Friday, July 30, 2010


“Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.”
~ Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

What inspires you?


Thursday, July 29, 2010


I love this song, Where the Angels Fly by Chris Spheeris. It is from his Album Pathways to Surrender.


Monday, July 26, 2010

The Questioning of the Unknown

"Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep."~John Milton

I came across an article in The DENVER POST written by Joanne Ostrow about psychics, mediums and other paranormal events that have become common place on our television and movie screens.

Ostrow wrote, “
Between-world spirits, reincarnated beings and plain old dead folks are casting shadows all over the network schedules. It's a good time to be a ghost on TV.

Psychics, mediums and other ghost whisperers have found a place in the public imagination. Procedural dramas increasingly rely on that extra dimension for a plot boost. These days, it's not enough to bring good detective skills to the table. Clever crime solvers need a direct line to the great beyond, too.

What does this say about the cultural moment? Why is the medium overrun with mediums?”

Within the article she quotes Stuart Fischoff, professor of psychology at California State University and Los Angeles bureau chief for Psychology Today, in regards to this interest in the paranormal. He stated, “It's in our DNA. The questioning of the unknown, it's what the ideas of God and Mother Nature are all about. To help explain the unexplainable. These (paranormal ideas) are being exploited by entertainment, not created by entertainment."

Well said. I agree that the increased interest in the paranormal is innate within mankind--communication with angels, spirit guides, and loved ones, along with channeling, psychic readings, and all, has always taken place in our American culture and in most all others. I believe the escalation in acceptance of the phenomena may be because we now have “permission” to talk about it as we see it nightly in our homes, in our theaters, and read it in our books, and on the Internet.

I have been saying for some time now, with television presenting shows such as those of mediums John Edward, James Van Praagh, Lisa Williams, series like Medium and Ghost Whisper, movies such as Ghost, and best-selling books by the aforementioned psychic mediums, have made the subject acceptable and moved it out of the “spiritual closet.”


Friday, July 9, 2010

Interview with Athena Demetrios, author of “The Seasoning of a Soul”

My friend, Athena Demetrios is a professional medium and trance-channel and works with Dr. James Martin Peebles and the I AM Teachings of Saint Germain and other Ascended Masters. I’ve taken this opportunity to ask Athena a few questions about her nonfiction book now available at Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Audio, and at other online bookstores. It is receiving a great reception—and of course, her book is very deserving. The Amazon reviews with five-star ratings show how her memoir is deeply touching readers.

My endorsement on the back cover of her book reads: “The Seasoning of a Soul is a sensitive, inspirational, and fascinating story of life, a look into pain and joy, fear and courage, and the beauty of a soul’s awakening. A must read for those on a spiritual search.” Linda Pendleton, author of To Dance With Angels.

Linda: Athena, what motivated you to share your life story?

Athena: I had a lucid dream once of sitting at a table surrounded by spirit guides and teachers discussing with me the challenges of writing my book. This was around the time I had been introduced to Dr. Peebles in the early eighties through his medium Thomas Jacobson. I had been receiving communications after I would meditate that seemed very ethereal ... not like me. Dr. Peebles confirmed that my desire to write was the beginning of a channeling state in which I was being encouraged to write about my own growth in life and that my need was to become very public in this life. Yikes! That thought alone made me want to run to the hills to hide. Nothing quite as frightening as to hang the ‘ol butt out naked for the world to see. He told me to let it be raw and it is just that. Raw. I also knew that this is something I said I would do in this lifetime and I did not want to make my transition and look back knowing that I backed down out of fear. Another factor was that a complete stranger, a well known psychic approached me in a mall shaking a finger in my face while saying, “You need to be writing ... you could be helping millions of women.” I went home and threw caution to the wind. It was the knowing that my odyssey could be of help to others.

Linda: You and I had a number of conversations about self-publishing. Other than being able to move ahead in the publishing process and not worry about agents, advances, and other publisher problems, why did you choose to put the book out in this way?

Athena: Having worked in the film industry as long as I have I saw advantages to self-publishing for a variety of reasons. State of the art sound recording for the audio version of the book was one consideration, not giving up all the rights was another, but after some research I really didn’t see the advantage of a traditional publisher. I wanted to do my own book cover, etc. ... I am very hands on with graphics. But the bottom line ... my intuition told me to go that route.

Linda: You have a quote on the back of your book, “A spiritual odyssey that will open your heart.” How perfect a description of your book. I doubt anyone can read it without being touched deeply, not only in their heart, but in their soul. You’ve had an incredible journey all these years but it’s not over. What do you see for yourself now in these next chapters of your life?

