Launch into the Unknown

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Well. Finally. The book is finished.  The editing. The interior formatting for paperback and all the various eBook distributors. The book cover. The promotional copy. All. Done. (Deep exhale).

It took a major change in my life and dealing with the subsequent trauma in order to be in a place to write this book. This book which I think is the beginning of my work for the last years of my life. This book which began on the winter solstice of 2017. This book which demands me to launch not only it but myself as well, into…what?

Well…a different place than I ever expected to be. A place that will undoubtedly force me further from my comfort zone as the writing of this book already has. But as I look around me at the country, at the world, that I inhabit is pushed to the brink, perhaps there are no more comfort zones…for any of us.

What my book offers is one way, one very important way, for each of us to navigate the coming years with more support, more guidance, more – love. Reclaiming a source of guidance lost long ago but slowly coming back. As things stand, we may not have the luxury of slowly any more. So I hope this book will inspire you to step forward…to launch yourself into a cleaner, clearer, better place.

I am going to take a few weeks to learn how to launch this book with some small skill. As I do, I may send out a quick blog soliciting your help. We’ll see. This is new to me as I didn’t even realize books needed launching beyond simply making them available for purchase. There’ll be a new page on this blog as well as a Facebook page dedicated to the book, your thoughts and comments.

Thank you all for joining me on this adventure. The book will be launched this fall.

Until then…do your best to be kind.

In the dead we have our best and most important helpers

This is a powerful quote from Steiner. Now in my elder years, I find what he posits to be truth: that our best teachers and helpers are those we call “dead.” My upcoming book deals a great bit with that assertion. As a foundation, we’ll explore how we can serve the so-called dead. From there, the work will expand to the ways the so-called dead can help us….and how important it is for us to re-establish our sacred connection.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

Our attitude towards those who passed through the threshold of death must be the same as towards those who still live here on earth. Indeed, we should not hesitate, to say: Those who still live in the physical body are handicapped in many ways, so that they cannot live a full spiritual life, they cannot live it to the full. How many handicaps can be observed in people during their physical life on earth, when it is a question of recognising the truly great tasks of evolution — and still more, when it is a question of FULFILLING THEM! We may rely far more on the dead. […] 

In the dead we have our best and most important helpers and you will not misunderstand me when I say: In our spiritual work we may rely far more upon the dead than upon the living.

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Inner Planes Direction

 

It’s so important to pay attention to the subtle machinations of the universe. If we quietly listen, we’ll begin to notice the inner guidance there for us, for all of us, to follow. Revealing the path for us to take. I learned quite a while ago that I have a council of wise inner planes teachers who’ll point the way if I merely quiet down and pay attention.

So I finished the work with the editor of my new book and was ready to move into the next phases – book cover design, interior formatting, metadata and promotional copy. Since my first experience with the group that put me in touch with my editor, I naturally figured to go on to this next phase with them. To that purpose, I spent hours filling out their questionnaire, offering samples of book covers I liked, so many questions I painstakingly answered in great detail and saved to their site…I thought. I also asked my inner planes guides to make it very clear to me what the right choice would be. Don’t make me guess.

A week later when I was ready to send off all this material to the various designers, my questionnaire was gone. Gone. Hours of work just gone. (Please save the, “What, you didn’t save all that to your hard drive too?” I already feel like a proper idiot.)

I could feel the beginnings of panic but I stopped myself and listened in. I was guided to contact the founders of this group and ask for help. They had none and said they’d never had anything like that happen before. Hmmmm. Thank you, guides.

Then I felt a nudge to check with a different company whose work I liked and asked them some questions. They got back to me in a very reasonable amount of time but it was like we were speaking in different languages. They also had no phone number to speak to an actual person. Yes – I’m an old person who sometimes likes direct contact with the people who will help bring my book to life. Hmmmm. Thank you, guides.

In the meantime, I received an email from a different company I was interested in, had emailed and had never heard anything back from. She was checking back to see if the email she’d sent had answered all of my questions. What email? I never got one. Well, not only did she answer all of my questions but she also has a phone number her clients may call anytime. Hmmmm! Thank you, guides!

Her company is working on all of the above and will help me with marketing as well.

I guess what I’m trying to share with you is – sometimes those things that look like the worst luck, the biggest disaster, actually turn out to be your best luck, your path.

My book will likely be ready in about a month or so but I am going to take a little time to launch and market it better than I did my last book. I’ll start by adding a page to this blog just for the book and any questions or comments you might have about it. Thank you to any of have come this far. The book’s a hefty one but hopefully an entertaining and enlightening read.

Surrender for an Editor

It’s been rather quiet here on this blog but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes…or maybe that’s screens. Anyway, I wanted to update you a bit on where we are at.

I finished the first draft of the book. It’s back to one book instead of two which makes it a lengthy one but it just didn’t feel right forcing it into two. Four people read through it and gave their comments and suggestions. I even managed to get an endorsement from my mentor, Dr. Raymond Moody. After going through it a second time continuing to clean it up, it was ready for the next step.

