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Ever-Flowing Streams chronicles my spiritual adventures through the seemingly disconnected avenues of Christianity, the Japanese healing system of Reiki, quantum physics, A Course in Miracles, and past-life therapy. While living a middle-class, conventional life, I’m drawn into the healing prayer wave of the 1980’s. Seeking a healthier life and answers to a recurring medical mystery, I go beyond the boundaries of the church to study the emerging mind-body-spirit movements of the day. In 2005, an encounter with a Reiki therapist changes my life and challenges my belief system.  Ultimately, the book deals with the power of prayer and includes exercises for readers to explore their own healing possibilities.

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Open minded seekers who love reading spiritual literature, biography and case studies will find this book combines those ingredients and mixes them with thought provoking ideas. Dana’s struggles with her condition and her conscience will resonate for many people. Dana has had an amazing journey and while she initially resisted following her `still small voice’ to conform to her traditional Christian beliefs, when she finally surrendered she received the gift of healing grace. It takes a lot of courage to step outside the safety of what is acceptable to our peers and even more courage to write about it and make those inner struggles public, but Dana has done this beautifully. As a Reiki healer who has experienced past life recall, there are echoes of my experiences in Dana’s story. I knew I had to read it and I’m glad I did. There are many ways to believe and to walk the path of love. Dana shares her way of walking it with her readers. I highly recommend this book. J. Hunneybell

The book is a fascinating story of the author’s discovery and use of healing arts. Ever-Flowing Streams is well written and very clear. It follows Dana Taylor’s search for an answer to chronic debilitating illness from adolescence into her sixth decade. It is a fascinating journey.  Alan Taylor

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A Course in Miracles–the Voice Speaks

Part Two in a series on A Course in Miracles

Dana by Dana Taylor

My intention in this series is to merely introduce ACIM to people who have only vaguely heard about it. I don’t consider myself an ACIM guru. While I have read and studied the course, I feel I have achieved only the most rudimentary understanding of the wisdom imparted. Yet, it has enriched my life and so, I am passing on something I consider to be a good thing.

Who wrote A Course in Miracles?

ACIM is “channeled” material. In other words, the person who physically wrote the book feels that she was a scribe for thoughts and ideas that came from a spiritual entity. Nowadays, there is a lot of channeled material floating around the Internet. Much of it is fascinating, but disjointed. Various personalities claim responsibility for the information they impart through a human translator. The most well known is probably Esther Hicks and her channeling the group called Abraham the Law of Attraction (Ask and It is Given) material in the past twenty years.

The preface written in 1977 to ACIM came from Helen Schucman as she briefly describes how the book came into existence. She and William Thetford were Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. In her words

Psychologist, educator, conservative in theory and atheistic in belief, I was working in a prestigious and highly academic setting. And then something happened that triggered a chain of events I could never have predicted. The head of my department unexpectedly announced that he was tired of the angry and aggressive feelings our attitudes reflected, and concluded that “there must be another way.” As if on cue, I agreed to help him find it. Apparently, this Course is the other way….

Three startling months preceded the actual writing, during which time Bill suggested that I write down the highly symbolic dreams and descriptions of the strange images that were coming to me. Although I had grown more accustomed to the unexpected by that time, I was still surprised when I wrote, “This is a course in miracles.” That was my introduction to the Voice.

That began a seven year period of Helen Schucman taking down the words of The Voice in short hand and William Thetford typing them up. The material has been minimally edited and is mostly intact from the first transcriptions. There is no officially credited author. As the material unfolds, it appears to be dictated by the “Christ Mind.”

The vocabulary blends psychological terms, such as “ego,” with Biblical references to Christ, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God, and sin. The goal is to impart inner peace.

For those of you still reading, I don’t recommend just jumping into ACIM. It may seem fairly incomprehensible at first glance. In the next blog, I’ll introduce a couple of ACIM pre-reading recommendations. If the thought of channeled material seems strange, the premise of The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard will really raise your eyebrows. Until next time!

Blessings to all–

Dana

Part One: A Course in Miracles: What is it?

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The Sooner Spirit shines in PROUD HEART

PH WEB mediumTaylor email 03 by Dana Taylor

I interrupt this “supernal” blog to announce a new release from my “romantic” side. Yes, I have a new book out. PROUD HEART is my love letter to my years in Oklahoma. As a California girl who suddenly found herself a new bride in the Sooner State, I experienced definite culture shock. For instance, strangers who crossed my path actually looked me in the eye and smiled. Some even said, “Howdy.” (For real. “Howdy.” ) Neighbors came over to introduce themselves. Everyone went to church. Oklahomans ate black eye beans on New Years Day and grew okra in summer gardens. When we bought our first home, my neighbor, Mrs. Blakely, was a woman in her 70′s who had been a teacher in a one-room school house. Great Little House on the Prairie!

