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A Story About Near Death Experiences: A Benevolent Virus by Frances O’Brien

A Benevolent Virus (O Books) is what author Frances O’Brien herself describes as a spiritual fiction book.

Factually based with fictional characters A Benevolent Virus conveys a spiritual message that is very compelling to read.

This truly is an accurate description of A Benevolent Virus.

Chronicling the Lives of Ann & Daniel

Frances O'BrienO’Brien takes the reader on a journey that chronicles the lives of two people who have had the misfortune—or fortune—to have near-death experiences, or NDE. Both Ann, a television reporter, and Daniel, a former Marine severely injured in Fallujah, have near-death experiences.

A Benevolent Virus explores not just what these experiences were like for both Ann and Daniel but seeks to understand how these rare experiences go on to impact the lives of those who live this rare phenomena, and what makes it happen to some people and not others.

As you read this twenty-five chapter, 146 page soft cover book you’ll get a perspective on the good and bad parts of having a near-death experience. You’ll also see how both Ann and Daniel attempt to cope with this life altering event that impacts their lives significantly.

Scientific Data and NDE

Not only is A Benevolent Virus an eye opening look into the lives of people who experience death—before they die—it is also a journey into what happens in death, what about these experiences are like, and what the science behind it all is revealing today.

O'Brien's A Benevolent VirusO’Brien reveals these facts and opinions through the eyes and lives of the “real” people who live again after they die. And in fact, there are many people living those lives. According to the Near Death Research Foundation, everyday in the United States 774 people have near-death experiences. And whether you believe in them or not, at one time or another most of us have at least wondered or contemplated the unknown of death and dying.

A Benevolent Virus is much a written parallel to Clint Eastwood’s movie Hereafter which stars Matt Damon and explores the impact of near-death experiences on the people’s lives that have them.

However, O’Brien goes on to explore a few more topics related to near-death experiences such as what she thinks happens when you die, what the science reveals about near-death experiences, and why she believes the skeptic community of science will embrace these experiences as real.

A Book Meant To Be Written

O’Brien’s inspiration for A Benevolent Virus came from her own innate curiosity into near-death experiences. She felt that this book was meant to be written and she was the one fortunate enough to bring it to fruition.

She explains,

A Benevolent Virus is a book that wanted to be written and I had the good fortune to bring the work to fruition. Although I have never had a near-death experience, I have always been something of a spiritual seeker. It was my own spiritual curiosity that led me to devour almost every book on the subject of near-death experiences.

In A Benevolent Virus O’Brien ingeniously brings this experience often overlooked of near-death experiences to life and light. If you have any interest in this phenomena or have ever pondered death and life then this book will thrill you.

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The Story of a Transformative Force: Joseph Farrell’s Manifesting Michelangelo

Joseph Pierce Farrell is a well-known pioneer in the field of human consciousness.

His book, Manifesting Michelangelo: The Story of a Modern-Day Miracle—That May Make All Change Possible (Atria) is about the powerful journey of how he healed people’s deformities and cured their illnesses simply by using the power of conscious healing.

This extraordinary account of Farrell’s experience also contains in it for readers a five-step process that can be used to help develop everyone’s potential to manifest change using our consciousness, the same five steps all great manifestors of change have followed before.

Farrell’s motivational book bridges scientific evidence with spiritual awareness, and provides a concrete link for this transformative force.

The following is a transcription of Farrell talking about how our thoughts can change the world.

The Power to do Miracles

Joseph Pierce Farrell PictureManifesting Michelangelo is the story of an ordinary man who one day, with the undiminished imagination of a child, attempted the impossible and succeeded, and discovered a latent capacity: the capacity that gave him the power to do miracles.

People ask me what I discovered. Well, what I discovered is that there is a transformative force. It is a force that exists beyond measure, beyond the understanding of science, and beyond this seeing with our five senses. And what this is is that there is a transformative force that if we tap into, it will ignite within us the capacity to literally manifest change across all areas of human endeavor—whether it’d be environment, or social issues, or health care, or your own life, or your own family life—on a community level or on a global level.

From Faith & Evidence Comes Tangible Change

Manifesting Michelangelo is different from any other inspirational book ever written because it’s the first book that asks you not to believe on faith alone, but on actual evidence in the form of empirical data, photographs, and expert testimony all saying the same thing: that we as humans have the capacity to literally manifest physical, tangible change.

All of our lives, even if you haven’t learned yet to connect to the transformative force, everyone listening and every reader has been touched and your lives have been enhanced by people who have.

Michelangelo’s art, Martin Luther King’s March for Freedom, John Kennedy’s dream to put a man on the moon—all of these people looked and they saw obstacles, and they made a decision that they would overcome these obstacles. And they connected, and they acted, and they manifested these changes.

And these changes, these manifestations of these dreams in the world—whether it’s David, whether it’s beautiful art, or a beautiful song, or a beautiful change in humanity, or a great freedom that we have earned—these are all dreams manifested on Earth.

The Message of Manifesting Michelangelo

My message is the same message that’s been around since the dawn of man, and that is that you, with the faith of a child and the mind of a child, if you believe and you act in absolute faith you can go out there and perform the miraculous. You can go out there and actually manifest changes on the level of miraculous.

Joseph Farrell Talks About Manifesting Change

Reading Manifesting Michelangelo is an Experience

So many of us go through life feeling that we are not making a difference in the world or that we may never reach our true potential.

Reading Manifesting Michelangelo has the potential to change your perspective of life. You can begin to see your life as a grand synchronistic puzzle where all the pieces and events are leading you to a perfect moment.

