ü Fascinating Author Interview created by Author Marketing Experts (AME) and Penny Sansevieri
Q. Why did you decide to write The Bridge: A Seven-Stage Map to Redefine Your Life and Purpose?
A. Originally The Bridge was first published in 1999. Its purpose was for everyone turning 50…one person every nine seconds… For those that needed a new paradigm beyond retirement, a new definition for work.
The Bridge describes work as the creative expression of sprit. So how could it ever be possible for anyone to stop working? The Bridge describes work as either a job to pay bills, a career to build future security, financially prosperity and success or work as a mission to make a positive difference in the world and respond to your calling in this life time, and finally work is described as co-creation and community building a positive future that serves us all. So whether you were 69, 49, or 39 in order to have a passionate life you would need a creative form to express your spirit through work.
Now in 2011, The I AM Foundation has published the new edition of The Bridge: A Seven-Stage Map to Redefine Your Life and Purpose. Right now globally, personally and collectively, we are part of a great world transition and awakening. We are personally and collectively in an impasse, we can’t go back to doing things the way we did in the past, and we don’t have a clear vision for the future, and in the present we have more questions than answers. We are being called to redefine our life’s purpose personally and collectively.
At every decade today in 2011 we are being confronted by enormous change and outer conditions politically old ideas and ways of thinking no longer support and help us we need to go within before we can manifest a new direction. The Bridge gives us this map to know: Who am I? Where have I come from? and most importantly Where am I going? There is a great need of the moment both personally and globally. And time is of the essence that each of us must do our personal work “so that we are prepared for this challenge and can respond positively at this time in history.”
Q. Do you have any secret writing tips you’d like to share?
A. I have three…
Before I go to bed, when I am laying my head on the pillow in an alpha state and have a pen and pad in hand often I have a stream of ideas that I effortlessly write down. Also often in the middle of the night when awaking from a dream I have a flow of ideas that I need to write down immediately. Finally when I am walking or hiking I often imagine myself communication my message to a large audience it often expands my view and puts me in touch with the needs of others.
Q. Tell us a quirky or funny story about you!
A. When I was doing my PhD dissertation on dream research, a cancer patient one day when I was interviewing patient we were watching Dr. Kubler-Ross when she was being interviewed. When she was asked the question: “What is the most important thing to do after death?” She responded, “Reach out and ask for help.” At that moment I smiled and laughed that will be easy for me, I’m not good at geography and often can’t find my way driving or in a new city but I always reach out and ask for help. So ill have nothing to be afraid of when I leave this planet.
Q. Have you ever battled writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
A. Whenever I feel stuck I need to move I need to change my environment I need to be one boat floating on the water, I need to be on a new scene, travel, I need to step out of the rut and the familiar.
Q. What’s your favorite quote?
A. My favorite quote comes from The I AM! Affirmation Book by my husband Steve Viglione “Now I know who I am, when I close my eyes I see, the incredible child I Am, the I Am that is me.”
Q. Who inspires you the most?
A. Visionaries who have a dream. I love surrounding myself with visionaries and I love Dr. Martin Luther’s Kings words from his speech “I have a dream.”
Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?
A. What excites me most is that there is such an urgent need at this time in history to discover the treasure house of resources within each one of us. Having worked for over 25 years with thousands of people the need for a map to guide and empower you, to move forward with clarity and confidence is essential.
Q. How long did the book take you from start to finish?
A. The first edition that came out in 1999 took about two years. The new edition of The Bridge that came out in 2001, took 6 months to edit and bring it up to speed to address the needs of the public today.
Q. What aspect of writing the book did you find particularly challenging?
A. Initially defining the organization of the chapters and getting clarity about the seven-stage map.
Q. What surprised you the most about the book writing process?
A. That I write best when I am in partnership and when I’m writing with Steve Viglione my partner who gives exceptional flow and it felt like a dance going back and fourth from one leading and one supporting and these rolls back and forth.
Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?
A. I don’t know initially if they were favorites but since my strengths in the past have been in person I felt like climbing Mt. Everest. So it deemed determination on my part to complete it.
Q. What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?
A. That they will be empowered to move forward in new directions to be released from the limited thinking of the past and to embrace the impasse the open moment where they can feel secure when asking questions when they do not have immediate answers. That they will get that their life is a spirit journey and that whether they are on top the mountain or down a valley that their life has meaning and purpose and that they have strength and wisdom to move forward. Finally that they are not alone that they are part of a world wide transition and global awaking and their healing and growth is essential for creating a world that serves us all.
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
A. The I AM Foundation recently published The I AM! Affirmation Book For Teens and Young Adults: Empowering Who You Are. I am currently focused on empowering teens and young adults to focus on what is good and right about them and to know that they are the architects for a positive future.
Q. Is writing your sole career? If not, what else do you do?
A. No, I have my PhD in Psychology and Religion I consult with CEO’s, community leaders and individuals going through transition as well as leading seminars. Also, I am the Co-Founder of The I AM Foundation and together with my husband Steve. We facilitate book gifting missions and gift The Love~Wisdom Series and other books locally, nationally and globally.
