Angie Azur is a YA Sci-fi Writer.
Writer for PALEO Magazine.
Former Intern at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
SCBWI & COWG Member.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Interview with Kimberly Burnham, PhD and featured author in Pebbles in the Pond, Transforming the World One Person at a Time.


Kimberly Burnham, Phd., is the only author so far to have two interviews running on my blog. Way to go Kimberly! You are an amazing person and wonderful writer. 

Kimberly and I met through a professional Facebook page for writers. Her books interested me and so I reached out to interview her. Her books will not only inspire you, but help you to become the person you know you are inside. 

Below are the questions she answered:

1.    Why were you among the chosen authors to participate in this book?

Last year I got tremendous value out of Christine Kloser's Transformational Author Experience, which was packed with ideas, interviews, and support for writers interested in changing the world

 Christine led this project and asked me, along with 40 or so remarkable authors to take part. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have my chapter included along with Marci Shimoff, Marcelle Charrois, and Ann White. 

I am meeting so many amazing women and men through this project.

2.    What one word would you say to the writer who wants to cause a ripple in his/her community?

Center!   What I mean by that is center yourself. Ground yourself. By fully embodying your inner power, you can act as a fulcrum, a center point around which transformation can occur.

3.      Did you use a collaborative process in your writing?

I wrote my chapter by myself but the experiences I share are from working in a large multi-disciplinary clinic, where I learned so much from my incredible colleagues and clients. In that sense it is a collaboration.

Also in the time between finishing my chapter and the publication of Pebbles in the Pond, I have had a chance to read most of my fellow authors chapters. We posted them on our "secret" Facebook page. The feedback I have received by this group of transformational authors has helped me become a better writer. 

My next book, The Nerve Whisperer, Recover Your Life Through Brain Health, will contribute even more to healing in the world.

4.    Describe this book in 5 words.

Sharing transforms readers joining storyteller.

5.    Describe your chapter in this book in 5 words.

Seeing, understanding, responding creates life.

My Pebbles in the Pond chapter title is The Eyes Observing Your World.

6.    What impact are you having with your blog?

We have a Facebook Fan page for Pebbles in the Pond which is creating lots of excitement around the book. Even better at driving anticipation (Release date May 20, 2012) and comments is the blog at http://www.PebblesinthePondBook.com 

Authors like, Marilee A. Snyder-Nieciaks, are sharing how they came to write their chapter, divulging additional details of their experiences and explaining what they have learned through the joys and tragedies of life.

7.    When did you learn the value of seeing?

By the time I was 28, I had caught butterflies in Colombia, photographed lions in Kenya, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and run up and down the escalator of the 1958 World's Fair Atom in Brussels Belgium. I have SEEN a big chunk of the world, despite being born with a genetic condition of the eyes. 

I was diagnosed with keratoconus, a potentially blinding thinning of the cornea in my 20's. That diagnosis set me on a path to heal my own eyes and inspire others with genetic, vision, and nervous system related conditions to expect miracles and set the bar for nervous system healing and functioning higher. I began seeing the world and learning from people different from myself since I was six.

8. What funny story do you have about working on or publishing this book?

It turns out I have a photographic memory for jokes, even though someone pointed out that technically that would be called an audio graphic memory. We don't always understand the meaning of what we are looking at. One way to sleep better is to really see what is around us in our lives while we are awake. This can be a challenge, as this anecdote from Sherlock Holmes illustrates:

            Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go camping. About three o'clock in the morning, Holmes nudges Watson and says, "Look up. What do you see?"
           Watson replies very specifically, "Millions of points of light."
           "What does this mean?,” asks Holmes.
           At this point, Watson launches into, "Well, if I look at it from an astronomical point of view, I know that each point of light is a star around which planets are revolving. If I look at it from an astrological point of view, I see that Cancer is rising. And further, I can tell from the arrangement of the constellations that we are in the Northern Hemisphere and it is about three o'clock in the morning."
           Holmes’s reply is quick and to the point: “You idiot, somebody stole our tent!"
           Remember, Sherlock Holmes is the one who said, "Looking is not the same as seeing." My job is to help people see.

9. Why do you think people respond to your writing in such a positive way?

There are two myths in our society. One is that our vision can't get better after a disease process or injury. The other is that it is normal for our eyesight to worsen as we age. These are just myths. 