Book Cover for Manifesting MichelangeloAs Farrell shares the events that greatly shaped his life, his words have a spark to them. You feel his integrity, warmth, and heart. By the time you finish this inspirational book you will feel as though you have found a new friend: someone who is there to help you ignite your inner passion and a sense of purpose. You will sense that you are significant in the world and can make a difference. The five simple steps shared at the end of the book can ignite those sparks of energy that may be laying dormant inside.

Most of us experience life events that seem to thwart our inner callings and creative urges. Farrell speaks to those moments that often alter our path and lead us to conformity. He helps us understand how to use those times so we can become more self-aware and regain our sense of self purpose.

By the time you finish this heart-felt true story, after you see the evidence and pictures, when you’re finished reading the confirmation from scientists and medical doctors, you will know without a doubt the power of your intentions.

I love this book and feel it will play an important role in advancing human potential. Joseph Pierce Farrell’s story is a catalyst.

This book reminds me of something an NLP teacher once said to me: “If one person can do something, it is possible to model it and teach it to others.”

—Sandy Breckenridge

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Healing Visions: A Film by Annie Gusman Joly

The following film and transcription follows the artistic expression of Annie Gusman Joly.

Annie describes her creative path and how starting in 1986when she attended classes at the Esalen Institutehow her relationship to painting deepened and opened a door to healing.

Perhaps her journey may provide inspiration for others to move beyond fear and channel their energy into a path of healing no matter what chosen medium to fuel a space for healing.

Annie Gusman Joly’s film, Healing Visions, is about how the act of painting has helped her heal emotional wounds.

Annie Gusman Joly’s Healing Visions

Painting of a Face by Annie Gusman JolyI started painting for myself in 1986.

I took a workshop at Esalen Institute, and when I arrived I had no what I was going to paint. I had been an illustrator over 10 years, and I was just feeling the need to paint for myself to do something different. I thought maybe I would paint the scenery. I was painting in a beautiful building on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and I stood there with a giant white piece of paper and my hand just started to move. And I was totally amazed at what came out.

And the more I painted, the more came out. Even though the paintings were very dark as far as imagery, it was a great release to do them. It was discovering a whole new part of myself that I did not know had existed. When I look at the paintings now, it seems that I had some kind of awareness, some kind of precognition, because that year my mother committed suicide.

Using Intuition

People are afraid to paint because they don’t know where to start. Seeing that piece of white paper is very scary, but it is also very exciting at the same time.

I don’t think too much about what I am going to paint, I just try to go on intuition. Sometimes I just put a color down, and that color has a certain feeling which will make me want to put another color next to it.

After my mother’s suicide I felt like I was leading a double life: the internal life and the external life. It made me feel very separate from other people. As you can imagine it was a very, very dark and very difficult time for me. But I knew that I had to do something. I started to paint again, because I remembered how comforting the paintings had been to me when I painted at Esalen.

Healing Through Painting

Painting by Annie Gusman JolyIn one of my favorite paintings called “My Healer,” I realized that my healing was up to me. The paintings became a practice, like meditation . . . like dance . . . like poetry.

It’s very important to suspend judgment at the painting. I still occasionally look at something and say, like, “Oh, I don’t like that color. I think I’ll move this.” But now I think of it more as it’s only a part of painting that I don’t like, and I know that’s going to happen.

And maybe it’s just the tension in the painting that helps me move on, that helps me finish the painting. And I really try not to judge it as though I would if I went to museum.

It’s about those early paintings . . . there is a lot of demons flying around. And the demons are really scary at that point, I am really afraid. They look mean. They look angry, because that’s really how I am feeling inside.

As the months progressed, the demons became my friends. For example, after her death, I had an incredible dream. The dream was very scary at the time, but when I actually started to work on the piece, the whole mood, the whole character, of the painting changed into one of benevolence and compassion, and kindness and healing.

Listen to the Paintings Speak

In the early nineties, I met a man named Shaun McNiff. He taught me that it’s really not a good idea to talk about paintings, and that so many of us judge paintings according to somebody’s criteria. He taught me: don’t judge the painting. Don’t talk about the painting. It’s just as if the painting has a soul and a being of it’s own. So when I look at the paintings, what I do is pretend that they are actually a person.

For example, you wouldn’t talk about a friend who came into the room and said, “Wow, that dress looks really bad with those shoes,” you know, or, “That hat is really the wrong color.”

What I like to do is have the paintings speak to me.

Most of the time, I stand when I paint. I feel like if my whole body is involved rather than my hand and my brain, things seem to flow better.

When you paint with no judgment, things happen that you don’t expect. And it’s a journey. It’s like going on a trip to a foreign country, a place like you had never been before.

It’s almost like a door. It’s really not the grief any more; the grief is turned into a door. Where I know that these images will come . . . I just know that.

Speaking Truth

Annie Gusman JolyI think it’s easier to speak your truth when you are not doing something for money. These paintings were created for me; they came from a flow that was inside. So I feel free . . . I feel free to create what I want to create without worrying about the end result.

When I first started doing these paintings, I was little nervous to show them to people, because I thought they would think I was really strange, kind of crazy. Slowly, but surely, when I started to share them with some people, it was really amazing to hear their reaction. I think everybody relates to them in some manner in their own life. Everybody’s had loss, everybody’s had some problems.

I never feel like I run out of things to paint. I have an endless well of imagery that I feel now can come out at anytime. I never felt like this before I started these paintings.

When I’m in a room full of my paintings, I feel that I am with my best friends. It’s like something else is at work and things are not as they appear, and that there is another force going on within us. And that if we just can connect with . . . I don’t know, just makes me smile.