Recently, I met up with the fabulous Naz Goldbourne, guesting on her Inspired Writer podcast. It was a lot of fun. Lots of laughter (especially when her gorgeous little black and white cat decided to introduce a live mouse into the proceedings) and plenty of chat about The Skull Chronicles, my writing inspiration and so much more...
Listen in here
(I've currently got my shoulder to the wheel, working hard to finish Book V of The Skull Chronicles. When time permits, I'll post the transcript of the interview here for those of you who, like me, prefer to read than listen.)
It's Christmas, and to celebrate the festive season I'm hijacking my blog to tell you about a very special festive offer available on my books. From now until midnight on 24th December, the paperback versions of ALL my books are for sale on Amazon at 20% off the listed price.
So if you're still looking for that perfect prezzie for the book-a-holic in your family, or a way to escape from the chaos and busy-ness of the festivities, why not take a look?
I haven't forgotten all of you wonderful Kindle readers either. I've reduced all ebook prices for the period as well.
You can find the Amazon links to all the books on my website at www.dkhenderson.com
But don't wait too long. This offer ends at midnight on Christmas Eve.
If you would prefer to buy signed paperback copies directly from me, with a short message added if you wish, the same offer applies. (With additional postage costs where applicable.)
Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and any message you'd like me to write in the books at and as soon as I receive payment (Paypal or bank transfer) I'll post it out.
Please order by Thursday 19th December as the last date I can post out is Friday 20th, the Royal Mail last posting date for 1st Class Mail.
This month's post comes from my dear friend, Sue Coulson of Cosmic Classroom, who was my introduction to crystal skulls back in 2011, from where the inspiration for The Skull Chronicles arose.
I was invited to select a Crystal Skull to hold from the many which surrounded me in this collectors' paradise. I pointed out the only one that had caught my eye from this vast selection, and in that moment my awareness expanded, forever transformed.
As the Skull was placed in my hands I heard words in my mind: ‘My name is Tony’.
I was shocked as I wasn’t expecting that. I explained that the skull had told me its name, and we both laughed, as Tony seemed so ordinary compared to some of the other ‘famous’ Crystal Skulls that had been spoken about during this introduction.
I left our meeting with Tony wrapped up in my bag, as this dear gentleman had suggested that it might be of benefit if I borrowed the skull for a while. Despite the obvious connection, which I couldn’t deny, I wasn’t sure what I was meant to ‘do’ with it now that I had it.
The drive home that day was interesting to say the least, as I could still hear the skull speaking in my mind.
As I look back now I can attribute that day as a major turning point in my life. Over time I discovered that this particular Crystal Skull holds a very clear space for me to make a connection with the Crystal Skull Collective, and the Higher Dimensional Beings of Light from the Pleiades star system.
These Lightbeings have been important guides in my own awakening; helping me to understand my connection with the Starlight realms, to find the Star Portals within the Avebury Stone Circle, and step into my role as a facilitator assisting other to rediscover their star origins.
I have learned about their stories through channelling, by both holding space for others to channel messages through the modern Crystal Skulls, like Tone’y, and by doing some channelling work myself. The stories that come through are often so fantastically unbelievable at times that you can’t help but to believe; especially when you know that those who are speaking the words have no prior knowledge. They have not read books or watched hours of media, and they have not had these kinds of experiences before. It is a pure message that is coming through them, heart-felt and true.
These experiences have been fascinating and humbling, for they have brought me the awareness that there is a much wider perspective to our existence than our everyday point of view.
We are Cosmic Citizens. Before meeting the Crystals Skulls I did not know we have the ability to communicate directly with benevolent beings of the stars who are here to help our evolution.
I believe there is nothing but blessings to be gained from connections with the Crystal Skull collective. Their wisdom encourages us to understand who we really are, to release our fears & claim our gifts, so that we can live harmoniously in a heart centred community.
About Sue Coulson:
Sue is the founder of Cosmic Classroom™, situated within the ancient Stone Circle of the Avebury Henge, in Wiltshire, UK. Here, much of her work is to facilitate regular meditation workshops and events with the Crystal Skulls, and offers 1:1 support for those wishing to develop their channelling skills.
Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CosmicClassroom
Check the ‘Events’ tab for more information about upcoming Crystal Skull workshops.
Recently I spent an amazing shamanic weekend in Southern Cumbria, reconnecting with the energy of the last wolf to be killed in England, which it is said, happened in that area. During that weekend, I was inspired to write the following words. I hope you enjoy them:
Silently she calls through the night. Amber eyes glint golden in the moonlight and she whispers wordlessly in my soul, 'Come. Come now. It is time.'
I rise, shivering in the chill wind that cuts across the restless sea, and I move to the door. There she stands, proud and strong, silhouetted darker against the star-filled sky, her thick coat brushed silver by the light of a million diamond pinpricks.
'Come,' she calls again and I follow, unheeding of the cold that seeps into my naked feet and rises up into the flesh and bones that cover my soul. I am near now, hearing her breath, soft in the stillness, strong in its life. She draws me closer. I cannot resist even if I choose to - and I do not choose to. She has come, as I knew she would, the promise of a thousand years held sacred, now fulfilled.
I have long waited for this moment. What will it bring? I do not know. I cannot know, for this is a path that none before me have walked. And yet I do not hesitate. I have no fear.
I am near now. So near. The warmth of her breath caresses my frozen skin and her earthy scent fills my lungs. Kneeling, I embrace her, my arms locked around her powerful shoulders, mt heartbeat meeting hers. 'Welcome,' she says. 'Welcome home.'
