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Cosmic Cocktail Party in Lemurian Medium

Carl Sagan & Benjamin Franklin Attend a Cosmic Party

by G G Collins     (Copyright 2017)

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Recently I watched “The Farthest: Voyager in Space.” Actually I’ll admit to seeing it three times. (Read my review here on Parallel Universe https://paralleluniverseatlarge.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/review-the-farthest/ . The late Carl Sagan played an important role in the Voyager project. If you haven’t seen it, it is playing on PBS.

While writing “Lemurian Medium” I went to the NASA website and looked at photos taken by Voyager to describe the planets as Reluctant Medium Rachel Blackstone took an astral journey to save a kidnapped friend.

Doing the research for this novel was quite fun. I ran across some notable people, namely Carl Sagan and Benjamin Franklin who both apparently believed in the possible existence of extraterrestrial life.

I wanted something lighthearted to occur during Rachel’s escape as it was quite tense at times. When she burst onto the astral plane she discovered it wasn’t the same plane she arrived on. But this level had a twist. There was a celestial cocktail party going on!

As she observed the varied types of aliens in all shapes and sizes, drinking colorful cocktails in odd vessels, and then she spied some humans like herself. There was Sagan and Franklin talking with beings from other worlds.

I wanted to honor them in some small way. Sagan was of hero of mine. Through him I became interested in the cosmos because he made it accessible. Cheers!

 

 

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First: Reluctant Medium.

Rachel will need help from her spirit wolf to solve her first scrape with the supernatural.

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Reporter Rachel Blackstone bungles a Native American ritual to return the dead. Instead of the father she believes was murdered, an evil spirit returns. Worse yet, Rachel is seeing ghosts, some are helpful but others lead her astray. Problem? She can’t always tell them apart. Where does the spirit wolf fit in? She turns to a Hopi shaman and her best friend Chloe to help her solve the mystery. One thing is certain; this badass spirit has got to go back!

 

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Meet Spirit Animal: Walk a Labyrinth

The Story of the Spirit Wolf

Excerpt from “Atomic Medium,” a Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery

by G G Collins          (Copyright 2016)

Rachel Blackstone, the Reluctant Medium, counsels with her friend former priest Eddy O’Brien. He advises her to walk a labyrinth to gain insight to her predicament. While doing so she sees the dead shaman Joseph and learns the story of her spirit wolf, Kiyiya. We pick up where Eddy encourages her to walk.
Labyrinth in Santa Fe, NM

Labyrinth in Santa Fe, NM

“The labyrinth will guide you. I’m going to wait here in the car. If anyone comes, I’ll delay them so you can complete your walk. It is your journey.”

“Should I ask a question?” Rachel asked, stalling. “Something specific?”

“Just walk and see what happens?” Eddy said.

Rachel nodded. At first she looked down at the heavily trod path edged in stones. The ground was hard and dry beneath her mocs. She was grateful for their thick lug soles. The red sun was sinking deeper into the cosmos. The sunset colors played across the labyrinth mixing with the dust in the air. She thought it must be what star dust looked like; fine particles in magic shades drifting through space. The shadows of nearby piñon crossed her path here and there, moving as she did. As she strolled the first circuit she was aware of not really wanting to do it, but as she moved deeper into the labyrinth she became more engrossed.

Like yoga, she found as her concentration increased, the distressing concerns of her day faded away. Rachel had heard of walking meditation and attempted to do that. There had to be some presence in the moment or she might stray from the path, but yet she needed to allow her mind to quiet.

As she finished each track a little more of the environmental noise dropped away: traffic, construction, all man made sounds. She was no longer aware of the rustling leaves or chirping birds. Rachel closed her eyes. For a moment she felt as if she floated among the enchanted airborne particles.

But as the quiet settled, another noise began to intrude. It was familiar. Just she had experienced in her living room months ago when she performed the ceremony to return the dead, she picked up on some subtle crackling almost as if the air overflowed with electricity. Yet she felt no evidence of it. Rachel held her ground and closed her eyes. There was a faint rattling.

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Available at Amazon

“Oh no,” she whispered and opened her eyes, fearing what she would see.

In the gathering dusk, fog seemed to flow from all directions, despite the persistent dry air. She hurried.

“Should I get the hell out of here?” she muttered to herself.

By the time she reached the center, the vapor was meeting and began spiraling upward, each strand wrapping around what appeared to be an empty center, but it created a perfect human-shaped mist.

It’s happening again. And she was afraid. She closed her eyes once again and fought down the panic. Grappling for control so she wouldn’t run, she tried to prepare herself for anything. Would there be another Nazi to manage? Or was she dealing with another evil entity?

Calm down. Take a deep breath. Rachel tried to do this simple breath, but with her fight or flight instincts all amassed and at ready, she could hardly inhale.

Open your eyes. Slowly, looking down first, she glimpsed a pair of bare feet. Having expected something military in nature, this confused her. When she raised her line of vision, there was Joseph standing before her, smiling with some amusement. His skin was brown from decades in the sun and his eyes laced with lines from squinting. He was a slight man, but a giant spiritually. Rachel could see aura glowing around him. Usually he wore the white aura of a spiritual guide, but today he it was the purest of blue which she knew to represent harmony and great understanding of people and other creatures.

