The Amerigun Reality Show

Las Vegas, Sunday evening October 1, 2017– Retired accountant, real estate millionaire, Stephen Paddock, executes a well planned shooting spree into a crowd of country western fans enjoying a concert from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel, killing 59 and wounding 500 more.

Why??? What is going on? Everyone has their world view. Many speak from political standpoints. My thinking has been molded more by esoteric material–the Bible, A Course in Miracles, The Tao Te Ching, to name a few. Like millions of others, I cried watching footage of victims and survivors, trying to make sense of the chaos.

A Course in Miracles teaches that we are all creating our own reality. Outward anger reflects inward anger. A mass murderer is killing himself over and over.

As I pondered the details of the life of Stephen Paddock as revealed in news snippets, he appeared to be a solid American guy. He bought into American materialism, amassed a comfortable cushion, loved gambling, gave generously to family, lived with a girlfriend in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. He did it My Way.

He was a smart guy, and in some twisted mentality to have a Big Finish to his life, he smuggled an arsenal into his hotel room, arranged for rapid automatic fire, and took as many people with him in a terrifying special effects ending to The Stephen Paddock Story.

Stephen Paddock is the product of American culture. He is a mirror of what we have become–gun toting, celebrity seeking sociopaths. Sadly, there are more where he came from, more on the way. The big Vegas gun show scheduled for the following weekend will probably draw a big crowd.


 

So, where will it all lead? There are roads to be chosen. We can continue down Gun Worship Trail, everyone packing heat. Hey, silencers on more weapons can take slaughter to the next level.

Or perhaps, enough people will decide guns are not sexy, not acceptable, not what we want for our children. It’s not a matter of laws, it’s a matter of mass mind set. Other developed nations are much more peaceful. People don’t carry guns everywhere. It’s an Amerigun thing. You’d have to travel to Honduras, drug cartel South American countries, or warlord ruled areas of South Africa to get shot as much as Americans.

To put Biblical scripture in modern terms: He that lives by the gun, dies by the gun. Matthew 26:52

Will this latest event cause any shift in our mass conscious thinking? Well, perhaps some of those thousands of spectators from the country western concert went home with an altered viewpoint. I’ll wager many of them were card carrying NRA members. Do they feel safer with their full gun cases? Or will looking at them now give them a sick thud in their gut? Will they downsize or buy more firepower?

Might they see the insanity or will they simply go more insane? Time will tell.

I take some comfort in the messages from Kryon through Lee Carroll. He says we will look back on this era and call it the Barbaric Age. Humanity will evolve to a point where the thought of shooting each other and living in constant fear is beyond belief. I hope so.

I don’t know about you, but I would like to cancel The Amerigun Reality Show.

Dana Taylor

 

Following Christ Without the Old Time Religion

Prince of Peace by Akiane Kramarik

Prince of Peace by Akiane Kramarik

Danaheadshot  by Dana Taylor

Despite my New Age outward appearances, I am a follower of Christ. I hesitate to use the word, “Christian” as that often carries a variety of images and messages that I do not endorse. To name a few:

  • Eternal damnation
  • Patriarchy
  • Homophobia
  • War in the name of religion
  • Conservative Tea Party madness
  • Stupid bathroom laws

I wasn’t raised in a tight Christian community. Southern California is a cultural crossroads. While the seeds of my faith were planted by my Christian mother, we stopped attending any church by the time I was ten years old. My high school and college years were times of growth and exploration. One of the greatest gifts of my culture was the freedom to think for myself. I didn’t have a pastor, rabbi, mullah, guru, father or mother imposing spiritual beliefs on me. People are born with a wide array of talents and tendencies. I was always intuitive and spiritually curious.

Like attracts like, so I made a best friend also fascinated by esoteric matters. There was many a drunken teenage party that found us in a small room talking about Edgar Cayce and reincarnation while others were getting wasted.

