IndieReader Interview

IR APPROVED AUTHOR JOELLYN ST. PIERRE: “EVERYTHING IS ALIVE. DEATH IS JUST A NAME FOR SOMETHING WE DON’T UNDERSTAND.”

Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Joellyn St. Pierre.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends): Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead published Nov. 1, 2019.

What’s the book’s first line? 

The Urban Dictionary defines a male muse as an Agent of Fortune.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

No one was more surprised than me when on the winter solstice of 2017, I rather suddenly and startlingly began “hearing” the voice of the brilliant performer, director, composer and lyricist Anthony Newley, my inspiration to pursue a career in the theater. Not least of all because he’d been dead nearly twenty years and I am certainly not a medium. And yet, there he was. Over the next couple of years, we forged a creative bond, discussing the arts, genius and madness, creativity, critics and what might lay beyond the veil we call death. Together we explore how the living can help the dead, a way to accelerate the balancing of karma and a state we call “blending,” ultimately leading us to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of Newley’s death with friends and family in London.

Filled with laughter, tears and poignant insight, Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends): Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead is an important addition to consciousness research encouraging people with no mediumistic abilities to create a bridge between the worlds. And that’s just the beginning of the adventure…

Finally, as a shameless promotion, Dr. Raymond Moody, the grandfather of the near-death experience, author of the groundbreaking Life After Life and my mentor said this about my book:

This courageous conversation between St. Pierre and her muse is both entertaining and enlightening, shedding more light on that bridge between this world and the world(s) to come. Thought provoking, touching and a welcome addition to consciousness research.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

I never really expected to write another book after my first, The Art of Death MidwiferyBut ten years later, lightning struck. It struck with a Cockney accent. Anthony Newley was my inspiration to pursue a career in theater though I never had the opportunity to work with him. Then on the winter solstice of 2017, my husband and I were watching a Barbra Streisand concert on Netflix. Towards the end, she sang duets with various artists. As we watched, a film of Newley’s performance of “Who Can I Turn To?” from his hit Broadway musical “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd” on the Ed Sullivan show. I’d never seen it before. He was electrifying. I watched as a man dead nearly 20 years upstaged one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.

That night, I couldn’t sleep, my body sputtering and sizzling with kinetic energy. Then I found myself being directed to search out a fan club, a Facebook page, anything I could to flood myself with his music, his musicals, his performances. Before I knew it, I heard his voice in my mind.

Now, let me just say up front, I am not a medium. I’ve studied mediumship from several mediums including James Van Praagh. For a year, I mentored with Dr. Raymond Moody, father of the modern near-death experience, even going to his home for a weekend to work the psychomanteum with him. (The psychomanteum, or mirror gazing as some call it, was used for millennia by the ancient Greeks to contact their beloved dead.) I’d done all that and while I saw some small talent for it, mediumship just wasn’t for me. And yet. And yet? Here he was, in my mind, urging me on to one of the greatest adventures of my life.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

In ancient days, in times before the formation of the bicameral brain, talking to our beloved dead was common. Yet it was essential that humans develop a conscious mind. We’ve done that brilliantly, maybe too brilliantly. So, it is time now to reclaim the ability to speak with the so-called dead. It is a skill I believe anyone with a strong desire and some work, can do. You don’t need a medium.

Think of how life on earth would change if we understood what death truly is. As the ancient Greek philosopher Parmenides said, “Everything is alive. Death is just a name for something we don’t understand.”

The earth and all her inhabitants are facing catastrophic change of every sort. And from my conversations with Anthony Newley, it is clear to me that what I call the Enlightened Dead, are here, sharing the same space but at a different level (or dimension) of frequency. They want to help. They want to support and finally, they want you to know that death is not the end, nor something to fear. The biggest monster in your closet is actually your best friend.

Imagine how people might live their lives without that existential fear.

That’s the main reason but there is one more: It’s a highly entertaining read, poignant with laugh out loud moments. And couldn’t we all use a laugh right about now?

When did you first decide to become an author?

You know, I don’t think I ever actually decided to become an author. As a kid, I wrote all the time:  little things, silly things, funny things, scorching things. Just for myself. However, when I began working with the dying, I knew that one day, I’d have something to contribute to hospice care. There was no need to reinvent the wheel but if I had something new to contribute, I would write a book about it. Nearly 20 years later, that book, The Art of Death Midwifery came together. It wrote itself. I merely had to take dictation.

After that book, I figured I was done. I really didn’t have anything else to contribute. The field laid fallow for 10 years. In the interim, I did a lot of spiritual study and work. Then what felt like out of the blue, this new book came into being.

For a time, I used to make soap. Once you have your ingredients combined, you stir and stir. It can be laborious but you keep on stirring. And then…all of a sudden, the mixture quickens. One second it is watery and undefined, the very next BOOM! It hardens into soap.

