“When my dead husband woke me up from a deep sleep one night at 3 a.m. and said, ‘Get out your notebook and a pen and start writing,’ I had no choice but to listen. The result—a book of downloaded poetry and the knowledge that those who pass on are doing everything they can to communicate with those of us who have been ‘left behind’—is something I could never have foreseen. It is this staggering realization that has guided me along the path to healing in an infinitely less destructive and, in fact, brilliantly life-affirming way.”
The verses in Crossing the Rubicon represent the “new language” Randy Connolly promised to share with Heidi, and reach directly into the reader’s heart and soul. And yet it is Heidi Connolly’s starkly honest story of loss and renewal through her acquired ability to converse with Randy and others on the other side of the veil that makes this book so utterly spellbinding.
While Crossing the Rubicon addresses the deep grieving that comes from losing the love of one’s life, it also celebrates the profound joy of connectedness, truth, and the energetic frequency of love as expressed in verse. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one will find their own feelings articulated and experience the freedom of release that brings peace.
The verses take the form of an ongoing conversation between two lovers, one who has crossed over and one who has remained behind in human form, and the author’s story of how she came to understand her new “abilities” through the death of her husband adds a level of depth and power to the raw integrity of the poems themselves. Though this book may be viewed as a direct confrontation with death, it is surely one that holds within it the seeds of new life.
The idiom “crossing the Rubicon” means to pass a point of no return. It refers to the event in 49 BC when Julius Caesar led his army across the Rubicon River, even though he knew this act meant they might never be able to go home again. In this work, Heidi Connolly offers each of us a way to cross the threshold of our own personal to the shores of a new way of living.
The 19th annual South Coast Writers Conference in Gold Beach, Oregon ( http://www.socc.edu/scwriters/) took place on Valentine's Day weekend. It was a huge success. The caliber of presenters was astonishing--all of them approachable, smart, brilliant writers, and great senses of humor to boot. Perhaps you'll be inspired to join us next year! Here are a couple of comments about my workshops:
"Your workshop changed my life."
"It doesn't matter what you're talking about, I come to all your workshops because
you're so great and I always learn so much."
"I've been looking for someone for years to help me with my book. You're the answer."
"Crossing the Rubicon is the sacred song of a broken heart." - J.T. Sines, MA transpersonal psychology
"When I heard you read, I couldn't stop the tears." - South Coast Writers Conference participant at the book's first reading on Valentine's Day, 2014
Those who have experienced the deep loss of a loved one will find their feelings expressed in this honest look at love, loss, and death and the inextricable link among them." - Tony Prewit, author of the six-book series Journey in the Mind's Eye of a Poet
"Heidi interprests and communicates these complex insights, emotions, and conclusions with a simple, straight-forward brilliance that few people have the ability to convey in writing. This book is 'perfection personified.'" - Greta Medlin, award-winning journalist
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Registration is still open for my one-day workshop Writing and Editing with Conscious Intent
This workshop goes to the meat of creativity, looking at our propensity to suffer—and judge—blockages, our tendency to focus on the outcome at the expense of the process, ways to maintain the spark of energy necessary to write, rewrite, and edit, and, most importantly, how to trust ourselves on the journey through the use of amazing new techniques that help you tap into your higher creative self. To register, click here to be taken to my Harvard Girl site.
Please contact Heidi for details to purchase your copy of Crossing the Rubicon or for more information on her services and workshops.
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THIS BOOK IS LOVED AND SHARED BY EVERYONE WHO READS IT. IT TACKLES THE REAL ISSUES KEEPING YOU FROM THE PERSON YOU WANT IN YOUR LIFE.
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