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Nadine May's -Hubpage writing challenge

Updated on February 6, 2016
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Nadine is from Cape Town and is both a visionary fiction author, an art therapist and a graphic designer. Loves gardening, reading & writing

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The challenge

On the feed page of hub pages I saw that Suzette Naples had commented on one of my posts. I posted a comment and then, as is my routine, I went to her page and opened it An interview with suzettenaples - a Hubpages writing challenge

What an interesting idea. I read Shauna’s interview and loved her first paragraph. “Interview myself? Are you kidding me?” Annelies, one of the characters in my novels, says that we are all actors on a stage. In my hubpost: Follow your heart no matter what others say! I have already shared some of my childhood, so I will not repeat it here.

After some searching I found an old recording of a genuine radio interview broadcast on channel 2 Woman's World-in 2002

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An Interview with Nadine May

“There are hundreds of “life-changing” self-help books on the market—what makes your Language of Light workbook and your ascension novels any different?”

“The Language of Light workbook introduces a powerful mind-drawing technique. I gave these Art Analogue drawing classes during the nineties and because I had learned that when one doodles a personal symbolic language takes shape enabling our mind set to create our reality. Mind-drawing provides a scientific methodology that can help us to solve personal issues within minutes or hours, not months or years.”

“What are your credentials, and what makes you feel you have a right to write books on the topic of ascension?”

“At the age of 28, when my children were both attending primary school I had a psychic experience that I simple could not ignore. A life changing experience

Shortly after this thought provoking challenge, my dreams became more and more real to me. During the late seventies I became a student of science, theology, and philosophy to understand our connection with the Divine. This often made me want to share my passion with other people driven by the desire to break through any obstacles they might have, and to show how to attract the reality of our dreams.”

“Your first novel ‘the Awakening Clan’ defines “true love” as a perfect balance of pleasure and pain. What exactly do you mean by this? And how do people experience true love?”

“Whether the conflict you’re experiencing is in your relationship, at work, a health issue, or a financial concern, the first novel The Awakening Clan takes the reader away from their day to day lives into an imagery plot that could well be their own. This method of teaching, through storytelling, has been used for thousands of years and it has shown to be consistently effective. So many people are endlessly searching for a one-sided love, that is, one with only happiness without sadness or nice without mean. In fact, this is a very common fantasy, which leads many people (including myself) directly to false expectations, broken hearts, and depression. I had to learn by experience how we mirror the reality that is projected by our minds. Through story telling the character Ingrid knows that she can manifest any desire that is truly in her heart and stay in balance knowing who she is.”

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“What made you decide to use Holland as the backdrop for your novels? I understand that you were born in Holland and immigrated to Australia when you were 21, and later emigrated to South Africa where you awoke to your spiritual purpose.”

“What most people didn't’ know was that I was a recovering dyslexic; which is called lees-blind in Holland. Writing about the gripping visions I had in a language that was not my mother tongue was very daunting. I hoped to spread the ‘word’ so to speak, through the arts, teaching drawing skills and through Art Therapy. That was my background, so for many years I explored what we hide in our subconscious through that creative medium. My nursing background and my marriage counseling experiences in later years added a depth to my own research. The ascension series was born in 1995. I was getting bored with teaching people drawing skills. I wanted to go deeper where most of us dare not go because of the pain. Through mind-drawing techniques it seemed safe to explore further. I started to understand how our hidden 'beliefs' often create our obstacles in life. I tried to explain my visions to my students then, but it was too difficult. I was figuratively speaking bullied into writing it down as a story. When I as the character Annelies took charge of my own life, everything fell into place.

To come back to your question; why the Holland setting? I had to write from the heart.

I was and will always be Dutch. I speak with an accent; I have a mannerism that is Dutch. I love South Africa and will probably never go back to live in Holland, so I felt good about starting the plot for my novels in Holland. It’s in the fourth and fifth novels that the background gradually moves from Holland to South Africa.”