Athena: It has only been recently that I have been able to see with greater clarity the divine purpose in sharing these experiences and how they relate to my most silent prayer ... to be an inspiration for others. I know what it feels like to be lost in the black hole. I am amazed that readers are commenting how deeply it is touching them. Joy ... that is what I see for myself in the golden years of my life ... and I am a golden girl now ... all 63 years. Speaking to larger venues ... sharing the odyssey, inspiring people to connect their inner strength to their own master within. That brings me joy and I feel such passion about it. I love the light inside of people. I just want to hear, listen and be led by spirit. How great is that?!

One last note here ... When I told Dr. Peebles I finished my manuscript he said, “One of your spirit guides just fainted and another is fanning him awake.” He also commented that they had a great debate on the spirit side whether or not I would finish the book in this life because my resistance was so strong. 70% said I would not. It only took 28 years to write! The greatest pleasure I have had is to say to my guides and teachers ... Oh ye of little faith!

Linda: Thank you, Athena. I’m sure Dr. Peebles and the “gang” are delighted you completed your book as it will inspire many, many people.

Visit Athena Demetrios’ website here and read an excerpt of her book. Also you may like to read an interview I did with Athena not long ago. 


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Intuitives—“a species unto themselves”

Photo Copyright 2010 by Ted Grussing

Psychiatrist and empath, Judith Orloff, M.D., states in this article at the Huffington Post:

"In my psychiatric practice in Los Angeles and in my workshops I've been struck by how many sensitive, empathic people who I call "emotional empaths" come to me, lonely, wanting a romantic partner, yet remaining single for years. Or else they're in relationships but feel constantly fatigued and overwhelmed. The reason isn't simply that 'there aren't enough emotionally available people 'out there,'' nor is their burnout 'neurotic.' Personally and professionally, I've discovered that something more is going on.

“In Emotional Freedom I describe emotional empaths as a species unto themselves. Whereas others may thrive on the togetherness of being a couple, for empaths like me, too much togetherness can be difficult, may cause us to bolt. Why? We tend to intuit and absorb our partner's energy, and become overloaded, anxious, or exhausted when we don't have time to decompress in our own space.”

Read the rest of her article here

Are you intuitive? Do you indentify with this in any way? ... feel different? Need your space, more than most people might?


Sunday, July 4, 2010

To Dance With Angels by Don and Linda Pendleton

"This great book correlates with all that I have learned in my own longtime studies of life and death. It should be read by all who wonder about the magic of life. It is powerful, it is beautiful, and it rings with truth. I loved it!"—Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross, M.D., Famed Thanatologist and Author of On Death and Dying

Surely each of us, at least once, has looked up from some private task and seen, for an instant, a flesh and blood apparition of a departed loved one or felt some subtle kind of communication which comes from the other side.

The pages of To Dance With Angels hold a key to the meaning of life on planet Earth and all that lies beyond, revealed to the authors, Don and Linda Pendleton, in a clear and simple language by one who has experienced it all.

James Martin Peebles, the "grand spirit," was born in 1822 in Vermont and died in 1922, days short of his one hundredth birthday. Clergyman, physician, author and world traveler, Dr. Peebles was highly active on Earth, and from the other side has remained keenly interested in human destiny, regarding communication with Earth as "my greatest recreation, greatest pleasure, and most extraordinary growth." Shortly following his death, his communication with Earth was established and through various mediums throughout the world, continues to this day.

To Dance With Angels is structured around a series of in-depth interviews with Dr. Peebles through the mediumship of Thomas Jacobson and is a definitive study of man's spiritual nature and a refreshing, inspirational, and enlightening look at life and death.

Dr. Peebles shares his wisdom, angelic wit, and humor on subjects such as birth and death, past lives, guardian angels, love and relationships, and the lessons we have chosen here on Earth. His spiritual psychology is "down-to earth" and easily incorporated into our every day lives. It is a book for anyone looking for spiritual understanding and Surely each of us, at least once, has looked up from some private task and seen, for an instant, a flesh and blood apparition of a departed loved one or felt some subtle kind of communication which comes from the other side.

"To Dance With Angels is not merely a very, very good book but a great one. And I do not use the word ‘great' loosely. A book that, ideally, everybody should read."
—Richard S. Prather, Author of the Shell Scott Mystery Series

"...powerful and deeply moving experience, potentially life-changing [and] of universal importance. The book is sublime."
—Whitley Strieber, Author of Communion and Transformation

"The world through the wise eyes of Dr. Peebles. An unusual book filled with sound advice—
no matter what your beliefs about spiritualism."
—Dr. Frank Vandiver, President Emeritus, Texas A&M University, Historian, Author

"Extremely readable and full of brilliant insights... ndoubtedly genuine...this book is an important addition to the literature of spirit communication."
—Colin Wilson, Author, Authority on the Paranormal