Books by Melissa Bowersock

Monday, November 14, 2016

Author Interview: Dr. Bara Loveland

Today I’m sitting down with Dr. Bara Loveland, author of several books about consciousness, its history and definitions, and how it figures into our lives. I think it’s going to be difficult to distill her books down into a short blog piece, but let’s start with your latest, The Book ofConsciousness.

Bara, can you give us a brief overview of the book? What might people learn from it? How might it benefit their lives?

Bara: Every chapter is conclusive in itself, yet reading from A to Z may render the best understanding. Original research starts with the overrated mind/cerebrum as a knowledge-suppressing organ. Some readers reject this so far unknown fact and yet, for understanding Consciousness, we have to be clear what the mind can and cannot do. I have written about it in Das innere Weltbild (The Inner World Conception, 1982). The eBook of Consciousness continues discussing Consciousness based on ancient insights of our spiritual ancestors, of U.S. Natives, the unconscious, and mass conscious. Other chapters guide the reader to realize our divine powers, anchored in organs we still have, and reveal biblical symbols and what they really mean assisting to understand the Bible. Trailing is a reflection on rules and the One Law in the universe as well as on how science and magic deal with Consciousness. Additional dimensions are elucidated and suggestions for successful meditation are given. An excurse of original research specifies that Jesus was in India – by Jesus’ own words! The Rhubarb chapter defines terminology (often downplayed by science) as used in this book and gives the many names of God (Bible). This book contains an easy read for the open mind as well as scientific and spiritual facts, experiences, and humor.

I’m glad you said it’s an easy read for the open mind; it sounds like a massive amount of information. Glad, as well, to know there are experiences and humor in it. What’s your background in this amazing subject? What led you to study consciousness?

Bara: Defining Consciousness was nearly a life-long process. At the age of 10, riding the public bus to school, my sister made me aware that one can read a person’s character from his/her face. For six school days a week I could compare face expressions with what I knew about the people. Soon I expanded the study to unknown people, mainly working on an intuitive basis. Later I trained my mind to be aware of facts, studied dream symbols as presented by Freud and Jung, and was fascinated by holy symbols and archetypes. I studied architecture which enhanced 3D-visualization, I volunteered at a clinic that healed by altered states without punishment, and learned there to switch instantly from measurable brain waves of Beta (daily life concerns) to Alpha (intuition, healing) and beyond. Working as assistant professor, I completed a first of the kind doctorate in the combined fields of architecture and in-dept psychology. Later I fulfilled a second doctorate in natural healing and worked in altered states up to 18 hours a day on original research of life energy, Color MedicineTM, and sacred symbols. The lingering question was: what is Consciousness? It took me years of pondering to find the definition around 2005, for mass conscious’ misleading definition is strong, holding us back.

Fascinating stuff. I especially find my interest piqued with the connection between architecture and psychology. How has your study and research changed your own personal life?

Bara: Face studies allowed me to know more about people, guiding others, and one day I helped a friend to understand his boss by evaluating a photograph of the latter. Asked about a TV couple, seeing them for the first time on TV, I said, “He is naïve, she is neurotic.” It turned out to be true as events developed. The work in the clinic changed my science-trained mind to give way to intuition, then checking reality back with the mind. Yet an event that predated my intense research on symbols changed my life the most: it was the death of my beloved mother. She was medically overdosed and, like Elvis, survived it for only three years. When an angel on earth, my mother, could die that cruel way, then there was no God. Being from a Lutheran priest’s family, I became an atheist. Still, the intense studies on holy symbols sent me right back to believing in God. I discovered our holy energies, also mentioned in the Bible, and in all spiritual cultures. I experienced life-energy rising and energy centers opening before I knew of their existence. Later, I used my life energy to cool myself in a modern train halted for hours in the Austrian sun with broken cooling system, all windows sealed! I gained a new understanding of suffering and newly defined the terms neurosis (Zeitalter des Gefühls, Era of Feeling,1979), symbol (Symbole von Urerfahrung, Symbols of Primal Experience, 1981), and archetype (Das innere Weltbild, The Inner World Conception, 1982), all never defined that way by others before. I found that these terms are related to our sacred energies. With spiritual insights I realized that all life is holy: from the ant to the elephant, and that animals/insects have awareness and feelings.

I am so sorry to hear about your mother. It sounds like her death led you to greater discoveries, though, which I would guess she would be proud of. You have other books that delve into the divine feminine, like Heaven and Earth Mother and Adoration of the Madonna. What message do you bring to women in the world today about their feminine nature? What about men?

