This is one of those categories which I consider to be an interpretive category. If you want to delve into a nonfiction work on actual death and grieving, there are plenty of books out there. If you want a fiction book about death, go find the latest Nicholas Sparks. For me, I didn’t want either of those options. I mean, this book is kind of about death and grief. Ghosts and spirits who communicate from the other side, right? And those who communicate with them and pass on messages to loved ones? That counts. So says me.
Jenniffer Weigel of I’m Spiritual, Dammit fame has collected a series of interviews with some of the most noteworthy names currently in the field of spiritual beliefs. You can find out more about her at her website here.
Weigel interviews the cream of the current crop in the medium and psychic field: Rebecca Rosen, Caroline Myss, Linda Howe, Thomas John, Echo Bodine, Michael Bodine, Maureen Hancock, Concetta Bertolucci, Paul Selig, Margie Hughes, Denise Guzzardo, and Jorianne The Coffee Pyschic (really!). These folks deal in channeling spirits, ghost hunting, readings, psychic connections, and almost any other niche in this subject matter that you can think of. They are authors, speakers, teachers, and considered experts in their respective fields.
Each of the interviews is interesting and unique in its own way. Rather than ask the same series of questions to each person, the interviews have taken place on the podcast at different times or at an event where there is audience interaction. The interviewees talk about a variety of topics related to their specialty, including how some of them started out on this path. It makes for an interesting listen. I’m part skeptic but part wannabe believer, and many of the interviewees are very well-spoken and thoughtful in their answers. They get that people scoff at their work and often agree that it may not be for everyone. I’m not saying their aren’t a few eye-rolling moments in the interviews, but many of them communicate a belief in a higher power or the laws of attraction thinking where the energy you put out feeds the energy that’s is attracted to you (and whatever form that energy may take is another matter).
Death plays a big part in this type of work, right? Spirits can’t communicate with you unless they are … spirits. Am I right? Depending on your personal belief system about an afterlife, it may be comforting to you to know that your dearly departed can send messages or look after you and your family, that these spirits can guide you through life and are waiting for you when you cross over. But even if you are a skeptic, you might give this a listen, even if it’s only a few of the interviews. There are good points made about positivity and the kind treatment of others and other positive messages that are good for anyone to hear. Personally, death is a big question mark. What happens to the soul? Will I really be able to see my loved ones restored to a happy, healthy version of themselves? Or, do they die and that’s it, the spark that made them a human being is just gone, never to be seen again? I don’t like that scenario and I choose to think that, in some form of an afterlife, that I will be reunited with them. Therefore, I’m curious about all viewpoints on the matter and am drawn to subjects like this. I don’t want to know about the stages of dying or read a tear-jerker about someone’s death. I want to explore the pseudo-science and hope for more.
This is available in book form, but I listened to the audio version. I don’t know how the book reads, but, since we’re talking about interviews, the audio format was my preference. It’s like listening to a series of podcasts and a great choice for a quick fix on your daily commute.