Our online blog started off as a personal blog recapitulating Dianna's past, and now posts more broad spiritual and wellness articles from Dianna Hardy and others in the field, as well as updates on all courses and workshops.
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This website has shifted. I have shifted. (I write shifters for a reason!) I am forever shifting, dying, transforming and rising - change and transgression are part of my path; walking with Death, so familiar it feels like the path home every time.
I don't want to write too much "About" me for this reason - read my About page, and that will tell you everything you need to know about what goes on behind the scenes of my books and in the valleys of my soul for the now. I just want to write and let the posts show you my "About".
Some of the posts on this blog will be written as streams of consciousness; some will be written like a practical how-to guide; some will be snapshots - pictures and quotes; some will be ... whatever comes to mind. I don't want to limit myself.
When I started writing books, I started with poetry, and with Mind, Body, Spirit books. When my fiction took off (paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy), I unpublished the Mind, Body, Spirit books because I didn't want to confuse my audience and blur the lines between non-fiction and fiction, and to some extent, you need "focus" in order to grow. Fiction was my focus. I wanted to grow as an author; I wanted to grow my career, and I did.
More recently, I've gone through (am going through) a big personal shift. As the political and social climate over the past 5+ years has become more and more divided, I have found a deep-seated need to become less so. I am many facets, not just one. A diamond shines best with around 58 facets, so perhaps I need 58 facets to shine; to be whole.
My spiritual nature has been with me far longer than my books - I was dream-journeying from the age of three (possibly earlier, but I don't remember too much before three, other than my very first proper memory at the age of one). I've never known any other way. And I've realised something the past few months: I've worked so hard to make my books take off, to manifest a stable career for my family, for my daughter, and for myself, that without realising it, I've tried to fit my alternative self into a mainstream world in order to be accepted - to have my books accepted - when I'm not mainstream at all. I never have been. By nature I never have been.
It's time to stop.
I caught a cold virus in December that threw up issues I needed to let go of, dating back from my childhood - issues that, once I throw off - I know I can flame into the future unhindered. That virus shrouded me in dark dreams to show me the way, and the points in time I need to heal.
Another thing I realised with more clarity is that my nature has never been separate from my fiction - it's all in there in some form or another, although I have always been hesitant to say so because I don't ever want people to see the author when they read - I want them to see themselves and the story - that's the whole point of fiction. Enjoy the books for what they are and nothing more unless the "more" calls to you specifically.
But every author puts some of themselves into their stories - every author. It's impossible to create anything without the seed that comes from YOU.
This blog, I set up, with the intention of helping me live authentically - WHOLE - in this increasingly divisive world that has dug its way into my heart and made me feel sad. Very sad. I've always been empathic; sensitive; and when you feel so much, those divisions are something you armour against, or you're cut by their harshness. I'm not willing to let those who covet division have that kind of power over me. I am not just talking about political issues, I'm talking about how we allow those issues to define us without realising we're doing it - in our manner, in our speech, in our subconscious thoughts - and it then filters into society. It also filters into social media - that's a whole other type of society we feed from. The irony of it all is that division is an illusion - it need not exist at all. None of us are born divided. It's an illusion used for the purposes of power and control.
I have a daughter I cherish. She will never be "normal" - ever. (Normal to me, yes, but not to the mainstream, and why should she be? It's our differences that make us who we are.) I can't teach her how to be strong and true when I'm trying to fit my very round self into a very square hole. By doing that, I am perpetuating division. All the difficulties she will face, I need to face them within myself, so I can help her walk her own path. That's not the sole reason for this blog, but it skirts around the edges of my mind as important - our children are our future. What are you teaching yours?
I used to get teased by my friends (in fun, not in malice) because I would find it hard to decide which side of any debate I wanted to be on. They saw me as sitting on the fence, but that wasn't my own view. I saw myself as having wide perspective, able to see all sides of the story. Of course, sometimes, I'm very clear on which side I fall on - we all have hard limits. Seeing every perspective does not mean you fight for none. It means you have compassion for what you're fighting against.
At the point division meets is an uncomfortable place to be - people will try to knock you out of that place - but it's also a powerful place to be. When you're between fire and ice, you connect with every facet, and transcend every barrier into Oneness.
Oneness is a damn good thing. That's where authenticity leads - it can only lead to wholeness, and when you're whole - when all your 58 facets work as one - you're unbreakable. At that point, I shall probably Ascend as there might be very little point in being here in the duality of incarnation - who knows. Is group Ascension a thing? Can we Ascend as a collective of enlightened, whole beings? I don't know. I've never reached that point. But if anyone's willing to join me for the ride, my door to Oneness is open, and wide - I think quite a few of us can fit through. Here's hoping.
Upcoming Courses & Workshops
Crash Course in Using Bach Flower Remedies - 3 hour workshop in South Hampshire, UK.