Amanda wrote the magic words in her nomination during our Aura Reading Contest, Celebrating Humor. In Comment 8 she grabbed my attention this way:
[Terry Pratchett's] Discworld novels have provided me with more pleasure than even Hogwarts, and in very much the same way: they are human, humane and humourous, and what a world he’s created for his readers to enjoy!
Could such a thing be possible? More pleasure than even Hogwarts, with all the Rowling plots and characters?
Wow, I’ll be checking out Pratchett’s read-gasmic potential and brainy insights at my next library trip, for sure. Before moving into the aura reading, here’s the rest of AMANDA’s highly persuasive contest entry:
Nothing bad ever happens in a TP book. Even when people die, it’s OK – Death turns up, but he’s one of the main characters and as loveable as the rest of them.
I’ve been a fan for years and he’s provided me with a lot of joy: the best comic writer I’ve ever come across, and fortunately wonderfully prolific.
A few years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimers and has used his plight and his fortune to raise awareness and fund research into the illness in the UK. He’s decided he wants to exercise his right to die with dignity at his own choosing, and this too has raised awareness of the issue in the UK.
At dark times in my life I’ve always found a TP book helpful and sometimes much more than helpful – caring, broad-minded and enlightening, and a good friend who makes everything lighter.
I love him.
Let’s read Sir Terry Pratchett’s aura pre-Alzheimers
Yes, I’ll avoid reading Pratchett’s photo while his aura is riddled with Alzheimers. Because exploring famous folks with Alzheimers is a project like reading people with Autism and Aspbergers Syndrome; it is a difficult project (harder than regular aura reading becauase of the inherent confusions energetically) and deserves separate consideration.
I am willing to do some aura reading research in this area if some of you Blog-Buddies would be interested. Let me know, because we could launch a new contest with nominees.
As a now-outed “consciousness nerd” (See Comments 10 and 11 yesterday at Handling Bad News with Grace) I am fascinated by patterns in consciousness along various types of unusual functioning that have been given broad labels like “Alzheimers.” But I am even more eager to laugh, and to read about what makes a humor super-star. So here goes.
Knighted in 2009, Sir Terry Pratchett is such an exciting discovery for me. His photo can be opened up at the dependable Terry Pratchett photo link here, or the original Terry Pratchett photograph and accompanying article.
This is an earlier photograph, date not clear. It seems earlier than this photo from 1997, from a 40-minute BBC interview that you Pratchett-heads can watch here.
I won’t watch this, or anything like it (of course) until after completion of my no-preconceptions aura reading research. Let’s have at a relevant selection of the great man’s chakra databanks.
Aura Reading Databank at the Root Chakra: Handling Social Rules and Expectations
Fills the room plus two inches, then brings in a wee bit of energy from an entirely different dimension
Now this guy is funny. He’s a prankster. Irreverent due to brains, paying close attention to his physical surroundings, and a chronic itch to shake things up where they’re stuck.
According to this chakra databank, Terry Pratchett can play the game of social rules, play it most convincingly. A certain benign mischief creeps in, however. He really enjoys gaining credibility with people, then tweaking their expectations.
Also, the stuffier and more entrenced in the intense-dense belief in status quo, the merrier this prankster grows.
What if recipients of his real-life gags don’t get the joke? Pratchett won’t laugh in their faces but explode into laughter right afterwards. He does have manners.
This chakra databank alone is enough to convince me that life is Terry Pratchett’s real art form and venue for satire; the humorous writing comes after.
Aura Reading Databank at the Solar Plexus Chakra: Social Self-Confidence
Technical point: This chakra databank is among the personal/optional/elective variety.
As most of you Blog-Buddies already know, about half of a person’s chakra databanks are standard issue for human (like the last one I read), while this is among the more personal ones, generated during a person’s liftetime, given the individual growth path toward Enlightenment.
Fills the room quite precisely.
For Sir Terry, the quality of social self-confidence reminds me of a saw’s jagged edges. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Pratchett’s deep history, over the lifetimes, includes courtier-type lifetimes and others where he worked really, really hard to fit in.
What does show clearly at the time of this photograph is the man’s social savvy and assuredness. If manners are a math problem in each social situation, then Pratchett is a superb mathematician who quickly finds the equation in each social problem.
Then he starts introducing new variables, just for the funny of it.
Yes, this man is playful, curious, irreverent, iconoclastic and irrepressibly funny.
Aura Reading Databank at the Solar Plexus Chakra: Handling Conflict
Fills the room.
Searching for photo links, I did read a few random paragraphs about Terry Pratchett. One informed me that he is fond of travel, particularly to Australia. Well, that sure fits.
Sure he likes the Land of Extreme Sports.
Prachett is is an extreme man altogether, beneath the civility. Kind of like a liquidy, fat chocolate mouthful beneath a crunchy candy coating (stamped “M” for “M & M”s).
Terry’s power is especially evident during a conflict. Power, neither fear nor need to escape — so much more common in human beings.
Terry Pratchett feels unquestionably capable of winning conflicts. He wins by exercising his power and, especially, his brain power.
That mighty intellect can definitely be used as a conflict resolution tool. In a non-arrogant way, Sir Pratchett feels extremely capable of out-thinking anyone who would try to make his life difficult or compromise his plans.
Pause for Enlightenment Life List Screening
By now, Blog-Buddies, I’m growing curious. Three chakra databanks in a row were huge and completely STUFF-free.
Especially for a professional funnyman, how unusual that there has been a complete absence of STUFF! Besides that, I can’t help but notice a wild, free joy that can be the signature of self-realization, a.k.a. self-actualization, a.k.a. spiritual Enlightenment.
So I’ll next check out Terry Pratchett as a candidate for the Enlightenment Life List.
Well, hello! Welcome #141 on the Enlightenment Life List. All the chakra databanks I have researched are crystal clear and, admittedly, quirky in his case.
And while everyone I have placed on the Enlightenment Life List shows a certain degree of cosmic nakedness, somehow Terry Pratchett radiates more nakedness than most. He is, so very unabashedly, himself. Like a painting of Adam in the garden of Eden – without fig leaf.
Aura Reading Databank at the Throat Chakra: Communicating as a Writer
Fills the room plus several more inches
An extra power is evident in Terry’s writing, compared to his other communication chakra databanks. He doesn’t just write blockbusters. He is a kind of blockbuster.
Several times at this blog, you have heard me do aura reading research on certain celebrities who are described as “Coming in on the ray of Shiva.” Russell Brand, most recently.
Well, Terry Pratchett has come in on the ray of Vishnu. He is so fascinated by all the details of developing people, trends, intellectual milestones in earth’s unique little history of ideas.
Fascinated, Terry can understand just about anything he sets his mind to (at least before the Alzheimer’s, which developed after the photograph being read here).
Terry can understand people, society, etc. very easily; he revels in a playful tweaking, pinching, even re-setting of reality. He celebrates life on earth by helping to change it.
How many trends and minds and hearts have been re-routed through Terry Pratchett’s 30 books?
No selfish trickster or lowly prankster, Pratchett’s mischief-making is divine.