Thursday, July 23, 2015

Our book is on Amazon!!

Our new book is at Amazon.  The title is:  The Lost Secrets of the Ancient Mystery Schools:  11 Steps to your Divine Self.



Here is a link:http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Secrets-Ancient-Mystery-Schools/dp/1511448059/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434925005&sr=8-1&keywords=the+lost+secrets+of+the+ancient+mystery+schools

If the link does not work simply put the title into the search engine on Amazon.

If you cannot afford one please leave me a message and I will send you a free one.  My e-mail is: witast@aol.com

A synopsis of the book follows:


The spiritual intention of the ancient mystery schools was to lead the students to the discovery of the indwelling divine. This realization of immanence resulted in the graduates being able to realize their authentic selves and to be divine ambassadors to the world. This great truth was taught to the students using the gestalt method of experience within heart circles, a right brain process of experiencing sacred allegories, myths, and stories as if the students were actually living them. In this book the reader is led to experience this for themselves, resulting in the personal experience of immanence. We have rediscovered the mystery school teaching method, and reveal it here.

We teach this in the book using sacred passages familiar to the Western reader. We use 11 decisions in the life of Jesus- decisions which led him to realize and embody is own divinity. In reliving each of these decisions for themselves, the reader is invited to have the experience of realizing their authentic self and finding the unity with the divine.

The book contains 2 unique learning and teaching techniques. The first is the gestalt process, whereby the stories or allegories are experienced in a group, living them out in the first person, present tense. The traditional plot or meaning of the story is set aside, in order for each student to experience the story for themselves. The second unique technique introduced in this book are actual narratives of ancient mystery school classes, as they may have happened 2000 years ago, as the students experience the gestalt technique of the Jesus stories. Using both of these the reader is given actual examples and inspiration as they experience the stories for themselves.

The reader is led on a journey through the 11 decisions of Jesus, and is invited to live these as THEIR experiences, not just the experiences of a man named Jesus.
At the birth of Jesus, you are invited to imagine yourself in the manager. What hopes for yourself did you have at your birth? What gifts were you given at birth? What challenges have you faced?
As you experience the story of Jesus in the temple at 12 years of age, you are challenged to examine your beliefs. Where did your beliefs come from? Are they authentic or culturally obtained? Did they come from your parents or from institutions? How can we develop our truly authentic beliefs?
When Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray and resist temptation, we are challenged to consider if we are being led in life by our true purpose or higher selves, or by our ego?
When Jesus was crucified, one of his intentions was to stand for the suffering of the world. How can we do this in our lives? What desires or wants have to die for us to be able to stand in for others?
The stories say that Jesus rose from the dead. How can we truly discover our life's purpose and have the courage and wisdom to fulfill it? How can we be a divine messenger to our world?

As the reader ponders and experiences these stories and answers the questions, they begin to participate in the true meaning and message of Jesus' life: to pattern for all of us the union of our humanity and our divinity. One key to do this is for us to be able to love ourselves unconditionally, thereby being able to find ourselves worthy of our indwelling divinity.

As we experience our authentic self and the personal process of immanence, our perspective of the world changes to being able to find opportunities to serve, bless and heal others, to feel our oneness with all things, and not our separateness, and experience the feeling that all things are possible.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bruce Jenner Interview---Reflections

The main theme of the interview was rightly........being authentic.  This came though loud and clear.  Congratulations to Jenner and I support her totally.

I really liked her measured and cautious approach to the future.  She said several times...."we will see"....and she did not make too many promises that are sometimes hard to keep.  

Family came out as a huge piece, in that her main focus and hopes were to not "hurt" her family. She enjoys their full support which I know, takes a real load off of the fear that surrounds transition. I loved her son speaking so strongly in support of her.

I also thought that Diane Sawyer did a good job.  She touched briefly on the sensational issues, but did not over emphasize them. SRS and the sexual questions were the sensational, and these were answered very matter of factly and briefly. It was good for the masses to know the difference between gender identity and sexual attraction, and this came out clearly.

Jenner presented a very real and authentic personal story of herself. She covered her flaws and her fears, as well as her hopes.  I thought she seemed very well put together mentally and emotionally.

Republicans now have an opportunity to rally around her and support her.  She stated that she was a conservative and republican and would be glad to talk to Boehner and McConnell.  Her knowing these names means she is somewhat savvy politically, so I hope they invite her to the Capital to talk to them.

It also came out very strongly that she sees that one of her missions is to make others aware of trans issues and make the world safer for trans youth.

All in all a fine interview and I hope that her transition and way forward is blessed.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Book- Coming soon

Our new book is at the publishers.  The title is:  The Lost Secrets of the Ancient Mystery Schools:  11 Steps to your Divine Self.

