The Buddha Made Me Do It!

 

I am sooooo excited! My 5th book, and 3rd memoir, The Buddha Made Me Do It, is now available.

I started writing the first chapter in late January of 2015. About 15 months later, I had the completed manuscript, and then we did some more editing and additions. For while, it felt like it would never be ready. There were set backs with my editor, she had a death in the family and some other life challenges that prevented her from working on the book at a faster pace, but the delay was a blessing in disguise because some things happened in my life that I added to to book that made it so much more juicy.

I do believe that things happen at the right time, so I relaxed into the process and the end result was worth the wait.

Staying open to what life offers you is key.

I actually hadn’t even planned to write another book, but my friend Julie had a brilliant idea. “Marla, why not write about our spiritual journey together?” We were on the fast track on the search for enlightenment and began attending numerous classes, workshops, Meet Up groups etc. on anything that had to do with self-help, spirituality or the occult.  Together and separately, always sharing what we learned with each other. It was a wild ride, full of laughter, tears, realizations and breakthroughs.

Marla & Julie
Marla & Julie

 

I wouldn’t trade the two year journey for anything. A bamboo beating at the beginning of my journey served as an excellent rite of passage into a more spiritual realm, teaching me I could tolerate physical pain if necessary and stay open to something new. I discovered new talents and career possibilities through energy healing and crystals. I’ve learned the value of a candle infused with clear intention in manifesting a positive outcome. I met my dad on the astral plane and have experienced pure wonderment and delight in connecting with an angel. I was awestruck by a collective of twelve non-physical entities and also their many amazing channelers. I was exorcised of low vibrational beings, and even wrote a poem, perhaps guided by Poe. On this fascinating journey that the Buddha led me on, I have discovered that the path is never ending. I am on it for life, taking one step down the road at a time.

Marla & Karen Dahlman
Marla & Karen Dahlman

 

Giving crystal healing sessions at a wellness fair.
Giving crystal healing sessions at a wellness fair.

 

 

What starts as a search for a decorative Buddha statuette leads one woman on a spiritual journey that will change everything.

Marla lives the good life in Los Angeles—house, pool, her own business helping Cupid find love for LA’s most discriminating singles. Her handsome and ardent hubby Adolfo performs at an exclusive steak house in Beverly Hills. He tends to scoff at Marla’s green juice, vegan diet, yoga, and daily affirmations and can be a teensy bit of a control freak.

A discarded Buddha statuette that Adolfo suddenly can’t live without sends Marla searching through New Age boutiques along with her skeptical friend Julie. They are soon schooled by a charismatic “Goddess,” delving ever deeper into self-realization, conversations with angels, pendulums, candle “Magick,” Reiki, crystal healing, and more. Attend a Hindu Bajan? Sure. Orgasmic Meditation? (Wait, what…?) Maybe not that one.

Growing in her spirituality, yet exceedingly frustrated with some of her persnickety clientele—aging men who see themselves as Dorian Grays, worthy of exquisite young women—Marla’s world is shifting. She achieves certifications as an energy healer and encourages Julie to sample the concoction Julie calls “green gunk” and other healthy practices to help her conquer an addiction to unavailable men. Marla deepens her communication with the Beyond while Adolfo hurls insults like stink bombs. (“Have you lost your mind? Are you hearing voices?”) Matters grow worse when certain psychics warn of “dangerous low-vibrational entities” and rabidly disagree with each other.

Her alternating universes give Marla spiritual whiplash, yet she discovers the LITE way to balance the human carnival with a transformational spiritual journey.

 

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