My senior year in college took me to a four month internship in Oklahoma, where I met a young attorney and we enjoyed a whirlwind romance. He asked me to marry him three weeks into our dating life. My biggest hesitation was the fact he was a strong Christian and I was not. The afternoon of his proposal, we discussed our spiritual divide. But love and lust conquers all. We married. During our newlywed months, he generally attended church without me while I cleaned house on Sunday mornings. Eventually, I stepped into the Oklahoma culture where attending church is the foundation of community and making friendships. But, attending church does not a Christian make.

My faith began as curiosity, listening to an excellent, intellectual minister every week, meeting people of strong beliefs. But becoming a follower of Christ requires meeting the living Christ. There are life-changing moments — experiences so profound, they alter the course of one’s existence. They might be quite grand, with lots of drama, or they might be quiet and personal.

I met the Christ Spirit quietly in my bedroom one otherwise uneventful day. I’d been reading the Bible daily and considering all the angles. I’d even started sensing a Presence. At some point, I must have said, “Okay, if you want me, I’d like to be on your team.” Or something like that. No great confessions. No howling to heaven. But it was enough. A power from beyond poured over me. Agape love. God’s love. Christ’s love. Well, it was LOVE. Something so wonderful, the earthly love I’d felt before paled in comparison. I couldn’t see it with my regular eyes, but in my mind’s eye, the room glowed with rivers of sparkling light flowing over me. It was my personal mountain top experience. While I couldn’t live at the pinnacle of that mountain forever, I’ve settled in at a lower altitude.

However, finding faith, did not make me lose my intelligence or spiritual curiosity. It seems to me the message of Christ is simple and beautiful. Love one another. Forgive one another. Take care of one another. The message of the crucifixion was the power over death. Christ rose from the dead and His Spirit lives on, touching millions of lives every day, every hour.

mariaAt this point I have mixed feelings about the historical teachings of the institutional church. From the time Emperor Constantine quit the persecution of Christians and embraced the new religion, men began manipulating the masses for control. The church has attracted true saints and also those wolves in sheeps’ clothing Jesus warned about. Killing in the name of Christ brought us the Crusades, the Inquisition, pogroms, and assorted religious wars. Men’s cultural power over women was reinforced by church doctrine. Many sermons make me grind my teeth when I hear a “woman’s place” given as God’s edict. (As an Oklahoma friend of mine put it, I am sick and tired of some middle aged white man telling me how I should live.) The faithful have suffered grievously from priestly sexual abuse finally exposed in recent years. It hasn’t all been pretty, pious, or peaceful.

Yet, Christ lives. He brought the message of Forgiveness, Love, and Everlasting Life. It was as revolutionary a concept 2,500 years ago as it remains today. He’s still communicating and teaching through those with the spiritual antennas to hear Him. In fact, he’s coming in more clearly than ever before. Study A Course in Miracles, begin your days with Jesus Calling. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

One of my personal missions is simply to encourage people to think for themselves. I hear from readers of Ever-Flowing Streams: Christ, Reiki, Reincarnation and Me, who have felt they are somehow betraying their Christian faith by exploring ideas outside their standard church doctrine. It’s scary to break the bonds of a fear-based theology. What if the Devil really is out there to grab you?

Followers of Christ enter a higher spiritual realm. We don’t need to live in fear of spiritual boogie men. We do need to exercise discernment. There are dark entities and dangerous paths. But weigh whether a warning is grounded in intuitive discernment or old thinking. Is your bias spiritual or cultural? 

My faith in an active, loving Christ spirit has expanded, even as I’ve embraced concepts of re-birth and quantum physics. Jesus himself was a master of quantum realities ~ he walked on water, controlled the weather, and energy healed. He shook up the status quo and challenged the old guard. I’m simply following his example.

At the end of the day, it comes back to Love and Forgiveness. Jesus represents a global shift from a revenged based culture (an eye for an eye) to a forgiveness culture (forgive seventy times seventy). It’s 2,500 years later and we’re still trying to make that shift. 

There’s a lot of talk today about Light Workers. Many people from across the globe, including myself, identify themselves as Light Workers, spreading love and higher energy frequency to raise the consciousness of modern humanity. That all sounds very New Age, very Eastern, but Jesus may have been the first Light Worker. That’s why I’m still on His team.