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“Are the five stages or levels of consciousness you refer to some sort of a recipe? You told me that when you started to write your first novel, you knew there would be five novels. Why? "

“By teaching people drawing skills I learned that our mind needs to travel from one point to the next to trigger a perception. The first ascension level deals with having a motivation and ‘mind-drawing’ helps our motivation to become the Idea. The second and third novels The Astral Explorer and The Cosmic Traveller deal with the stage of gathering information. In my Language of Light workbook I use the formats in which certain exercises are done.

“Yes it is a recipe and it works! It worked in teaching people to draw, so it will also work in waking us up to our true Soul potential. The first novel My Love we are Going Home (later re-published under the title The Awakening Clan was written as a cosmic romance, a love affair most of us deeply desire. It is the love affair with ourselves that becomes the trigger, the motivation to begin our ascension journey. Once we redefine what true love is, we’ll come to realize that we’re inescapably surrounded by it.”

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“You mention an idea you call “Divine Order” in terms of our Soul, Oversoul, Group souls and so on. Why do you use these terms?”

“When I was a nurse, I was riveted by Rudolf Steiner's work and had the opportunity to read many inspiring books. He often referred to what he called “Divine Love and Order.” Steiner said that few people ever come to experience this highly ordered awareness, but those who do have their lives changed forever. When I read his books again years later, this idea inspired me to go on a quest to find a way of helping myself and others to discover and come to know this underlying divine order. Like the language of mathematics, our mental thoughts manifest as ‘codes’ and these 'codes' create our reality. It’s a very powerful concept once you grasp what that means.

Whether you see it through religious or scientific eyes makes little difference to me, but there truly exists an underlying order in our daily lives. It's all in the Language that we mentally and emotionally project. My workbooks are designed to help people experience this state of ordered awareness, which will help them experience greater moments of inner peace and love.”

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“You often refer to having gratitude for the magnificence. How can you say there is magnificence when so many people seem to be suffering?”

“Within every crisis, there is a hidden blessing, and within every setback, there is a new step forward. When we look at the events in our lives from a perspective of balance and order, we begin to see the underlying synchronicity and magnificence in our daily lives. Instead of taking a lifetime to discover that terrible events are actually married to terrific outcomes, why not have the wisdom of the ages without going through the aging process? Why not assist yourself through the help of a methodology that can help you find the terrific gifts out of these events quickly and efficiently? We live in a magnificent universe. Just look at the living cell, the human body, or the shining stars, and realize that we’re one with this intelligent universe, and we’re also here to dare to shine, showing our own true magnificence.”

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“You mention how people can awaken their true Soul purpose. How does someone do this?"

"When I was in elementary school, my parents were told by my first grade teacher that I would probably never be able to write — nor would I go very far or amount to much. I had a learning disability and couldn’t comprehend language. Years later an English grammar teacher in Port Elizabeth helped to re-edit my first novel so I could enter it in a competition. I was able to transform my life into that of a writer / author. It was this inner voice; I called POWAH in my novels that told me to awaken the language of my Soul at every moment for the rest of my life in order to awaken my Soul purpose. Now, all my drawing and creative writing activities have led me to awaken my truest nature, my inner and inspiring genius, which we all have within us. Thousands of people have transformed their lives by believing in themselves. What we think about ourselves absolutely does make a difference."

“In your books, you refer to awakening to full consciousness, what does that mean?”

"In the last five years I began scanning my life as thoroughly as I could, and I discovered something quite profound: Whenever I became inflated with self-importance or was overly supported, praised, or lifted up by somebody, I would unexpectedly receive a balancing challenge, reprimand, or put-down by someone else. It was as if a healthy balance was being provided by an unknown source. I knew that a higher part of me tried to make me aware that the persona who is proud becomes humbled and the persona who is humble becomes exalted. The scriptures refer to the same dynamics. Our obstacles are often confronted by us when we go off line so to speak. Our thinking patterns hold the secret! I also knew that the proof of our manifestations is in the results, so I had to learn to take responsibilities for my own reality, created by my own thoughts and actions.

"Reaching full consciousness means to me that we have fully awakened to living experiences as a human being. We fully awaken to the fact that we are masters at materializing anything in order to have our dreams come true. We can control what we call physical matter.

