Monday, August 15, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Awakening (The Inner Compass Trilogy #1) by Abby Wynne

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Awakening by Abby Wynne. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a highly interesting guest post regarding the author's job as a Shamanic Psychotherapist. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win €50 off any of the digital products on the author's website. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Awakening
Series: The Inner Compass Trilogy #1
Author: Abby Wynne
Publication Date: April 10th 2022
Print Length: 673 pages
Genre: Magical Realism
When Marissa’s fiancé leaves her unexpectedly, she is left trying to put the broken pieces of her life back together again. The magical years of her childhood are now lost or long forgotten and, trapped in a downward spiral of worry and anxiety, nothing seems to be bringing the magic back any time soon.

Training to become a therapist, Marissa discovers an unforeseen talent for helping others and, for a while at least, she puts her own needs and concerns to one side. An unexpected windfall prompts a spontaneous trip to Peru, and an encounter while she is there triggers an astonishing series of events. Shaken but excited, Marissa embarks on a wonderful journey of revelation and adventure – after which, her life will never be the same again.

Marissa’s story is your story, is my story, is everybody’s story: we each must find our own true path through life, our one true way.

Abby Wynne, author and Shamanic Psychotherapist, brings all her wisdom to bear on Marissa’s amazing tale of discovery and healing. A catalyst for people’s healing processes, Abby is a problem solver, a creative artist, an alchemist, a healer, a mother, a daughter, a lover of life - and it shows in this, her first novel.

Marissa felt a huge wave of something come over her – was it excitement? Anxiety? She didn’t know what it was, only that she was relieved she was sitting down. She looked at her burrito and chips and suddenly didn’t want them anymore. She sipped her drink until the feeling passed. She wiped her forehead, yes there were drops of sweat there. What is wrong with me? It’s a gift, it’s money, I get to choose what to do with it. Calm down.

Marissa came back to her desk, still a little shaky, and discovered a brochure for Peru had been shoved under her keyboard. As she pulled it out she saw the colours and the mountains and her heart leapt as if she had discovered contraband. She held her hands out in front of her and saw that they were shaking. What is this about? She felt hopeless, whatever this was, she needed to surrender to it. She shoved the brochure quickly into the top drawer of her desk and sat down, catching her breath and bringing her focus back to the moment. She woke up her computer and there was an email in her inbox from Sarah with just three words in the subject line: Come with me. She deleted the email immediately and, still shaking, slowly opened up her spreadsheet.

Everything seemed to be happening in slow motion. Her stomach was nauseous. As she looked at the numbers she started to feel a little more settled, the shaking subsided, then another email popped in from Sarah. ‘Well?’ it said. Jeezuz it’s as if she knows what’s going on inside me. But I have money now, I actually could go... How much money did he give me? Marissa opened a tab on her web browser and logged into her bank account, not really knowing what to expect. There was a deposit of €8,000 with a note ‘from Uncle Louis – first instalment’. Suddenly, a wave of calmness swept over her and something inside solidified. That’s enough to pay off my loan and cover my college fees, with some left over. I really could go to Peru with Sarah.

The texture of this thought felt very different from the ungrounded, anxious thinking she had been doing the past few days. I could ask Michelle from the upstairs flat to mind Tobermory for me. Half term is coming up, so I’d not miss too much college. This would be a great adventure and it would also be educational – What am I afraid of? I’ve got the money.

She emailed Sarah back: ‘When are you going and how much will this cost me?’

Like magic, Sarah was there at her desk with a big beaming smile. ‘Are you serious?’

Marissa nodded her head as the butterflies flew in droves in her stomach against the calmness, it felt like she had swallowed one of those majestic mountains.

‘Look. At. Me.’ said Sarah. ‘Are you serious?’

Marissa turned to Sarah and looked her in the eye. ‘Yes. Yes, I am serious.’ Marissa was suddenly calmer than she had been for a whole week.
Abby Wynne is the bestselling author of the “One Day at a Time Diary”, “How to Be Well” and “Energy Healing made Easy.” The Inner Compass Trilogy is her first novel, weaving her knowledge of shamanism, psychotherapy and energy healing into an exciting, fast-paced story which spans across many dimensions. Abby’s based in Ireland and lives with her husband, 4 children, a dog and a cat! Abby offers many ways to feel supported while you are on your path of healing; her mission is to empower people by teaching them how to heal themselves.

- What made you decide to become a Shamanic Psychotherapist?

Marissa’s journey of finding herself in The Inner Compass Trilogy kind of describes what I went through when I was in my training also. I learned Shamanism while finishing my psychotherapy degree, and I became a Reiki Master around the same time. Sitting with clients and not being able to do the energy work with them, whilst knowing that the energy work would transform the issues irreversibly, was hard. I felt that I was short-changing someone if I didn’t go deeper with them and facilitate healing for them. Psychotherapy is talking about an issue, understanding it, changing how you see it and think about it, but it doesn’t transform the emotions around it, or shift spiritual energy such as soul contracts, cut cords in relationships, heal past-life trauma. Shamanism is all of that spiritual work, and we are spiritual beings. Yes we navigate the world with our minds, but that’s part of the issue - when you dont use your natural born gifts, your intuitive knowing, when you go ahead and choose based on what you think you should choose instead of what you know is right, then you miss out on a whole lot of magic. Life is more than our thoughts, and we are spiritual beings inside of a physical body. We must look after all of the aspects of ourselves. So I chose to weave the energy work and shamanism into the psychotherapy, and by doing that it became a healing practice, rather than a psychotherapeutic one.

- What does your job entail?

My job as a shamanic psychotherapist has changed a lot over the years. having many people visit for similar issues lead me to write books and create downloadable sessions that are affordable and effective. Many of my clients are international, and after meeting clients over Zoom I realised that we can go deep quickly that way. Having people come into my room for face-to-face visits took more energy from me than I liked, so in 2018 my healing practice became online only. Meeting with someone for me is a wonderful experience, they have already filled out a form around what they want to heal. I listen to what their mind is saying to me, but I also tune into their energy and their higher self, to get to listen to what they are not saying, or not aware of consciously. Then I use energy clearing techniques to clear what is in the way of the healing process, and work with the client directly, so they are aware of what is happening every step of the way. At the end of a typical session the client would have transformed something, let go of emotion, know what it is that they need to work on now.

Again, many people do show up with similar issues so I try to make my healing techniques available to all. I teach courses online, on my main website, and you can get pre-recorded healing sessions there for many issues. Come visit the website and check out my monthly online healing sessions, I also have a healing circle and I run live programmes from time to time. My next live programme is a 21 day online ‘Raise your Vibration Bootcamp’ where you get an email every day with a task, or healing exercise, or an audio recording that takes only 10 minutes to do, and over the 21 days your energy improves, you learn how to take better care of yourself, and make a new habit of spending time with your spiritual energy! And as well as offering all of that, I write books too!
Abby Wynne will be awarding €50 off any of the digital products on the author's website, Abby's Online Academy, to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter - open worldwide. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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