Karmic Rights Management

krm_logoI am often asked by both new and experienced writers how you go about protecting your books in the digital age.

In these days when you can blog a story or submit an ebook to one of many new sites like Myebook, YouPublish and Smashwords, what’s to stop anyone stealing and copying your work illegally?

If you submit your novel to a author community site like Authonomy, what’s to stop someone stealing your idea and writing their own book on the subject?

Well if you think about it … not a lot and it’s not much different from how it has been since Caxton invented the printing press.

If you produce a printed book, there is nothing to stop anyone photocopying it. How many times have you borrowed a book and read it and not paid the author or the publisher a penny? How many times did you not give it back?

For digital products, you can add password protection but there is nothing to stop someone telling someone else the password. Even if the digital rights management is tied down to a particular computer as it is for Myebook and iTunes, there is nothing to stop people other than the purchaser enjoying the work.

I am sure when you write your book, you didn’t do it in isolation of any influences from other authors, friends, colleagues or teachers.

By far the best way by far to protect your work is to look at your behaviour and modify it so it’s karmically balanced.

Now I am not trying to preach here or be holier than thou – this is just good common sense and politeness and I too have fallen foul of not playing by the karmic rule book.

My seven top tips for karmic rights protection

1. Don’t run the fear your work will be copied

2. If you use a quote or concept from another writer, give them some credit in a Thanks section of your work or, at least, list their book in references

3. Be open to your payback coming back in another form other than the sale of your books

4. Don’t steal another writer’s work

5. If you like a book you borrowed, buy a copy or buy another book from the same writer

6. Give loads of stuff away for free

7. Be thankful for everything you receive

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– just think  what it would be like to live & breathe in a world that worked to these principles, it’s within our grasp & starts with each one of us today

Related blog – How to Void Karma

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Voiding Karma

In my work with writers clearing blocks, I am increasingly getting involved with dealing with karma.

It is as if the aspiring writer actually embarks on a project to write their book to expose and address issues in their lives. When they hit a block with their writing and we clear it, a corresponding block in their lives seems to disappear. At the same time, a new perspective is attained which can be used in creative writing – a sort of win-win-win.

Then more learnings and experiences come along – onwards & upwards …

As we approach a new phase in human consciousness, this simple exercise is designed to clear old, unwanted patterns so you can take part in the new vibration  …

This is best done using paper & pen for best results, so click on the mind map above to print out a full size version & list the following:

1. Your goals for the year – and beyond

2. Old habits you want to break

3. Blocks that currently stop you achieving your goals

4. Actions you are going to take

5.  As and when your habits and blocks are removed, make a note on your mind map of what learnings you might get.

6. When the map is completed, use the visualisation Embedding Mind Maps in your Neurology

7.  Next,  put your map on a wall where you can see it daily.  Then forget about your goals, blocks and habits and just take the actions you’ve listed and wait for the abundance to flow

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Note if you want to use iMindMap or Mind Manager to complete the map, you can download the templates below – it’s vital you print the map out for best results though …

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P.S. the alternative is of course to ignore this blog completely and A-void Karma – these short stories on Six Sentences might add a new perspective …

http://sixsentences.ning.com/profiles/blogs/voiding-karma-part-1

Add a dash to your writing

The In-spirational Hyphen

A hyphen can make a huge difference in a word and give it a new semantic and the reader a new insight.

I’ve been rather taken recently by Lee Carroll’s Kryon channellings. In his first book, The End Times, he channelled much about “voiding karma” and taking the “neutral implant”. The simple message is one that we all know. When you address what it is you agreed to come here to do in this incarnation, then you move on and upwards gracefully and easily.

The simple addition of a hyphen and a letter makes it easy to understand the flip side.

If you a-void karma, then you get stuck in a loop and the same lesson comes around to hit you again and again. Perhaps it manifests as the same type of partner or the same dead end job. Once it’s recognised – or better expressed as re-cognised, as you have been there be-fore – you can move on and embrace the next challenge and new learnings.

You may like to do the exercise and visualisation in this blog on How To Void Karma

So armed with this gem, you have the whole lexicon and richness of the English language to play with. The potential for enlightenment is immense.

Now I run workshops on creative writing where I teach authors how to tap into inspiration. Imagine my surprise when the addition of this simple hyphen led to a huge insight.

The etymology of in-spiration decomposes into the word into “in” and exposes the Latin root of “spirare” which means “to breathe”.

Check out the etymology here

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Now I was aware we speak on the out breath. Could it be that ideas, and divine guidance, come to us on the in breath?

