TRICIA STEWART SHIU

Tricia Stewart Shiu

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    The Day Sarah Marks Came Out

    Sarah Marks came out to me on a sunny Tuesday afternoon as I was driving back to the office after lunch.

    It had been a long and circuitous journey with Sarah and I thought I knew everything about her. To say I was surprised is putting it mildly. At first I didn’t believe her. She was making it up to get attention. Then I felt protective. I didn’t want people making fun or shunning her. As is the case in the complicated relationship between author and character, sometimes everything isn’t known up front and the mysteries lie in the subtleties. PLEASE HOLD was supposed to be a New Adult, Romance about the world of high-level, Hollywood studio executive assistants. A quirky tale about one women’s struggle to divine guidance.

    So, with turning signal blinking in the left-hand lane, waiting for the red arrow to turn green, I had some time to think.

    Why now? When Sarah and I started this journey together around nine years ago she was most certainly heterosexual. As a writer, I pride myself in knowing all there is to know about my characters, especially the protagonists. How could I have missed such an important detail?

    Our journey together started with a massive and jubilant download of 28 pages written in one session. From there the story flowed beautifully and for several years progressed nicely. Then I hit a wall and, try as I might, nothing seemed to help the movement of the characters or the story. Finally, I put the book down and I wrote and published an award-winning Young Adult, Science-Fiction series called the MOA books.

    It bugged me to have to put PLEASE HOLD down but, as the Moa Series began to gather steam with awards and publicity, I let go of finishing the book—at least for the time being.

    Five years later, I felt a calling to begin writing PLEASE HOLD again and, up until the coming out at the streetlight moment, I wasn’t sure why.

    Stopped at the intersection, red left turn arrow barring me from any forward movement, I retraced my mental steps over the previous nine years in writing PLEASE HOLD. There were very subtle hints and the more I explored and investigated, the more I realize the information had been there all along.

    The minute the light turned green, I ran back to my desk ready to begin the arduous task of heavy editing. However, as I pored over the story, I discovered something incredible. Very little was different about Sarah Marks. The relationship that I’d written was, if anything, more intimate and honest. Nothing about her trials or story or any of the other characters needed changing. Not one single bit. The more I read, the prouder I became of Sarah. It was as if her world opened up something beautiful about human nature that I’d been trying to express in PLEASE HOLD and now that message was clear. Human is human. Love is love.

    The next step came when I gave the manuscript to a gay male friend of mine to read. I wanted to make sure that I captured the world appropriately, kindly and as inoffensively as possible. Although the visceral descriptions were born from first-hand experience during my work at Fox Studio, I am a heterosexual and wanted to make sure I was writing in an authentic way.

    “You know, after reading this people are going to think you’re a lesbian, right?” He said as he patted the manuscript gently.

    In that moment, I realized something about myself and about Sarah. She had given me such a gift in allowing me to write a story that portrays a woman who hides nothing of herself and, at the same time, struggles with her turbulent past and challenges at work. Sarah showed me that nothing precludes you from being human.

    I nodded to my friend and said, “I don't care.”

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    The Day Sarah Marks Came Out To Me

    Sarah Marks came out to me on a sunny Tuesday afternoon as I was driving back to the office after lunch.

    It had been a long and circuitous journey with Sarah and I thought I knew everything about her. To say I was surprised is putting it mildly. At first I didn’t believe her. She was making it up to get attention. Then I felt protective. I didn’t want people making fun or shunning her. As is the case in the complicated relationship between author and character, sometimes everything isn’t known up front and the mysteries lie in the subtleties. PLEASE HOLD was supposed to be a New Adult, Romance about the world of high-level, Hollywood studio executive assistants. A quirky tale about one women’s struggle to divine guidance.

    So, with turning signal blinking in the left-hand lane, waiting for the red arrow to turn green, I had some time to think.

    Why now? When Sarah and I started this journey together around nine years ago she was most certainly heterosexual. As a writer, I pride myself in knowing all there is to know about my characters, especially the protagonists. How could I have missed such an important detail?

