All of us have spirit guides who help us live the life-plans that we made before we were born. It must have been my primary guide who spoke to me from out of the light when I was eight, but in all the sixty years since that night I never had wanted a daytime meeting with him. We travel out of body during sleep and meet with our guides on many nights, and I always have felt well-guided.
Then on February 21st of this year I had a telephone reading with Susanne Wilson, who is a wonderfully gifted spiritual medium. My intention was just to visit my family, but toward the end of the hour my spirit guides asked to speak with me. I learned on that Saturday afternoon that I have eleven guides. Four of them help with my personal life; three work with me on writing fiction; and three assist with my afterlife-related projects. And then my primary guide stepped forward and announced that his name is Thomas. In his penultimate earth-lifetime, he was – imagine a drum-roll – Thomas Jefferson.
I was less dumbfounded when I first heard this than you might expect. I have had for my entire life an intense affinity for Thomas Jefferson, even to the point of keeping a life-sized bust of him in my office. I also wrote a well-received novel about his ten-year marriage that was published by Doubleday in 1993 and reissued by Wheatmark last year. It was entitled – this seems ironic now – My Thomas. Thomas told me that he actually had “co-written” that novel, which explained a lot! I always had known that it was better than anything I could have written.
Being a primary guide is a full-time job, and of course I felt unworthy of that kind of attention from someone I idolized, but Thomas insisted during that first reading that I not think of him as Thomas Jefferson. That hadn’t even been his most recent lifetime. So I thought that was that. I had a great story to tell friends over lunch, and a sense that finally I knew who it was that was guiding my writing and my life. I began to think about trying to get him to collaborate with me on a book that would address the lies that Jefferson’s political enemies had told about him and that history had recorded as true, the Sally Hemings lie first among them.
But then in mid-May Thomas asked Susanne Wilson if she would conduct another reading with me. I spent an hour with him, listening and arguing through Susanne. That hour altogether transformed my life.
I have indeed just completed a book with Thomas, but it has nothing to do with Thomas Jefferson. It will be published in the Fall. And it is so far beyond anything that I ever could have imagined writing that it is going to deserve its own blog post when the time is right.
One of the things that Thomas had said during our brief February conversation was that I should start doing online education . (Yes, the people we used to think were dead are up on modern electronics!) To get my feet wet, I then signed up to be part of a free Sacred Stories Telesummit this month. My Sacred Stories appearance will be on Wednesday evening, July 22nd. Since what has happened in my life this spring is the most sacred story that I can imagine, I may get up my nerve to talk about it then. We’ll see. If I do talk about it, I would love to know that you are in the audience.
Now, on another topic:
One of life’s ironies is that by the time we finally learn enough to be of some use to people, we have accumulated so much mileage that our upholstery is threadbare and our tires are bald. About a month ago we established a YouTube channel and uploaded a series of introductory videos that were done in March. All I can see when I look at them is that this particular vehicle is decidedly past-peak! But of course the message is not, so today I am swallowing hard and sharing those videos with you. It will be immediately apparent to you why my primary mode of expression is podcasts and blog posts!
And finally, I don’t say this often enough: THANK YOU. I hear from so many people who comment here and post or message me on Facebook and send me emails. I have made hundreds of new friends! Please know that I will never take your friendship for granted. If I can help you along our shared life’s journey, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
P.S. – I have just asked Susanne to ask Thomas if he would mind my telling you who he was in his penultimate earth-lifetime. Here is his response, word for word: “It is time. Tell them I lived several more remarkable lives, in my opinion and most assuredly in the opinion of the esteemed discerning council in the realms. Nevertheless, this so-called Jefferson life shall be best known to your world.” Consider my mind to be officially boggled.