Some experimentation with my own meditation, then with individual clients and latterly in group classes seemed to confirm this was true. I used a modified Taoist Drop meditation I learned from the Barefoot Doctor and amazing results ensued.

I was on a roll. This insight then morphed and expanded into inner-sight. My intuition told me that this was all really inner-tuition. Where would all this linguistic in-vention lead? There you go again with the breathing!

I have always thought it amazing what people like Leonardo achieved in a single life time. He was a polymath – an artist, sculptor and inventor. Not only did he think up the helicoptor but he had the pre-science to add the parachute too in case it failed. Now some Kryon channellings imply that our in-carnations do not necessarily follow chrono-logically. Perhaps this re-naissance man reborn in the past from a future life or another planet?

Yes, just re-read the above para-graph again. The semantic layering is deep, wide and so much fun.

So it tran-spires that the English language has become entrenched in concantenation. I suppose this occurs in all languages, naturally, from years of usage and abusage.

Then a horrible thought occurred to me. If language slides into the modern day parlance of mobile phone text-speak then the origins become lost forever – hardly LOL 4 U & I.

I was in-spired to craft some verse in order to re-verse this trend.

The addition of a hypen

A gift of inner-sight

We are what we speak

Inner-tuitive light

Expand The Word

Banish concantenation

Add a simple dash

For joyous e-lucidation

So a call to all

Authors, poets and scribes

Add verve and dashes to your work

Keep true meanings alive

Now such lyrical musings take your mind down new paths and it occurred to me while penning this that this thought piece would not be complete if it didn’t include re-search on the word hyphen itself.

Imagine my surprise when I found this online …

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c.1620, from L.L. hyphen, from Gk. hyphen “mark joining two syllables or words,” probably indicating how they were to be sung, “together, in one”

So it appears that first there was The Word. Then we combined them and then we sang and re-played them back to the Heavens. What an Ode to Joy.

How writing helps overcome karmic challenges

EvolutionShortly after my first book was published about a year ago, I started mentoring other authors.

After getting over the initial shock of the numbers of people who emerged from apparently nowhere to work with me, I started noticing a common theme and trend emerging.

Ever since reading the Celestine Prophecy, I had been noticing coincidences more and more and paying attention to meta-correlations between groups of coincidences.

Two phenomena seemed to be happening as my clients started to write.

Firstly, they would start to see, and manifest, crystal clear examples of what they were writing about in their lives. It was almost like the Universe spotted what they were writing and presented examples to them to help.

Secondly, they would hit blocks in their lives that would stop them writing completely. Those blocks also seem to be mirrored in what the author was actually writing.

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The explanation of the first phenomenon is relatively simple. If you can call anything that explains the workings of the human mind as simple, that is.

There is increasing credence for a model of the brain as a holographic transducer which is both the creator and perceiver of the world around it. In this model, the brain is a great pattern recognition system and when it is focused on writing, anything remotely similar will ring a holographic ‘alarm bell’ in its neurology.

Of course, it’s not the Universe creating these examples but actually the writer’s conscious mind noticing ‘stuff’ and creating ‘real life’ examples to help them in their writing.

The Holographic UniverseFor more information on this, I suggest you read Michael Talbot’s excellent book, The Holographic Universe.

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The second phenomenon presented more of a challenge in order for me to understand it. Imagine my surprise when I found that tackling it has a collateral benefit which exceeded my client’s, and my, initial expectations.

It transpired that the very subjects the writer had chosen to explore were designed so that they could expose and deal with issues of karma.

For more information on karma, see Lisa Turner’s excellent blog here. In essence, karma is not about retribution and balance between good and evil. Like many esoteric concepts, it doesn’t exist but merely acts as a model by which we can understand and expose more about being a spirit in a human body.

Karma essentially ‘a wrapper’ containing information about what a particular incarnation is about.

So what we found was that in every case of writer’s block, it was mirrored by a corresponding and similar blockage somewhere else in their life.

So, to deal with writer’s block, the process was always the same. Identify what the block was, find out where it first manifested itself and release it. This sometimes involved going back into the womb and even into previous lives.

Some amazing learnings were also gained by going back to the “Akashic Records Office“, allegedly where we discuss our life purpose with our soul group – amongst other things. Here we found that the book they were writing, often their first, was full of elements that the writer was destined to learn in this incarnation.

The book was their life and their life the book and the writing of the book itself was an essential part of the writer’s evolution, not just an exercise in vanity publishing.

Unsurprisingly the book was all part of the same hologram – and perhaps that’s why those specific clients found me at that particular time.

Ummh, so what was it I was supposed to learn from this exercise ?