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Solstice & New Year’s Book Giveaway!

December 3, 2020

    • We are about to turn the page on a year few of us will be sad to see go. This is all the more reason to do so consciously, with a clear intention of what we are leaving behind, what we’ve gained and would like to bring with us, and what we aspire to gain in 2021. Solstice is always a powerful transit, and astrologers are very excited this year by the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction ushering in a new era energy the same day. So for my annual Book giveaway, this is the requirement to enter: In the comments, list one thing you’d like to leave behind, one you’ve gained this year and would like to bring with you, and one you aspire to more of in 2021. These can be material, emotional, energetic, or spiritual, and you can explain them or not. For example:

Leaving Behind: Entitlement

Gained and Bringing Along: Interdependence

Aspiring To: Fearlessness

(Those are my three by the way, and I’ll explain them a bit below.) Every year at this time I give away books that I read during the year that meant something to me, and that are linked to the themes of this blog. It’s always hard to choose, and was especially so this year (and I have many books released this year I haven’t gotten to read yet, so hope to over the holiday break!) If you comment according to the guidelines above and enter your email (which will not display) by December 31st, you’ll be eligible to win one of the following five books:

I became a published author twice over this year, one of my own highlights (though marketing new books in a global pandemic was quite the experience) so of course I will be giving away a copy of each of my books, Chakra Empowerment for Women, and The Art and Science of Meditation. For all of the books I am giving away you can select whether you’d like a print or digital copy, and for these two if you choose print you can also decide whether you want it signed or not. You cannot select which book you’d like though, so if you have already purchased these (thank you if it’s one of my own!) you will simply have to trust that there is someone in your life meant to get the book you receive. I will put all names in a hat on January 1st, and draw 5 names, matching them to the books listed in the order they are listed here, and contact you by email for your format preference. Here are the other books:

Energy Healing for Trauma, Stress and Chronic Illness, by Cyndi Dale

I have given away many of Cyndi’s books over the years, as she remains a key influence on my own work, and this is one of my new favorites of hers. It covers a lot of scientific information on how trauma impacts the body and contributes to chronic disease, and then combines it with a complete set of tools for working with trauma energetically. This is info healers of all types – and those working to heal from trauma on their own – will appreciate.

Tara’s Enlightened Activity: An Oral Commentary on the Twenty-One Praises to Tara, by Khenchen Palden Sherab & Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal

Tara is the feminine emanation of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism, and is linked to healing and dissolution of fear. As an energy worker I have long been a practitioner of Tara practices, and one of my pandemic activities was taking the 21 Tara course offered by Tara Mandala this summer and Fall. If you are new to Tara this book will introduce you to the various emanations represented in the 21 Tara mandala, each of which offers a different kind of divine feminine energy to come forth within us. 

Neon Soul, by Alexandra Elle

I love to offer a poetry book in this giveaway when I can, as through poetry so often we can express things otherwise elusive in words. I hadn’t encountered the work of Alexandra Elle before this year, but absolutely loved Neon Soul, as well as her great Instagram feed. She writes beautifully on healing, trauma, growth, spirit, self-love and more. 


So, again, to enter list 3 things in your comment: what you’d like to leave behind from 2020 in the New Year, what you’ve gained this year and want to take with you, and what you aspire to gain or increase in 2021. Back to my own, I chose to leave behind entitlement, as I’ve been probing deeply into the various privileges I have benefited from in my own life, and seek to release my own entitlement around them. I chose interdependence as my ‘gain’ for this year, as an increased awareness of how we all impact each other, and for myself specifically how to use this wisely and for the benefit of others, has been a deep opening. And in 2021 I aspire to fearlessness, in relation to my own growth, goals, expansion into the light, and in my ability to help others move into fearlessness as well. 

So please comment! And start your 2021 off right with a new book:-)

And to also help you start your year off right, consider signing up for the next round of my 3 Month Chakra Empowerment For Women Intensive. This is a course full of empowerments and information that will help you make the most of your 2021, heal, support your personal growth, develop boundaries, connect with your divine feminine, manifest energetically, and more. Early Bird Pricing offered for December only (live courses of this length and depth are often three or four times what I am charging, as I am committed to keeping these accessible.)

37 Comments leave one →
  1. Susie permalink
    December 3, 2020 6:26 am

    Not sorry to see this year go.
    My three:
    Sewing (new hobby)

  2. LLS permalink
    December 3, 2020 6:31 am

    Good list, thank you. Good to start thinking about this too. My list is: leaving behind: Covid weight; Bringing with me: new closeness with my sister; 3) confidence.