Many of you have contacted me to ask when Book V will be available. Well, I'm delighted to tell you that it's coming along really well and I'm delighted to see what adventures will unfold as the words emerge onto the paper. However, I can't yet give you a date so, to whet your appetite even further, for this blog entry I've posted a sneaky peek from one of the (as yet unedited and unproof-read) chapters. It is a first draft so the final version will probably end up a little different and much more polished. I hope you enjoy it anyway.
The three fugitives huddled together in the narrow cleft in the hillside. It was cold. The gathering storm was pushing before it a brisk, chill wind that cut through to their bones. They had found this shelter, inadequate as it was, only just in time. Overhead, the sky had turned from soft black velvet to a dull, light-sucking slate as the clouds stole over the stars. They had put a good distance between themselves and the ridge. Would it be enough? None of them felt easy. Pharaoh would not give up his search, not when he had come so close. No doubt he would realise that perhaps the Guardians had somehow been forewarned and had made their escape before his troops arrived. As soon as he did, he would throw all his power into the search and the fugitives would be hunted down mercilessly. No doubt too, that there would be a handsome price on their heads. Declared traitors, capture would not lead to a quick merciful death for any of them.
From under half-closed lids Al-Azar studied his companions; they appeared unaffected by the weariness that was claiming him and they had only stopped because of the imminent storm. He had never felt so tired, even after his habitual long hours of servitude in the palace. His legs would not have taken him one step further had all the ghouls of the underworld been at his heels. He had been awake for two full days now, and despite the cold and discomfort, soon his eyelids dropped and he slept restlessly in the rear-most part of their small hideout.
The first flash of lightning pierced the rocky chink to its furthermost point, illuminating the drawn face of the sleeping Al-Azar. He stirred and grunted, the crash of the resultant thunderclap failing to wake him from his deathlike sleep. His companions exchanged glances. He was really only a boy still, fourteen or fifteen years old at the most, and he was no soldier. He would slow them down and greatly reduce their chances of success, and yet they could not – would not – leave him behind, not when he had risked everything to warn them.
The two Guardians took turns to stand watch all through the cold, wet night, leaving Al-Azar to sleep. The better rested he was, the easier the following day would be for all of them. Deep into the darkest hours, Mirek roused Daan from his dreams for his shift, though to be fair Daan had scarcely slept an hour with the chaos of the storm raging around their refuge.
‘All quiet. No sign on Pharaoh’s troops. Not that I’d expect anyone to be out on a night like...’ He tailed off. Daan was staring wide-eyed over his shoulder at the entrance in confusion. Mirek whirled around, expecting to see armed soldiers blocking their escape. Stunned, he stumbled and fell to his knees, his legs refusing to hold him. Terrified by what he saw, he scrabbled backwards until he came up against cold solid rock. Daan was beside him, breathing heavily, his knife in his hand. For at the doorway to the tiny cave, filling it completely stood an enormous male lion. Its shoulder stood as high as Mirek’s and the glowing halo of its thick mane reached more than an arm’s length across. It was watching the two men intently.
Behind them in the cave, Al-Azar stirred and opened his eyes, letting out a cry at the sight he encountered. Abject fear danced with wonder. Never before had he seen a beast such a this. While the lions of the palace menageries were magnificent creatures, the one standing before them now dwarfed them all. And – he blinked, wondering if the night was playing tricks on his eyes – it was white, as pure a white as the marble that graced so much of the palace. Not the rich, tawny gold of those in the royal household. And this beast glowed, as if lit from within.
Mirek’s hand edged slowly towards his sword, only to be stopped by a low growl that rumbled around the cave like the thunder that still reverberated across the hill tops.
‘Lay down your weapons. I do not come to harm you but to guide you.’
Only the deep-throated growl sounded in their ears, and yet, to their astonishment, they all understood. This white lion was speaking to them!
‘W-what do you wish of us?’ After a long silence Daan had managed to stammer out the question they all were asking.
‘Where do you take the skull you carry?’
The Guardians exchanged glances. ‘We have no skull.’ Mirek stated firmly.
‘Do not pretend.’ The lion’s roar shook the ground beneath their feet. ‘You carry with you Muu-Nan, the rose amethyst skull of Regulus. That which was brought back to this place generations ago. I know this to be true, and I ask again. Where do you take it?’
‘We have no plan,’ Daan admitted. ‘Our only objective was – is – to keep it out of Pharaoh’s hands. More than that, we have not yet determined. Events have happened too quickly to allow for considered thought. Perhaps it would be best to take it overseas, to the west.’
‘This time, Muu-Nan must remain here amongst these great monuments he helped to build.’ The rumbling paused. ‘There is a place that awaits him. You must take it there.’ Another pause, longer this time. When the lion spoke again, the men heard a warning in his words. ‘Know this, however. To do so will demand more of you than you have ever given.’
Al-Azar pushed forward, inexplicably no longer afraid of the mighty lion. ‘Who are you? Why should we trust you?’
‘I am Rasalas of Regulus. It was my ancestors who forged the sacred skull Muu-Nan in the temples of their worlds and brought him here. We have watched over him ever since. Many times we have feared for his safety. Never until now though was the danger so pressing.’
‘Their worlds?’ The boy had heard. He studied the night sky above their heads, now star-studded black velvet once more. ‘You are not of this world?’
‘My people travelled a vast distance to bring our gift of Muu-Nan to you.’ Al-Azar had the weird sensation that Rasalas was smiling. ‘But that was long ago. We returned when the great lion was raised on the plateau and Muu-Nan set in its head. We return now to help you to keep him safe and undiscovered for the next thousand generations.’