16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching story
Despite what the previous reviewer wrote, this story truly touched me and made me think about the afterlife. Is it possible to communicate with those who have passed on before us? I have never done so myself but that does not make it NOT possible! I applaud Linda Keen for her courage to write this book. The death of John Lennon was tramatic for those who loved and...
Published on December 25, 1999 by Kristy Dillon
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars She almost had me...
First, please forgive the long review. I simply have too much to say to contain this to a few sentences. Secondly, I mention many spoilers here, and just wanted to warn anyone before they read any further.
I wanted to believe this..really I did. I was so excited to order this book, being a fan of John Lennon and The Beatles. I also ordered, "Peace at Last",...
Published on January 31, 2010 by Cozyjo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bridge to the afterlife,
This review is from: Across the Universe With John Lennon (Paperback)My original review for the original title for this book, "John Lennon in Heaven" was reposted by the author when the new title was published, so appears to be her own review. To correct that, I am reposting this under a new review, below.
In re-reading my review and also reviews of others, I am disheartened by the negative comments by psychotherapists and others who think they "know" that Ms. Keen was not connecting with John Lennon. Connecting with someone like John Lennon has posed the risk of having to prove everything and inviting ridicule from all corners, and Linda took that risk, in order to communicate her story.
In the many years that John has been a spirit guide to me, and to others that I have met along the way, this style of communicating may seem silly to some, but it seems to be the way he does it.
Linda's attempt to communicate this style was a lighthearted way of bringing John to the masses in a non-scientific, non-psychobabble or new agey way, but just as though she were having a conversation with someone.
For what it's worth, the style may not appeal to some, but will to many, and in the end, there's much to be appreciated. The effort to discount it doesn't prove anything either.
Here's my original review:
"Across the Universe with John Lennon" is a down-to-earth and humorous story as well as a highly developed and positive spiritual message---just what I would expect from John himself. Linda's story bridges a gap---the gap between the sadness of John's death and the vague suspicion that our spirit friends are indeed trying to help us at this juncture in history around the new millenium. If ever there as a person who would try to communicate with us from beyond the grave, wouldn't John Lennon be among the first to sign up for the job? Anyone who understood him at all during his life must agree that John was a humanitarian who believed in love and peace and did not shy away from unconventional ways to get his message across---first through rock-n-roll and then through bed-ins. He was also deeply spiritual and experienced much psychic phenomena himself. It would not be difficult to accept the notion that John would still be around to help us, to finish the job he started during his life. He loves us. In all his unconventionality, he wants to show us that life still goes on after the death of the body and that many lessons are still being learned, even for him. He is showing us how it really is. God is not an old guy with a beard, and people do not immediately get wings and harps when they die. Whether you are a Beatle fan who loved John Lennon and would like to hear how he's doing and what he has to say, or just someone interested in the spirit world, this book is extremely enjoyable and beneficial to your individual spiritual growth.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful book,
This review is from: Across the Universe With John Lennon (Paperback)Linda Keen takes you on a Magical Mystery Tour of one of the levels of heaven with none other than John Lennon. John is Linda's tour guide in the land of Arcadia. Not only does this book give a wonderful insight into the world of the spirit that has crossed over. It also offers a reasonable answer to the question of reincarnation. As if these things were not enough. Within the pages of this book, John Lennon is literally alive for the reader. From cover to cover, this is a beautiful book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Across The Universe With John Lennon,
This review is from: Across the Universe With John Lennon (Paperback)This book is the best of all books about the afterlife because it deals with someone we all know (John Lennon) in a way that we all understand it. I'm sure that once in our lives a dead relative or friend has contacted us, whether we believe it or not. This is further proof that even though the people we love are dead, they are not unactive! It is a comforting thought. 'Across The Universe With John Lennon' is so real that one wishes they could be there right along side with Linda and John, and often feel as though you are.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Journey,
This review is from: Across the Universe With John Lennon (Paperback)I have watched the progression of this book and its author for ten years. I first encountered it in a very synchronistic way in a bookshop in San Francisco: it fell off the shelf at my friend not a day after we had been discussing John Lennon having been Mozart in a past life. I was compelled by this astonishing occurence to write to Linda as a fellow writer and long-time student of philosophy. I found her to be a very straightforward and down to earth person, not in the least a Beatlefan of the typical mould. Having some fifteen years' experiece at that time studying psychical phenomena, I was convinced that what she had experienced was quite genuine, as it fit exactly with what I had heard from other people who also had contact with John in other dimensions.
