While I’ve met all kinds of people who adhere to a spiritual mindset, I’d never have expected someone who was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and was one of 37 Distinguished Graduates, a fireman, nuclear engineer and qualified submarine officer in the United States Navy submarine fleet, AND a former CEO of Ernst & Young Consulting (Singapore), to write a book with wisdom from a higher source gotten from automatic writing. Usually those types of men tend to apply too much logic to things that can’t be quite explained, and therefore dispute or dismiss them. That’s why I was so surprised when I read 11 Days in May and then met its author, JD Messinger, who walked in all the shoes I just mentioned.
During his time on a submarine, JD broke his neck and was lucky to recover. But years later, while he worked at Ernst & Young, he broke it again! While recovering, JD went through many changes that people would find weird or impossible. He experienced prophetic visions and a sixth sense that he kept to himself, not wanting to risk losing his position and his financial picture But when I met him, I got chills as he told me how he also had to come to terms with what happened to him. This was not common in his world of the military, science and business.
In May 2012, JD began writing his book. He didn’t know where the insights came from but he kept writing for eleven days. During the eleven days he wrote and wrote, JD had a conversation of sorts with a mysterious person that investigated thirty-six of life’s most important questions. He says he let go of his thoughts and wrote what came to him. When he finished and his wife asked what his book was about, JD said he didn’t know, since he hadn’t read it yet!
11 Days in May is the story of one man’s spiritual transformation as he asked for answers to the great questions: who am I, why am I here and where did I come from? The book contains 36 parables—stories that answer questions and discuss the nature of life and reality. The lessons are profound and make a lot of sense. The illogical creation of this book is filled with logical reason about what is and isn’t in life. It helps readers explore their beliefs, fears, doubts and leads us to find our own truth about how we want to perceive our world. It offers hope and inspiration. Here’s what JD Messinger had to say about it. Tomorrow I’ll have part 2 of this interview and some more valuable info.
What inspired you to write this book? I was working on my memoir and after attending a spiritual workshop I began to automatically write. I had no idea what I was writing and after eleven days in May I finished this book. My wife asked me what it was about, to which I replied, “I don’t know, I haven’t read it yet.”
What initiated your spiritual quest? I was the CEO of E&Y in Singapore at the time and I broke my neck for the second time. During my recuperation, over a three day period I said three silent prayers to God and each day my son, who of course never heard the prayer, answered my questions with profound answers. As silly as it sounds, as an advanced math major I calculated the probability of this happening and it was one in a billion. Then I started having metaphysical experiences that shattered my old life—visions of future events and inventions. I had to know who I was and what was happening to me and why.
What kind of near death experiences did you have? I have had several. The first time was when I nineteen and I nearly drowned trying to retrieve a watch my deceased father gave me for my eighteenth birthday. The second time was when I broke my neck in January 2000. During both these times I left my body and traveled through a tunnel. Two other times I nearly died, both in fires, and I was miraculously saved. Over a period of ten years, no less than eight total strangers told me that Arch Angel Michael saved me.
Why did you choose to write the book in this manner, like a conversation? Your question implies that this was a conscious decision, that I willfully did this. It was nothing of the sort. I had no conscious awareness of what I was writing. As I wrote one line, I didn’t know what the next line was going to be. I was merely taking dictation on a conversation that was taking place between my mind and a higher source and I was an observer.
Is this book fiction or nonfiction? Everything written in the book is a real conversation; the events described are real events but there was no other person present and there was no physical conversation—no spoken words. Although I must say, sometimes I did verbally argue back with my invisible friend. You can tell where this is in the book because I was getting very agitated about what was being said or written. For example, in the question “What is Intention”, Source—my name for my friend—was saying that I intentionally broke my neck. I didn’t take that too well.
What do you think are the most important messages? There are three and they are all related. First, we are always being guided and protected; secondly our thoughts and intentions affect our physical reality; and finally, what we perceive of our existence, our reality is an illusion—we are living in a box of form that actually exists within a World of Light—this is just as much science as it is faith. I believe that there is a religion called science and a science called religion and they are two sides of the same coin. The bottom line is that if we want to live a happier, healthier and more prosperous life, all we need to do is “shift” our intentions, “ask” for help, and “pay attention to the answer”.
Stay tuned for more tomorrow, along with info on the interactive Kindle version.
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