Guest Post by Author Dean K Miller: Whose Voice Do We Hear?

What is “automatic writing”? Can this technique be of any benefit to you?

Please welcome my friend and fellow author Dean K Miller. I will allow him to explain. (Following his post, Dean has a free, but limited-time offer you’ll want to be sure to take advantage of.)

Whose Voice Do We Hear?
by Dean K Miller

The ways authors find inspiration are as different as the individual authors themselves. Add to this mix the countless places writers find their words and stories and you can see why writing is such an individual (but not necessarily lonely) pursuit. But what if you heard a story being told to you, even if it didn’t seem to be in your own voice? Would you trust those words?

A couple years ago I was working with a technique called “automatic writing.” There are several definitions of automatic writing, but in general the practice allows one to channel your Higher Self or Spirit Guides through claircognizance and then transcribe that onto paper. (Here is one resource for automatic writing from Anna Sayce: http://annasayce.com/how-to-do-automatic-writing) After completing several sessions (always asking for protection before starting each one,) I found myself compelled to bring those words out to the real world. But how? The automatic writing was fragmented, seldom containing complete sentences or even entire thoughts. As one writes with this technique (without judgment or correction) the results appear as babbling, random words.

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Example of automatic writing session from Dean’s personal journal.

These unconscious ideas continually nagged my conscious brain to bring them to life. As I began to assemble my first book of essays, creative nonfiction, and poetry, I kept those writings in mind. Somewhere in the process I found the inspiration to work my automatic writing samples into a fictional tale. This allowed me to present the material in a manner that kept the most personal aspects and words private, but still permitted the collective positive vibes to be published. The Odyssey of a Monk was born.

The short story is about a young orphaned monk who leaves the Buddhist temple he was raised in, to venture out on his own. It was an exciting challenge to weave my automatic writing pieces into a fictional tale and its characters. First I needed to make coherent thoughts out of the bits and pieces I had written down. Weeding through each session’s pages, I found common themes and intertwined them. Next I created various elders (monks, a shaman and others) to present these words of wisdom to the young monk as he travels the countryside. As the young monk encounters the wise elders, each one offers advice and answers the monk’s questions via the passages from my writing sessions. The storyline flowed naturally from this process as each encountered gives the young monk the advice he needs at different points in his life.

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Thanks Patricia for hosting me today and I hope your readers enjoy the free download of The Odyssey of a Monk, which is available for Kindle readers from Oct. 10 – 12. Here is the link for the Ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Monk-Dean-K-Miller-ebook/dp/B00O2A097I/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412613430&sr=1-1&keywords=the+odyssey+of+a+monk

PAIDDean K Miller is an author and free lance writer who resides in Loveland, CO. His first book, And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete was released in February 2014 via Hot Chocolate Press. The short story The Odyssey of a Monk opened to Kindle readers on September 29, 2014. His first poetry collection, titled Echoes: Reflections Through Poetry and Verse is scheduled for release November 1, 2014, also via Hot Chocolate Press.

Dean works for the Federal Aviation Administration, logging more than 26 years as an air traffic controller. He listens to the voices, both at work and in the world around him, because one might tell him something worth writing down. Learn more at www.deankmiller.com

 

Neurosurgeon Has A Near Death Experience Similar to Mine at a Rock Concert

Ever since I had an OBE (out-of-body experience) in 2003 in the middle of Sammy Hagar’s rock concert, I’m noticing more and more people speaking out about having these types of experiences. Dr. Eben Alexander, respected neurosurgeon, describes an experience infinitely similar to mine, although his took place as he lay in a coma due to menigitis.

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear of these experiences–especially those of respected doctors and other professionals–and how we all describe the same thing: a sense of floating above one’s body, a loss of language and physical senses, a feeling of euphoria and oneness with something greater than ourselves accompanied by an immense feeling of acceptance, warmth, comfort, and an overwhelming knowledge that love is all that matters. Alexander describes it as a “warm awareness of the Divine.”

What also fascinates me is that Dr. Alexander describes “seeing” a melody spinning in front of him. I too, saw the words of the song Sammy Hagar was singing that night–they became tangible objects that literally lifted me up and out of my body.