  3. December 3, 2020 8:26 am

    Leave: sadness & regret
    Gained: equilibrium
    Aspiration: embrace guided flow

    Thank you for your inspiring work, Lisa, your words have often given me succour over the years. _/|\_

  4. Tina Spencer permalink
    December 3, 2020 11:10 am

    I’m letting go of “Fretting.” I’m gaining spaciousness and joyful spontaneity. I aspire to become my own best friend learning to negotiate skilfully internal and external conflicts towards win/win outcomes. 2021, here we come!

  5. December 3, 2020 3:57 pm

    Leaving Behind: Fear of uncertainty

    Gained and Bringing Along: Understanding my personal power

    Aspiring To: The transition to my next business

  6. December 3, 2020 5:04 pm

    I intend to leave: fear and intimidation
    I have gained and am bringing along: clarity, resilience and creativity
    I am aspiring to: lean in to my inner guidance and create a successful and joy-filled business and relationships!

  7. Katica permalink
    December 3, 2020 5:10 pm

    Leaving behind: dysfunctional/trauma bonding
    Gained and Bringing along: Peace and healing
    Aspiring to: Freedom

  8. December 3, 2020 7:30 pm

    True Love partner

  9. December 4, 2020 2:53 am

    Leaving Behind: Resisting what I can’t control & wanting to be understood

    Gained and Bringing Along: Establishing a routine (at least in the morning – I previously had none at all) & saying no sometimes (as hard as this still is for me)

    Aspiring To: Allowing myself to be creative and more ludic & not caring about what people think of me

  10. Taurean Mermaid permalink
    December 4, 2020 3:48 am

    Leaving Behind: hiding out

    Gained and Bringing Along: commitment to my creative and intuitive practices

    Aspiring To: self-confidence and trust

  11. Pamela permalink
    December 4, 2020 5:09 am

    leaving – toxic relationship
    taking – self trust
    aspiring to – abundance

  12. Beth Lauren permalink
    December 4, 2020 4:10 pm

    Leaving Behind: Extra weight – physical & spiritual
    Gained and Bringing Along: Clarity of Purpose
    Aspiring To: Abundance

    Thanks for this exercise, Lisa. Your work, as I’ve told you, has been so healing and powerful to me.

  13. December 4, 2020 5:40 pm

    Leaving behind: muddle-headedness. I’ve been in an unfocused, unproductive, very uncomfortable space most of this year (even before lockdown threw the energies).

    Gained and bringing along: interdependence (same!). For me this means people *are* out there, people are around who can and want to give the kind of support I need. And the kind of support I can and wish to give is needed, people are around and will show up who can use my specific gifts. The shock discovery that I need these people – that we all need each other and are here for each other – arrived a year or so ago. 🙂

    Aspiring To: material security. Not money; a home that doesn’t keep surprising me with expensive repairs…

    And Lisa – thank you for your writing.

  14. Milena permalink
    December 4, 2020 5:43 pm

    what you’d like to leave behind from 2020 in the New Year: childhood imprint of having no boundaries
    what you’ve gained this year and want to take with you: ability to speak up in a timely manner
    what you aspire to gain or increase in 2021: staying in my heart during difficult times

  15. Mona L Breitbeil permalink
    December 4, 2020 5:53 pm

    Leave behind: Fear of all kinds
    Gained and take with me: Boldly speaking my truth in a respectful way
    Aspire to: Rewards of a bigger, more abundant life

  16. Joy Christin permalink
    December 4, 2020 7:50 pm

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    I choose to leave behind: poverty.

    I gained and am taking with me: a practice of not abandoning myself

    I aspire to: create a village, physically, locally.

  17. December 5, 2020 9:59 pm

    What I’d like to leave behind: self-created pressure (obligation, success, needing to be liked, etc.)
    What I’ve gained this year: putting Bodhiccita into practice
    What I want to take with me: spiritual learning and self development from this year
    What I aspire to gain or increase in 2021: enlightenment

  18. Rina permalink
    December 6, 2020 1:22 am

    Leaving Behind: Fear

    Gained and Bringing Along: Love

    Aspiring To: Love – God Oneness!

  19. Gail D permalink
    December 6, 2020 3:28 pm

    I really like receiving your emails and reading them from your point of view on trauma and healing, and am grateful to have found you, however it was that that happened. I don’t usually enter give aways, but I so appreciate finding out what books you give away (recommend) and will be considering them for my own reading pleasure.

  20. Anonymous permalink
    December 6, 2020 3:45 pm

    Leaving behind doomscrolling – too much negativity
    Gained this year discernment, ability to tell what’s in alignment for me and what’s not
    Aspiring to expansion.

