Dr. Mitchell Gibson is one of the world’s leading authorities on the interface of science and the frontiers of human consciousness. He is the best-selling author of Your Immortal Body of Light, Signs of Mental Illness, Signs of Psychic and Spiritual Ability, The Living Soul, Nine Insights For A Happy and Successful Life, and Ancient Teaching Stories. Dr. Gibson has been a consultant for Fortune 500 companies, Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes, A&E Network, NBC, ABC, and CBS regional affiliate television stations, newspapers, radio stations.
What made you first decide to become a writer?
I practiced psychiatry full time for over 15 years. Quite often, ideas would flow into my mind during sessions with clients and I could hardly wait until the end of the session to write them down. Over the years, I built up quite a lot of notes. Those notes are now the basis of much of what I write.
Can you tell us about your latest book?
The Nine Insights is a book that is designed to be a guide for those who wish to rise above the suffering and confusion that so often marks this path of existence. As a medical professional, the Creator has given me thousands of profound moments of transformational insight.
I began keeping notes on these insights and stored them away in a journal that over time, became the basis for this work. From time to time, I shared these insights with friends, family, clients, and colleagues. Simple in their presentation, profound in their scope, The Nine Insights are meant only as a reference. Each chapter presents one insight as a unique entity. The stories and vignettes that support each insight are in large part based on my personal clinical experiences. From time to time, I have included a number of famous stories from history that help to outline the deeper perspectives of some of the insights.
What inspired you to write it?
The stories and vignettes that support each insight are in large part based on my personal clinical experiences. From time to time, I have included a number of famous stories from history that help to outline the deeper perspectives of some of the insights. By listening to my clients, I learned that they were in fact great teachers. When I was in private practice, I listened to thousands of life stories from people in many different walks of life. I got a firsthand look at how life made a person successful and happy, or miserably unhappy failures. From these experiences, I developed a host of insights that are reflected in the book. If you watch life long enough, it will teach you what works.
Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?
A: I wrote the book to be a concise and easy to read guide for a general adult audience. It is written as a non-fiction book and it has been very well received by a large population.
What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
Learn the rules of attaining a happy life, apply them, and teach them to others. Your life will be far better for it.
Is this your first published book and if so, can you tell us your experiences in finding a publisher for it?
A: Bumpy does not begin to describe the process. Getting a book published is a time-consuming and challenging experience. Publishers only want to look at books that can guarantee some modicum of sales. The writer's first task is that of salesman. We have to convince the publisher that our work will sell. That takes a lot of time, research, and focus. From idea tablet to published book, the task took over two years.
Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?
A: The book was originally intended to be Twelve Insights. The overall thrust of the work was supposed to be easy to read and very tightly focused. My goal was to write no more than 120 pages on the Twelve Insights. I completed the first nine and realized that I had written more than 170 pages. I wondered if I could edit enough out to make the original plan work. Then I decided that Nine Insights had a nice ring to it.
Do you have any words of inspiration from other writers who would like to be wearing your shoes?
A: Never give up! Writing is a challenging field but very rewarding when you finally break through. Write something three or four times a week. Keep your pen sharp as it were.
What’s next for you?
A: I am completing two books. One is a sci-fi fantasy entitled The First Darkness. It is a story about an angel that develops a fatal illness and comes to earth in search of a cure. The second is a follow up to Ancient Teaching Stories. It is a book that contains a series of concise and thought-provoking stories from a number of spiritual traditions from around the world. That book is entitled The Pot that was Cracked.
Thank you for this interview, Mitchell. Can you tell us how we can find out more about you and your new book?
A: My book is available at most bookstores, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Ebookit, and my website www.tybro.com I also have a social media site that I maintain at www.ganden.socialgo.com
Is there anything you would like to add?
I invite the reader to share these insights with others. I hope to provide a little light in a world where millions feel isolated, empty, and without hope. The Twelve Insights came from the Creator. I believe that they are his way of reminding each of us that we are unique and special to him in ways that we cannot even imagine.