    Our journey together started with a massive and jubilant download of 28 pages written in one session. From there the story flowed beautifully and for several years progressed nicely. Then I hit a wall and, try as I might, nothing seemed to help the movement of the characters or the story. Finally, I put the book down and I wrote and published an award-winning Young Adult, Science-Fiction series called the MOA books.

    It bugged me to have to put PLEASE HOLD down but, as the Moa Series began to gather steam with awards and publicity, I let go of finishing the book—at least for the time being.

    Five years later, I felt a calling to begin writing PLEASE HOLD again and, up until the coming out at the streetlight moment, I wasn’t sure why.

    Stopped at the intersection, red left turn arrow barring me from any forward movement, I retraced my mental steps over the previous nine years in writing PLEASE HOLD. There were very subtle hints and the more I explored and investigated, the more I realize the information had been there all along.

    The minute the light turned green, I ran back to my desk ready to begin the arduous task of heavy editing. However, as I pored over the story, I discovered something incredible. Very little was different about Sarah Marks. The relationship that I’d written was, if anything, more intimate and honest. Nothing about her trials or story or any of the other characters needed changing. Not one single bit. The more I read, the prouder I became of Sarah. It was as if her world opened up something beautiful about human nature that I’d been trying to express in PLEASE HOLD and now that message was clear. Human is human. Love is love.

    The next step came when I gave the manuscript to a gay male friend of mine to read. I wanted to make sure that I captured the world appropriately, kindly and as inoffensively as possible. Although the visceral descriptions were born from first-hand experience during my work at Fox Studio, I am a heterosexual and wanted to make sure I was writing in an authentic way.

    “You know, after reading this people are going to think you’re a lesbian, right?” He said as he patted the manuscript gently.

    In that moment, I realized something about myself and about Sarah. She had given me such a gift in allowing me to write a story that portrays a woman who hides nothing of herself and, at the same time, struggles with her turbulent past and challenges at work. Sarah showed me that nothing precludes you from being human.

    I nodded to my friend and said, “I don't care.”

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    March Ritual

    March Ritual

    Removal of Obstacles
    “I see the light to my divine path.”


    No one enjoys an obstacle. Unless, of course, you really don’t want to get to wherever you’re trying to go. This month’s ritual is about asking the very thing that stands between you and your desires for a divine message. You may be surprised at what information your obstacle has for you or not. Either way, you’ll be able to see beyond that which has been blocking you. As the ritual says, "Freedom is yours." You just have to ask.


    Ritual: Removal of Obstacles
    Oil: Base of Kukui Oil – Geranium, Melissa, Clove
    Incense: Sage
    Incantation: “I see the light to my divine path.”

    Find a place where you will not be interrupted. Light the sage and sit while the smoke surrounds you. Anoint your third eye with the oil. See your biggest obstacle in front of you. Now, examine it from every angle. How big is it? What color? What shape? What feelings does it evoke? Then, it delivers a message. Your obstacle’s job is done. Bid it farewell and watch it dissolve into a puddle, absorbed by the earth, where it will be recycled into love.

    Freedom is yours. Breathe in love. Know that your divine path is acknowledged and that you may now proceed as planned.


    The oil to supercharge your ritual this month is Clove. Pay close attention to the messages your receive for the 24 hours following your ritual and always use a carrier oil (almond, grapeseed or avocado) when using this highly potent essential oil.

    Tricia Stewart Shiu is a 25 time award-winning author, speaker, and metaphysical intuitive. Author of the award-winning YA, SciFi,Mystical Adventure, MOA SERIES & the GATEKEEPER'S GUIDE SERIES featuring 3 minute mindfulness recordings.

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    February Ritual

    Self-Trust

    “My aims are pure. My intentions are good. I trust my intuition.”

    It’s so easy to let our circumstances dictate how we feel and what we do. This month, I’ve chosen a special ritual to create a whole new way to view the world, to let go and trust yourself.

