JULY 2010

 

 

Lydia Vandenbalck – Leuven / Belgium

 

What are your beliefs?


First, I think that everything is connected, that all is part of a single entity, and that there is an order that extends far beyond what we see, a harmony hidden behind our sensory reality.

Second, I am persuaded that we can find this harmony by virtue of a unique force that can free us from our blind desires caused by egoism; a force that shows us that if we want to live fulfilling lives, we must take an interest in all living things: This force is Love.

Third, I think that there is an innate kindness within all of us that is far greater than we can imagine, and because of this kindness, we can give greater meaning to our existence, and therefore gain access to the universal order and its hidden reality.



 

Lena Romanova – Auckland / New Zealand


Where is your quest for wisdom coming from, and why have you chosen to share it through literature?


The search for wisdom is a matter that has always interested me, and my quest for it guides me through my various travels. For many years now, I’ve shared my experiences of this quest through my writings, since I think it’s an excellent medium for communication, and it also allows me to express myself in great detail and depth. Through my imagination and writings, I try to create a world that captures my reader’s attention and perceptibility, while simultaneously touching their hearts deeply. Literature provides me with the opportunity to share my thoughts with people worldwide, while encouraging them to broaden their own global visions.



 

Sandrine Duperray – Paris / France

 

When you talk about universal order, what role do you think “chance” plays?


“Chance” is a word we use to describe a situation that is accidental or unexpected; situations that seem to happen haphazardly without apparent cause. The question is whether these “chance” events are really unexpected or whether they are the result of circumstances for which we are unaware. For example, suppose we meet someday “by chance”, will we really categorize this encounter as chance? Or is it the result of a series of circumstances that led up to this encounter? You already know the answer; every event occurs following a series of other events, a perpetual chain of cause and effect. Therefore can we really say that a situation is totally unexpected? Or is it wiser to refer to these situations as those we know the cause of and as those we don’t?



 

Huang Jin – Hague / The Netherlands

 

How do your characters come into existence? Is their existence inspired more by your real life encounters or by your imagination?


When I write I find myself in a greater reality than that of my everyday life; a reality in which the conscious and the unconscious are no longer separated. My characters and their stories are all linked to this great reality. Whether I have met these people or not is of little importance; what is important is that with the creation of each character, one or more events have occurred that caught my attention, and so intuitively I knew that they would feature in one of my stories. Therefore, I suppose you can say that all my characters are inspired by my own personal experiences.



 

Cynthia Huaman – Lima / Peru


How can we enrich our relationships?

 

I think it’s very important to have deep conversations about our behaviors and motivations; notably, very little time is devoted to this.  Superficiality is a characteristic of our generation - and naturally, this is frequently seen in our conversations and our relationships. We can speculate and come up with several reasons for this, but I think habitude is probably one of the most important reasons. When we become comfortable in a monotonous lifestyle we develop an attitude of regression, which in turn makes our relationships superficial. Cultivating more ambition would be a way to help change this, since ambition opens our eyes to new possibilities; it allows us to exchange ideas in such a way that we encourage others to open up to new opportunities themselves. Hence, our relationships become more valuable, and inspire us to want to enrich them further, and not to settle for the smaller reality that we’re already familiar with.

 


 

Helena Campos – Valencia / Spain

 

Destiny is one of your main themes. How do you define it, and do you think we all have a mission?

 

When I refer to personal destiny, I mean a unique destiny that is individualized for each of us. I am persuaded that we all possess very specific qualities and have a unique sensibility, which permits us to create something uniquely exceptional. Therefore the search for destiny is clearly a different path for everyone; it is a path in which we must learn to develop our innate abilities in order to evolve to our true uniqueness. Thus, we need to appreciate and nurture the ambitions that give our life a great sense of purpose and meaning.  After all, every life characterized by a great ambition is in itself a mission.