From: Larry W Bryant <overtci.nul> Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 03:50:15 -0400 Archived: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:56:17 -0400 Subject: The Late Bob Girard: Serendipity Plus A Vignette about the Late Bob Girard: Serendipity Plus By Larry W. Bryant Several years ago, inside the vendors room at a UFO conference, ultra-realist/pragmatist Bob Girard and I were discussing - what else? - books. Not long before that occasion, Bob had agreed to try to sell, through his mail-order bookstore Arcturus, a handful of copies of my first book's second edition (UFO Politics at the White House: Citizens Rally 'round Jimmy Carter's Promise - Galde Press, 2005). He asked me what new project I might be undertaking these days. I replied: "I'm researching a possible little book about reincarnation - dealing with the difficulties largely brought upon himself by a 1950s-1960s-era United Methodist minister upon his daring to offer hypnotherapy as part of his pastoral counseling for those parishioners seeking him out for it." At this, I almost could see Bob's (legendary) brain cells jump to attention. Professorially, he proceeded to refer me to a source that, he said, had profoundly altered his self-awareness. "What's its title, and who wrote it?" I asked. This walking catalog of paranormal literature gave the answer as if he'd been reading the book that very morning: "Journey of Souls, by Dr. Michael Newton. He's a psychotherapist conducting past-life- regression sessions, and his book draws on some of his case studies to illustrate how we all can achieve greater spiritual understanding of who we are, why we're here in body, and how we can evolve from that knowledge." After returning home, I quickly found a copy of Journey of Souls at the local Barnes & Noble store. Reading it boosted my commitment to the new project. (Now, as I write this, I recall Newton's finding that the act of dying happens to be far less traumatic to the soul than the act of being born - a comforting note indeed, inasmuch as Bob had died, on Aug. 12, 2011, in a stroke-induced coma.) Alas, my efforts to locate Newton during the research phase of my book failed; I'd wanted to seek his willingness to write a foreword. But I did manage to locate one of his former colleagues - psychologist Dr. Linda R. Backman, now operating the Ravenheart Center in Erie, Colo: http://www.ravenheartcenter.com She graciously agreed to write the foreword to what eventually became my second tome: Conjuring Gretchen: The Saga of Virginia's Preacher-Hypnotist (Galde Press - 2007). So, you see: by his mere presence and willingness to lend an ear to a fellow bibliophile-writer, Bob had augmented his legacy as a literary facilitator and (inadvertent) spiritual pathfinder. I salute you, Sir Bob; press on with your soulful journey throughout the universe! - Larry W. Bryant (19 Aug 11) http://ufoview.posterous.com http://tinyletter.com/ufoview-updates Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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