Whatever certain reviewers here may think, based on what they think they know of the private Lennon, John was a deeply spiritual man, and one of his abiding concerns was to open up people's minds to the fact that there is more to us than the everyday workaday world would admit. As many people asked in early Beatle days 'Why was a man who could write the like of "Tomorrow Never Knows" jumping around on the stages of the world singing "Twist and Shout"?'
I found this book deeply moving the first time I read it ten years ago and every time since; it is, I believe, a gift to us from John, a loving remnder that life is not meaningless, crass and stupid, that we do go on, and that loving each other and learning is what we're about. For those who are sceptical, or enquiring, or just beginning on a spiritual path this book is a good friend; it explains much commonly accepted basic information in a way that is palatable and not stuffy, by a pair of guides (John and Linda) who are unafraid to stand up and reveal themselves for what they are. There are no social masks, and, on Linda's part, no grandiosity.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth is Stranger than Fiction,
This review is from: John Lennon in Heaven: Crossing the Borderlines of Being (Paperback)I read the original edition of this book about four years ago and it was recently brought to my mind because I was describing to a friend a very unusual set of circumstances that happened while I was reading the book. Like several of the other reviewers, while initially getting into the book, I had some difficulty accepting that Linda Keen was actually communicating with John Lennon. It happened that I was reading the book at Thanksgiving time and, that Thanksgiving night, I was talking with a friend of mine in another state while I was holding and discussing the book (telling her I was having a difficult time believing it), which was closed on my lap. While we talked, I flipped open the book and just as I did, she said the words "red clouds." I looked down at the book and saw that the title of the chapter was "Red Clouds" and then asked her why she said those words. She said she didn't know. I told her about the title of the chapter that I had flipped open to and we both were rather awed. The next morning I was getting ready for work and still carrying on a conversation with myself about whether the book was "real" or not. The previous night I had read about John's song "Mother" and I vaguely remembered it from high school days. I finally told myself that if I heard the song "Mother" before the end of the day, then I would believe Linda Keen's story. I had the radio on all day at work and never heard "Mother." I drove home and was station surfing all the way. No "Mother." As I pulled up to my house, I switched stations one more time and there it was... John Lennon screaming "Mother don't leave me... Mother don't go." I just started shaking and crying. I have never heard that song on the radio since. It was a powerful moment and is one I'll never forget. The book is a real story about John and where he went after he died, of that I'm certain.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quite plausible and shining encounter with the spirit of John Lennon,
This review is from: Across the Universe With John Lennon (Paperback)As a John Lennon freak and yoga teacher of more than 25 years, I am a fan of Linda Keen's books for a number of reasons. Her first book, Intuition Magic (originally written in the Netherlands in the late `70's before John Lennon's demise) gives readers an entirely new way of looking at psychic ability, namely that each human being has their own "take" on--their own unique way perceiving--reality which cannot be compared with the reality of anyone else. In other words, "reality" only exists in the mind and heart of the beholder. John Lennon believed the same thing. Taking this into consideration, Keen's ideas in her book Across the Universe suggest that each reader will ultimately pick up different aspects of John Lennon's afterlife in their own way. Just look at the discrepancy in opinions about this book and you will see what I mean.
With all due respect for individual impressions of Keen's authenticity, I find some of the criticisms of this book to be lacking in vision and understanding. For some do not even mention the vital and significant outcome of Keen's story, which not only shows a strong and transformed John, but illustrates how he is working on all levels of himself at the same time, each level being just as important as the other. One person says she knows there are different levels of heaven, yet at the same time, it seems she does not appreciate learning from the story about the details of why and how this is true, i.e. the less-fun and more difficult levels of consciousness which must be worked out either in the body or out of the body, i.e. the struggle between dark and light. This is what I found to be so interesting about this author's story, because it gave me a bigger picture of how heaven and earth are inter-connected, how they compliment and support each other, something she/John call "consciousness conveyance: the two-way street between matter and spirit."
I have my own ideas about what "heaven" might be like, but I was more than happy to broaden my scope and get some new ideas which only compliment the ones I already have. And, what some reviewers criticize as being silly or too far-fetched in Keen's/John's story is what I find to be the strongest element of all: John's love of playfulness and his outstanding sense of humor. Again, if he were to pick someone who could tap into this aspect of his afterlife, I think it would be someone with a sense of humor which Keen obviously has. And, if John were to choose someone to write about him in 1987 (when Keen's story begins), why not her? How do we know there isn't some connection between them? He must have some people on earth who knew him in his previous lives--yet not in his life as Lennon--what's the big deal?