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“One of your characters ‘Toon’ says that the quality of people’s lives is based upon the quality of the questions they ask themselves. What are some quality questions you have people ask themselves?”

“There always seem to be two pathways that my mind can manifest. I either experience lack or it takes me where I might want to go. That is what I make Toon do in my novels. He takes the second pathway, but me as the writer has often taken the first approach due to fear of not being good enough. Through the novels the reader will know which pathway they have taken and from which of the two directions they need to make a break.

"Following an ascension journey does not mean that there are no obstacles to overcome during the journey, but rather having a dream and knowing you will reach your goals. That in itself gives us the most rewarding feelings while we are playing the human game."

This Interview was typed out from a tape.

Thanks for the interview of the self challenge Jennifer

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you Nadine for a better understanding of the beautiful you and your purpose. Keep up the magnificent work. God bless!

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is a wonderful interview. Your work with dreams and spirituness is fascinating. Many times teachers tell parents their child will not amount to much but what do they know about the human experience? You found your way despite dislexia which is a great accomplishment. I enjoyed reading this.

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      somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      So how did you formulate the questions?

      Did you use a template?

      This is a very interesting idea and I like it, I really enjoy reading your articles as they flow so well and I find myself reading from beginning to end, thanks!

      Of course the information you revealed felt like it came directly from your heart. I have yet to start The Awakening Clan but it is at least in the pile, so I'm getting closer.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Ah and better picture of you. Thanks for your interview and mentions of your books. I would like to know the same answers that somethgblue asked.

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      Rakim Cheeks 2 years ago

      This is a very interesting hub! Great use of information. Thanks for the videos. You're the best

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Amazing. So much to absorb and yet some is familiar. "Fully awakened", we all need to be fully awakened to the good in our lives and the good all around us.

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful insight into Nadine.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I am glad you took up Jennifer's self interview challenge Nadine. It was a very interesting and enjoyable read. Is this a transcript of your "Women's World" radio interview in 2002? Voted up.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I like the insight that in negative events or crisis there is opportunity if only we can find the perspective to see it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a wonderful interview, Nadine. You bring forth the power of the mind and how what we think or believe can make or break us. I'll have to come back to this and listen to the videos.

      I love your artwork. It's colorful and mystical. Very intriguing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I find these interviews fascinating, and I'm so glad you took up the challenge. Thank you for sharing a bit of you with all of us.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I found this most intriguing. The aspect of being fully awakened is something I've always strived for. Your art work is beautiful. Your story is proof that obstacles can be removed when we open our spirit. Beautifully written....

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very interesting idea.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I admire your struggle to defy people's expectations and establish yourself as a writer. Bad teachers have meant the end of many a promising child, but you knew what you wanted and rose above it. Great hub.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Interesting interview; great questions. I've been a teacher of dyslexics for many years and it's surprising how many were 'written off' by some teachers.

      I'm interested in your phrase 'recovering dyslexic'. Are you referring to ways of coping and overcoming its problems? I'd like to know.

      Your hubs are always compelling. Well done. Certainly a completely unique response to the challenge!

      Ann

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very interesting, Nadine. Your ideas and your art are always engrossing.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 2 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Thanks Nadine for such a wonderful hub and letting us know the real you.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you your very kind comment. When I was listening to this tape recording again, so I could post it, it was an interesting experience for me.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Suzette for reading my interview. I was told that Its in my ''Wiring" to take up challenges, especially when people tell me it cannot be done!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What an interesting question. Let me tell you how it came about. These questions I mean. In 2002 Kima Global was still a traditional publisher and in that year he decided to engage a local publicist for his company. She arranged for several authors to be interviewed by this rather Christian radio station, and he was asked if his authors ( 4 of them) could please hand in the questions they would like the interviewer to ask, since there was no time for her to read the books in question. I was the last Author to be interviewed that month, so I had time to formulate the questions myself, not knowing it they were going to be used. The woman had no idea what my novel and soon to be published workbook was all about and the word ascension totally confused her, since she was coming from a religious viewpoint, so she read my questions as if she herself had asked them. I have included some later radio interviews who were far more spontaneous, since the interviewers were on the same wavelength so to speak. I hope that has answered your question. Ha Ha I know what you mean about the books on your pile. I have several...

