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AN EMPATH'S STORY:
THE ROAR OF THE HUNTIDS
by Rose Rosetree
In THE ROAR OF THE HUNTIDS, the heroine becomes a skilled empath. What motivated Rose Rosetree to write her story was the desire to help readers try out this hitherto unconventional career path. Here’s how she explains this:
About 1 in 20 people has an built-in, significant, trainable gift as an empath. Yet even in my fictional America of 2020, few people know about it. In real America today, almost nobody is a skilled empath. On TV (where, let’s face it, we seek our role models), among the bimbos, murderers and other characters, I’ve found only one empath--and she’s in re-runs--Counselor Deanna Troi of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Being a skilled empath, like her, opens up wonderful opportunities for service to others, but the greatest significance is personal. The suffering of unskilled empaths tends to be chronic, hard to identify and immensely painful. With skill, the very same gift becomes a source of joy.
My last how-to book, Empowered by Empathy, gives a practical answer to the question, "What does it mean to be an empath?" THE ROAR OF THE HUNTIDS attempts to supply a fictional answer.
Most commonly, empathy happens in terms of connecting with another person’s emotions. But it turns out that other forms of empathy can give insights into health, psychology, intellectual specialties, spirituality and more.
It took me more than three years of novel writing to do the plot and characters justice. Before that it took decades of exploration for me to learn about my own gifts as an empath and how to make them work constructively. These are the levels of deeper perception I explored along the way:
BODY LANGUAGE is the first, most obvious level for reading people more deeply. It’s also great fun, since there’s such useful insight available through nonverbal communication. Physical posture and facial expression are often at odds with what a person attempts to convey on the surface, through words.
And if you must choose between the two parts of a mixed message, the nonverbal part will be more accurate. If, for instance, you’re attempting a heart-to-heart talk with a man who stands before you, allegedly eager to have the conversation—-yet his arms are crossed over his chest—-well, good luck!
Maybe you can remember when you first became consciously skilled at this form of deeper perception. Exciting, yes. But it’s really just the beginning, Deeper Layer #1.
In fact, if you’re a Body Language enthusiast, chances are that your perception has already started to drift and shift into the deeper layers. Learning about them will validate your experience... and also point you forward for further study.
Layer #2 is FACE READING, where you look at the physical face itself for insights. For the past 3,000 years, physiognomists have interpreted the shapes and angles of the physical face. My trademarked adaptation of this ancient art is designed to open the heart. It will show you faces in a new light. For example, you’ll discover that cheek proportions disclose power style, eyebrows show intellectual patterns and noses reveal talents for work.
The laws of heredity notwithstanding, the soul shapes the face and evolves it over a lifetime. You can learn more about the accuracy of Face Reading Secrets® in my birdwatcher’s guide for people, The Power of Face Reading.
Level #3 involves noticing people in an intuitive way. One minute you’ll be exploring Body Language or Face Reading and click!, you’ll slip into something much deeper. For instance, it may dawn on you that the woman you’re watching is happy or frightened or lying like crazy. You’ll see/feel/know this even though her body language reveals nothing of the sort; if anything, she may be using body language to HIDE it.
Well, instead of thinking that means you need to learn even more about arcane specialties of nonverbal communication, consider this possibility: WHAT IF BODY LANGUAGE SERVES AS A MASK AT LEAST AS OFTEN AS IT REVEALS AN INNER SECRET?
In my experience, this happens to be true. If you’d like to understand why, maybe it’s time to go deeper and read Level #3, AURAS—-the human energy field.
Auras have far more to them than the popular notion of "seeing the colors." It’s a spiritual level that reveals deep human secrets. And you need not be a certified mystic to read them, just someone who is curious and willing to learn something genuinely new.
Reading auras can help you to appreciate spiritual gifts that you’ve had your whole life but probably not used yet in a conscious way.
Exciting thought, isn’t it? Among other things, this means your people watching could quickly become even more rewarding. Consider becoming an aura reader by using the 100+ techniques presented in Aura Reading Through All Your Senses.
Level #4 is EMPATHY, where you directly experience what it is like to be the person you’re studying. Like aura reading, true empathy is spiritual and subtle... you find yourself slipping into it as easily as Cinderella fit into her glass slipper.
Most commonly, empathy happens in terms of connecting with another person’s emotions. But it turns out that other forms of empathy can give insights into health, psychology, intellectual specialties, spirituality and more. Read about these equally powerful forms of empathy in action when you read THE ROAR OF THE HUNTIDS.
I hope you’ll enjoy this introduction to the world of empaths as much as I enjoyed writing it. And, if you haven't yet learned to use your own trainable gift as some kind of empath (physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, environmental, molecular, etc.), maybe this story will be what inspires you on your way.
Whatever your spiritual gifts--and everyone has many--the world needs your light now. May this novel help give you the courage it takes to let your gifts shine.
by Bob Spear
published in Heartland Reviews, May 2002
Roar of the Huntids is an interesting piece of speculative fiction. Set in the
2020 timeframe, the author projects very plausible outcomes from several
technological and social trends. At the same time that a mysterious new insect
appears in startling numbers throughout the world, several religious factions
begin to make end-times power plays, resulting in one of them taking over the US
government. The housewife protagonist, Rachel, is a penultimate fashion judge of
everyone around her, yet has an unhappy life. Her government scientist
husband’s job requirements are beginning to seem like an extra-curricular
affair in the making. Rachel leaves with her son, Brent, to visit in the Seattle
area. There they become involved in a group that teaches them how to open up to
their full psychic abilities. Rachel discovers she is an empath. She also
discovers she and Brent have important roles to play in rapidly approaching
world crisis involving the new insects- the Huntids.
by Lewis Decatur
published in Pathways Magazine
Maybe it’s Rose Rosetree’s intro that tosses out the
If you’re a woman, that’s happened to you -- unless you're thinner than Calista Flockhart. Worse yet, it was meant as a major compliment -- one that’s particularly unfortunate when it’s obvious that you haven’t lost an ounce.
