Romy Shiller

Again an exploration of reincarnation

In book on August 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

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Romy Shiller has a book entitled Again!

The mysteries of reincarnation are explored…

Again (ISBN: 978-1-4251-8481-0 ) combines an academic exploration of reincarnation with real-life experiences. Using as a basis the altered reality of quantum physics, Shiller extrapolates.

It is for everyone.

Reincarnation is an interesting concept. To Romy Shiller reincarnation is both entertaining and scholarly. Shiller brings together various sources on reincarnation. Psychic abilities are the so-called “icing on the cake.” Shiller often uses her own examples as a part of the exploration: In this case we are talking about subjectivity. Any distance or objectivity is absolutely questionable. Shiller is at once researcher and subject of focus. Shiller philosophizes what she has come to know. Her take on Life is unique and interesting. Shiller’s perspective adds something valuable rather than detracts or takes away from reincarnation. Beyond her area of concentration, Shiller often extrapolates and comments on the experience. Not only that but Shiller has invented her own rules for reincarnation. Shiller has coined certain terms like species-jewelry and her take on distinct aspects of reincarnation absolutely goes against popular suggestion. Shiller aligns quantum mechanical ideas with reincarnation. Her perspective on Time should make a few people uncomfortable. Ideas of the body are challenging to the reader and go against what most people take for granted. The nature of History is put into question. How Shiller personally negotiates shifts and fluctuations in her own life is remarkable to some.
In the midst of an eclectic career as a Toronto writer, academic, actress and Communications Director for an animation school, Romy Shiller was diagnosed with a brain tumour and lapsed into a post-surgery coma that lasted five months. She finally emerged from the darkness stricken with Akinetic Mutism-a partial paralysis that made it very difficult to move or talk-but still possessed her enthusiastic intellect and zest for life. One of her team of doctors and physiotherapists called her survival a “medical mystery,” one she sought to explore during her painstaking rehabilitation. Typing with “one bent finger,” Shiller created her previous book You Never Know: A Memoir (Trafford Publishing), her musings on illness, rehab, pop culture, dreams and psychic phenomena. Applying her unique philosophy to her new physical reality, Shiller is a witty, fascinating and inspirational guide through life’s most severe twists.
Like a mirror, Shiller hopes to reflect back to each person reading Again what is possible. We can overcome what seems like odds stacked against us. When one feels like they have no choice, find out what you do have available.
Before her brain tumour diagnosis, Shiller enjoyed an offbeat career. A pop culture critic, she wrote articles for magazines as diverse as FAB and Canadian Theatre Review. Having studied drag for her PhD in Drama, Shiller enjoyed performance and had acted in a television series on YTV called System Crash.
More about Romy Shiller: In addition to having a PhD from the University of Toronto, she has an MA from there as well. Her BA is from McGill. One of her articles has been translated into Italian and is used to teach a University course on Communications. A separate article is taught at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. It has been chosen to be included in a book. She has been on the same course syllabus as Simone de Beauvoir. In the fabulous book Third Wave Feminism and Television by the head of women’s studies at South-Carolina University, Romy Shiller is heavily quoted as a third wave feminist.

romy@romyshiller.com

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About the Book

Introduction: Opposition – Romy has always been contrary so she feels ideas in this book are quite consistent with her personality.

Chapter 1: Timing is Everything – Romy recounts various past-lives she may have had. The conflicting responses to the idea of reincarnation is addressed. Avaiilable at: http://shillerreviews.blogspot.com/2010_07_01_archive.html

Chapter 2: Perchance to Dream – The nature of certain dream’s ability to unlock the mystery of a past life is dealt with.

Chapter 3: Together – How we remain with the same groups of people.

Chapter 4: A Very Brief History of Reincarnation – A history of reincarnation is presented.   Now at: http://shillerreviews.blogspot.com/2010_11_01_archive.html

Chapter 5: Chances – Opportunities to develop and explore various circumstances are written about.

Chapter 6: Curious Occupation – Various interests that Romy had are investigated.

Chapter 7: Readings – some psychic readings Romy gave are offered.

Chapter 8: Light – an exercise and meditation is made available. Available at: http://shillerreviews.blogspot.com/2010/08/again-chapter-8-light.html

Chapter 9: Distance – from death or ‘the other side’ to cell-phones, the concept of ‘distance’ is regarded.  Available at: http://shillerreviews.blogspot.com/2010/07/again-chapter-9-distance.html

Chapter 10: Species-Jewelry – A brand new term, which is the title of this

Chapter, is coined. Resonating with our species is considered.

Chapter 11: Shifts and Fluctuations – How does one deal with change?

Chapter 12: A Matter of Bodies – Do we ‘choose’ the body we have?

Chapter 13: The Space Between – Where do we go between lives?

Chapter 14: Time – A complete re-visioning of the flow of time.

Chapter 15: Knowledge and Lessons – Lesson’s gained from Life and their import.

Chapter 16: What? –The nature of questioning and questions is examined.

Epilogue: About – A summary of the book and a summing up of many meanings.

Introduction: Opposition

I cannot think of permanent enmity between man and man, and believing as I do in the theory of reincarnation, I live in the hope that if not in this birth, in some other birth I shall be able to hug all of humanity in friendly embrace.