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Lady Guinevere, I hope you will read my reply to Daniel about his question. Thanks for telling me that you now have a better picture of me.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your kind words Rakim. Glad it held useful information for you.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      A very interesting and thought-provoking interview with yourself. So true, Life automatically keeps us from becoming inflated with self-importance. The higher we rise, the further we fall. Sayings like 'Hoogmoed kom tot 'n val' and "Every knee shall bow" and so many others are absolutely profound. You achievements, keeping your dyslexia in mind, are amazing. You may be proud of yourself.

      Thanks for an interesting read, Nadine. I would like to read your books.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Nadine, through this self interview you have presented a most intriguing look at yourself and your work. Most informative and interesting.

      Your journey, your quest, is so compelling to read about - the human game takes us in many directions. (mostly, like me, it's easier not to interpret and carry on) You have documented yours and realised your potential and know yourself and your direction. I admire that immensely.

      Enjoyed reading this and will re read - thank you.

      (ps - did you once say you lived in croydon Vic Australia. I lived there also)

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your vote Mary.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Johah if you mean the South African Channel 2 radio Woman's World then yes. many thanks for your vote.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You are so spot on Flourish. We do not always recognize this truth, but when we do, we are so much the wiser for it.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Shauna so glad to read your comment. I have not been as active on hubpages as I would like to, but I must confess its the creating of images that has kept me very busy since the start of the years when I discovered Zazzle.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks again for your comment Billy, but after reading Braveworrior's interview challenge i do feel that mine was just a radio interview and very little about my daily personal life. I have shared that in other posts, but never as impressive the way Shauna has done.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear Ruby many thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Mel I have been told that my persistent nature is to do with my 'wiring' (DNA, birth charts,human design,personal type.... ) I'm inclined to make a lemon into lemonade! Therefore I have attracted great teachers and friends in this life.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I was referring to ways of coping more that recovering. That is the wrong expression because I do not think you ever recover, meaning that suddenly you are no more dyslectic. It's in my 'wiring' for not to see the letters. I do not seem to have it with numbers. I do a lot of editing on each article before I post it. My comments are more spontaneous, but I probably make mistakes. Thanks for your question Ann

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for that compliment. I do try to create visuals that reflect my words. I personally need both mediums while reading an article, so I like to create them.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my radio interview.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hello Martie, fellow country writer. Thank you for your very kind words. You are welcome to read my novels, they are also available on all e-readers as well as in print. I'm now going the read your post on our loud shedding!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow yes I lived in Croydon - Melbourne for four years from 1968 - 1972 then my family ( husband and two kids) emigrated back to Holland and in 1974 we emigrated to South Africa. My radio interview is more about my visionary fiction topic and my personal outlook on life today. How I got to that viewpoint is written as fiction in my soon to be published novel: The Self Employed Housewife. I've written this novel in the third person so readers will not be aware that it's my personal story. I has been a great writing journey for me. ( I hope to finish this first book in the two part series this month. Posting my chapters on hub pages has been a wonderful exercise, and I soon have to post the remaining chapters.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Hi Nadine - small world, I was also in Croydon then...

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Really? Who knows we might have come across each other.

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      Rakim Cheeks 2 years ago

      This was a very interesting and thrilling hub I must say. Your analysis for this piece is absoutely amazing! Great job Nadine! You're such an amazing writer

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you very much for your compliment.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 10 months ago

      This was a very interesting and informative read. I am really fascinated with the background and the fact that you are writing from the perspective of someone who has experienced something profound.

      Thank you for sharing this. Have an awesome day!

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      Nadine May 9 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Gosh Jo that was one hubposts I've forgot about. I had to open it to read it before i could reply. It must have been because I copied an interview i had not written myself. Thanks for finding it an interesting read.

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