Intuitive Understanding Blog Tour

Peggy Payne

Hello and welcome to what is my first dip back into the pool of book promotion since wandering the globe dazed and confused for the past year as I sorted out an international marriage, ill-timed with the release of my 2nd book. New York Times Notable Novelist, Peggy Payne, author of Sister India, Revelation, and Cobalt Blue, has offered me the perfect excuse to jump back in with an invitation to participate in a blog tour: On Intuitive Understanding. So…

1) What Am I Working On? 

At the moment, my sanity! I had a new friend recently comment that if my life was a movie, no one would believe it. I’ve been blogging about it on International Daze, and I rather think it will make a good book one day. But as I am still in the midst of the story, the best I can do is record the important parts as they happen and hope they all come together in a surprising (and dare I hope, effortless?) way down the line.

I’ve also been writing content which is all about my fascination with mirrors. Mirror Meditation is a powerful tool that I’ve been working with for years, and while both of my books introduce teasing elements of that, it is the whole focus of Mirror Spiritus and the evolution of my work.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’ve written fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and blogs. I just like words, ya know? I’m a bit of a genre-crosser in that regard. The Unknown Mother, for example, was a hybrid between visionary fiction and nonfiction. Both of my books are not on topics that the general population know anything about, so there isn’t a lot out there for me to claim to be different than.

The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound
The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound Book

3) How does my writing process work?

Generally, I write intuitively. I can’t command myself to produce. Either the muse takes me or she doesn’t. Although, I have to say, with Mirror Spiritus, I am learning to write on command because much of the initial content has been more fact-based on topics like mirror superstition, mirrors in Feng Shui, and the upcoming Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

4)  Why Do I Write What I Do?

Well, with the first book, the fictional The Unknown Mother, I wrote to share information I’d been given on my path exploring sound healing in an accessible, entertaining way. I wanted to hook people outside the sound healing world with the amazing power of sound because I truly believe (and have experienced that) it has the potential to change lives.

Your True Voice High ResWith the nonfiction Your True Voice, it was about application. I wanted to take a more practical and useful approach with the same information to help readers take it further with a practice of their own.

These days, I write whatever I feel like writing. I’ll guest blog here or there, work on my websites, or work on a “tucked away” project. To answer the question another way, I write to understand, I think. I write to process aspects of my own life and everything I’m learning with the hopes it benefits or inspires someone else.


Other fabulous authors on the Intuitive Understanding tour:

Jan Krause Greene

Jan Krause Greene, visionary author of I Call Myself Earth Girl, also contributed. Check it out!

With more to come from:

Kelley Harrell

Kelley Harrell, author Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism

Sheri Bessi

Sheri Bessi, author  Dear Human~ Letters to Humanity

Maria Salomao Schmidt

Maria Salomao Schmidt

Caroline Zani

Caroline Zani author of Piper, Once and Again


Book Review: Full Spectrum Intelligence – What the World Needs NOW!

Full Spectrum Intelligence
by Chris Thomson

Full Spectrum Intelligence: A Practical Course on Behaving Wisely and Well

I actually reviewed this book for Amazon a couple of months back, but I really wanted to bring it to Mirror Spiritus to encourage people to read it. Every so often, one reads a book that blows the mind with “good stuff”. It is very rough-going for authors to get the attention they deserve if they aren’t already famous or carried by the giant publishers. So I’d like to do my part for this book.

Thomson illuminates the various realms of intelligence available to humans. He writes about that which we are most familiar because it is the most valued…mental intelligence or brain smarts. Perhaps a growing number of us are familiar with these other types of intelligence: emotional intelligence, or being able to manage our feelings or social intelligence, the ability to “play well with others.” He goes on to explain that intuition is also an intelligence, something more and more of us are realizing but not something valued much in our patriarchal society. He also gives credence to spiritual intelligence or the ability to go beyond normal awareness, understanding, and behavior, and finally, to physical intelligence which goes beyond the concept of an athlete’s skills to the finer use of all of our senses.

So, what’s the Mirror Spiritus tie-in? It’s the full-spectrum, baby! Mirror Spiritus is about light and what better way to embody light than to fully develop our innate intelligence to its full potentials. But there’s more. I see this work as a reflection of human potential. Thomson does a beautiful job of opening our minds to all that remains untapped within us.

