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Monday Musings ~ The Writer’s Corner: Author Highlight & the Importance of Storytelling

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Monday’s Musings this week takes us back to the days of storytelling and the simplicity of woven symbolism that speaks to the heart. One of the authors I hold dear in heart is Cliff Durfee, who transitioned back to the stars as the angel he is in October of 2014. I shared and reviewed his book, “Stories for the Inner Ear” in a blog post just the year before. You can find that here:

Self Discovery Was Never So Simple And Fun ~ Stories For The Inner Ear By Cliff Durfee

His book is one of my most cherished and sits on a whimsical shelf alongside my most favorite books and beloved pieces.

As the first link reflects, Cliff and I shared a very special friendship and I feel him so often around me, supporting and guiding my journey.

Especially so when I began writing my new story, feeling him to be smiling down upon me with my dear rabbit and tortoise friends who are out in the Cosmos with him. In fact, my Russian tortoise, Gaia, moved on very close in time to Cliff.

I find it interesting that it was not long after his moving on to the next part of his journey that I experienced a twist in my own and went through a soul-decision of how to embrace my own transitional phase, which led me to now.

With the holidays being challenging times for people missing their loved ones and even experiencing the transition of people dear to them, this compounded the reason to share about Cliff and his book again.

It is through the innocent beauty of what he brought through to the world and to my life, that I find extra peace and experience of his eternal presence, which brings sweetness to what could otherwise be emotionally challenging.

And as a writer, sharing a love for child-like simplicity, faerytale, and mythical storytelling, I am seeing even more why our connection was so profound and how much he is helping me to bring forth my best through my own work.

Storytelling is perhaps the oldest art form, as even simple drawings were a way to tell a story and leave lasting impressions for others. It is a sacred and ritualistic process that is very meaningful.

Everything has a story to share if we take the time, and devote the presence, to listening.

From the trees to the mountains, the creatures of the forest and sea, the tiniest child or eldest member of the family, to even the stars and Cosmic sound frequencies – they all carry a story and purity of heart will open us to hearing more and more of them.

Stories give our lives meaning, inspire, provoke, teach, entertain, reflect, express beauty, and shape the future while also healing the past. They bring us into the moment to feel something that has the ability to change our lives, here and now.

Cliff’s book is a compilation of eleven magickal stories interwoven into a simple and enchanting read. The layers of symbolism speak to your heart and sweetly work on your subconscious.

It’s still available on Amazon and may be a beautiful holiday gift for a loved one or yourself.

There is room for all kinds of storytelling because we love being moved by a story, taking us through the twists and turns of emotions and life decisions, to awaken parts of us in slumber, or remind us of something important we’ve forgotten.

In essence storytelling connects us both to our humanity and ignites our destiny.


tania on moonlight beach, encinitasTo myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me. ~Isaac Newton

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Today would have been my beautiful soul friend Cliff Durfee’s day of birth into this Earthly experience…celebrating with him in paradise eternal.

This is a photo my dearly departed friend took of me during our time together on his favorite Moonlight Beach. It happens to be my all-time favorite candid photo taken of me.

My friend Lynne recently mentioned upon seeing this photo, “he seemed to bring out that extra special light in you”.

Another friend, Lea, shared, “this photo just personifies your essence and joy and life, in one image”.

And Cliff said, “You and nature go so well with each other!”

As I mentioned before, “it is I who felt most gratitude and honor FOR HIM, as it was the reflection of who HE is that drew out the essence of who I am”.

Thank you Cliff for bringing out the best in me and reminding me of what’s most important.

Reflecting the love and joy that you are, Cliff, and celebrating you in every breath of life.

Feeling extra gratitude and love for the dear souls who have touched my life and that really see me, bring out the best in me, inspire me to greater heights of my essence, and love me with all of my complex layers.

Remembering, Honoring & Celebrating a Dear Soul – Cliff Durfee

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Cliff and I at the Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens

It’s been a very challenging, intense, and volatile period for the collective. We’ve been experiencing the passing of many beautiful souls, both in human and animal bodies that are making their transition. Things are shifting in ways that have immense impact and hopefully create the impetus for immense change.

Like many of you, I have also experienced the passing of dear ones, and have been supporting others going through the same. As you may know, my sweet Russian Tortoise, Gaia, recently moved on into her cosmic self, and just Friday a very dear friend of mine moved into the peace and expanse of his soul.

It is he that I wish to honor and remember today, after just learning of his passing yesterday.

Some of you may know him as well, so if this is your first time learning of this, I hold you in love as you integrate the news.

The beautiful soul I speak of is Cliff Durfee.

You may remember my post about his wonderful book, Stories for the Inner Ear, which includes my thoughts on it, as well as a bio of Cliff for anyone interested in knowing more about the life he led and other books he’s authored.

As his bio shares, Cliff spent the last thirty years + “devoted to personal and spiritual growth, developing intuition, and supporting people in aliveness, love, and laughter.” And this truly is who he IS at heart – always giving, always open to deepening his experience, gratitude, and understanding of the mysteries of life.

