A Win and a Terrible Loss

2020 International Book Awards

It was my hope to have posted this last Sunday. However, I ran into major WordPress troubles so this is as soon as I was able.

I find it hard to write during this pandemic. My heart and mind so focused on what is happening in this country. More importantly, taking care of my family. Taking care of my husband and my three dogs, Bodhi, Leela and Nestor.

It hasn’t been conducive to talking with the dead as I am constantly filled with anxiety over what is transpiring. Hard for me to hear the angels through all the din. So, my writings might be sporadic for a while. However, I wanted to share two things with you.

First, my new book Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends) – Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead, was just named a finalist in the International Book Awards New Age Non-Fiction category. Considering that the winner was from a traditional publisher, I think this self-published book stood up pretty well. So, it was a bright spot on a rather dark horizon.

Nestor, July2 2020

More importantly is the death of one of my dogs, Nestor. I was managing about as well as one could during this time of unspeakable national and worldwide trauma until on Memorial Day weekend Nestor sat up on the bed, fell over and began having a Grand Mal seizure. It was only four years ago on Memorial Day weekend that we rescued Nestor. Now this.

I rushed him to the emergency room, handed him over to the vet tech and sat in my car (most vets are only offering curbside service) for the next four hours after signing permission to do CPR to revive him if necessary.

It should be interjected here that quite unexpectedly, Tony reached out to me, made his presence known, just before Nestor began to seize. I haven’t been in the quiet place necessary to communicate with him, but there he was. In hindsight, I think he wanted to give me a heads up, that something awful was going to happen and that he would be there for me, with my angelic team of teachers and guides. I felt them again as I waited, minutes turning into hours, waiting to hear from the vet what was happening with my Nestor.

We spent a good part of the weekend going back to that emergency hospital. In 40 hours, Nestor suffered 7 Grand Mal seizures and cluster after cluster of focal seizures. Reaching out to my alternative vet, I tried homeopathy at first but it became unmistakably clear that was not going to help what I was told was either a brain tumor or a brain lesion in a dog 12 ½ years old. Without an MRI, it was a best guess. The nearest facility that did MRIs for dogs is up in Richmond, VA which was at the time not only a hot spot for Covid-19 but also in the midst of the George Floyd protests. On top of the fact that Nestor would be required to be anesthetized for the procedure and any following radiation treatments or brain surgery. That would give him a few more months but at what cost to quality of life? My little boy had experienced enough trauma in his life, we weren’t going to put him through more. So, I called our veterinary hospice. They were wonderful.

We had six and a half weeks to get used (as if one could) to the idea what we were going to lose Nestor. The medications hospice put Nestor on assured that he would have no further seizures but the damage to his brain was severe.

Nestor was just beginning to learn to play. Just learning that it was safe here with us and no one would ever throw him away ever again. He was blossoming and I couldn’t wait to see how that would unfold next. It just wasn’t enough time with Nestor. Not nearly enough.

July 8, 2020, I held Nestor in my arms while the hospice vet helped him cross the rainbow bridge. My husband and I are devastated. My others dogs are grieving too – not wanting to eat. Its funny…no, it’s not…but I have been at the bedside of so many people during their journey into the afterlife…but to lose a furry family member brings me to my knees. I can handle the pandemic; I can handle all the challenges being thrown at us daily but I cannot handle the death of my Nestor…our Nestor. It’s too much.

So, it might be a while for me to be able to write more.

Stay safe. Try to stay sane. Until next time…

 

Five Star Review

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To be honest, I’m finding it quite difficult to focus on much beyond enduring this pandemic but I will not call it “the invisible enemy.” The Kabbalists would refer to it as a very strict teacher. Certainly this disease can teach us many lessons we’ve been slow to learn: we can’t keep pillaging the earth and its wildlife. We must learn that though we’ve created imaginary boundaries, we are truly all one. We will either survive together or die together. Those two come to mind first, but will we ever learn in time?

So, I struggle making a deep connection with my inner planes teachers and with Tony. I know they are there, I just can’t feel them even though they are sending me messages each day, guiding and protecting me.

I stay away from social media, only using the computer to buy the food and items we need. (Please, to whoever is doing it, stop hoarding. You are creating unnecessary shortages.)

