Intuitive Writing Course

Hello Beautiful Light-Filled Souls!

I’d love to have you join my intuitive writing course and to support you on your writing journey. I can answer questions about creative writing techniques, as well as questions about accessing the power of your intuition and guidance.

If you don’t know me…I’m Tricia Barker. I work as an English and Creative Writing Professor, and I’m a near-death experiencer. I love teaching and inspiring others to follow the light of their soul. I love helping to bring out the creative voice, honesty, and passion in others. You can click here to learn more about my writing course.

If I knew now what I didn’t know when I began writing my book, Angels in the OR, I would do many things differently. For one, I would release ALL attachments about how I thought my future with my book should look like. Instead, I would focus my love and intuition into the process of writing without fear or expectation about the outcome. And, I would pay a lot more attention to my audience! One of the great joys of writing is connecting with others on similar journeys.

Once my book launched, I would make fewer posts about the book launch, and make more posts about what my audience is going through and how I might offer them wisdom, insight, or entertainment on their journey. I would have fun with people who have their own spiritual experiences or moments of wonder to share. It is truly a gift that anyone takes the time to read something lengthy in the information age, and those who take the time to read our work should be our focus. Whether you are writing fiction, or creative nonfiction, knowing your audience is crucial.

There’s a lot I would change about my journey, but I’m glad I blogged about my story ahead of time. I’m glad I interviewed others and was on several podcasts before launching my book. You want to provide meaningful social media content whether you are writing nonfiction or fiction. Simply promoting the book itself doesn’t work without connecting the book to a theme, a question, life advice or some form of learning or entertainment. 

And, honestly, I don’t regret all of my self-promotion. Publishing a book is a great time to reach out to alumni groups and other meaningful communities. This gives you an opportunity to connect with like-minded people and some people might be interested in your book and your journey. I enjoyed learning what others I went to college with are creating and producing.

We grow after we publish, and that is part of the journey! So, no matter what you publish, know that you will continue to grow and change after publication.

The things I wouldn’t change about my writing journey:

* Making an outline for the book but being open to intuition along the way, especially in the revision stages.

* Asking my angels to communicate with me about the style I should use for this book. I love long poetic sentences. I love bold diction, detailed imagery, reflective language. and varied syntax. However, my angels told me to write Angels in the OR with some details but write it as a fast-paced, easy read. They wanted readers to be able to pick up my book and read it on a plane or in a couple of evenings. Ask your guides what style is best for the story you are communicating.

* Making a schedule and sticking to it. If you are a morning person, don’t try to write at night. If you are a night owl, don’t try to be creative in the morning. It takes dedication to write and write to the best of your ability.  However, you have to know when you need rest. We are more creative after resting. You also have to know when to honor the process when you are in the flow. 

* Paying a developmental writer to suggest revision possibilities. We all love our own creations, but we need someone who is not personally invested in our story or invested in us as a friend. We need someone with expertise and an objective idea about how to help with the structure of a novel or memoir. Pick a developmental editor who has successfully guided people to creating successful books.

*   Turning off the inner critic when writing the first draft. Turn that critic back on when revising and editing. And, don’t worry if you don’t have expertise…there is a such thing as beginner’s luck and being open to learning along the way. 

* .Listening to my deepest thoughts and communicating these thoughts. Writing is thinking, not speaking. You want your writing to sound like your best thoughts…not necessarily what you say in conversations.

* Finding my “voice.” However, you find it…you must find your own voice in the context of what has been written. You must feel that you are writing something new and true to yourself. Many musicians are inspired by musicians from the past, but they still have their own “sound.”  Writing is similar.

* Having writing groups workshop the first five chapters.  If you are sending your work out to agents or publishers, the first five chapters need to be spectacular!  You need younger people, older people, and people from different countries and cultures to look at your writing and tell you what makes sense to them and what doesn’t make sense to them.

*Spending at least a year revising and editing my first draft. I know that seems like a lot of time, and some writers say THREE years. Don’t be in a hurry!

* Giving away fifty copies of the book to bloggers and anyone who offered to write an Amazon review as part of my launch.  Amazon reviews help your book get noticed. 

