Kathleen McGowan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magdalene Line series, novels which explore and celebrate the role of exceptional women in history who have changed the world through their courage. Her novels, The Expected One, The Book of Love and The Poet Prince have been translated into over 40 languages and sold over a million copies. She is at work on her fourth novel in the series, The Boleyn Heresy, due for 2013 release.

Kathleen is preparing to launch a new series in e-book format, "Legends of the Divine Feminine", a unique hybrid of fiction and non-fiction exploration into stories from around the world, featuring extraordinary female characters.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Glories of Autumn

It is the fall of the year, my favorite of the seasons.  There is something so deep and mysterious, magical and sensual held within the promise of the warm autumn winds that are blowing through Southern California as I type this.  Winds of change bring whispers of a new world.  This year has held sweeping changes for almost everyone I know as we are being pushed to move into new directions, to find our way into our truest path, to step in to our destiny.  We are being asked to be ALL IN for the life that we signed up for, to accomplish the mission we created for ourselves.  There will be no more fence sitting, no more dabbling.  It is TIME to move in to a higher place.  And in order to do that, the old world we once lived in must fall away to make room for the new energies, people and opportunities which await us.  There is much to be excited about, hopeful for, desirous of - but first we have to be willing to release the old paradigms that no longer serve us. 

In my book on the power of prayer and intention, "TheSource of Miracles," I have section which I audaciously refer to as THE SECRET OF LIFE.  But I did not mean it to be cheeky. I truly meant to reveal what I believe to be the secret of life.  And here it is, because it is the time of year to really stop and contemplate this:

"You made a promise to God to carry out a specific set of duties and to accomplish a predetermined mission during your life on earth. How and if you do that is up to your free will, but your understanding and fulfillment of that promise and mission is the key factor in determining your happiness. fulfillment and abundance."

Go back and re-read that as many times as you need to, because it is this understanding  that will transform you more than anything else.  You are special, you are unique.  You chose to come here to do something that only you can do.  Now... what is it?

This is the season of knowing, of gaining clarity, of hearing the voice of the Divine speak to you in soft but determine whispers.  Listen to what it tells you, hear what you tell yourself.

As for me, the voice tells me to expand my vision, to work harder on creating more immediately accessible content for my readers who are ready to go to the next level.  And this is what I am working on now.  So stay tuned for the last newsletter of the year, where I will have some exciting announcements for 2014.  

We did it!

You may remember in my last newsletter, that on March 22, while traveling in India and Nepal. I made a commitment to raise 50,000 dollars to fight human trafficking and support survivors.  A new shelter is desperately needed to become a home for girls and women who have been rescued from enslavement, and there was a 50,000 deficit in the fundraising.  I pledged, as it was the year of my 50th birthday, to raise the 50k within this year.

By September 22nd, the six month mark of my pledge, I had raised an impressive $28,000. That weekend I was hosting an extraordinary conference for women in Ventura, CA, called The Heroine's Journey.  The theme was epic living, how to have an amazing life and be in service to this beautiful planet we are blessed to inhabit.  At the conference, one of the heroine participants stood up and challenged the others to raise the remainder of the necessary money by the end of the weekend.  And so it came to pass that 70 determined women in a single 24 hour period came up with the additional 22,000 dollars that we needed to fund the shelter!  It was the stuff that an activist's dreams are made of!

And a numerologist's dream as well: Pledge taken March 22.  Halfway point Sept 22.  Amount raised:  22,0000.

THANK YOU ALL so much for helping me to raise this money to keep our girls in the West Bengal region safe and free.  I will keep you posted on the progress.  I have been told that foundation will be poured next week, and I will b in India in January to check out the progress in person. 

To read more about our efforts in West Bengal in support of survivors, or to participate in our efforts, click here: