And Still I Smile: Leigh Hickombottom
The Power of a Smile and the Power of Believing in who you are! The Power of Love and the Power of Understanding and the Power of YOU!
Imagine being able to finally uncover the real you. Leigh Hickombottom shares her very powerful life’s journey from her early years living and being born in Mississippi and the elder of two twins to remembering her first days in the hospital and the differences in her father and mother. A man with a positive outlook and a mother who was strict, loving and a “God reading woman, who in my eyes, was a bit controlling.” The author continues with an incident that hampered her ability to trust in adults dealing with a babysitter. Moving on to her school years she had many successes, many friends and some teachers who were supportive and others who were not. Leigh likes to move around when dealing with her interests and focus as she took ballet, dance, delved into creative art and then in the seventh grade track. An incident in the seventh grade with a teacher that she challenged and who challenged her allows readers to know that Leigh has a strong personality, beliefs in herself and when she thinks she is right will not back down. Continuing with her schooling and citing a dilemma or problem in Grade Six and how she came to learn more about the Church is the heart of Chapter 2 which includes her stay and confinement in a psychiatric institution. In an online interview I asked the author what the message was that she hoped readers would come away with so that everyone will understand the rationale behind this book. Leigh states: “ What is the message that you hope readers will come away with after writing this book? The message I hope reader’s walk away with is that regardless of where they are in life and circumstances endured, all things are possible. I want readers to know they have the ability to live their dreams and still be connected to God/source which is not separate from them but within them. Finally to take their lives in there own hands living authentically caught in the rapture of self-love regardless of outside pressure of who others want or say they should be.” This explanation should help readers understand how this book can help them.
Chapters 3, 4, and five focus on the author’s schooling, growth and understanding of herself, her needs and finding a career that would motivate her and she would pursue and feel fulfilled. But, the chapter that interested me the most and I found most compelling is the one where she reveals that she has specific talents. She includes information about her four daughters and how different yet alike they are. Within my online interview Leigh describes each one as she does within this book: Light is very head strong like mom, Tatjana is very creative and artistic yet sensitive like mom, Olivia is a hands down diva making her presence known and persistent in her demands like mom, and Sophia has athleticism of a lion and cheetah mixed who also is very independent and like to be in her own harmonious world also like mom. The rest like any good mystery book you need to learn by reading the book and finding out the formula, how channeling works and much more.
Chapter 8 focuses on her gifts and I am going to elaborate on each one quoting the definitions that the author presents to readers and then the answers from my online interview that will provide the reader with examples of how she incorporates these talents to help not only herself but others. Sight the author defines as being able to “ see energies that usually are invisible to the naked eye.” Truth in the eyes: is defined as being “ able to see truth in a person standing directly in from of me.” Channeling is defined: “ connecting with angel, fairies, spirits that have passed on.”Clair cognizance: “This is a knowing. I can ask questions and instead of hearing answers, I know them automatically.” Automatic writing is when the author allows a message to flow directly through her hands with no interference. Next she defines empathy and faith. Examples of how she learned she has these talents were told me in the online “I knew the day I sat in that chapel talking to God when I was able to see my hands glowing vividly green with an aura around them. But it took me being older and more driven to heal and know more existed and after having my first child this opportunity presented itself and the death of my grandfather catapulted experiences in fast motion. I would have to say when I saw my grandmother (whom I never met due to her early ascent) Validated that I had something. I then asked her which talent she knew she had first and her response is: The first gift I noticed was being able to see aura. So I would say the gift of sight” I asked the author to tell everyone why she devoted one full chapter to Self-love and this is part of her response: Why self- Love? I feel it is the basis of the level of experiences we draw to ourselves, Without the love of self we cannot give unconditional love to those people and experiences we wish to fully give to. Without Self Love and acceptance of ourselves we cannot expect to attract and be receptive to that energy flowing to us from our peers or get mad when they treat us the way we view ourselves.” There are many things we can learn about ourselves, how to focus on what she relates at the Formula on page 66 which will help you on the road to becoming healthy, promising to treat yourself and that “body of yours better. There are five components listed. Channeled messages ends the first part of the book where she focuses on why it is important to go within, Light workers, freedom liberation, Truth, oneness and ask: Then all in silence. These are elaborately discussed within chapter 13. The first part of the book ends with how she channels messages and the final part or part two is quite interesting as she includes quite a number of quotes that she calls Quotes for Daily Reflection and Meditation of which I chose five that I found really quite interesting: “Truth that in each moment you are not alone and fully loved for the being that you are, totally and utterly.” Soul . Another that I found quite telling is: from the author herself: “ It is not what you said you would do yesterday, but what you do today, that plants the seeds of your tomorrow.” Leigh and a final one that I want to include: “ Self-mastery is achieved by taking a higher point of view and seeing through the inner eyes of love.” Archangels. An interesting journey from childhood to the present as Leigh Hickombottom allows people into her home, her life and the thoughts through her ups and downs and: And still she smiles!
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