He often told me of the stories from his past where he had opportunity to meet and engage with people like Shakti Gawain, before her books became popular (an author that was important along my journey), as well as Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, and others. He had such a wealth of knowledge and richness of experience to share. And in recent years had become devoted to educating people on chemtrails, and shared with me his passions of projects he was wanting to create to support others.

If you haven’t read “Stories for the Inner Ear”, I highly recommend it for the reasons you’ll find at the link. Plus, it will really give you a glimpse of the heart and soul of Cliff.

There’s so much I could say about Cliff, but really want mostly to remember the beauty of who he is and always will be, as his soul lives on in every way and in every one of the people he touched with his immense heart.

Cliff and I became good friends online via Facebook maybe 6 years ago, and we then continued a friendship outside of that forum, on Skype messaging and calls, as well as emails. The world wide web certainly has made it possible to enjoy wonderful connections and bridge the space between physical distance, even if it does create other issues to be mindful of.

We always shared a special and mutually admiring friendship, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that we finally had the chance to meet in person, even though we lived about an hour to an hour and a half apart. Divine timing is always at work.

This would be the only time we connected in the physical, but it was so perfect and reflective of who we each are in essence and the beauty of our friendship. I’m so grateful for it.

On that day, I went down to visit him in Encinitas and we spent a lovely day together, as he showed me his world and we shared many a hug, smile, and laughter.

I got to see the wonderful place he called home and the trees, flowers, and plants outside his place that he often told me about that were dear to him and that he could see out his window from where he worked and talked to me (including stories on how he saved many of them and some trees he stopped the tree cutters from cutting down).

I had the chance to meet the lovely little parakeet that adopted him (Sweety Bird) and shared some tea, as he showed me some of his life treasures, including an angel I’d sent him, which he said was so dear to him.

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Cliff and I at Moonlight Beach

I also had the chance to visit some of his favorite spots including exploring the Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens above the ocean, his favorite lunch spot – Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar – for a vegan lunch and shared dessert, and then a long walk and continued meaningful conversation on his favorite Moonlight Beach.

How grateful I was and am that I got to see all these reflections of him that he held so dear, as well as share stories and hear of the wonderful experiences he’d had in his life and the stories behind his lovely book.

And even though we physically met only once, our connection was one that extended well beyond, as a soul friendship running very deep and dear.

Cliff was to me such a pure soul that exuded love, gentleness, compassion, and innocence. While he was such a wise man, that was all embodied in an incredibly sweet child.

It is this place that he and I met so beautifully and the thing we both respected and admired in one another.

Cliff often wrote the sweetest messages and comments on my posts that truly touched me, and he daily extended his gratitude in deep ways for who I was. He told me I’d inspired him to be vegan, and often sent me vegan recipes he found, knowing how much I liked to make things. He always commented on my posts when I shared a vegan dish I’d made, saying how he wished to be my next door neighbor so we could share in the yummyness.

I wished we could have too. And yet now we are in a way. I’ll smile every time I make something in the kitchen, knowing he is right beside me enjoying the process and now able to be with me to enjoy them as he wanted.

He often made mention that that one day we shared as friends, meeting in a timeless sacred space, changed and infused him with a new outlook on life, by his being able to experience seeing life through my eyes that day.

And yet, it is I who felt most gratitude and honor FOR HIM, as it was the reflection of who he is that drew out the essence of who I am. I often told him in each of our exchanges, how dear he was, and how much I so appreciated him.

Never did either of us take for granted any conversation or connecting time, no matter how small or short it may seem.

He often called me his angel, and yet he is now mine living in the expansive freedom, joy, purity, and love that he is in my heart and in all of the hearts of those who hold him dear and the many he has, and will continue to touch with his soul, and through his beautiful work he gifts us.

Cliff is one of those very special souls that you are truly blessed in life to be graced with their presence. I did and always will adore him.

I did not have the chance to be with him in his last days, but I did have the opportunity to talk to him, which I’m so grateful for. My connection with him, kept me intuitively in tune, and when I felt something and hadn’t heard from him, it made me check in with him. That is how I found out about his sudden turn of events with his health, which was completely out of the blue.

We then were able to have a beautiful and positive conversation, which was to be the last, as he called me from the hospital, the day before being released to hospice at home. We shared some tears, and some laughs (he still had his lovely humor despite the prognosis), and he told me the peace he was in, and that he truly was okay with whatever was to be. He asked if I could send him some Reiki for the pain, which I continued to do each day, and we planned that when he was settled back home, I was going to go visit him, but this did not come to be.

Friday, something told me to check in with him. So I messaged him, but no answer. I felt something, yet it wasn’t until yesterday that I discovered it was the morning of that very day I checked in with him (8:15 am) that he passed.

cliffHowever, that conversation that we last shared was perfect and lingers with me. We were both able to say from our hearts (several times) the most important thing, which is how we left the conversation upon hanging up, “I love you so much”.