Here is a video of Dr. Alexander describing his experience:

So what does it all mean? That there is an entire realm of consciousness available to all of us–and some of us become aware of it through meditation, or an OBE or an NDE (near-death experience), but it is nonetheless real. And magnificent. And when one encounters this consciousness, one is forever changed and so filled with joy that one cannot help but want to see others experience the same thing.

A Spiritual Awakening While Fly-Fishing

Since my out-of-body experience during Sammy Hagar’s rock concert several years ago–the moment that changed my life forever–I have stumbled upon others who have had similar experiences but through different means. And I’ve been discussing this very thing in a lot of my radio interviews lately. I’m often asked, “So, what can others do to have a mystical awakening?” I tell them that one doesn’t have to be a guru or a yogi or a nun or a monk on a hilltop to experience enlightenment, heaven, Nirvana, mystical experience or whatever term one cares to use. A spiritual awakening can happen to anyone, anywhere, through any means. That’s because each person’s spiritual needs are as different as each man, woman or child. And our ways of looking at life are just as unique.

While there is no set of rules that if one follows, will ensure a mystical experience and we cannot make it happen–these things happen when they’re meant to, when the soul, for whatever reason, is ready to hear and receive the message–there are things one can do to help expedite the process. I will discuss this in another post

For now, I’d like to introduce you to some of the people who like me, have personally experienced this amazing and wonderful clarity of mind. It is my hope that as you read these accounts, many more of you will step forward and share your stories as well. There are a lot of us out there, but many hesitate to talk about their experiences for personal reasons. But we cannot help others by remaining silent.

Meet Dean Miller. He was minding his own business, just enjoying being in nature and doing a little fly-fishing when his life changed forever. I would like to personally thank Dean for allowing me to share his story with you. Writes Miller:

I stood, not in a crowded rock-and-roll bar in a foreign country, but in a river—a solitary figure. Surrounded by high canyon walls, the warm October sun reflected golden hues that glinted off of the river’s surface. I was indeed searching, but it wasn’t to touch the divine, but simply rainbow and brown trout. I found the trout—and something quite unexpected.

The river flowed gently against my legs, its cold penetrating my waders. Fishing trinkets clinked against each other as I made each cast, accompaniment to the gurgle and babble of the slow moving water. A light breeze, nearly imperceptible, brushed my arms. My heart settled into a comfortable rhythm. The rest of my life drifted downstream, carried by the current to another time.

I made a cast and watched the imitation grasshopper float toward me. No luck. A second cast placed the foam bug further upstream, and I watched again. But this time I could see myself standing in the river. Strangely, I was unsurprised at my new perspective.

I ascended a bit higher and then paused, not of my own accord or thought, but from reaching a state of equilibrium with everything around me. I experienced no physical sensations, only complete love…from everything seen and unseen. The rocks, the water, the air, all transmitted the same intense joy that I felt from a source beyond the physical realm.

Suspended in that timeless domain I knew the answer to every question, should it be asked. Touching to farthest reach of the universe was just a thought away. But there was no need for action on my part, as “it—this love and knowing” was already melded with my soul. I was involved with everything and desired nothing. In that brief span of cross-dimensional existence, I understood what lay beyond my physical being. And I saw how easily the filigreed curtain between body and spirit can be lifted.

Suddenly, a trout swallowed the hopper pattern and without reason or explanation, I was back in my body. I resumed my earthly presence, still radiating with the feeling of what had just transpired. Landing, and then releasing the fish, I exited the river and sat for a moment. Overhead, a lone hawk circled once, then soared above the canyon walls and disappeared from view. I was again, alone, forever changed, with nothing else to do but continue my life.

I choose not to speculate where I would have ended up, or what would have happened, had that trout not taken the fly. My time in the mystic realm, however fleeting, helped direct the next phase of my journey here on earth. Knowing what is “out there” is enough for now.

 –Dean K. Miller

Dean K. Miller is a freelance writer and member of Northern Colorado Writers. His work has appeared online and in Trout Magazine. Employed by the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller for over 23 years, he was the 2010 Northwest Mountain Region recipient of the NATCA Archie League Safety Award. He resides in Loveland, CO and enjoys fly fishing, family, and friends. Please visit his website at: http://deankmiller.blogspot.com.

