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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!

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…

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.

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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Inner Planes Direction

 

It’s so important to pay attention to the subtle machinations of the universe. If we quietly listen, we’ll begin to notice the inner guidance there for us, for all of us, to follow. Revealing the path for us to take. I learned quite a while ago that I have a council of wise inner planes teachers who’ll point the way if I merely quiet down and pay attention.

So I finished the work with the editor of my new book and was ready to move into the next phases – book cover design, interior formatting, metadata and promotional copy. Since my first experience with the group that put me in touch with my editor, I naturally figured to go on to this next phase with them. To that purpose, I spent hours filling out their questionnaire, offering samples of book covers I liked, so many questions I painstakingly answered in great detail and saved to their site…I thought. I also asked my inner planes guides to make it very clear to me what the right choice would be. Don’t make me guess.

A week later when I was ready to send off all this material to the various designers, my questionnaire was gone. Gone. Hours of work just gone. (Please save the, “What, you didn’t save all that to your hard drive too?” I already feel like a proper idiot.)

I could feel the beginnings of panic but I stopped myself and listened in. I was guided to contact the founders of this group and ask for help. They had none and said they’d never had anything like that happen before. Hmmmm. Thank you, guides.

Then I felt a nudge to check with a different company whose work I liked and asked them some questions. They got back to me in a very reasonable amount of time but it was like we were speaking in different languages. They also had no phone number to speak to an actual person. Yes – I’m an old person who sometimes likes direct contact with the people who will help bring my book to life. Hmmmm. Thank you, guides.

In the meantime, I received an email from a different company I was interested in, had emailed and had never heard anything back from. She was checking back to see if the email she’d sent had answered all of my questions. What email? I never got one. Well, not only did she answer all of my questions but she also has a phone number her clients may call anytime. Hmmmm! Thank you, guides!

Her company is working on all of the above and will help me with marketing as well.

I guess what I’m trying to share with you is – sometimes those things that look like the worst luck, the biggest disaster, actually turn out to be your best luck, your path.

My book will likely be ready in about a month or so but I am going to take a little time to launch and market it better than I did my last book. I’ll start by adding a page to this blog just for the book and any questions or comments you might have about it. Thank you to any of have come this far. The book’s a hefty one but hopefully an entertaining and enlightening read.

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/

University of Heaven

I send along the address of Dr. Raymond Moody’s new University of Heaven. There are some articles and blog posts already preceding its official opening in November. Considered the grandfather of the modern near-death experience, he is legendary in the field of death, dying and what might come afterward. He and his colleagues will be teaching online. What an amazing opportunity to learn from a master in the comfort of your own home.

He is my friend and mentor. His guidance has inspired the new book I continue to work on that should be published in 2019.

http://theuniversityofheaven.com/

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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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