Michelle Paisley Reed is an author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual channel. She’s written four screenplays and five books, including a bestseller we recently published together called Manifesting Miracles and Money: How to Achieve Peace, Purpose, and Plenty Without Getting in Your Own Way. Michelle is working on a new reality TV show called “Don’t Change The Channel.”
Michelle has been a writer her whole life. Her love affair with writing began after she got a poem published in a literary magazine in the eighth grade. She became an instant celebrity at her school and has been a writer in one form or another ever since.
Her love of reading and writing led her to become an English major in college. After college, she became a reporter because she needed a job to pay the bills. She rose through the ranks at her job very quickly and became a feature editor in short order.
Her work allowed her to develop a strong writing habit. But it was very stressful so she took up yoga as a hobby. Eventually, she opened her own yoga studio. The first book she published was on yoga.
How to Be More Creative with Mindfulness
This was a great interview packed with information. We talked about meditation and how it can help you become more creative. We also talked about mindfulness and how to develop intuition. This is a must listen for anyone who wants to achieve success more smoothly while enjoying the journey.
Michelle has a process she calls channeling books. She meditates in the morning before writing, and then writes for as long as she’s moved to. When she was younger she used to try to hit targets. When she wrote like that she didn’t produce anything publishable.
The greatest success comes to people who aren’t concerned about making money. They’d write books even if they weren’t paid a dime. It’s your passion and dedication to your work and your message that will drive you to write great books that readers will love.
Everyone deserves a creative outlet. Your writing is your legacy. A good writer is always changing and growing. You’re going to write different books and evolve as a writer through time.
Getting Your Ego Out of The Way
We all have wants, needs, and desires. They have their place and can be useful. The problem is your wants, needs, and desires can also block you from a higher form of expression.
If you practice meditation it can lead to a deeper wisdom and allow you to tap into a higher form of expression. The next step is to realize that you aren’t creating the book yourself, you’re merely the channel it’s coming through.
Meditation can also help silence the constant inner monologue we all play in our heads, and allow us to be open to flashes of insight and intuition that allow us to move in the direction we’re supposed to go in this life.
It’s also important to understand that our ego is something we all carry with us as long as we’re alive. There’s nothing wrong with that. But if you learn how to function outside your ego through meditation and reflection, you will be more successful, productive, and happier.
Developing a meditation practice can take time. Don’t give up if it doesn’t seem to work at first. There are many different meditation practices.
Tips for Starting a Meditation Practice
If you’re just starting out or haven’t gotten into the habit of meditating on a regular basis, try starting with a guided meditation. Using guided meditation is easy because all you have to do is listen to the meditation and relax.
You can meditate doing almost anything. You don’t have to sit in the lotus position to meditate. The primary aims of meditation are to quiet the mind, help you become fully present in the moment, and help you find inner peace.
Meditation is a learned skill. Start easy. Don’t put pressure on yourself.
Find a meditation practice that fits who you naturally are. If you like to walk, walk around your neighborhood. If you work all day take a couple minutes during your lunch break, go outside and appreciate the beauty of the world around you. Meditation is all about paying attention to the present moment and quieting the constant inner mind chatter and thoughts about your future and your past.
If you’re fully present in the moment, that’s the place where you can access insights and intuition that will help you live a happy, productive, successful life.
When trying to create a meditation practice for yourself, look towards activities that you enjoy. Those will most likely be your shortest route to success in figuring out what works for you.
The real power of meditation is its ability to open you up and allow you to be your best, happiest self. When you’re happy and energetic you attract other people into your world and they will want to be around you.
Meditation Made Simple
1. Focus on your breath.
2. When you have a thought, imagine it’s a cloud in the sky and let it drift away.
3. Repeat as necessary until the end of your meditation session.
Meditation as a Way of Life
Meditation isn’t an act you do. It’s just a way of being in the world.
Meditation and Mindfulness help remove your fears and doubts so you can access your creativity more easily.
It’s important to understand nobody is perfect and nobody is going to be successful at maintaining a meditative mindset 100% of the time. Don’t impose the tyranny of perfection on yourself. Just do the best you can every day, recognize your imperfections, and try to do better next time. Laugh when you mess up—don’t take yourself too seriously.
Some days are always going to be harder than other days. Sometimes you’re just tired. The mind will often go to a place of fear and anxiety when the body is tired. Give yourself the time and space you need to rest and recover.
The more you meditate and experience the effects it will have on your life and relationships, the more you will hunger for that kind of being in the world. You’ll also spread positive energy in the world and people will be drawn to you. People sense inner peace on an unconscious level and they want to be around that energy. Meditation in all its forms can help you along the path to inner peace.
When you empty yourself of fear and anxiety you raise your vibrational level and you’ll find you make connections easily with people on the same level as you.
The Problem with Goals
Goals are important. People are far more successful with goals than without them.The problem with goals is when you become so focused on the destination that you give no thought to the actions you can take in the moment to get you where you want to go. Every moment is an opportunity for you to take action and improve your life in whatever way it needs improving. The future will take care of itself if you concentrate on moving forward from where you are right now.
The problem with goals is when you become so focused on the destination that you give no thought to the actions you can take in the moment to get you where you want to go. Every moment is an opportunity for you to take action and improve your life in whatever way it needs improving.
The future will take care of itself if you concentrate on moving forward from where you are right now.
The Power of Inspired Action
Inspired action comes from a place of following your intuition. If you practice meditation and follow your intuitive insights life isn’t hard anymore. You simply connect with people who are on the same wavelength as you, and together you amplify each other’s energy.
It’s important to not try forcing outcomes to happen. When you have a goal that you’re laser-focused on, it can cause tunnel vision which doesn’t leave room for the bigger picture to emerge.
Working With People Who Have the Same Values
Values are beliefs that you have. Beliefs are thoughts you have over and over again. Thoughts can originate within you or they can come from your family, friends and society.
We are all beings of light. There are times when people may hurt us because they don’t understand this truth or they’re too focused on themselves to see they’re causing us pain.
There are times when you’re going to want to distance yourself from those people. Other times, you can’t distance yourself from those people because they’re family. In cases where you can’t distance yourself from someone who is negative or hurting you, Michelle has found a powerful solution is to visualize shining healing light on the situation.
Understand as you distance yourself from other people, it’s not necessarily forever. People are constantly growing and changing. People often fall in and out of each other’s lives. Go with the flow and stay present.
Above all just try not to force situations or relationships. Things have a way of working themselves out if you just get out of the way and seek out people who are like-minded (functioning on your vibrational level).
It’s also important to realize you aren’t here to change anybody. Everyone is here for a purpose and to learn their own lessons. They’ll change if and when they’re ready to change.
The best thing for you to do is keep seeking out people who are going in the direction you want to be going in.
Intuition is a Sense Like Any Other
Intuition is sometimes called the sixth sense. Everybody is born with the power of intuition to varying degrees. Intuition manifests in different ways for everyone. Some people hear messages. Some people have dreams that come true. Some people get a gut feeling.
These messages can come from higher spiritual beings. They can come from your higher self. They can also come from older or younger versions of you. Quantum Mechanics tells us that time is a human construct.
How to Develop Intuition
You develop your intuition by using it and honoring the messages you receive when you receive them. As you use your intuition more, it will develop and you’ll begin to understand it and yourself better.
Links and Resources Mentioned in This Interview
https://michellepaisleyreed.com/ — Michelle’s Website
https://www.wearethepowerof10.com/ — Information on Group readings and a free audio file of a group reading
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Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.