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Sunday, November 02, 2008  6:20:00 AM

by Michaela z Sefler



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Michaela Sefler is an metaphysical poet living in Montreal, Canada. Her poetry is esoteric and her poems allude to ancient ideals. In her poetry she draws on ancient writings, to convey a message of hope, and survival describing creation in the light of ancient revelation. She has six published compilations of poetry. Still True, A Fortress in my Heart, The Sun is Hot, Through the Ages, Seven Stars and Healing Tree.

The "Healing Tre"e is Montreal based Michaela Sefler's sixth volume of mystical poetry. Her previous titles are: "Still True";" A Fortress in My Heart"; "The Sun is Hot"; "Through the Ages" and "Seven Stars". Her publications are available through her website at http://msefler-inspiration.net as well as through Ingrams and other on-line sources.

Sefler draws on Qabbalistic knowledge, esoteric wisdom and the use of symbolism to share her spiritual vision of the world. Appropriate spiritual symbols punctuate the entire book and have a very tribal art feel. The cover and page design is by Ruth Evelyn at http://www.ruthevelyn.com.

Michaela Sefler's writing evokes healing as a mystical state supported by ancient wisdom, faith and understanding. She explores the concepts of belief in a Creator and the interconnections between nature and spirituality. Her style is an interesting blend of free verse and meditative stream of consciousness. I must say that her poems create a feeling of intimacy. You have the sense of being inside her own private visions and moments of spiritual connectedness. Her words and expression have a sensitivity and a gentleness, as if she is trying to pick a drop of milk out of a glass of water or is locked in a daydream. It is almost like you are staring out the window with her while she is channeling the Divine.

In the "Healing Tree", she uses animal totems and the beauty of nature to craft her poetry. She explores and shares the spiritual significance and esoteric meaning of these powerful and timeless symbols. The influence of the Tarot comes through very strongly in her writing. I particularly like the poem “Begotten“ which is a almost best described as a seer's song; it could easily be a Tarot reading done as a poem. It is extremely effective and compelling.

BEGOTTEN

To obtain, that which is longed for,
distinctness and uniqueness,
intentionality and expression of the soul,
achieved finally.
To succeed and to solve
to resolve humbly;
scales of justice
judgment returning.
A light shines
on a matter that is hidden,
in union,
life is begotten.
A new day
new beginnings;
closer in ability
are body and soul.
New steps
unified;
a whole,
giving of itself.


There are many other poems in this book that I loved and felt connected to. Michaela explores personal relationships, our connections to nature, angels, the Creator, the Qaballa, the Tree of Life, the Cosmos, Astrology, Alchemy, the elements, virtue and inner healing. Truly she is inviting us to journey with her; to explore our own higher self and connect to the higher powers that shape our world and our perceptions.

"The Gates", "Retreating“, "Vital Signs", "The Keeper", "Hu Java", "Stepping Up a Ladder", "Beginnings", "A Tapestry", "In Between", "Inherent", "The Fifth Element" and "Meaning" are just some of the beautiful work she is sharing with us in this book. A very peaceful, thoughtful and spiritually enriching book.

In closing, a couple of lines from the poem "Meaning" truly describe what this young woman is sharing with us:

What my heart
means most;
what my mind finds
useful.
That which my soul
seeks;
what my body
desires.
That is what I set before you;







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American Author Association Book Review

Book: Healing Tree: Mystical Poetry

Poet: Michaela Sefler

Publisher: Innercircle publishing www.innercirclepublishing.com

Genre: Poetry

Reviewer: Bill McDonald



Mystical Prose For a New Age

Poet Michaela Sefler’s book " Healing Tree" is a non-pretentious look at life in a simple and almost mystical way. She takes the reader on a voyage through 165 wonderfully written, and at times, insightful poems. The subjects range from the ordinary to the spiritual. She looks at life as only a true poet could, with eyes that see what others do not.

One poem that stands out for its style and phrasing is called " Mansions Of The Moon". It makes a powerful piece of prose to read aloud. It paints a mind image that is makes it a pure pleasure just to read.

Over all, if you are looking for some thought provoking poetry and something that will inspire your imagination and at times even feed your spiritual hunger, then this is the book you have been looking for. This book of poetry would make a great gift to someone in your life that you love or care about.

The American Authors Association gives this book its highest rating of FIVE STARS.

