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Drowning in the Light

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Dr. Sha and the Power of Thanking Others

Monday, August 31st, 2015

This weekend I was able to experience four separate events with Dr. Sha—a preview of the 13 part sign-624x416television series Soul Healing Miracles with Dr.  and Master Sha, a special taping at the home of Adam and Randi Markel, the owners of Peak Potentials, a special healing and calligraphy demonstration at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills,  and a free event held at AGAPE International in Culver City, California. All three events were full of light and   positive energy and all three demonstrated the power of  gratitude.

Recently I have been asked to organize an event  that will take place on April 22,2016.  April 22nd, 2016 is Earth Day and the event  is Earth Gratitude Day.  It  is anticipated that more than five million people will participate online in EARTH GRATITUDE DAY. The inspiration for Earth Gratitude Day comes from the film TAPPING THE SOURCE. In that film more than  120 authors, actors, health experts,  visionary leaders, business leaders , artists and athletes were interviewed and  the majority  when asked the key to happiness responded that  some form of expressing gratitude and being of service to others were the two most important elements in their everyday lives. This  intrigued me at the time of  filming and has continued to intrigue  me.  I have since  read of reports  by scientists at major universities that expressing gratitude has  been  among  the highest correlates with  happy people in their studies and that recent neuroscience  is demonstrating on a biological level  chemical changes within  human beings who  express gratitude on a daily basis.

Observing  Dr. Sha  who performed healings at all three events I was reminded that the expression of gratitude is at the core of Dr. Sha’s healing practice.  At the end of each of his forgiveness practices,Dr. Sha thanks the divine for healing. Dr. Sha also asks everyone to remember to say “ thank you, thank you, thank you” at the end of each healing session. Dr. Sha is not asking people to thank him. Dr. Sha  is asking people to thank their source whether they believe in God or just a scientific principle for all that they receive, not just the healing  experience but  for life itself. Dr. Sha always thanks the divine and the DAO whenever he does a healing. For major healings he  does more than just express gratitude in words, he has members of his family in China burn offerings of thanks to the higher beings that he believes  provides the healings.

Another lesson  related to gratitude that  can be learned from Dr. Sha is his constant expressions of 13941544468_2d210be211_ogratitude to all who serve him. As his literary agent and biographer Dr. Sha is constantly  thanking me and  giving me public appreciation for my small role in helping him with his mission. Dr. Sha thanks everyone who assists him whether their contribution is large or small. At AGAPE Dr. Sha did not just thank  Michael Beckwith the founder of AGAPE  for the opportunity to utilize the AGAPE Sanctuary Hall but all those who worked behind the scenes to assist. Dr. Sha always thanks  his divine channels and those who have volunteered to experience his healings. After every  healing he always  says, “ give  xxx  a big hand” which is just another way of thanking those who are willing to receive the healings.

The depth of Dr. Sha’s gratitude to his own teachers can be  observed  in almost every encounter. Dr. Sha comes from a traditional Chinese background so for him his expression of gratitude is to bow down to his teachers.  The video recorded of Dr. Sha receiving a blessing and knowledge of sacred calligraphy from his 103 year old calligraphy teacher   shows Dr. Sha bowing down to her in deep reverence for several minutes. When Dr. Sha  is successful in healing  someone he immediately smiles and thanks the divine. He often bows down to divine spirit in deep  gratitude and reverence and constantly reminds all who listen that it is the divine who heals and not him.

Whether  you believe in Dr. Sha’s ability to perform healing miracles or not, there is much that can be learned from observing the  role of gratitude in  his life and his healing mission. It has been stated by the German Theologian Meister Eckhart  centuries ago that  the only prayer needed is “thank you”. Observing Dr. Sha is a constant reminder of this truth and for all the joy and blessings he has given me over the last several years representing him I am delighted to offer a formal thank you here. No doubt there are many people in your own life to whom  you can never  adequately express your gratitude. Perhaps it is  a parent,  sibling or  even your  own child.  I strongly suggest that sometime later today or  tomorrow you just  contact one of these angels in  your own life and just  say “thank you” If they ask you why you are thanking them, perhaps you should tell them because you are grateful they are  in your life. Gratitude does not have to be  complicated. Thank you really is enough.thank-you-490607_640

Thank  you for reading and have a wonderful day.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

I admire Pope Francis and so do many others. He is the first Pope in my lifetime to show  a true understanding of the relationship between science and religion. He embodies an awareness that is both spiritual and religious, and in so doing, demonstrates an ability to reach billions of souls beyond his own faith. My good friend William Arntz has written the following blog, which highlights why all of us, regardless of our religious backgrounds, might learn something from listening to Pope Francis:


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up attending no church, a skepticism that, for Bill de Blasio, has endured

to this day. As a young activist, he demanded change from the Vatican,

aiding a reform movement that church leaders once denounced as a

Yet as he entered the gates of this holy city this week on a pilgrimage

from New York City, Mayor de Blasio’s feelings about the Roman

Catholic Church have evolved.