As my choice is to self-publish, I went back again to Amazon. They published my first book and it was a good experience. But it’s been ten years since that book came out so things have changed just a bit. In fact, they no longer offer any of the services a self-publisher needs in house. They list some suggestions but basically, you’re on your own.

So, the first thing I needed was a good editor. The search was on. Now…I know that one can expect prices to double about every ten years but as I inquired about estimates for my book, I was shocked. At approximately 177,000 words I could expect to pay $12,000 or more for in-depth editing.  When I revived from my faint, I sank into a bit of a depression. I’d still need a book cover for paperback and eBook created and interior formatting for both formats. How was I going to manage that?

Well…as I wrote the book, I recognized a team of inner planes supporters forming to help me somewhat like my first book. In fact, I think there are some of the same helpers. I often expressed my concern about various points that came up along the way. Over and over again I was told to focus on my part of the work and they would take care of everything else. Okay. So…I surrendered. I don’t know how to make this work but you do. I hand this over to you.

And things shifted…

I was led to some very good information which led me to some great sites to consider editors which led me to one I was very much interested in as she had 11 years’ experience working for Llewellyn, the world’s oldest and biggest publisher of books for body, mind and spirit. I queried her and several others for estimates. The first to answer who not only loved the idea of my book but offered a very reasonable estimate for her work? Yep…my lady from Llewellyn. We started work yesterday (Monday, July 15). It should take about a month.

This is a massive project. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking. But it’s happening…it’s happening. My hope is to publish before the end of the year. Next, I’ll be looking for a cover designer.

I’ll keep you informed about our progress. Thanks for staying with me.

Where We’re At

It’s been a while since I last wrote so I just wanted to let you know where we’re at with the new book. It is basically finished. Rough first draft going into a second reading by me and a few other trusted sets of eyes for feedback. Not quite ready for professional editing but getting there.

The process for this is so different from my first book which basically wrote itself. There it was a matter of just listening and taking dictation. While a good bit of listening and taking dictation is true for this book, it is much more of a collaborative effort. With this book, I had no real idea where I was heading and each new development unfolded in quite miraculous ways. At least for me. And it still is.

I began writing near the winter solstice of 2017. It is now June of 2019. I’m hoping to have this published before the end of this year but this next phase is grueling as I have no talent on the publishing side of this venture. Most likely it will be self-published through Amazon’s service again but that has changed dramatically since my first book too. So, it’s a whole new ballgame for me.

Finally…this book is a big step into new territory for me and I’ll admit to being a bit…uncomfortable…claiming this new space. But you know? I think that is the way of the world right now. All of us, in one way or another, are being challenged to embrace the discomfort of transformation. To dare to push the boundaries of what we perceive as “reality.” Because in the words of a wise tunesmith, “The real world is really unreal.”

Game on. I’ll drop another note along with way letting you know where I’m at in this midwifing of my new book. Thanks for being there.

Nourishment for the souls of the dead

Just back from a trip to London and now in the final phase to complete the first draft of what has become a two-volume set of my new work. Once that is completed, I’ll begin the rigors of self-publishing so will still be several months before the set is ready.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to post pertinent thoughts about what might transpire after what we call death. The most important point, I think, is that the relationship between the so-called living and the so-called dead does not end. It should not end. What will the world look like once we awaken to that understanding?

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

In a certain sense the souls of the dead too need nourishment; not, of course, the kind of nourishment required by human beings on the earth, but of the nature of spirit-and-soul. By way of comparison, just as we on the earth must have cornfields where the grain for our physical sustenance ripens, so must the souls of the dead have cornfields from which they can gather certain sustenance which they need during the time between death and a new birth. As the eye of clairvoyance follows the souls of the dead, the souls of sleeping human beings are seen to be cornfields for the dead. For one who has this experience in the spiritual world for the first time, it is not only surprising but deeply shattering to see how the souls living between death and a new birth hasten as it were to the souls of sleeping human…

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The love or even the sympathy we extend to the dead eases his path, removes hindrances from him

For me, it’s all about his last sentence. My upcoming book will explore that idea and others involving the dead and our relationship to them.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

In order that we may really understand one another, I want to speak first of certain aspects of the mutual relationship between the living and the dead, starting with a quite simple phenomenon which will be explained in accordance with the findings of spiritual investigations. Souls who sometimes practise a little self-contemplation will be able to observe the following (and I believe that many have done so). Let us suppose that someone has hated another person in life, or perhaps it was, or is, merely a question of antipathy or dislike. When the person towards whom hatred or antipathy was directed dies, and the other hears of his death, he will feel that the same hatred or antipathy cannot be maintained. If the hatred persists beyond the grave, sensitive souls will feel a kind of shame that it should be so. This feeling — and it is present in many…

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