The close-knit culture harkened back to a unique historical event–the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

As the years passed and my children participated in Land Run Day events, I became fascinated with the idea of a state being settled in one day. A sort of Big Bang Theory toward statehood. What kind of people would leave everything they knew to line up in the wilderness and make a mad dash for free land? (160 acres to call their own if they could stick it out for five years.) They came in two varieties–the Boomers and the Sooners.

1. Boomers–they made the run legally after the shot was fired.

2. Sooners–they got to their spots “Sooner,” having sneaked into the Unassigned Territories before the sanctioned hour and staked out their claims.

PROUD HEART grew out of that fascination. Of course, a good story needs a solid cast of characters. A romance novel needs a compelling hero and heroine and enough action to keep them from HEA for about 75,000 words. Read about the inspiration for my heroine, Rosa, at my new website DanaTaylorAuthor.com in the post TIME FOR A LATINA HEROINE.

Here’s the book description:

Free land! On April 22, 1889 thousands of hearty souls gathered at the Arkansas border. They dashed into the Unassigned Lands to claim their portion of the American dream and followed their hearts to a place called Oklahoma.

Rosa—The daughter of nobility, she lost her family to violence in Mexico. Does she have the courage to make a new life in a strange country?

Steven—The charismatic leader, fighting injustice of the downtrodden. Could Oklahoma be the New Promised Land?

Ricardo—The California horseman, alone after tragedy and misfortune wiped out his hopes. Could the Land Run offer a fresh, new start?

As newcomers struggle to settle a new territory, fortunes are made, friendships are forged. Love is tested. Will Rosa yield her proud heart to find real happiness?

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There are some nice reviews popping up on Amazon. If you’re in the mood for a story of love, friendship, and adventure, enjoy PROUD HEART. You’ll see why people love being from Oklahoma!

 

 

A Course in Miracles: What is it?

Dana post by Dana Taylor

The time feels right to tackle the daunting task of blogging about A COURSE IN MIRACLES. To those well-versed in ACIM, I apologize now for any clumsy moments. The next few posts will merely serve as an appetizer for the spiritually hungry. To get full, you’ll have to swallow the full meal by purchasing your own copy of ACIM and take it one bite at a time.

Here you’ll simply get an idea of what the Course is and isn’t and decide for yourself if you want to investigate it further. Okay, here goes:

  1. What is A Course in Miracles?

Simply put, it’s a book of channeled material, written in the 1970’s. It is not a new religion, although it is being incorporated into many people’s spiritual beliefs. There are many teachers, although the book itself can be studied independently. ACIM is divided into five parts: Preface, Text, Workbook for Students, Manual for Teachers, Clarification of Terms.

Think of it like a graduate course with Jesus Christ as the prof.

That’s right, the material is credited to Jesus Christ himself as the source. The terminology will feel familiar to those with Christian backgrounds. Phrases like “Holy Spirit,” “Atonement,” “Son of God,” are used liberally.

The message can be summed up in one word: Forgiveness.

Of course, your understanding of what forgiveness actually means will be challenged, expanded, and explored as you wade through the pages.

ACIM is not a quick, easy read. It’s not The Secret.

The Course is about changing how you look at the world and perceive “reality.” In fact, it totally challenges your concept of reality and might just obliterate it.

What began as a photo copied manuscript a few decades ago has now been translated into 22 languages by the The Foundation for Inner Peace. They foster study groups around the globe.

ACIM is a philosophy. It can be a revelation, a game changer, a new way of living. It can be a path to the peace of God.

Next: how it came to be.

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Women’s Lib has a Long Way to Go

 

Dana post by Dana Taylor

“Education is Emancipation”

When my girl friends and I get together for lunch we often begin with a toast, “Thank God we were born Western women.” As college students we embraced the Women’s Liberation movement, reading Ms. Magazine, Fear of Flying, Betty Friedan and thinking equal-pay-for-equal-work was right around the corner. (Still waiting!) We turned up the radio for Helen Reddy, “I am woman, hear me roar…”  We’ve come a long way, baby. Sort of…

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, patriarchal mindsets were joining forces with Jihad and the Taliban to imprison women behind the veil. Millions of women were forbidden basic education and personal liberty. One young woman, Malala, has taken a stand, been shot in the head, and continues to campaign for the education of women in the Arab world.

This extraordinary girl comes from extraordinary parents. Watch this Ted Talk by Ziauddin Yousafzai, an educator and father of Malala. You’ll see  where her courage and inspiration began.

I Am Malala :The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and was Shot by the Taliban is available at all book retailers.