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SPIRITUAL NOT RELIGIOUS (Guest Blog by WILLIAM ARNTZ)

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:

SPIRITUAL NOT RELIGIOUS

“VATICAN CITY — His mother rejected her Catholic faith, and he grewFrancisco_(20-03-2013)

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:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/pa

pa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

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.

Day of Healing and Transformation with Dr. and Master Sha at the AGAPE SPIRITUAL CENTER

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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Give the gift of health, healing and prosperity for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

On December 13th at the Agape Spiritual Center and live throughout the world via webcast, Dr. and Master Sha will be providing aabout day of healing and happiness for all who attend.  There will be music, laughter and deep wisdom teachings as well as major blessings.  As a skeptic and former nonbeliever in these types of remote blessings I would not recommend this event with full enthusiasm had I not already experienced the unique benefits of the blessings from Dr. and Master Sha.  I will be attending and hope you will as well.  If you do you will be entertained, inspired and transformed.

Join Master Sha for a full day of soul healing Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10 am-5 pm. In a rare North American event, world-renowned miracle soul healer, Dr. and Master Sha, will offer an entire day of healing activities that will profoundly benefit all those who participate in person and by live webcast.

Location: Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Pkwy,Culver City, CA 90230.

Phone: 3103481250

For more information or to book see: http://www.drshaevents.com/index.php/day-of-miracle-soul-healing-saturday-december-13-2014.html

TOO BUSY TO BLOG

Friday, November 7th, 2014

I  was seduced into blogging by my wonderful publicist Antoinette Kuritz. She explained that all  twenty first century authors must blog; that it is the best way to create community around your books and eventually titus doris Gaylecommunity will lead to greater book sales. (I believe I am in the majority of authors in wanting to increase book sales.) We all write because we have ideas we want to share and book sales are the only way we know we are actually reaching people.  Of course, book sales also indicate that we are generating income from our writing, an essential from the perspective of the internal revenue service if we want to justify our tax write offs. Once in a while my books do sell sufficiently to create meaningful six figure income streams, but my primary motivation for writing has never been monetary rewards.

So now I am blogging but not regularly.  For more than six months I blogged three times a week.  I enjoyed  blogging  and was between books so it was not difficult.  Then, last march I  began writing “Dr. and Master Sha: Miracle Soul Healer” and it was obvious l that I could not meet the deadline of a 90 day schedule for the manuscript and keep blogging.  So I stopped.  I thought I would return to blogging as soon as I completed the manuscript but with editing and other activities I delayed until actual publication in September.  Since then I have returned to blogging but only weekly and even then have not blogged every week or every Monday as I had intended.  No doubt the number of  readers following my blog has dropped because of this.  Whether that is the case or not I shall continue to blog.  Not just because Antoinette thinks it a good idea, but because I actually enjoy blogging, especially when I have the time. (more…)

The Week that Was

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Today is Columbus Day, a unique holiday that most companies in America ignore.  Waterside focuses on our relationship with the bank and the US postal service so when they take a holiday, so do we. Of course we started this policy more than thirty years ago when it really mattered if the bank and post office were open for our basic operations. Today, in 2014, we could be just as productive with both the bank and the post office closed, but everyone at the main office looks forward to getting the day off so our tradition continues.

Gayle and I just spent the last week driving from Cardiff to Ashland Oregon and back. Along the way we had a wonderful meeting with Michael Beckwith of Agape and then Marilyn Tam and her husband Kevin in Santa Barbara. We had one of the most amazing vegan meals I have ever eaten. I am a real meat lover and rarely have vegan meals, but Marilyn cooked some form of squash that was out of this world. Having an excellent red wine with the meal helped, but I have to confess that the dish itself was enough to convince me—even meat loving me— that I might become a vegetarian someday.

The following morning I had a call with my newest client Pamela Anderson. This was a bit of a coincidence given the vegan meal as Pamela is passionate about her “non-animal” diet and her newest book will focus on that topic among other health tips for maintaining beauty and vitality. Pamela is working with John Pierre who is best known as popular TV host Ellen’s personal trainer. John Pierre is also a nutritional expert and assures me that the sooner I give up meat the better I will feel. I am sure he is correct, but I am just not ready. Pamela’s diet is based primarily on her love and respect for animals, but she is also now working closely with John Pierre who will be a co-author the book. They are focusing on the health benefits of a vegan diet.

After the call with Pamela I had a delightful Santa Barbra brunch with Barbara DeAngelis; we had the most amazing pancakes along with a scintillating conversation. Barbara has just completed the manuscript for “Soul Shifts,” which will be published by Hay House next March. This is going to be a book that will speak to everyone who is ready for true transformation in all aspects of their lives. From Santa Barbara we headed up to Boulder Creek and meetings with Deborah Rozman and “Doc,” the founder of HeartMath. Deborah is the CEO and a remarkable businesswoman. Doc is the visionary behind HeartMath and a unique and extraordinary individual. Doc has campfire meetings that start at 9pm and run until 1am or in the morning. Doc rarely meets with outsiders these days, but Gayle and I have become close friends and regulars. Someday I may write a book based just on the conversations I had with him recently, but until then Doc prefers we keep our campfire chats confidential. (more…)