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.

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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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