Photo of Infinite Self by G.
Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde
Death is a part of life and yet, I am having a hard time believing that spiritual guru Stuart Wilde has departed from this earth. Several websites have confirmed the news, so I know it to be true. On May 1, 2013, Stuart Wilde suffered a fatal heart attack in Ireland. While I never met Stuart Wilde, I have been a fan and admirer of his teachings for a very long time and his wisdom has made such a difference in my life, I am forever grateful to him. Whereas so many spiritual teachings make you feel like you would have to live in seclusion for the rest of your life to achieve inner peace, Wilde’s teachings were the exact opposite. When reading one of his books or listening to one of his lectures, you felt as if you were at a pub with your good mate, who just happened to know a TON about the way the universe works and the true laws of nature. He broke things down in a way that made it simple to understand, a way in which so many spiritual teachings lack.
Stuart Wilde wrote over 20 books and ALL of them are essential reading. There have been so many times where I pick up a Stuie book, open it at random and the advice on those pages seems to be exactly what I need in my life at that moment. His books such as “Infinite Self,” and “Silent Power,” have inspired me and changed the direction of my life as his words taught me to better empower myself. He encouraged being an outsider (or “fringe dweller” as he put it) and most importantly, he always infused humor into serious subjects. Stuart Wilde’s teachings always came with the warning – don’t just read these words, TEST THEM and if they turn out not to work for you, throw them out and find what does work for you. However, time and time again, Stuart’s teachings proved to be right on.
I’m very sad that I will not get to learn from him in person, but his books and DVDs will be essential to my life for as long as I inhabit this planet. Stuart, all I can say to you is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the invaluable teachings you have left behind for not just me, but for all of us. May you rest in peace! Namaste.
Autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Sad news out of Hollywood today. Actress and the original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello has died. I met her right after she announced she was suffering from multiple sclerosis. Even though you could tell she was in a great amount of pain as she signed autographs, there was no way she could turn down a fan requesting her signature. That’s a class act, according to G! She was an inspiration to a generation and she will continue to inspire. Rest in peace Annette!
Autographs courtesy of the G archives.
Sad news! Movie critic Roger Ebert has died after a really long illness. Like so many people, I grew up watching Siskel and Ebert’s movie reviews and because of some of their glowing reviews, I saw movies that changed my life that I probably wouldn’t have bothered seeing otherwise. On the same note, I disagreed strongly with so many of their harsh reviews, but one thing that I am in full agreement with is that every time I saw Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, they were always very nice. I imagine at this very moment Gene and Roger are reunited and are probably catching up on all the movies they have never discussed. RIP Roger!
Photo and autographs courtesy of G’s massive in-person autograph collection.
Sad news out of Hollywood! Actress Ann Rutherford, one of the last living stars of “Gone With The Wind” has died at age 94. As you can see above, I met Ann Rutherford on many occasions and both the person and her signature were both extremely lovely. I would only assume that the good energy she had around her helped her live a long life. Rest in peace Ann and thank you for always being so kind!
Photo by Kevin Winter.
Geoffrey Dicker and Ray Bradbury
Sad news! The world has lost a legend. Writer Ray Bradbury has died at age 91.
So many of his works have been influential in my life. I am very sad.
Some of his highlights include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked this Way Comes, and so many more literary classics.
I met Ray Bradbury on many occasions, including the above photo taken when I was in high school and he was always an extremely nice guy.