1. YOU REFER
TO YOURSELF AS A CHANGE CATALYST. COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THAT
to change things in their life - their job, their relationship
(itself or partner), their weight - whatever! And yet, THEY
dont want to change. They focus on the other rather than
themselves, which will never bring about the change they desire.
They fail to realize that change comes from within - it comes
with acceptance of both the desire and the necessity for it.
As a change catalyst, I can be an example of what change looks
like. I can acknowledge the fear that accompanies change, and
I can inspire them to embrace change.
INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE LAND OF I CAN?
of I Can is a distilled version of everything I have personally
experienced. The words themselves magically flowed onto the
page after I attended the 1999 Awakened World Conference in
Palm Springs when I consciously acknowledged that my lifes
lessons were to be shared with the world.
DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH WITH YOUR BOOK?
is to reach as many people as I can with a simple and easily
digested message that will inspire others to let go of limiting
beliefs and live their lives more fully.
My desire is to send a message of optimism, a message of the
vibrancy of the human soul and that the love we give others
is the only thing of value on earth.
The Land of I Can is my gift to all and a way for me to share
what is in my heart.
DID YOU REACH THE LAND OF I CAN?
I challenge myself, every time I move past adversity into positive
change, I reach The Land of I Can. It is a place of constant
being, not a place to arrive and stay stagnant.
Just like the metaphorical flower that grows from a seed, matures,
dies, and re-seeds to sprout and blossom again, so do we.
5. WAS IT
A DIFFICULT JOURNEY?
is only as difficult as we, as individuals, make it. I have
moved through great change effortlessly, and then found myself
stuck at small hurdles. This is when I remind myself that this
hurdle represents what I have yet to learn. The difficulty is
our perception of this hurdle - to consciously bless it, receive
it with love, and in doing so move through it with a state of
To find the courage that resides in us, and the consciousness
that comes through strength, that is the purpose of any adversity,
and the intention of Gods will be done.
6. YOUR BOOK STRESSES, EXCLUSIVELY, SELF-RELIANCE. WHAT PART,
IF ANY, DO OTHERS (FRIENDS, SUPPORT GROUPS, A HIGHER POWER)
PLAY IN ARRIVING IN THE LAND OF I CAN?
yes, AND with the higher power that resides within us all. Friends
and others can be there to nurture and encourage, but the journey
in life is our classroom in life - and no one can do our lessons
7. DO YOU
BELIEVE IN A HIGHER POWER?
Yes! I believe
in God, Allah, Buddha - it doesnt matter what name we
give it or what religion guides us, it is all one. And I believe
that higher power, Spirit, is in each and every one of us.
I believe that in our fast-paced modern society we are spiritually
hungry and feel a loss of simplicity and a loss of trust. The
search for answers outside ourselves in another person, in material
possessions, in anything that is out there, is self defeating.
The message of The Land of I Can is to believe, to trust, to
love - and to include ourselves in that equation. When we have
unity with all - nature, others, and water the seeds of the
spirit inside ourselves, we move away from alienation and isolation.
8. HOW DO
YOU DESCRIBE OR DEFINE THAT HIGHER POWER?
that this Higher Power is our very essence. Our Physical bodies
are our form, just like the food we eat or the material possessions
we own, or even the relationships in our life - they represent
the other. But it is not who we are. It is like
the shell of a peanut, which is the container, not the fruit
itself. These are the exterior forms and can never satisfy.
What we are really searching for is the kernel, the peanut,
the essence which will bring us fullness and satisfaction.
As long as we are looking out there we wont
find that essence. It is in here already, inside
HAS BEEN YOUR MOST SATISFYING RESPONSE FROM OR ABOUT THE BOOK?
I am moved
by the changes in individual lives and how this simple message
There are many stories of how this shows up. One is of an artist
who was fearful of showing his work to others, and yet very
desirous of working in that field. He started reading The Land
of I Can every morning, and then journaling about which land
he felt he was in that day. He said he didnt understand
the message intellectually, but something was moving him emotionally.
A week later, as he read the words, "To be fearless is
to have less fear, and to move," he was motivated to pack
up his portfolio and take it to a convention where there would
be the people to view his work and who could make hiring decisions.
To his surprise, he found not one, but three parties interested
in his work and a sense of acceptance he had not experienced
before. Now thats exciting!
ARE A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF SELF-HELP AND INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS
ON THE SHELVES. WHAT SETS YOURS ABOVE THE OTHERS?
of I Can seems to trigger people in an emotional way, and a
soft, accepting, caring way, that removes the resistance to
change. What appears at first glance to be a simple and beautiful
book to touch and treasure is soon discovered to hold a powerful
message that can be read quickly and repeatedly. It becomes,
in essence, a mantra.
CAN WE HELP OTHERS FIND THE LAND OF I CAN?
by example. Therefore, the work begins first with us. In loving
ourselves enough to move towards purpose, to manifest, we are
then in the consciousness of giving.
DO WE RECOGNIZE WHEN SOMEONE IS STUCK IN ONE OF THE "BAD
LANDS" YOU DESCRIBE?
of the "Bad Lands" as lands of challenge. And they
all exist for every one of us at different times in our lives.
With the right attitude, they become the adventure in life.
When we see a lack of passion for existence or self-defeating
behavior, we can be sure that someone is in a land of challenge.
The goal is to avoid becoming stuck in a place of repetitive
life lessons that do not bring us the joy and satisfaction we
are meant to live.
13. IF YOU
HAD TO SUM UP YOUR LIFE OR SPIRITUAL PHILOSOPHY IN 25 WORDS
OR LESS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
heart, your intuition, and do what you feel is right for you.
Above all, live! Life is Gods gift to us. Let us appreciate
it all of it.
CONTACT: Susan L. Gilbert