Such an honor to revieve so many supportive reviews
“This first book in Galen and K Paul Stoller’s Death Walker series is the daring collaboration of a father and son, written across the abyss of life and death. The son, a teenager who died suddenly, offers a compelling and comforting account of life after life. The father escapes from the hell of his grief to reconnect with his son and record his words. My Life after Life, the first book in the series, is an extraordinary path into the mysteries of mind and spirit.”
“To anyone who has ever feared death as the annihilation and destruction of all we hold dear, My Life after Life will bring comfort. This book is a bold, courageous exploration of the infinite reaches of consciousness and the eternal, enduring power of love.”
—Larry Dossey, MD
Author of 'Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions'
“My Life after Life has the ring of truth beyond rational understanding. This story will provide much-needed solace for those facing profound loss.”
—Christiane Northrup, MD
Author of the New York Times bestseller 'Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause'
“The prose—at the sentence level, where readers really live—feels like a sturdy and beautiful bridge from mind to mind. Fine work. Thank you for your part in helping our evolving consciousness return to wholeness.”
“I am deeply touched and mystified by the story. Such tragedy eventually offering comfort indicates that we are truly spiritual beings having a terrestrial existence. This supernatural and visionary book proves that genuine relationships never end.”
Artist and Poet
“What an incredible tribute to one of the most amazing young people I have ever had the pleasure to know.”
—William “Bill” Beacham, Principal Acequa Madre Elementary School, Santa Fe
“My Life after Life provides a unique and touching glimpse into the realms of existence following earthly life. By virtue of Galen Stoller’s deep connection with his father, K. Paul Stoller, we are afforded important communications—unlimited by the constructs of time or space. Through these transmissions Galen shares key insights about the importance of our thoughts and choices, explaining how these things influence our path—both while in the flesh and after physical death. The key take-away is that love is pervasive and that it transcends all barriers, now and forever.”
Author of 'Soul Shift'
“You can’t say too often that a book changed the way you look at your life, but this one did. It made me think about things I never considered before, and gave a peacefulness that I really needed.”
Reviewed by Fiona Bowie, July 2011
While posthumous publications are not that unusual, having one actually written or dictated by someone who is already dead, is less common. Galen Stoller, named as the author of this work, had a short life, from 1991-2007, when aged 16 his car collided with a train as it crossed a railway track. This is where the story begins, rather than where it ends. In the world of psychic phenomena channelled communications from discarnate beings, whether group entities, individuals or non-human intelligences, are not uncommon, but their messages tend to represent a continuation of their work on earth or to offer wisdom and guidance to those still on the physical plane (cf. Jon Klimo’s Channeling, 1987). Galen’s story is neither of these. It records a young man’s adventures in the first months and years after his death. The information is passed through a medium to Galen’s father, who adds an editorial note with his perspective on their communications at the end of each chapter. Although we are not told much about the process of transmission and editing, it is clearly very much a joint project, arising out of K. Paul Stoller’s need to have contact with his son as much as Galen’s desire to communicate his new state of being. The closest parallels to Galen’s account are theLetters from our Daughters, Part 1 Sally and Part 2 Patricia, published as Papers 1 & 2 by the College of Psychic Studies in London in the 1970s. These also depended on a parent child link, the medium being Patricia’s mother Cynthia Sandys, and the editor, or joint editor, Sally’s mother, the writer Rosamond Lehmann. The mood and content, the intimacy and sense of mingled loss, regret, delight and curiosity, is not dissimilar in all three works. The view of the Afterlife and how it ‘works’ is also consistent across time, although references to anti-matter and the matrix, which feature in Galen’s account, are absent from those of Sally and Patricia. The consistency between accounts such as these, and many others from various sources (near death experiences, hypnosis, out of body journeys, meditation and so on) is impressive. The differences that exist are entirely consistent with notions of the creation of worlds through thought and expectation, and of like vibrational frequency attracting like, common to all these accounts.
So what is Galen’s world like? He describes it at one point as ‘Heaven 101’ - the beginner’s class where he is just learning the rules of discarnate living. Robert Monroe would probably describe it as ‘Focus 27’, where the ‘Reception Centre’ or ‘Park’ for those who have recently crossed-over is situated. In Theosophical teachings we would recognise it as the higher astral planes, inhabited mainly but not exclusively by humans, who create simulacra of their earth environments, and group together with those of similar beliefs and interests. It is the plane of creativity and learning where the lessons from past lives are assimilated, skills and talents further developed, and creative interactions with those on earth encouraged. The first lessons are in the process of creation and movement through attention and thought. Galen’s world is at first confined to a chair, and he fails to perceive anything that he is not directly focusing on - a shifting, confusing world of fleeting images. With practice, and the guidance that is always available, he learns to move between ‘levels’, to see more and create more, such as a cool-looking apartment that he could redecorate at will, which he then learnt to sustain without having to stand in front of it. To be able to create a ‘home’ which he could leave and return to demanded ‘setting an intention and leaving it in place, and maintaining it without getting distracted’ (p.52). Galen’s accounts are very similar to the process Bruce Moen describes using The Monroe Institute methods of focusing on particular brain frequencies in order to explore the astral realms (Voyages into the Unknown, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1997). During his first training programme at TMI, Moen is taught to create an astral home that he can return to over and over again. In his case a thatched beach hut beside a mountain lake, with hanging chairs suspended from the roof. As Patricia and Sally make clear in their conversations with their mothers in Letters from our Daughters, such creations are not necessary, the non-physical body does not need shelter, food, rest, or even a body, as the latter is only a creation of consciousness, but these creations help the newly arrived readjust and adapt, until they are ready to discard them or to move onto higher spiritual/frequency levels.
