Real Steps to Enlightenment: Dynamic Tools to Create Change by Amy Elizabeth Garcia (Author)

Connecting with the divine is crucial for spiritual advancement, but choosing a spiritual path is anything but easy.

Amy Elizabeth Garcia simplifies the journey to enlightenment into thirty-three spiritual goals, such as finding your life purpose, developing trust in the universe, relinquishing the need to control, recognizing synchronicity, and fostering peace. Focusing on a specific spiritual lesson, each chapter begins with a divine message from the author’s spiritual master that includes stories from his human incarnations. Garcia goes a step further in bringing these concepts to life by sharing her own life experiences. Every chapter includes a prayer inspired by angels and exercises for spiritual growth-the perfect complement to this beginner’s guide to enlightenment.

Amy Elizabeth Garcia is a Reiki Master and Angel Therapy Practitioner who receives guidance from her spirit guides and angels. She teaches workshops and conducts intuitive counseling and healing sessions. Amy is the founder of the Spiritual Awareness Network, an organization that provides information about the Southern California metaphysical community. Her websites feature a practitioner directory, web links, an events calendar, weekly e-mail newsletters and more. Amy also works as a parent advocate, assisting families in crisis by providing them with parenting techniques, life skills and personal growth tools.
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Interview with Amy Elizabeth Cutler-Garcia,
by Cindra Ranier for the Awaken program

Please tell us about your background.
I have always had a passion for spirituality and personal growth. I have spent many years in study and I love to find new ways to connect with Spirit and increase my empowerment. I became ordained as a minister of Spiritual Peacemaking. Creating peace is the main focus of my work. I take the ideas that I have learned on my spiritual path and utilize them in my work as a peace advocate.

How did you come to write your book, Real Steps To Enlightenment? Was it a “calling”?
I believe it was a calling because when I was writing it I felt elevated and connected to Spirit. I had been exploring spirituality for many years when my husband suggested that I write about my experiences. I really enjoyed the writing process and I believe that I grew spiritually as I implemented the book’s tools into my own life.

What does enlightenment mean to you? How would you describe it?
I think a person is enlightened when he or she realizes their divine connection to God. They have let go of attachments of the ego and the belief in separation.

What tools does your book offer?
My book contains 33 chapters that discuss qualities of Spirit that people aspire to create in their lives such as peace, joy, trust and prosperity. Each chapter contains a four-step format that helps the reader to align their thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behaviors. I call the four steps “Information” and “Inspiration” to help you set your “Intention” and take “Action.” The book encourages readers to tap into their own spiritual guidance and gifts to create the life they really want.

Who was your inspiration?
I think that the people we encounter in our daily lives can be our greatest teachers. In my book, I relate stories of simple lessons I learned from my children, relatives, colleagues and friends. We are all given many opportunities in these relationships to choose love instead of fear. This is a teaching from A Course In Miracles, a book that greatly transformed my life and worldview.

What does it mean to you to find your purpose?
I believe that an important reason we are here is to “know ourselves”. As we strengthen our connection to God, who we are as powerful spirits becomes more apparent. I think that each person who is born has a contribution to make to humanity. We can be of service in many ways. It could be a vocation, a career or a labor of love such as parenting a child. It might be as simple as offering those we meet a smile or a kind word. It could be as complex as finding a cure for disease or solutions to global challenges.

Where were you on 9/11? How did that impact your life?
I was at home. My husband called me on the phone and filled me in on what was happening that morning. Something clicked on inside of me and I received the strong message, “It’s time to get to work.” I went straight to the corner church and began praying. I knew that it was important for me to do my spiritual work with a new vigor because the world was in need of healing on so many levels. Now, every time I see 9:11 on a clock or sign, I receive reminders to move forward with my work.

Why do you think “Gratitude” is so important?
I think gratitude creates a cycle of positive energy. I believe that what we put out into the world is returned to us. Gratitude keeps the flow of abundance moving. So does sharing what we receive. It is easy to be grateful for the good things in our lives, but I think it is also important to be grateful for the challenges. They have lessons to teach us as we grow and evolve.

Amy, do you have any stories to share where having trust has proven true for you?
I wrote about many real life “miracle” stories in my book. They demonstrate how aligning with Spirit can help us move through anything – from loss of employment to healing from cancer. In my life, I was led to a lovely home. I think God put me in the right place at the right time. This really renewed my trust that I will always have my needs met by the Universe.

How about Healing? So many folks are going through a need for healing.
I think it is important to learn more about how healing energy works. Quantum physics shows us that everything is energy. At a subatomic level, energy will move in accordance to our expectations. As a healer, I teach my clients techniques to remove blocks and increase well-being by consciously directing energy.

How would you encourage people to deal with stress and anxiety.
Most stresses can be helped by behavioral or cognitive restructuring. In simple terms, that means acting to change the situation you are in or changing the way you think about it. Stress is ultimately eliminated when we awaken to our I Am presence. It is in this place that we experience “the peace that is beyond understanding.” If you become anxious, shift your focus to God’s love – this is the only true constant force in the Universe.

Any closing thoughts, Amy?
A scripture comes to mind. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.” I think that the entire world will be healed when we embrace that teaching. When we do this, there will be peace on earth.

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