Welcome to the Bliss Blog! I’ll get right to our questions because I’m just fascinated to hear your answers.
Annie: Maggie, I think if it happened that way it would freak me out. Some people say my book is channeled but I don’t see it like that. I’ve watched videos of the author Jane Roberts channeling the Seth books and everything about her changes; voice, facial expressions, inflection. Gratefully, Billy never crosses that boundary. His energy never takes me over, not my hands either. I hear his voice very distinctly and the light from the world beyond this one takes me on a little bliss vacation.
Annie: I was extremely skeptical at first. How could anyone be speaking to me from another dimension? Could my grief somehow be causing me to have hallucinations? Also, my bad-boy brother wasn’t someone I’d expect to be telling me the mysteries of the cosmos. Ultimately, it was Billy who convinced me. He gave me what’s called evidentiary after death communications, told me things I had no way of knowing which proved to be correct every time. He often involved my friends, insisting I tell them things, things that made no sense to me, and their reaction was always “How did you know that?” In the book I take the reader by the hand as I follow Billy’s clues and together we solve the mystery of whether or not Billy is real.
Annie: First, let me confess. Before the book came out I thought any criticism of this sacred experience would really hurt. As it turns out criticism makes me laugh hysterically! Why? Because how could anyone think I made up this story? The twists and turns and the incredible wisdom that comes from Billy are too fantastic for any human being to fabricate. And by now I’ve learned from Billy not to live by what others think.
It’s hard for me to be objective about Billy’s language because I can’t separate the words from Billy’s voice. When he was alive Billy definitely had a unique and charming way of expressing himself. That said, his language at the beginning of the book sounds exactly like Billy did in life. I agree, his manner of speaking does seem to evolve as he goes deeper into the afterlife realms. I’d describe the change as being poetic rather than formal. Also, at about the mid-point of the book I suspect there is more going on here than just Billy. There was a growing power that I felt was more than Billy. Whether it was his evolving soul or there were higher beings who had joined forces with him I really can’t say.
Annie: When I was a little girl my father talked about death a lot. His father had died quite young and he was preparing me in case it happened to him. He told me he would build a beautiful white house and we would all meet there one day and live happily ever after. My dad also told me he spoke to his dead father and mother all the time so I guess he instilled in me the belief that we definitely do exist after death. My mom wasn’t afraid of death at all and Billy would get this enchanted look in his eye like he was kind of looking forward to it.
When I got older and became interested in eastern philosophy I didn’t think a lot about what happens after you die. If I thought anything it was that we kind of dissolved into a sea of undifferentiated consciousness but I wouldn’t be me anymore so I wouldn’t care.
Maggie: I want to ask about the Goddess Billy describes near the end of the book. Shvara. I’m very interested in this particular aspect, in Her particular description, Her appearance, and Her name. Do you think She looks the same to everyone? Do you think Billy saw Her this way because this was the image of the idealized Goddess in his mind? Or did he describe Her this way to you because she was the idealized image of the Goddess in your mind? Or do you think Her appearance is literal and that She will appear the same and have the same name for each of us when we meet Her?
Annie: I love this question, Maggie! When Billy used the name Shvara for his Goddess and had me google the name I was blown away to realize that Shvara was the Sanskrit name for the highest Goddess of all. Some of Billy’s experiences are subjective, especially in the early stages of the afterlife, and some are objective. Billy has led me to believe that Shvara is the Goddess of his particular soul tribe, Lohana. She would appear as he describes to all members of the Lohana tribe when they get to the level of the afterlife where they have the privilege of meeting their Goddess. So, Shvara is the Goddess for Billy’s particular tribe. There are a multitude of tribes and a multitude of Gods or Goddesses. I don’t believe these High Beings change according to the observer. I do believe though that we are the ones who change in their presence.
And if so, Is there going to be another book?
Annie: Billy is still speaking to me and from what I hear he is visiting others as well. I get lovely messages from people telling me they feel Billy around them and asking me if I think they are crazy. I do not! A few nights ago I dreamed ofBilly floating above me on golden hummingbird wings. He told me he was flying around doing “stuff” and needed my help. I asked him what kind of “stuff” and what kind of help. He said nothing but gave me a golden kiss and flew off into the Cosmos in a burst of music. When I woke up I realized that our next project would probably be a meditation CD featuring the impossibly beautiful music of my friend and producer Brian Keane, Billy’s words, and me doing the voice over. Thinking about it makes me quite euphoric!
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