Mystical Experiences — BRIAN WEISS, M.D. on Past Lives and Reincarnation

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September 1, 2009

In March, 2007, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Brian L. Weiss, M.D. Weiss is the author of numerous books, one of which I’d read a few years earlier entitled Many Lives, Many Masters. In this book, he describes his initial skepticism and subsequent belief in the existence of past lives and reincarnation.

While treating one of his patients, a girl in her 20s by the name of Catherine, the girl started recanting things while under hypnosis that she couldn’t possibly have known. With Catherine’s permission, Dr. Weiss began to record their sessions. Through regression under hypnosis, Catherine’s symptoms eventually disappeared one by one until she was completely cured of every one of her ailments.

At first Weiss couldn’t believe what he was seeing. His medical training prevented him from believing in such things as reincarnation or past lives. But through his work with Catherine, he became convinced without a doubt that these concepts were authentic and the results provable.

And as he began to adopt these notions, he too, began to change as a person. He felt a new sense of joy, hope, and purpose in his life. Others remarked how much happier he seemed.

This is similar to what happened to me, but in my case, the change didn’t sneak up quietly, it was more like the “Big Bang!”

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In another of his books, Messages from the Masters, Weiss writes about a man named John who was an audience volunteer at one of Weiss’ workshops. John agreed to be regressed in front of the hundreds of people in attendance. As Weiss hypnotized him, instead of a past life recollection, John had a spiritual experience. He saw a beautiful garden and felt an overwhelming sense of elation, beauty and awareness, causing him to realize that “Paradise on earth is possible if we choose it.”

Tears of joy flowed from his eyes because he knew something had changed for him—at that moment, his skepticism disappeared and he was introduced to the realm of raw emotion—the language of the soul.

After his experience, John began to receive synchronistic messages of gardens in many aspects of his life, as if to validate his transformation.

Weiss has since regressed thousands of people and helped them overcome physical and mental ailments. He has also demonstrated how to tap into other states of reality from our present mental state, and to “feel the pure joy, the ecstasy, the peace, and the beauty” that results from the experience.

This was precisely how I would describe what had happened to me during Sammy Hagar’s concert in Cabo: pure joy, ecstasy, synchronicity.

Past lives and reincarnation… What do you think?

Semantics

Oct. 21, 2009j0395952The other day, a man I’d never met before asked me what my book was about.

“It’s supernatural; it’s spiritual—about a mystical experience I had in the middle of a concert that changed my life. It also involves a famous rock star…” I started to say.

As I spoke, I noticed that the man, an older gentleman dressed in a biker’s vest with the word “VET” sewn onto it, was attempting to disguise the look of disappointment spreading across his face.

“Supernatural is different than spiritual,” he said, stuffing his hands in his pockets and backing off a bit.

“No, I had an out of body experience…” I continued, and this time as I tried to explain it to him, I used the word “God.”

His eyes lit up and he moved closer. “God isn’t supernatural; God is natural. He is everything.”

“Oh yes! It’s everything!” I grinned, feeling joy moving into all my internal organs.

The man went on to tell me that he too, had had an out of body experience. “The Holy Spirit came to me as I lay dying in a hospital bed.”

“How did you know it was the Holy Spirit?” I asked him. “Did you see it?”

He gestured an arc around himself. “No, I felt it all around me.”

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He explained that the Holy Spirit told him it wasn’t his time to die yet and it would show him what to do to keep on living. “I was completely at peace and felt the presence of God,” he said. And the more he talked, the more I realized that that was exactly what had happened to me six years ago in Cabo.

When I told him the details of my experience, he suddenly became very excited about my book and wanted to know more.

What had initially misled him was my use of the word “supernatural,” which obviously had a different meaning to him than it does to me.

Semantics.

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Merriam-webster.com defines “semantics” as: “the language used to achieve a desired effect on an audience, especially through the use of words with novel or dual meanings.”