Another intriguing parallel, one of many, between Galen’s account and those of Patricia Sandys, is the existence or possibility of connections based on relatedness, not just at a spiritual or soul group level, but through kinship. Patricia had died after a year of marriage, longing for a child but not yet a mother. In the non-physical world her intense desire is rewarded by the birth of a spirit child; ‘under my heart grows the conscious and subconscious entity of a child. She (it is a girl) has come to me in all the beauty of a complete personality, known and loved by us in other lives’ (p.4). Galen was surprised to discover he had a kid brother, Carl. While hiking in the familiar New Mexico scenery he has learned to create, Galen finds that he is being followed very determinedly by a child. He was somewhat surprised as people of similar experience tend to find themselves at the same level, and children usually go to their own place where they can grow and be looked after. He assumed that Carl was lost and wanted to take him back, but Carl insisted that he didn’t want to go back and grabbed Galen’s hand; ‘With this simple act, I was downloaded an incredible collection of images and a profound sense of innocence that expanded my whole universe. Although Carl looked like a child, he was clearly a very progressed individual with a highly developed sense of intuition and understanding’ (p.114). Carl insisted that he was Galen’s kid brother, and that they belonged together. Galen’s teacher later explained to him that one of the agreements he had before his last incarnation was to come into the same family as Carl as his big brother, but that because of the choices many people made, Carl ended up in another family, where he became sick and died at an early age. The experience they had planned to have during their earth lives, they could fulfill to some extent in their current non-physical existence. There are also some lessons about the nature of soul versus linear time - Carl died in 1954, the year Galen’s father was born. When he realised he would not be born into Galen’s family, Carl chose an alternative life from the same century that would maximize his learning potential.
My Life after Life is billed as the first volume of the ‘Death Walker’ series. It is beautifully written, with emotional force but not sentimentality. For those interested in exploring the Afterlife it is a valuable addition to the pool of information available. While the series title conjures up a boys’ comic character rather than serious exploration of non-physical realms, I greatly look forward to the next book of Galen’s adventures in ‘Heaven 101’ and beyond.
Dr Fiona Bowie
BA (Hons) (Dunelm), D.Phil (Oxon), PGCE (Wales)
Honorary Research Fellow
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Bristol
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“The tales both confirm and add to many similar accounts passed on through mediums, from those who have undergone near-death experiences . . . or who have explored these dimensions in an altered state of consciousness. Together they paint a picture of a world that is at once fascinating, challenging, and satisfying — certainly nothing like the rather tedious image of sitting around on clouds watching angels play their harps. As these life chapters attest, those whose greatest fear of heaven is eternal boredom need have no further worry.”
-The esteemed Fiona Bowie, PhD, Honorary Research Fellow in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK, and foreword contributor to Life Chapters
"I happened upon a copy of the first book in this series "My Life After Life" written by Galen Stoller with the help of his pediatrician father, Ken. What made this book so unique, in my mind, is that it dovetailed with the research I had been doing into the afterlife - what Galen was reporting from where he currently is - was strikingly similar to what I'd been hearing and seeing in my own research. So it was my privilege to read an advance copy of this second book in the series, where Galen speaks to and examines the lives of people that he's meeting in the afterlife. For anyone who's lost a child, or knows someone who's lost a child, or a loved one, I can't recommend both of these books higher. The depth of the writing, the visions he's describing, are both arresting and wonderful. And the fascinating stories that these people tell him from their vantage point - you just have to read it for yourself. All I can verify for fact is that I know and have become friends with Galen's father - and I can vouch for his sincerity and passion to help Galen tell his story to the world. I can also vouch that in my research into the afterlife, through my book and film, I have run across other people who say the same things that Galen is saying about the afterlife, even though Galen and his father had never heard of any of that research or the folks I was interviewing. So - if you're curious about what happens after we die - at least for some folks on a similar path as the ones described in this book, I can't recommend it any higher. And thankfully, there's a third one in the works, and apparently more to come from this very unique point of view. For those concerned with "the shift" as some have referred to a shift in consciousness, this is one of the milestones along that path."
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