I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8: 12

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Bright blessings ~

Dana Taylor

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Jesus, My Autobiography: A Review

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Danaheadshotby Dana Taylor

Remember when everyone was wearing WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) bracelets? Now, if you believe in channeling nonphysical beings, you might be able to ask him through Canadian medium Tina Louise Spalding.

I know for many, an autobiography from Jesus is beyond the realm of plausibility. But, for the thousands of students of A Course in Miracles, the idea that JC may have picked a new person to communicate through may not seem that far fetched. 

Ms. Spalding began channeling Jesus in 2014, at least that’s the claim. She has been channeling a soul group called Ananda since 2012. She has quietly published Jesus, My Autobiography, which I recently read. Am I convinced it’s the real deal? Well, Jesus has not personally contacted me to verify his authorship. However, I found the material very intriguing. In an earlier era Ms. Spaulding would have certainly been killed for blasphemy, heresy, or sorcery. I would have likewise met some hateful, grisly demise for simply reading the book. Fortunately, we live in more free-thinking times.

From the Preface: I talk about the truth of my birth and the truth of my life. I cover some stories that are recounted in the Bible and tell you the true story of those events. I describe my personal traits, my human traits, and I define what I am, who I am, and why these things happened. You will be able to understand the truth, and you will begin this reconditioning, this retooling of your mind — of your thoughts and beliefs — on this subject of my life, my meaning, and my purpose, for it is a long process. The time is ripe. The need for a spiritual revolution is here. — Jesus

Written in the first person, Jesus covers his childhood and his travels during ages fourteen to thirty-three not mentioned in the Bible. Whether “true” or not, Jesus comes across as a very human person: a curious boy, a dissatisfied youth, a seeker of adventure and spiritual enlightenment. He reveals his great love and subsequent marriage to Mary Magdelene. A very spiritually evolved man, his message of Love didn’t change the world nearly as much as he’d hoped it would. He challenges the established church and states much of the Bible was twisted to promote a political agenda. (He’s not the first to make that claim.)

Mainstream Christian believers will be utterly uncomfortable with this Jesus, who denies his unique Divinity as the only Son of God. However, millennia of worshipers has had its effect: 

Chapter Fifteen excerpt: There are many people who have offered up their lives as sacrifices to me, and what I say is this: The focus of human consciousness on one being shifts that being’s consciousness. Because I have had such adoration and love from so many — the prayers and focused consciousness of so many millions of people over such a long time have indeed shifted my consciousness far beyond that which I could have done by myself. So you can see that the inadvertent belief in my divinity has caused that very thing to arise in some ways.

I have become so enlivened by these wonderful prayers. I have become so connected to so many humans through their willingness to speak to me. I have been given a lot of responsibility in the nonphysical to offer truth out to beings who speak to me, commune with me on a consciousness level, and try to meld with me in prayer.

The details of his earthly existence over two thousand years ago are not the main meat of the manuscript. The most inspirational parts speak to modern spiritual seekers. He covers many subjects including:

  • The Spiritual Mind vs the Ego Mind
  • Manifesting Health
  • Change Your Mind to Transform the World
  • Forgiving Yourself
  • Sexual Energy
  • A New Paradigm
  • Passion and Purpose

 Jesus, My Autobiography feels very much like a companion piece to A Course in Miracles. He claims authorship of ACIM and recommends people read it. The message of forgiveness, love, and compassion is the same.

Whether the book is authentic or fictionalized, it presents a wise, spiritually advanced Jesus who is far more appealing than the judgmental Jesus often portrayed in religious groups. It’s certainly a fresh look at Jesus, the man, and is chocked full of wise advice for modern times.

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How “A Course in Miracles” Changed Me

Part Four in a series on A Course in Miracles

Dana by Dana Taylor

pitcherWhat has A Course in Miracles done for me? When I think of myself before ACIM, I envision a crystal pitcher, seemingly capable of holding water and performing its task of offering liquid to the thirsty. But, upon closer inspection, the pitcher is riddled with tiny hairline cracks. It can’t contain water and is in danger of shattering at any moment.

