The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises
Deirdre Hade and William Arntz
The (not so) Little Book of Surprises is by Deirdre Hade and William Arntz, the creator of the ever-popular movie What the Bleep Do We Know!?
Illustrations and photo are by Endre Balogh. It’s available onlne and in bookstores.
This is an interview by The Bleeping Herald [the newsletter from the film What the Bleep Do We Know!?] with Deirdre Hade, co-author of the book The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises.
The Bleeping Herald: Your book is filled with mystical poetry, prophecy and nuts-and-bolts wisdom for living, with some good laughs and gorgeous pictures. How did something like this come about?
Deirdre: This book was actually 20 years in the making. My husband, Will Arntz, who created What the Bleep Do We Know!? took excerpts of writings of my mystical experiences putting them in quick and easy read with the photos of award-winning Endre Balogh. Will’s vision was to create a different kind of spiritual book; an experiencial book, a journey of perspective changing thought of divine wisdom. Will came to me with his idea about Surprise and I said, “Great, let’s do it.” He said, “No, it’s not let’s do it, I’m doing it,” and at first he actually would not let me see what passages he choose. I trusted his insight and intuition. Then we began a fabulous collaboration to complete Surprises. Will came up with the title The (Not So) Little Book of Surprise because as he said, “this is a book of surprises!”
Herald: What is it about a surprise? Because we have the poetry, the wisdom, the prophecy — where does a surprise fit in?
Deirdre: The experience of transformation and consciousness comes as a surprise. We can study, worship and practice, but when those “a-ha”moments of awakening show up, the world is different — and when that happens, it is always a surprise. Awakening comes from surprise.
Herald: In the book, at times it seems like someone else is talking. I’m going to read from page 35: “The Gates of your Reality are opening. You are entering into the age of the mystical, the rebirth of mystery. Here, you will begin a sojourn home. Thus, I who have travelled with you, protecting you, caring for you, guiding you, lest the seed of your magnificence be lost. I have a path to bring you home, a path to return you to your brilliance.”
Herald: Tell me about that.
Deirdre: Since a very young age, I have been visited by angels, saints, and light beings (as I call them for they many times appear as columns of white light). I would write down what they would say. This excerpt is from the presence of our Divine Mother. She spoke to me these exact words. I just wrote them down.
Herald: Well, that’s amazing — and a surprise.
Deirdre: Yes, it’s a surprise. And I want to say that our Divine Mother, along with the voices of the light beings, want their voices heard. They want to bring hope. They want to share their map — a way for all of us to get through our changing and uncertain times with grace.
Herald: That brings up the question of channeling. Is this channeled? There’s the main poem, “In The Honey Jars,” which is really a mystical story that creates the through line of the book — where is Deirdre Hade in all of this? There are many people that talk about channeling and I was wondering if you could clarify that?
Deirdre: I wrote Honey Jars. It is not channeled. However, my understanding is that a channel is someone who gets out of the way and another energy or person comes in and speaks through the person. Irradiance, is the ability to radiate an energy of one’s soul. I feel this is what good art does. One has an experience from the words, the painting, the music. I use this term because when the Angels, Light Beings or God brings me knowledge and wisdom I feel a palatable presence, my body changes into a state of bliss. I work very hard to stay in clarity so that there is a clear authentic transmission speaking. Surprise is a combination of wisdom, my own poetics and what I’ve learned from the Presence as God, the Light Beings, knowledge from the natural world — the trees, the clouds, the animals.
Herald: It’s interesting what you say about experiencing Light Beings and other dimensions of God. How did you get to the place where this is your everyday experience?
Deirdre: This has been a journey of a lifetime. I can honestly say I was born this way. The first vision I had was at three years old when my family and I were at a campground. I was standing in front of a pine tree and a cloud opened and I saw a truck run over our tent where my baby brother was sleeping.
I immediately turned and ran to the tent, picked up my brother and ran out. Just then the truck I had seen in the vision actually did run over the tent and then hit the tree where I had been standing. I heard my parents scream. They ran through the dust. They thought they’d lost both of us. They found me holding my brother in my arms beside the flattened tent.
At eight years old, I started teaching after school about how to talk to your angels — I still have the notebook. I quit teaching after a while penciling into my notebook, “They’re not ready yet for the angels. No one believes!”
As I got older, my angelic experiences started to go away. I became very depressed. Then at 16, my mother was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer with only a year to live. I began to pray over my mother. All I desired was for her to be healed. One night a light filled the room. My mother and I both saw the light. She said, “Do you see the light?” I said, “Yes.” My mother exclaimed, “I feel so much better now.” The light sustained my mother for another eleven years. And then she came to me and said, “It’s time for me to go. I want to go home now.” She passed away in two weeks. Three days after the passing she appeared to me one morning in her physical body. She was all in white, with long white hair, and I saw the veil between our worlds open up — like a camera lens. She came and she said, “Know that I’m in heaven, I’m in the light. Don’t be sad. I’m in a beautiful place. I have work to do on the other side, take care of your father and your brothers.” And then she, zzzzup, she disappeared.