How then, do I get past semantics so as not to mislead or confuse people? According to the experts, I’m supposed to be able to describe my book in one or two sentences. Yeah, right. It takes me a paragraph at best. Maybe I just haven’t found the right words yet, or maybe it’s just the nature of my subject, I don’t know.

If I say my book is spiritual, or that it involves God, it gives the connotation that it’s religious and some may be turned off by this, as rock ‘n’ roll and religion don’t necessarily blend well.

If I use the words “supernatural,” “paranormal,” “mystical,” “metaphysical,” or “psychic,” some may immediately assume that my book is occult in nature and look at me as if I’ve lost my marbles.

If I say it’s about a famous rock star, people might think it’s a shallow account of a fan gushing over a celebrity. Even I wouldn’t read a book like that!

So how do I describe ecstasy in God, a supernatural force, psychic experiences, out-of-body realms, otherworldly connections, rock stars, self-realization and the utmost joy, in one or two sentences in order to convey the fact that I am describing one thing that encompasses all of these? These components are the means that led me to my personal definition of what God is—the realization of the ultimate perfection, the ultimate everything. It also matters not if one believes in God—self-realization is available to everyone.

Since my experience, I’ve met several people, the Veteran included, who have told me that they too, have had experiences similar to mine. And I’ve read a lot of books that say this too: “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch, “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle to name a few.

These people all describe the same feelings and emotions involved in their mystical moment and many say it changed their lives.

Author Maxwell Steer writes:

“Mystical experience may be defined as being an ‘infinite intimacy’, a sense of fulfilment in which the subject is simultaneously aware of the limitless nature of the Universe and yet of hir (sic) intimate relationship to a force sensible as an identifiable personality. It is simultaneously the experience of everything and nothing, of knowing all yet being empty, of hearing within silence all sound. Different religious traditions identify this state individually – nirvana, mushín, Shambhala, Buddhahood, mystical union, alchemical marriage, shekinah – yet it can be seen as a common goal of all esoteric teaching, an experience of oneness beyond the world of duality. It need not even occur in a religious context. To me those very rare moments of total understanding that can arise in connection with works of art are clearly in the same category – that clarity of vision and sense of contact with some archetypal personality… some archetypal source of consciousness that transcends rational knowledge.”

And while we report similar experiences, each person’s manner of expressing what happened to them is slightly different, because each person is unique in their perception of the world around them. It’s like describing the color purple—one person might call it “lilac,” while another says “lavender,” and another expresses it using the word “plum” or “violet.”

But it’s still the same color.

 

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Pearls from Horses

June 9, 2009

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My intention for starting this blog and writing my book is to get people thinking “outside the box,” as the saying goes.

I see so many people pining for meaning in their lives and yet surrendering to mediocrity, often because they don’t know where to look for answers.
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The Saga Continues…

October 25, 2010

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Jewelle St. James and I have a lot in common. Many years ago, as a wife and mother, Jewelle was merely going through the motions of life when something supernatural and unexpected happened to her involving a famous rock star. It forever changed her life.

It was 1980. World-legendary rock musician John Lennon of The Beatles had just been murdered and Jewelle, who wasn’t even a Lennon fan, was suddenly overcome by a grief so overwhelming that it consumed her entire life. Then strange things began happening. It made no sense; what was going on? Confused and concerned about her sanity, she set out in search of explanations.

What she discovered blew her mind.

Like me, Jewelle learned that she had shared a past life with a famous musician whose spirit was the driving force leading her on her journey to self-discovery. And like me, she fought against the otherworldly truths that were being revealed to her. Why? Well, for one thing, because it was preposterous!

Although Jewelle and I present slightly different angles with our stories (each person’s journey is tailored to his or her specific requirements for spiritual growth), she and I share the insatiable need to let the world know that there is so much more to life than what’s on the surface. We want others to keep their minds and their hearts open because you never know where your truths may be found. I wonder how many have had spiritual awakenings through Elvis? More on this in another post…

But truth is truth in any form, and it is my belief that we all recognize truth when we encounter it even though sometimes our logical brains tell us we’re being ridiculous.

Jewelle’s book, All You Need Is Love: A Past Life with John Lennon, is about her search for truth. It’s about reincarnation and the discovery of self through that means. Her story will assure you that love never dies and that underneath it all, love is truly all you need…

Following is our interview. My words are in italics.