* Creating workshops that include the price of your book and offer your expertise.

* Connecting with audiences virtually and in person.

* Encouraging others to follow their dreams because if you write a book you have definitely made a dream come true for yourself. You deserve to celebrate a bit!

My intuitive writing course is a bit different from some intuitive writing courses because I know that intuition can guide us to the right developmental editors and the right advice technical advice. If the writing journey seems daunting at times, have faith that the spiritual world can and often does show up at the right time to give you the courage to continue. May you be blessed!

Day One From the Annual Near-Death Experience Online Summit!

Hi Beautiful Light-Filled Souls,

Thanks for participating in the live online near-death experience summit this year! If you were not able to make it, I decided to keep Day One available on my YouTube channel. I hope you enjoy the messages from near-death experiencers and the healings at the end of the day. It starts at about minute 8:05. 

I am just one person organizing these events and producing them, and my latest YouTube video is about letting go and the spiritual lessons of surrender. This year is my last to produce this event! You would think as a near-death experiencer that I would be great at letting go since I experienced the bliss of that transition to the other side and felt absolutely no remorse about leaving the physical realm. There was so much joy, wonder, and excitement behind the veil.  It felt like being birthed into the spiritual realm.

However, here in the physical realm, I still suffer from loss and grief. I know how painful it can be to let go of pets, loved ones, relationships, jobs, dreams, goals, plans, and the sweetest of hopes, but sometimes it is important to do this to find the joy and magic in what comes next!

I’m deeply grateful for the comments from people about how their faith has deepened, how they are certain of the afterlife after watching these videos, and how they have experienced healing. People spoke of their creativity being ignited and much more.  Connecting with the viewers has been a joyous four years of production. I’m so grateful for your support and that I was able to spread light this way for the past four summers.

However, like any business venture, if it isn’t sustainable, then it is time to do something else. I am embracing what will be new in my life and walking into the future with the best of intentions and as much light as I can channel into this world.

Since this is my last online near-death experience summit, I want everyone to see the great talks from Dr. Villodo, Lisa Romano, Brooke Grove, Dr. Sharon Prentice and many more! Many of the speakers talked about grief, healing, recovery from narcissistic abuse, connection to guides and angels, and shifts in consciousness.

If you would like to purchase the package which contains the videos and audios of the pre-recorded videos and live videos, here is that link. The Coupon Code is LASTSUMMIT40 and this makes the entire package only $40 dollars. Once you purchase the package, please remember your login and sign in here to see all the videos and audios. https://www.globalascension.network/login

If you purchase the package, you will also have the link to join my community meetings on specific Wednesday evenings. I have guest speakers join, and I do group readings, group theta healings, and learn from you! See the last link in the recordings for more information about that and the zoom link. If you are only interested in the spiritual community, the first month is free, and here is that link! https://www.globalascension.network/offers/NLhSG4CR/checkout

I hope you all have more moments of living fully and living passionately! And, I hope all that is lost is a great learning tool and comes back to you in one form or another. 

All we take with us is love, and I have loved all the beautiful days of these online summits and talking with all the inspiring speakers.

many blessings,

Tricia Barker

Deepening Your Intuition Workshop

Online Workshop–October 25, 2020 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (Central Standard Time) Register here through Raja Yoga.

Which intuitive messages are most helpful on your path?

During my near-death experience, I experienced much healing and compassion. Intuitive messages that come from a place of love and open you to greater awareness are important messages.

In the afterlife, I understood that we are not alone on this journey. Spirit continues to show me that we are each supported deeply and profoundly by intelligence, energy, and love.

Some people fear that they cannot connect, but communication with divinity, ancestors, guides, and the angelic realm can be strengthened simply by shifting your focus from the physical to the Spirit world. 

We all have an innate ability to connect to our inner knowing. Often, a discussion about what this connection feels like to various people can help you trust your own knowing a bit more. Additionally, meditation, trauma release, and chakra balancing can enhance the flow of your intuition.

I enjoy creating safe communities where others can support one another. We can learn to trust our intuition more by connecting with others in authentic ways.

