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

Reflections about Angels in the OR

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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 Launches on April 16, 2019!

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Thank you everyone for your support on my journey.  I have several more interviews with near-death experiencers available on my YouTube Channel.

Also, Angels in the OR, which covers the story of my near-death experience and life after that moment, will launch on April 16, 2019— 25 years after that massive car accident I experienced in Austin, Texas during my senior year of college.  The near-death experience during spinal surgery at Brackenridge Hospital altered my life forever,  and I have never lost the memory of the light or the vast, unconditional love from the other side.  I have never forgotten the insights communicated to me.

The river that I saw during my near-death experience was strikingly similar to the river that flows outside of TCC’s beautiful Trinity River Campus, and I have spent the last ten years teaching English and Creative Writing here.  I’ve loved this job and all the wonderful students, staff, and faculty members that I have met over the years.  Many of our building’s beautiful classrooms and balconies overlook the Trinity River.

Last week, I shared some advance copies with people on our campus, and I can’t wait to hear your feedback on the book.  It is almost every English major’s dream to have a published book in print.  I have loved books since I learned to read the year before Kindergarten, and part of the reason I worked to accomplish this goal was to inspire my students to believe that they can achieve their dreams.

I hope you will pre-order  Angels in the OR  or purchase it on April 16th when it launches.  I am enjoying the feedback I’ve already received and can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation–The Pre-Order Link is Available

Hello Everyone!

I’m so excited to let you know that my publisher has the pre-order link available for my memoir.  I greatly appreciate your support on this journey, and I am so grateful for all the connections that I have made these past couple of years.  The journey is always more important than the destination, and you are a big part of my journey.  Without you, I would not have had the energy to do this work and complete this book. Thank you for all your comments, questions, emails, and advice.

If you pre-order the book, please save a screenshot.  I will be offering discounts on readings, and many promotional opportunities for anyone who pre-orders Angels in the OR.

I have many goals with this book. I want to make near-death experiences more mainstream.  Also, I want to honor other public school teachers and professors through this book.  I also hope to bring healing to those who have experienced any type of trauma.  It is my belief that healing is always possible, and the intelligence and love from the other side makes this healing all the more probable.  Many blessings to each of you!

If you prefer to order through Barnes & Noble, here is that link. If you would like to order through Amazon, here is the link.  The Kindle and Nook versions are also available for pre-order.  Audible has also provided a link.

This summer, I am going to visit to as many cities as possible, so I might see you on my book tour.  I will list those cities and dates soon!  I can’t wait to meet you!