Posts Tagged ‘Spirituality’

Sasquatch series begins….

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Photo Credit; Thomas Hues

StoneScribe’s author writes about one man’s spiritual journey with the help of the Sasquatch.

Part 1 at Unexplained-Mysteries.com: http://tinyurl.com/2cjo247.

Credit for the photo above goes to Thomas Hues.

Author flees judgment, not Jesus

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice has quit Christianity, according to her Facebook blog post.

“I quit being a Christian,” she writes. “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life…”

What Ms. Rice objects to are not the actual teachings of Jesus, but all the judgments others have attached to his message. Jesus told his followers that God is unconditional love.

Unconditional love  means love without judgments, standards, expectations, or hooks. Unconditional love is love without any limitations. It most emphatically is not the so-called love exhibited by Christian political conservatives. 

Most of those who heard Jesus did not understand him and do not truly comprehend his message even now. Hence they insist on judging and condemning, when Jesus did no such thing, and still claim to be his followers.

Just as radical conservatives hijack and pervert Islam in the Middle East for their theocratic ends, so radical conservatives twist and distort Christianity for similar political goals in this country.

Let us hope that many others become as fed up (and as vocal about it) as Ms. Rice with the unloving, uncharitable words and deeds of the militant Christian right. There is hope yet that this nation will avoid becoming a Christian theocracy, which is the goal of far-right Christian conservatives. 

Life Before Birth

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

The Healing Circle coauthor Candace (C.L.) Talmadge talked about”before birth phenomena” with Paul and Ben Eno, the father-son hosts of the Behind the Paranormal radio show.

The show aired live on July 19 on WOON 1240 AM in Southeastern New England and at at www.ONWorldwide.com. This is the link to the podcast.

More information is at
www.behindtheparanormal.com.

Go to http://tinyurl.com/2a7kdth for the podcast of the healing past lives show with Candace as the guest of BlogTalk Radio host Cherokee Billie.

Please “like” our book’s page on Facebook.

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Past Lives on BlogTalk Radio

Sunday, July 11th, 2010
The Healing Circle coauthor Candace Talmadge will discuss healing your past lives with BlogTalk Radio host Cherokee Billie.
 
Join us live for The Sacred Path on Tuesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. http://tinyurl.com/2a7kdth

A podcast will be available after the show for those with schedule conflicts.

Please “like” our book’s page on Facebook. Find it by searching for The Healing Circle. It’s the page with a photo of young people sitting on grass in a circle.

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Like the page and leave some comments! Tell us about your own experiences with loved ones who have passed on.

We love to hear from you.

Candace (C.L.) Talmadge
Jana L. Simons
Co-authors, The Healing Circle

A Winner and Our Thanks to All

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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The Healing Circle 

First round voting in the Next Top Spritual Author contest is over. The Healing Circle did not advance to the second round.

Harmony Kephart is the winner of the free, meet-your-angels meditation. Angels, also known as spirit guides, play a special role in the healing circle.

Coauthor Candace L. Talmadge will take Harmony to meet her angels up close and personal, to find out who they are and how they can help her fulfill her spiritual purpose.

Congratulations to Harmony. Our deepest thanks to all voted for our book in this contest.

No. 1 Amazon Reviewer Lauds Green Stone of Healing(R) Series

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Sometimes we all need to brag a little.

Harriet Klausner, Amazon.com’s No. 1 customer reviewer, gives five stars to Green Stone of Healing® series.

Klausner’s review for each novel is available at its Amazon.com sales page.

The VisionThe Vision “A superb complex character driven fantasy”
http://tinyurl.com/ylja3b4

 Fallout “a terrific fantasy…fast-paced throughout…”gsoh2-cover-small.JPG
http://tinyurl.com/ylbqe4o

gsoh3-cover-small.JPGThe Scorpions Strike :”an engaging tale that has a unique feel to the plot…”
http://tinyurl.com/yg4gavn

Outcast “fantasy readers will enjoy this fine entry…”gsoh4-cover-small.JPG
http://tinyurl.com/yj38bbg

Find out what has this top reviewer so enthralled.

The series is available in paperback at Amazon and other online bookstores, such as BookLocker.com, and as ebooks (.pdf only) through HealingStone Books.

