Messages 2008

Proust Describes His Experience with the Madeleine.

October 1st, 2008

Santa Cruz, California

Received by FAB


I am here, Marcel Proust.

Yes, you have brought me back into your life by watching this excellent video of my life [Marcel Proust, A Writer’s Life]. It was I who guided you to the video through the computer. So you see, I am computer literate! And so also are all your Angel friends!

I wish to instruct you on that defining moment which resulted in the theme of my novel - my experience with the madeleine. And I did in fact have that experience. A most remarkable and delicious event that brought me a type of joy, of elation, I never had before.

As I understand it now, or, better expressed, as my guides explained it to me over here, I was given a self, a soul, that was unusually sensitive to sensory stimuli, and in a way that blended with a mysticism that was part of my very being.

When I had that remarkable experience, everything came together - my love of the arts and of Nature, but most importantly, the major theme of Time.

I conceived at that moment a heightened sensitivity to the mystery of Time. (Yes, I want you to capitalize Time. That is my doing and my choice, not yours.) This had been latent in me all along, but when the softened madeleine touched my palate, it opened the very floodgates of my soul, and gave me the basic structure of my novel - and therefore, the purpose of my life.

You are wondering if there was any connection to the Divine Love. Your own experience is that this Love has brought continuous elation to your soul without the sort of sensory stimulus that inspired me.

Well, no, it wasn’t specifically the Divine Love that caused that unprecedented and unforgettable emotion. But it was a tremendous gift from the Creator which gave me a purpose for my life, for which I was very thankful.

My soul was gifted with extraordinary sensitivity, and the Creator knew exactly how to tap into these gifts. As I look back on it, I could not have asked for a better way to give to my writer’s soul its purpose.

I am very happy to have expressed myself about this subject, and wish you a very pleasant evening.


Valentin Louis Georges Eugene Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, essayist and critic, best known as the author of  A la recherche du temps perdu (in English, In Search of Lost Time; earlier translated as Remembrance of Things Past), a monumental work of twentieth-century fiction published in seven parts from 1913 to 1927. (Source: Wikipedia)