Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search

Getting Started
Houses & Aspects
Karmic Astrology
Planets & Signs
Professional & Counseling
Reports & Charts

Decks & Kits
Getting Started
Lo Scarabeo
Magic & Spells
Tarot Bags & Cloths
Tarot Books
Theory & Practice

Book of Shadows
Celtic & Druid
Cooking & Crafts
Faeries & Elementals
Folklore & Natural Magic
Goddess & God Worship
Green Spirituality
Sabbats & Seasons

Alternative Therapies
Crystals & Gems
Energy Work

Golden Dawn
Ritual Tools
Theory & Technique

Ancient & Lost Civilizations
Ghosts & Hauntings
Spirit Communication
UFO & Alien Encounters

Astral Projection
Past Lives & Afterlife
Psychic Development
Spirit Communication

Angels & Spirit Guides
Death & the Afterlife
Empowerment & Inspiration
Psychic Development

I Ching

Coloring Books
Glass Spheres
Phone Covers
Salt Lamps
Sealing Waxes


Lo Scarabeo
Blue Angel
Golden Hoard

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Interview with Debra Moffitt

An Interview with Author Debra Moffitt

1. Garden of Bliss is your second book (the first being Awake in the World). What inspired you to write your new book?

Garden of Bliss was inspired by secret gardens and by the desire to share a very active and conscious process for cultivating one's inner landscape through connecting with intuition, learning to pay attention to and trust dreams, and allowing one's self to be guided by inner wisdom. For people interested in a spiritual journey, I aimed to reveal how the process works through drawing attention to the different seasons of soul growth. These include breaking new ground, planting seeds, and cultivating the inner landscape of the spirit through different seasons. The final section is about harvesting joy.

2. You use the metaphor of an inner garden for personal bliss. How did you decide on such a representation?

I spent a lot of time in Europe and secret gardens kept popping up in casual conversations across languages and cultures. In France during a deep conversation with a man, he suggested I take my reflections into my "jardin secret" to explore more deeply. Later in an Italian-speaking area of Switzerland a similar situation occurred, and someone said to explore my spiritual questions in my "giardino segreto." I started to research the origin of secret gardens and discovered that secret gardens sprang up in Europe during the Middle Ages, a chaotic period plagued by wars, drought, and power struggles where little could grow outside of the protected walls. Secret gardens became sacred, walled enclosures where healing herbs, fruit trees, and delicate flowers could be tended and harvested. I find that the symbol of the secret garden is a very appropriate symbol for our times. It's a place within us where we can safely explore our spirits, allow ourselves to grow, reconnect with emotions, nurture ourselves with loving kindness, and find joy.

3. Your previous book, Awake in the World, provided 108 exercises to help readers live a divine life. Does Garden of Bliss provide similar exercises?

Yes, Garden of Bliss also offers suggestions at the end of chapters on how to tend to one's inner life. There's a guided visualization to help readers discover what their secret garden of the soul looks like and what messages it holds for them. I love to work with dreams, symbols, and synchronicity, and there are sections that encourage readers to pay attention to the signs in their lives and discover the language of their soul. There are exercises on staying grounded—an essential element in soul growth—and one of my favorites is to create the fragrance of one's life using head, heart, and base notes like perfumers do.

4. Garden of Bliss was described by Janna McMahan, best-selling author of Anonymity and The Ocean Inside, as being "[l]ike Eat, Pray, Love< without the whine." What do you make of that comparison?

I worked on Garden of Bliss before reading Eat, Pray, Love, and when I finally read it I couldn't help but notice that author, Elizabeth Gilbert, had also found her spiritual self through travel. Garden of Bliss is set in Europe, where I lived for many years. It also touches on travels to Egypt; India; and my return to Charleston, South Carolina. It reveals personal stories (some of them quite painful) with the aim of exploring the exciting, mystical, and sometimes challenging experiences of spiritual growth, and it ultimately aims to encourage others to set out on the journey or continue along the way if they've started.

5. What do you hope your readers will take away from Garden of Bliss?

I have found that reading about others' spiritual experiences has helped me to understand my own. I hope that readers will feel inspired to explore their inner secret gardens and cultivate them. In one secret garden workshop I presented we did an exercise on planting seeds, values and qualities that we wished to grow in our secret gardens. Later I talked about the effort it requires to calm and train the mind and find peace. A woman said to me afterward, "I never realized you had to work at it!" The discovery changed her life, and she actively began to cultivate peace in her inner secret garden. The result was that she found her world held less and less drama and became more peaceful, too. Cultivating inner sacred space means facing some of the darkness within us. But as we clear out the junk, we become more peaceful and find joy. So the take away from Garden of Bliss is that all of those things we think we'll find outside in the world—happiness, satisfaction, peace—are actually inside of us and we find them by actively going inside and excavating.

Garden of Bliss
Garden of Bliss
Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery
Trade Paperback  |  $16.99 US,  $19.50 CAN
$5.95 US,  $6.83 CAN On Sale!  |  9780738733821  |  May 2013
The Secret Garden: A Gateway to Reviving the Spirit and Finding Bliss Journey to your secret garden, a protected place of spirit and imagination where you can connect with your emotions, trust... Read more

Luis Minero A Fine Time for Healing Radio Show
with Luis Minero
November 27, 2015
United States
Kristy Robinett Kristy Robinett on Dead Air Radio
with Kristy Robinett
December 6, 2015
United States
Robert  Butera PhD The Pure Heart of Yoga with Bob Butera
with Robert Butera PhD
December 15, 2015
Blooming Glen, PA  United States
Tisha Morris Energized Living Today
with Tisha Morris
December 15, 2015
United States
Alex Matsuo Interview on Spirit Radio - The Paranormal Experience
with Alex Matsuo
December 19, 2015
NH  United States
Alexandra Chauran Interview on Moments with Marianne
with Alexandra Chauran
January 8, 2016
United States
KZUM Exploring Unexplained Phenomena Radio
with Richard Estep
January 9, 2016
United States

Search events for:
Author Book City State

Sacred Priestess Printed Tarot Bag Sacred Priestess Printed Tarot Bag
By: Lo Scarabeo
Price: $11.95 US,  $13.95 CAN
Dream Fairies Inspirational Cards Dream Fairies Inspirational Cards
By: Bianca Luna, Julia Jeffrey
Price: $17.95 US,  $20.95 CAN
$14.36 US,  $16.76 CAN On Sale!
The Real Witches' Book of Spells and Rituals The Real Witches' Book of Spells and Rituals
By: Kate West
Price: $21.95 US,  $25.50 CAN
$17.56 US,  $20.40 CAN On Sale!
Revelations Tarot Revelations Tarot
By: Zach Wong
Price: $28.99 US,  $33.50 CAN
Don't Call Them Ghosts Don't Call Them Ghosts
The Spirit Children of Fontaine Manse- A True Story

By: Kathleen McConnell
Price: $13.95 US,  $15.95 CAN
$9.07 US,  $10.37 CAN On Sale!
Setting Spirits Free Setting Spirits Free
Clear Negative Energy & Help Ghosts Cross Over

By: Diana Palm
Price: $15.99 US,  $18.50 CAN
$10.39 US,  $12.03 CAN On Sale!
Magical Candle Crafting Magical Candle Crafting
Create Your Own Candles for Spells & Rituals

By: Ember Grant
Price: $16.95 US,  $19.50 CAN