While he never spoke aloud, he was telling her a story. At first, she didn’t get it, but then it became clear he was talking about her spirit wolf, Kiyiya. The white wolf had been different all his life. Although his parents had been alphas in his family pack, and therefore he was deserving of respect, he had been aware that others judged him as unusual.

One day while drinking at a stream he took a moment to look at his reflection. He felt both exhilaration and shame at his differentness. He wanted to be like the other wolves. Troubled, he asked his mother why his fur was white as snow. She recognized his need for reassurance and told him white wolves were destined for greatness in the spirit world. Someday, he would understand why he had been created this way.

For several years, he lived with his pack, hunted with them, played with his siblings and howled into the night. It was a good life, but something seemed to be missing. On a particularly cold, crisp winter day, he arose early and strode up the rocks in search of food. Just as he was about to catch a rabbit he felt a sharp pain in his chest.

Meet Yikiya, Reluctant Medium's White Spirit Wolf Photo Public Domain

Meet Yikiya, Reluctant Medium’s White Spirit Wolf
Photo Public Domain

The falling was more frightening than painful, but as he continued to fall his rate of descent slowed and the terrain changed from mountainous to cloudy and then to night. He slowly righted himself as if he were a cat and landed on his feet in a place he didn’t know. A woman stood outside of a car in the middle of a big road. Confronted by a ghostly figure, she was alarmed. Instinctively, he knew she must be protected. His presence frightened the spirit away but also the woman. When he showed her no aggression she returned to her car to continue her way. Somehow he knew her journey was important.

In his new world he would shield others as well, but this woman was to be sheltered at all times. As he grew in the wisdom given by the Great Spirit, he learned ways of helping her when she was confused. His body could glow when light was needed. His shadow could change in size and shape. When he howled she knew that danger was near. She had much to learn, but he felt she had vital work to do.

And so he came to understand what his mother had told him. He was destined for greatness and he would do his very best to make her proud.

Rachel became cognizant of where she was and the tears streaming down her face. She began to sag but strong arms caught her.

Let me help you. Joseph found this way into her mind again. She felt sleepy and foggy and tried to shake it off.

“But what about the threshold?” Rachel said aloud. “Should I cross it?”

You will receive a message from the other side. It will come from an unlikely source. Be open to it. It will be true.

He was gone.

Rachel stepped over the stones and sat on a nearby bench. She was exhausted, drained. After resting for a few minutes, she returned to the parking lot where Eddy waited.

“Did you get what you needed?” he asked. “Was there an answer?”

“Yes,” she said. “It wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but it was something I wanted to know.” She described meeting Joseph and what he said.

“That’s the way labyrinths work,” Eddy said. “In mysterious ways they channel knowledge we need.”

“I’m so tired.”

“You had a spiritual experience,” Eddy replied. “You have arrived.”

All the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries are available at Amazon. Thank you for reading.

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Read Tuesday (Black Friday for Books) December 9, 2014

Today is Read Tuesday!

Read Tuesday (Black Friday for Books) December 9, 2014

Read Tuesday (Black Friday for Books) December 9, 2014

Special Deals all day!

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Learn about your favourite books and authors; discover new ones. Check out books, boxed sets, author profiles. It’s Read Tuesday!

Reluctant Medium:Debut Novel in the Series

Reluctant Medium:Debut Novel in the Series

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This year “Reluctant Medium” is available only on Amazon.UK to introduce the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series to UK readers. My thanks to US and Canadian readers for placing “Reluctant Medium” and “Lemurian Medium” on Amazon Top 100 Lists over and over!

Thanks to Chris Graham at the Story Reading Ape and Chris McMullen for including me.

 

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Author Interview with Mystery Writer G G Collins

David Chuka–Children’s Book Author, Interviews G G Collins

David Chuka, Children's Book Author & Blogger

David Chuka, Children’s Book Author & Blogger

 

My thanks to David for an insightful interview. I think a journalist spirit lurks within this children’s book author (another life?). I enjoyed answering his questions. For more on sneaky reporter tactics, Brussels sprouts and oh yeah, writing the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries, here is the link.

Check out his Web site and books from If You See a Doctor to Kojo the Seadragon Gets Lost with lots of colorful stories in between. I’m partial to the seadragon as I write about dragons in Lemurian Medium–a fellow traveler?  Check them out here.

http://davidchuka.com/books/

 

 

 

Interview with character Rachel Blackstone, as told to G G Collins

Chris the Story Reading Ape Blog Features Rachel Blackstone

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You can find the story here:

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/10/11/reserved-for-g-g-collins/

Maybe Rachel will finally clue us in as to why she wears shoes she can run in. Did she really fly on a dragon?And what’s this about her being a medium?

Oh well, just see what she has to say.

2nd book in the series.

Second Book in the Series.