All ability levels are welcome to this workshop. Sign up, and I’ll give you free access to my online spiritual community through the end of 2020!

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Shaman Oaks Interview, Kundalini Yoga, and Random Updates!

I love this interview on the Shaman Oaks YouTube channel. The visuals are great! If I had skills with Final Cut Pro, I would have chosen similar images. I’m deeply grateful to meet the wonderful people who subscribe to his channel who are on their own awakening paths! I highly recommend checking out his healing videos as well as his videos which share openly about his spiritual journey.

My Life Since March

So, how has your life changed since March of 2020? Have you learned anything new or altered your ways? I bought a bike (the first bike I’ve owned since college), and I’ve been biking around town like I’m a character in Portlandia! Less traffic and more time for exercise and sunlight has been great fun.

Recently, I found that I deeply appreciate the benefits of Kundalini yoga. For so long, I have preferred cardio for exercise and various forms of meditation for my spiritual practice. I’ve resisted the idea of yoga, but this form of yoga found me and insisted that I try it! I’ve written openly about many different healing modalities for C-PTSD, and Kundalini yoga has impressive holistic benefits.

One of the cool things about everything being online is that we can try classes from different cities. If you want to join my Kundalini class online in Fort Worth at Raja Yoga I highly recommend the online classes. One of the teachers, Dr. Kari Rollins, graduated from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She’s a fantastic teacher and often gives tips for preventing illnesses and living a balanced life.

I’m thrilled that thousands of people around the world tuned in for the free live version The Third Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit. If you are interested in purchasing the recorded version of the summit, you can still do this!

With that purchase, you get access to my spiritual community which meets online every other Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. You also get a signed copy of my book if you live in the United States. I’d love to have you join us! Here’s the link.

Thanks so much for your orders of Angels in the OR on Audible. It is fun to see it listed next to some wonderful books in the NDE category!

Reading from “Loving Narcissus & Sometimes God”

Poetry is a fantastic medium for writing about spirituality, especially when these experiences are still integrating and peculating. I often encourage those who have recently awakened or had a near-death experience to journal and write poetry if that interests them. Years later, I know they will look back and appreciate the knowing of these moments.

I waited what seemed like forever for the title, “Loving Narcissus & Sometimes God,” to come to me. Eventually, it popped into my brain!

Perhaps, all the wonderful IG accounts and YouTube accounts that focus on narcissistic abuse helped me better understand why empaths like myself can attract narcissists. In this collection, I use the Greek Myth of “Narcissus” to represent all the ways that loving people who are unhealthy for us can shift our focus away from that love of God. In my latest YouTube video, I read the title poem, “Loving Narcissus.”

The last half of the poetry collection focuses on the better choice of simply Loving God in all areas and at all stages of our lives. Here is the final poem of the collection. I’d love it if you pre–ordered the book. It is free on Kindle Unlimited.

All This Talk About Death

We go on folks…we go on.
The credits are rolling,
surgeons are packing up their tools,
loved ones are falling to their knees,
and there you are in spirit going on,
finally aware of how your worries
shouldn’t have been worries.

You should have loved them more,
hugged them more frequently,
reminded them to be happier,
taken them out to enjoy
the sunlight and moonlight.

You should have danced more,
laughed more, praised more,
and joked around a bit more.

You are excited though,
hovering there above your discarded body
because it makes more sense to continue
than to become nothing
when you are something—
a spark of God that you dimmed
and brightened depending
on your circumstances and mood.

And, now, you can be fully
who you were meant to be,
who you too often limited
in the realm of fear and time.

@ Tricia Barker, 2019

Conferences, Podcasts, and Poetry

I’m looking forward to meeting many of you at the National IANDS conference where I will be leading a workshop on writing about spiritual experiences and speaking on Saturday.  There will be plenty of time to talk with people in the IANDS bookstore. The bookstore will be giving away a couple of free copies of Angels in the OR and many other books by experiencers. I’m grateful to readers of Angels in the OR in my area and readers as far away as Australia.

This summer a few more podcasts on my new podcasting channel have been uploaded, as well as several new podcasts interviews from other podcasters.  You can check out my interviews on Healing Powers with Laura Power and Path 11 Productions.

