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In the spirit : conversations with the spirit of Jerry Garcia
Weir, Wendy, 1949-
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New York : Harmony Books, [1999]

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xiii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Through telepathic communication with Jerry Garcia, legendary member of the Grateful Dead, Wendy Weir, sister of Dead guitarist Bob Weir, presents Jerry's deep, loving, and often humorous insights from the realm of spirit and his wishes not only for the band that has become a cultural phenomenon but for each and every one of us. Early one morning in August 1995, Bob Weir called his sister and asked her to check in on Jerry Garcia, who had died only hours before. At first she could not talk to Jerry's spirit because it was too happy to be free. Only with the telepathic help of her brother was she able to break through Jerry's barriers and remind him that he couldn't leave--he still needed to fulfill his mission on Earth. Thus began an illuminating and introspective three-year journey with the spirit of Jerry Garcia.          The messages Wendy has received from Jerry are amazing: he urges the remaining members of the band to continue without him and says their greatest and most important work is still in front of them. He explains why he stayed on Earth so long, even though he was in pain; his intention to use Wendy as an example for others to learn from; and how, in his death, he has in fact become "the grateful dead," which heralds the band's rebirth.          Wendy Weir captures not only the wisdom of Jerry Garcia but also the playful, irreverent, conversational tone that his fans will immediately respond to. She relays his messages in a straightforward, easy manner, allaying the doubts of those who may be skeptical of the reality of her experiences, while at the same time reassuring those most eager to believe in the continued vitality of Jerry Garcia and his ability to communicate with those on the other side. Wendy Weir was fourteen years old when she first heard her brother's plan to play in the rock band that would become the Grateful Dead. Her own life took her into careers in finance and environmental education. During this time, she quietly developed her psychic abilities while staying in close contact with her brother Bob, Jerry, and the Dead. She lives in California. Placing my feet flat on the ground, I straighten my back to allow the energies to flow easily up and down my spine, hold my head erect with eyes closed, and rest my hands peacefully on my thighs. I start to inhale slowly through my nose, breathing deeply into my lungs, holding my breath for a few seconds, then exhaling through my mouth. I repeat this several times until my body and mind are fully relaxed. Then I gently shift my focus to the inner space behind my sixth chakra (the energy center located on the forehead just above and between the eyes), clear my head of all thoughts, and raise the frequency of my energy. Entering into a meditative state, I silently call Jerry's name.          Almost instantly, I see Jerry's spirit. It looks like a brilliant, white-gold beam radiating out from a center of pure light. Free at last from the weight and pain of his physical body, he is in a powerful state of ecstasy.Through telepathic communication with Jerry Garcia, legendary member of the Grateful Dead, Wendy Weir, sister of Dead guitarist Bob Weir, presents Jerry's deep, loving, and often humorous insights from the realm of spirit and his wishes not only for the band that has become a cultural phenomenon but for each and every one of us.

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Booklist Review

If a dead rock star were to communicate from beyond, you would think that Buddy Holly, over whose death copious ink and tears have been spilt, or Jim Morrison, more celebrated in death than in life, would be the one. Of course, maybe they have so communicated, but leave it to a Deadhead to put in print her three-year colloquy with Jerry Garcia. (What, you thought it would be Pigpen?) Jerry's channeler is Wendy Weir, sister of Garcia's band-mate Bob Weir, and it took a boost from brother Bobby's telepathic link with Garcia to get his spirit--or "Oversoul" --to communicate with this wretched corporeal world, for Jerry was initially too blissed out to look back. After establishing contact, Wendy was able to palaver steadily with Jerry's Oversoul ("JO" in the text) and receive insights, messages, and observations from the stub-fingered guitar wonder's spirit. The book is warm, inviting, and entirely sincere, a natch for Deadheads, New Agers, and many a pop culture maven. Mellow stuff. --Mike Tribby