In addition, theoretically, if John were to choose a writer who could somehow touch upon his experiences out of the body, I think it would be someone like Keen who had been teaching intuitive/psychic development for years before she felt drawn to write about her experiences with Lennon, often with trepidation and resistance. I'm not saying that Keen's experiences are "true" or "false," "right" or "wrong." It's just that I believe this book has the potential of helping many readers, like I said, to open doors and to broaden their scope of what is possible in heaven and on earth.
Again, with all due respect, I find some reviewers to be shortsighted and judgmental in certain places, for instance, an assumption that Keen is anti-gay just because John tells her that Brian Epstein has some important issues to work out with women. Keen's clearly compassionate position as a counselor and healer shows us that at least one reviewer is misconstruing the author's intent. Didn't John get himself into a heap of trouble by his misconstrued statement that the Beatles were "bigger than Jesus Christ"? Did this mean he was anti-Christ? Besides, how do we know that Mr. Epstein did not have something to work out, gay or straight? Like I said, it is simply Keen's interpretation of what John had to tell her, not something that must be labeled "right" or "wrong."(Also, not everyone may know that it's well-established that Lennon and Epstein had a very close relationship).
To sum it all up, if you take a look at all the books about John Lennon out there, specifically books about his spiritual beliefs, I feel that most of them, no matter how interesting or credible, lack a quality which John would have certainly appreciated and desired: humor and playfulness. So, for me, the criticisms of some readers who say the story is too outlandish, and therefore not to be believed, are suffering from a way-too-serious concept of what it is like to be out of the body. As someone who meditates regularly, I know that being out-of-the body--in dreams, meditations, or even in altered states from taking LSD or any other mind bending substance--can be filled, next to everything else, with amazing lightheartedness, fun and adventure. Excuse the pun, but truly "the sky is the limit" when it comes to what human consciousness can experience. So to have reviewers say, "don't read this book," or "it's not worth it," is, to me, a real pity as well as an unfortunate attempt to limit a quite plausible and shining encounter with the spirit of John.
I suggest you give this book a chance.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridging the Gap,
This review is from: Across the Universe With John Lennon (Paperback)"Across the Universe with John Lennon" is a down-to-earth and humorous story as well as a highly developed and positive spiritual message---just what I would expect from John himself. Linda's story bridges a gap---the gap between the sadness of John's death and the vague suspicion that our spirit friends are indeed trying to help us at this juncture in history around the new millenium. If ever there as a person who would try to communicate with us from beyond the grave, wouldn't John Lennon be among the first to sign up for the job? Anyone who understood him at all during his life must agree that John was a humanitarian who believed in love and peace and did not shy away from unconventional ways to get his message across---first through rock-n-roll and then through bed-ins. He was also deeply spiritual and experienced much psychic phenomena himself. It would not be difficult to accept the notion that John would still be around to help us, to finish the job he started during his life. He loves us. In all his unconventionality, he wants to show us that life still goes on after the death of the body and that many lessons are still being learned, even for him. He is showing us how it really is. God is not an old guy with a beard, and people do not immediately get wings and harps when they die. Whether you are a Beatle fan who loved John Lennon and would like to hear how he's doing and what he has to say, or just someone interested in the spirit world, this book is extremely enjoyable and beneficial to your individual spiritual growth.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The title should have been "Imagine",
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This review is from: Across the Universe With John Lennon (Paperback)Being a certified hypnotherapist, and an "engineer" type of person who likes to study how things work (consciousness, being the ultimate puzzle), I'm quite familiar with various altered states of consciousness. Like Harry Houdini, I don't like to see the unwary public being taken advantage of by those people "trying to pull a fast one," and so I'm posting this.
Psychic phenomena has become VERY common these days. Many people are "channeling" or are involved in some sort of communication with "the other side." The vast majority of them have had little training (if any [beyond a weekend psychic development class]). What I run into SO often (and is the case here) is that the "channeler" will produce either NO information which was they did not already know or was available, or they will produce information which is completely unverifiable. I ask you: If Ms. Keen really WAS in touch with John Lennon -- and wanted to prove it so that no one could question it -- don't you think she'd have SOMEHOW gotten SOMEONE who KNEW John to at least give her a question (to which the situation or answer would not be public knowledge) to put to "John?" No... there's absolutely no such proof given, nor will you find any review here from anyone who DID know John saying that, Yes, this was undoubtedly THE John Lennon Ms. Keen was in touch with.