A synopsis of the book follows:

The spiritual intention of the ancient mystery schools was to lead the students to the discovery of the indwelling divine. This realization of immanence resulted in the graduates being able to realize their authentic selves and to be divine ambassadors to the world. This great truth was taught to the students using the gestalt method of experience within heart circles, a right brain process of experiencing sacred allegories, myths, and stories as if the students were actually living them. In this book the reader is led to experience this for themselves, resulting in the personal experience of immanence. We have rediscovered the mystery school teaching method, and reveal it here.

We teach this in the book using sacred passages familiar to the Western reader. We use 11 decisions in the life of Jesus- decisions which led him to realize and embody is own divinity. In reliving each of these decisions for themselves, the reader is invited to have the experience of realizing their authentic self and finding the unity with the divine.

The book contains 2 unique learning and teaching techniques. The first is the gestalt process, whereby the stories or allegories are experienced in a group, living them out in the first person, present tense. The traditional plot or meaning of the story is set aside, in order for each student to experience the story for themselves. The second unique technique introduced in this book are actual narratives of ancient mystery school classes, as they may have happened 2000 years ago, as the students experience the gestalt technique of the Jesus stories. Using both of these the reader is given actual examples and inspiration as they experience the stories for themselves.

The reader is led on a journey through the 11 decisions of Jesus, and is invited to live these as THEIR experiences, not just the experiences of a man named Jesus.
At the birth of Jesus, you are invited to imagine yourself in the manager. What hopes for yourself did you have at your birth? What gifts were you given at birth? What challenges have you faced?
As you experience the story of Jesus in the temple at 12 years of age, you are challenged to examine your beliefs. Where did your beliefs come from? Are they authentic or culturally obtained? Did they come from your parents or from institutions? How can we develop our truly authentic beliefs?
When Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray and resist temptation, we are challenged to consider if we are being led in life by our true purpose or higher selves, or by our ego?
When Jesus was crucified, one of his intentions was to stand for the suffering of the world. How can we do this in our lives? What desires or wants have to die for us to be able to stand in for others?
The stories say that Jesus rose from the dead. How can we truly discover our life's purpose and have the courage and wisdom to fulfill it? How can we be a divine messenger to our world?

As the reader ponders and experiences these stories and answers the questions, they begin to participate in the true meaning and message of Jesus' life: to pattern for all of us the union of our humanity and our divinity. One key to do this is for us to be able to love ourselves unconditionally, thereby being able to find ourselves worthy of our indwelling divinity.

As we experience our authentic self and the personal process of immanence, our perspective of the world changes to being able to find opportunities to serve, bless and heal others, to feel our oneness with all things, and not our separateness, and experience the feeling that all things are possible.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Should the U.S. be involved in the war against ISIS?

Part 5 in a 5 part series.
 

"Yes, I understand you Virginia, but what about ISIS killing the indigenous Iraqis, as well as Iraqi  women and children? Should we not try to stop this? "

To watch the horrible slaughter of the indigenous Iraqis, The Yazidis, and the murder and rape of innocent women and children, is very hard.  No one can watch it without a heart of compassion for them.  But what should we do?

Again, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey need to step up to end this slaughter. As we drop our bombs to kill the members of ISIS, we are also killing innocents on the ground. Several weeks ago, we assisted the Kurds in saving many of the Yazidis without violence.  We moved them out of danger and to a safe place in the North.
We can continue this non-violent assistance.

 What can we do?

I would suggest a course of action that I suggested after 9-11.  We gather all of the parties involved, and we sit down to talk.  Instead of spending Billions to kill them, we offer to build schools, parks, hospitals, Mosques, Infrastructure like power plants and water facilities.  We attempt to build back the shared power of the Sunnis and Shias so they are both safe. We offer shared conversation about religion, and the common aspects of culture.  We find places of agreement.  We respect the places of disagreement. And we end all violence.
 We need to begin to find other ways of dealing with differences and threats from others than going to war.  We are entering a time when spiritual energies are high, and the Universe is offering us new and expansive ways of solving problems together.  Violence and war is the OLD paradigm. Calling on new ways of compassion and understanding can create new pathways to peace.

The new spiritual paradigms teach us that we are ONE with all people, even the ones who may hate us and with whom we disagree. As we begin to ACT as a nation with the compassion this creates, then the breakthroughs we need will happen.

A great way to begin this would be for each of us to practice this in our lives.Practice this in our relationships, with our neighbors, and even with those who oppose us in some way.  Find the higher ground. Look for new pathways of understanding. Seek out reconciliations.In the new spiritual energies, it is the individual acts of grace which will influence and effect our larger world.