I have proved them wrong for myself and helped clients disprove these myths. I think that inherently, we know that we can improve the way we perceive the world whether it is through our eyes, ears, sense of taste, smell or touch. When someone like myself with academic credentials and personal experiences confirms that this is true, people respond in a positive way.

10. Have you considered writing a children's book on this same subject?

I had not considered writing a children's book, until you asked me the question but I work clinically with children, using Integrative Medicine approaches like acupressure, Integrative Manual Therapy, and Matrix Energetics to function and communicate at a higher level despite a diagnosis of autism, ADD, learning and speech issues, cerebral palsy, seizures, Friederiech's ataxia, Down syndrome, Morquio syndrome, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, and more.

With your question, I am now considering a book that could be read to children about how remarkable our ability to see, hear, speak and feel are but that the most amazing ability of our bodies is to heal and adapt to our environment. 

I am thinking in terms of something that would be fascinating visually,  accented by the sound and feel of the words around the tongue. The book will also have a component that inspires parents as they read to their children. I want to inspire parents and convey to them, "never give up hope of a remarkable life for yourself and for your children."

11. What are you hobbies outside of your writing and studies?

I scuba dive. The most amazing place is the Blue Hole in the Red Sea off Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. I crossed scuba diving at the Blue Hole off my lifetime to do list just a week before, September 11, 2001. I watched the twin towers burn on a big screen TV in a downtown Tel Aviv Israel hotel room. In the weeks leading up to that tragedy, I considered how to keep myself safe. What I came to is that not doing things out of fear does not keep us safe. Living passionately, doing what we are called or driven to do is what keeps us safe.

12. What is the oddest thing a fan has said to you?

I was recounting some of my experiences to a client the other day and she said, "Wow, really? And you can't make stuff like that up?" I could but I don't. I do best with non-fiction.

13. 
 one word best describes you? 

Observant

14. How can my blog readers help you to become an even bigger success?

Share Pebbles in the Pond with your friends and family, especially those who could use more hope, inspiration and transformation in their lives. 

My story and all of the stories shine a light on the path to healing, thriving and doing great things in this life. Sharing my message with others helps me share my story of hope and supports the reader in the knowledge that none of us are alone. Each of us have women and men who can guide us, people who are just ahead of us on this amazing journey we call life, and people who are yearning to lend a helping hand.

15. What does it mean to be The Nerve Whisperer?

Most people have seen the Robert Redford movie the Horse Whisperer or know Cesar Millan as the Dog Whisperer, but what are they doing?

They are using voice, hand signals and body language to elicit better behavior, a higher level of connection and function from the animals. I work with individuals and focus on the effect of my words, touch, and what I draw attention to as a way to increase your nervous system function. 



I enable children and adults with a wide variety diagnoses, such as Parkinson's, macular degeneration, cerebral palsy, lazy eye, fibromyalgia and more to walk more comfortably, have more balance in their movement and life, understand their world with clarity and respond in a way that increases their connection and joy. I set the bar higher on what we each should expect from ourselves and our potential to heal and enjoy life.  

Learn how to improve your own vision with Kimberly Burnham, The Nerve Whisperer at http://www.Kimberly Burnham.com
 



Thank You,
Kimberly Burnham, PhD The Nerve Whisperer
Author of Our Fractal Nature, a Journey of Self-Discovery and Connection and featured author in Pearls of Wisdom, 30Inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life, Now! and Pebbles in the Pond, Transforming the World One Person at a Time. 
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See your world in a new way with Pebbles in the Pond, Transforming the World One Person at a Time. We are each a pebble in the pond, causing ripples whenever we grow, move or change.......

 
In PEBBLES IN THE POND, Kimberly Burnham shares the pages with New York Times bestselling authors Christine Kloser, Marci Shimoff, Robert Allen along with Marcelle Charrois, Denise Wade and today’s brightest stars in transformational leadership, offers transformative ideas from their own life story and the waves each has surfed. With this book the ripples of transform are extended to YOU.
 


