Simon Hay's life is anything other than ordinary. The former plumber turned medium and author granted the Examiner an interview on August 23, 2013.
It’s obvious to anyone who has read your book what inspired it. But can you walk through your inspiration for someone who hasn’t read it?
Initially, I wanted to share my experience because I believed it was an amazing story. I realized that no medium had communicated with the Jesus I was talking to. No one had seen his life. This life.
I’ve seen my soul and the history it carries. The more I questioned what I was re-living the more physical my encounters with spirit became. My faith grew.
The Disciple is a healing story. Jesus has been nailed to the cross for over 2000 years. Billions have worshiped a fabricated Jesus. That energy has created something physical and real in the universe. It’s that that’s being healed.
It’s only now, after all the healings I’ve done, that I’m aware how sensitive and powerful human consciousness/belief is. Belief alters and creates the past, present and future. I didn’t write the book to change the world or confront Christianity. I wrote the book to tell a new story. The telling has changed me and healed family, friends and clients. It’s cliché, but it’s like dropping a pebble into a still pond and watching the ripples flow outwards and return.
Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code ranks high in the top 100 spiritual books of all time. A fiction book! Many in spiritual circles believe Mary Magdalene and Jesus were married. They wanted it so desperately that it became fact. Almost. That intrigues me. I knew my story wouldn’t fit anyone’s beliefs. That was also a reason for me to publish. It’s in my nature to be an individual.
You’ve given up plumbing to be a healer and a medium. How would your describe your healing technique? Is it reminiscent to Reiki or Subtle Body Energies or something completely different?
Similar. I’m aware of multiple subtle bodies and energy when I’m healing. Usui, the founder of Reiki and now in spirit, visits me regularly during healings and we’ve had many conversations.
I market myself as a soul healer, but that was only clever marketing. The S and H match the initials in my name and create a pleasing logo. Client’s also called me a soul healer, but I’m not certain what a soul is.
Healers, in spirit, from all cultures and periods of time assist with the healings. This collective energy communicates to and alters the subtle energy fields of clients.
What has been the general reaction to the book?
Fantastic! Surprisingly, I’ve had messages and emails from Christians who felt liberated and peaceful after reading it. The Jesus ideal is difficult to aspire to and the guilt of not living up to that eased.
Some in the mind body spirit community questioned why Jesus shared those stories. It seems the new age isn’t new at all. Jesus is an ascended master and is … Jesus. The Jesus trap: he couldn’t just be a regular guy with a regular family.
And that’s probably why I wrote the book. Nothing has changed. To achieve greatness of mind body and spirit we don’t have to be great or God’s Son. It’s enough to be regular and a mother’s child.
The other strange, but expected reaction to the book is some readers encounter spirit and receive healing. One reader saw Judas’ scars on her forearms prior to reading the page that described them.
What’s the most amazing experience you’ve had during a healing session?
My friend, Garry, a skeptic for many years, goes into a trance state during healings. He’s obese, but his body performs yoga-like movements similar to physiotherapy. He also sings and speaks in another language, passes spirits into the light, relives his past lives, counsels me, and heals himself. He’s acted out his deaths and the deaths of others numerous times.
While on the table the intelligence of his body heals itself. He’s not been manipulated by spirit. Imagine that occurring in all systems/cells of the body. He’s healthier and moves less now, but it’s still amazing to witness. Garry was shocked when he saw video of himself, and still struggles with reconciling this aspect of himself.
Do you have any other books? Are there plans for more books?
The Disciple is my first book and I’m planning to write another three. I’m writing a how to book about energy healing, an exposé of human behavior and encounters with spirit and angels. I’m hoping to publish in Feb 2014.
What have you learned from publishing this book?
Three hours sleep/night is not enough.
The writing community is more spiritual than the spiritual community. Creativity is a singular endeavor, but writing and publishing is a collective collaboration. There are many successful and generous people in the publishing industry sharing useful information. Mostly, everyone wants you to succeed and to write well.
There is always time to write. Always.
What advice would you give to other authors looking to publish?
The three P’s: perseverance, patience and professionalism. Online, do more for others than your self and don’t be an ass. Ever! People notice. No one owes us anything. Building relationships with peers and readers is just as important as writing well. Don’t take rejection and criticism personally, and Tim Tams are your friend.
- Learn more about Simon Hay and his healing practices (www.simonhay.com)
- Grab a copy of "The Disciple" from Amazon.com
Erin Eymard aka The Bookworm has been an Examiner since May 2013. She also has her own book blog, The Bookworm's Fancy, and contributes to The New Podler Review of Books. For more updates, subscribe to the New Orleans Book Examiner.