My fiction arrives from the ether, swirling into my mind and insisting to be written down into form. It's my job to flesh out the characters, create dialogue and research details to bring authenticity. Oh, and then there is spelling, grammar and punctuation. It's all helped along by a significant amount of hot coffee and samplings of chocolate.
Two key practices lay at the foundation for Ellie's life: superconscious meditation and Vedic fire ceremony.
A daily meditator and leader of meditations for over 35 years, Ellie is ordained in the Kriya spiritual tradition. Introduced to healing Vedic fire ceremony in 1996, she wove it into her life, and as a fire practitioner she has taught hundreds of students, many of whom now practice it across the globe. Her handbook, Agnihotra: Havan on Earth , is sold worldwide.
As minister of a New Thought church and director of a spiritual center in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for nine years, Ellie taught from a wide selection of spiritual texts including the New Testament, Bhagavad Gila, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Tao te Ching, Dhammapada, and others. Seminars presented included Create a Life Map, Simplify Your Life, Find the Flow, Mind Your Own Spiritual Business, and Practical Spiritual Living. Meditation has been a center point of her life, which she has taught to individuals and groups since 1990. Ellie is currently writing a comprehensive handbook explaining a wide variety of meditation techniques from across the world.
Following a career in human resource consulting, training, and inspirational speaking, Ellie and her husband moved to Albuquerque NM to study Ayurveda and remained there fifteen years to serve as managers and mentors.
In September of 2013, on a cross country motorcycle trip with her husband, Ellie unexpectedly began receiving a series of stories flowing through her mind and she realized she was receiving a download of books to write. “It was as if I were watching an adventure movie as we rode along - not with my eyes, but with my heart and mind. When the first book completed, the second one began. Over that weekend trip, I received a total of three books along with the suggestion of more books that would come later.”
Returning home, Ellie made notes of what she had received and began to fill in details of the first book, PATHWALKER. “As I wrote, I became each character, looking out through her or his eyes. I experienced what was seen and done, and words just flowed through. Unforeseen story events unfolded and new characters would walk into scenes. As I wrote these down, I would wonder - why that? As I continued to write, such details proved vital to a later scene. Twists and turns showed up that totally surprised me. I never could have imagined the characters, circumstances, or details in my own mind.”
Descriptions, dialogue, and spiritual references in the books come from Ellie’s personal life study or from countless hours of research. Having completed the first edition of PATHWALKER, she is now deeply immersed in writing the second book of the chronicles, SPIRITDANCER. "The heroine lives a drastically different lifetime in the next book. Her journey never ceases to amaze me. As she learns, I learn!"
Over the years, Ellie’s life experiences have indicated that who we are today is an accumulation of beliefs, fears, strengths, and insights gained from having lived multiple lives in widely varying circumstances. Cave Time Chronicles are indicative of one soul’s multiple lives with a fresh slant - moving from one life to another with full awareness. Ellie suggests, "As we expand in awareness, new experiences are going to unfold. These book are filled with samplings of new possibilities."
“More books await on the edges of my mind. I can sense them but have requested that the flow be held in check for now. It’s taking much longer to edit and publish than I originally planned. Because I become the characters as I write, I need to walk only one journey at a time!”
In addition to spiritual adventure, Ellie writes guidebooks for living a fulfilled life. By sharing practical steps, along with real-life stories of application, she helps others avoid the confusion of needing to sort it out themselves from a plethora of teachings and advisors. “I write the books I would have appreciated when I was investigating these life choices.”
What is it like to receive a downloaded book? Is it already written?
I imagine it's different for everyone. For me it is as if I am the heroine in a movie that runs in my mind. Events unfold and I fully participate, much as in real life. As I write, I don't know what will happen next.
I receive a novel originally in a simple form. Then as I sit down to write additional details arise including new situations and additional characters. It's my job to put the visual experience into words, to create dialogue, research details for authenticity, and keep to the story line I am receiving. When I get excited and try to write the story from my own ideas, it gets stuck and won't move. My job is to relax, get my own mind out of the way, be open to receiving, and allow the story to unroll again. Because I am "in" the novel, I develop relationships with the characters. I find myself delaying completion of a novel because I don't want to let go of those friends!
Aren't your book messages simplistic and unachievable?
Some readers will think so. I expect this. If it concerned me I wouldn’t publish them. Plus my guidance is clear: I am to write what comes through me and make this available to everyone. Some of the book's concepts, such as the power of compassion, gratitude, harmlessness, empowerment, love, and creating an energy field that protects someone, have been proven repetitively through the ages and in multiple cultures. Others were downloaded to me when writing Pathwalker and I have since learned they are being revealed to others across the globe. It may take a few years, but you will see some of these concepts come out into mainstream use. One of these is the transformative power of sound which can be focused for a specific purpose.
Are you as focused on harmonious living as your key characters?