I’m also pleased to share a book trailer that a former student helped produce for my book.  I love supporting their creativity!

It is strange to not be back at the campus teaching this fall, but I am on faculty leave to write a book to help college students find more success and healing while at college. The research is proving interesting. I will share more later!

For now, here is a short poem inspired by living with the knowledge of a near-death experience for 25 years.

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All This Talk About Death

We go on folks….we go on.

The credits are rolling,

surgeons are packing up their tools,

loved ones are falling to their knees,

and there you are in spirit going on,

finally, aware of how your worries

shouldn’t have been worries.

 

You should have loved them more,

hugged them more frequently,

reminded them to be happier,

taken them out to enjoy the sunlight and moonlight.

 

You should have danced more,

laughed more, praised more,

and joked around a bit more.

 

You are excited though,

hovering there above your discarded body

because it makes more sense to continue

than to become nothing when you are something—

a spark of God that you dimmed

and brightened depending on your circumstances and mood.

 

And, now, you can be fully who you were meant to be,

who you too often limited in the realm of fear and time.

—-Tricia Barker, 2019

Many Thanks and Future Plans

big group tattered cover

Many thanks to the Tattered Cover Book Store in LoDo and For Heaven’s Sake Book Store in Lakewood.  I had a fabulous week in Colorado connecting with readers of Angels in the OR

I wish I had more time with each group to walk in the mountains, meditate, and have long conversations about spirituality.  If one of the messages from the afterlife is to “remind them to go to nature,” then I long to have some events in nature in the future.  The events were blessed, and it was wonderful to meet people I know from social media who are working to bring more light to this world.  Frequency Riser is a great website and blog which reviews many spiritually themed books, so you might want to check out the link.

I am also grateful to those of you who attended The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  I loved those three hours with your questions and the answers from the researchers and near-death experiencers.  You can still purchase the 13 hours of interviews, and the replay link of the live stream (which was three hours).

This week I have been resting and contemplating my next project which is a book to help college students succeed and heal from issues that holding them back from being all that they want to be in life.  My next book will be more research based and focused on a generation which is completely immersed in social media.  If you want to check out an hour long podcast by Richard Grannon on the dangers of social media for this generation, you can click here.

In late August, I will be facilitating a writing workshop at IANDS  and partnering with a publisher who will be at the conference to bring you the most up-to-date information about writing and publishing your future books. I’ll also be leading a panel presentation and giving a speech. I look forward to seeing you in Valley Forge.

As an English professor, I know that reading teaches others greater empathy. I read voraciously as a child and teenager and this helped me see from the perspectives of people around the world and those living in different time periods.  As George R.R. Martin said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies….The man who never reads lives only one.”

Or, as said another way, “When we pray we speak to God.  When we read God speaks to us.” —St. Jerome.

I enjoyed talking on podcasts recently about grief and dying.  Part of the beauty of having a near-death experience is being able to support others who have lost someone or are facing death themselves.  The Death Dialogues Project is a great podcast.  You can check out my interview or one of the other powerful interviews on this podcast.  I also enjoyed talking with Nina Impala about grief on her supportive podcast titled Tutoring for the Spirit.

I look forward to seeing you in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Georgia. I’ll announce more dates soon!  Much love and many blessings, everyone!

 

Reflections about Angels in the OR

audible angels in the or

I am a fan of Audible books, especially on long road trips, and I’m happy to hear that people are enjoying Angels in the OR as an Audible. Years ago as an English major in college, I dreamed of writing a book. I didn’t imagine that a car wreck at the end of my senior year in college would be the starting point of my future book.  As an agnostic, I never imagined angels would feature in my story either, but I am grateful that they showed up in that operating room and changed everything about my life.

People often ask me if I am still in touch with the angels. I didn’t talk frequently about this connection until many years after my near-death experience, but they are in my life and the energy they send is healing, encouraging, and loving.  Picking up on their energy is often the link to knowing their presence. I notice, sometimes after the fact, how they connect me to certain people who help me accomplish a particular goal, usually one that focuses on education, healing, and unconditional love.