    If you’d like to know more about what rituals are and how they work read my post “The Power of Ritual.”

    Each of us has at least one divine gift to remember. The moment we wake up and retrieve the memory of who we are and what we are here—on earth—to do, the adventure begins.

    That adventure is contingent on one thing and that is self-trust. If you do not trust yourself, then no matter how hard you try or how far you get, you’ll never quite believe what’s happening to you and the trip will be much less enjoyable.

    You can listen to my three-minute Self-Trust ritual and do the visualization and words by themselves right here.

    To supercharge your ritual, I’ve chosen one essential oil to amplify your process—Basil you can click here to buy. Basil uplifts the spirit, opens awareness and deepens trust. It should not be used during pregnancy.

    As you listen to the recording, remember, your intention is the most important part of any ritual and whether or not you follow the recipe by using the exact essential oils or incense is entirely up to you.

     

    Tricia Stewart Shiu is a 25 time award-winning author, speaker, and metaphysical intuitive. Author of the award-winning YA, SciFi,Mystical Adventure, MOA SERIES & the GATEKEEPER'S GUIDE SERIES featuring 3 minute mindfulness recordings.

     

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    The Simple Supercharging Power of Essentail Oils

    Essential Oils have been used for centuries in ceremonial rites, to shift emotional burdens and to heal disease. The Egyptians, Chinese and Indian people used essential oils holistically and did not distinguish use for medicinal, spiritual or cosmetic purposes. Some common oils still in use today were used in antiquity: cassia, frankincense and myrrh.

    I actually started out as a skeptic about aromatherapy and essential oil use and wrote it off as a little too “woo woo” for my taste. If I had a headache, no amount of peppermint oil was going to change a thing. Then something amazing happened. 

    I’d been on a money manifesting retreat with an amazing instructor, Dena Crowder, and a relative stranger essentially reminded me about a long forgotten gift I had for creating individually calibrated, powerful, proprietary essential oil blends.

    It sounds like quite a stretch to go from skeptic to believer, but here’s what happened: Throughout the month-long money manifesting virtual seminar, I kept hitting up against a block. Try as I might, I couldn’t seem to get a handle on it. Then a woman I’d just met from the group, Jamie, emailed me to say she’d sent me a surprise gift. 

    Time went by, the seminar ended and the package got lost in the mail. After a month of tracking it down, I received message that the found package was ready at my local post office for pick up. When I opened the package I was intrigued to find a New Moon Essential blend with a kind note. 

    The minute I smelled the oil, I knew it was for me and when I dabbed the oil on my wrists I felt something release. It’s hard to explain, but it felt like something new opened up for me. Later, I would learn more about new moons and new beginnings, but whatever this block was seemed to disintegrate. As I drove home, I realized that I’d received the package a day before the new moon! 

    Time went by and I could not get enough of this oil. I kept putting it on and smelling it and then I decided I wanted to make my own. If I loved this so much, why couldn’t I create other blends that I could wear and feel good all the time?

    So, I started buying what felt right for me. I began to ask my intuition what oil was needed for a certain circumstance and blend the oils together. The most curious thing about creating the oils was how my intuition matched with the spiritual properties of the oils.

    The final test came when, after making oils only for myself, I shared a thank you essential oil blend with Dena and watched her open the lid to my carefully personally calibrated oil. She smelled the oil then immediately acknowledged how well it fit for her.

    Since then, I’ve created hundreds of oil blends, deepened my studies on aromatherapy and used them in countless transformational meditations and rituals with great success. I will be forever grateful to Jamie (we’re still good friends) who gave me that oil and sparked my curiosity and eventual passion for learning.

    Years later, I created a series of transformational rituals in the Gatekeeper’s Guide Series available in either audio recordings or ebooks.

    You can read more about how essential oils work in rituals in my post “The Power of Ritual.”

