Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quote of the Week 52 - The Sacred Walk

“There is one more component to the Sacred Walk. It has to do with surrendering. We stand at every moment at the crossroads of life’s greatest challenge: the unknown. We are too often afraid of surrendering to the unknown, to the uncertain. We are inclined more toward evading it than surrendering to it. This is the underlying basis for our fear of death. Death is the ultimate act of surrender to the ultimate unknown.

“The second-century Rabbi Shim’on bar Yochai taught that there are three sounds which never leave our earth. At first they wander from one end of the planet to the other, and then they come to rest in the soil of great canyon walls. These three sounds are: the sound of birthing, the sound of the soul leaving the body upon death and the sound of the snake shedding its skin. These three sounds never leave our sphere of existence because they are the sounds of our greatest challenge, surrender to the unknown, a challenge that is in our face each and every moment. This teaching is fundamental wisdom to walking our life journey. Because the Sacred Walk challenges you to be in that place at all times, the place of awe at this life and at your truth in this moment no matter how frightening it might be at times. That place is sacred. It is God, who is known in the ancient Hebrew also as ha’makom, literally ‘The Place,’ for God is the Place of the Universe, and in that moment you are all of what this universe is all about: Presence.

--from Magic of the Ordinary, by Gershon Winkler

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Quote of the Week 381 - Heaven

Heaven is all round,

Translated to sound.

--Michael Hedges

CURRENT TEACHING SESSIONS

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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

Please check out the following, which is an ongoing activity that may be of interest:


http://www.interfaithci.org/contemplative.html


Or


http://www.neshamainterfaithcenter.org/specialevents/#contemplation