"I believe that if you pause for five minutes each day, close your eyes and allow yourself to look within, you will find your truest self and it is in that recognition that you will find your greatest joy. Open your hearts and minds to the possibilities because that spirit within you is the you that will never end. Your life is yesterday, today and every tomorrow. All who ever were still are and always will be." - Cathryn McIntyre
Cathryn McIntyre is an independent author and researcher who has studied the literary history of Concord, Massachusetts for over 25 years, both in university setting and independently. She is also a natural psychic and clairvoyant; an astrologer; a UFO experiencer; an occasional ghost investigator; and an avid genealogist with ancestral ties to the Mayflower and to writers, Margaret Fuller and Henry David Thoreau.
Cathryn McIntyre is the author of The Thoreau Whisperer: Channeling the Spirit of Henry David Thoreau (2018), and Honor in Concord: Seeking Spirit in Literary Concord (2008). She is also the founder of The Concord Writer, a literary and publishing concern dedicated to the words, wisdom and enduring spirit of Henry David Thoreau.
A Writer with a Psychic Ability
With the publication of her book, Honor in Concord: Seeking Spirit in Literary Concord, in 2008, author, Cathryn McIntyre demonstrated not just her extensive knowledge of the literary history of Concord, Massachusetts or her talent for writing beautiful prose, she also demonstrated for the first time the ability she has to tap into the realms of spirit and to relate in ways few others have ever done to the writers of 19thcentury Concord, Massachusetts.
The Concord Writer was also founded in 2008 as “a literary and publishing concern” dedicated to “the words, wisdom and enduring spirit” of Concord’s most famous writer, Henry David Thoreau. The intent was that The Concord Writer would provide a forum in which McIntyre could begin to share her experience and understanding of Thoreau and his words, those spoken and written during his lifetime and those that came after. It had been two years at that point since McIntyre had first made contact with the spirit of Thoreau and she was still regularly connecting and receiving the words from him that she would later publish in her book, The Thoreau Whisperer: Channeling the Spirit of Henry David Thoreau.
An Indie Author
The publication of The Thoreau Whisperer came in 2018, after McIntyre had once again failed to gain the attention she sought from traditional agents and publishers. Her experience was not unlike the one that Thoreau had in his own lifetime when, after being unable to secure a traditional publisher for his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimac Rivers, he also resorted to self-publishing in 1849. It wasn’t until his masterpiece, Walden: Or Life in the Woods was published by Boston’s Ticknor & Fields in 1854 that he began to receive the recognition he so well deserved, but unfortunately most of that recognition didn’t come until after Thoreau’s death.
Sharing Thoreau’s Words
McIntyre debuted what may one day be considered her masterpiece, The Thoreau Whisperer to a standing room only crowd at the Thoreau Farm Birthplace in Concord on February 4, 2018. She likes to say of that moment, “it was the first time Thoreau’s voice had been heard in Concord since the day that he died.” Reading those words in the same house where he was born made it all the more magical for McIntyre and for many who were there in attendance that day. There are sections of text in The Thoreau Whisperer that resonate so strongly with the tone and tenor of Thoreau that even the most ardent disbelievers are left wondering whether it is possible that those words do in fact originate with him.
Holding Thoreau Captive
Although she has a B.A. in English literature, has studied the literary history of Concord, Massachusetts for decades, both independently and in university settings, and is a long-time member of The Thoreau Society, McIntyre is neither a scholar nor an academic. In fact, she feels that the academics that dominate The Thoreau Society and academics in general “have been holding Thoreau captive for too long.” There are few people outside of the academic world and outside of Concord, Massachusetts, where Thoreau is worshipped as a native son, who ever take the time to pause to consider Thoreau or his words. They go on with their lives unaware that the pathway to truth that seems to be missing in today’s world is there within them and has been there all along. That is the message at the heart of all of Thoreau’s work and McIntyre’s hope in sharing her story in the way that she has is that that message will reach a greater number of people than it ever has before.
McIntyre believes that the academics that praise him the most and continue to claim him as their own seem never to fully understand Thoreau or to adequately present his message. The publication by The Thoreau Society of a collection of essays written by various academics called, What Would Thoreau Do? is a recent example of what she means by this. To McIntyre it is clear that: “if they truly understood Thoreau’s message they would know that the last thing he wants is for them to ask him what it is they should do.”
McIntyre goes on to say: “The fundamental principle of Thoreau’s beliefs is for each individual to establish a direct connection between themselves and the divine. To do this we must go within and identify that part of us that is divine and that connects all of us to each other and to our shared source. Once we have done this, we must learn to be guided by that wisdom we receive from source and not by any other individual or group who can offer us nothing more than their own interpretation. Our relation to the divine is personal and private. It has nothing to do with what anyone else believes to be true for us. Each individual must intuit his own truth through his own direct connection to the divine and to conduct himself accordingly.”
In Civil Disobedience, Thoreau states: “The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.'' For Thoreau there is right action and it is action that comes from the higher source. In McIntyre’s view, even entertaining for a moment the notion that any individual should do what they believe Thoreau would do proves that the academics who claim to have the greatest admiration and understanding of him really don’t get his message at all.
McIntyre believes the ambivalence that the academics have shown toward The Thoreau Whisperer, a book that may in fact contain words spoken by Thoreau in our time, shows their total lack of the insight, imagination and spiritual awareness that fueled Thoreau and the other transcendentalists. This lack of faith in anything spiritual or divine that is common among the intellectual elite seems to McIntyre to be the reason for what is lacking in their understanding of Thoreau and his message. He and all of the other transcendentalists were truly spiritual people who believed fully in the survival of the soul after physical death. Thoreau would not have been surprised to hear from anyone who he knew who had passed before him, for he believed, as McIntyre does, that “All who ever were, still are and always will be.” .
A Spiritual Connection
For McIntyre, that includes her mentor, eminent Thoreau scholar, Bradley P. Dean, Ph.D., who died at his home in Indiana in January 2006. McIntyre had not yet learned of Dean’s sudden passing when she saw and spoke to him in her apartment in Cambridge eleven days later. She says of that moment, “I did not know he had passed until he told me himself.” Brad Dean was well known for having edited and published Thoreau’s unfinished manuscripts and when McIntyre later asked him, “Have you met Henry?” he told her yes, they had met, joined forces and soon they would be working through her.
McIntyre’s book, Honor in Concord, was in its early stages in 2003 when Dean first told her that it was the kind of book that he wanted to write. In 2006, he began sending his energy to her from spirit to further ignite the spark that he said he knew was in her already. This helped her to complete the book, and to prepare herself for the connection with Thoreau that was to begin later that fall. This unusual collaboration between McIntyre, Dean and Thoreau allowed Thoreau an opportunity to speak through from spirit and together they endeavored to bring his message to life again in a way they hope will reach a much larger number of people at a time when it is most needed.
McIntyre’s books are filled with astonishing insights and images. In her first book, Honor in Concord, she introduces herself as a writer who is struggling to come to terms with her psychic abilities. She sets out to record the images of Concord’s past that are always on her mind and what results is a fictional story told within the pages of memoir in which the writers of Concord’s past are characters living new lives in Concord in present day. The story she tells plays out at all the historic locations in town, like The Old Manse, The Emerson Home and Alcott’s Orchard House. She also captures moments from Concord’s literary past within short vignettes that are written with an uncommon brilliance and clarity. Readers have noted after reading Honor in Concord that they felt more knowledgeable about writers like Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts and Margaret Fuller than they ever were before and inspired to learn more about them, their work and their transcendental beliefs.
In The Thoreau Whisperer, McIntyre continues the story of her life as a reluctant psychic who, following an after-death encounter with her mentor, gradually learns to hone her psychic ability and to establish and sustain a connection with the spirit who lived a life as Henry David Thoreau. She shares the words received from Thoreau in short easily accessible passages alongside quotations taken from the books, essays and journal entries he wrote during his lifetime. For those who lack the patience to read Thoreau’s original works, it is a truly enjoyable and magical way to become better acquainted with him and his message.
NOTE: Both books by Cathryn McIntyre, Honor in Concord and The Thoreau Whisperer , are available on Barnes & Noble; Amazon; and most other internet booksellers. They can also be purchased through your favorite local bookstore.
A Supernatural Life
McIntyre writes for a broad and general audience but has a particular fondness for those who share her passionate interest in the mystical, metaphysical and paranormal. She is a natural psychic who possesses at least four of the clairs (clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance). As a result, she has lived a very supernatural life and has had the full range of what are most often considered paranormal experiences but what she has come to understand are a normal part of life. One of her ghostly experiences was written about by Greg Latimer in his book, Ghost of the Boothbay Region, and Ronny LeBlanc, star of the Travel Channel’s Expedition Bigfoot, included an interview with McIntyre in the latest of his Monsterland series of books.
Anyone who loves magic, mystery and elegant writing will be captivated by McIntyre’s books. Most readers find that any venture into her reality is enormously freeing as it helps them to gain a better understanding of who they are as ever evolving spirits and reminds them of the enormous potential that exists within each of us.
Educators at high schools and universities should take note of McIntyre’s work. Whether or not they can accept the premise, The Thoreau Whisperer offers compelling new insights into Thoreau’s beliefs and character that bring clarity to concepts that have long been misunderstood. McIntyre presents Thoreau’s original ideas juxtaposed with his new ones for reconsideration in the 21st century at a time when his message is needed most. They might also like to read the essays McIntyre wrote on Thoreau’s political views and transcendentalism that were published in the Thoreau Society Bulletin in 2006 and 2008 (and that can be read on this website). McIntyre writes in The Thoreau Whispererabout the way the essay on politics was written with a little help from her friend, Henry Thoreau.
For additional information about Cathryn McIntyre and her books, The Thoreau Whisperer and Honor in Concord, please go to www.thethoreauwhisperer.com; or send an email to email@example.com. Honor in Concord and The Thoreau Whisperer by Cathryn McIntyre can be previewed and purchased on www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com, and on many other internet booksellers. They can also be purchased from your favorite local bookstore.