Letters from Love by Roberta Grimes
Letter from Freedom, Letter from Money, and Letter from Wonder are the first trilogy of a seven-novel series. The only character that appears in all seven novels is Atlantica, an island in the South Atlantic where human life has evolved to perfection. This trilogy spans almost forty years in the life of the billionaire who owns Atlantica. His star-crossed love becomes so obsessed with the island that she chooses to rear their son there, and eventually that somewhat confused young man tries to understand the differences between his two cultures. Although Letters from Love tells a single story, all the Letters novels are independent of one another. They can be read in any order.
Because I had an extraordinary experience of light in childhood, I have spent my life studying nearly 200 years of abundant and consistent afterlife communications and relevant aspects of quantum mechanics and consciousness research. What a thrilling journey this has been! Over decades I have discovered overwhelming evidence that God is real. I have found that our lives that follow our deaths are beyond-belief wonderful, and as a bonus I have learned a great deal about human nature and the nature of reality.
The Letters novels arose from the fact that what the afterlife evidence suggests about human nature is stunningly different from what we always have assumed was true. We think of human beings as nasty brutes, Biblically fallen and requiring all the restraints of civilization to keep us from descending into bloody chaos and destroying one another. But the afterlife evidence indicates that each human mind is inextricably part of the perfectly loving and infinitely creative Mind that continuously brings forth the universe. In other words, each human being is an integral part of God. Including Charles Manson. Including Adolph Hitler. But if our minds are at their base pure and loving, then how can so much evil exist?
I began to think about this question in 1977, when I was housebound with a baby and fresh from the discouraging tumult of the nineteen-sixties. Already I could see that the religious and secular views of human beings as inherently sinful and in need of restraint were turning out to be inconsistent with what I was learning about humanity by reading afterlife communications. So I began a thought-experiment. Of course, working scientists do thought-experiments. The notion is not inherently mad! Scientists take a set of known parameters and vary some of them to see how that changes things. My thought-experiment was to place people in a culture in which freedom of mind was paramount. How might people act if they had no constraints at all? The only thing forbidden was laws or rules or anything whatsoever that imposed the smallest restriction upon the human mind.
That was how my experiment began, but I found that freedom alone is a vacuum. My people were lolling around like mice without the mental energy to run the maze. So instead I tried inventing a culture that was the literal opposite of nineteen-seventies America. I simply established that every aspect of my experimental people’s way of life would be the opposite of the way Americans then were living. And what amazed me as I observed my experimental folks going about their daily lives was that so long as I didn’t play God and interfere, they themselves worked out how to live in freedom. And their culture became amazingly stable. The process was fascinating to watch.
What surprised me most was the fact that the people in my experimental world became more and more sensitive to one another. That being perfectly free from coercion might make them more tolerant and kinder made sense, but that soon they were reading energies and becoming aware of one another’s emotions did not. Then I thought about the fact that civilization itself could be the problem. All its rules might be inhibiting our full development, when abundant afterlife evidence suggests that human beings on our own should be inherently God-like. If governments and religions are making all the wrong assumptions about human nature, then effectively their rules and restraints are placing humankind in a cage that distorts our behavior in ways that might be creating problems rather than solving them.
Let me introduce you to Patrick, who used to be the star of the Dallas Zoo. Patrick was born and reared in captivity. After eighteen years in Dallas, he matured into a gorgeous silverback gorilla who had no idea whatsoever of how a gorilla should behave. He got along with male gorillas, but he attacked females. He couldn’t be allowed near them. Eventually he was shipped to a gorilla reform school in South Carolina, where they are trying now to help him discover and express his true gorilla self.
You and I are in captivity, too. We live constrained by rules and customs and taboos. Of course, we think that’s fine. It makes us civilized, right? And civilization is good, by definition. The problem is that over a thousand generations of civilization, there is no evidence at all that humankind has been improved by it. So might civilization itself be the problem? Might it be time to try something new? If living in a cage made Patrick into one screwed-up gorilla, what makes us think that living in a cage is not doing the same to all of us?
Letters from Love is a seven-novel series based in what we have learned from the dead about human nature and the nature of reality. It is built around a wealthy family and the love its members have for one another. It includes a series of compelling romances. It explores love in all its permutations, but most of all it is a five-hundred-year-long love song to a group of people on an island in the South Atlantic who finally, out of all the world, have managed to figure out human life.
Letter from Freedom explores how people might live beyond the bounds of civilization. Letter from Money contrasts that simple perfection with the lives of a wealthy family in a gilded cage. In Letter from Wonder, a member of that family sets out to understand how modern-day Americans might begin to free our minds. Four additional novels are yet to come over the next ten years. If the notion of exploring the loving beings that you and I are meant to be interests you, please go to robertagrimes.com to learn more!
Roberta Grimes has been researching and writing the Letters From Love Series since the mid-seventies. She began its publication with My Thomas (Doubleday 1993, BOMC QPB; Wheatmark 2014) before work and family intervened. With her children now grown and her legal career winding down, she resumes the series with the publication of Letter from Freedom and Letter from Money (both Wheatmark 2014). Four more novels over the next ten years will complete this half-millennium saga. Roberta blogs and answers questions at RobertaGrimes.com.
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