Posted April 03, 2012 by
It occurred to me the other day that I really haven’t talked much about my second book here. At one point last year I made a conscious decision to remain quiet about it for a while, at least until it had fully taken shape, but that time has already come to fruition and I’ve been actively talking about the new book at my readings and in interviews, so I thought I’d share a bit more about it here.
My second book is about the afterlife. It’s a kind of spiritual memoir (I detest that term, but have yet to come up with something better) about what happens next. I’m approaching the subject from the standpoint of having no clear beliefs about what happens when we die, and my goal is to emerge from the experience with a solid foundation for what I believe. Out of nowhere Vera has begun asking me about where my parents are and why they died. Not only do I want to have some worthy answers for her, but I want to have some for myself as well.
In approaching this book, I’ve been delving into all kinds of interesting experiences that include anything from seeing psychic mediums who have attempted to contact my parents, taking lengthy Kabbalah classes, doing past life regression therapy, to meeting with rabbis, priests, and intuitives.
(Side note: I’m really open to hearing ideas of people I should talk to, books I should read, places I should visit, etc. Some of the coolest things I’ve done so far have been at the suggestion of others.)
I officially began working on this project almost exactly one year ago and I can definitively say that my beliefs have changed, or at least expanded to a much greater degree. The very first thing I did when delving into this project was fly to New York for a meeting with psychic medium John Edward. He was the first medium I’d ever seen, but has not been the last. I had never done anything like this before, and while I’m going to save recounting the actual experience for the book, I will tell you that all of the mediums I’ve seen have been utterly fascinating.
But really, it’s all been fascinating so far. From weekly morning meetings with an orthodox rabbi last fall to a visit to hear Bill Wiese speak about the experience he writes about in his book 23 Minutes in Hell, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working on this book. I recently had an astrologer (who knew nothing about me) refer to me as a psychopomp — essentially someone who helps others navigate their way into the afterlife. I’ve been thinking about that idea ever since.
When I wrote RULES, I did so with the intention of creating something that would be helpful to others. I have the same intention with this book. I sincerely hope that all the work I’m putting into this project is something that is useful to others who are struggling with the same questions as they move forward in life.
I recently wrote an essay for Barnes & Noble entitled What I Know. It expands a bit on what I’ve written about here, if you’d like to know more.
Anyway, I’m excited to share about this book here finally, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts as well.