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An Interview with Intuitive Cooking Cookbook Author Dyan Garris

For many years Dyan Garris has been counseling clients in order to help them positively move forward in their lives.  She is clairvoyant, clairsentient, and clairaudient.   In addition, Dyan is also what is known as a voice recognition psychic and trance channel.  This means that she can help her clients via phone, which is how she conducted her readings throughout her career. 

Dyan became aware of her clairvoyance, and other gifts, at a very young age.  She spent years learning how to use these gifts to help others. 

In 2005 she created a CD series of music and meditation for self-healing, relaxation, chakra balancing, and vibrational attunement of mind, body, and spirit.

Her interest in music began as a child.  A blind piano teacher who taught her to “feel” music and “see” through different eyes influenced her at a young age. 

Dyan continued her music studies with the violin.  Through the violin she learned how easily music vibrates throughout the body and, hence, all of the chakras.  This was her first lesson of how the power of music and sound could be used for healing. 

In 2005, while sitting at the piano, she heard specific songs and titles coming from her psychic connections.  Writing them down as fast as she could, the result was “A Healing Journey – The Voice of the AngelsCD.  This is the first in the series designed for vibrational attunement of the mind, body and spirit.  There are six CDs in the series (all available separately) plus two radio version music-only compilations and two meditation-only compilations. The radio version music compilation “Spiritus Sanctus” Volume 2 was a 2006 NAR Lifestyle Award qualifier in two categories and is still charting well over a year and a half later.  Her new CD of instrumental relaxation music with the angelic vocals of award winning recording artist Amber Norgaard titled “Release” was released in September 2007. 

Dyan’s music can be heard nationally and internationally on numerous radio stations and was recently in the top ten on Music Choice’s “Soundscapes” cable TV channel.  

Dyan is also the author, developer, and artist of “Voice of the Angels-A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards.” These are a thirty card deck of angel cards based upon scenes from “A Healing Journey Guided Fantasy,” which is the guided meditation found on the last track of “A Healing Journey-The Voice of the Angels” CD. Each card has its own channeled message in verse from the Angels.  

Dyan writes a “Daily Channeled Message” which posts on her website every day. Recently, she authored “The Book of Daily Channeled Messages,” which is 180 uplifting, inspirational angelic messages. 

Her new book “Voice of the Angels Cookbook-Talk To Your Food!-Intuitive Cooking” is now available at the author’s website and Amazon.com.  This is an adventure in opening the creative centers and communicating with your food so it can transform from raw ingredients into what truly nourishes you on every level. The book includes twelve food-related channeled messages such as “The Secret Recipe of Life,” and “The Measure of Success,” plus several “Intuitively Speaking” paragraphs which explain how to prepare the recipe using one’s own unique creativity.   For more information log onto www.voiceoftheangels.com.

Welcome to Beyond the Books, Dyan.  Can you tell us whether you are published for the first time or multi-published? 

Thank you for having me as a guest! I am a multi-published author.

What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

The very first book I wrote is not published and probably never will be. It’s more of a family book now. I wrote it and illustrated it for my younger brother when I was nineteen years old. It’s called “The Adventures of Shaggy and Shannon” and is about two adventurous and quite mischievous sheepdogs. I had an Old English sheepdog at the time. My brother was fascinated by him. My mother had instilled a love of books and reading in us.  She read to us every night even when we could read for ourselves. There were no books commercially available for children at that time about sheepdogs, so I just wrote one for him. It was fun! I think he still has it. 

For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

The first work I published was “Voice of the Angels – A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards.” I developed and drew them in 1993. Each came with its own channeled message in verse; and each card was based on scenes from “A Healing Journey Guided Fantasy,” which is a meditation I wrote and had put to music as a companion CD. They were meant to work together as an integrated “healing journey.” At the time there were no cards of this nature on the market and the publishing field was quite different than it is today. To get anything published one had to go through the appropriate channels. I wrote up a book proposal and began to shop the cards around. There was a book that went along with the cards and a journal as well.  This type of work was not considered mainstream at the time and producing decks of full color cards was expensive. I received at least fifty rejections.  In the meantime, eventually someone did come out with decks of angel cards with channeled messages and that was good because it opened doors that were previously closed.  Over the years I reworked the cards, instruction book, journal and CD; and when technology caught up I was able to showcase the cards as a free interactive angel card reading on my website. I also self-published them.  It  all worked out much better this way.  

How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?

I don’t think most people process rejection easily. The key is to not take it personally.  So I tried to gain an understanding of the bigger picture. It was still difficult and I did keep trying for thirteen years.  During this time I saw more and more cards of this nature come out into the marketplace.  I decided that there had to be more to my body of work because otherwise the publication of the cards through traditional channels would have all come about more easily. It would have just flowed if it was the right time.  So focusing on the big picture I knew that someday the entire plan would reveal itself. Now I can see how much larger in scope the whole thing is. My work is vibrational attunement of mind, body, and spirit and all of my products, cards, books, music, meditations, all work together with that goal in mind. It is so much more than developing decks of angelic spiritual cards. 