Publisher's Weekly Review

As the first sentence warns, "This is not a book about the man Jerry Garcia." The conversations recorded here are not with the Jerry of this earth, the Jerry who led the Grateful Dead into megastardom. Rather, Weir, the sister of former Dead guitarist Bob Weir, has channeled Jerry's "Oversoul," that "advanced spiritual being or expression of All That Is who exists in the higher spiritual dimensions, aspects of whom have been or are incarnate on Earth or other dimensions." Weir, who works in "financial marketing" and previously wrote two environmentalist children's books, first tried to make contact when her brother wanted her to check in on Jerry's spirit right after he died. Jerry's earth spirit wouldn't communicate, so what followed was a long period of conversations with Jerry's Oversoul (or "JO," as Weir refers to him throughout the book) about how to fulfill Jerry's life's purpose, thus allowing him to ascend to the next plane. Not until almost the end of the book is Jerry's earth spirit able to communicate with Weir, so most of what's recorded here are the pontifications of the Oversoul alongside Weir's own account of her path to personal enlightenmentÄshe learned to stop trying to be "perfect" and "accept the fact that it is okay to be loved for myself." The message JO sends to Jerry's former band members is simple: keep making music, because it represents a connection to "All That Is." By taking readers' belief inÄand knowledge ofÄNew Age arcana for granted, Weir is unlikely to win many converts, even among Deadheads. (July) FYI: Linda Keen's Across the Universe with John Lennon (Hampton Roads, $14.95 paper 328p ISBN 1-57174-137-2), also out in July, is based on her psychic "conversations" with the departed Beatles great. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Following Elvis Presley and John Lennon, Jerry Garcia is the latest musician to write a book from beyond the grave. The difference here is that Jerry Garcia's channeler has a certain level of authority: she is the sister of Bob Weir, Garcia's Grateful Dead bandmate. Starting in August 1995 and continuing for a year, Weir conversed with "Jerry's oversoul" ("JO" for short). The meager conversations are presented in an interview format, with JO holding forth on different topics (music, childhood, nature), but much of the text is Weir's own expanding of JO's ideas. Considering Garcia's strong personality, it's disappointing that his oversoul's speech is so out of character. Garcia would likely have cringed at statements like "There is a flow of energy in all that you do, as there is a melody that weaves through a song." Whether or not you accept the book's premise, JO really has nothing original or insightful to say. Not recommended, unless there is demand; much skepticism about the book is already being expressed by Deadheads on the Internet.ÄLloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



From Chapter 1 Death Wednesday, August 9, 1995 The phone rings. I'm in the middle of a pleasant dream and find it hard to wake up. I force my eyes open and notice that the rays of the rising sun are starting to stream through my window, filling the room with soft, pale light. Rolling over in bed, I pick up the receiver and say hello in a somewhat distant voice. "Is it true?" It takes a moment before I realize that it's my literary agent, Sarah Lazin, calling from New York. "Is what true?" I reply groggily, wondering why she is calling me this early in the morning. "Jerry Garcia is dead," she says softly, with a sense of deep concern and urgency. "What?" As I start to retrieve my senses, the first thought that comes to me is, No, this is just another rumor. He has been cleaning up, getting off drugs, never looking better. No, this is just another of those silly things that people are saying about the band. Sarah continues, "I heard it on the news. Is it true?" "I don't know. Let me call the Dead office and find out. I'll call you back as soon as I can." My voice has regained its clarity although my mind is lagging somewhere behind. Thoughts run scattered through my head as I dial the Dead office. Rumors, I always seem to be checking out rumors. Oh well, one more time. The line is busy. That's strange, it's never busy. A feeling of concern starts to rise in my body. I try again and can't get through. Something is wrong. Now what? I call Grateful Dead Merchandising because I know they always answer their phone. In response to a strained voice on the other end of the line, I say, "This is Wendy Weir. Can I speak to Patricia?" Silence, transfer click, silence, then the line picks up. The voice is beyond pain. Before I say, "Hi, Patricia. Is it true?" I know that it is. At the age of fifty-three, Jerry Garcia is dead. My first response is one of being responsible and organized. Okay, let me think clearly. First I need to call Sarah back and let her know it is true. So I call her and tell her what I heard from Patricia. Then I put down the phone and sit to gather my feelings and thoughts. My mind races, not wanting to deal with the feeling part deep inside me. Next, I think, I need to call Bob. Then I realize that I can't because he's back East on tour with his band Ratdog, and I don't know if he's on the bus or in a hotel. I'll just have to wait for him to call me. I wonder if he has heard yet. An hour later, the phone rings. It's Bob. We talk briefly and I ask how he is doing. It's that sisterly concern coming out. Of course, I know he is okay. We have dealt with death before and we know, for ourselves, that death is a transition from the physical to the spiritual. Although the body may come and go, the spirit lives forever. And, as he has done before with the death of a dear friend or loved one, he asks, "Can you check in on Jerry for me and see what's happening?" "Sure," I reply. "Let me see what I can do." "I'm flying out after the show tonight and will call you when I get home," he says matter-of-factly. The rest of our exchange is brief and to the point. We have never needed lots of words to communicate. A sense of shock underlies our voices, but now is not the time to talk about it. That will have to wait for when each of us, in our own way, can find the space to deal with what has just happened. After a few parting words, we hang up, Bob returning to a constant, unrelenting stream of phone calls; I turning off my phone and going into the living room to sit in one of my mother's straight-backed, thinly cushioned Oriental chairs to meditate before contacting Jerry. Placing my feet flat on the ground, I straighten my back to allow the energies to flow easily up and down my Excerpted from In the Spirit: Conversations with the Spirit of Jerry Garcia by Wendy Weir All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.