I’ve always trod out of the mainstream but early-on figured out that if I maintain a normalcy of lifestyle to the public, I can investigate and experiment with well-intended new concepts without stirring up unwanted trouble. Why create unnecessary resistance from others who have a right to their own way of thinking? For example, I can meditate with others who are praying and they simply assume I am also praying. I know that my meditation is in full alignment with their heart-felt devotion to prayer. I honor who they are and allow them their own spiritual journey. It seems the kindly thing to do. Of course, I’ve always been on the lookout for spiritual co-conspirators, so I find them everywhere I go!
Are you as fearless as your characters?
I wish! I do seek to practice fearlessness whenever I am aware it has crept into my psyche. It’s very sneaky, so I occasionally get lost in fear for a while until I recognize it. But with practice I’ve learned to meet it head-on most of the time. In Chapter 16 of the Bhagavad Gita, the qualities of a spiritual person are presented, and “fearlessness” is first on the list. One of my life habits is to consistently be working with a virtue or quality that expands my being-ness. When I first tackled “fearlessness” it took me three years to feel I had made significant headway and those years were filled with deeply challenging and transformational circumstances. There’s a book in my head about those virtues that someday will roll out into print. My characters do face fear courageously, setting an example for me, and I hope, the reader.
Your characters meet up with fearful experiences. Is Earth becoming a more fearful place?
Not if we don’t buy into that. We don’t have to be afraid - of anything - ever. Fear is believing in a false illusion. We always exist where we choose, including living on the planet Earth in the present day and time.
Fear mongers like to stir up negative possibilities; it’s a powerful way to control another person. Truth seekers intentionally choose to focus on the positive expansion of consciousness we are experiencing. Those who look for the benefits will find them everywhere. I consider the current global uproar as similar to spring housecleaning. We pull out all the junk that’s been shoved to the back, bringing it into the light for examination. Then we toss out what is no longer useful, continue with what we choose to keep, and now we have room for the new to come onto our planet. Countries are going through this cleansing process on a collective scale. Planet Earth is as well. It's one of the reasons certain animal and plant species are going extinct; their mass consciousness realizes the next phase of earth's reality won't be supportive of their species. I know this can be a confusing process. There are more and more enlightened souls every day who offer guidance. Seek it out and stay tuned in to the Truth of existence instead of being a victim to the human condition.
What does “Spirituality" mean to your characters?
Definitions for "spirituality" that are provided in current dictionaries don’t work for me. To me, and my characters, “spirituality” is humanity’s word-label given to our innate desire to comprehend and express full soul potential. It’s far bigger than religion and transcends the limitation each religion insists upon as doctrine. As humanity has burned out from organizational and ego-driven religions, we now seek a different label for our search of divine truths and so have chosen the label “spirituality”. Many are now finding similar dissatisfaction with this word. I’m not sure there is a comprehensive human word for the desire for a soul to remain connected with our cosmic being-ness. For now, “spirituality” seems the best option. I believe once we understand quantum realities we will find newer words until those no longer seem to fit either. It’s an infinite ride to comprehend the Big Cosmic Reality. Language cannot sufficiently describe concepts and understandings that transcend the mental field. Spirit expands far beyond the mind and this dimension.
Each of us is to find our spiritual center and to connect with our version of the Divine, in our own personal way. You have a uniquely personal path and that is the best one for you. It is a struggle to put our ever-evolving understandings into daily practice. I know; I’ve been there myself.
How to you create your characters?
They arrive in my mind as fully-formed personalities. My responsibility is to listen to them and write down what they have to say. Key characters are included when I first receive the outline of the story. As I begin to write, additional characters walk into scenes. I observe them and seek to describe events as they unfold.
For instance, in Pathwalker, a nighttime scene arrived and Solte walked into the episode. I had no idea why she was there but as I wrote, her purpose began to unfold and she proved to be a primary character, perhaps my favorite one. I wept when finishing the book because I didn't want to leave her presence.
So you become emotionally involved with your characters?
Yes. As I write, my awareness leaves my office to enter the novel's world. I see, feel, and experience the story as it unfolds. At the end of a writing session I am sometimes exhausted from the events I've been participating with. It's truly a unique and strange experience for me.
How do you create the surreal experiences, such as communicating with birds. Have you experienced these in your own life?
While many surreal event details are created, I do experience similar situations in my own life. For example, I regularly communicate with animals and plants. I know others who do as well. This is only one example of an experience deemed "surreal" by the masses, yet an increasing number of people on our planet are communicating with other species on a daily basis.
Why do you think you were chosen to write these leading-edge spiritual adventures?
I believe it is because I am open-minded and willing to consider new levels of awareness. I'm not the only one; other people are also receiving downloaded information in various forms. These are changing times on our planet. Old, conditioned beliefs are dissolving. New possibilities of thought are essential as humankind evolves.
Do these stories teach you new information?
I constantly learn more about humanity and myself as I write. I've opened up to new realizations about the nature of the soul. I realize that one of the reasons I receive this information is to expand my personal awareness and enhance my spiritual evolution. My readers certainly attest to the fact that Pathwalker and Agnihotra:Havan on Earth are proving transformative. I'm grateful to be an instrument through which new understandings and inspiration reach the masses.