P: Hi Jewelle, thank you for taking your time to reach out to others by granting me this interview. I’d like to begin by asking you what made you want to write about your experience.

J: Thank you Pat, for requesting this interview. I believe that my experience was meant to be shared, to be a voice of many, sharing personal metaphysical experiences. I hope to contribute to worldwide investigations into the concept of past lives and how they affect our present lives.

P: You’ve demonstrated that by accepting the reality of our past lives, it can help us heal in our present lifetime. Even from wounds we may have been unaware of where they came from. For instance, maybe a man has an inexplicable fear of starving, so he eats too much and although he knows it’s not good for him, he can’t seem to stop himself.

J: Yes. The evidence of  past lives sometimes emerges as unexplainable patterns in our current lives screaming for attention and healing. A favorite quote: “If you want to know your past, look at your present life. If you want to know your future, look at your present life.”

P: You also talk a little about the philosophies you discovered, such as “love is really all there is…” and “The soul is able to see all…” “We write our life script before we’re born and later we’re amazed when the right people and the right circumstances enter our lives when really, we’ve arranged it all ourselves…”

How did all these philosophies affect you? Did they make you want to explore them further?

J: These philosophies have given me much peace of mind and a knowing that there is a grand design in each of our lives. I am currently exploring more, but it’s a delicate balance. One cannot force spiritual understanding, it unfolds in its own time and yet clues are always present. This is my experience anyway.

 

P: Don’t ever give up! You also wrote that your sister’s spirit told you, “We think our lives are separate; it’s all one play, one picture…Tell your story so others can see where their lives are; what is their big picture, for the big picture is the only picture…”

This is exactly what I “saw” when I had my mystical experience—how everything is connected.

J: My other book, Jude: My Reincarnation from Auschwitz came about because of a memory since childhood but I didn’t think of it as a past life, it was just a part of me, like my arm or whatever.

After All You Need Is Love was written, a channeled poem (about the Holocaust) came to me in a short two minutes, and believe me I’m no poet! The poem became a guidepost in discovering my last life ending in Auschwitz.

When I visited Auschwitz in Poland, and gazed across the snowy quiet Auschwitz-Birkenau where millions of Jews had died, there was a split second where I understood that all time is one. Later it was hard to wrap my head around that concept, but for those several seconds, I understood.

P: And that’s how it happened to me too—in a matter of several seconds, I understood. The trick then becomes how do we hold onto it and incorporate it into our daily lives?

J: “Peace that passeth all understanding.” For me that quote means having faith in the unseen and the extraordinary spiritual events that endlessly flow. It took me a long time and a lot of tears to get to that point.

P: You also said that it was John Lennon’s guidance that kept you going on your search, allowing you to learn more about yourself in the process—that he was a major player in your lessons and without him, you wouldn’t have learned so much. It’s a spiritual connection. How can one know when this is real and not just imagined? i.e. a fan inventing a connection to a celebrity?

J: I was never a Beatles fan, yet I grieved for John Lennon as if I’d known him. This was the core of my confusion and for years, no one was more skeptical than me. The fact that he was a rock star made me go to the ends of the earth to truly receive the truth one way or the other. I always say, if he’d been the next door neighbor I wouldn’t have had a problem in accepting the explanation that I knew him in another life. To this day (in my mind) it’s John Baron guiding me, although I’m positive Lennon and Baron are the same soul. John Baron was the  man I knew and therefore I am more comfortable with his spiritual guidance. However, there have been unexplainable communications concerning Lennon, not Baron, that have taken decades to process and accept.

P: You mention how you constantly doubted and even when you asked for signs to verify things and they were given to you, you still doubted. You even doubted your experience. I did the same thing. How can a person avoid this doubting? Because it’s times like that, that often cause us to give up and go right back to our old ways of doing things. Then of course, we don’t grow.

