About the Author
Judy Kennedy is a creative artist with an unwavering commitment to civil liberties – especially freedom of expression, continual cultivation of spiritual awareness, and a passion for principle-centered living. A natural intuitive, her writing reveals a heightened ability to see connections between things, people and events not ordinarily discerned. Some of her credentials:
I’ve been writing down things ever since I could remember. My grandmother gave me a diary for my 13th birthday and I’ve kept some kind of journal ever since. I began writing poetry, prose, plays, songs, and lyrics around the same time and was encouraged by many teachers to develop my talent. I wrote an unpublished book in high school which was semi-autobiographical called Blinded by a Smile. In college I couldn’t decide between a major in music or journalism so I took both for a while. My english professor loved my writing but it was too creative for my journalism professor who relegated my tasks to record reviews in the school rag. So I switched over to music full time. In the mid-70s I won an award in the American Song Festival for a song lyric. I honed my academic writing skills in graduate school. Then in the 80s I began freelancing in earnest. I wrote a series of feature stories on local artists for a regional arts newspaper for which I actually got paid and so entered the exclusive ranks of the “published” authors. Of course that club is not so exclusive anymore. Anyone can get published these days if they have an Internet connection. Typing, grammar, and spelling skills are no longer required.
I also wrote a monthly horoscope column for that Arts newspaper while working as a counseling astrologer. I became a political activist and wrote a series of radical left-wing “Letters to the Editor” for the local newspaper that got published regularly. I practically mastered the “500 word” art form. These little letters provoked more controversy and dialogue than anything published previously in that paper. So the editor loved me for the entertainment and marketing value of my work, even though he was on the opposite end of the political spectrum. Just as long as my facts were accurate and reflected current events, he published anything I wrote. I became an oddball celebrity of sorts and an unofficial spokesperson for progressives in a rural hotbed of Reagan right wing extremism. At any rate, it was good experience for later editorial projects. It was during that time that I began writing another book called, Music, Political Power, and Freedom. Despite hundreds of query letters and strong encouragement from many folks, including Frank Zappa’s wife, I got no takers. Eventually, I got pretty burned out and didn’t publish anything for over a decade.
With the advent of the online revolution in the early new millennium, I got inspired again. I started writing articles on metaphysical/New Age topics for several online magazines from which I cultivated a solid following. A loyal reader suggested I turn a particular series into a book. WAYWARDMUSE was born as the name of my first website, and my first book, Spiritual Practice, Occultism, and Extraterrestrial Intelligence: A Travel Guide for Beyond the Rainbow is published and available wherever books are sold.
Judy's book explores the connection between spiritual practice and extraterrestrial intelligence in a historical context. It also dispels disinformation typical to this genre, particularly with regard to politics, conspiracy theories, and occultism. A unifying theme based on “The Wizard of Oz Mysteries” provides an exciting backdrop for the book as its parts correspond with the major events in that much loved story. Stylistically creative yet practical and empowering, this book is a unique, highly enjoyable tome that goes beyond the borders of previously published literature on this vast subject.
“As The White Goddess by Robert Graves was the ultimate research book for the 20th century, Judy has created the current best equal for this new millennium.”
-- Mark Roberts, author/director of The Stargate Group
“It is indeed wide-ranging!”
-- Zecharia Sitchin, distinguished scholar and best-selling author
of The Earth Chronicles series
“...Reminiscent of the seminal Up from Eden by Ken Wilbur and In the Dark Places of Wisdom by Peter Kingsley.”
-- Sheila Richardson, editor/former publisher, IBM Press”
“...fascinating... will shape the way you think or challenge the way you view life. The author knows her stuff, and knows it exemplary well.”
-- Malcolm Robinson, author/publisher/founder of Strange Phenomena Investigations
“Highly Recommended... the perfect addition to any alternative spiritualist’s library.”
-- Midwest Book Review
“Outstanding originality... destined to be a classic!”
-- Pehlah Q., Editor, Avenues of Awareness