Interview with Gregory Rosenstock

You say you chat with your deceased wife on the pendulum every day. What's that all about?
I stumbled upon pendulum communication with the deceased over thirty years years ago when I dabbled with the medical concept of self-diagnosis using a pendulum. Although the information I received was extraordinary and compelling (I've included it in my novel Who Cares, 2008), I rejected it and refused to accept the idea that there were spirits floating about and communicating with the living. The whole thing made no sense at all, particularly as the information received was either cryptic, vague, ambivalent, incoherent or just downright wrong. And, of course, always unverifiable. I had been an atheist since I was a student, but was a big fan of Zen and the Tao; even if one's individual consciousness or personal life energy continued to exist for some period after death, the duality and the simplistic fantasy of floating or wandering souls was childish nonsense which had nothing to do with Zen or the Tao.
So?
So why do I say I do it now? Because I discovered that the whole thing was true, after all. The quality of the message depends on the quality of the medium. Since Marie-Claire's death in 2007, I have been fine-tuning my radio-dial as a medium; that's why it's so easy for me now. As regards the earlier criticisms I've mentioned, I can actually explain it all now, all the incoherence, the weirdness, the ambivalence, the lack of verification. Understandably, as a three-dimensional being confined to a space-time continuum, I reach a point beyond which there is no possible way of seeing the big picture; our understanding is obviously extremely limited, especially if we approach it from a rational perspective. Indeed, for any deeper understanding, you have to go way beyond that.
Can you give me an example of what you mean?
Certainly. We refer to past lives when we talk about re-incarnation, for example. But there is no time outside of our current experience. So all lives are present. In other words, you are living your 'past' lives right now, and, indeed, you 'future' lives. There is only one you, of course, but you enjoy the experience of multiple lives and personalities. These lives can 'bleed' into one another from time to time and, yes, you can change the past. Of course, this sounds like crazy talk and is impossible to understand with your mind. True knowledge, true understanding, has got nothing to do with the mind as we know it. I like the story of the two caterpillars on the branch having a chat. A butterfly flits by and one of them says to the other: 'You'll never see me up in one of those things.' For many thousands of years, a very small number of people had the privilege of tasting this awareness. Now, in the 21st century, tens of millions of people world-wide are, at the very least, aware. 'On the path', as they say; many even awakened. Indeed, it is like waking up and opening your eyes for the first time in your life.
What is the advantage of being awakened, or even aware?
You realize that there is no difference between the 'physical' and the 'spiritual' or indeed, between 'life' and 'death', other than what we perceive in our everyday, unconscious lives. In fact, you realize that there are no 'differences' at all!
You can't experience true joy without it. You can't truly appreciate the astonishing beauty of existence without it.
You can't truly love without it. Without it, you will always be afraid, afraid of being alone, insecure, unloved, afraid of suffering, of being hurt, of being sick, afraid of dying and afraid of being dead.
So what do we do to become aware?
Meditate.
Death seems to be a common theme in your work. Are you some kind of a spiritual teacher?
I suppose the awareness of death when I was a young man served its purpose, but it was a gloomy way to get through life, nevertheless. Happily, after Marie-Claire's passing, I know now that there is no death. Life is a lot more fun that way. There's nothing to fear any more. People always underestimate the corrosive effect of fear. It is the opposite of love. So what is love? Everything is love. Everything. To love is to taste the awareness that you are part of everything, and all of everything, at the same time. No, I'm not a spiritual teacher. I would like to think, however, that whatever I write will generate a spiritual experience in the reader. I would like to think that a reader will emerge from my book changed.
And is that the reason why you write?
Yes. I used to say that I write because there is no other way to live. Well, of course there is! In fact, I've communicated with writers after their passing and they just shrug it off as completely irrelevant. And so it is, of course, in the final analysis. I have had the privilege to discover in my lifetime that creativity (true creativity, that is; not just messing around with works of art made out of words or paint or musical notes or whatever, like toddlers with wooden bricks) is what we do as spiritual beings. Everything is always being created in bliss and it's so, so wonderful - at least, the bit that I can understand! My own version of building bricks is putting words together for effect. It's really satisfying to feel that another spiritual being can actually have a spiritual experience reading words put together in a way that we consider to be beautiful or artistic. Art and spirituality go hand-in-hand. Inspire is from the Latin, in spirit, which is inspiration or 'breath', to breathe, atmen, in German, from Atman, spirit, in Sanskrit. In my non-fiction account of the afterlife, Be In Me, I discuss this point with reference to Ernst Fischer's classic, The Necessity of Art. For us, going through this dense but extraordinary experience here on Earth, art is, indeed, a necessity. When we step out of our bodies - even in this life!- it becomes, of course, completely irrelevant, touching and a bit quaint, maybe, in a compassionate way, but nevertheless, completely irrelevant.
Finally, what do you think of e-books as opposed to printed books?
I agree with everything Mark Coker of Smashwords says so well in his his Style Guide about e-books. Nevertheless, I'm sure he too would hate to see the demise of printed books. I don't think that will ever happen because it's not what people - of any age-group - want to happen. But as Mark says, books have to be more ecologically manufactured and have to be affordable to more people on the planet. E-books are ecological, affordable and instantly accessible. But just as important as all that is empowerment. There are probably millions of potential writers around the world who have tried to get published, or have been turned down by literary agents, because they lack 'visibility'. Then they see rubbish being published solely for that that reason, that the authors of the books have already secured some degree of 'visibility'. Without any doubt whatsoever, there have been an unknown number of 'invisible' great writers in the past who have never had the luxury of breathing the oxygen of publication. Re-assuming responsibility for your own destiny as a writer is a great leap forward. And at no cost. And if you hate the idea of having to format the stuff yourself, there are experts out there who will do it for a reasonable fee. The main thing is that your work sees the light of day and thanks to the internet, has a fighting chance of survival and appreciation in a world where publishing houses are run by accountants. It's also instant, by the way; you could be waiting years for an agent or a publisher to find your MS in the slush-pile and then send you a rejection-slip based on the word of a panel-reader. With technology developing ubiquitously and exponentially, e-books are as revolutionary a leap forward as paperbacks, libraries or even the Gutenberg press itself. They encourage writers to write and readers to read, reaching even the remotest parts of the globe.
Published 2013-09-22.
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Be In Me Q&A
Price: Free! Words: 13,170. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Be in Me Q & A is an introduction to the author's book about life, death and the afterlife, Be In Me. The booklet is an extended interview with the author and is free of charge.
Be In Me
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,490. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Be In Me is about a man who succeeded in contacting his deceased wife using a pendulum. The profoundly life-changing conversations with his wife inspired him to research the existence of life after death and the meaning of our lives.
Who Cares
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,100. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Oscar Jacobs is a young college dropout who works as an orderly at a home for the disabled. Shocked by its dysfunctional environment and unbalanced staff-members, he examines the meaning of caring, the meaning of life and the meaning of death. A dark undercurrent of menace propels the story towards a collision course leading to a shocking conclusion.
Lazarus
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,040. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Luke Collins is a schoolteacher, failed inventor and atheist, who raises his son from the dead. His celebrity status is short-lived, however, when an incident from his past is revealed in the media. He flees to a Greek island from which he is eventually deported. When he returns, he discovers that his son has a new identity, precipitating in Collins, albeit too late, a life-changing revelation.