Mahatma Gandhi

I have been contrary all of my life. I rarely did or said what was expected. Honestly, among most of my peers I am the mildest. I am not extreme in appearance or attitude but how I think is out of the ordinary. As usual, I am not about changing minds; I am about integrity in the face of opposition. If I try to be honest and truthful and if what I say belies one’s belief-system, I feel I am like a mirror – one can see who they are or who they are or are not in me. I do not need anyone to agree with me or believe what I believe. I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. I am simply writing my truth. I love writing and I adore this subject-matter, reincarnation, but I am very aware that it is considered controversial. The thing is – controversy never stopped me. I am so willing to “push the envelope,” I am willing to go the distance.

Once I had an affair with a gay man. No, he was not bi-sexual, he was gay. Confused? Since then, he has been in a relationship with another man for more than ten years. I got flack from gay and straight people. Did that stop me? People have a very difficult time with blurred definitions. I understand that people need to believe in categories. At times these categories resonate with one’s behaviour and at times they do not. I believe these categories are often constructed, a fiction: Possibilities and options are limited – ways of being are limited. Obviously, many people do resonate with their definitions. To stretch our minds is good. At times certain definitions just do not fit.

If my actions made my life harder or if they would prevent me from carrying on, I am not sure what I would do but I have been blessed with a constitution and life-force full of fortitude. I am very resistant to opposition, I am very strong. Not thinking or believing what other people do is habit. I tend to resist what most consider the norm. That is why I can write this book. In many ways, I am preaching to the converted and in many ways, I am in complete opposition to fundamental beliefs.

I am more about layering codes than dichotomies. What that means is, I prefer blending realities rather than separating them. To me, nothing is cut and dried. There are no absolutes. No givens. If someone is hoping for a black and white definition of reincarnation, I highly doubt they will get it. To me, partiality reigns. All I know is that there are glimpses and fragments of knowledge. We are not privy to the whole picture. We are accordingly limited by our senses. To find evidence of this, look at various animals and their realities. The world of the fish in the fishbowl is the fishbowl. All it knows is some “hand” feeding it. This could be magical or omniscient to a fish. The fish is severely limited by its environment, senses, etc. So moving on from this, I understand that I can only know so much. I am a fish in a fishbowl. I am limited and any quest of mine is circumspect. I can explore the unknown, the mysterious, other notions. I can observe the hand that feeds me, my fishbowl. I can know a warped reality, a skewed perspective. I do not believe in concepts that invoke ideas of the real, the solid or the secure. Things that are shaky or wobbly feel more appropriate.

I enjoy stability in my life but I am unfazed by change or difference. I find the qualities that involve the so-called strange appealing. I know that some people find my attitude kooky or weird. Being set-apart or anomalous is great to me. I prefer the fringe or edge. Tremendous power resides in deciding to be oneself – whatever that entails. It might be very contrary to others and it takes strength and courage to own one’s truth. Bravery exists in many different areas. It can be small – a child in the playground standing up to a bully, – or large, like Martin Luther King, Jr.

Personally, I truly believe that standing up for oneself has great value. Putting oneself in harms way because of a decision to manifest integrity can, and often is, a real possibility. I believe the alternative is worse. Challenging dominant ideas is fraught with danger. It might just be easier to surrender, to be defeated, but where is the fun in that? The decision to own power is, well, powerful. I keep thinking of Rosa Parks: “…an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere.” Power, inspiration and possibility: Incredible.

We can all make a difference. Just because one’s life may feel ordinary, it is important to know that we are capable of the wondrous. A decision not to give up a seat can change thoughts, attitudes and ways of being; ways of understanding. A small gesture can lead to a revolution. We are all capable of impacting others and we are meaningful beyond our current or obvious circumstances.

It might be impossible to see the big picture; so we need to follow our guts and hearts. Recently, I was seated to eat near the kitchen in a restaurant. I am currently disabled and in a wheelchair. My mother said it reminded her of segregation. I will never let this happen again. I will insist on being seated elsewhere. An out of sight, out of mind mentality will not apply to me. That this mentality by others continues to pervade is astonishing.

Are you aware in the early-to-mid 1900’s it was illegal to be “found ugly” on the streets of some mainstream American cities like Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Municipal Code, sec. 36034) and Omaha, Nebraska (Unsightly Beggar Ordinance Nebraska Municipal Code of 1941, sec. 25) and Columbus, Ohio (General Offense Code, sec. 2387.04)?

Your punishment for being caught (in) public ranged from incarceration to fines of up to $50.00 USD for each ugly offense.

Here’s how the Chicago Municipal Code described and enforced The Ugly Law:

No person who is diseased, maimed, mutilated or in any way deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object or improper person to be allowed in or on the public ways or other public places in this city, or shall therein or thereon expose himself to public view, under a penalty of not less than one dollar nor more than fifty dollars for each offense.

The goal of Ugly Laws was allegedly to preserve the pretty facade of the community. The disabled, the indigent and the poor were a part of society, but nobody wanted to deal with them and fewer still wanted to actually look at them. So laws were passed to keep the deformed — especially those with Cerebral Palsy and other disfiguring diseases — inside and out-of-sight.

The way I think and the way I look now will just have to be dealt with.

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