My Amazon review went as follows:

This book deserves a 10 star rating, but since that isn’t an option, I’ll settle for five. Chris Thomson has written a fascinating book I wish EVERYBODY would read…like NOW! It is clearly written and easy to read but full of incredibly inspiring and insightful information about “behaving wisely and well”. He explores the various intelligences–physical, emotional, mental, intuitive, social and spiritual–in a completely accessible way and offers simple practices to become more aware of and to build your intelligence in every area. It’s really a timely book while the whole world seems to be going mad; it reminds us to exercise humility and to pay attention to the whole self. It’s a prescription for what ails us if we are willing to get past our outdated concepts of intelligence (and indeed past our own arrogance) and heal the wounding around not being smart enough. I hope it gets translated into every known human language.

As Thomson writes, developing our intelligences is a means to become fully human. To be unconscious in any of the intelligences is to be less than we can be…indeed were born to be. And ignorance perpetuates insanity. Let’s face it. Some crazy-ass shit (pardon my language) has been going down in the world lately. Just this week, Paris endured terrorism the likes of which it has never known. I’m not saying this book can change the world and end the hate, but I am saying that this book can change your world if you let it. And isn’t that how we change the rest of the world?

Full Spectrum Intelligence: A Practical Course on Behaving Wisely and Well


Book Review – Rising in Love: An Honest Spiritual Journey…


Mirror Spiritus likes to bring great works of writing to readers. So from time to time, we’ll post book reviews of books that we feel are aligned with Mirror Spiritus. This post features a book by Ram Das Batchelder titled Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint.

The book shares the author’s adventures as he follows Amma across the country and then to India where he undergoes an intense purification through dysentery…hey, no one ever said the spiritual path was an easy one…and the tests he either fails or passes. Within seconds of beginning the book, I felt the presence of this being, Amma, and all she embodies working on me. It made my eyes water with anticipation of the gift.

“The world being my mirror, I find nutty people everywhere.”

Along the journey, Ram Das meets other awakened beings, but none whose love can hold a candle to Amma’s. Throughout his quest for enlightenment and relationship, the beauty of this story is in the honesty…that the spiritual path is not only one full of bliss and bright light, but one of inner thorns and torments as well as outer-world challenges.

Ram Das’s story is honest and courageous, hiding nothing because he’s already learned he can’t hide anyway. For him, this realization came through Amma in all her aspects who repeatedly penetrated his secret thoughts and failings and brought them into his awareness. He never really got away with anything he might have thought he did.

It makes one wonder…at least me wonder…if we really are all the characters in our own dream. When we choose to take a guru, or a guru chooses us, are they not a stand-in for our own divinity?

And that’s where this book meets Mirror Spiritus. A good guru is a clear mirror, reflecting all parts of us with perfection…a perfection we aren’t always ready to acknowledge within ourselves, a perfection we can’t understand because we’re either still judging ourselves for our failure to live up to it or so lost in our own delusion we believe too strongly in our own image.

“If there’s one thing in life I’m an authority on, it’s the mood swing that accompanies finding out you’re not Enlightened after all.”

I know that there will be many readers out there who can relate to his fascinating and somewhat dizzying psychological backstory. To be honest, this section was painful for me to read. But it did serve to punctuate Amma’s transformative power in his life all the more. I know it illustrates how lacking our society is in dealing with spiritual awakenings…so often treated as rebellion or worse, mental illness. Contrarily, it also illustrates how insane the mind can be, when we begin to think we understand something and try to grasp a truly unknowable thing and turn it into a concept and make meaning of it for ourselves and end up in trouble. And this trouble can be made all the worse with phsychotropic substances, as our author illustrates. Thankfully, as Ram Das writes: “God doesn’t let anyone stay in hell forever.”

I appreciated deeply the story of the author’s Ashram marriage and the challenges he and his wife faced on their path, especially when it seemingly diverged. Again, Amma’s love made it possible for their commitment to one another to endure.

“And sometimes – this is a secret – butterflies, too, metamorphose.
Into angels.”

I had heard of Amma before reading this book, but I never encountered her nor knew of the amazingly intuitive and miraculous things she does…other than the hugging. I would love to meet her someday. In many ways, after having read this book, I feel as though I already have. To learn more about her, visit All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit an Indian orphanage. To learn more visit, Rising in Love.

Or purchase the book on Amazon*:

Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint

Who is the Unknown Mother?

The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound

A friend of mine recently asked me about the title of my book wondering why I called it The Unknown Mother.  Great question!

In my book, the wise mentor character, Matrina, reveals herself to Wrenne to be a Matrika or goddess of the alphabet. One can read many different interpretations of the mythology surrounding the Matrikas or Seven Sisters responsible for all illusion online.