Healing Tree
Michaela Sefler
Inner Circle Publishing
ISBN:
Poetry, Spiritual
Reviewed by Dr. Tami Brady





I’ve read other collections of poetry from Michaela Sefler and I’ve come to expect a certain feel and depth to her work. Usually, after reading her words, I feel more energized, inspired, and centered. In my darkest of moods or the coldest days, I begin to see beauty and purpose again. Even after several years, every so often, I pick up her previous books The Sun is Hot and Through the Ages and flip through them.

With winter slowly starting to melt away, I was glad to review Healing Tree. The opening poems are slightly more religious than her previous works. However, as the collection continues the tone opens up more and becomes more spiritual based. In addition to being extremely beautiful, these poems are quite contemplative.















Book Review

Book: Seven Stars: Mystical Poetry

Author: Michaela Sefler

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: InnerCircle Publishing
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

A Divine Slice of Life

Some poets have a way of slicing the divine essence of life with simple words, phrases and short pieces of thoughts; but few do it much better then poet Michaela Sefer. Her newest book of poems "Seven Stars: Mystical Poetry" is a most worthy and inspired effort.

Reading Sefler’s poetry is like taking a spiritual plunge into some divine and mystical ocean of thought and light. I found myself mentally immersed in some inner journey ascending upwards toward a long stairway to heaven. Her poems are clothed in her truth and love; a mixture of pure feeling along with a connection with things beyond and within each of us.

She talks about and to angels, esoteric beings, and ideas that leaves the reader uplifted and inspired. I was impressed by most all of her poems but found that some like "Connected" and "Harmony" were particularly standout efforts and their verses resonated with me.

If you are a lover of poetry, or simply a seeker of higher evolutionary truths, then this might be the right book for you to read and perhaps meditate on. It is spiritually laced with magical thoughts that may open inner doors. I highly recommend this book of inspirational poetry. It gets "The American Authors Association’s" highest book rating of FIVE STARS!







W. H. McDonald Jr.
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Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition
No. 14, Vol. 2. Vernal Equinox 2008
Seven Stars: Mystical Poetry, Michaela Sefler. InnerCircle Publishing; Selah, WA, 2007. 184 pages. $25.00 USD.

review by J. S. Kupperman

Michaela Sefler’s book of inspirational poetry, Seven Stars, is much like her previous works. Sefler’s mystical aspirations and experiences are here laid bare before the reader. Seven Stars contains over 170 poems, each kept to a single page. Fans of Sefler’s poetry will be happy to see that she has retained the poetic and visual style of pervious collections such as Through the Ages.
The poems of Seven Stars faithfully present for the reader Sefler’s own spiritual and mystical experiences. While this may prove to be both enlightening and inspirational it can also present a difficulty. The poems reflect one mystic’s spiritual journey and as is the case with mystical poetry the results are both specific and personal. Such poetry can be uplifting to those who have had similar spiritual experiences and may help a lone mystic connect with others. However as the poetry is so very personal it may leave those who have not had those types of experiences left wondering what they are really about or if they are missing some necessary understanding to make them truly meaningful.

As with previous books, Sefler’s current work will be inspiring and uplifting to many of its readers. The work draws upon numerous mystical traditions, making especial reference to Qabalah, though these are of course interpreted through the author’s own mystical point of view and a certain amount of romanticism. This may disappoint some readers looking for something coming from a more traditional orientation.

Overall, Seven Stars is an interesting and insightful look into the mystical life of its author. The poetry can be beautiful and insightful while simultaneously being nearly opaque, as though one needs the correct mystical experience to gain entrance. Those looking for poetry more directly inspired by the sources of the Western mystery traditions may wish to look elsewhere. However those looking for poetry of an inspirational and spiritual nature will find Seven Stars both enlightening and fulfilling.



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Seven Stars, a collection of mystical poetry, by Michaela Sefler is moving and eloquent. Her style and message are strong throughout the book, and will cause you to reflect on many of her subjects. Prose worth reading! Insightful and Gifted!

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Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition
No. 12, Vol. 2. Vernal Equinox 2007
Through the Ages: A Compilation of Inspirational Poetry, Michaela Sefler. PublishAmerica.com; Baltimore, MD, USA, 2005. 160 pages. $16.95 USD.

review by J. S. Kupperman

Through the Ages represents one woman’s spiritual journey through life. It contains 149 poems, each restrained to a single page, and deals with a wide range of topics that have affected her life. Being a collection of poetry Through the Ages is somewhat difficult to review due not only to the personal nature of much poetry but also due to the personal tastes of the reader.