Yesterday I checked my email and found a review from Readers’ Favorite. I also submitted my book for its contest. I’m enclosing it here. For me, it was a very bright spot in a rather dark time.

I still want to tell you about my experience at the Monroe Institute with medium Suzanne Giesemann. We managed that just before the country closed down. I will, I just need to find a good time. Oddly, I find myself having more work during the shelter-at-home period.

For now please read the review and keep your fingers crossed for the contests I submitted this book.

BOOK REVIEW

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends) is an interesting work of self-exploration and New Age thinking penned by author Joellyn St. Pierre. Subtitled “Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead”, the work contains some mature themes, explicit language, and ideas that not all readers will be comfortable with. The author presents authentic experiences with after-death communication (ADC), despite having no previous mediumistic abilities, and proceeds to tell a memoir-style tale of her connection to the spirit of actor Anthony Newley and the results of this communication between the living and the dead. What results is an incredible and highly alternative view of life and spirituality which also provides guidance for other people on how to unlock this ability and allow the deceased to help them in their daily lives.

Author Joellyn St. Pierre has created a book that really has to be read to be believed, and whether you take it as fact or fiction, it is truly an inspiring work about the power of creativity and the very nature of spirituality itself. The narration is frank and honest, with the candid intimacy of a memoir-style work that allows us into a close personal connection with the writer, and with the incredible bond she explores between herself and Newley. The ADC element really lifts the veil on a spiritual concept which is new and intriguing to explore, and the technical elements of the book’s ‘how-to’ advice are well explained for those who are new to the idea. Overall, I would recommend Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends) to any reader seeking new information about the world beyond the veil.

What Now?

It’s the time for me to rest and replenish before I once again build a bridge for my beloved muse and friend, Anthony Newley and I to meet. To gather and explore more deeply this sacred connection and the work the so-called living and the so-called dead can do together for the betterment of both worlds. I can’t think of another time in my current life where this collaboration was more important.

To that end, due to the tremendous generosity of my dear friend Pam, I’ll be going to the Monroe Institute for the Serving Spirit mediumship weekend taught by Suzanne Giesemann at the end of this month. I particularly wanted to go because Suzanne is one of the few mediums who earns Dr. Raymond Moody’s respect. While I continue to maintain that I am not a medium, Suzanne helps those who wish to connect with higher level benign beings or with our own higher self with more ease, grace and consistency. I’ll be sure to write about that when I return.

In my effort for Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? to find its audience, I entered the IndieReader Discovery Awards. The winners for that will be announced in May. However, the book is being listed in their Best Books of the Month for this month (so I have my fingers crossed). You can find it here.

That’s all for now. I hope you each will find time to move out of the stressful and oft times painful mass consciousness and find the still small voice within – for you, for me, for us all.

Great Book Review!

https://indiereader.com/book_review/could-anthony-newley-be-my-muse-or-his-story-never-ends/

We just got reviewed by IndieReader. (Doing my best Sally Field’s impersonation, “They liked it. They really liked it!) You can read it here.

Also, you have a few more days to enter to win a free eBook version of the book at Goodreads. You can enter here.

I’m still trying to regroup after launching this project. I’d love to hear any questions or comments you might have after reading the book. Send them to me at Joellyn@communityofspirits dot org.

Until then…

Together again

Tony and I had several discussions about relationships and karma in my latest book, “Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends) Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead.” You can still enter to win a free eBook from Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/genre/Spirituality

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

In the present age we are not thrown together by chance with other people. That the path of life brings us into contact with certain people and not with others depends upon the working out of individual karma. For we have entered upon a period of human evolution which brings man’s preceding karmic developments to a culminating point. 

Think how much less karma had been accumulated in the earlier periods of earth evolution! With every incarnation fresh karma is made. At first, people had to meet under totally new conditions, with the possibility of forming fresh connections. But through repeated earth-lives we have gradually reached a point at which, as a general rule, we do not meet anyone with whom in former incarnations we have not shared this or that experience. 

And these experiences bring us into contact again with those who shared them. We meet other people as it…

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Post-Publication Depression

Enter the free ebook giveway at Goodreads, good until January 26th !

Well, I’m reaching the end of the launch of my newest book, Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse (Or His Story Never Ends) Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead. I never did any marketing for my first book but I felt an obligation to Tony, if not myself, to do everything I am able to let people know about it.

