Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quote of the Week 117 - Help Me to Help Myself

Well, I tried so hard to stay alive

But the angel of destruction keeps on

Houndin’ me all around

But I know in my heart

That we never really parted

Oh no

They say the Lord helps those

Who help themselves

So I’m asking this question

In the hope that you’ll be kind

Cause I know deep inside

I was never satisfied

On no

Oh help me

Oh help me now

Please help me Lord

Help me to help myself


John Lennon


[I recently purchased John’s last recorded album, Double Fantasy. As is the practice with most CD reissues, it had a couple of bonus tracks not on the original album. These are the lyrics from one of the bonus tracks that was a rough home recording made by John alone accompanying himself on piano. The lyrics as clearly enunciated on the track and reproduced above are hauntingly prescient. There is a change in the lyrics as printed in the libretto accompanying the CD, which takes the edge off. The phrase “stay alive” in the first line is changed to “settle down”. Apparently the producers, or perhaps Yoko, couldn’t move themselves to list these words in the libretto.]

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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