The poems of Through the Ages clearly reflect the author’s own experiences and this is simultaneously enlightening and problematic. The poems show one person’s response to life and how their spirituality has helped them cope with both the good and the bad. Such poetry can be uplifting to those who have experienced similar life circumstances for here is a woman who has not only survived them but has thrived. However the poetry is so very personal, leaving those who have not had their experiences wondering at the context of the poems and feeling that in some instances the poems are incomplete or missing some key to their interpretation.

While Through the Ages is certainly going to be inspiring and uplifting to many of its readers many readers of occult poetry by luminaries such as W. B. Yeats or masters such as Shakespeare may feel somewhat disappointed in the poetry’s presentation and depth. The work also purports to be inspired by numerous sources including Qabalah, scripture and creation itself. While this might be true in a general way again the reader, especially if looking for a specifically Qabalistic content, may be disappointed as any such content, when present, is typically allusive and relies greatly on the author’s own, and Romantic, take on the subject.

Overall, Through the Ages is an interesting and insightful look into the spiritual life of its author. The poetry has moments of beauty and deep insight but also has moments of opaqueness. For those looking for poetry directly inspired by the sources of the Western mystery traditions may wish to look elsewhere. However those looking for poetry of a generally inspirational and spiritual nature may find Through the Ages both uplifting and fulfilling.


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Through The Ages
Michaela Sefler
PublishAmerica
PO Box 151, Frederick, MD 21705-0151
1424102510 $19.95 www.publishamerica.com

The poetry of Michaela Sefler draws inspiration from the ancient Qabala, biblical scripture, and the phenomena of creation to express a compelling desire for knowledge, wisdom, transcendence, unity, and completion. Carefully crafted and skillfully expressed, "Through The Ages" is a superbly presented and enthusiastically recommended compendium of inspirational poetry that can be enjoyed over and over again. 'My Legacy': My legacy outlived,/my triumph outlasted,/my vows outweighted;/yet my days are numbered./My head crowned,/my struggles told./my story written;/and my oaths remain./I live on;/I survive;/my oaths take root,/and strengthen each day./Today I see,/my hopes take form,/but not forgetting,/your wanting soul.




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Through the Ages and The Sun is Hot reviewed by Christine Speakman







Through the Ages and The Sun is Hot reviewed by Christine Speakman








Through the Ages

A Compilation of Inspirational Poetry

Written by: Michaela Sefler

Reviewed by: Christine I Speakman

ISBN: 1-4241-0251-0

PUBLISHED BY PUBLISHAMERICA, LLLP

www.publishamerica.com

Poetry

Pages: 160

Cost: $19.95



The Sun Is Hot

Inspirational Poetry

Written by: Michaela Sefler

Reviewed by: Christine I Speakman

ISBN: 1-4137-9003-8

PUBLISHED BY PUBLISHAMERICA, LLLP

www.publishamerica.com

Poetry

Pages: 163

Cost: $19.95






One person’s thoughts turned into words, only you can judge the inspiration.



I’ve chosen to review both of Ms. Sefler’s books of poetry at one time, simply because my feelings are the same for each. Within either book you may find something that encourages you.



I must have been the only one in all my high school English classes that couldn’t wait for the poetry session to start. My one problem, I never did read a poem like everyone else did – I never knew what the author meant; only what I felt.



For me that is the beauty of poetry. Not deciphering the author’s meaning, but finding my own. That’s the magic in poetry…the inspiration.



To due Ms. Sefler justice I would have to take a year of reading each poem over and over. Let each have their own time, their own day…savouring each as a wine connoisseur would a fine wine. But I don’t have that much time.



“Through the Ages” contains more poems that ‘speak’ to me than “The Sun is Hot” but again that’s a subjective opinion. Both books ‘speak’ of the search for meaning we all take at some point in our lives. Some of the poems flow very easy; well others are a little jagged. I also found a few a little too strong regarding God…almost preachy.



However, all poems will find a fit with anyone who is looking upwards for someone/thing to believe in and for those who trust their own faith.



I’m pleased to have these books in my collection to turn to and discover a new thought.



