One of the many wonderful and unexpected perks of this job is getting the opportunity to meet amazing Stephens alumnae from all over the country.
Lo Anne Mayer from the Class of 1961 and I instantly connected. She recently published a book, “Celestial Conversations: Healing Relationships After Death,” about her experiences with transpersonal journaling.
Mayer’s fascinating story began in 2004 when her mother passed away. The two had a strained relationship in life, and Mayer wanted to resolve issues.
So she prayed and meditated and wrote her mother a letter.
The next day, her mother wrote her back. After more prayers and meditation, Mayer picked up a pen and began writing. “Dear Loanne,” she wrote—which is the way her mother wrote her name, not the “Lo Anne” she’s been using for 60 years.
The process continued for months—and the letters revealed things about her mother than Mayer did not know before, insights such as how much medication her mother had been taking.
Mayer originally didn’t tell anyone about her experiences. Then her daughter died. The day of her funeral, Mayer was writing her grief in a letter when she found herself writing, “Mom, I love you.” Cyndi would go on to explain her death and Mayer began new “celestial conversations” with her daughter.
Mayer has spent decades studying and teaching various forms of meditation and healing. So while her transpersonal journaling required some faith, moving into a public sphere was not out of character. She began holding workshops in New Jersey and Texas to help others find comfort through the transpersonal journaling process..
“Transpersonal journaling doesn’t replace counseling or other resources,” she told me, “but it is a good screwdriver in the toolbox of grief resources that doesn’t cost anything but time and commitment. My goal is to offer the message of hope and healing through my book to the millions of people who are grieving today.”
Read more about Mayer’s incredible story and book.