FARMINGTON — When Claudette Cleveland visited New Zealand with her husband, she was surprised to receive a phone call at her hotel room one morning inviting her to meet with tribal elders of the Maori, the indigenous Polynesian people who settled the island country.
Cleveland, who is a channeler and healer, was introduced to the tribe's chieftain, who channeled with her.
That moment is one of many experiences Cleveland has incorporated into her "Beyond and Beneath" trilogy.
The author, who lives in Cottonwood, Ariz., will sign copies of her books from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the San Juan College Bookstore in Farmington.
Cleveland's books follow a group of human ambassadors for the Tall White Beings who are sent to teach humans how to live more peaceful lives than they did previously on the lost continent of Lemuria.
The three ambassadors embark to change the course of self-destruction for Native Americans in the second book of the trilogy, "Beneath and Beyond: The Thunderbirds," which is set on the Navajo Nation.
Cleveland said she has spent years talking to indigenous people to research her books and has met with people from indigenous cultures throughout the world.
Cleveland said she is a channeler and has worked as a psychic consultant for police departments. The author said she has also worked with Navajo clients, including a Navajo Code Talker. These clients — as well as a close friend who is a teacher in Tuba City, Ariz. — sparked Cleveland's curiosity about the Navajo culture and prompted her to visit the Tuba City area.
The legends of the Navajo, she said, are similar to those of the Maori, Tibetan and Peruvian people, which Cleveland also incorporated into her trilogy.
Cleveland's trilogy starts with a fictionalized account of a vision she said she had while visiting the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Mexico. In the vision, Cleveland said she saw a parade of people led by tall, white beings. They walked up the Pyramid of the Sun — the city's largest structure — accompanied by 12 priests for the summer solstice ceremonies.
Two years later, Cleveland said a man drove 150 miles to Illinois, where she was practicing therapy, for a past-life regression with her. During their session, Cleveland said she placed the man under hypnosis, and he began describing a scene from his past life, which she recognized as Teotihuacan.
"I asked him if he could recognize anybody there who is in this lifetime," she said.
She said he began to cry.
"He bawled and said, 'It was you, and I killed you,'" she recalled.
She used that therapy session as inspiration for her third book in the trilogy, "Beneath and Beyond: El Diablo," which focuses on karmic return.
All three books on the series are based on myths and legends, which Cleveland said have fascinated her since she was a child.
"Actually, I think it is better history than our history books," she said.