I decided to use The Unknown Mother as the title for my book because most of humanity is not aware of this subtle force behind all things nor of the power that lies within sound to create and shift reality. Yet this energy is responsible for everything, including our thoughts, our experiences, and the infinite images that shape our world. The Unknown Mother is the screen on which the movies of our lives play out, but she is also the light and shadow that dances upon it. She is,  indeed, our true mother, so pervasive and present in all things that we miss her completely, leaving her unacknowledged, unappreciated, and unseen.

In writing this book, I not only wanted to share some of the magical experiences I have had in my explorations of sound healing and voice and how these tools have helped me free myself from suffering, I also wanted to bring the reader’s attention to our True Mother, perhaps in my own small way helping to usher in the restoration of the Goddess to her rightful throne. As we empower ourselves by walking through the 10 gates of sound presented in The Unknown Mother, we renew and empower the Divine Feminine in our own lives, reclaiming our ability to create and re-membering those aspects of ourselves that were cut out in the patriarchal rule that has been in power these thousands of years.

Sri Karunamayi has written such a beautiful piece on approaching this Divine Mother:

Seek Mother in your heart. Your heart is Mother’s temple. See Mother’s divinity in each and every cell of the entire universe, in every being and in your heart. Realize Mother in all of nature. Mother is the soul of the world. Feel Her tender touch in the wind, perceive Her glory in all. Prayer is not asking God for something; prayer is a yearning of the soul, a beautiful communication with Mother Divine! Open your heart to Mother and experience Her presence in the form of inner peace, bliss and divine love… 

By finally getting to know this Mother, our hearts bloom and our minds awaken.

Armchair BEA – My Paris Story: An Easy Read for Daydreamin’ Big

Today’s Armchair BEA Topic is: Beyond the Borders

My Paris StoryI just finished reading My Paris Story, a moving and inspirational collection of women’s stories about living in Paris. It’s publication came at a great time for me. I just moved to France three weeks ago…not Paris, though. The Poitou-Charentes, to be exact. Still, like many of the women in this book, I gave up a lot (okay, everything!) to come here. In my case, I fell in love.

No matter where in the world we live, we can all hear the call of our heart if we listen. But even if we listen, how many of us ever respond? So many are driven by their fear, by logic, by old constructs. They would rather stay in the safe and familiar than risk any of it for a dream. My Paris Story offers 22 very different, very personal accounts of women who heard the call and answered. And that’s what makes them different. Each of the women who share their experience of life in Paris convey how the city challenged, supported, and inspired them to live an authentic, fulfilled, creative life. Paris has brought out the best in each of them, and often through hardship which had to be overcome. The fact that they all did leaves the reader feeling uplifted and encouraged.

It reminds me of a line from the romantic classic, Sabrina, in which Audrey Hepburn (and then in the later remake, Juliet Binoche) says, “I found myself in Paris.” If 22 women of success are to be believed, that’s apparently what the city is for.

I admit, I too have a secret longing for Paris. I know I will get there soon; it’s my husband’s promise. Years ago, before the idea of living in France was even conceivable to me, I had a dream that I was riding in the back seat of a cab looking out the window and up at the buildings of Paris crying with joy, “I’m home! I’m finally home.” Until then, I will take the beautiful lessons learned from these extraordinary women and live my “7 hours from Paris” life (at least I’m 4000 miles closer!) with all the gusto I can muster, reinventing myself every day, embracing my gifts and all that brings me joy, learning the easy and not so easy lessons with gratitude, and always, always answering the call of my heart.

The book is available for purchase now HERE!

Armchair BEA – On Author Interaction


I thought it would be fun to put my own spin on today’s topic and get some of my fellow authors to add their two cents about book blogs. So for all you book bloggers out there, here’s some insider information from the viewpoint of your book-writing public!


For me, the book review blog can be a fun and interesting marketing effort, or an exercise in futility. I’ve learned the important lesson to assess the blog before spending valuable time engaging in it. The first step is determining if the blogger is interested in the book’s genre. Then, I view the blog as any reader would. I read previous interviews to see if these capture and retain my interest. Do the interview questions compel me to read the entire interview? Do I want to learn more about the author’s work – and perhaps, buy the book? Then, I consider this question – is this blog worthy of my limited time to inform others of my book and its message? How many people follow this blog, and is it the audience I want to reach? While I rarely know what efforts are working best, I am more discerning and focused on where to put my marketing hours!