Christine Speakman - Muse Book Reviewer






Review Through the Ages by Michaela Sefler by Richard James van der Draaij
of Ancient heart magazine

Through the Ages is a comprehensive collection of spiritual poems that I found uplifting and sincere. The opening poem In the Cradle sets the tone for this impressive volume with its clear tones, joyous reverence and high-minded intent. Some of my favourite poems in Michaela Sefler's book are those where the imagery and allusions are less obvious, where the tone nears a bemused pleasure at being part of Creation. In The Seagull images of a dove and a seagull, of the rocks by the shoreline refer to other, deeper realms of feelings and hopes, all framed in loving lines of wistful poetry. Lines like 'The ocean waves hit the rocks;/ the ocean waves washed the shores;/ reminding of tranquility,/ reminding of the fall.' address the reader's innate core of spiritual awareness. I must say that this collection of poems seems suitable for those readers who are not daunted by poetry of a highly spiritual or religious nature. I used to handle themes like the ones that Sefler embraces here in much of my own work, however different in style, and I still appreciate this approach to poetry. I recognize the sheer reverie in all there is, in knowing that one is part of something altogether greater. In Attributes, Michaela Sefler uses one of my favourite scriptural words 'Loving-kindness'. In fact she starts her poem with it and I remember when I used it in a poem once, I had a battle on my hands to persuade my doubtless secular spell-check that this was indeed a word. A fine word. In You already Answered, the lines 'I can get by with just a little./ I have a God/ I have a heaven / I have a faith / an eternal truth.' seem to sum up what Through the Ages is all about. With its one hundred and sixty pages, this is a comprehensive compilation. This is an inspiring book of insightful poems, meant to enlighten and uplift. Whether these poems do just that is, of course, up to the reader. Some of the poems in this book are a bit heavy-handed in the use of symbolism and tone but all in all I find it refreshing to review a poetry book that is unashamedly spiritual in essence, positive and strong in the choice of themes and subjects. These are issues and topics that envelop the whole of human existence, and more. Age-old questions and long-held dreams are the stuff that this book is made on. I think Michaela Sefler is a very promising poet with a genuine message. I think it may be something the world needs to hear.

Throughthe Ages, Michaela Sefler, (C) 2005, ISBN: 1-4241-0251-0 Published by PUBLISHAMERICA, LLLP, www.publishamerica.com Baltimore



Your Fall by Michaela Sefler


Your fall was great;
your loss tremendous,
too much to forget;
too much to recall.
Your surety,
still comforts;
your desires,
soothe.
Your strength;
inspires,
your determination,
delights.
Your loss unforgettable;
your mourning unbearable;
too much to know,
too much to scorn.
Reconcile the contradiction,
reconcile the time,
reconcile the Ages
reconcile my night.








editor.ancientheart.co.uk 27-09-2006

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Through the Ages: A Compilation of Inspirational Poetry
Michaela Sefler
PublishAmerica
Paperback
160 pages
March 2006


Wrought with emotions from a compilation as varied, unique, and vibrant as the flowers in a Hawaiian bouquet, these poems will carry your spirit as far as it is willing to go. At times there is a sorrow so deep it could only have been expressed through poetry or tears. Other times, your spirit soars with majestic eagles into the beauty of creation.

There is something here for everyone inclined to such revelry. As with any bard’s salt, you will be driven into examining yourself within, in places most of us do not often visit - a reckoning, if you will, with your spirit man and with God.

Excerpt:

“My Right”

My right was my sacrifice,
my right was my loss,
my right was walking out,
my right was wanting to know.
My right was to pursue,
my right was to succeed,
my right, my loss,
will be redeemed.
Sefler’s Through the Ages is her second publication of poetry drawing from ancient Qabbala, scripture, nature and creation. She expresses a yearning for a redeemer, a true hero, and she alludes to biblical figures as such personas and archetypes in our lives. To soul -searching poetry fans, this is a must-read.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Brenda A. Snodgrass, 2006


A Compilation of Inspirational Poetry
By Michaela Sefler
ISBN: 1-4241-0251-0

PUBLISHED BY PUBLISHAMERICA, LLLP, Ł12.50

Reviewed by Alex Mcleary
Michaela draws on her spirituality once again, to reflect inspiration drawn fromthe ancient Qabbala, scripture, nature, and creation. She expresses a thirst and desire for knowledge, transcendence, and a longing for unity and completion. She conveys desires, hopes, and pain as legitimate means for forgiveness and deliverance. She expresses a longing for a redeemer, and a perfect hero and alludes to biblical
figures as such personas and archetypes in our lives.