19 comments:

  1. Be sure to check out Angie Azur's interview on Pearls of Wisdom, 30 inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life Now! PearlsofWisdomBook# http://teazurs.blogspot.com/2012/02/interview-with-kimberly-burnham-phd-and.html

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    1. Free Book Draw Announcement: I love feedback so, May 20th, 2012 (the launch date of Pebbles in the Pond), I will transform the lives of 5 people with 15 books, plus special bonuses. To enter your name in the draw simply read the blogs and write a comment. Each winner will receive in the mail: a copy of Christine Kloser's inspirational book, Pebbles in the Pond, Transforming the World One Person at a Time with my chapter, The Eyes Observing Your World, a copy of my Fulltime Messenger mini book with self-care exercises, Our Fractal Nature and Journey of Self-Discovery and Connection, as well as the insightful and transformative Jack Canfield's Pearls of Wisdom, 30 Inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life Now! featuring my chapter, "Fractals: Seeing the Patterns in Our Existence. The five contest sites are ;-D both interviews on Angie Azur's http://teazurs.blogspot.com/2012/03/interview-with-kimberly-burnham-phd-and.html?spref=fb :-) my Pebbles in the Pond blogs at http://pebblesinthepondbook.com/blog/transformational-authors/join-me-as-a-partner-in-world-transformation ; -) my free videos at http://www.NerveWhisperer.com and ;-D two other locations to be discovered online.

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  2. Thank you, Angie, for your insightful interview on a sight-full woman, Kimberly Burnham. I am blessed to know her as a fellow author of Pebbles in the Pond. My Chapter: You Can't Make an Omelet Without Breaking the Egg teaches how understanding the interconnectedness of the planet - the Oneness - is healing and creates inner and global peace. Kimberly is an amazing woman, teacher, observer, and writer. She shares her wisdom in Pebbles along with 40 others from around the globe. Inspiring! Ann White @ www.CreatingCalmWithinChaos.com.
    Check out the book and the authors at: www.PebblesinthePondBook.com. Thank you again!

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    1. Ann, I am looking forward to talking with you Friday March 31 2 PM EST on www.CreatingCalmWithinChaos.com radio. Hope we get some great call in questions.

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  3. Angie, I can not express how grateful I am for you and this blog filled with so many gifted artists and healers.

    Kim, I am blessed to know you not only as a fellow author in Pebbles in the Pond, but as a sister, healer, writer, and a special woman who does not accept any limitations. Most certainly when it comes to teaching us firsthand, by example, the magnificant healing capabilities of the human body, the human will,and the unique nervous system.This information needs to be shared throughout the world. Thank You.

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  4. Your work is so important as it provides "a voice to one's soul." Man, I am so grateful to have connected with you at the retreat. I so value and appreciate your gift and especially your gift of meditation. I know what I will use the breath for ...that breathe that will be "creative, significant and life-changing" - truly transformative Kim!
    I too talk about how to connect to that voice to help you feel in the journey of your Story. Much of my work involves Voice and Story. My fellow Pebbles, Doreen G. Fulton gives voice to caregivers of children with special needs.

    Dorit Sasson
    www.GivingAVoicetotheVoicelessBook.com
    Vision. Voice. Vibration.
    Pebbles chapter reading - "the Best Time to Get in My Way"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhjFFZufw5M

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  5. I had the privilege of meeting Kimberly a few weeks ago at a wonderful retreat and her passion for healing shines brightly through her words and actions. I feel very blessed to have met her and know that Kimberly definitely 'walks her talk'. Thank you Ms. Azur, for bringing attention to this exceptional woman and the change she is creating in the world... one person a time.
    Marlene Oulton,
    Author, editor and "Wordsmith Extraordinaire"
    www.MarleneOulton.com

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    1. You are so motivational Marlene. It is such a pleasure to get positive feedback from a wonderful editor. You are keeping the writing fires lite under me.

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  6. You can tell a lot about a person by knowing their friends - Kimberly is well loved and well thought of. She is a star among us. I am thankful to have had the pleasure of interviewing her.

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  7. Great article Kimberly. You are simply amazing and I'm so grateful to have your powerful story in Pebbles in the Pond! My description of the book in 7 words is the sub-titles: Transforming the world one person at a time. And YOU are doing it! Thank you Angie for featuring Kimberly and helping to spread the ripples into the world.

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  8. Thank you Angie for interviewing Kimberly Burnham once again and for showcasing her many talents! Kimberly Burnham, Colleen O’Grady and I are Pebbles in the Pond, Transformational Authors and we share a common mission: We all want to inspire Mom to embrace hope, when she is at the end of her rope. I wrote Finally, an IEP for Mom! because I want Moms of Young Adults with Special Needs to know that life gets better when they shower themselves with love and appreciation, shift their focus from their worries to their desired outcomes, and share their dreams and hopes with others. I help Moms to launch their Individualized Empowerment Plans and follow in the footsteps of visionaries such as Christine Kloser, Mary Dirksen and Maeve Crawford. Together, we can Believe in a Ray of Hope and Become the Positive Role Models that we were meant to be!
    Doreen Fulton
    http://www.IEPforMom.com
    http://tiny.cc/m62ubw

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    1. Doreen Thanks for your contribution to parents and children and the magnificent way you share your story in Pebbles in the Pond.