Since I started blogging and making YouTube videos in 2016, I have talked with many people who have been inspired to ask the angels to help them during surgeries. At book signings, I am meeting medical professionals who are open to assistance from the other side and this is encouraging too. There are many amazing people walking this earth doing wonderful work in a variety of situations. One of the messages from the other side is that we need to make a conscious choice to acknowledge the goodness that surrounds us.  Too much of a focus on tragedy and negativity weighs down our spirits.

I hoped to spread healing and strengthen other’s faith with Angels in the OR.  While writing, I imagined that a soul who was deeply hurting might open up to a light from the heavens that would change his or her life. I understand deep grief.  Before and after my near-death experience, I have experienced situations that challenged me deeply; however, difficult situations can teach us how to use our compasses differently.  When you point your compass in the direction of God, challenges become much easier. And, when your focus is on adding God’s love to the world, your own healing deepens and expands.

This week, I have begun to change some of my YouTube interviews into podcasts. I hope you might check out some of these interviews. I have been blessed to connect with many amazing light-filled souls who shared their stories with me.

In fact, these interviews prompted me to create The First Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit last year. This year, I have partnered with The University of Heaven in the creation of The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit.  We have a great line-up of speakers who will certainly inspire and encourage you.

 

Angels in the OR Launched Yesterday!

 

Hey Everyone!

Thanks so much for making my launch day fun by letting me know that you stayed up late reading  Angels in the OR or listening to the book on Audible.

I mean it when I say that my favorite part of this journey is connecting with you and hearing about your lives, your spiritual experiences, and your hopes for a more loving world.  I’ve interviewed many near-death experiencers the past couple of years, and I keep thinking about how Howard Storm was told by Jesus that love could spread across this planet in small moments with each other.  You simply love the person you are interacting with at any given moment. Love is the force that changes this world for the better.

I can’t wait to hear from more of you! Have a beautiful week, and if you happen to live in Sedona or near Sedona I would love to see you at my event on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 4 p.m. the Unity of Sedona.

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A Few Stops On My Book Tour (Live and Virtual)

 

 

Hey Everyone,

I am set to release my new memoir on April 16th. The memoir, titled Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation marks my first collaboration with publisher Post Hill Press, and will be distributed by Simon & Schuster.

I was an ordinary college student at the University of Texas when a serious car accident completely changed my life forever. While in surgery, I had a near-death experience that altered my faith and outlook on the world around me. This is my story of that moment and my journey through this culture as a young woman with new spiritual insights and challenges.

I look forward to meeting you across the country and in Europe.

Early Dates for the Book Tour

Saturday, April 13, 2019— IANDS Charlotte Group from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Zoom)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 —Book Launch Live Streaming Events

Saturday, April 20, 2019—Unity of Sedona from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019—TCU Campus Store from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 —-DFW IANDS (Lewisville) from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 —Interbang Books (Dallas) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

(More Dates in May Will Be Announced Soon)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Orange County IANDS

1:00pm- 4:00 pm

HeartSpace OC

18271 McDurmott West Ste H&G, Irvine 92614

https://orangecountyiands.com/

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 IANDS Santa Barbara

  • Mixer & Refreshments (all) 6:45 – 7:00 pm
  • Monthly meeting (all) 7:00 – 9:00pm

Where: Unity Church, 227 E. Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Between Garden and Santa Barbara Streets)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 Mystic Journey Bookstore, Los Angeles, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 23, 2019 The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit (Noon to 3 p.m. Central Time)  Follow me and The University of Heaven for more information.

Tuesday, June 25 – Saturday, June 29, 2019 Midi-Pyrenees Region of South West France, Reflections on Death and Dying, Educational Retreat  https://www.hollysretreat.com/

There may be dates in London in July scheduled after this conference!!

Thursday, August 29—Sunday, September 1, 2019 Valley Forge, IANDS National Conference  (Writing Workshop on Thursday, August 29th and Facilitator for a Panel Presentation on Saturday, August 31st) https://conference.iands.org/

(Many More Dates Will Be Announced Soon…I am planning on Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Denver, and San Francisco/Sacramento in 2019.)