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Reality Unveiled

In the mid-sixties, I read a book by Doctor Joseph Murphy that talked about the power of the subconscious mind. The information was mind-boggling for a young teenager but the author wove his concepts with religion and prayer to such a degree I missed, and subsequently disregarded, the spiritual message within. Still, as I endured the religious brainwashing of every child growing up in America’s Bible belt at the time, a spark was ignited that eventually led me away from religion. Years later, I discovered the works of Doctor Michael Newton and past lives regression therapy, and a few years after that, a book titled, “The Secret.” These and, by now countless books, articles and personal discussions have solidified my beliefs in the immortality of the spirit and oneness of the universe. Nothing I’d read, however, was equal to the carefully designed and presented concepts of Ziad Masri in his book, “Reality Unveiled.”

From the concept, The Law of One—creator and creation—to the spirit realm and history of our world, Masri presents these difficult to explain ideas, with plenty of scientific examples and background, so that everyone can understand. As well read as I am in these concepts, Masri surprised and enlighten me in several ways. For example, his take on the Law of Attraction (The Secret) is eye-opening, summed up by a Carl Jung quote, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Masri explains the tremendous jumps forward in human evolution and development in periods of time less than one percent of what evolution (as we define it) should have taken. He talks about visits from otherworldly spirits (my avoidance of the word “alien” is intentional) that have helped speed up human development here and elsewhere throughout the universe and defines their monuments, created many millennium ago, both here and on other planets and moons visible in our galaxy.

Masri combines these and many more concepts to create a vision of purpose, hope and a connection to infinite knowledge, but most of all he leads us to the foundation that holds all of creation together—love. I highly recommend “Reality Unveiled” to everyone interested in the secrets of life and all that life entails, from birth to death and life beyond death.

Reality Unveiled by Ziad Masri was reviewed as an Advanced Review Copy for Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards; the book had not yet been published.

Gettin’ Down with Dan Brown

“After the huge success of Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code” da-vinci-code-coverI suspect that any author would love to be compared to that best-selling author, let alone deposit one of his royalty checks! And with “Eloah: No Heaven”, the first volume of Lex Allen’s new Eloah series which is firmly in the same genre, the comparisons are both apt and inevitable.” -Guy Teague.

no-heaven-final-miniPicture me looking into a mirror, with this paragraph from a recent book review for No Heaven running through my head. See my head? See it swell? See steam drifting out of my ears? Cringe at the thought of my head bursting like a watermelon dropped from the third story onto concrete. No? Well, try this one —

“The story is imaginative and interesting. He keeps even the skeptical reader riveted to the outcome. He does a better job than Dan Brown.”- Seeley James

A better job than Dan Brown, are you kidding me? The man who wrote the international bestsellers Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol, Da Vinci Code and Inferno? And let’s not forget his ‘getting wet behind the ears’ works, Deception Point and Digital Fortress? That Dan Brown?

I’m flattered, amazed and dizzy imagining the doors that could open following such praise. My imagination knows no bounds and includes the ultimate — an endorsement from The Man himself. But, how does one go about getting said endorsement? I thought of writing him an email or a direct message on Twitter but would he see it? He has an office and a staff that manages his website, tweets his tweets and screens his emails. IF I got through to him, what would I say? Nothing, because before I could embarrass myself by contacting Mr. Brown in any fashion or form, I read this article:  No, I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script.  I’ll wait for you to check out the article.

You’re back? Great. So, as you can tell from reading the article, only a fool would attempt to obtain endorsement from a celebrity. My mama never raised any fools. Dan Brown endorsement is a no-go. I was okay with that, I accepted it in my heart until I rediscovered another couple reviews:

“In the tradition of Dan Brown… this is a book about church conspiracies and cover-ups. That’s where the similarity ends, though, with a far stranger truth involved than any Dan Brown book, as the paranormal plays a part in Allen’s No Heaven.” – Demelza Carlton

And this… “If you like ‘Dan Brown-esque’ thrillers with some social criticism tossed in to make you think, then give this one a read.” – Antonio Simon, Jr.

And another… “On the surface, it’s a supernatural thriller with a religious tread – think Dan Brown and the like – with science-fiction (other worlds, aliens, theory of quantum mechanics…) and supernatural. If this is the kind of story appeals to you, read it; you’ll love it.” – Danny

And… No, no more. I try to avoid beating the proverbial dead horse whenever possible. My heart be damned, I can’t… I won’t write Dan Brown or bore you with more of my ‘the next Dan Brown’ review excerpts. But, I will enjoy the warmth in my gut that comes from the sure knowledge that if I’m getting all these reviews that suggest my books are as good as those of Dan Brown; I must be writing something right and good.

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Incontinent Youth

My children have all grown up, the youngest is 29. I can’t recall any of them wearing diapers beyond the age of about two. Wandering through a supermarket the other day, I noticed diapers for 8 to 14-year-olds!