Q. Did you do any research for your books, or did you write from experience?
A. I wrote from experience which personal and all the clients that I worked with from over a quarter century.
Q. How did you come up with your title?
A. I came up with the title because of the focus of impasse of past and future and crossing bridges and the need to cross over in a new direction.
Q. What books have influenced you the most?
A. The Dynamic Law of Prosperity by Catharine Ponder and Ken Keyes’ The Handbook To Higher Consciousness.
Q. Who was your publisher and why did you choose them?
A. The publisher is The I AM Foundation a non-profit organization, and publisher of The Love-Wisdom Series for children and adults worldwide. Through their Buy One, Gift One Program: For every Love~Wisdom Series Book that’s purchased The I AM Foundation gives a book to a child somewhere in the world.
Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.
A: The Bridge speaks about two curriculums. The 1st is the one we receive at birth from family, education, religion and culture. It’s a given that some of us have done quite well with the curriculum, others have rebelled and some feel that they have missed the mark. The 2nd curriculum still has to be written. The Bridge speaks about a seven-stage map: Stages 1, 2 and 3 are related to the first curriculum and enlightenment through pain, developing a positive self-concept and manifesting what you want. The second curriculum, stages 5, 6 and 7, focuses on mission and purpose, asking the big questions about life and death and co-creation in community. Stage 4 is the impasse between past and future in which we have four tasks,
1. Clearing out the museum of resentments and regrets 2. Embracing the shadow, i.e. expanding the positive aspects of the Self. 3. Letting go of what no longer serves us. 4. Expanding our vision.
Q. What inspired you to create a work of non-fiction?
A: The needs of the world and my own awareness of the needs of all the people I have served.
Q. What did you do to prepare for writing your book?
A: It took 4 hours each day from 8AM to 12PM each morning to write what was coming to the forefront of my awareness.
Q. How did you develop your idea for this book?
A: I spoke and worked with a couple that helped me get the framework. Initially I was going to use the title The View which focused on getting the larger picture of getting what you want in your life, but since it was a popular TV morning show I decided to go with The Bridge.
Q. What can we look forward to in your next book?
A: It will be asking the big questions and how those of us in our 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, can create dynamic communities that focus on service and creating a positive future and seek the big questions of how we leave this physical dimension and plane.
Q. Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like to include?
A: Yes, in 2002 when I was living in Scottsdale, AZ and going through a major transition in my life going through the end of a 17-year marriage while working with a life coach I had a vision. I was living by the ocean I could smell the sea, and saw the curtains blowing in the sea breeze I was married to a diplomat and were circulating the globe and we were creating circles of peace. At that time when I was asked how I would make this happen I had no answer. By 2005 I had moved to La Jolla, CA and was living one block from the ocean. In 2006 I married Steve Viglione, Founder of The I AM Foundation and in 2007 was doing a book gifting mission in Sri Lanka with by the Council General where we gifted over 100,000 of The I AM! Affirmation Books in Sinhalese, Tamil and English. We had the opportunity to meet with the First Lady who endorsed the book and said, “The children are the architects of a positive future and reading and self-esteem are the building blocks.” My vision in 2002 manifested inspiring results in 2008. I had gone though a major transition in which I had completed the 1st curriculum with successes in my career had gone through the impasse and now had redefined my life and purpose to be an advocate for the children who are our hope for a positive future. I embraced the second curriculum discovering my mission and calling and was now actively co-creating in community and empowering the wisdom from the past I knew “when a child discovers their value they bring their value to the world” and, “when parents, teachers and adults discover their value and purpose they bring their value to the family, the classroom and the world.”
About Dr. Marilyn Powers
Dr. Marilyn Powers is Co-Founder of The I AM Foundation. She has her Ph.D. in psychology and religion. She studied psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and at the Gestalt Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of The High School of Performing Arts and studied dance at the Juilliard School of Music. Marilyn Powers is a visionary leader, author, and speaker.
Marilyn is the author of The Bridge: A Seven-Stage Map to Redefine Your Life and Purpose which is written to help people through major life transitions. She is also the author of Words of Power: Affirmations for Loving Your Age, Work, & Life which supports adults with affirmations in their daily lives.
Dr. Powers is a philanthropist and has traveled throughout the world doing book-gifting missions for children with The I AM Foundation.
Marilyn believes that when children discover their value they bring their value to the world. Equally true, she believes that when parents, teachers, and adults discover their value, they bring their value into the family, the classroom, and the community. Philanthropy of the soul is at the heart of her vision. She believes that children are our hope for peace and a positive and sustainable future. As philanthropists and advocates for children, she and her husband Steve travel nationally and across the globe inspiring children and adults to build a world that serves us all. Her book The Bridge is a testament to her belief that each life has significance and that each of us has a calling and a purpose. She believes that together we can make a global leap in consciousness. You can also visit her website at www.marilynpowers.com and The Bridge Fan Page at https://www.facebook.com/thebridgetoyou