  21. Beatriz permalink
    December 6, 2020 8:17 pm

    1. In 2020 I would like to leave behind sexual trauma releasing shame
    2. I gained alot of practical information applied to my integrity and I will take with me emotional physical and psychological growth.
    3. In 2021 I aspire to have a more enjoyable time with my life.

  22. Esse permalink
    December 6, 2020 8:18 pm

    As we move forward, I’m leaving behind everything that once held me down (self-doubt, toxic people etc.) and my limited view of a “successful life”. I’ve gained insight into my purpose and want to bring with me my most authentic self :). I aspire to continue working toward my goals of empowering others find their inner sources of strength and be more daring!

  23. December 7, 2020 3:33 am

    I choose to leave behind a fear of failure
    As my gain, I’ve used obstacles as a tool on the pathway to enlightenment and want to bring that along with me.
    And for 2021 I aspire to transmuting fears within myself and sharing that with others on the pathway to enlightenment

  24. December 8, 2020 8:12 am

    Leaving behind…..meaningless thoughts
    Gained and bringing along…..Self love
    Aspiring to…..Courage

  25. Paula C permalink
    December 8, 2020 8:27 pm

    1. Poverty mentality
    2. Empowering morning routine
    3. Prosperity and security

  26. Stephanie permalink
    December 10, 2020 2:36 pm

    Oh my goodness. These comments are amazing. Thank you for the book recommendations, as well. Me:
    1. Stuckness…Fear
    2. Self-love…Discernment
    3. Vitality and expansion

  27. Catherine permalink
    December 11, 2020 6:25 am

    So glad to have come across your work Lisa
    Leaving behind: toxic family system, feelings of unworthiness
    Gained and bringing along: Self Trust, trust in the spiritual world, peace and freedom
    Aspiring to: regular art making , community and good health

  28. Ibolya permalink
    December 16, 2020 12:40 am

    Leaving Behind: giving away power
    Gained and Bringing Along: healing, fluidity, feeling powerful, self-love
    Aspiring To: much more fun and enjoying life more

  29. qua an permalink
    December 17, 2020 11:11 pm

    one thing i’d like to let go: masculine energy imbalance
    I gained courage this year
    I aspire to be neutral to others while taking care & being true to mysel

  30. Laurie Kelly permalink
    December 18, 2020 9:08 pm

    Leaving behind: self-sabotage
    Keeping something I gained: self-reliance
    2021 aspiration: learn (& remember) how to create more joy and fun for myself in my life (avoid relying on others/friends for this)

  31. December 29, 2020 6:42 am

    Congrats on your books!
    Leaving behind: attempting to control things outside of my control
    bringing with me: my morning meditation practice
    Aspiring to cultivate: a deeper sense of belonging

  32. December 31, 2020 11:22 pm

    I love this exercise! I feel that we are being empowered through this intention.

    1. Leaving behind: programming, negative beliefs, and energy from others that doesn’t serve me; and holds me back from moving forward. I’ll be very mindful of not engaging with it anymore.

    2.Bringing with me: New fun routines- learning and practicing the piano; Riding my bike outside 3 times a week.

    3.Aspiring to gain: Believing in, embodying and expressing my divine self (inner chakra core) more fully; especially in regards to career, relationships creativity and life goals.

  33. January 3, 2021 3:20 am

    Hi everyone, thank you so much for your amazing sharings and intentions. I had my daughter draw the winners today – everyone’s name was written on a piece of paper and swirled around in a bucket and then she closed her eyes and drew out 5, and I mapped them to the books in the order drawn=order listed in the post.
    The winners are:

    Chakra Empowerment For Women – Joy
    Art and Science of Meditation – Mand
    Energy Healing for Trauma – Aldalima
    Tara’s Enlightened Activity – Milena
    Neon Soul – Mona

    Congratulations! I’ll send you an email to confirm the format you’d like to receive.
    Happy New Year everyone! May all these intentions manifest. XO Lisa

  34. Paulette Myers permalink
    January 8, 2021 3:57 am

    Release Covid-19 weight gain
    Conflict with myself and others
    Gained self confidence by hiking solo
    Developed more self-love
    Learnt how to knit
    I aspire to be in a loving relationship with my soulmate, be happy as much as I can and have more belief in manifesting my dream life.

  35. Milena permalink
    January 16, 2021 5:52 pm

    Hi Lisa, thank you.

    Happy New Year!

    I can’t apparently receive kindle gift, since I am in Canada, somehow amazon is unable to change my country, even if I have cloud kindle and can purchase on it from Feel free to give my book to another lucky winner.

    Have a beautiful year.

    Love and grace,


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