What Dreams May Come –Book Review

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What Dreams May Come
Richard Matheson


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This is one book that MUST be read by EVERYONE on this journey we call life.  It will forever change your life and your perspective on death if you are open to it.

 

I read Richard Matheson’s What Dreams May Come originally in the early 1990s and the book had such an impact on me that it changed my entire perspective on Life and Death. There have not been too many books that have had such life altering experiences for me.  What Dreams May Come is on a very short list of such books. This book should be on EVERYONE’S shortlist of books to read in their lifetime.

 

To show what an impact What Dreams… has had on me simply click Richard Matheson to see how often I’ve discussed this book at Wisdom and Life.

 

A movie of the same name based on the book is available on DVD:
What Dreams May Come
and though I don’t usually recommend both book and movie, this is that rare exception where both can be viewed separately and neither one takes away anything from the other.

 

The book is based on years of research by the author.  In fact so much went into this book that there is an extensive bibliography in the back of What Dreams May Come.  Matheson says in his foreword that he doesn’t expect us as readers to read every book that he used, however he DOES say that if we chose to we’d come away with a new perspective just as I did.

 

The book begins with a knock on the door of someone.  Chris Neilson has passed and he has been communicating with a medium.  It is said medium who knocks on Chris’s brother’s door and insists on giving him the notes from said conversations.

 

This is where the book begins.  Through this manuscript, Chris attempts to reach out to his brother, doing his best to explain that there is indeed a survival after death, that the soul does carry on, that at some point, we can choose to return to earthly bodies. Yes!  I’m referring to reincarnation.

 

Ostensibly, in What Dreams May Come is where I first saw this topic and really delved deeply into it.  I’ve read this book several times; one of only a handful of books I’ve read more than once.  Each time I read it I come away with a deeper insight.

 

What Dreams May Come is a MUST read!
It is a book that MUST be read by ALL of humankind.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Everyone Is Born A Genius

My friend Buckminster Fuller once remarked:
Everyone is born a genius but the process of living de-geniuses them.

Memories of Heaven
Page 113

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Children are the least susceptible to ideology, because they have not yet been indoctrinated.  That’s why when a child tells you something that in your view may seem off kilter, it is better to pay attention with an open mind.  Don’t dismiss the child’s story as mere rambling.  They believe what they are saying.  


Memories of Heaven is an amazing book, another in a long list of such books that should be on your reading list if you are reading Wisdom and Life.  I like the quote:
Everyone is born a genius but the process of living de-geniuses them.

 

Because it perfectly defines what happens to us as we mature.  We lose that childlike innocence we possessed before we became knocked around, before we forgot to remember everything we knew.  That’s why it is said time and again:
–That children are the teachers
–That when a child says something spiritually profound, it is best to heed the response.

 

Children and their remembrances of life before have been well documented in three books I’ve discussed here extensively:
Old Souls by Tom Shroder
Soul Survivor by Bruce Leininger
Journey of Souls by Dr Michael Newton

 

Memories of Heaven is the type of book that unless you’re steeped in this paradigm, you may dismiss out of hand when reading the description.  Do yourself a favor.

 

Do NOT dismiss this book out of hand, nor any of the other three books above.  I guarantee after reading these you will come away with a healthy respect for children who profess they have been here before and tell you where they were before they chose to return.

 

What I find fascinating about Memories of Heaven is the fact that this was the last book that Wayne Dyer completed before he passed himself.  This book doesn’t delve into new territory for those who believe this.  It is just comforting to those who need reassurance.  In fact, all three of the other books mentioned here are a good place to start if you are just beginning to realize that you MAY HAVE been incarnated in the past.

 

Reading Memories also alleviated any fears I experienced over my own book being published in September.  I had been a BIT concerned over the layout, that I had written a series of columns, one to two pages each and wondered how that look and read.  However, after reading Memories, I realize that my own book is similar in layout and I have nothing to fret over.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.  

Thaddeus Squirrel

My friend and blogger, Tom Rapsas, whom I first met on Google+ has written a wonderful spiritual guide for those of us who still don’t know what path they should choose. Thaddeus Squirrel is the PERFECT book to give to high school students.  If you click on the preceding link to purchase from my website, I will benefit.

 

 

Thaddeus, while in the midst of collecting food for the winter months, one morning has a crisis of conscience.  In other words, he awakens.  

 

He realizes there is so much more to life than simply over collecting.  In his case, it is over collecting food. However, if you look at the story of Thaddeus, I’m sure you will find correlations to our own lives.

 

 

 

What are we collecting, that we don’t need?
Are you honoring the sacred path that is your calling?
Do you know what your calling is?

 

These are all questions that Thaddeus struggles with.  They are questions we all are challenged by.  What we must do is quiet the noise around us and center on the inner voice we all have.  