Bara: There was a long period on earth where the female was the goddess, the priestess, and the healer, maybe lasting millions of years. Herman Wirth has extensively researched this ancient field, which must have neglected male dreams for acceptance. There was a Mother goddess, Futer (probably far before 30,000 BC): She Who Is, the Only One. Later she was perceived with two symbolic aspects as Heaven and Earth Mother according to our life energy, with her three daughters (energy channels). Virgin birth may have been in practice as mentioned in Adoration of the Madonna, showing the beautiful art of Antonia Hudson. Yet when keeping herds, people realized that a male animal was of advantage for offspring since one did not need a holy woman to assist. Finally, the Great Mother got a son (ca. 15,000 BC), and then a male partner (more wide-spread ca. 2,000 BC). That is, the God-mother was historically before her son, and the God-son existed before the God-father. It may help to forgive injustice now done to women, when understanding that this long-lasting, one-sided view on female holiness had to be balanced by the opposite. In male societies, the woman was/is generally not accepted being alone in public or in public office, after the Greek manner of treating women. Greece then dominated the ancient occident including the Holy Land (332-63 BC), and Greek customs – which Jesus ignored – are reflected in the Bible. Yet, the predominance of holiness of males was based on a spiritual error: the man was the spiritual representative of the Heaven Mother as father and Father God; the woman was only the dense, material Earth Mother without spirit, yet revived as Queen of Heaven in St. Mary. Realizing the history of the Heaven and Earth Mother allows an understanding of the symbolic male/female roles and that both together stand for our life energy as expressed in Heaven and Earth Mother. Her ancient sight carries over into our time to the bride in white (Heaven Mother) and the groom in black (Earth Mother); he, having her complete symbol (hour glass), the tie, around his neck!

I have a feeling that reading about this in our present time might help a lot of women reconcile the second-class treatment they may have experienced. You also have two books on self-help, The SelfHelp Kaleidoscope and Color Medicine. What tools do you give readers so they can start to heal their own lives?

Bara: Working with life-energy photographs I saw that people were often misdiagnosed. For people not having access to a life-energy camera as a second opinion, I studied how to realize needs from people’s faces and from their behavior (original research). This is partly reflected in my two eCourses on Color MedicineTM, stating what color to use. It was Charles Klotsche who wrote the book on Color MedicineTM, for which I assembled some data as subject editor (sometimes mentioned as BEEM in the book). Color MedicineTM was called the best book on the subject on the market, since it gives easy to follow instructions for using the Dinshah colors with their physical and spiritual influences (chapters 3ff). Scientific information is found in chapters 1 and 2. In order to summarize how people can help themselves on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels, I assembled the SelfHelp Kaleidoscope for the healing on four levels. The core is composed of a specific meditation exercise and the pH table from original research: this meditation exercise is an improvement over what I learned in the clinic as volunteer, called Bio*ChakraTM Light Meditation: it takes only a few minutes before bedtime to work on solving problems while staying positive. When done properly, it is highly effective and may change difficult situations in months or even weeks which otherwise could take years on the couch. The other highly important issue is acidity (pH under 7) which is based on artificially polluted environments, causing inflammation. When alkaline (pH 7.5), everything may heal. Also diet, detoxification, natural remedies without negative side effects, and what alkaline-forming means may be used instead of toxic, acid-forming chemicals – e.g. for mosquitoes – are discussed.

I’ve read quite a bit about alkalinity and acidity, and know it has a huge affect on our bodies, as does inflammation. And for a complete change of pace, you have written a book about Mimbres Pottery. What drew you to this particular cultural style of pottery? Why is it important?

Bara: In Santa Fe, New Mexico, I attended a lecture by a scholar on Mimbres pots. He showed beautiful artwork done by the ancient Mimbrenos (Natives from the area of Mexico, New Mexico, and Arizona) yet he and his colleagues did not know what the symbols mean and why there is a hole in the precious pots. My research had lead me to rediscover the spiritual meanings of these symbols (including the hole) and to visit Professor Herman Wirth, whose work on ancient symbols – on a more worldly but sacred basis – confirmed my findings. I had to give the spiritual message of the ancient symbols to the modern Natives who continue the art of their ancestors. The (W)Hole Book on Mimbres Pots explains many symbols and their spiritual origin, and explains, why a hole is knocked in the precious pots. The Mimbres hole is also mentioned in the Bible, however, the churches do not know it yet.

That may be a book I’ll have to read. I’m currently volunteering at my local archaeology center, curating artifacts, and I think that would be a fascinating subject.  Are you working on anything new right now? What is it, and when might people expect to see it available?

