Thursday, January 24, 2008

Quote of the Week 32 - Noble Magic

“I always wondered why in my people’s accounts about sorcerers, some of them employ incantations and rituals while others simply walk across raging rivers or revive the dead or heal the sick merely by their will, by their touch, or by their gaze. Then it occurred to me that there are indeed two ways to go about it: mind altering herbs and ceremonies, and being so present in the known world that the unknown becomes second nature. Personally, I prefer the second option…”
“Invoking the spirit essence requires verbalizing it in order to bring the desired outcome to manifestation, or, if you become really good at it, simply thinking it is enough.”
From Magic of the Ordinary, Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism, by Rabbi Gershon Winkler

“Just as we use speech to praise the Holy, so should we use it to praise our fellow beings, for the noblest magic of all is to encourage another person to become what they potentially are, to say that right word at the right moment that may mark a turning point in another person’s life, that may lift a person from despair to creative growth in the process of true healing of the spirit.”
From ABRA K’A DABRA, by Bill Heilbronn

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Quote of the Week 381 - Heaven

Heaven is all round,

Translated to sound.

--Michael Hedges



Announcing Publication of New Book, DIMENSIONS: Navigation the Spiritual Spectrum

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book, DIMENSIONS: Navigating the Spiritual Spectrum, now available at Amazon, in paperback print and Kindle versions. It is easily found by searching my name, or by searching the full title and subtitle. You can also click on the image of the book in the right hand column of this blog.

What a great way to start the New Year, cozying up to a fire, real or imagined, and reading a new spiritually inspiring book, sure to become a classic!

DIMENSIONS: Navigating the Spiritual Spectrum

Grounded in the traditions of Torah and Veda, Steven J. Gold takes us on an oceanic tour of the depth and breadth of spiritual consciousness. Sharing personal stories and insights into various traditional scriptures as examples, he urges us to adopt a spiritual worldview, to “ponder infinity, awake and arise,” to “find your inspiration and follow it.”

“The chapters…are records of what happens when Steve’s right mind, and heart, are given full freedom to wander where they wish. As discoveries and correlations are made, his well-trained left mind and sharp wit give his observations shape and form…” – Brother Shankara, Resident Minister, Vedanta Center of Atlanta

“Universal Ice Cream: Dive deep into Steve’s wonderful book to help find your favorite flavor on the Spiritual Spectrum.” – Rabbi Mitch Cohen, Spiritual Leader, Congregation Shalom B’Harim, Dahlonega, GA

“Steven J. Gold’s Dimensions is an exploration of spirituality from the inside out. If you are looking for a guide through the pathless land of truth, read this book.” – Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of The World Wisdom Bible

Interfaith/Inter-Spiritual Contemplative Groups

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