Papa’s Trial: Available now

My favorite photo of Ernest Hemingway

Papa’s Trial, now available in both print and electronic versions. (with my deepest thanks to my friend Chris Nelson of SNN Publishing).

Short link for the print version:

For the ebook version:

For those who came in late, and don’t know what the novel is about:

Reliving that life

July, 1961. Ernest Hemingway, the world’s most famous writer, has just used his shotgun to get himself out of a life that had become insupportable.

Only… apparently death is not the end.

Apparently death and life have rules and possibilities he hadn’t suspected. And here he is on trial, required to examine his life as it looks from the other side, after the fact, not only from his point of view but also from those he interacted with.

His wives. His parents. His friends and adversaries. Everyone he touched in sixty years of intense living. His loves and almost-loves and sometimes-loves. His fellow authors, his publishers, his rivals and his mentors. He will confront them all.

In the course of the trial, he looks more closely at his achievements and failures, in the art he created and the people he touched. Mostly, he is faced with absorbing the impact of a life that stretched so far in so many directions: writer, voracious reader, connoisseur of fine art, fisherman, hunter, raconteur, warrior….

How well did he make use of his opportunities and talents? Who was he, and what did he do? What did it all mean? And how might it all have worked out differently?

No easy job, examining such complexity. But what he learns, how he changes, will determine where he goes from here.

Hemingway was the greatest writer America has yet given to the world. Papa’s Trial tells the story of his life, as it appeared to him and to those around him. Even long-time Hemingway devotees will find themselves looking at him in a new light as they consider what his life was, why it was that way, and what it might have been.

Announcing the latest — and final? — Rita book


My author’s copies arrived last night.

Available from Square One books, or online from Amazon, and hopefully soon from the TMI bookstore, though they don’t yet know it’s out, this book was slated to be published last September. The delay makes the final line of the acknowledgements, “Particularly Bob Friedman, who sees the value in the material, and sees these reports through publication,” both more pertinent and more poignant.

Herewith, some info. :

 Change Your Viewpoint, Change Your World

 You know the questions:

 What’s the meaning of life? Does our life matter to anyone or anything beyond this world?

What follows death? An afterlife? If so, what can it be like?

What is it all about? What’s it for?

These are religious questions. The world’s scriptures are, among other things, models of interaction between the physical and the non-physical aspects of the world. people have been bringing back descriptions of the afterlife for uncounted thousands of years, but the descriptions don’t match. Why? Because what we can report depends upon our particular mental processes.

But can we make sense of mankind’s often contradictory religious traditions, without jettisoning our intellectual and critical functioning? Unfortunately, in our time neither science nor religion gives us a credible picture of the meaning and nature of life, nor a picture of the afterlife that we can relate to. How do people in an afterlife spend their time? What is it they do, and why do they do it? What (if anything) is their relationship to us?

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to ask these questions of someone there? Or, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to listen in, while someone else did? This book is a record of just such communication. It is the fourth volume of conversations I have had with my old friend Rita Warren after she died. First came Rita’s World, in two volumes, then Awakening from the 3D World.

It’s All One World reorients our ideas of life and the afterlife, or the natural and the supernatural. It consists of four sections: who and what we are; life and the afterlife; the limits to the reality of the world we experience, and – shortest but perhaps most important – where we go from here. This little book gives you everything you need to see life not as it appears but as it really is, which means seeing yourself not as you appear to yourself, but as you really are. And this is not the end of your journey, but the very beginning.



Speaking of communication ….

I just checked the website for The Monroe Institute and to my delight they have listed the weekend program that Bob Holbrook and I are going to teach in April and again in August.

I’m really looking forward to this. We’re all born with access to guidance, and we use it all our lives, often without knowing it. A few tips and the right kind of practice and feedback should make a big difference for people.

Here is the course description TMI put up:

Accessing Inner Guidance April 22-24, 2016

Join guest trainer Frank DeMarco and TMI certified trainer Bob Holbrook for this new Guidance weekend workshop. This program is designed to help you access your inner guidance and use it more surely, naturally, and easily, in all areas of your life.

