A White Sports Coat and a Reincarnation

I’ve never considered reincarnation as a viable plan for life, despite it being a fundamental tenet of Buddhism, Hinduism and, for its first 500 years, Christianity.

It made no logical sense.  Most people’s recollection of previous lives could be dismissed as genetic memory rather than their own. There was no body of authoritative data, only collections of wispy anecdotes, nor was there any science to make it even half-believable.

But things changed.

First, science changed. Sir Roger Penrose is one of the top 100 scientists in the last century and shares two awards with Stephen Hawking as well as another dozen of his own. These days, he explores human consciousness, defined as the ability to gather information.

He argues that for consciousness to exist now, it had to start with the Big Bang. It existed before physical bodies came into being, and therefore is not bound to our bodies. Penrose is not alone in thinking this; many other cosmologists believe the Universe itself is conscious.

If consciousness doesn’t need a body, then we have a basis for a scientific explanation of near-death-experiences, other out-of-the-body moments, and maybe even, reincarnation.

Well, gosh.

So why would we bother with a physical return? I found a possible answer in this book: Journey of Souls by Michael Newton.

Newton was a hypnotherapist who regressed patients who came to him with pains that no medical doctor could diagnose. He would regress them and discover a childhood accident the patient had forgotten about, but the body hadn’t. The simple act of remembering the event cured many patients.

One day, during hypnotic regression, a patient told of a different life. He described being bayoneted to death as a soldier in the Somme in the first world war. His story checked out. Newton, astounded, switched to exploring other patient’s past lives.

His technique was simple. “Tell me what happened when you last died,” he’d ask a patient under hypnosis. The gates of the subconscious were thrown open, and the most riveting accounts emerged.

Thirty years later Newton had recorded the personal post-death accounts of over 6,000 people. They all had the same tale. Let me repeat that. They all had the same tale.

They told of meetings with previously deceased loved ones (aww), being taken before a Council of Elders who checked if they had achieved their objectives on Earth (uh oh…), and much hanging out with like-minded souls (great!). Then they did it again.  And again. A thousand times, if they wanted to.

Six thousand people with the same account of the afterlife? Sounds like data.

And their reason for reincarnation? To gain total enlightenment, reunite with our Creator, and be as one with the Universe.

I like them apples, Newton.


Dandelions have nothing to do with the subject of my next release, Never Show Them Money, (when too much money is not nearly enough). It’s a loose sequel to The Upside of Death and is due out by the end of June 2016. It grapples with issues that bite when you hold a lot of money you shouldn’t. I’d like to grapple with that problem one day.

In case anybody was wondering, I have removed my titles from iTunes and Kobo while I concentrate on promoting through Amazon. The marketing guys at Amazon don’t like it if you join their Kindle Direct Publishing program and continue to sell your titles through other outlets. Funny that.

The meme above is a nifty reminder that waiting for perfect conditions for ideas to flourish is not as effective as simply starting anywhere and working hard. I think I’m talking about writing, but I’m not sure.

The Backward Time Traveler

Here’s a useful tip if you’re writing a novel. Make sure you have the ending worked out before you complete the beginning. I didn’t, which is why The Backward Time Traveler took ten years, and a dozen drafts, to write.

However, it’s now available on Amazon Kindle. The Backward Time Traveler is a prequel to my other two novels: The Art of Dash and The Upside of Death. It was supposed to be the first in the series, but its long gestation period changed everything.

There’s an Amazon freebie promotion on September 30 and October 1 (USA time); which means the book is a free download on those days, (no hidden tricks). This is a transparent attempt to gather reviews and kick start the sales process. Without reviews, books languish at the bottom of search engines for several eternities.


Here’s the blurb:

Keera Miles, a psychic, is asked by her spirit guide Bardo to astral travel back 200 years, to rescue a sacred stone from a Native American tribe before it’s lost forever.

She teams up with an annoying, cynical reporter Zach Bones from the Chicago Post. He doesn’t believe her story, but desperate for a temporary hideout from a vicious loan shark, he agrees to join her.

Zach’s also hoping for closer moments with her. Many of them–as many as possible.

When he wakes up in the body of a Sioux brave, he’s bewildered to the point of madness.   Worse, he becomes an unlikely hero during a Crow raid. Equally nerve-wracking for Keera, the camp’s best warrior demands that she be his wife.

The ingenious, twisty plot throws them into their worst conflict with the malevolent Red Leaf, a healer who holds the stone, and its secret.

And he can’t be killed off. Not ever.


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