This Vast Being: A Voyage through Grief and Exaltation

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This book breaks through the usual grieving customs and renders meaningful our most painful experiences.Situated at the juncture between physical and spiritual planes, This Vast Being penetrates the mysterious reaches of the psyche, fearlessly admits what others may be ashamed of, and yokes the spirit's release to the body's howl.

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“I remain astonished at how grief and joy can simultaneously occupy the same space. And that as grief widens and deepens, so does joy. And how the embrace of both triggers an even more intense aliveness.” — This Vast Being, by Ann Kreilkamp This book invites us into the rich inner journey of a woman whose husband died of a heart attack and left her, bereft and alone, in a brand new town. Unlike many who suffer sudden, unimaginable loss, Kreilkamp, 64, did not fall into depression. She describes, in detail, her “year of conscious grieving” during which she formally attended to new widowhood as a precious and short-lived mine of information and inner expansion. Interweaving the many dimensions—visible and invisible, literal and spiritual—to which she was privy during the initial stages of her mourning process, she shares both poignant remembrances and the shocking transformations that moved her and moved through her like squalls. This Vast Being plunges the reader into the dynamics of a difficult marriage that gradually evolved into a union of equals and opened both their hearts. And it reveals the complex inner reality of Jeffrey Joel, a mostly submerged Renaissance Man who, post-death, presented unusual phenomena to demonstrate his existence in a realm that she sensed only a hair-breath from ours; who continued to impart his wisdom after he died and, to her surprise and delight, who invited her into a deeper intimacy than he could afford while embodied.Finally, This Vast Being invites the reader into certain interior spaces of which most of us are not normally aware, and to explore them. As we open to this vast being inside us, we access an expansive awareness that transforms what appears as irreplaceable loss into a magnificent cache of hidden significance. In so doing, this book creates a down-to-earth and unusually inclusive template for human healing.

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Ann Kreilkamp received her doctorate in philosophy in 1972 from Boston University and taught for one year at an experimental college, New College of California, from which she was fired as “too experimental.” She then became a student of astrology, working and writing in that field for over two decades (see www.celestialnavigations.net). Along the way, she founded and published three experimental magazines, one of which, Crone Chronicles: A Journal of Conscious Aging (1989-2001), was twice nominated for Utne Reader's annual awards. She now lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where she works with others to transform her suburban neighborhood into a sustainable village.

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