J: It’s healthy to doubt when you’re dealing with the unknown, I believe. Many times I tried to ignore it all. It wasn’t until ten years ago, that I reached a point when the synchronicities and discovering the relevant ancient records, to name only two, were so overwhelming that I could no longer argue with my own evidence. Then I finally surrendered. It was a spiritual moment that could have only unfolded in its correct time. I accepted the love that is obviously guiding in my life.

P: That must have been an immensely comforting revelation—to finally be able to accept it completely. In your book, you wrote, “All of it has always been real…”

J: For so long I lived in a place of frozen confusion. It’s taken nearly thirty years to truly understand that my story is real and meant to be shared—that it’s my life’s mission—yet there are aspects of my journey that I will never understand.

P: I love how you say, “We don’t have to completely understand something to believe it’s real.” How do you know this?

J: My Auschwitz-Birkenau experience of clearly seeing that all time, and all peoples are one, was a major turning point in accepting the wonders of life although paradoxically it was beyond my rational understanding.

P: Getting back to the beginning of your story. Can you describe your initial experiences and what it was that lead you to investigate John Lennon?

J: My initial reaction to John Lennon’s death was an instant debilitating grief that lasted for three years. When I finally received a possible reason for my pain (that I had loved and lost him in another life in southern England), it gave me a focus, and a way to try to eliminate that pain. This focus resulted in twenty years of research and investigation.

P: That’s a long time! Do you think the way you were raised may have affected what happened to you?

J: I was raised to (spiritually) keep an open mind so therefore was finally able to seek guidance from my psychic mother and sister (although that still took me years to request their help).

P: Do you consider yourself a religious person?

J: I believe in God but am not connected to any church or religion.

P: Can this sort of thing happen to someone who isn’t spiritual?

J: Although I was from a spiritual type family, when John Lennon died, I was 27 years old, a young wife and mother. My head-space wasn’t exactly into understanding my grief over his death let alone what the reason could be. So, if someone else were in my shoes, spiritual or not, the same confusion and pain would exist, I believe.

P: Even someone who doesn’t believe in reincarnation?

J: Initially my opinion/understanding of reincarnation was neutral, it held no interest to me one way or the other so if applied to someone else, it would be a matter of their personal need, or not, to investigate and receive answers.

P: Do you consider yourself psychic? Have your psychic abilities grown since this experience?

J: I feel I’m intuitive but could not give anyone a psychic reading! My awareness has grown but maybe that comes with age and wisdom?

P: And perhaps with a little help from your friends not in physical form? You wrote that John’s spirit told you, “The consciousness of the planet can be raised through the arts.” You also wrote that John’s spirit told you that your job was to keep his memory alive so people would remember the messages he tried to relate to the world through his music… This is an aspect of your relationship with John Lennon and NOT John Baron.

J: You’re right! For years, I only accepted John Baron… Baron’s incarnation as Lennon has been a major stumbling block for me. I just couldn’t grasp that. But those were in the early years—now I understand our many lives, and if a famous life gets thrown into the mix, not to turn away because of my human-based doubts.

P: I went through the same thing, worrying that I was allowing myself to be misled by Sammy’s fame and the sheer excitement of the world of rock ‘n’ roll instead of focusing on the underlying message that was revealed to me. And yet, for me, it’s all tied together. I even found myself writing in my book about how John Lennon said, “when the real music comes to me, the music of the spheres, I am just a medium to relay its message…”

J: I believe all artists channel from a Universal Source. Parts of All You need Is Love were channeled, like someone was “giving” me the sentences, someone from an outside source.

P: Since Lennon was a musician, do you think that part may have played a role? The music part? Because that’s how it all happened to me—through music. Music is a language that transcends barriers between people. Maybe even the barriers of time and death. Recently, I heard Paul McCartney say that “Yesterday” just came to him, as if through a supernatural source.

J: The musical combination of Paul McCartney and John Lennon was pure heavenly brilliance. My personal belief is that John Lennon was a Universal spokesperson, one of many messengers disguised as musicians, and through his gift of music, and long after we are all gone, the music will survive and heal and bring joy.

P: What have others told you they’ve gotten out of reading your story?

J: After reading All You Need Is Love, many have expressed a comfort of knowing love cannot die, nor can our souls.

P: What a beautiful message of hope this is.