Learn to access, trust and apply your inner guidance

Using The Monroe Institute’s Spatial Angle Modulation™ (SAM) technology to facilitate expanded states of consciousness, participants can more easily develop a trusted flow of information that they can apply in their everyday life.

Explore various concepts and practices of how to access and use guidance in your life. Practice ways to bring the mind and body into coherent alignment to support a practical and reliable connection to the vast potential of our infinite consciousness.

Explore Expanded States of Consciousness
Access Positive and Useful Guidance

Accessing Inner Guidance uses three kinds of exercises: individual, done in the CHEC units; in pairs and within a group setting. Repeating and alternating these exercises gives participants a firm feel for the skills, perceptions, limitations and problems involved. The goals and practice of each exercise will change as participants’ skills and familiarity with technique improves.

Learn methods to access positive and useful guidance within as a way of being

Don Sanderson on enlightenment

[Don posted this as a comment to another post, but I thought it deserved a wider audience than that was likely to get.]

When I was still pre-puberty, anything that smelled like normal Western religion turned me away and still does, yet I was attracted to Rosicrucian, Theosophy, and Buddhist wisps that were floating around without having a clue to enlighten me why so. Then, in the later sixties a dark, little bookstore on a side street invaded my world with stacks of East Asian publications that promised enlightenment. The ones that attracted me, especially those by Zen roshis, Krishnamurti, and Shri Ramana, never mentioned God, sin, salvation, required beliefs, or pleading prayers, but practices prefaced by, in essence, “try it, you’ll like it.” I did try, but knew no one else who was interested and supportive, so often my focus was lost in making do. Only in the last couple of years am I starting to get hints of what it is all about thanks to heavy duty help streaming down from elsewhere. While I’ve always somehow treasured those teachings, truthfully I didn’t really consider them practical until just a few months ago.
Continue reading Don Sanderson on enlightenment

Happy Birthday, Miss Rita

Rita Warren picture

Marguerite Queen was born January 30, 1920, in Ohio.

(Think how long ago that really was! The World War had ended only 14 months before. Woodrow Wilson still had another year of his presidency ahead of him, and another four years of life. There were no commercial radio stations yet. Freud and Jung and Adler and Reich were all in their vigorous middle years.)

And along came miss Rita, whose mother would die in just a few short years, leaving her and her sister to be raised by her father. In due time she married, had daughters of her own, earned a Bachelor’s degree, underwent analysis with Joseph Henderson, who had received his own analysis from Carl Jung, and went on to earn her doctorate. For many years, she was Rita Queen Warren, Ph.D., scholar and academic, and in those years she earned an honored place in her profession, teaching at Berkeley and at SUNY.

Then came her Gateway experience at The Monroe Institute, which transformed her life. She took early retirement, moved down to the New Land, the community built around Robert Monroe’s institute, and became the initial director of his consciousness laboratory. For four years, she and her husband Martin conducted hundreds, perhaps thousands, of altered-state sessions with volunteers. Then she re-retired, and it was only when she was 80, the much-loved and respected wise old woman on the hill, that I met her.

In The Sphere and the Hologram, Rita and I told how we began working together. And in Rita’ World I told how we unexpectedly began working together again, a full seven years after she passed over to the non-physical (in 2008, at the age of 88). She had no fear of moving over to the other side, and toward the end she had a sort of resigned impatience with the body and its limitations.

A few years ago, I remembered her birthday anniversary this way:

She and I used to raise a glass each January 30th, to toast Franklin Roosevelt, whose birthday she shared. So here’s a virtual toast, Miss Rita. “Thanks for all your help (not least, an ever-listening ear). Thanks for suggesting the sessions that eventually became The Sphere and the Hologram. And thanks, on behalf of so many friends scattered across the globe, for all that you were. Whatever you’re doing, may it be interesting and productive, and may you never lose that curiosity.”

As I found out beginning in December, 2014, that birthday wish came true, and in a big way!

Rita, are you listening?

Rita’s World, volume one, scarcely 10 months from the beginning of our latest set of conversations.