    If you’re interested in creating your own personal oil blend you can buy 100% Pure Essential Oil here

    Tricia Stewart Shiu is a 25 time award-winning author, speaker, and metaphysical intuitive. Author of the award-winning YA, SciFi,Mystical Adventure, MOA SERIES & the GATEKEEPER'S GUIDE SERIES featuring 3 minute meditation recordings.

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    The Power of Ritual

     

    What makes a ritual powerful? Intention.

    We all perform rituals every day: from making the morning coffee to driving to buying groceries or even to going to the dentist. Here’s what happens: We say we’re going to make the coffee, we make the coffee and then we drink the coffee.

    How is that a ritual?

    1.    It starts with an intention: “I am going to make the coffee.”
    2.    The intention is followed by an action: Making and drinking the coffee.
    3.    Completion: You feel energized by the coffee. 

    To take this a step further, say you want a new job, but don’t feel qualified. By performing a ritual to remove the energetic obstacle between you and the new job, you create a new path to receiving information about how to achieve your go and stand a much better chance of getting that job.

    You can listen to my ritual, “Removal of Obstacles”  to get a sense of how my rituals work. 

    Rituals sometimes are repeated, but don’t have to be and one thing is an absolute, they are a part of everyone’s life. So why not make them count? The above example sounds like mindfulness and, in fact, you could make coffee in a mindful way, however, ritual takes mindfulness a step further.

    By practicing a ritual once, you can change your life in immeasurable ways. If you continue that practice on a daily or weekly basis, you deepen and strengthen the transformation. 

    If you have any questions about how rituals work or even about the specific rituals just go to the About/Contact section and send me a message.

    Remember, the most powerful part of your actions is your thoughts. Remain positive and you exponentially create success in your life.

    Tricia Stewart Shiu is a 25 time award-winning author, speaker, and metaphysical intuitive. Author of the award-winning YA, SciFi,Mystical Adventure, MOA SERIES & the GATEKEEPER'S GUIDE SERIES featuring 3 minute meditation recordings.

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    Letting Go

    Yesterday, as I was cleaning out my office, deciding whether or not to keep my worn copies of “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” and “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” I stumbled across a hardbound book with an equally long name—“How to Drive Your People Wild Without Driving Them Crazy.”

    Before I even opened up the hardcover to peek inside, I knew there was no question about keeping this one. This book and the author’s personal inscription are the reasons why I will never, ever give up pursuing my dreams.

    Sitting in my comfy office chair, I closed my eyes and remembered how this all came to pass. The new architectural high-rise in Kansas City was the perfect location for a new coaches retreat. Our group had been meeting on conference calls for several months and this was the first of two in-person meetings we were to have over the course of the year-long coaching certification. It was 2001.

    A few days before I left LA for Kansas City, I received a birthday gift, a silver bookmark, from Jennifer. I was certainly looking forward to thanking her in person for such a kind gesture.

    Upon arrival to the beautifully appointed conference room suite, we were each given a hand written welcome note from Jennifer. Mine said, “I can’t wait to get to know you.” Jennifer and I had spoken for over an hour in our introductory phone call, which revealed that our birthdays were very close to one another and that we both had a genuine passion for helping people.

    As we chose our seats and got comfortable, we were told that the author of the book and creator of the coaching certification course, Jennifer White, had cancelled her first meeting. The trainers suggested we get refreshments and settle in for a full day of learning as we had a lot of material to cover.

    Our trainers plowed through the material and, although I couldn’t put my finger on it, something about this group seemed off. Some of the participants complained during the lunch break about Jennifer’s absence and speculated that this all might be a scam. It did seem odd that she would go to so much trouble to write thank you notes and give gifts and then not show up for the first day of her own seminar.

    The second day of the seminar, I’d gotten my green tea and settled into my seat feeling the tension rise in the room. Jennifer was absent again.