Bara: I have manuscripts that are decades old and still ahead of time. I am computerizing, as far as time allows, one that gives more insights into face and behavior readings on four levels for the interested to use, including easy to acquire remedies. Another exciting manuscript – if the mice did not eat it in storage – is The Origin of the Hebrew Tree of Life from about 1982. I discovered its origin within a week of searching. This manuscript explains why the Jewish people were the chosen ones to keep the message, yet they forgot. Jesus formulated it as a prayer! Professor Gershom Scholem, greatest scholar of Jewish symbolism including the Kabala Tree of Life, had written that the origin of this tree is not for men to know: only God knows. I sent him a message twice without any reply. Only years later I realized that Professor Scholem had died around that time. After my discovery I joked that now God and Bara knew, yet people did not like this saying, not believing me. In the later 1980s, a Jewish grant-giving society rejected to fund publishing the project, and a publisher in Germany told me in the 1990s that if he would publish this manuscript, all his well-selling books on the subject would be outdated and no longer sell. – When the student is ready, the book will appear.

Thank you so much, Bara, for sharing all this amazing information with us. If people want to know more, how can they find you?

Blog: to be established via www.NewAncientSecrets.com

Monday, November 7, 2016

Veteran's Day Special

Once again for Veteran's Day (and maybe some early Christmas shopping?), I'm putting my non-fiction book, Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan on sale for just 99 cents. This is the award-winning true story of a courageous Army nurse and prisoner-of-war who just happens to be my aunt. 



This book was truly a labor of love. I had always heard growing up that my aunt was a prisoner of the Japanese during WWII, but not much more beyond that. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the Wisconsin Historical Society had in their archives two scrapbooks that were created by my grandmother during my aunt's time in service, filled with letters, photos, news clippings, telegrams and every other bit of information from that agonizing time. I knew the story needed to be told, and I knew if I didn't do it, no one would. 

I've been hugely gratified by the way this book has touched others. It has garnered several awards and was featured in a TV documentary Our Wisconsin: The Military History of America's Dairyland. Here's a sample of some of the very nice reviews the book has received:

Nurse Gates' amazing valor and her mother's drive reminds us to never forget the human dimension of combat. A reminder indeed that loved ones suffer as much at home as those on the battlefields. Inspirational. 

Her spirit came alive on the pages of this factual account of her Japanese captivity.

Enjoyed this book from cover to cover.

If you like history, true stories, stories of dedication and commitment and humble bravery, you might enjoy this book. During this time of remembering and honoring our veterans, I believe it's important to keep their stories alive. I hope you will join me in honoring all the men and women who have served our country.


Watch the book trailer here

The Kindle version is on sale this week, through November 13, 2016.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Author Interview: Carole Penfield

Today I’m sitting down with my friend Carole Penfield, who has just released her first novel, Midwife of Normandy. I haven’t read the book yet, just the blurb, but it sounds like a sweeping historic saga. Carole, can you give us a quick overview of the story?

Carole: Hi Melissa. Midwife of Normandy is a fictional story of love, ambition and heart-pounding adventure set in turbulent 17th century France. This was the actual period in history when King Louis XIV was not only building Versailles but also intent on forcefully converting all his subject to Catholicism.   His religious persecution of Huguenots threatens to destroy the life of my protagonist and her family.


To summarize briefly, Clare Dupres is the headstrong daughter of an impoverished Huguenot minister.  Her mother is training her in the art of midwifery, an ancestral profession including the secret formula for a pain-free childbirth called the “magic elixir.”  On the brink of womanhood, Clare stubbornly rebels against her father’s wish that she settle down and marry a boring silk merchant she does not love, despite the fact that he offers her a life of wealth and ease.  Dreamy-eyed, she envisions herself marrying his penniless handsome younger brother and enjoying a rewarding independent career as midwife to wealthy members of the aristocracy.

Clare’s life doesn’t turn out exactly the way she plans, when her own ambitions come into conflict with the powerful ambitions of King Louis, and she ends up facing unimaginable danger in a courageous attempt to save her family. Only then does she learn what is most important in life. 

Sounds fascinating. It seems to me that writing about the dynamics of France during Louis XIV’s reign is a weighty and almost overwhelming task. How much research did you do for the book? And how long did it take you to research and write it?

Carole: I spent more than a year doing research for Midwife of Normandy.  Not only on the dynamics of 17th century French politics, but also on midwifery practices, religious persecution of Huguenots, rigid class societal structure and growth of the merchant class, treatment of women, contrasting  lives of the rich and poor, and possible locations in France in which to set my fictional story. Trying to time my character’s actions to coincide as closely as possible to actual historical events. Then it took a year to write and rewrite many times. Since I had no previous experience writing fiction, I did hire an editor to do a developmental edit, copy edit, and proofreading.

