Thursday, April 3, 2008

Quote of the Week 42 - Magic of the Ordinary

“All is preordained,” taught the second century Rabbi Akiva, “and the choice is yours to make”.

The fine line that separates our reality from the Ultimate Reality is, however, illusory. It is known in ancient kabbalistic lingo as the par’gawd, or the Veil of Illusion. This is the illusion that separates our spirit self from our body self, that fosters disharmony between our soul and our body only when we experience it as a line of demarcation rather than one of integration. The par’gawd is experienced as either a partition between us and Creator or as a meeting of lips, as in a kiss. Which one it is, depends on our choice, and determines the power of our prayer and ceremony. How real you feel that God is to you will determine how real you feel that you are to God. Faith Healing is then more than just some prayer or miracle that works. It is the act of channeling the God Will to heal that is placed before us always, only waiting for us to access it by believing it is real.

- from Magic of the Ordinary, by Rabbi Gershon Winkler

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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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