So did it do what it said on the tin? Well yes the poems are rooted in the love of a God and her love for that God, Her hope for a redeemer hero, white knight figure to rescue her from the world of darkness.

Those emotions are the driving force of the words and inspiration set in the poems and they are clear and precise invoking visions of a loving caring Godhead who has a desire to be worshipped and adored and to adore in return.

But there lies my problem and disappointment as 160 pages of the same with little difference were hard going. A theme repeated in different words but the same notion was unfortunately sugary and sickly after a third way through. I could have put my mind in neutral as no thought was required.

I do prefer verses that challenge and provoke and this only touched the surface.

To say it is all bad would be wrong there are good points such as:

TIME AND TRUTH

Time and truth

walking hand in hand,

reality and realization

side by side.

The day they meet

is reality,

the day they are actualized

is the dream come true .

Conception and union

in truth they meet,

unity and harmony

in love adorned.

When dreams come true

realized in blessings,

when time moves on

in a spatial plan.

Time and truth

in sync for a moment,

destiny realized

actuality told.

In a single point,

in an only second,

standing together;

in reality.

They do stand out rather than being the norm and you will only recognise them if you are looking for them.

To me inspiration and the divine cover so much more then the rather narrow view expressed in this collection .


Available from Amazon.co.uk

Through the Ages

Michaela Sefler
PublishAmerica
ISBN: 1-4241-0251-0
Poetry
Reviewed by Tami Brady



Through the Ages is an impressive compilation of a large number of poems by the author. These works are truly enlightening and inspiration with the primary focus of most of the pieces on faith and hope. Although the author does refer to God throughout many of these poems, I would classify the tone to be spiritual rather than dogmatically religious or pertaining to one particular belief system.

Though I enjoyed many of these selections, my top four favorites were I Cannot Return, A blessing, Seven, and A Fine Line. In I Cannot Return, the author realizes can no longer go back she has to got forward. Basically, it’s the old saying that you can’t go home again. A Blessing contains my favorite line “A blessing, can come true , if you can only believe”. How remarkable. Seven includes some very beautifully and vividly describes various Christian sacred number symbols. A Fine Line discusses that fine line that we all must walk to reach honesty and our own truth, between truth and lies.

Through the Ages by Michaela Sefler is available at Amazon


Front Street Reviews


Through The Ages
A Complation of Inspirational Poetry
Michaela Sefler

Reviewed by Barb Radmore

Through the Ages is Michaela Sefler's quest for the spiritual and inspirational understanding in our modern world. In her poetry she takes the reader with her on her journey towards common love and understanding from both a religious and a worldly basis. As she cries out in I Want Mercy "I want a resolution I want a way out I want an answer." This is her search for answers written in powerful poems that speak to the searcher in us all.

This volume of poetry will appeal to both the religious and the spiritual.

"Honesty and truth
in touch for a moment,
for that I will walk,
another mile. "

This is Michaela Sefler's extra mile.










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REVIEWS

The Sun is Hot: Inspirational Poetry

Michaela Sefler

PublishAmerica

ISBN: 1-4137-9003-8

Poetry

Reviewed by Tami Brady

TCM journal



The Sun is Hot: Inspirational Poetry is a compilation of poems written by the author. The general theme of these poems is living through and rising above pain, suffering, and challenging experiences. Within these works, however, is an intriguing amount of depth. For instance, a particular poem may lay out the raw pain and suffering of an individual’s experience. The work then leads the individual beyond that negative place into a state of growth, of strength, and personal power that is truly inspiring.

However, as the reader continues through the poems, he or she suddenly comes to the realization that process described in these works also relates directly to our society: the pain and suffering that exists in today’s world and making movement towards changes to get beyond these problems. Again, truly inspiring.

Then, just as the reader starts to reread the poems to explore this new found depth and inspiration, he or she notices that the parallels described run much deeper from the beginnings of time towards a future unknown. That pain and suffering of any past can be acknowledged and then transcended to create an amazing future in which imagination is the only limiting factor. What an amazingly empowering thought!

The Sun is Hot: Inspirational Poetry by Michaela Sefler is available at Amazon

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