Souljourner is a cult-classic in the making. It is by turns bizarre, bewildering, hilarious, infuriating and utterly engaging – strap yourself in and prepare to be swept up in this extraordinary karmic rollercoaster of a book.
Souljourner begins with a quote from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:
“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey, we are spiritual beings on a human journey.” — and that sets the tone for everything that follows.
Souljourner’s opening sentence offers a surprising revelation: “This is a warning from your soul’s previous incarnation.”
And so begins a novel that starts out as a warning from one souljourner to another— from one soul’s incarnation to the next—and quickly evolves into a fanciful tale of murder, cosmic revenge, and the relentless drive of Karma as told by a 68-year-old convicted murderer serving a life sentence in a Massachusetts state prison.
A tale ostensibly narrated for the benefit of the reader himself (or herself), who is spoken to directly, as the next souljourner, or incarnation, in the narrator’s line. The entire purpose of the novel, or letter, is to warn the reader about a malevolent and threatening soul traveler. who is certain to have you, the reader, in his or her sights.
The story opens up in prison, where David Rockwood Worthington is serving a life sentence for the murder of his 3rd wife and, to state the obvious, his incarceration is not going smoothly.
David is being terrorized by rival gangs who insist he owes them each $6 million dollars – debts of which David claims to be entirely unaware. This perilous situation is complicated by the fact the Internal Revenue Service wants to talk to him about $18 million dollars he has stashed in secret Cayman Island accounts – accounts of which David also claims to be unaware.
On top of all that, his prison psychologist doesn’t seem to like him very much.
The central premise of this novel – if it is indeed a novel (again, the narrator insists it is a warning letter from your soul’s previous incarnation) – is that our souls make their eternal journey towards enlightenment in the company of a single unchanging ‘karmic pod’ of companion souls who take on different roles in each of our incarnations.
In one life a soul may appear as your mother, in the next your best friend, in another your sworn enemy, in yet one more your lover and so on for eternity. Which is why David can understandably believe there is a single spirit stalking his soul from incarnation to incarnation.
The identities of the souls in your ‘karmic pod’ are hidden from you in life – this letter/novel seeks to wise you up to who to watch for in your karmic pod to avoid making the same mistakes that landed our David in prison.
If you’ve ever wondered how the spiritual world, invisible to us in our daily lives, can impact, alter and influence our physical reality, Souljourner just may give you a peak at what lies beyond the curtain.