnertime, I didn’t get to eat, but sometimes I wasn’t hungry.

In this dream that replayed time and again, I tripped and caught myself with my forearms on the pebble steps. When I sat up to look at my injury, my flesh was ripped open. I was horrified by what I discovered inside of me. 

Before the fall, I’d been awed by my blue veins, and was told they were full of blood that turned red when exposed to oxygen. I expected a rich fluid to run out of me. Instead, I was faced with the realization my skin was hiding metal tubing and panels. I was a machine. 

When we sleep, our psychic shield is disengaged. Our minds are confronted by the stimuli and experiences we ignored during wakeful hours. When conscious, we sift through situations and categorize them into those that assist and those to store until we have a chance to analyze how they play into our perceptions. 

We are given experiences to deepen our understanding of ourselves and how we fit in the universe. Some concepts take longer to digest. Any time we can’t decide how to organize the information, we reassess the stimuli, again and again, which can result in reoccurring nightmares. 

So then, why is my life-long nightmare about my realizing I am stuffed inside a machine? My dream related to 1 Corinthians 6:19, explaining that a human body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, who lives inside each of us. My body was merely a vehicle. If I didn’t take proper care, it could be damaged, which would impair my soul’s mobility. 

Identifying my body as a temple of God motivated me to be selective in what I ate. I was determined to take care of my body before I developed health problems. I gained a sense of helping the planet by consuming fewer resources and no longer flagrantly harming other life. When we consume flesh products, on a subconscious level we experience guilt. My decision to be a vegan shifted from health reasons to my desire to support living creatures. 

Equally concerned about my spiritual growth, I adopted a meditation program. My goal was to ascend to the highest level possible at my death, which sounds gruesome and I have no idea why I thought about these things at a young age. 

I was raised Presbyterian, and my community was a bit on the dry bones side of religious practices. There were no ornaments in church – just bare walls and burgundy cushions on hand-carved pews. No saints or angels or meditations, but our strength was in prayers and performing unconditional acts of kindness. 

Meanwhile in law school, I wanted to achieve the peak performance from my brain. I became a health nut, taking herbs and amino acids, and replacing meals with powders. I met folks who practiced Lent by giving up something they valued during the weeks before Easter. 

Also, I worked with a young woman who fasted to boost her prayers. Her enthusiasm convinced me to give it a try. Low and behold, my life changed for the better, faster, when I gave up something I valued and enjoyed as a personal sacrifice in my devotion. I refer to this method as, “fast for faster.” This does not require one to give up all foods and liquids, but merely to refrain from a category for however long or short of a period of time intended.

Fasting and meditating daily made me feel elevated. Literally, my psyche seemed to float at a higher level than when I didn’t abstain from chocolate. My thoughts were clearer. 

Living guilt-free moved my spiritual growth to fast forward. I viewed my body as a vehicle for transportation and performing tasks that served my spiritual purpose. My body wasn’t me but a community of utilitarian tools abiding to my plans. 

I start each day by thanking my health for remaining resilient. I thank my legs for getting me where I need to go without pain. I thank my digestion for processing the foods I eat without adverse effects. I don’t take it personally when my machine malfunctions. It’s merely an experience reminding me to respect my body, and care for it the same way I maintain a car or computer I plan to keep past the warranty. 

I intend to make my years as productive and enjoyable, as possible. By disconnecting my identity from my body, I respect its needs. Likewise, I increase my standard of living by decreasing the possibility of onset illnesses. 

My intention which is accompanied by an act leads to blessings and appreciation from the spiritual presence throughout the universe. I don’t know about you, but I can use all the powers available. Once I understood my nightmare was asking me to love my body, I healed my mind.

Random Acts of Kindness

If you are in a tumultuous relationship, whether with a coworker or friend, you can disassociate with him to end the conflict. But what happens when you stay? While ending a relationship guarantees the situation will turn out well, you gain from persevering through the difficult periods. 

The answer is hidden beyond the undesirable moments. An eye for an eye goes on for infinity, however, you can break the cycle. The times my siblings and I had a disagreement, my father would take each of us aside and say, “It takes two to make an argument.” This blanket statement never seemed logical to me because there were two of us, and we were arguing. 

The way to end an argument is by breaking the chain of disharmony. When you find yourself at odds with someone for longer than you want, stop reacting. Observe what effects follow.

You can resolve conflicts through random acts of kindness. You can end the warfare without actually feeling kind. It’s the act that makes the difference.

For example, if your nemesis is in a mint gum chewing phase, grab a pack when you are in a check out line and leave out for him to find. You don’t have to explain or give away your power. Simply let him choose how to interpret the act. 

You don’t have to be engaging when he asks where it came from. A shrug will suffice because it’s the randomness of the act that gives it impact.

Tell him you like something he is wearing or a thing he owns, or anything at all about his family or work. Certainly, try to comment on what you do like because there must be something, but don’t struggle over whether he deserves to hear a nice word, or whether you like it enough to say something. 

The acts can remain minuscule but make a point to do one kind thing each day. No matter how angry or inconsiderate your nemesis is, the tiny gestures of positive energy will accumulate. A small dose of goodness has a higher frequency than a pound of bad. A little kindness carries the weight of several years’ worth of ill-will. 

Your good acts will modify your nemesis’ reactions. Perhaps the unpleasant gestures are out of habit. For him to realize you thought of him that day, you took a moment to do something helpful, changes the way the two of you relate to one another. You steer the chain of events off the circular path. 

You can increase the level of love you experience through your random acts of kindness. Consider it a gift for both of you.