    “We are so sorry to deliver this news, but Jennifer is gravely ill. She is in the hospital now and she’s in critical condition.” The newly appointed Vice President, Mark struggled with the next bit, “she went to Europe and on her return flight home said her head hurt. The headache turned into a migraine and she and her husband, Steve, went to the emergency room at their first stop, Chicago. They put her back on the plane with some Codeine and after an evening back in her own bed, she ended up in the hospital here in Kansas City where she fell into a coma.”

    Each of the participants had been hand chosen by Jennifer for this, her flagship program. “Drive Your People Wild Without Driving Them Crazy” was the follow up to her highly successful “Work Less, Make More.” She wanted to repeat this same scenario by creating a program to give us great tools and a network to coach leaders in the corporate world.

    I’d been hoping that this class would help me out of the career slump I’d fallen into the previous year. When I spoke with Jennifer before signing on for the program I felt hope. But Mark was making me regret those feelings. “We’re sorry, but we don’t know any more than that.” Mark sat down and we began our lesson.

    Absurd cannot begin to describe how this felt. Hey, the woman who inspired you to fly over 300 miles to get here is in a coma but let’s learn something! I sat beneath the buzzing florescent lights along with the others and got through the day and the next with little information about Jennifer’s condition.

    The class ended. I stayed in Kansas City with friends and did my best to shake off the pall by lunching with family and visiting old friends. It all felt so out of my control. I knew no one directly connected to Jennifer and so I had to rely on the other coaches who went through the training. A few days later I got a call from another coach, “Jennifer died yesterday.”

    The funeral was in a stony cold church in the suburbs of Kansas City and as I sat looking at the back of Jennifer’s husband’s head, I realized something. I had no idea what Jennifer looked like. Her warm, powerful voice was clear in my mind, as was her neatly ornate handwriting. Then I saw the memorial program. She had medium length reddish hair and a kind face. She missed her 33rd birthday by one day.

    The other women who took the course and I have an inexplicable inextricable bond. I stayed in touch with a couple of women and, as I do with my most challenging life issues, I wrote.

    Over the last seven years, I’ve tried desperately to connect the dots of my life. Jennifer’s line, in particular has eluded me. She had an indelible, profound effect on my life in a stunningly short period of time. My main question was: Why? Why would someone who was so powerfully vibrant have her life cut short? Why was I deprived of meeting her face-to-face? Why did we have enough of an interaction to really connect and nothing more?

    I also searched online to no avail. Then, a few years ago, I was selling my coaching tools at a booth at the International Coach Federation Conference in Long Beach, California. While drinking coffee before the doors opened, I noticed an open seat at a table and was drawn into a conversation with a few coaches. The woman directly next to me seemed faintly familiar.  The more she talked, the more I craned to see her name tag. I took a chance and asked if she knew Jennifer White. The look on her face told me everything. As we embraced warmly, I felt Jennifer’s presence.

    I continued my online searches for information about Jennifer reasoning that if I just knew more about what happened to her, I might get some closure. One day, I noticed a blog post by her husband, Steve, “On Organ Donation…” Jennifer’s picture from the memorial program was included and when I finished reading about the events that lead to her passing and her subsequent organ donation, it was as if a chapter had closed.

    Back in my office, I opened my eyes. Stacks of books were everywhere and Jennifer White’s book was cradled in my hands. I opened the cover to reveal Jennifer’s elegantly handwritten message in red ink: Tricia, Make your life matter! J

    Tricia Stewart Shiu is a 25 time award-winning author, speaker, and metaphysical intuitive. Author of the award-winning YA, SciFi,Mystical Adventure, MOA SERIES & the GATEKEEPER'S GUIDE SERIES featuring 3 minute meditation recordings.

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    And Then I Remembered

     

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    When I was five, I was visited by a vision. I’ll never forget it, I was running down the stairs and the entity, a girl with dark hair, stopped me in my tracks. The spirit said that I would go through a deeply challenging time in my life, but would resurface, later in life, with unimaginable joy and fulfillment. That vision stayed with me. In middle school, I would sit quietly at my desk adding up the years to figure out exactly when my life would turn around.