You can open to almost any page in The Roar of the Huntids and find something that kickstarts your brain or your funnybone. It’s pungent, thoughtful, sometimes outrageous, other times much too close to the bone, and full of characters who are worth caring about and who have their own stories.
Rosetree’s first novel is about love, healing, the power of spirituality and the dangers of religious tribalism as Americans fight to win what may be an unwinnable war.
Set just far enough into the future that its satire leaves a sting, it’s a story about the crisis caused by a plague of spooky insects of unknown origin – huntids, as they become known to the spooked humans who encounter them.
When the book opens, Rachel Murphy is a seemingly ordinary housewife and soccer mom. But when her son is infected by the huntids, Rachel’s battle for his life changes hers. As her husband works with the government to destroy the enormous alien plague before time runs out, Rachel becomes, almost against her will, a skilled empath. Together but separately, they try desperately to save us from ourselves.
There are some wonderfully politically incorrect faces here, including President Stevie Tucker, who resembles several recent and current White House residents, and a disturbing number of the national clergy, who spout views that divide instead of unite.
Rosetree has good fun taking on much of America's social and religious establishments and sorting through New Age and traditional spirituality as she explores the chasm between hype and wisdom.
If you’ve ever been curious about auras, past-life regressions, soul retrieval (or, for that matter, what sex between empaths is like), you’ll learn plenty from an author who for more than 30 years has worked as a professional spiritual teacher and healer.
Whether you're a New Ager or a "normal person," whatever that may be, you'll be entertained and surprised by this gripping tale; Rosetree wraps up all the loose ends and leaves readers something to mull over. And, inevitably, it's of special interest to anyone who has ever sensed his or her own psychic gifts.
If you have suspected that you might be an empath -- if you have an innate ability to experience what others undergo – you’ll learn that you are not alone, and that the gift is not always welcome. Rachel’s development as an empath is occasionally hilarious, often heartening and forever unpredictable, and her raging battles with her baser instincts can be hellishly funny.
In an afterword, Rosetree mentions that the book was first written as a teaching story. "About 1 in 20 people has a built-in, significant, trainable gift as an empath," she says. "Still, even in my fictional America of 2020, few people have ever heard of it. Currently, there are almost no skilled empaths in America. Even on TV, a place where, like it or not, many people discover role models, I've found only one empath — Counselor Deanna Troi of Star Trek: The Next Generation -– and she’s in re-runs!"
According to Rosetree, becoming a skilled empath opens up remarkable opportunities for service to others. "The suffering of unskilled empaths can be hard to identify and immensely painful," she says, "but with skill the gift becomes a source of profound joy."
This is a delightful book for people who need more joy in
their lives, one that, underneath its humor and well-honed outrage, is full of
published in The New Times
A science-fiction novel with a spiritual theme, The Roar of the Huntids recounts an empath’s journey of awakening and empowerment. Some readers will recognize their own empathic talents as they navigate this intricate tale. Part humor, part satire, and part suspense, this is a story designed to change people’s lives.
published in Library Bookwatch
April 2002, Page 6
Dedicated to “those who believe there could be higher praise for a woman than to say, ‘Did you lose weight?’” The Roar of the Huntids is a superbly written feminist science fiction saga set in the near future of 2020. When strange insects of suspicious origin threaten the survival of the world, a wife and mother suddenly blessed or cursed with empathic powers must take drastic steps for the future of humanity. A dark yet thought-provoking cautionary tale, extraordinarily fascinating from cover to cover.
AN EMPATH'S TRUE STORY
On September 11, "Gloria Michael"’s heart went out to the victims of tragedy. A devout Catholic, she went to mass. Minute by minute, the pain she felt deepened--until she wondered how she could bear it. Praying and crying, she was in no state to leave the church when the service ended. So she continued to kneel, praying and crying.
Other people started to leave the church. Although still in agony, Gloria noticed that her pain lessened in direct proportion to the number of people who exited the building. When she finally sat alone in the sanctuary, Gloria came back to normal. Only then did she realize that she had literally been taking on the pain of others.
Within one hour of learning empath’s techniques with Rose Rosetree, Gloria understood her old patterns. She learned how to switch off her automatic tendency to suffer for others and learned how to switch on a more effective way to use empathy, one that left her able to help others but still in control of her life.
… AND A FICTIONAL EMPATH’S STORY
Like many people with built-in talent as an empath, Rachel Murphy was clueless about having any kind of gift for deep awareness. Then a national crisis developed over huntids--strange flies of mysterious origin--and huntids caused her son to become seriously ill. Circumstances forced Rachel to develop her talent. The poor woman was such an unwilling student, you could say she became an empath in spite of herself!
The Roar of the Huntids recounts Rachel Murphy’s journey of spiritual awakening and empowerment. Part humor, part satire and part suspense—this is a story designed to change people’s lives.
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