The inspiration for the cover of my new book

The sunflower is the Inspiration for the cover of my new book,
Gifts from the Devastation, which is now available to pre-order.
Interesting synchronicities led me to choose it and I wanted to share the story.

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One particular week, late last summer, I was mulling over ideas for an image that would encapsulate the overall message of the book.

I asked the universe for help and this is what happened, all in the next week.

1. I met a friend for a walk and as we chatted she proceeded to tell me about her gardening efforts. She had planted wild flower seeds and the only flower that had actually come into bloom was the sunflower.

2. I went for a walk in a local park. I remember the day well as it was pouring rain and visibility was poor. I had my hood up to shelter from the weather and as I looked up to greet another walker, I saw a tall sunflower directly in my line of sight.

3. Later that week, I paid a visit to a knitting shop which gives me great joy, Knitwits, in Galway. As I flicked through magazines, I came across a cover with a sunflower on it.

4. Then right beside me as I paid for my purchases, was, I kid you not, a roll of fabric covered in sunflowers.

I'm  little slow on the uptake. But after that series of events, I was left in no doubt.

The sunflower was the perfect choice for me and resonated for so many reasons:

-It is strong, vibrant and full of vitality which is how I feel post-cancer.

-It moves to face the light, reflecting my own desire for light and truth in my life.

-The colours are my favourites and reflect the personal journey I have been on.
Turquoise represents the throat chakra (communication and self-expression) and yellow represents the solar plexus (our seat of personal power).

-The pattern of the seeds in the centre follow sacred geometry, the mathematical fibonacci sequence. My experience with cancer taught me that life is sacred and we are all beautiful aspects of the divine.

-The sunflower always makes me smile.

So there you have it.

That is why I chose the sunflower.

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