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.