Avatar reprises ‘ugly American’ theme with high-tech twist

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

avatar.jpgDirector James Cameron’s billion-dollar, award-winning blockbuster, Avatar, bears a striking resemblance to Dances with Wolves in its basic plot. White guy from a military background encounters an indigenous population, falls in love, decides their values and way of life are superior to his, and casts his culture aside.

Of course, there are some refinements to Avatar, mostly the over-the-top technical effects that make this film possible and that are woven into the storyline. The white guy, a crippled former Marine named Jake Sully, uses an avatar, a biomechanical fictional being that is genetically engineered to be half human and half Na’vi, the inhabitants of the planet Pandora. With it he is able to walk again, breath air that is poisonous to human beings, and mingle with the natives to learn their ways.

Avatar is paradoxically plentiful and yet insufficient. The bounty consists of the powerful visual punch that this movie packs. There is so much to see in Pandora that the eyes boggle long before even half of the activity registers in the mind. Watching it non-stop on the big screen is downright exhausting. It’s as though the director does not trust his audience to be able to imagine anything for themselves. In that sense, Avatar unintentionally insults viewers even while offering them the most spectacular blend of animation and live action to come out of Hollywood yet.

As to its lack, the film provides frustratingly superficial glimpses of the natives’ beliefs and spiritual practices, squeezed in between all of the action sequences. Even so, that’s a deal too much for certain critics, who slam it as “anti-human” and “anti-American.” The Vatican doesn’t care for the film’s earth-based faith, and still others bash the portrayal of a white man as yet another savior of an indigenous population.

What do they expect? Cameron, who wrote the script as well as directed, is a white male, so he’s stuck with that viewpoint. No doubt those who find fault would be equally censorious had the director tried to make the film from the native viewpoint.

Critics may gnash their teeth all they want over the movie’s politics, but it is wildly popular precisely because of its advocacy, not despite it. As polls continue to show, more and more Americans have abandoned traditional religions to call themselves independent seekers or simply spiritual. There has also been a huge rise in interest in the goddess, or the feminine divine. On top of that, the public is incensed over unpunished Iraq war profiteering, massive corporate fraud that led to the 2008 economic meltdown yet was rewarded with equally gigantic bailouts, and Wall Street’s baleful influence over Congress and the White House.

Avatar reflects and builds on these trends. The Na’vi tribe’s home is on top of a huge deposit of highly valuable ore that a human corporation wants to mine. Sully’s mission is to persuade the tribe to move peacefully, or his corporate masters will have no qualms about using deadly force to clear the members off their land.

Sully soon realizes and tells his superiors that the natives have no interest in anything the human interlopers could offer them. The Na’vi do not live to amass wealth or power. They love the world that sustains them and try to live in harmony with it and with neighboring tribes.

What a tragedy that the preceding is so threatening to so many Americans. If might-makes-right, profits-uber-alles is now the creed of our culture and country, then we are indeed as lost as Sully is when his avatar inadvertently spends its first night alone outside in Pandora.

This film is also a hit worldwide. In the greedy ore-grubbers, who don’t care who they kill or what they destroy in their profits quest, others clearly recognize the proverbial ugly American. If we also see it and don’t like it, then there’s little point in blaming the mirror, which in this case is a movie called Avatar.

Maybe it’s time to address what causes such a revolting reflection in the first place.

Some People Just Need Killing…

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Theocrats Put Death Mark on Heroine,
Punish Father in Fantasy Saga’s 3rd Book

Lancaster, Texas (July 16, 2008) — Some people just need killing.

Will the ones to die be Helen Andros, outspoken first-generation heroine of the Green Stone of Healing® fantasy saga, and her newly reconciled father?

The astonishing sequel to The Vision and Fallout, The Scorpions Strike debuts today in paperback and ebook versions. Helen and Lord James Mordecai endure proscription and savage punishment by the state-sanctioned Temple of Kronos.

Under a Temple death mark, Helen learns basic energy manipulation from Maguari, the otherworldly Mist-Weaver, and first uses her green gem for healing and saving lives. Lord James’ political enemies hound him relentlessly and a treacherous ally plots his assassination.