Debut Novel in the Series

Debut Novel in the Series

Labyrinths: Walking Meditation

Walking a Labyrinth for Personal and Spiritual

Enlightenment

In the forthcoming “Atomic Medium” Rachel Blackstone, the Reluctant Medium, walks a labyrinth for insight into the mystery that will take her back to 1945 and The Manhattan Project.

by G G Collins      (Copyright 2014)

Labyrinth at Chartes Cathedral, France Wikipedia Commons

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France, Wikipedia Commons

Much like pyramids, labyrinths have been found all over the world although their origins have been lost in the sands of time. During the middle ages, Catholic churches featured labyrinths. For repentance, believers walked the passages on their knees. Even today churches with labyrinths may ask their members to walk the labyrinth during church holidays. One of the oldest and most beautiful labyrinths is the one at Chartres Cathedral outside Paris. It was constructed about 1200 and is located inside.

Labyrinth, St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe Copyright G G Collins

Chartres Style Labyrinth Cut Stone, Basilica St. Francis, Santa Fe
Copyright G G Collins

Newer information suggests that walking a labyrinth enhances right-brain thinking. People in the creative fields of writing, art, performance arts, may find their work improves and ideas flow after walking the circuits.

Medieval Pattern Labyrinth, Wikipedia Commons

Medieval Pattern Labyrinth, Wikipedia Commons

The circuit is the path one follows after entering the labyrinth. It is good to note that labyrinths are not mazes. There are no high walls outlining a labyrinth and no dead ends. Labyrinths do not put obstructions on the path. You enter the labyrinth and simply follow the paths round and round until you reach the center.

Labyrinth, Christ Lutheran Church Santa Fe Copyright G G Collins

Modified Chartres Labyrinth, Stones on Earth. Christ Lutheran Church Santa Fe
Copyright G G Collins

Here’s a fun way to experience a labyrinth in cyber space. The Labyrinth Society has provided the Virtual Labyrinth Walk, an online version. It allows you to choose six different “walks,” each with its own symbol for focus. This may be done as a mouse-driven or self-guided walk. Along the way calming music plays. From time to time you may stop and choose a meditation to inspire you. Click on this link:

Online Labyrinth Walk Labyrinth Society

Labyrinths can be constructed of earth, outlining the circuits with stone, brick or concrete for a more organic feel. But contemporary labyrinths are beautiful as well. This one at the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe is made from tinted stone. The colors indicate where to walk. The surface is completely flat allowing wheelchairs to access the labyrinth. The Milner Plaza labyrinth is a 7-circuit pattern designed by Allan T. Baer of Lloyd Tryk Architects and built by Marty Kermeen.

Labyrinth Courtesy Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

Contemporary Labyrinth, Brick Pavers. Courtesy Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

For more information about Santa Fe labyrinths check out: Labyrinth Resource Group of Santa Fe

If you don’t know if your community has a labyrinth, try this handy locator, the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.

Labyrinth Locator

If you’re working on a personal challenge or want to get your creative juices flowing, take a walk—through a labyrinth.

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“Reluctant Medium” by G G Collins Lands on 2nd Amazon Top 100 List

“Reluctant Medium” Now Found on Two Top 100 Lists

Mystery>Supernatural>Werewolves & Shifters

Mystery>Cozy>Animals

Caution for Cozy Readers: “Reluctant Medium” does contain profanity and some mild horror, so if you’re a cozy purest, it may not be for you. But it also contains humor, adventure and of course, all sorts of paranormal story lines.

Book Cover Reluctant Medium Newest 5-2014In the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series, Rachel meets with a different challenge  in each book. In “Reluctant Medium” it’s an shape-shifting evil spirit. The second installment, “Lemurian Medium,” is an encounter with a Mesoamerican man-eating deity. In upcoming “Atomic Medium,” it is alien beings. Set during current day and The Manhattan Project during the 1940s, the tentative pub date is December 2014. The fourth will be “Anasazi Medium” where Rachel stumbles onto spirits while camping out with friend Chloe–if you can imagine Chloe camping out? She’s sure to have it catered.Book Cover Newest LM 6-2014

At the heart of each book is the friendship between Rachel and Chloe as they work together to solve each supernatural mystery. Their assortment of “experts” continues to grow as they’ve expanded into crystals, astral and time travel. And Rachel will continue to have those strange experiences in bathrooms during the present and past.

Her cat Chile Pod and spirit animal Kiyiya try to watch out for Rachel, who remains reluctant.

Again, a big “thank you” to all readers who have taken the time to read the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries. And an extra thanks to all who made the time to write reviews. I appreciate it beyond words.

— G G Collins

 

 

 

 

 

“Reluctant Medium” by G G Collins Makes Amazon Mystery Top 100 Category

“Reluctant Medium” Enters 4th Week on Amazon Top 100 List

“Reluctant Medium” can be found on Amazon’s Mystery Category Top 100 List: Mystery/SupBook Cover Reluctant Medium Newest 5-2014ernatural/Werewolves & Shifters.

Although there are no werewolves in “Reluctant Medium” there is a shape-shifting evil spirit. The debut novel in the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series had a very successful promotional weekend. It has also found its way to the Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban Top 100 list from time to time.

Thanks to all my readers who have made it possible. Wow!

 

 

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