“This is one of the centers of progressive thought in the world right

now,” Mr. de Blasio said in an interview, moments before his first

audience with a sitting pope. “In my lifetime, I never thought I’d say that

The arrival of Pope Francis, a liberal-minded pontiff who has pledged to

combat inequality, has prompted a deeply personal re-evaluation by Mr.

de Blasio, the liberal mayor of a famously secular city who has long

called himself ‘spiritual,’ not religious.” – NY Times July 23, 2015

And I myself, along with most if not all of those who worked on What

the BLEEP, would also say we were Spiritual not Religious. But what

For me it was looking more toward science than belief, more toward

verifiable facts than faith, more towards evolving knowledge than

dogma. But the question that has come to haunt me is – did I throw the

baby out with the bath water? Have I thrown all religious thought and

people into the bucket of ignorance? Is there nothing to gain from

current Religious discourse, as those people are blinded by dogma and

unwilling to think for themselves?

And finally – is this attitude just another form of the separation that the

“Spiritual not Religious” folks rail against?

It all came home last month when an article popped up on Pope Francis’

Encyclical – “Laudato Si’ – On Care for our Common Home”. An

Encyclical is what it is called when the Pope writes a major letter about

something of great import. In this case – what humans are doing to this

As I read this massive document I began shaking my head “yes yes yes”

as I read page after page of the clearest thought, based on the best

scientific research and firmly grounded in the Mystical awareness of

Oneness that says that we, and the plants and the animals and the planet

herself are all connected. “Nothing in this world is indifferent to us.”

And Pope Francis, as a citizen of this world, looked at what we are doing

to this world in the broadest way possible and reached out to everyone

“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the

future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone,

since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots,

concern and affect us all.”

He spoke not of dogma, but of what it is to be human:

“Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some

places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this

resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet

access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it

is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of

other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor

who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a

life consistent with their inalienable dignity.”

And Pope Francis was not shy about pointing the finger at those whose

greed and unconsciousness have caused great harm:

“But a sober look at our world shows that the degree of human

intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is

actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and

grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to

abound limitlessly. We seem to think that we can substitute an

irreplaceable and irretrievable beauty with something which we have

And in talking about the loss of Biodiversity, doesn’t that last line sum

up the human arrogance that thinks we are equal with “whoever or

whatever created everything” (that’s “spiritual not religious” talk for

Mayor de Blasio and I have something in common. A barrier between

“us” and “them” is melting. As someone who is scientifically oriented

have I written off faith and belief as some holdover from the dark ages

and turned my back on those who live within that worldview? To that

the Pope holds out the olive branch: “science and religion, with their

distinctive approaches to understanding reality, can enter into an intense

dialogue fruitful for both.”

For the complete Encyclical:


The Literary Life

Monday, July 27th, 2015

In the 1950s and 1960s, I grew up in Westchester County, thirty minutes from New York City (think Don Draper in “Mad Men” for the  typical train commute), and I was the son of a book publisher 9k=living in the center of the literary world.  My dad would have frequent parties with other book publishers including Sol Stein, the founder of Stein and Day; Max Schuster of Simon and Shuster; Jovanovich of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; Nat Wartels, the founder of Crown; luminaries such as Bennet Cerf of Random House; and many others whose names have receded into the mists of publishing history.  I remember the parties and the characters, they seemed larger than life and enjoyed every aspect of living with great emphasis on fine food and drink.  After all these years I forget many of their names, but their companies (such as Sterling) live on, now owned by larger corporations which have changed the publishing world and which, no doubt, in fifty years will in many cases have disappeared as well.

The literary life itself has changed.  As a society we do not cultivate great writing; we really don’t.  I am not sure if great writing is still possible.  And this is not because of technology, but in spite of it. More people are writing more books more easily than ever before. There are more writer’s groups,  more writing courses, more “How to be a Best Selling Author” seminars, and more access to getting books published than in any previous moment in history.  So the problem with the lack of great writing is actually neither access nor time to the tools and the profession. The problem, as far  as I can determine, is with the times in which we live.

There is much focus on commercial success and seeming relevance that it is rare for those who read to take the time to cultivate great writing.  Great writing takes time. Great writing takes  rewriting.  Great writing does not ensure commercial success.  The recent release of Harper Lee’s  “Go Set a Watchman” is a case study that proves why there is little if any great writing or great publishing at this moment in time. “To Kill a Mockingbird”  is a great book, it has withstood the test of time.  It will still be read fifty years from now, more than one hundred years after it was published. But I doubt that even five years from now “Go Set a Watchman” will be read. It is not great writing. It was not meant to be published; it required rewriting.  The rewriting is what created the timelessness of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  The editor took time, months of back and forth with Harper Lee, hundreds of hours of thought and comment from both editor and author.  This could never happen today.  Both publisher and author can not  take the time to have a book percolate. There is too much financial gain or loss at stake.  And besides, is anyone other than a few literary critics or erudite publishing industry or academic specialists going to notice the flaws in books not truly gestated, not truly edited, but published for great financial benefit?

I write books myself and they are well written. One, “The Twelve”, has sold more than 500,000 copies. My authored books however are not great writing.  I was not motivated to write a great book. I hired an outside editor. I had a wonderful editor provided by the publisher. They did as good a job as the time and money allocated justified. Readers have enjoyed my books, and I receive wonderful compliments from them. For some my books have changed their lives for the better.  They are good books, just not great.  In the fullness of time my books are unlikely to survive.  Only truly great works of art survive.

I recommend that those of you interested in writing strive for greatness. It will not be easy, there will be distractions. You will have to find great editors and you will have to pay them.  You will have to allocate time. You will have to be unattached to the financial results.  You will have to cut back on your social media and dedicate all of your creative energy to the book itself and not the marketing. You will have difficulty finding a major publisher. But if you write a truly great book, your words may live forever.

Now, that would be a true literary life.