This was right up against the holidays (though I didn’t plan it that way, it’s just how it worked out) and I thought that would be a great way to celebrate. Wrong! I spent the whole time struggling with the various outlets for making people aware of it. For me, that was not a good way for accessing feelings of joy.

In the interim, my colleague, Lynne Stull, who is far more steeped in anthroposophical studies than I pointed out a couple of mistakes concerning Rudolf Steiner. Though my work with Tony does not strictly follow the anthroposophical model for communicating with the dead, I feel it laid a strong foundation for me to stand upon. So, to set the record straight. I stated that Steiner wrote four books and 6000 lectures. Instead he wrote around 30, four of which are considered his foundational books.

She also was concerned about my stating that the form of helping the dead to heal karma I write of in the book gave the impression that my way was the first and only way. If others get that impression, I truly apologize for that was never my intention. Shamans have been doing that for centuries.

Lynne also shared the work of Kelly Connor, author of To have Caused a Death who also talks about healing across the threshold and gives workshops on the topic.

The comments in my book refer strictly to the method that came to me intuitively (or more likely inspired by my inner team of angelic guides) which I go into at length. I hope that will clear up any confusion.

Okay…I’m beat. I hope you will enter the free ebook giveway at Goodreads, good until January 26th, (limited to citizens of the US at this time though I hope Goodreads will change that in the future) or even purchase it at Amazon.

I’ll be going into different aspects of the book in future blog posts so I hope you will be able to ask me questions or make comments about what you’ve read.

For 2020, I wish for us all clarity of vision.

Free Book Giveaway

It’s been a whirlwind since publishing my latest book Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends) Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead. A whirlwind of marketing, of emotional highs and desperate lows – of self-doubts. I didn’t do any marketing for my first book The Art of Death Midwifery: An Introduction and Beginner’s Guide. This time, however, I felt the responsibility to Tony, if no one else, to make its intended audience aware of its existence.

My brain doesn’t work as a marketer, never really has but I’m giving it my best. While I never felt this way about my first book, this one has me feeling…vulnerable…exposed.  And tired. Bone dead tired with a brain that has turned to mush. Literally, I sat here for the last minute or so trying to remember that I wanted you to know about my brain mush.

I could give it a pretty sheen, say it’s a side-effect of spending the good part of the last 2 or 3 years straddling two worlds as my conversation with Anthony Newley unfolded. And really, I hope that’s true but it is just as likely that I’m just old.

So, for a while, I’ll need to rest and regroup because it is my understanding that Tony and I will eventually explore the many ideas we were inspired with during our time together that we just couldn’t fit into one book. As it is, the book is longer than I’d like for many reasons and yet…even my editor did not see where I should make cuts. “Some books are just long,” she said.

Whether our new journeys will end up in another book, on a different platform altogether, or just kept between ourselves, isn’t clear to me yet. So how this book is received may very well determine that.

So, I’m doing all I can to get this book in front of its intended audience (and you’ll know who you are if you read it). To that end, I’ll be doing a Goodreads giveaway starting December 28th and running for a month. Goodreads will choose 100 people to receive a free Kindle version of my book (much lighter to handle for you and kinder to trees than the paperback). If you’re not a member, go sign up for free here. Follow me, Joellyn St. Pierre. On the 28th I’ll also send out another blog post with more information and a link to enter.

The winter solstice is once again here. There’s a certain symmetry to sending this book out during this time as it was the solstice of 2017 that began it all. There are so many miracles, so many opportunities for transcendence if we are bold enough to follow our highest inner guidance. That is my wish for you this holiday season – the boldness to follow your heart’s true desire.

Watch for my blog post on December 28th and enter to win. Amen. Shalom, Namaste, As-salāmu ʿalaykum …and on…and on…

Coming Soon!

Finally, I’ll be releasing my book on Sunday, Nov. 3rd. It may take up to 72 hours for it to go live on Amazon. So, when the book is live, I’ll come back here and post a link for Amazon. You’ll see I’m launching the Kindle Edition at a very special and temporary price of $.99. That offer won’t last long so I hope you take advantage of it. (Amazon won’t let me do much for the paperback. Sorry.)

Keep your eyes open for the official release! And as always, thank you for your support of this surprising adventure.

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.