According to Biography.com:
Octavia E. Butler was born on June 22, 1947, in Pasadena, California. She studied at several universities and began her writing career in the 1970s. Her books blended elements of science fiction and African-American spiritualism. Her first novel, Patternmaster (1976), would ultimately become one of the installments in the four-volume Patternist series. Butler went on to write several other novels, including Kindred (1979) as well as Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998), of the Parable series. She continued to write and publish until her death on February 24, 2006, in Seattle, Washington.
She was honored with a Google Doodle this past Friday, on her 71st birthday:
When I woke up yesterday I came across this tweet:
The tweet then provided links to images of Octavia Butler’s journals:
Things I noticed about Ms. Butler’s notes:
(1) The power of repetition: Both in individual entries, she repeated herself and across different entries she repeated herself. In some cases she was general, in other cases she was more specific, but the fruit of what she wanted to manifest remained consistent.
(2) The power of first-person. She used the term “I” often. Manifestation isn’t about what other people do or think. It is about what we do, and what we think about ourselves and our futures.
(3) She used both present tense and future tense. In one entry she focused on what will be… in the other entry she wrote as if she was living the life she wanted to manifest. “I will be…” versus “I am…” Sometimes there is a difference between what we want to happen and what is happening. We become powerful when we close that gap and make what will be… be.
(4) She focused not just on the what – becoming a best-selling author and her financial goals, but she thought about the how to do that. “Tell stories filled with facts…” “Make people feel, feel, feel.” She also focused on what would happen when she manifested her goal. How it would impact her life and the lives of those she cared about. Manifestation doesn’t just happen in a vacuum. We are not isolated beings. We were born into families… we live in neighborhoods…. we are a part of communities. These concentric circles are impacted by our action (or inaction). It is important that we consider how our path will impact those closest to us. When I garden I don’t just plant flowers. I have to dig a whole in the ground (disrupting the growth of grass), I have to add water, weeds often grow alongside or in the same soil as the flowers and ultimately have to be pulled. Life is an orchestra of which we play one tiny part…
Today I encourage you to begin thinking about your most important life’s work. What is that you want to bring into existence? Who will be impacted by the realization of this thing? What do you need to do specifically day-to-day to make it happen? How will you get there…
Research shows that wealthy people have multiple streams of income. What are your streams? Which obstacles do you need to remove from your life so that the streams flow freely?
Finally, I want to leave you with this example from 15 year old Erykah Badu:
Write it down. Take a picture. Spell It out.
It is so….