This Sunday at Unity on Union Books, I’ll be giving a public reading from my newly e-published autobiography, A Spiritual Evolution, which describes my Near Death Experience and how its after-effects figured into my recovery from addiction(s).
Raised in an academic, alcoholic family, I was a staunch atheist when I snorted enough lidocaine, sold to me as coke in a Manhattan night club, to shut down my heart. During over three minutes of ineffectual CPR, I journeyed through a vivid landscape to a brilliant light of overwhelming love — yet for many years I wrote the experience off as a “coke trip” and proceeded with my life of addiction and a shameful compulsive disorder. (I had never heard of white light experiences.)
Unknown to me, about half of people who survive NDEs continue to experience paranormal after-effects, mainly of a psychic nature but also including foreknowledge, warning voices, and seeing spirits. All of these things happened to atheist, rationalist me as I plowed my life deeper and deeper into addiction, and they continued into the lip service faith on which I founded my sobriety — 14 Weird Things in total — until the whopper 9th Weird Thing clobbered the last of my cynicism and left me no choice but to embrace god — or that life exists in the context of a complex system of spiritual energy I call god.
I hope you can come and listen. Unity on Union Books is a cheery and cozy bookstore specializing in recovery books.
WHEN: Sunday, Sept 30th, 2012 – 5:30 PM
WHERE: Unity on Union Books, 2420 E. Union (btwn 24th & 25th) Click here to see map.
The e-book is available via Amazon for Kindle or in an array of formats for iPad, Nook, laptops, phones, etc. No paper version exists – yet.
Thanks, and I hope to see you there!