Well, it's nice to know all your hard work has paid off. Have you always had an interest in French history, or was your interest specifically on your story?

Carole: No, I haven’t always had an interest in French history. I have to admit my greatest interest has always been British history.

However, when I travel I generally try to study a little of the history of the places I visit. While vacationing in France a few years ago, I visited Versailles and decided to learn more about Louis XIV. That’s when I first became aware of his religious persecution of Huguenots which caused tens of thousands to flee France. I always knew I wanted to write a novel about a strong, unconventional woman and decided to place my story in 17th century France. There are relatively few works of fiction set in this interesting era, compared to numerous historical novels set in the English Tudor and Regency eras.

I find that surprising, since Louis's reign was such a turbulent one. You'd think there would be more novels set into that pivotal time. What inspired you to write this book? Where did the story idea come from, especially the “magic elixir”?

Carole:  The “magic elixir” is based on my personal experience when giving birth to my first child in the sixties.  He was born in a hospital and the obstetrician promised me I would feel no pain.  Being young and inexperienced, I consented to having “twilight sleep” for the delivery.  Have you ever watched Mad Men, the TV series depicting life in the 1960s?  If not, seek out the episode on Netflix where Betty Draper gives birth to her third child, Gene. It is rather horrifying.

As I created the back story for my novel, I decided to invent an herbal equivalent to this twentieth century (now discredited) medical advance in obstetrics, and the “magic elixir” became the fictional vehicle for Clare’s initial success as a midwife.

I do plan to write a blog about the wildly popular “twilight sleep” on my website, so watch for it. 

I'm sure there are many women would be interested in that. Now, I understand this book is the first of a series. How many books will be in the completed series, or do you know? Do you have them all plotted out? Will the same characters appear in each book, or will you go in other directions, to other families?

Carole: If I live long enough, there will be three.  And yes, they will be the stories of Clare’s descendants. I’ve named the series “Secrets of the Austen Midwives” and the reason for that title will become more apparent in Book Two.  There is one “Austen” sighting in the first book, a reference in a letter Clare receives from England.  I’ve promised my fellow Jane Austen fans that there will be more.  I should also add that Midwife of Normandy incorporates a number of Jane Austen’s famous words, hidden away in my characters’ dialogue and the narrative. My editor refers to it as an Easter Egg hunt for Janeites.  I had fun putting them in and hope her devoted fans have as much fun finding them. But even if you are not an Austen fan, this book is a stand-alone story full of adventure.

Your story is historical fiction, but what about it is relevant to today?

Carole: The underlying theme of this book is fighting to escape oppression based on a person’s gender and/or religious beliefs.  In centuries past, and even up into the twentieth century, women were considered unequal to men.  During the 17th century, marriages were largely based on economic arrangements, not romantic love. Husbands owned their wives and children, and could lawfully beat them. Divorce was unheard of.

Careers for women?  I had to beat the bushes to think of a suitable occupation for my female protagonist , which is why I chose to make her a midwife. (The other choice would have been prostitute).  Midwifery had been a female-dominated profession since Biblical times, but most midwife/healers were uneducated and poor. Some were feared as witches. All the men in Clare’s life disapprove of her decision to work outside the home. Her husband denigrates her earnings as “ill-gotten gains.” Times are changing, but it has taken more than 2000 years to recognize that women can choose to have a career or a traditional family or both. Even run for president.

As far as religious persecution goes, one only has to check the depressing daily news to see that it still exists.  

Unfortunately, you are so right. So are you working on the next book in the series already?

Carole: I’ve drawn the family tree from Clare Dupres (born 1654) to the present.  Other than that, I’ve been too busy learning the ins and outs of publishing and promotion.  I’d rather be working on the book.

How well I know the feeling. The cover of your book is beautiful. Who designed it for you?

Carole: Victoria Cooper is an amazing artist and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her.  I spent many hours on the internet viewing bookcovers before I decided this was the right one for my book.  She has also designed matching bookmarks which I will soon have available.

If people want to know more, how can they find you?

Carole: Check out my website www.carolepenfield.com  (The header is an actual photo I took in Normandy.) Or send me an email at carole.penfield@gmail.com

I would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to please read my book and leave a review on Amazon. Reviews are so important to newbie authors like me.

Thanks to you Melissa, for this interview and for starting me on the path to self-publishing. Your calm words of advice during my moments of panic kept me from throwing in the towel.  

You're entirely welcome. I'm glad I could help you along on your journey.

Midwife of Normandy is available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle ebook. http://tinyurl.com/MidwifeNormandy

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