And that is the message I hope to leave with each of you, and which he impressed upon me so much, as I was reflecting yesterday about him at the beach.

To live each moment fully. To embrace what is most important in life and of lasting value. And to always say, share, and be all the things that you are, would always wish to say to or wish to hear from others, even if you aren’t receiving it, and to not waste a single moment.

I honor and celebrate you Cliff in the expansive freedom and grace of who you are now and always. I’m so grateful to have been touched by the love you so generously share. We are all so gifted by your presence.

Reflecting the love and joy that you are and celebrating you in every breath of life.

Self Discovery Was Never So Simple And Fun – Stories for the Inner Ear by Cliff Durfee

stories for the inner earHaving spent a good portion of my life researching, reading, studying, dissecting, and uncovering, I’ve come to a place where I am more drawn to experiencing, integrating, and practicing the discoveries I’ve come to learn as my truth, as well as being extra present to receiving from within to learn to interpret the messages constantly gifted from the Universe…in essence “walking the walk” and discovering and growing in the moment.

I prefer direct, inner experience and if I do read, it’s through divine guidance I’m drawn, rather than “seeking” and sometimes that is merely to pick up a book I’ve already read to turn to exactly what message would be most powerfully reiterating that day.

And sometimes what I’m drawn to read is to discover other tools that I can share with people that may be supportive with the journey of gentle “beingness.”

I’ve also been known to “simplify” things and to use child-like examples to illustrate the complex in a way that speaks to the heart.

Perhaps it is all of these reasons that I was inspired to read my dear friend, Cliff Durfee’s book, Stories for the Inner Ear, which I’d been reading in a slow pace, when I felt guided to, mostly taking place while at the beach on the weekends relaxing and picnicking (as pictured in the photos of this post).

This is my review of Cliff’s book that I recently posted on Amazon:

This is an enchanting book and simple, flowing read that anyone can enjoy. Whether you read it as a novel or simply flip open to one of the eleven magical stories, you will find exactly what is valuable for you to bring awareness to in your life, while being taken on an adventure that leads to the heart of you. I have always felt that we make things more complex than they need to be and that it really IS simple. Cliff’s book is a perfect example of this. Having been one who has studied and read metaphysical information and books throughout my life, I’ve come to a place of not feeling called to acquire information anymore, but focusing on the current Intuition Age. I prefer direct, inner experience for developing a relationship with The Divine within and Cliff’s book, Stories For the Inner Ear, does just that. It is laced with layered symbolism and will work on your subconscious in more ways than your mind will wrap around, but your heart and soul will be grateful for.

stories for the inner ear at beachIf you feel guided to a fun exploration of you, reminiscent of the days of story-telling, that you can come back to, time and time again, you may enjoy this gentle journey Cliff shares. Whether, adult, child, or simply child-at-heart, you may find resonance with this lovely and loving experience that, as Jack Canfield shares, “is destined to be a movie shot in beautiful Idyllwild.”

You can explore more about Cliff’s book here, including a video and reviews of reader comments, foreword by Jack Canfield, and receive a discount coupon for your first copy of the book here: Stories for the Inner Ear

It’s also available on Amazon here: Stories for the Inner Ear

Author Bio:

Cliff Durfee resides just north of San Diego in Encinitas, California. He received a B.A. in Education from Arizona State University, and worked for over a decade in the area of complex computer software design. It was clear early on that his primary talent and joy was through creativity. He pursued this in a major way by founding Live Love Laugh. This company published his first two books and a gift product he developed, called Sprinkles, which sold to over 2700 stores over a period of seven years. He has used his creativity to develop very innovative websites for clients, including My Referral Club, which assists many business clubs across the nation in networking and business referrals. For over thirty years, he has been devoted to personal and spiritual growth, developing intuition, and supporting people in aliveness, love, and laughter.

Cliff’s first book was called “Feel Alive with Love, Have a Heart Talk” and was published in 1979. It assists friends, couples, and families in having harmonious and loving relationships. The seven-step Heart Talk went on to become a popular communication technique used in youth groups across the nation. In 2005, a chapter of the book “The Success Principles”was devoted to honoring this technique, which Jack Canfield used in many workshops over the years.

His second book was a curriculum for teachers. In addition to receiving a teaching credential in Arizona, Cliff’s affinity for teaching and love for children provided a natural way to expand upon his first book by bringing it into the classroom. This curriculum, “More Teachable Moments,” contains experiential lessons that assist students in developing listening skills, expression of feelings, and mutual support for achieving goals. These materials were endorsed by the world famous psychologist and author, Dr. Carl R. Rogers. All of Cliff’s books were produced out of love, creativity, and the desire for everyone to have a greater experience of life, love, and laughter.

During the last two decades, before publishing “Stories for the Inner Ear,” Cliff practiced listening within. Wonderful words flowed out in the form of allegorical stories. Though he knew it was something he wanted to share, life’s little (and big) distractions kept having him put things on the shelf until it was published in 2011.

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