Incarnation: Peter Ferko

Incarnation: Peter Ferko

A good read is something I really enjoy finding. The sensation of being totally absorbed in a book, so much so that the rest of the world dissolves away, is one of my earliest and fondest memories. When I find a book that keeps me absorbed so much that the seemingly endless feed of distractions of our modern times cannot pull me away from it, I must tell people about it. 

That is how I felt reading Peter Ferko's latest novel, Incarnation. I was fully absorbed by the characters, the tales, the implications of outcomes, and all the time wrapping my brain around a deeper understanding of karma.

After reading Incarnation, I asked Peter, author, yoga teacher, artist, mentor and friend, some questions. Here's what he had to share with us:

What are you reading right now? 

Im reading a chicklit novel that my sister gave me (it has a similarity to one aspect of Incarnation). I'm also re-reading A Thousand Names for Joy, by Byron Katie, which is one of the most powerful books I've ever used in my spiritual work and practice.

Do you have a favorite time of day?

The unstructured time.

Did you always know you wanted to write?

Yes, and I've written since middle school, but I only took on the novel form in 2010.

What other creative outlets do you have?

i performed music professionally my entire life, and I worked as a photo artist and curator for more than a decade.

France or Italy?

I love France, but I married my love in Italy.

Musical or play?

Though I grew up on musicals, I much prefer straight theater.

MoMA, Met, or other?

I'd rather gallery hop. I hit MoMA the most among museums.

Do your story ideas come up quickly, like a lightbulb, or slowly come to the forefront of your imagination?

The basic inspiration - the kernel - comes up fast. The more fleshed out idea of how to express that inspiration falls into place over a little more time, often in smaller flashes that explain how the kernel could come into fruition.

Do you remember where you were when the idea for Incarnation came to you?

I was in Brooklyn, physically. Mentally, the idea of non-linear time and reincarnation was percolating as a yoga philosophy concept. The impetus for the book came from two things. First, kind of a darker place, was that you read about, or sometimes even feel like, chucking it all, quitting what you're doing, giving up on a relationship, even committing suicide, and I pondered, what does that really get someone? Might any of those acts have, actually, no effect on what you have to deal with? Which is to say your karma just plays out in a different set of circumstances, so that even ending your life might just be starting the next one in the next moment in an alternate, say, timeline. The second motivation was that I wanted to be able to present my own "upanishad" about time and incarnation, without presuming to call it "truth".

You also teach meditation and yoga, and have many students and teachers that you mentor. What advice do you find yourself giving the most often?

Study, to learn to know your whole self; keep practicing, even when it's hard; and trust that the Universe works.

Peter's latest novel, Incarnation, can be purchased on Amazon. You can take yoga and meditation classes with him privately, or at ISHTA Yoga. His latest musical incarnation will be a modern kirtan event on Saturday evening, April 9th, also at ISHTA. 

Come back and let me know how you enjoyed the book, or leave additional questions for Peter, below!



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