My gift to you today is this video.  (please copy and paste into your browser)  Be blessed as you watch:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152704415384769





Saturday, October 4, 2014

Should the U.S. be involved in the war against ISIS? part 4 of 5

 This war fuels the U.S. war machine. We have become reliant on big spending to make weapons of War.

Picture Dick Cheney, sitting in his easy chair, rubbing his hands together with glee.  Dollar bills are stuffed in his pockets, and he is on the phone, taking orders for more cruise missiles, 500 pound bombs, etc.   ..............Yes, this is a simplistic cartoon, but know that for every bomb that drops in Iraq or Syria, we are making them again, and more, through U.S. Munition factories. The U.S. War machine is so out of hand that if we cut the defense budget in half and ceased all wars, it would cast an economic depression across the US the likes of which we have not seen in many years. Why?  Because for many years we have been painting ourselves into the box of having a great economy rising on the foundations of big military spending, on false and dangerous banking policies, and on the reliance on free wheeling corporate greed. And we dare not challenge this, because most of us enjoy our personal peace and affluence (including me!) and want to keep it!
So I am well aware of my hypocrises and my contradictions. And I dare say that one cannot live in the US without sharing many of these.
Nevertheless, our economy is addicted to war. And unless we begin to turn the tide we will continue to force our military to make war every so often.
My solution would be to cut the military budget 10% per year for 7 years, which would result in a total decrease of 50%.  Put all of the $$ saved into rebuilding our intrastructure, our roads, bridges, schools, power plants, water treatment, etc.  In this way we would eventually wean ourselves off of our reliance on the War machine for our economy.

In addition to the economic advantages we would realize, we might begin to create a true moral compass which we have been lacking for many years.  The death of innocents during warfare has been a stain upon our moral center as a nation. It is time we STOP putting ourselves in the position of having to justify the killing of women and children in order to have our "just war".  There is not justification for this.

Next:  Yes, I understand you Virginia, but what about ISIS killing the indigenous Iraqis, as well as Iraqi  women and children? Should we not try to stop this?

Should the U.S. be involved in the War against ISIS? part 3 of 5 parts.

How have the U.S.Wars in the middle east resulted?

We go into war with the assumption that our war is "just" and that the result of the war will be good for us.  How is that workin' for us?

The second Gulf War served to accelerate sectarian violence because we greatly weakened the Sunni majority in Iraq. We threw down Saddam and his Sunnis with him, which resulted in the Shias rise to power.
ISIS is made up of many of these displaced Sunnis. You will also notice that many of the weapons that ISIS has are U.S. made weapons.  ISIS got these from the Iraqi lands they captured as well as from Syria.  )Our "just" war resulted in chaos, and gave rise to many of the young persons who lost family to our bombs now fighting us through ISIS. A very poor result from a "just" war.

Saudi Arabia is mainly Sunni, with a Wahabi slant, and Iran is Shia. Both of these countries also have economic and political reasons for NOT going to War against ISIS. The Saudis because they are Sunni, and the Iranians because ISIS is warring against Iraq, an opponent of theirs for many years. How convenient that the US can do it for them!

Because the political and religious landscape is so complicated, we are assured that our efforts to kill ISIS will result in other poor results, not to mention the continued death of innocents, the the $$ cost of the war, which has already exceeded 1 Billion $$.

It is also true, according to many observers, that middle Eastern Resistance organizations such as ISIL are defined nearly as much by their enemies as they are by their own actions.  By us attacking them with a coalition of many others nations, it actually encourages youth to join their ranks, and gives them apparent  significance and strength.

Next: Our participation in this war fuels the U.S. war machine. We have become reliant on big spending to make weapons of War.

Should the U.S. be involved in the war against ISIS? part 2 of 5 parts.

How our involvement gives Middle Eastern countries an excuse to not be involved.

Consider this story...... Two parents notice that their son is being bullied at school. They call the school to report this to the principal, they pick up their son at school to prevent any bullying from occurring. They occasionally see the kid who is bullying their son and warn him to stay away.  Does this help?  Only for a while. There will always come the time when their son will have to handle the bully on his own.

If the U.S. is going to War against ISIS, why should Iran, or Turkey, or Saudi Arabia be involved? All 3 of these countries have formidable armies. It is because of sectarian and religious issues in their countries, as well as THEY DO NOT HAVE TO.  The U.S. is doing it.

You may say, but if we did not kill Isis, then ISIS would overrun the Middle East. Yes, they would try.  But the more ground they captured the more it would pressure these other countries to take action. Eventually, to keep the security of their own countries, they would stop ISIS themselves.

BUT they do not have to. We will.

Eventually U.S. service men and women will die because we chose to do it ourselves, instead of let the countries in the middle east handle this themselves.

Next: What has been the result of other wars we have waged in the Middle east?  Have the results been what was expected?