Questions that matter
In an empty so deep,
Only a child
Can bring them back.
tried everything to make it go away,” Joey stammered. “The sadness
stays on me all the time since Frisky died. It won’t get off me!”
Grandma gently wiped the tear from Joey’s cheek. “Oh,
darling,” she said, “what you are feeling is called grief. Grief is a
special kind of sadness we feel after we lose someone or something that is
very important to us. It’s kind of like a big hole is left in us after we
lose the one we love.”
Tommy had talked all summer about his
planned trip to New York for his birthday. His Uncle Will was going to
take him up in his office, where he worked in one of the tallest twin
buildings in the world.
Grandma pulled a seed out of a dead
flower. “This seed is the Little-Me of a tomorrow flower. It is locked
up inside its shell like we are locked up inside our God-shaped hole.
When it’s planted in the ground, all that it knows is the shell that
protects it and keeps it safe. It hides in the ground for a time, where
it feels safe, but then spring comes. It rains and the wetness surrounds
the seed. Then a magical thing happens! The Spark of life in that seed
knows it’s time to grow. It is the Big-Me seed of the tomorrow plant that
connects to God through Spirit and sunlight and water.
to him like jets were coming out of the sky and crashing everywhere. One
hit in Washington at the military building and maybe one was coming to
crash on him. Then the other tower – that great, big, tall tower – came
crashing to the ground like his tall sand castle did when the tide came
in. But there was so much smoke and all those people running everywhere.
And where was Tommy’s Uncle Will? Running? In the tower when it fell?
Did Tommy know this was happening? Then it seemed to be happening all
over again. The jets. More towers burning and falling. How many towers
were there? And everybody crying and so horrified – on TV, in the
library. It went on and on. And on and on.
" . . .
Another part is, no matter how different we are from each other, some part
of us – way deep inside – always knows that we are more alike than we are
Is a prayer,
In the fullness
of my mind
It Is A Story of September 11th
It Is A Message For All Time
Release Notes . . .
It is no coincidence that the book, The God-Shaped Hole - A Story of
Comfort for The Child In All of Us is being released in September.
What was twelve years in the making became twelve months in completion.
Twelve years ago, counselor and author Granville Angell began to
write a simple allegory to help people struggling with loss, tragedy, and
the ultimate questions of life. He wrote and re-wrote, enhancing the
story, even adding supporting material that began to look like a separate
book, but no matter how much work he put into the project, it never felt
complete. An initial laser-printed version of the story sold well, but
that only increased his perception that more work was required on the
project. Then we were struck by the tragedies of September 11th.
Years of professional counseling experience yielded
repeated observations that many of his clients had not dealt adequately
with what he called their ultimate questions - the questions that most
matter about life. Events of loss and tragedy under these circumstances
made their experiences almost unbearable, with an overwhelming sense of
emptiness to their existence. No stranger to these feelings himself,
having served in Vietnam as a helicopter ambulance pilot, Angell wanted to
communicate the healing message he had discovered in his years of personal
and professional experience.
The urgency of need after September 11th
was reinforced by Angell's experiences volunteering as a Red Cross
disaster mental health counselor at Ground Zero of the World Trade
Center. The book had to be completed. During the ensuing months,
universal spiritual concepts essential to healing the emptiness and
despair that come with tragic loss were worked into a powerful allegorical
story. Invoking a non-threatening, inner child perspective, the story
includes illustrations, verse and other supporting material to inspire and
re-orient the reader down a healing path.
If there is a universal source at the
core of all human suffering, perhaps there is a universal solution.
Please allow enough time for the illustrations to
download . . .
“So many people who believe in God,” she
began, “think mostly of God as an Outside God.” She pointed to all the
area outside the circle in the sand. “They read scripture and study rules
of a God Out There. Many people in the world think only of an Outside
God.” Then she touched the inside of the circle. “But we live in here.
When we don’t know that God lives in here, within us, we live in the
God-shaped hole. This circle represents the God-shaped hole. When we
think God is only out there and we are in here, we feel so very alone. .
The air was beginning to get a crisp feel
brushing past his face and the smells of summer were fading. Joey would
have to do all the smelling now. He missed the familiar companionship of
Frisky, his rhythmic clicking gait alongside him, head held high, smelling
at the air.
inside the other,
we all have the same God – even though God is worshiped and understood
differently by people in different religions. Fundamentalists are the
spiritual infants in every religion. They believe in God because of their
scriptures and rules, but they do not yet know God through spiritual
experience. They are filling their God-shaped holes with the scriptures
and rules, rather than with the experience of the Presence of God. And,
they are unhappy because they do not feel the shape of God filling their
know that certain emptiness inside. Sometimes, it can be haunting and
familiar. Other times, it can be overwhelming. At a time when the
emptiness inside will not go away - and mere beliefs are not enough, a
simple story can answer life's deepest questions . . .
The God-Shaped Hole - A Story of
Comfort for the Child In All of Us
- is a story of September 11th and a message for all time. A book of
healing and inspiration that was initiated many years before the tragic
events that brought about its completion will be available to bring
comfort on the anniversary of the most tragic day of our time.
About the Author:
Granville Angell is a licensed professional
counselor, in private practice, with a quarter century of experience in
his field. Beyond his formal education in psychology and counseling, early
and continuing spiritual experiences have fueled a lifelong study of the
transpersonal aspects of human development. His early love of flying led
to his coming of age as a helicopter ambulance pilot in Vietnam. This, and
other life experiences, became the foundation for personal and clinical
in-depth study of the impact of loss and trauma and the part they can
ultimately play in human spiritual development. During early December,
2001, he served as a Red Cross disaster mental health counselor at Ground
Zero, the World Trade Center site. Storytelling, as a healing art, is a
major focus in the author’s work. Beyond a love of Nature and all things
spiritual, writing, counseling, gardening, and ultra-light flying occupy
Granville’s interests. He and his wife, Alice, have lived the past
twenty-one years on their wooded homestead in Lincoln County, western
North Carolina, where they raised their two daughters.
In response to the
tragedies of September 11, and the issues of grief and loss/existential
angst in general, I have written a healing-oriented allegory. In
the genre of such books as Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Little
Prince, The Prophet, and Hope for the Flowers, my book, The
God-Shaped Hole - A Story of Comfort for the Child In All of Us,
both enchants and offers powerful inspiration to move beyond grief and
loss. On a path from natural loss and conflict to overwhelming
tragedy, a child’s innocence and a Grandmother’s wisdom bring answers to
the ultimate questions of life.
Hole - A Story of Comfort for the Child In All of Us
draws its inspirational power equally from universal spiritual themes
and the psychology of inner-child oriented grief work. Sandwiched
between an introduction and a self-help epilogue, it is a healing story
involving allegorical victims of 9-11 coming to terms with the tragedy
by exploring the deeper questions of life. It is relatively short,
uncomplicated and powerful in the delivery of an inspirational message
for people of all ages and all times. It is
available online at Amazon.com, and if it is not in stock at your
local bookstore, it can be ordered. I also maintain a stock of books in
my offices so a book will be available if a client requests it.
Regard, Granville Angell