The last thing Tamara remembered was crashing her car into a tree. Thinking she’s dead, she finds herself in another dimension. Confused, frightened, and out of her body, the adventure begins. She’s met by an angel and is told the only way she can return to physical life is to discover the Symphony of the Stars.
Desperate to live in what she believes to be her real life—her earth reality, she accepts the challenge and enters unknown realms of spiritual consciousness. Along the way she comprehends many metaphysical concepts and discovers the inherent power of her mind to create her reality. As she searches deep within her soul, she also finds out who she really is as she learns the true nature of spirituality.
Based on a near-death experience, this visionary novel invites you on a spiritual adventure into an ethereal realm of light. Symphony shows you that the universe is a song of joy and knowing. It shares the notes and lyrics with you, and shows you the way to find the knowledge within yourself.
But then again, the events in this book may or may not have happened. Maybe it was just a dream. All I remember is that I crashed my car—a turquoise VW beetle—into a tree on a foggy, misty night in September of 1968.
The song, “Special Angel” was playing on the radio and it was the last sound I consciously heard. Then the music began to play inside my soul, a beautiful melody that called me home. The mist of the night shimmered and an angel appeared.
I invite you to share my journey and to determine what really happened when I was catapulted out of my car into an uncharted world of misty light. Journey into the land of light within your soul and listen for the Symphony of the Stars.
- 84 pages. ISBN: 978-1-883717-93-3. Available on Amazon: $8.95
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We’re sharing the first two chapters in this book to offer you the beginnings of a spiritual adventure.
Chapter One ~ Oh, God, I’m Dead
“I’m dead, oh God, I’m dead,” she heard her weak voice murmur. Tamara’s eyes looked into a world devoid of light. Shadows moved silently through the darkness. Intense fear gripped her mind.
Maybe it’s a dream, she thought, willing herself to wake up.
“Oh God,” she prayed, “Wherever you are, please hear me. Get me out of here. I know I’m alive because I’m talking to you, but I don’t know where I am.”
She shuddered. Was she really alive? Waves of confusion crashed against her concepts of life and death.
“Please, God, help me, save me, rescue me from this nightmare!”
Tamara’s anguished voice reverberated in her ears as she continued to cry into the darkness. Suddenly something stopped her. Was it an echo?
As she listened, she heard a beautiful melody begin to softly play in the distance—or was it in her mind? The music lifted her hopes as she listened to the harmony and rhythm of the song.
The melody played notes of encouragement as if someone were reassuring her. Each note vibrated and resonated through every part of her whole being, inviting her to move forward into the sound.
Chapter Two ~ Suddenly, Light
Suddenly, light! There it was flickering in the distance. Thank God! she thought. Moving closer to the glow, a brilliant, white light began to shimmer and a beautiful angel emerged, holding out her hands to her, as if she was welcoming her.
I must have died, she thought to herself. And this is the welcoming committee. She’d heard that souls were often met by angels when they died.
“I am Althea, your special angel,” she said in a silent voice that Tamara heard within her mind. As she came over to Tamara and embraced her, she felt a love and a joy that she’d never known before. A feeling of peace enveloped her.
“Come, Tamara, let us talk with one another. It’s time to renew our friendship.”
Tamara wondered where she could have known her before. A flash of recognition briefly crossed her mind but quickly disappeared as the angel guided her over to a huge oak tree that stood majestically next to a pond shimmering with light. They sat down across from one another on the soft, green grass.
“Is this Heaven?” Tamara asked. She felt overwhelmed by finding herself in a world that was totally foreign to her and completely unfamiliar.
“What am I saying? I’m probably dead. I meet a messenger from God and the first words out of my mouth are ‘Is this Heaven’?” She rambled on. “I should be asking you something profound, like, what actually happened in the Garden of Eden? Except that isn’t profound, either. Oh, God, I’m babbling. Do you suppose that I’m both dead and crazy?”
“Your first question sounds logical to me,” Althea said. Her gentle voice soothed her confusion as Tamara looked deep into her violet eyes that shone like stars. She smiled as she spoke and the warmth of her smile reassured her.
Tamara leaned back against the tree. She sighed. “Where am I?” she whispered. “Is this Heaven?” she repeated.
“This is what you have created—a state of consciousness of your own design—made by you and now inhabited by you. So only you can answer that question.”
Her mind searched for an answer. The brightness of the azure-blue sky invited her into its splendor. White clouds glistened like gleaming pearls and the leaves of the tree rustled softly in the gentle breeze. It feels so peaceful here. This must be Heaven, she thought.
“Am I dead?” she asked. The question seemed absurd to her because she felt very much alive.
“Let me show you something,” Althea said, motioning her to look into the pond.
Tamara looked into the softly-swirling water. For a moment, she saw her face reflected, then the water became motionless and images appeared on the surface, as if on a movie screen.
Tamara’s eyes widened in astonishment as she watched the nurse who was monitoring machines around her body which was lying on a hospital bed.
Her mother was standing by her bed, crying softly. Tamara heard the doctor say, “We’ve done everything we possibly can. She’s in a coma and now it’s up to her.”
She saw her brother, Doug, who had died many years before, standing next to her mother, as if he were trying to comfort her. But his body seemed to be transparent, like a ghost. The images faded.
“I don’t understand,” she said. “Is that me? How can I be here and there at the same time? How can this be? I thought I was dead!”
“At this moment, your lighter, spirit body is separated from your physical body.”
“But how can I be in two places at the same time?”
“Because your spirit body is still connected to your physical body by an invisible cord. If your physical body had stopped functioning, that cord would be cut.”
Neither spoke for a while as Tamara pondered her situation, trying to sort things out in her mind. She felt confused and lost, unsure of herself here.
“So I’m not really in Heaven? I’m in an in-between place, a limbo somewhere, half-dead, half-alive?”
Regrets seeped through her as she thought about what she had hoped for before, her dreams of getting married and having kids.
Althea’s voice drew her back from her lost hopes. “You are where you want to be and where you need to be at this exact moment in time.”
Tamara looked at her, not understanding.
“Your soul chose this experience to learn more about itself, and the real nature of things, to help you find the direction and purpose in your life.”
“Why would I choose this limbo? Why would I choose this place of nowhere to learn these things?”
“You opened the gate to truth, and through it played the music of the spheres to guide you to this place. I was able to appear as your guide because you accepted the sound and moved toward the light that gave you an opportunity to gain spiritual wisdom.”
“I want to go home. I want my life back. Can you help me?” Tamara felt her fear of the unknown rising up inside her.
“Once you’ve made a choice like this and put it into motion, it can be a bit difficult to reverse,” Althea said gently.
“Please, help me,” Tamara begged.
“I’ll see what I can do,” Althea replied. She sat still and closed her eyes, meditating on her request.
Copyright 2000 by Laura Michaels.
Join Tamara on her quest as she searches for the Symphony of the Stars. The book continues as she meets several guides along the way and explores the seven gardens of her soul in her search to know the truth.