Ernest Clement has written his first book, The Book of Ernest, which is intended to be a spiritual primer for the New Age for everyone. He has consciously lived that life, as a father, a civil servant, and student of our times. Heattended graduate school in English for three years, giving him extensive exposure to the English language. For more information, please visit www.ernestclement.com.
Q. Why did you decide to write this book?
A. In the century just past, mankind received two books, both of which are epochal events. These books are The Urantia Book, which is a revelation, and A Course in Miracles, which is a miracle. My purpose was to introduce these two books to a wide audience, show how the books are related, and offer a personal commentary on what this means with reference to the current planetary dilemma.
Q. Do you have any secret writing tips you’d like to share?
A. Good writing is hard labor. There are no shortcuts. To succeed, you have to focus your will and your intention.
Q. Tell us a quirky or funny story about you!
A. At my first college, I was the member of a fraternity. My last year in school there (I did not graduate), for fun the fraternity organized a baseball game among ourselves, where everyone was expected to play. The last time I had played baseball was in the neighborhood as a grammar school kid, and my skill level left a lot to be desired. And besides, I was woefully out of shape.
On defense, they put me out in left field. As fate would have it, someone hit a fly ball straight to me. I rushed forward as soon as the ball was hit, saw that I had overreacted, and in the attempt to backpedal and turn around, lost my footing and fell ignominiously to the ground. What the spectators must have seen was my just twirling around and falling down. The fly ball fell to the earth almost exactly where I had been standing before I made my moves.
The moral: if you stay in the right place, your life will come to you.
Q. Have you ever battled writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
A. You must clear out all distractions and focus your intention. As I said, writing is hard labor, and you have to commit yourself to all the editing and correcting and amending to refine and perfect the expression of your thought.
Q. What’s your favorite quote?
A. I have many favorites, particularly from A Course in Miracles. Here is one from page 552 of the Text in the newer editions: “And all of time is but the mad belief that what is over is still here and now.”
Q. Who inspires you the most?
A. I am inspired by spirited, heartfelt, and open-minded discussions with other truth seekers, and, in particular, my family.