by Ania Sara, photos by David Sand
On Friday evening, November 30th, I made my way to Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles for the book launch of the new book The Rest Of Your Life: Finding Repose in the Beloved by Drs. John-Roger and Paul Kaye. I was excited to be reporting on this particular event because Drs. John-Roger and Paul Kaye can be as humorous as they are knowledgeable and inspiring when writing about practical spirituality.
I arrived early and found NOW Productions setting up. On the third floor, where the event was held, there was the buzz of excitement and busy bees making sure every detail was handled before guests started to arrive.
Before the start of the event, the entire area was full of people buying a multitude of The Rest of Your Life books. It was a standing-room-only event that extended itself out into the rows of bookshelves throughout the third floor.
Dr. Paul Kaye began the evening, speaking about the creation of the book in his insightful and witty way. Paul told us about wanting more ease and rest in life and how the book naturally evolved from that. Paul then took a poll of the audience, asking how many people would like more rest in their life. We got quite a few hands in the air.
Paul then spoke about relaxing and the simple act of watching our breathing. Paul had us pause for ten seconds to experience the natural flow of our breath. He went on to explain and demonstrate breathing as a way to rest and to experience the Beloved inside. “Be loved,” he said, and the experience of the Beloved filled the room.
Paul then read a passage from the book about ordinariness. It was a wonderful story from John-Roger about ordinariness being a prior condition to God. That one story is worth the full price of the book! Don’t miss out on reading it!
Dr. John-Roger then joined Paul to take questions from the audience. John-Roger shared about being the Beloved inside of us. The message was to love who you are, relax and enjoy yourself, laugh and be happy, enjoy others and let go of judgments. During this very lively question and answer portion of our evening there was continuous joy and laughter in the group and both John-Roger and Paul Kaye were very funny the entire time. John-Roger was also profound, in a way that cannot be described in words, it was a gift to all of us who were there to partake. And, Paul picked up the ball from J-R on many occasions, skillfully answering questions with truths from the book and in his own inimitable style.
There were many people stopping in the store to see what all the laughter was about. The Light was very present, Spirit was sweeping through the room. After the Q&A session was complete, it was booksigning time and the line wound throughout the third floor. Participants joyfully waited in line to get their books signed by J-R and Paul and to have their moment of loving with both of them.
God Bless each and every one of you reading this now, and happy holidays.
And this from Angel Gibson:
J-R and Paul went until the store closed at 11pm signing books. So far the tally of books sold is over 442 (the store asked to have the last 3 books autographed to sell there). We also sold several of J-R’s classic books, some of which were Loving Each Day, What’s It Like Being You? and Forgiveness.
One of the sales clerks told me that at least one person who was not “at” the event, but was overhearing the event, asked to buy The Rest of Your Life book that was being sold at the event in addition to their own purchases. What also was refreshing to me was the number of younger people who came over because of the buzz and party atmosphere…several of them stayed for quite a while at the event, listening as they were munching on goodies and having something to drink.
Love, Grace and so much joy abounded.