The Scorpions Strike is fast-paced, action-packed and full of surprises,” writes Anne Garber, managing director of evalu8.org. “Just when you think you have figured out where these events might be heading, everything you imagined is thrown out the window.”

Calling the series “masterful,” Garber concludes, “Hooray for Helen Andros and the behaviour-models she has spawned. What an important void this character, and C.L. Talmadge’s inspirational story have filled!”

HealingStone Books today also made The Vision and Fallout available as paperbacks. Readers may browse through all three books online for free at http://www.greenstoneofhealing.com/browsebooks.shtml.

The first two novels in the series have drawn high praise.

“Exceptional job of writing, and keeping this story tightly together in a genre that is certainly difficult to do such, our author is top-notch,” Shirley P. Johnson writes about Fallout in Midwest Book Review. “If you love an intense read, packed with sinister power seekers, grueling heartless characters, yet laced with mystical moments, the lure of peace and healing, and the hope that goodness will prevail, this read is for you.”

“Helen is a formidable protagonist,” Kirkus Discoveries says about The Vision.

Over several generations of strong female characters, the saga explores what happens when politics and piety collide–how state support for an exclusionary religion leads to worldwide cataclysm and the utter destruction of an island nation called Azgard.

Author C.L. Talmadge describes the series as, “a blue-state version of ‘end-of-the-world’ fiction without a traditional religious viewpoint. Instead, it examines alternative spiritual themes and sets forth a different interpretation of free will and good and evil.”

Throughout the tale, the heroines and their mysterious jewel offer a healing, inclusive alternative to a government that persecutes those who do not look like or share the religious beliefs of the ones in power.

Readers who become fond of Helen and other characters will be delighted that they reincarnate, affirming that not even death can separate loved ones (or enemies).

Talmadge’s writing career began in 1976. A political columnist syndicated by North Star Writers Group, she has been on staff or freelanced for numerous media including Business Week, the Dallas Times Herald, Forbes, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and Reuters America.

The author discusses this latest book and how the series speaks to events today:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/07/prweb1097104.htm

The Scorpions Strike
Paperback:       $16.95
Pages:      248
ISBN:      978-9800537-5-3

eBook:   $6.95
Format:    .pdf only
Pages:    312
ISBN:   978-0-9800537-2-2

Ultimate power–Ultimate abuse

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Recently the head of the Catholic Church made his first visit to the United States. About that time, Lone Star State child protective officials removed 416 children from a West Texas compound run by the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints after receiving a phone call alleging child abuse.

Now Pope Benedict VXI has gone back to the Vatican, and the investigation into FLDS treatment of the children now in state custody must run its course. Apart from the Catholic Church’s own child-abuse scandal, do these two events have anything else in common?

They do indeed–even if neither side would care to be compared with the other. And, ironically, child abuse is a common symptom of exactly that which links the two.

Both are institutions attempting to exert ultimate power over their followers by claiming the only way to God. These institutions insist that they speak for God, and that God will not accept or love those who do not follow said institution’s rules or believe said institution’s creeds or dogmas

Asserting the one and only hotline to Divine approval and acceptance is to claim ultimate power. Think about it carefully. The Catholic Church, the FLDS, its mainstream successor (the current Mormon Church), and many other institutions have tried or still attempt to assert ultimate supremacy. Scientists and/or atheists don’t get off the hook here, either. If we claim there is no God and insist that others who believe are stupid or illogical, we are still trying to assert ultimate control over them.

The Catholic Church, the FLDS, other religions and sects, the scientific community all share at least one common trait. All of them want to interpret our reality for us, and to define the meanings of our lives and beings. In doing so, they usurp the kind of power, authority, and control that leads straight to child and many other forms of abuse. (Even atheists/scientists behave like theocrats if they demand that others conform to their nonbeliefs.)

Enough already. No one has the right or the wisdon to step between another person and God, or to order people’s lives to such a degree. But we cannot blame the theocrats entirely when abuse occurs. Theocrats obtain power only when the rest of us cede it to them. They rush in to fill that vaccum created when we refuse to be responsible for our beliefs, our thoughts, our feelings–in other words, for our lives and our beings.

Power-mongering theocrats flourish to a great extent because we fear responsibility instead of embracing it. So we shall redefine responsibility to make it much less fearful.