After that, I made knowing the other worlds, knowing the Presence, knowing what is God, my career and I began to study. I went through A Course in Miracles, the Kabbalah for 20 years, mystical Judaism and Christianity, Hinduism, Zen — I studied everything I could: the poetry of Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, Thoreau, Emerson, Byron, Shakespeare. I had a thirst to understand a greater reality. When my children were young, I had an experience of this light again, and for forty nights I stayed awake with this light in my room every night — it was like a giant star –filling me with light. I would shake — some nights I thought I was dying, having a seizure. At the end of forty nights a voice said, “You’re done, you’re ready. Now go — it’s time to work with people.” There was an assimilation period of relearning how to live in this world that was very challenging.
My children were a great help. Then I began giving healings (Radiance Healing and Meditation) and I began to share the knowledge I received, the understanding of how awakening works, how our soul can heal. It has been a big wonderful, glorious journey of working with people from all around the world in a beautiful way.
Herald: That’s quite a journey. I couldn’t help but notice, that there is a certain similarity with What the Bleep. Surprises has a certain humor, with total reverence to the materials. Do you think that’s true?
Deirdre: Yes, I do think that’s true. And truth sometimes is very much straight in your face, no sugar coating. And what I love about what Will did is he really picked out the passages that hold this ring of truth in them.
Herald: Let’s talk about prophecy for a moment. You’re talking about time, about time speeding up, things in the future, you talk about things we can’t do because we’re not our future self yet. Does prophecy still exist?
Deirdre: Different religions have different definitions of prophecy. From my perspective there are the ancient prophets, and there is prophecy given during our life. I look at Bob Dylan. Many of his songs are very prophetic about what we’re going through now. Great poets, great theologians — are able to give a kind of prophecy.
What I see is a larger vision for humanity. What has been shared with me by the light beings is an illuminating future for ourselves. We simply must seize the moment of transformation when it comes. This is what is being asked of us now. I feel the Book of Surprises is like a rock and roll song. You get what you can, enjoy the ride; enjoy the magic and the beauty, the melody of Surprise, something will stick.
Herald: When I first got the book, I would open a random page. Then I would pick it up again, and I sort of used it like an oracle for a couple weeks of just opening and seeing what it would say, what the photos and images conveyed. Then I just sat down and started at the beginning reading cover-to-cover one evening — what a different experience doing that. How do you recommend people approach the book?
Deirdre: I would say let Surprises invite you into its journey. You may want the first time to flip through it and let your eyes gaze at one page or another — and you might do that for a time. Or you may want to read it from beginning to end right away. Surprise is an hour and a half read –the length of a movie. Will created it to be like a movie-book. It’s a Surprise, because the story is a cosmic inquiry into the vast scope of who we really are. By the time you get to the end you will feel that you have been on a journey.
Herald: Could it be “children’s book for adults” or is it an “adult’s book for children?”
Deirdre: I love that, a “children’s book for adults.” We all have a magical inner child that needs good wonder! Children love Surprises. Today children are very aware, awake, and they’re looking to be validated for the wise souls that they are. This book is very supportive for young people. I’d like to say that it’s a family book… perhaps to sit around and read together.
Herald: There are several quotes referring to children. You talk about the souls that are coming in now and that they’re on a mission, and really raising the awareness for people that these young visionaries are different. Could you explain that?
Deirdre: Yes, it’s been this way beginning in the ’60s — more and more souls are being born with a high level of spiritual sensitivity. These children have an ability to feel and sense the natural world that is outside of the intellectual two-dimensional processing. (All children are born like this — some however never forget.) And these kids I see are being born by the millions — and they want validation that they are spiritual beings. They have come to heal our world. They come in a vibration of love.
I know there’s been much written about indigo children, crystal children — I’m including all of this. Because of their sensitivity we must prepare a place for them to grow. They learn differently, they need different kinds of schools, they need to be honored for what they see and what they know. They need to be shown that we welcome them and that we’re grateful they’re here.
Herald: Why should someone read this book?
Deirdre: We live in a time of overwhelming complexity and uncertainty. The (not so) Little Book of Surprises is a place to come for wisdom and humor, and it gives some answers as to why this is all happening now. Surprises is an experience for you to play with, think about and to gain some insight into life’s paradox. We really can create some magic in the miracle and the beauty of what it means to be human. This is our journey. We meet obstacles, but experience really is the journey of our human soul. And The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises was created for you to have an awesome experience of being human.