Becoming an author was something like that for me. I won’t publish something unless I feel it adds to a body of knowledge. In between the field is fallow. Who knows if I’ll write again and if so…what?

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

The best part of being an indie writer is the total freedom and control of my work. I write when I feel I have something of value to contribute so waiting for months or years to find a publisher who shares my vision just doesn’t make sense. Though I collaborated with my editor and design team, I had final say on all aspects. I own all the rights and when I do sell a book, I receive a better share of the profits. I am my own boss, make my own schedule and that suits me best.

The hardest part is the tremendous amount of work to be done after the book is written. Finding the right editor and design team takes great care and research. Checking, checking and then checking again each part of the publishing end is exhaustive. Then for me, the bane of my existence is marketing. It is my understanding that even with a traditional publisher, for a newcomer, marketing still falls to you. I never did any real marketing for my first book and it sells to this day nearly 11 years after its publication. But I wanted to give this book its best opportunity to find its audience so I researched and researched everything that might help me with that. I’ve spent the last 4 months marketing the book. Entering the IndieReader Discovery Awards is part of that. Marketing, is not my happy place, so I look forward to resting and replenishing the well very soon.

 Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)

Yes, there is. It isn’t fame or fortune which is a good thing as I think I might be very disappointed.  Honestly, it is to be of service. With both my books, unless I felt I had something to offer that benefited people and added to the discussion, there was no reason to publish.  In both cases, it surrounds our concepts of death, dying and what might follow. It surprises me because when I was younger, death terrified me. Our culture doesn’t do death well. But things are changing. Science helps in changing it. Our expanding awareness of consciousness helps in changing it.

There was a time many millennia ago when death was not regarded as the enemy. When people could communicate with their beloved dead. It was necessary, in order to develop our conscious minds that the link between the worlds was temporarily broken. Now more than ever, it is time to re-establish that connection. To commune with the higher worlds. I hope Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? can inspire people to listen inwards and upwards to once again make that much-needed connection.

Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to speak with your readers!

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.

New Book Available Now

The culmination of the last three years’ work is available at Amazon now. Every post I’ve written and shared with you here at the Community of Spirits led to this very surprising encounter. One I hope to share with you in this book. I’ll be using this forum to entertain your questions and comments unless or until I find a better platform.

For a very limited time, you can purchase the Kindle version for $.99. My way of thanking you for coming along with me on this adventure in consciousness. Please let me know what you think. Let’s get the conversation going!

In Devachan do we see again those who were dear to us?

For those not fluent in Steiner, Devachan refers to the time between earth lives spent in what he calls the super-sensible, or non-physical, world. My current research is confirming quite a bit, though not all, of his findings. And even taking a few of them further into the 21st century. Stay tuned.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

In Devachan do we see again those who were dear to us? Yes, we see them again, freed moreover from all the obstacles of space and time that here on earth lie like veils over these relationships of the soul. In Devachan, souls confront each other directly. The relationship of soul to soul is far more intimate and inward than it is in the physical world. There can never be any doubt in Devachan about one soul recognizing the other again, even when one of them passes into Devachan before the other. Recognition of loved ones is not particularly difficult there, for each soul bears his inner, spiritual reality inscribed as it were upon his spiritual countenence. He himself proclaims his name, indeed, in a much truer form than is possible here, as the basic tone, which, as it is said in occultism, he represents in the spiritual world. An…

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Redefining Death

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For over a year I spent studying one on one with Dr. Raymond Moody, by phone or at his home. I learned so very much from this brilliant, gentle and funny man. From ancient Greek philosophy to the logic of nonsense to the use of a psychomanteum as a vehicle to address grief, he shared generously of his vast store of knowledge and expertise as a medical doctor, doctor of philosophy, and forensic psychiatrist.

And yet…after 50 years of research into near death and shared death experiences, reincarnation…virtually all things surrounding death…he never concluded that consciousness survives death. I cannot now give you the very lengthy definition he used for death…but… it came to the idea of complete annihilation. Period. Zilch. The end. Forever. All work in the field of life after death attempted to explain the paradox of…life…after…death. The phrase is nonsensical.

I suggested something to him that I am not sure he appreciated. I suggested that the very definition was wrong…was predicated on a falsity. I suggested that the definition of death needed to be redefined. I mean…who got to stipulate what death was? And when? Certainly, the ancient Egyptians and other cultures had a vastly different view of death. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” In any case, after all these years and all this study, it just might be time to redefine death.

With that I invite you today to register for Dr. Moody’s free webinar, “I’m Convinced.” It kicks off the opening of his new online school, The University of Heaven. With his colleague, Lisa Smartt, they will be offering courses of study in many facets of the death. There will be many of the top people in the field of consciousness as guest teachers. And finally, after more than 50 years in the field, Dr. Moody will address his conclusion on whether consciousness does indeed survive what we call death.