 

Meditating is one way to do this. Some of us are fortunate to have a well tuned in voice.  We’ve been practicing for years, honing that inner wisdom.  For those of you who can’t hear it or those of you who know there is something more, but aren’t sure how to find it, Thaddeus can be your guide.  Simply follow him as he travels away from his comfort zone, away from the only home he has ever known.  For it is only in the journey that we can find ourselves.  It is only in stepping away that we can find our way home.  The home where we belong; not necessarily the home we grew up in.

 

There is much to learn from Thaddeus.  Simply take the first step with him and let him show you your way.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Which Books Are You?

Anyone who knows me in the LEAST, understands that reading is part of who I am.  It’s why the last two jobs I’ve had have been book centric.  RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut and The Scranton Library in Madison, Connecticut.   The funny thing is when I grew up, you couldn’t pay me to read.  Now you’d have to pay me NOT to read.

 

Alright.  With that established, let’s play a little reading game:
Before we begin let me just start out by saying that I’ve discussed these two books countless times before at Wisdom and Life.  However, as with all topics here it is always nice to circle back around.  Sometimes for new readers who haven’t been with me since this blog’s inception and sometimes it’s also good to get a repeat once in awhile.

 

If you had to choose two books that best described who you are. which two books would they be?  Which two books would you NOT want to be without?  Which two books have become so much a part of you are, that to take them away from you would be as if someone reached in and pulled out your very soul?  I’ll start:
My two books that I simply can’t be without are:
1.  What Dreams May Come: A Novel
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I read this book for the first time in the early 1990s and it entirely changed my whole perspective on life and death.  Few books have had such a life altering experience for me as this book did.  What Dreams May Come tells the story of Chris Nielsen who dies in a fiery car accident leaving his wife and children behind.  What comes next is the story of Chris doing everything is his limited power to comfort Annie, his wife, doing everything he can to show her that life moves even when one has transitioned.  What Dreams May Come was my introduction to the theory of Past Lives and reincarnation.  It’s why the book has become so important in my library.  And it is why I firmly believe as I stated in a Facebook post a couple weeks ago that it is one book that all of humanity should read.  It’s one book that needs to be required reading for every living human.  It could change everyone’s life if they let the ideas in the book permeate.

 

  1.  Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
    Love Wins

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This book is important to me as well because it introduced me to the fact that I am most likely a Universalist.  Whether or not Rob Bell is a Universalist is up for debate.  However, his book points to many claims that Universalists make.

 

Another reason I identify so strongly with this book is Bell’s claim that a loving God would not choose a select few people to save.  If God is all loving wouldn’t that entity want to save all of humanity?  That’s my reasoning too.  And it’s why this book is in my top two spiritual books to have and why I feel as I do with What Dreams May Come that all of humanity can benefit from reading it.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson, the SF writer transitioned last week.

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Who is Richard Matheson?  you may ask, if you’re not familiar with the SF genre.  I bet if I mention a few of his stories for both the screen and the page you’ll know him:
–Twilight Zone’s
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
–1971 Duel
–I Am Legend
–What Dreams May Come

 

See?  Now, maybe you understand why I do my best to influence people to pick up that SF/F book.  Take a chance on the genre.  If you wish to purchase any use THIS link:
Richard Matheson

Matheson is just one influential writer in that genre.  How many others have you passed up on because you don’t like SF?  I find it interesting when people who haven’t even deigned to look at SF literature, thinking:
Oh I don’t like that.

 

How do you know you don’t like it if you have never read anything in the genre?

Have you seen Duel?
Have you seen the Twilight Zone?
Have you seen What Dreams May Come?
How about Will Smith’s I Am Legend?

 

Did you enjoy those?

 

I’m so fortunate to be able to say that I met Richard Matheson in 1993 when he played Grand Master at the World Horror Convention (WHC) in Stamford Connecticut.  Matheson and I spoke at length about his influence in not only visual media but also in the written world.  So many of his stories, not just the ones listed above have influenced countless authors today.  I told him so as well.  He seemed genuinely pleased and as we passed each other throughout the convention, Matheson always stopped to say hello.  That convention changed my perspective on many authors I followed throughout their careers.

 

Matheson especially however as I recalled the Twilight Zones he penned and Duel as well.  I’ve seen Somewhere in Time, the Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour movie that was adapted from Matheson’s story Bid Time Return, many times over and I’ve read the book a few times too.  On one of the other occasions during the WHC when he walked by me, I stopped and spoke with him about the book and the movie.  I mentioned how much I enjoyed both.

 

See, now?

There’s another example of a popular movie that I’d be willing to bet many of you didn’t know that Richard Matheson penned.

 

My task set down for you now is to find a Matheson book.

–Be it:
Bid Time Return
–Be it:
What Dreams May Come
–Be it the short:
Duel

 

Read one of his stories then tell me you don’t like SF.

 

Richard Matheson will be missed.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris