A Memoir About Evolution, Love, and the Afterlife
"This book is a beautiful, towering accomplishment, and a
powerful response to the challenges our species faces at this critical hinge of
—Larry Dossey, M.D.
Far From This Land is inspired by the author's dreams and visionary experiences in response to brain surgery. Unfolding as a dialogue between different parts of his personality, its story is told from the perspective of an alter ego, a skeptical part of him that could not believe and accept these astonishing dreams and visions. Throughout his story he is resistant to accepting his near-death experience (NDE)—an extraordinary one by most standards. He has to fight his way to embracing, reluctantly, the implications this experience has for his personal development as well as his understanding of human evolution. The book explores such topics as the workings of the unconscious mind (dreams, visions, and paranormal phenomena); the evolution of consciousness and of our planet; and the psychological and spiritual dimension of climate change.
"Michael Gellert's wonderful new book is a fine testament to the power of illness to
transform us. An illness itself is an altered state of consciousness. I greatly admire
Michael's ability to use his own struggles to help and to heal others. This book is a
delightful treat for all of us who are fascinated by the incredible healing powers of the
—Raymond A. Moody, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., author of Life After Life, research pioneer who coined the term "near-death experience"
"A most unconventionally convincing story, so breathtaking that I had to periodically
pause to come up for air."
—Barbara Brown Taylor, New York Times-bestselling author of Holy Envy and Learning to Walk in the Dark
"Far From This Land is a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience, rich with challenging
insights and presented in a unique, down-to-earth, approachable manner. It's not exactly
about philosophy or psychology or marriage, yet it wraps all these together into a single,
enthralling story that gives the genre of magical realism a whole new meaning. It shows
how the world is its own magic. I recommend this book most highly."
—Gary Granger, Humanities Professor Emeritus, Vanier College, Montreal
"This is a remarkable book that sets in motion the dreamscape of the unconscious mind.
Gellert applies Jung's active-imagination techniques with great originality. The
evolutionary material is fascinating, taking a deep dive into the philosophy of theologian
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, among other things."
—Wendy Goldman Rohm, New York Times-bestselling author
"Far From This Land is spellbinding and numinous. I live in Los Angeles where it almost
never rains and even more rarely is there thunder and lightning. While I was reading this
book, a thunderstorm appeared and a bolt of lightning struck a tree next to my home,
causing the tree to fall only inches away from it. This was an apt metaphor for my
experience reading this memoir. It is earth-shattering and extremely powerful, yet often
light and funny. Filled with vivid, mesmerizing dreams and imagery, it is an important
work that you will want to read and reread!"
—Ann Walker, Ph.D., Book Review Editor, Psychological Perspectives: A Journal of Global Consciousness Integrating Psyche, Soul, and Nature
"Teilhard de Chardin once observed, 'matter is spirit slowed enough to be seen.'
Michael Gellert's Far From This Land is an extraordinary exploration of the interweaving
mysteries of the cosmos and of the human brain. Utilizing 'active imagination,' he
challenges the historic splitting of spirit and matter and experiences a merging of the
two in his dialogue with the disparate parts of the psyche. His story is a compelling
mystery investigation, in the best sense of that word."
—James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst and author, most recently of Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times
"Far From This Land is one of the most profound and eloquent rebuttals of materialism
to appear in this century. Psychoanalyst Michael Gellert's experience during brain surgery
opened doors to the nature of consciousness foreshadowed in the works of Pierre Teilhard
de Chardin and C. G. Jung. This book is a beautiful, towering accomplishment, and a
powerful response to the challenges our species faces at this critical hinge of history."
—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
"Why isn't humanity pulling together to navigate these apocalyptic times to create a
better future? Racism, war, and obscene gaps in wealth divide us. A less obvious, even
more fundamental evolutionary barrier to knowing our common human nature is the sharp
conflict between science and religion, matter and spirit. This book is a call to
imaginative self-discovery which anyone can find within their own psyche. Michael Gellert
models the method for this in his captivating story of personal evolution through
confrontation with our own inner divides. Great preparation for coming together at last!"
—Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D., evolution biologist and futurist, sahtouris.com
"As a Jungian analyst, Gellert knew he had experienced something unique and he does not
disappoint in the retelling of his extraordinary encounters. These accounts of his active
imaginations in which he interrogates the conditions of an 'other-world' or other
dimension are thoughtful and thought-provoking. It is brave work to bring such personal
and intimate experiences to print and he does so with honesty of purpose and as a result
we are able to journey with him. In many respects, Gellert's experience compares with
Jung's own in equal exploration of the nature of dreams, visions and the meaning we make
—Stephani L. Stephens, University of Canberra, Australia, author of C. G. Jung and the Dead: Visions, Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain
"A miraculous book about a world just out of reach--or at least just out of reach when
we are awake and sober--yet the source of inspiration for mystics and poets throughout
history. It may upset your views on what is possible. Read it at your own risk!"
—Allan Combs, Ph.D., author and neuropsychologist, California Institute of Integral Studies
"I truly enjoyed Michael Gellert's impressive, compelling, and visionary story. He
demonstrates the power of active imagination. Like Jung's Red Book, this book makes us
think about reality in a new way, offering a window into realms of the psyche of which we
are usually unaware. Far From This Land is also an inspiring act of courage and love in
the face of serious illness."
—Lionel Corbett, M.D., author and professor of psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute