Spirituality vs Religion

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Whilst it is perfectly feasible that a religious person is able to display certain spiritual characteristics, and would also undertake some kind of spiritual practice, one who is spiritually awake has no need for a fear-based belief system. Hence, for the one who has awakened no religion is necessary.

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A New Project


I’ve decided that I need another string to my bow. So, on 6 October 2014 I will be launching my chat show on Blog Talk Radio (BTR). The show is called “Holmsey’s Half-Hour” and will feature inspirational people from all walks of life. The first broadcast will be a pilot to help me get the hang of BTR, but it all looks pretty straight forward so I’m hoping there will be no hitches.

My first inspirational guest will be Author Janice Ross. I specifically chose Janice because she does so much to selflessly promote other authors. Janice will be discussing her latest project which is a book of short stories with a paranormal theme; due for release at Christmas 2014.

Because space is limited on my BTR cover page I’m posting Janice’s full bio and book info below. Please check out my page by clicking on the link. You can also keep up with all my broadcasting exploits by clicking on the “follow” button, which is at the top of my BTR page.

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Janice Ross was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Sure she has not physically been around the world and back, but she’s travelled in her mind and dreams.

Janice is an author. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences. Janice’s debut release was entitled Damaged Girls. She uses the three books in that series to detail the effects of different forms of abuse, discussing issues that are known to be taboo. Her next release, Jumping Ship, is a dedication to her country of birth and an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series. It is a colorful and emotional experience of life, love and family. As of present, she is also a contributor to a short story collection – Just Between Us, Inspiring Stories by Women. And lastly, Loving Nate, a novella about the realities of losing one’s self to love.

Janice enjoys reading. And is drawn to stories with distinct characters that she can love or hate, characters she can form alliances with or characters that she can swear off and despise. She is also weak for a good cultural tale, preferably in the form of historical fiction. Janice loves to be taken off guard by clever language and settings.

Janice is also a devout supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a show, Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio.

You can connect with Janice on

Website: www.culturalcocktails.com

Talk show: www.blogtalkradio.com/culturalcocktails

Blog http://myculturalcocktails.wordpress.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/JGRWriter

FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/Cultural.Cocktails

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Google+https://plus.google.com/104579627944902429382/posts/p/pub?partnerid=gplp0

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/pub/janice-ross/58/691/894/

 

 

 

The Ego And The Self

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Like two golden birds perched on a tree.
United companions are the ego and the Self.
One eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree
While the other looks on without eating.

Thinking we are the ego,
We feel attached and fall into sorrow.
But realize that you are the Self,
and you will be freed from sorrow.
When you realize that you are the Self,
Supreme source of light and love,
You transcend good and evil
And move into a state of union.

From the Bhagavad Gita

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We Are Beyond The Illusion Of Birth And Death


My recent trip away, although successful in many ways, did not however produce anything worthy of writing about. So, until my writing brain whirrs into gear again I will continue to post inspiration from other sources. That said, I really hope you enjoy this Monday wisdom from the wonderful Ramana Maharshi.

That inner Self is the primeval spirit, eternal, ever effulgent, full and infinite bliss, single, indivisible, whole and living, shines in everyone as the witnessing awareness.

That Self in its splendour, shining in the cavity of the heart. This Self is neither born nor dies, neither grows nor decays, nor does it suffer any change.

When a pot is broken, the space within it is not, and similarly, when the body dies the Self in it remains eternal.

Ramana Maharshi

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Multiplicity Or Oneness?


I’m now back from my trip, and as a first post-trip post, so to speak, I thought I would share this wonderful piece of wisdom from Swami, Sri Sathya Sai Baba that someone emailed me. Hope you enjoy it.

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Suppose you are asked, “Who created all this multiplicity in the world; who is responsible for all this variety?” What will you answer? The correct response is, “There is no multiplicity at all!” The one Divinity remains as one forever. You mistake it as many. The fault is in you. Correct your vision. Remove your delusion.

Divinity did not change into the world just as the rope did not change into a snake. In the dark you mistook the rope to be a snake but it remains a rope. So also, the Absolute remains as One, but in your ignorance you see it as world.

The world of diversity stands on one leg called delusion. Cut down that leg and the world falls. I often tell you not to identify even me with this particular body. You do not understand. You call me by only one name and believe I have only one form, but there is no name I do not bear and there is no form which is not mine.

After long searches here and there in temples and in churches, at last you come back completing the circle from where you started, and find that He for whom you have been seeking all over the world, for whom you have been weeping and praying in churches and temples, on whom you were looking as the mystery of all mysteries, is the nearest of the near – your very Self – the reality of your life, body and soul. Assert it! Manifest it!

You as body, mind or soul are a dream. But what you really are is pure existence, knowledge, bliss. You are the God of this universe. You are creating this whole universe and drawing it in. To gain the Infinite, the miserable little prison individuality must go. Follow the heart. A pure heart seeks beyond the intellect. It gets inspired. Within you is the real happiness.

Within you is the mighty ocean of nectar divine. Seek it within you. Feel it. Feel it. It is here, the Self. It is not the body, the mind, the intellect. All these are simply manifestations. Above all these you are. You appear as the smiling flower, as the twinkling stars.

What is there in the world that can make you desire anything?

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Healing With The Angels

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The new CD with the updated artwork on the disc face is now available. I’m glad I decided to change it as it looks much better than the original. For reasons known only to Amazon, my CDs are still only available to buy online in the USA; any UK clients need to contact me direct.

This is my last communication now before I go away on my trip to West Wales. Will be in touch soon and thanks again for supporting my blog.

HWTA

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Richard’s Video Blog #6


I hope you enjoy my video blog #6, What Is Ego? It explains what the ego is and how it can hamper our spiritual progress if we are not careful.