Dr. Linda J. Ferguson is an author, speaker, coach, and seminar leader to support people leading a joyful and awakened spiritual life. Linda’s website contains videos, meditations, affirmations, and other useful resources for spiritual growth and personal development. Readers can also find inspiring and informative ideas at Linda’s blog to enrich their spirituality for everyday living .
Dr. Ferguson is author of two books The Path for Greatness: Work as Spiritual Service and Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand: Awakening Soul Consciousness for the New Millennium. Readers often find the exercises at the end of every chapter very valuable and practical. They can apply the ideas immediately in their life and see results.
Linda has conducted three national book tours, presented at national conferences, and conducted worship services to inspired and appreciative audiences. Linda also leads Shamanic Journeys, spiritual study groups, and retreats for people who want to dive deeper into the insights and ideas offered in her books on spiritual growth and transformation.
Dr. Ferguson has developed a seven step process of Transformational EmpowermentTM, for personal mastery. She developed this powerful process of manifesting and creating positive life changes from her own life experiences, her work with her coaching clients, and her study of mysticism.
She uses the spiritual principles found in her Transformational EmpowermentTM process in her coaching practice so that her clients are able to more effectively move through their important life changes. Her coaching provides a structured and consistent venue so that people can make positive changes in their life easily and confidently.
Linda has been on radio interviews and has featured articles in Interbeing, a journal of personal and professional mastery. She also writes a weekly blog to support people’s desire to integrate their spiritual life with their professional life.
Dr. Ferguson earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University (I.U.-Bloomington) in Organizational Behavior with a Masters also from I.U. studying Social Psychology. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and management. Linda did her coach training in 2004 from Coach Training Alliance, completed her certification in Team Coaching, and has CCE credits from International Coach Federation (ICF).
In 1994 she traveled abroad for six months to Asia, Australia, Israel, and Europe before moving to Virginia where she currently lives. Her personal spiritual practice includes daily prayer and meditation, Sufi Dances of Universal Peace, Integral Yoga, Native American Sweat Lodges and other Earth-based ceremonies.
Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?
Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand is written for those who understand that they are a spiritual being here to learn life lessons and progress on their soul journey. The book unfolds in two sections: Foundation and Application. In the Foundation section you will explore ways to understand your life as a spiritual journey. Basic spiritual and psychological ideas are presented to support your spiritual journey and help you grow towards greater Love. The Application section provides ways that the Foundation ideas from Part 1 work in your everyday life. We all experience shifting sand at different times in our life and in different areas of our life. This book provides ideas for how to address those shifting sands of relationships, work, money, power, and sexuality. The last chapter provides a new process I’ve developed called Transformational Empowerment™ . This process helps you move past self-limiting beliefs, doubts or fears so you can live with Personal Mastery on a daily basis.
How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?
The title came to me as I was dealing with my own life changes and life challenges. I felt like I was on shifting sand and needed solid ground. I knew that I would find comfort and guidance, but not solid ground as life is always changing and shifting.
I had a lot of say on the cover design. I chose the photo and where to put the title. I was actually hoping the graphic designers would help more with the layout and look of the book, but they didn’t. That was a bit disappointing since I’m not a graphic designer and wanted someone else’s expertise in putting the layout together.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?
Here’s how the book starts, it’s a good opening to the ideas I discuss in the book:
I traveled to Asia several times and in one trip had the opportunity to visit Nepal. One of the excursions was to the Royal Chitwan National Park, a former hunting ground for the king. It is open to the public for walks, jeep rides or elephant rides to see the wildlife in its preserved state. The national government allows a limited number of people to enter the park with a guide, which entails crossing a crocodile-filled river in a wooden canoe.
One early morning walk, we came across a couple of rhinos bathing in a small pool. Our guide told us to lay low since the rhino will charge if it senses danger. Our guide also explained that rhinos have very poor eyesight, and so if it sees something move it will charge regardless of the animal. Rhinos have even attacked jeeps. Our guide seemed to take delight in calling to the rhinos to get their attention and then back off when the rhinos looked around or moved. The rhino is a good metaphor for those who are living their lives without a fully awakened mind. Many people sense danger and attack, even if they don’t fully understand what they are attacking. And because they can’t see clearly, they feel in a state of anxiety or danger most of the time. You may know such people. They could be co-workers, neighbors, community leaders, friends or family members.
What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?
Through Facebook groups and LinkedIn groups. It’s easy to reach a ton of people that way. I also promote my book via my two blogs. I include info on my book in my signature of my blogs and emails.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
I generally write in the morning. I like to write then as I’m more awake and fresh.
What are some ways that you like to relax?
I do yoga, walk, and (not often enough) get massages.
What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
Can’t say, too many authors to consider.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
Wayne Dwyer. I’d like to know how he pumps out so many books and keeps fresh stories and ideas.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
I am creating some webinars and teleseminars to share ideas for my latest book. They will be available on my website later this year – www.lindajferguson.com
I write a weekly blog on my website that people can read to keep inspired and connected to my work.
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
I grew up as a staunch atheist. I grew up in a home of scientific rational humanists. When I was a kid I used to think anyone who believed in God was an idiot or needed God as a crutch. Boy have I evolved!