When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

I self-published and I chose that route because over the years I came to be able to clearly define my goals. I thought about them for thirteen years. I came to realize that I really didn’t care if a large publisher picked me up or not. It wasn’t about money, fame, or prestige. It became a matter of being able to get my work out into the marketplace in the order that it needed to be in and in the timeframe that it needed to get out there. The way I did it allowed me to effectively accomplish that goal. It seemed the natural and easiest route.  

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

After waiting thirteen years to see my project come alive as an integrated “healing journey”, the feeling was indescribable. The cards were more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. It was a great feeling of accomplishment. I celebrated by being extremely grateful and thankful that after such a long birthing process they were finally here! It was very exciting and inspired me to greater heights in every other area of life.   

What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

The very first thing I did was to print some flyers and I did some direct mail marketing. I can’t say that it was tremendously successful in terms of monetary return. However, I still do use the flyer in my press kit. I did other things along the way that worked better. Life is a learning process. You have to have a clearly defined set of goals and know exactly where you want to promote and why and know what you are trying to accomplish.  And then you figure out the most effective way to reach the goal.   

If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

No, because I believe that without having traveled the route that I traveled in the journey of trying to get the cards published, my work would not be the complete body of work that it is today. And it certainly gave me the gifts of patience and fortitude. Also, I think my visions would have ultimately been limited by doing this the traditional way.  I didn’t understand all of this at the time. I do now though, and I can say that it has been an amazing journey.  

Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

Yes, since that time I’ve published several books and am working on one more.  One of the books I’ve published since that time is “Voice of the Angels Cookbook – Talk To Your Food! – Intuitive Cooking.” That was great fun to create. I made and photographed all the food and then had a big party. Another book I just published is “The Book of Daily Channeled Messages.” It’s one-hundred-eighty messages for when one needs angelic guidance.  The book I’m currently working on is about money and how to manifest it.  Many people have challenges in this area and I think it will help a lot of people.  I’ve grown in so many ways as an author because once you realize that you aren’t limited in any way, you can create and produce and express anything that you can “cook” up!  

Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?  What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

I’m not sure that I could have done anything differently because the technology that I needed to complete the project in the way that it was supposed to be done was not there yet.  So much of everything is timing. I believe that mistakes are opportunities for learning in disguise. So I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything that happened, including rejection, led to where I am now. I don’t know that I could have avoided anything in this process by doing anything differently. To me it seems as if it’s a divinely inspired plan. However, it did require trust, patience and the willingness to go with the flow.  My journey required that I walk my own talk.  I did it.  

What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

I’m not just an author. I’m a musician was well. The biggest accomplishments so far have been charting in the top 20 of the New Age music charts, qualifying for two awards there and being in the top ten on Music Choices “Soundscapes” cable TV channel; and I was #1 on another radio program.  It’s been very exciting.  I’m hoping to do even better with my new CD “Release.” And I feel there is always something new to accomplish in life.    

If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

By profession I’m a psychic and clairvoyant. I did private readings for a lot of years. Growing up it was challenging to be so different at a time when the majority of people viewed these gifts as completely non-acceptable or frightening or evil. People have a natural fear of the unknown or the unexplainable. It’s better now, but still looked upon with suspicion sometimes.  I learned along the way how important it is to validate your own parking ticket rather than try to get the stamp of approval on yourself from the outside. These days I don’t make any apologies for just being myself. I just do my best.  I can’t change who I am or what my gifts are. So I accept them wholly and unconditionally, just as I accept wholly and unconditionally those who do not understand as well. If I really think about these gifts, they are really rather awesome. So I am grateful for having them and being able to use them to help others when called upon to do so. I do not know that I would want to be anything else. The only other thing I’ve ever wanted to be was a musician and that dream has already manifested. But you’re asking what else I would have picked, so I think I would probably have chosen the restaurant business, catering or personal chef. I’m a gourmet cook. It feels wonderfully relaxing to me to cook and it is a fabulously creative outlet. For me it’s a completely joyful experience and that’s part of the reason I wrote the cookbook. I tried to keep most of it easy, but I also wanted to try to translate some of that joy to others.   

Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

I believe I’ve combined the best of all the worlds. I believe in taking everything you have in your refrigerator of life and making something wonderful with it all.   

How do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself as pretty much the same. Hopefully I will still be creating, making music, and writing. I have no plans to sit and do nothing. I love to create and it’s when I am most happy.  

Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Yes. Any dream worth having is worth working toward. Don’t ever give up on yourself, your dreams, goals, and aspirations. Don’t limit yourself in any way. There is always a way to accomplish what you want to accomplish and often even more than one way to do that if one opens the mind to infinite possibilities. Even when we think we have a clear vision of what we want, we sometimes can’t see the whole picture. So we must step aside, put the wants, needs, and desires of the ego aside, and allow time for the universe to work its magic weaving process. Patience and faith go hand in hand on the path.

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