For those of you, like me, who have been avid readers and admirers of his work since the beginning, this is a momentous occasion. Dr. Moody is an incomparable teacher, mentor…and friend. I hope you will join “us” this coming Tuesday, October 30th at 7pm ET.

 

I’m Convinced!

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My friend and mentor, Dr. Raymond Moody, is often referred to as the grandfather of the modern near-death experience. For over 50 years he has researched near-death, shared death and after-death experiences. As a doctor of philosophy, he studied and taught the great works of Plato, Socrates, Aristotle and countless other ancient Greek philosophers. He is a true classical skeptic – steadfastly refusing to come to conclusions but opening up his peripheral vision believing the journey is far more important than reaching any conclusion. Until now. Now after 50 years of diligent and meticulous research and study, he is offering a free live online webinar entitled, “I’m Convinced,” where he will lay out his logical, rational conclusion for the survival of consciousness after death.

Certain experiences I’ve had convinced me of “life after death” some time ago, had led me to believe the current definition of death is flawed. But I am not the genius Dr. Moody is. For him to not only come to this conclusion but to share it freely now is…monumental. And you can watch it for free Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm EST. All you need to do is register.

https://www.theuniversityofheaven.com/

Artistic feeling/Spiritual faculties

And even more so when we step upon the bridge between this world and the next. I know that there are those who look to science for confirmation of consciousness beyond what we call death…but the heart of an artist is needed too.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

It should be remarked that artistic feeling, when coupled with a quiet introspective nature, forms the best preliminary condition for the development of spiritual faculties. This feeling pierces through the superficial aspect of things, and in so doing touches their secrets.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 10 – Knowledge of the Higher Worlds: II: The Stages of Initiation

Translated by George Metaxa

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But I Raise My Glass

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Today, April 14, 2018 marks the 19th anniversary of the death of Anthony Newley. As I write this, friends and fans of Tony gather in London to lift a glass celebrating his life. He was a truly unique talent – creator of musicals both for the West End and Broadway, songwriter, singer, actor, director and mime. He inspired so many young performers and writers. He inspires me.

Even with all my work and study with the dying and now the dead, I feel certain that consciousness survives death, I miss him. He died too young, robbing his family of a loving father, his friends of “someone who made you feel like the most important person in the world,” and his fans of so many more magical stories and songs he would have created. We all die with unrealized potential. He died with universes left to unfold.

The soul that was Tony Newley continues but we are no longer be able to “Look at that Face.”[1] See his hands sing. Hear that unique voice and wicked laugh. Feel the embrace his friends describe as “engulfing, the biggest bear hug in the world.” Those are gone forever.

But not Tony. Not the spirit who endured an early life of despair and privation, not only endured but then soared to the very heights of the entertainment world. And back down again. That complex and charismatic spirit discovered nineteen years ago that what we call death needs redefining. It is not annihilation as those trapped in materialism argue. It is transcendence to a different frequency, a different dimension no less real than this one, for the “real world is really unreal.”[2]

It is okay that we miss the dead but we should never dismiss them. Nor should we bind them with intense sorrow. For someone we love, it is the least we can do. So today, I raise my glass from this side of the pond, joining those who celebrate his life. And then…I continue to build the bridge where we shall meet and share and create…together. Tony built a mountain. [3] I’ll build a bridge.

[1] Song from “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd”

[2] From the song “This Dream” from “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd”

[3] “Gonna Build a Mountain” from the musical “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off”

Happy “Birthday!”

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I wanted to take a moment to honor my first husband “R” on his fourth birthday into the Otherworld, the Super-sensible world as Rudolf Steiner would say. From our perspective, it may be considered a sad day but I truly try to see it has a miraculous one. A day when we know for a certainty that our consciousness is immortal, the “we” never die. Whatever good work comes from the Community of Spirits, it is inspired by “R.”  On Dec. 27th, 2014, it is my belief that “R” reconnected me to his son and the next day introduced me to his widow. Through the many conversations we had, I felt him pushing me from my work with the dying to working with the dead. Happy Birthday “R.” Know you are missed. Know you are loved.

The dead are always present

Imagine how the nature of grief might change should we only embrace this wholeheartedly.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

We are living together with the so-called dead. The dead are always present. They move and have their being in a super-sensible world. We are not separated from them by our ‘real being,’ only by our condition of consciousness. We are only separated from them as in sleep we are separated from the things around us; we sleep in a room and do not see the chairs and other things. Though we do not describe it thus, yet as regards our feeling and will, we ‘sleep’ in the so-called waking condition among the dead, just as we do not perceive the physical objects around us when we sleep.

Thus we do not live separated from the world ruled by the forces of the dead, we are together with them in one common world. In our ordinary consciousness we are only separated from them by the state of that consciousness.

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