Looking at life through the eyes of a child
Today, we’re releasing Part 9 of the Author Interview on Magical Realism and other questions we asked the author of the new South African novel ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ , conducted by Arteby Publishing (AP) on 17th January, 2016, based on a series of 10 main questions. Please follow the transcript below. The Interviews will be loaded to YouTube in due time. Here is Author Interview 8. Just in case you have missed it. Please take note that this is Book 1 in a series called ‘Dance Between Worlds’.
AP: We’ve spoken about the importance of human-animal communication in your book. We’ve gone into your target audience, the so-called ‘babyboomer generation’. However, it seems to me that the story very much addresses the ‘inner child’ within the reader, no matter the age. It’s like looking at life through the eyes of a child. The inner child. Is this your intention as a writer?
If you can dream it, do it!
BG: Intuitively, yes. I believe that’s where we’re authentic and true to ourselves, never mind who we are. We have an incredible confidence and trust when we’re little people. We want to try things out and explore the world – NOW. We just dream and do! Maybe that’s how we used to do it, before we incarnated into the material world. And isn’t that what each inspirational speaker repeats to us as adults? “If you can dream it, do it!” It doesn’t always work out. But while we’re still young, there is a divine absence of fear – but it won’t last long. Soon enough, conditioning sets in and, with it, the ‘don’t do’s’, ‘be carefuls’ and ‘be reals’ and all that goes with it to make us fit in. And suddenly there’s no longer this inert Oneness we feel part of, but a you and me, good and bad. Duality, Judgement. Separation.
AP: This reminds me to ask: Did you have a specific person in mind when creating this story?
BG: Yes, a young girl like Pippa. A free little spirit with eyes wide open and a big dream. It is true that any child with a keen interest in this story can read it as of – say age 12 or so, especially if it’s a girl. Parents and a number of teachers here in South Africa and overseas have confirmed this – but we all know there’s a free spirit of a young girl or boy in any 60- or 70- or 80-year old woman or man and beyond. It just needs wings to fly again . . .
This journey is a very light one in a world weighed down by burden . . . there will be those who resonate with it and others won’t.
The biggest Fear of them all
To come back to your question: So perhaps we’re looking at two pivotal moments in life: one going out into life – and the other having reached that point where we look back and ponder how life went so fast and what happened to our dreams? And when we analyze things, we may well discover that either we remained true to them or we got off-track, we were hijacked . . . most probably by our fears. And obviously, the biggest fear of them all . . . is moving rapidly towards us. That’s when panic strikes.
This is where ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ takes the reader – like in the hero’s journey – through the process again. The process of life and learning. What appears to be Piu Piu’s journey actually is their own. Beginning – middle – and end. Many may not even be aware of it. But that’s what’s happening – reminding them how it all started . . . how things changed and apparently went wrong . . . but that with hindsight, everything happened for a reason . . . to grow and fulfill a purpose. So in the end, there’s no pressure or judgement or fear – just gratitude and many reasons for celebration.
Piu Piu rises by lifting others
In that sense, Piu Piu rises by lifting others. Until they eventually realize, that all is one.
AP: May I ask you: Are you sad when someone you love, dies?
BG: Absolutely! This will never change. I’ve known times of immense grief in my life and, inevitably, there’s more to come. But my sadness has to do with me. Only with me. It’s my loss, I feel ‘left behind’ with no one to fill that gap. Although, time is a healer. On the other hand, I deeply believe that those who leave us are in a good place filled with unconditional love and light. Free and whole again, they have many reasons for celebration – see the picture I painted in Piu Piu’s final chapter. It’s a transformation. A change in frequency, in vibration – not in communication. Once our grief eases away and our ‘receptors’ are open and receptive again, we can feel the presence, there’s a form of communion. No one we love is ever far away.
AP: In heaven or hell?
BG (laughing): Heaven! Definitely. Hell can only be here! But, seriously . . . remember, duality only exists in the material world. Fear or Love – that’s the only choice we have.
AP: Fear or love – let anyone decide! Let’s breathe for a moment, before we dive into our last question for today . . . to see what’s coming next.
Please stay tuned; the final transcript, part 10, of our Arteby Author Interview with Bianca Gubalke on her book in the literary genre ‘Magical or Magic Realism’ will follow soon!