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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After death

While the idea of the life review occurring in reverse order is something I’ve only encountered with Rudolf Steiner, the theory that we feel how our words and actions affect the “other” seems fairly universal. Something to really think about.

The first draft of my upcoming book, now actually a two-volume set, is nearing completion. Thank you for your patience as the process continues to unfold.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

When, after death, we go through our previous earthly life in reverse order, we feel the effects which our actions, will impulses, and thoughts had on other people as well as other creatures. During that period,  we do not feel what we have personally felt while in the physical body, but what we have caused other souls and other entities to feel.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 174b – Die geistigen Hintergründe des Ersten Weltkrieges –Dornach, March 15, 1916 (page 166)

Anonymous translator

Previously posted on June 9, 2017

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It is said that death is a riddle that no one ever has, or ever will solve

With my upcoming book, I hope to share a bit of that understanding.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

Death is indeed life’s greatest riddle, so much so that the individual who could solve it would have solved also the other great riddle, that of life itself.

It is said that death is a riddle that no one ever has, or ever will solve. People who speak like that have no notion of the arrogance (German: Unbescheidenheit) the words imply, nor of the fact that a solution to the riddle does exist, but a solution they fail to understand.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 55 – Supersensible Knowledge – Lecture VI: Illness and Death– Berlin, 13th December 1906

Translated by Rita Stebbing

Previously posted on May 23, 2016

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Clairvoyance without understanding and logic has no value

Finding these thoughts of Steiner at this time is very heartening to me. The work I am currently doing which will be presented in my upcoming books aim to clothe my baby steps into clairvoyance in a very approachable and hopefully enlightening manner. Conversing with the beloved dead, with angels, should not be for the chosen few. Anyone with a sincere desire and a bit of discipline should be able to make that connection. But to what purpose? As the kabbalists would say…for Tikkun Olam. For the reparation of the world. Nothing less. Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

However much a clairvoyant may be able to investigate and see in the spiritual world, what he sees is of no value to him and to others so long as he is unable to bring it down into the ordinary sphere of men, and to express it in thought that can be grasped by sound logic and a natural feeling for truth. The clairvoyant must in fact first understand the matter himself if it is to be of any use to him. Its value begins where the possibility of logical proof begins. […] Picture to yourselves a man who has perhaps made quite exceptional discoveries in the spiritual world through purely clairvoyant observation, but who has neglected to clothe these observations in language suited to the ordinary sense of truth of any age. Do you know what would happen to him? All his discoveries would be wiped out after death!…

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