J: Your body will whither and die but the spirit lives forever and lost loves never leave us.

P: What was the most difficult part of your journey?

J: The emotional feelings of pain and loss felt through those early years and then mustering the courage to write about my experience.

P: I don’t think many people realize what it takes to write something like this and especially to put it out there to the world in a book! What else did your journey teach you?

J: That every day, in ever way, we are guided, that we are connected to the Divine and to each other, that we all matter, we are all part of an intricate Universal design.

P: Thank you, Jewelle, for being a light in the lives of so many by sharing your story.

J: Thanks, Pat, to you and your readers for your interest.

Jewelle St. James has written several books and articles on reincarnation. For more information, please visit her website at http://www.pastlifewithjohnlennon.com/

Her candid stories continue to enlighten and inspire people all over the world.

Do you think you may have had a past life? Jewelle writes about how to begin your search for answers in “Clues to Our Past Lives.” Read her full article at http://www.merrynjose.com/artman/publish/article_316.shtml (Link provided by permission.)

 

PASSION, TRUTH AND SELF-DISCOVERY THROUGH MUSIC and WRITING

 

After interviewing Tiffanie DeBartolo, author of the film, “Dream for an Insomniac,” and the books “God-Shaped Hole” and “How to Kill a Rock Star,” with two more on the way, I realized that our discussion was all about passion in music and how it helped each of us discover our personal truths. Passion is an emotion. Emotion is the language of the soul. What we feel passionate about brings us joy. Joy brings us to God. (And it doesn’t matter what one’s definition of God is because that word means different things to different people.) What we feel passionate about is the very thing that will bring us self-discovery, transformation, enlightenment—God.

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Book Review: “The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer” by Maureen Hancock

May 19, 2011

       Maureen Hancock

Is there really such a thing as ghosts? Is it possible the living can actually communicate with them?

I don’t know if it’s due to nature of my own book, (coming soon) that I’m more attuned to this sort of thing or what, but there seems to be a change in the world’s consciousness lately. People are becoming more open-minded when it comes to the subjects of supernatural phenomena, spirits and spirit mediums—those who communicate with the dead.

Maureen Hancock’s new book, The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer, is about this very subject. Her book is a cross between self-help, grief counseling and memoir. Hancock relates the story of how she was drawn to this unusual profession and shares her adventures along the way, culminating with her rise to nationwide popularity due to her warm, caring personality and her uncanny ability to interact with the deceased. She is currently in the process of filming her own reality TV show for Disney, premier date to be announced.

As a toddler, Maureen nearly died due to lead poisoning from ingesting lead-based paint from a windowsill in her house. To this day, she believes that her near-death experience was the means that opened her spirit to receive messages from beyond, because around the age of 5, she began to see “ghosts.”

Through the years, her psychic abilities grew until she could no longer deny the gift she’d been given. Maureen now uses that gift to help others. This is the most touching part of her story. The author doesn’t ask you to believe her, she seems only to want to educate others that death is not the end and that love never dies. Along with her charity, Seeds of Hope, her mission is to help others triumph over the loss of their loved ones and to live life to its fullest—and not necessarily because that’s what their loved ones would want, but because that truly is the reason for our lives—to experience as much joy as possible and to share it with others. She also works with and has earned the trust of many law enforcement agencies.

The Medium Next Door has a universal appeal because if we haven’t already, eventually we will all lose someone we love. My favorite chapter was “Tales from the Trenches,” where Hancock recounts episodes that made me laugh; a great virtue, I think, when it comes to the serious nature of her work.

The only criticism I have is that I would have preferred the author followed the book with a workbook instead of inserting lessons at the end of the chapters. While I enjoyed both her experiences and her wisdom, I thought the lessons distanced me somewhat from the story flow. And I would have liked to have read in more detail about how one can develop intuitiveness for one’s self. Maybe that will be Hancock’s next book. I hope so.

Other than that, a great read from what appears to be a woman of boundless energy, sunshine and joy. Her stories are entertaining, funny and inspiring and she has made a believer out of me. The Medium Next Door is sure to touch your heart as well.

For more information, please visit www.maureenhancock.com, or to purchase her book, click on the cover below.