Cast your mind back to our April 2019 issue. We were ecstatic to announce our winning and highly commended authors and books in our Spiritual Book Awards 2019. It’s already almost time to enter your books into the Spiritual Book Awards 2020, and we can’t wait to see what you’ve published this year (any book published in the last two years is eligible). Here’s the winner of last year’s Best Angel Book category, Helena Moon, author of The Secret of the Lost Song of Joy, talking about what the award meant to her.
When I won the Best Angel Book category of last years Spiritual Book Awards, I was overjoyed! However, I was not entirely surprised, as I had asked the angels to help me win, if this was in alignment with the Highest Good. I knew my book, The Secret of the Lost Song of Joy was the culmination of many years of creative and spiritual work. I also believed it carries a timely and inspiring message for children and adults alike. So, I invoked the angels, held a full moon ceremony, and waited… I even sent myself an email congratulating myself!
It felt brilliant to have ‘The Secret of the Lost Song of Joy’ judged by a big MBS name. I knew that this could be a wonderful stepping stone for me, and raise my profile substantially. I realised that winning an award from a well-respected and popular commercial magazine like Soul and Spirit would give me an edge, with both my potential market and people in the industry. It also really lifted my confidence to realise that with so many books entered, the judge liked MY book. Finally, it confirmed my belief that a doorway was opening for me, to live my dreams.
In all honesty, I did not always imagine that I would become an author. For me, writing is something I do to process thoughts and feelings, and to make sense of the world. It is like my oxygen. I imagined I would become an illustrator (I illustrated my book), and then my spiritual quest led me to become an angel teacher. My book seemed to ‘fall out of me’! I love being a spiritual author because it enables me to channel my imagination, whilst expressing and sharing spiritual truths. You ask my ultimate goal? Liberation in this incarnation!
Since winning, I am currently writing a spiritual adventure for slightly older children, based on ideas coming out of quantum physics concerning the ways in which our thoughts and feelings influence nature. I believe these truths need to be commonly understood as a matter of urgency, if life on earth is to survive. I’ve also started an online environmental group and practise Angelic Shamanism to assist the healing of our world.
Beyond the obvious boon of increased interest and book sales, I believe winning this competition marks a point of transition for me, challenging me to lead the life I was born to live. I had the good fortune of meeting Daisy Foss who judged the Best Angel Book category. As the chain of serendipitous events continued to unfold, I realized that Daisy has a retreat in Glastonbury – somewhere I spent a lot of time in my youth. I arranged a visit to meet her and she was absolutely lovely, andshe made me so welcome in a beautiful and serene setting. Daisy also gave me some really helpful advice and useful contacts. I am still in the throes of following up some of these links.
I believe winning this competition marks a point of transition for me, challenging me to lead the life I was born to live
What I enjoyed most was being in the competition was the way in which it felt as if I was being guided along a path by an invisible benevolent force. I am usually a book reader but I found myself by a magazine stand and my eyes were drawn to ‘Spiritual Book Awards’ on the cover of ‘Soul and Spirit’. I just had a really positive feeling about the whole thing, as if it was all mapped out by the universe. Then the best bit of course, was seeing the email telling me I had won! I cannot think of anything I didn’t enjoy other than waiting to hear the results…
I would definitely enter Soul and Spirit Magazine’s ‘Spiritual Book Awards’ competition again. I would say to anybody thinking of entering the award this year to go for it! Challenge yourself and your faith. Put yourself out there. It is an amazing journey and a learning curve. Even if you don’t win, you are sending a powerful message to the universe. You are setting an intention to write the script of not only your book, but the most interesting and potentially exciting story of all – your own life!
I would say to anybody thinking of entering the award this year to go for it! Challenge yourself and your faith. Put yourself out there. It is an amazing journey and a learning curve.
Like many others, I believe that the world is in a point of huge transition. I have 30 years of background in yoga and meditation, healing and angel work. I am a teacher of the Mer-Ka-Ba meditation of the Heart with the Seraphim angels, and I work with the elements and the angels in a shamanic way. I am an ARCH energy healer, and I spent years designing accredited personal development programs in Ireland with the health service, as well as working with people with mental health issues in a number of therapeutic programs using meditation for stress management.
Looking forward, I’d love to work with Soul & Spirit magazine more closely. It’s inspired me to think about writing a column or offer angel card readings or something similar, via the magazine, especially concerning how people can cope with the coming changes, and how to assist not only the earth but themselves through this critical time. Many thanks to all of you at Soul and Spirit magazine and thanks for making the whole Spiritual Book Awards experience so lovely. I can’t wait to enter my book again this year!
Thank you, Helena!
If you’ve been inspired by Helena’s author journey, make sure to enter YOUR book this year. You never know what could happen! Our nominations for books are open soon – keep checking back here to be the first to enter your book!