So what is this book? Without getting Ms. Keen in for some sessions, I cannot say. It could be that she is indeed channeling "something or someone" (there are many, many presences who think it's great fun to impersonate and fool these silly humans). It could also be that it's all simply a result of a very active imagination (after all, how do you think fictional books get written?). I really wish Ms. Keen HAD been able to get in touch with John Lennon, but there's nothing written in this book to indicate such. Houdini would have seen through through this charade faster than a New York taxi driver can blow his horn. Give Ms. Keen one star for getting the book published and on Amazon.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping an Open Mind,
This review is from: Across the Universe With John Lennon (Paperback)Ok, I figure I'll be labelled a New Age wacko for giving this book four stars, but that's ok. Things aren't always what they seem, is my opinion. Linda Keen gives us her experience of dialogue with the late, great Mr. Lennon, and the workings of the afterlife. I've never been a particularly religious person, but choose to take from many spiritual systems, Hinduism, Theosophy, Buddhism, Paganism, etc. I found that many of the things Keen says, through John, relate to ideas I've always had about the afterlife, that we go there to learn things, work through problems in our previous lives, and hopefully learn something in the process. And that there is no fame there, and people have the same bodies just once in many lifetimes. My ideal of the afterlife would be to be able to walk up to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Van Gogh, Charles Chaplin or any other of my idols and have a good chit-chat. Supposedly, this is true. Then again, Keen could just have been spouting her ideas from reading them from esoteric texts. However, these ideas are what strike me most about the book, not necessarily the writing, which isn't all that great, and Keen spends too much time focusing on her own life, and how it related, supposedly, to John. Kinda brings back an old quote from the movie 'Bull Durham', when Kevin Costner says something to the effect of 'Why does everyone have these famous past lives, like 'I used to be Queen Elizabeth'? Why couldn't they just have been Joe Schmo?'
The idea of John having been Mozart in a past life doesn't seem quite as far fetched as at first glance (and believe me, I was thinking, what a crock!). Think about it, from what I know, Mozart died a pauper, dismissed as a crazy man with little talent, who is now considered the greatest composer of all time. Why wouldn't John come back, to be more wildly famous than virtually anyone up to that point? Karmic, if you ask me.
He was getting back what was due him; but he also had to pay a lot for it. I am not sure I disagree when Keen divulges that John almost inititated his own death. This was a man with many demons, and John himself did foray into spiritual matters, like astrology, in his secluded years, as if searching for an answer to overcome those demons.
I'd only recommend this book to those with an open mind toward spiritual ideas. The text may be a bit cloudy and not have all the answers, but I feel it's a worthwhile read for those who are curious and can deal with contradictions. Who knows what exists in the universe?!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Across the universe with John Lennon by Linda Keen,
This review is from: Across the Universe With John Lennon (Paperback)I am very psychic and I have psychic dreams that come true all the time. My Grandmother also had this gift. I have been having these spirit dreams since 1981. My first spirit visits were from my Grandfather and John Lennon.
Ever since then I have had many other spirit visits from both famous and not famous spirits in dreams.
One night John Lennon came to me in a dream and told me that he wanted me to buy a certain book. I told my husband the next day about the dream and we just happened to be going to the mall that day.
I was in the book store in the mall because I always buy books, since I love reading. While there I came across the book "Across the Universe with John Lennon" by Linda Keen and I could not stop laughing. I said to my husband, "Look! This is the book that John wanted me to get in the Dream!"
He was not even shocked because he knows my spirit dreams always come true.
So, I read it of course and I was speechless, because John had told me about some of the things that Linda Keen wrote about in the dream even before I read it. Such as, he told me he had been Mozart and Gracie!!
My Dreams "Matched" Linda Keen's book! It was Amazing!
John Lennon told me in Dreams that he wanted me to Write to Linda and so I did...
Linda and I have been in touch ever since and she is a wonderful human being. She is Telling the Truth in her Book. Believe me, I know! And John has been connecting people for a long time. He is a wonderful Soul.
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Across the Universe With John Lennon by Linda Keen (Paperback - June 1999)