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  9. Dear Angie,

    Thank you for your wonderful interview with Kimberly Burnham and recognizing the "Star among us!"
    Meeting Kimberly recently as one of the Authors in Pebbles in the Pond I was struck by her wealth of knowledge, her inherent gifts as "healer" and her "observant" nature and powerful and humble presence. Thank you Kimberly, you are an inspiration. I also work with children and will be bugging her/you to get that book out. At my center we offer spiritual parenting classes and sessions for children for trusting their intuitive natures, inherent healing abilities and living deep soulful passionate lives. I look forward to collaborating more with Kimberly. And the pebbles.... ripple out!
    My chapter, Surrender to Love, speaks to surrendering my addiction to a power greater than me. That power is Love... This love is the fuel underlying each heartfelt chapter in Pebbles in the Pond and may your listeners read each story of caterpillar to butterfly and be inspired to live fully their own transformation and ripple out into their worlds their own unique vibration of LOVE. Judy Guadalupe www.judyguadalupe.com

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    1. Thanks Judy. I am alway open to collaborating, especially when it can help children.

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  10. Thank you Angie, I love reading this insightful interview. You are a great interviewer. Congratulation for a great interview with my wonderful sister from Pebbles In The Pond authors.

    CONGRATULATION! my dear friend Kimberly. I am so amaze to see how fast you work and how effective too. Your message is so beautiful to be share. And above all I love this, you said and I quote, "Not doing things out of fear does not keep us safe. Living passionately, doing what we are called or driven to do is what keeps us safe". I can relate to this very much.

    Congratulation again, from Rose The Mother of Love - Malaysia

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    1. Rose, thanks for your contribution to the world wide ripple being caused by the authors of pebbles in the pond, Transforming the World One Person at a Time. It is amazing and heartwarming to have authors from Malaysia, Malta, Denmark, Norway, Australia, England, German, Paraguay, Brazil, United States, Canada, South Africa, and the stars who are facilitating peace, love and vitality for the world.

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  11. Thank you, Angie, for this interview with Kimberly. It gives an even more in depth glimpse of this amazing woman than your other interview with her. Each time I read about her or something she wrote I am more fascinated. She is full of knowledge.

    I met Kimberly at Christine Kloser's Transformational Author Retreat earlier this year as co-authors of "Pebbles In the Pond" along with nearly 40 other authors. It was amazing to find that people from all over the world who had such a variety of transformational experiences could find themselves so connected to each other as we did.

    Each and every chapter in the anthology told of a profound transformation. I was touched by the vulnerability of each author as they told their stories. My Chapter is about helping mothers overcome the challenges after losing custody of their children through my own experience of the loss of my own. More information about this can be found on my own website at http:/www.marydirksen.com.

    I look forward to collaborating with Kimberly and my other "Pebble" friends. She has become a dear friend and soul-sister along with Carolyn Hildalgo, Kimberly Barclay, Louise Jayne Moriarty, Carol Hess, Linda Crawford and many others from "Pebbles In the Pond". This is the time where the ripples are forming and the world is changing thanks to all who share their stories.

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    1. Hi Mary, Thanks and thank you for your comments on my recent radio show where Ann White and I talked about vision recovery, patterns, macular degeneration and chronic pain solutions.

      Free Replay of Learn How Patterns in Nature Play a Role in YOUR Life: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/creatingcalmwithinchaos/2012/03/30/learn-how-patterns-in-nature-play-a-role-in-our-lives

      March 30, 2012 I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Ann White on a Blog Talk Radio Show. I used my experience as The Nerve Whisperer and my PhD in Integrative Medicine to explore health wellness and consciousness - how to use your fractal nature to visualize, engage and find strength.

      What people said about the show.......

      "I am so enjoying this fascinating interview that you are having with Kimberly, Ann. It has been most informative and I thank you for it. I also thank Kimberly for the contest that she is offering. You are the best!" - Mary Dirksen, Owner at Mary Dirksen - Our Voice

      "Hey Ann and Kimberly, just wanted to let you know that I was listening in today! Awesome broadcast!" - Marcelle Charrois, Pebbles in the Pond featured author.

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