Thanks to “Literal Exposure” for this Interview.
What is your favorite quality about yourself? Kanta: I see with eyes of gratitude and compassion. I can find the gift in challenges and see the light inside challenging people (even though I may choose to avoid them).
What is your least favorite quality about yourself? Kanta: We all have an inner critic and I am not exempt from this human quality! I’m happy to say though, that over my lifetime so far, I’ve built a sizable toolbox for shifting my state from one in which I pay attention to this mean inner part to one in which I’m feeling self-acceptance and joy. So, even my inner critic has been an ally, because its very presence gave me a reason to learn something of use to myself and other people.
How long have you been writing? Kanta: Painting, drawing and writing are interwoven for me. I began painting and drawing as a toddler and started writing stories and poems when I was six. I liked to illustrate my poems and writings and still do.
When did you first know you could be a writer? Kanta: I am a minister and I write in the mind/body/spirit genre and make sacred art. Looking back, I can see that that I was on this path from day one. It wasn’t until I was an adolescent that it occurred to me that I could do these things professionally. I was raised to be a genteel country club wife, and by the time I was ten or eleven, I knew this was not the life I wanted for myself.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began? There is a parallelism between my genre of painting and my style of writing. I am an “Outsider Artist,” which means that I paint from the inside out. I paint from my mind and heart. I paint the soul of things, rather than a perfect photographic representation. I write from the inside out too. So, the “influence” is primarily an internal one, though as an artist/writer the works of others give me pleasure and inspire me. In art, I love vibrant, color-rich paintings like those of Peter Max, Matisse, Chagall, Monet, Kandinsky, and Alex Grey. In writing, I like fiction in the mystery thriller genre. Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker, Michael Connelly, and Janet Evanovitch. I also read a lot of books in my own genre, books on New Thought spirituality and Hawaiian and Peruvian shamanism.
Who or what influenced your writing over the years? Kanta: I’ve always loved spiritual literature. Greek and Norse myths, fairy tales, Arthurian legend, fables, Bible stories, and poetry were childhood and young adult favorites. I especially love Joseph Campbell and Rumi.
What made you want to be a writer? Kanta: It never occurred to me not to be one. It’s just something that’s in me. It’s in my nature.
How did you come up with the title of the book? Kanta: I coined the term “abundance triggers” to apply to the many tools I discovered for shifting from fear and lack consciousness to prosperity consciousness. These tools function like “happy buttons.” They trigger good feelings effectively and reliably. I think most people are aware that feeling good is the launchpad for goal achievement. But most people don’t know what to do when their negative mind comes a-knocking. The antidote for the influence of negative triggers is the use of “abundance triggers.”
Give us three facts about you: Kanta:
1.I was raised as a Quaker and went to twelve years of Quaker School. It was a great intellectual, creative, and spiritual learning lab. Even if I did get my mouth washed out with that yellowy-green liquid soap for the horrible infraction of saying “Shut up, Billy Schmidt !” I still maintain that he deserved it.
2. I once taught a meditation class in a maximum security prison for men. It was in this class that I first saw auras. A lesson that there is light within all people!
You can hear the story with a slideshow on YouTube, “Two Amazing Abundance Stories” http://youtu.be/KhtmWmTdCkg (from a talk at Unity Church of Gainesville, FLA). There’s another YouTube clip with slideshow that includes this story http://youtu.be/4xHaOgMqaZU from a talk at Unity Church of San Antonio TX.
3. I joke that it’s my goal to be the Erle Stanley Gardner of mind/body spirit books. Remember his Perry Mason stories? Gardner wrote 130 novels, two non-fiction law books, and numerous short stores and novellas. The guy was incredibly prolific!
Tell us a little bit about the cover art. Who designed it? What made you choose that particular image/artwork? Kanta: I sketched a detailed design and gave it to the publisher. In most of my books, I use one of my mandala paintings as the focus of the front cover. This one’s a little different. The image shows me lighting the candles on the altar in my old holistic center. The photo was taken by Patricia Robin Woodruff and I love the dreamy effect she created.
Lighting candles has long been used as a metaphor for inspiring new ideas. I chose a green background because green is a color of prosperity. And the gradient effect is part of my brand. Almost all my books, CDs and audiobooks include that rainbow look as part of the overall design. The first CD I made was designed by Carlos Gil. The gradient he included beautifully reflected he ambient quality of the music and guided imagery. So, from that moment on, rainbows became the common design motif of all my publications.
ABOUT KANTA BOSNIAK
Kanta Bosniak is an artist, writer and minister with over 40 years experience an educator in spiritual growth. She is a frequent speaker at churches, universities and conferences throughout the US. Venues have included Yale, Columbia, SUNY, Virginia Tech, UNCW, Camp LeJeune Midway Center for US Marines, The Association for Research and Enlightenment, Unity Churches, and many more. Kanta is the author of 12 books and 5 audio recordings and was twice Artist-in-Residence at Omega Institute. Collectors of Kanta’s art include a Nobel Prize Winner, an Emmy-winning producer, a popular television actress, several authors, a U.S. National champion athlete and people of all walks of life. She is listed in Who’s Who in .