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The Late Bob Girard: Serendipity Plus

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)

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