Spiritual Retreat: Ritual to Support My Book in Living Large, part II

Last week, I shared with you that Mary McHenry had graciously offered to facilitate a ritual which supported me in more fully receiving, allowing and committing to my stewardship of the body of work known as my new book “Thriving Work.”

Ritual for Business, Spiritual Retreat, Nature as Teacher, Happiness, Spiritual Growth
This book will reach and impact far more people than I can ever know. I trust it to go out into the world and do what it is here to do! I had no idea that it would require courage . . .

She had asked me to bring a copy of the book for the ritual.  I imagined that during our ritual I would sign a copy to me, for me as I had been signing the book for so many other people.

And, Spirit had other plans.

Mary felt guided to have me put the book in the river.  Literally.

And, Mary knows me well enough to know that I would probably wouldn’t want to do that.  Which I didn’t!

Looking back, I see the perfection of the guidance.  I had imagined I would sign a copy of the book to me and instead I “baptized” the book and then let it go into the Stream of Life.  

It was no longer about me.  

I trusted Life to take my “baby” where it’s needed.  I put my it out into the world, beyond my control.

One of the many reasons I love ritual so much involves this visceral experiencing.  There I was, standing up to my knees in the cold stream summoning my courage to let my baby go do what it is here to do in the world.  I felt my hesitation.  And then I did what needed to be done.

I trust that the books will reach those they are meant to reach.  I trust that it is beyond my control.

Wouldn’t it make a great story if someone told me one day that they had found my book washed up on shore along Boulder Creek and it had changed their life?!?  And yet, I will probably never know of all the lives that the book changes.  And still, I trust that it is changing lives.

Thank you Spirit.  Thank you Mary.


“Ann Strong hits the nail on the head with “Thriving Work.”  I’ve long been a fan of her work and am thrilled that she’s offering her expertise in this book!  You can’t help but be inspired by her words, and implementing her suggestions will make all the difference in your business.”
– Jeannette Maw
Good Vibe Coach and Author of
“The Magic of  Pray Rain Journaling”

“Thriving Work” serves as a guide and companion to moving beyond limiting beliefs, perspectives and habits to more consistently and consciously choosing to live and work from your naturally radiant self:

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