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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!

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…

 

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.

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…

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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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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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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