Is the current definition of ghost writer inclusive enough? I don’t think so. This is currently the standard: “Someone hired to write literary or journalistic works by a person whose name was listed as the author but wasn’t.” With those stated authors generally celebrities, executives or politicians who either didn’t have the time, the inclination or the capacity to write themselves. I think that’s lacking and needs one more category.
What I’d suggest to Merriam-Webster is to add this: “Someone who writes on behalf of spirits, who have passed, since they’re unable to function in the earthly realm anymore and certainly aren’t able to use a pen and paper.” How about that? Anyway, it is a good description of the gift I use.
But is this a complete description? Well, it’s the overview. To dig more into that, people have asked me over and over many details about how souls come to me, if I solicit these souls or spirits, and is their communication typically a monologue or do I ask them questions within the visit? To answer briefly, I do not solicit spirits. Their messages are typically monologues but with familiar souls, who come often, we have dialogue. I write both the questions and the answers.
Can you describe the process of the writing; is there another name for that?
It could be called Automatic Writing but if you research that phrase on the Internet, you’ll find a multitude of skeptical definitions using words like “claim” and “self-delusion” in their explanations. The process of automatic writing is sometimes called psychography but none of the related definitions precisely nail what I do. For example, some mediums or channels go into a trance before writing; I do not. Many solicit their subjects and ask for them to come; I do not. Others hold their writing instrument loosely while the spirit takes control of the pen or pencil and writes. I don’t do that, either. There are even those who believe this process can be taught and reach out to instruct others on automatic writing. I’m more of a skeptic and don’t believe it’s a process that can be taught; more often, it just “happens”.
Next, is you describe viable – can it be validated? In other words, just how credible is your methodology? First, I’m not the only person who has done this – a few are well accepted in the world and one is even praised by Christians everywhere. Let’s start with the author, Neale Donald Walsh. Prior to the writing of his first book, Conversations with God – Book 1, which to date has been translated into 37 languages, stayed on The New York Times Best Selling List for 137 weeks and became a publishing phenomenon, Neale was at the lowest point in his life.
As Walsh explains it, he spent months and years writing and writing and writing about his frustrations and disappointments in life. It was part of his journaling process. At one point what he was writing took the form of questions directly to God, which he penned in quite an angry state –- asking questions why his life wasn't working, among many others. Then, at one point he heard a voice over his right shoulder say: "Do you really want an answer to all these questions or are you just venting?” That’s when the dialogue began. Walsh wrote his questions on paper and also the answers he heard God give him. The entirety of that initial dialogue became his first book. Once you read it, it’s almost impossible to discount the source. Since that time, Walsh has written 28 more books.
I’d like to add that in all the time Walsh spent journaling, he cleared his head of worrisome thoughts, negative self-talk and the frustration and angst that causes us to ruminate continually in the mental state. Finally, his mind was clear and he could receive. If you’ve read my Blonde Meditation blog – you know I’ve been clear for years.
In summary, I do what Neale Donald Walsh does but don’t always ask questions first. Sometimes I’m just given information they want shared. I write what I hear.
Another author with enormous credibility - doing the same thing I do - is Sarah Young – author of Jesus Calling. Christians around the world read her daily devotions that sound like Jesus is speaking directly to them; He is. Each page is footnoted with the Bible scriptures that most relate. Sarah’s process is rarely questioned because of the footnotes and because she is part of an ongoing ministry. Yet, there are plenty of ministers who can’t do what she does.
The Introduction to Jesus Calling explains Sarah’s process in compiling this book of daily devotions.
“During that same year I began reading God Calling, a devotional book written by two anonymous “listeners”. These women practiced waiting quietly in God’s Presence, pencils and paper in hand, recording the messages they received from Him.” Sarah followed with, “The following year, I began to wonder if I, too, could receive messages during my times of communing with God.”
If you read page XI, XII and XIII of the Introduction to Jesus Calling, Sarah describes how she finally did receive the messages from Jesus. Jesus Calling and subsequent books written by Sarah Young are embraced by Christian ministries and have sold 16 million copies, worldwide. She and I do the same thing.
It’s easy to be skeptical of something not fully understood. The difference between Neale Donald Walsh, the authors of God Calling and Sarah Young’s work– is that I do not hear only from one source, as these asked to do. I have had a deep connection with God and simply have been open for more than 30-years. When I receive, with unconditional love and no judgment, I don’t edit or fill in the blanks. I write precisely what I hear, no more, no less.
Gradually, I’ve become a vessel for an assortment of family, friends (present and new connections), angels, guides, Ascended Masters – such as Jesus, Buddha, Mary the Mother of God, and God, himself. Initially they came simply to talk to me – over the years, they now want to speak to everyone. I’ve written down and saved each of those messages - over 400 of them, to date.
How would people refer to what you do? I guess people would label me a medium of sorts but I consider my work more like that of a Spiritual Secretary. I am never in a trance and in all cases, I am contacted first – generally through energetic ‘wake up calls’ always disruptive to my regular routine – and then, after they identify themselves, I begin to write. It’s easy to tell the voices are authentic when I read back the messages. They are always loving, positive, supportive and kind – as well as often inciteful and profound. I ask God each day for protection against dark or negative energy (more in a future blog) and He delivers.
Finally, to answer the last couple questions you’ve asked: is it a monologue from them or a dialogue with the two of you? Well, if a soul or spirit contacting me is on a mission with their message, I don’t interrupt – only if there is a pause, might I ask a question. With Jon, God, Jesus, Mary and other close family as well as some friends from this life – we will engage in more active dialogue. I write both the question and the answer at that time. That’s it – the complete explanation of what I do.
So, what do you think? I think for readers of my blogs – we should expand the definition of ghost writing. It can be just between us !!!