Deborah Lloyd, author Believe & It Is True


My experience with book bloggers is limited, but thanks to Facebook I was invited to a weekend-long author “party” honoring book bloggers. The party was hosted by Amy Miles, an indie author who has many contacts in the book blogging world. By the end of the party, she and her husband had compiled a list of 100s of bloggers who review books. Authors and bloggers could sign up for an hour in which to be featured and to interact with everyone else at the party. I didn’t know what to expect. What I discovered was a really friendly, supportive group of people. I sold some books, got some new followers and discovered some new authors. It was a really good experience and I now have a long list of bloggers to go through in hopes of finding some to review my book. In terms of marketing, it may have been the Most productive hour I ever spent.
Jan Krause Greene, author I Call Myself Earth Girl


Last year, I discovered Nick Wale of Novel Ideas. He’s a book blogger/reviewer/promoter, and he charges for his service. I had contacted him because an author friend of mine mentioned him, but when he replied and let me know his fee for an interview, I was slightly put off. Should an author pay to be interviewed? It was a “token” amount, in my opinion, so I decided to go for it. After all, we all have a right to make a living. It turned out to be completely worth it. He gave me a most excellent interview and I have had the benefit of referrals from his site. But it brings up a good question. Should book bloggers charge for the services they provide? If it had been a review and not an interview, would that have been ethical? After all, no one is going to pay for a bad review, and that would imply that a paid-for review isn’t necessarily honest. So how can book bloggers sustain themselves for all the time and effort they put into maintaining their blogs? Ads? Additional promotion packages such as interviews? And for authors, how much are we willing to pay out? No easy answers, but interesting questions.
Dielle Ciesco, author The Unknown Mother and Your True Voice


Armchair BEA: Introduction

Hello Armchair Book Expo America (BEA) Participants!

All this week, my blog will feature a series of writings on books, book related topics, and a special review of My Paris Story, a new book about expats in Paris, which, for reasons that will become obvious, is of particular interest to me at the moment.

By way of introduction, I will reply here to questions set forth by Armchair BEA for all of their blogging participants:

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?

My name is Dielle, and as my website relates, I am an author, vocalist, dreamsmith, and muse. I am the author of two books, The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound and Your True Voice: Tools to Embrace a Fully Expressed Life. I also have several CD’s available as an improvisational vocalist having worked with ShapeshifterDNA and most recently, The Pure Heart Ensemble (nominated for Best New Artist by Zone Reporter Music Awards).  As a dreamsmith, I recognize (or strive to at any rate) that I am dreaming all the time. With that awareness, I can more readily wake up within the dream and alter its course, or at the very least, remember that it is all just a dream and that I have the choice to be happy in it. As a muse, I inspire myself and others toward a fully expressed creativity. I open myself to every artistic arena…writing, singing, dance, painting, acting, teaching, healing, living…

I’ve been blogging for many years, though not as a “professional”.  I just love to write and process life through writing. As a result, I’ve had many blogs over the years including International Daze and Wild Adventures of a Modern Day Hermit.

As of May 5th, I am living in and blogging from Southwestern France. And if anyone had told me over a year ago that I would be, I would have thought them delusional!

Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online.

This blog (at is a platform for all kinds of expression…from what I think about performance to how I discovered the voice of my inner guidance over a 35 day period to this exploration of books, writing, and the BEA.

Facebook: The Unknown Mother

What genre do you read the most?

I love to read visionary and inspirational fiction (Coelho, Bach, that sort of book) and mind/body/spirit titles. When I have time, I indulge in novels. I especially love young adult, but I don’t have as much time for that anymore. For several years, I had a job that allowed me to sit and read while I got paid. Those were the days!

What’s your favorite book so far this year?

I am an editor for John Hunt Publishing, and this year, I had the privilege of editing an amazing book by Chris Thomson called Full Spectrum Intelligence. It’s not out yet, but it is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Once it is up on Amazon, I plan on giving it a 5 star review…something I rarely give.

Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers).

An up and coming book related blog that I enjoy is from O-Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing. Yeah, I’m little biased as they are my publisher and my sometimes employer, but they also happen to publish books on topics I love. But I also love astrology blogs (MysticMamma) (New Paradigm Astrology), foodie blogs (Food Renegade) (101 Cookbooks), and expat blogs (Expat Women) (Chez LouLou).

Share your favorite book or reading related quote.

There are so many brilliant quotes out there. Choosing a favorite could only ever be the “favorite of the moment”. And in this moment, I’m digging a quote from Plato: “Harmony sinks deep into the recesses of the soul and takes its strongest hold there, bringing grace also to the body & mind as well. Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order…