    Around that same time, my grandfather returned from a business trip from Japan with a unique gift—a genuine lovely kimono. It was far to big for me, at the time, and I imagined what the beautiful red fabric covered in ribbons of orange yellow and green flowers would look like on my future self.

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    And then I forgot. I moved to Los Angeles after college, somehow that kimono made it into the mass of clothing I put in the back of my red Toyota hatchback. I got busy, my work and then, many, many years and moves around the city later, the stress of family life took over and I was completely overwhelmed and in desperate need of a vacation. My husband, daughter and I decided to go to Hawaii.

    When the plane landed in Honolulu, I remember feeling the difference in the atmosphere as I disembarked. The air made me somehow, remember that there was a part of me that knew…something…what was it?

    Never mind, I was in Hawaii it was time to see the sights! So, I sped off to see Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and then headed home for an afternoon nap before an evening luau. As I drifted toward sleep, I heard my name being called. In my mind’s eye, I saw a beautiful young woman with dark hair, who said her name was Moaahuulikkiaaakea’o Haanaapeekuluueehuehakipuunahe’e—Moa for short.

    And then I remembered.

    Boy, did I remember. That final experience sparked a spiritual journey that continues to this day. In fact, the event and subsequent interactions with Moa (oh yes, they continued) opened the door to my writing the entire Moa Series (MOA, STATUE OF KU and IRON SHINTO).

    It’s a little scary putting myself “out there” and I have found a world-wide kinship in my sharing my truth through storytelling. Honestly, there have always been things I have known before they happened ever since I can remember. I used to write it off as a fluke or coincidence. I was skeptical until that incident in Hawaii with Moa, which essentially upended my complete understanding of how the world works, why I’m here and what I’m here to do.

    Even as I write this, I am positive that some people, including close friends will be utterly shocked that I’m writing about and including myself in such an esoteric subject matter. I learned from a very young age, that it is much better to keep anything strange or unusual which is seen, heard, felt or sensed, to myself.

    Funny, though, like anything else you try to hide, it comes out in other ways. People know that something is up, they just can’t figure out what and so everyone’s more uncomfortable than if it was just stated clearly.

    During my journey of spiritual discovery, I received a degree in Psychology, studied mediumship, healing arts, energy work and discovered all kinds of interesting things about myself, like sometimes I know things that I couldn’t possibly know, I intuit information and blurt words out that only make sense to the person receiving them. Another interesting phenomena is that I can create healing essential oil blends as well as Mindfulness Meditation Rituals so anyone can find the answers to those burning questions.

    My biggest lesson throughout the years of metaphysical studies has been that we all possess these gifts, and much more, to some degree, and I have dedicated the rest of my existence to spreading that message. As frustrating as it is to hear, we all have the answers to those burning questions, deep within us and if we find them, we find our truest form of self expression.

    So, in my own truest form of expression, I decided to clean out my closet. I’d been meaning to for quite some time and felt an urge to purge. It took me several days of looking at it, eyeballing my cramped dressing area, overstuffed shelves and drawers before I could even make a dent. Finally, I pulled out the first shirts and gathered a momentum, sorting through pants and blouses and dresses—it felt so good! Then, at the tail end of my dresses, I stopped short. There was the red kimono. Maybe it was time I thanked that little dark-haired girl for visiting me all those years ago.

    This robe has traveled across the US from closet to closet over my life. What if this is more than a New-Moon-closet-cleaning-energy-burst? What if this is my destiny? What if there’s more to my truth than I’ve ever imagined? A thrill ran up my spine as I slipped the robe on and tied the sash—it fit perfectly! She did say that I would go through a deeply challenging time in my life, but would resurface, later in life, with unimaginable joy and fulfillment.  What if, indeed.

    Tricia Stewart Shiu is a 25 time award-winning author, speaker, and metaphysical intuitive. Author of the award-winning YA, SciFi,Mystical Adventure, MOA SERIES & the GATEKEEPER'S GUIDE SERIES featuring 3 minute meditation recordings.

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