Through the years of reading, absorbing, and pondering ACIM, the cracks have been healing, filling in and disappearing. Slowly, almost unperceptively. The pitcher no longer leaks (much), the glass is becoming clearer. Light shines through it and projects a spectrum of colorful beams.

I’ve never joined an ACIM discussion group or even read books about it. I’ve simply embarked on the Course by myself as time has allowed. It is a self-study course. The first year I read a portion of the text and did one lesson a day. The time investment is minimal. Often, the lessons ask for five or ten minutes of concentrated effort a day.

I’ve learned to read aloud so my mind can hear as well as see the concepts. Jesus isn’t teaching in parables. The concepts sometimes feel out of reach, not quite in my grasp. It doesn’t matter if my conscious mind doesn’t “get” it. At some level the concepts and frequencies of the idea are internalized.

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  • A change in perception. Lesson 1 begins: Nothing I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) means anything. Quantum physics is showing us that our sense of reality is largely an illusion. ACIM starts lifting the veil of our illusions. Slowly, the knowledge dawns that we are truly creating our own realities. If you don’t like your “reality,” change it with your thoughts.
  • Unity with God. The awareness that the philosophies that have ruled our world offer separation from God. But Jesus expressed a revolutionary concept —I and the Father are one. He lived it. ACIM points the way to living it also.
  • Forgiveness. The major message of ACIM is drawn in a rainbow of colors because it sounds so simple, but we humans live in a culture of unforgiveness and don’t even know it.
  • Inner Peace. That’s the goal.

People comment on how peaceful and steady I seem. My Reiki clients love to rest in the higher energies pouring through me in our sessions. A Course in Miracles has helped move me to a better place. When I think back on how I functioned ten years ago, I marvel at the changes in my inner self. If you’ve read my spiritual memoir, Ever-Flowing Streams, you know I had my share of anxieties, insomnia, and alcohol dependency. But I managed to work and raise a family. In other words, I was “normal.”

pitcher clearMy “new normal” feels much better. I have learned to “listen” to the Holy Spirit (inner Voice, whatever), take each day as a gift, and generally enjoy life. ACIM played a part in my inner transformation. I’m just trying to pass on a good thing.

Blessings to all—

Dana Taylor

A Course in Miracles has been translated into 22 languages. Learn more at the Foundation for Inner Peace website.

 

What to read before ACIM

Dana  post by Dana Taylor–Part Three in a Series on A Course in Miracles

Before you dash out and purchase a copy of A Course in Miracles, I would advise finding books to familiarize yourself with the concepts of the material. There are many floating around now. Marianne Williamson has become a prominent voice for ACIM. A Return to Love has now reached “classic” status. So, you might check it out.

One day  while I was wandering a now-defunct Border’s Bookstore (sigh) ,a book drew my attention– The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard.  An inner voice fairly screamed, “READ THIS!” The premise is certainly unique–the author, Gary Renard  suddenly looks up in his living room one day to see a pair of people sitting on his living room couch. They are the Ascended Masters, Pursah and Arten, who were once disciples of Jesus. They are answering Gary’s prayer for guidance. From December of 1992 to December of 2001, they appear to Gary at various intervals and impart “Straight talk about illusions, past lives, religion, sex, politics, and the miracle of forgiveness.” It’s a BIG book.

The set-up sounds kooky, but the book is engaging and the material delivers a great foundation for tackling A Course in Miracles. Gary is your average Every Man given the golden opportunity to ask spiritual masters all the questions his heart desires. The book is entertaining and intriguing.

Read the author’s note and excerpts at Gary Renard.com.

This might be just the right book at the right time for you in your  continuing Supernal Adventure. Enjoy!

Take care–

Dana

 

 

 

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.”

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Course. The Foundation for Inner Peace has been offering highlights about the original people involved with its conception. Here is a slide show of historical photos

Bill and Helen 1967

Bill and Helen 1967

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!

Part Three: How A Course in Miracles Changed Me

Blessings to all–

Dana

 

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

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