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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

Dance Titus Dance

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Watch this video of my grandson Titus…Justin Bieber, watch out.  Titus has all the moves and what about that face?  Not sure about Titus  being the next teeny-bopper sensation, but definitely the next tiny-bopper sensation.  Titus goes viral!!!  Titus Dancing

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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…)

IT’S A BOY!!!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Sunday, October 19th,  at 11:07am Pacific time Titus Jay  Gladstone entered our world at  eight pounds seven ounces. Titus is super cute as you can tell from the pictures. He is also super strong. Titus came out  with  eyes open and ready toTitus take on the world.  Mom Natasha, after thirty hours of labor, was  less sparky but in great shape. Dad Cyrus seemed the most in need of a  nap of the three as he took his birth coaching tasks quite seriously and was up most of the thirty hours with Natasha.

Titus is my first grandchild. Everyone tells you how attached you are going to be to your grandchildren and they are right. Titus and I only had an initial brief conversation with me doing all the talking, but I can already tell we are going to be great friends.  Titus has a really strong chest for a newborn, a strong grip and good control of his legs.  He smiles a lot, opens his eyes to look at you and seems to understand everything you say.  He prefers sleeping to talking but does emit little cries when he is passed from parent to grandparent.  We are limiting visitors for the first couple of days but that is more for the benefit of Cyrus and Natasha than Titus.  Titus doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. Good thing since the world has enough cares already.

It will be interesting to see how Titus contributes to the world.  He clearly has shown up with lots of knowledge, most of which no doubt he will forget as he is programmed to survive human interaction.  You can tell from a newborn that they are totally aware on a higher plane of everything that is happening.  They seem somewhat puzzled by having their small vulnerable human body, but other than that they are blissed out beings.  At least Titus is.

We welcome Titus to our family and our world.  No doubt he will be blogging and participating in all sorts of activities in just a few short years. Until then he can just lay back and relax and let his parents and grandparents spoil him with love.  Every  baby is a miracle baby.  How just two small cells can produce such perfect marvels is beyond comprehension.  We all have an obligation to ensure that the world that Titus and his peers grow into is viable and sustainable.  The really big solutions  will no doubt come from Titus and those being born at this time with great spiritual strength, but in the meantime the rest of us need to do our best to maintain the best of what already exists.  If a new born baby will not inspire us, nothing will.  Let’s continue to be inspired.

Way to go Titus!!!Titus 2