I couldn’t believe it and as soon as I could… I hit the internet. It didn’t take long to turn up a plethora of sites on the subject—everything from medical discussions on why this phenomenon had occurred to a forum that discussed which was better for day wear, diapers or pull-ups! I’m not kidding http://bit.ly/2iim3Qi. Several comments in this forum scream for more commentary or psychological therapy, but I’ll pass.

On the medical side, many doctors attribute “incontinence” among school age children with autism or ADHD. On his deathbed, the doctor who “discovered” ADHD claimed it to be a fictitious disease (http://bit.ly/2iX46HX). Or, as Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, Royal College of General Practitioners, called it “ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction.” Who would benefit from such a fiction? My best guess is Big Pharma.

Imagine that! A made up disease designed to increase the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. Could this be true? Oh, hell yeah. But there are thousands of children that have not been diagnosed with autism or ADHD and still wet the bed beyond age 8 and 10. If, as I suspect, Big Pharma and its subset industry, Health and Welfare are the villains, how did they do it? To justify an entire product line, the industry would require a large consumer need… something in the range of a few million across the United States alone.

I have long believed the food industry and Big Pharma to be working hand in hand. The food industry provides fake food, enriched with shit that makes a person sick, and Big Pharma provides the medicines that cure the symptoms but not the underlying problem… bad food.
Meanwhile, we have an entire generation of children wearing diapers into their teens. Anyone out there believe that will not create even more psychological problems? I don’t doubt it for a minute.

Perhaps a lack of active parenting, enhanced by outside influences, contributes to the problem of incontinence among our youth. Under the stresses of time and finance, providing a healthy diet for our children has become increasingly difficult. Many parents can’t afford the doctor visits and lab tests to determine whether a physical issue is at the root of the problem, to say nothing of the costs for psychotherapy.

What I find mind-boggling is the normalcy now associated with youth incontinence. As with hyper active or emotionally withdrawn children, where the tendency is to diagnose and prescribe drugs to treat the symptoms without looking for the root of the problem, youth incontinence has become routine and the symptoms treated with diapers and/or pull-ups. This is quickly followed by a shrug of parental shoulders and convincing themselves that it’s “normal” these days for a child to wet the bed past the age of eight!

Well… to my mind bed wetting beyond the age of three is NOT normal. But, as I stated at the beginning, I no longer have children this young so I can’t truly relate to the problem. My sense is that combinations of diet, environment, and corporate profiteering have left parents helpless to combat this Gordian knot. Still, helpless is as helpless does and I applaud those parents who don’t accept the norm and dig deeper for a solution.

What do you think?

120 Years Past – Still Ring True Today

Guest Post by Niklas Stephenson

120 years ago Voltarine de Cleyre gave this speech in defense of Emma Goldman. Words that still ring very true, even today.
Please consider Anarchism in the philosophical sense and not sensationalist teenagers throwing Molotov cocktails.

“Understand me clearly. I believe that the term “constitutional right of free speech” is a meaningless phrase, for this reason: the constitution of the United States, and the Declaration of Independence, and particularly the latter, were, in their day, progressive expressions of progressive ideals. But they are, throughout, characterized y the metaphysical philosophy which dominated the thought of the last century. They speak of “inherent rights”, “inalienable rights”, “natural rights”, etc: They declare that men are equal because of a supposed, mysterious wetness, existing somehow apart from matter.

I do not say this to disparage those grand men who dared to put themselves against the authorities of the monarchy, and to conceive a better ideal of society, one which they certainly thought would secure equal rights to men; because I realize fully that no one can live very far in advance of the time-spirit, and I am positive in my own mind that, unless some cataclysm destroys the human race before the end of the twentieth century the experience of the next hundred years will explode many of our own theories. But the experience of this age has proven that metaphysical quantities do not exist apart from materials, and hence humanity can not be made equal by declarations on paper. Unless the material conditions for equality exist, it is worse than mockery to pronounce men equal. And unless there is equality (and by equality I mean equal chances for every one to make the most of himself) unless, I say, these equal chances exist, freedom, either of thought, speech, or action, is equally a mockery.

I once read that one million angels could dance at the same time on the point of a needle; possibly one million angels might be able to get a decent night’s lodging by virtue of their constitutional rights; one single tramp couldn’t. And whenever the tongues of the non-possessing class threaten the possessors, whenever the disinherited menace the privileged, that moment you will find that the constitution isn’t made for you”

Take The Power Back!

Guest blog post by Niklas Stephenson

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“Take the Power Back!” “Revolution!” “People for Power!” “Fuck the System!”

Since the election of the orange wanna-be mini Hitler I have been reading so many commentaries, columns and discussions all ending with a call for Revolution or System Change. In the apparent hopelessness of our time we desperately cry for figures to enter the stage that we can cling onto and cower behind. Sanders, Trump, Stein, Warren, Michael Moore, LePen, etc. – usually the convenient populists for concentrated power structures. They stay within the systematically placed framework of opinion but lead you gently along it’s border. Newspeak calls it Revolution while others may consider it Reform.

The two big ends of the political sphere are a general mess: The so-called “Left” is too busy destroying itself whilst the “Right” clings onto scapegoats and victimization of self, which works out nearly every time, because it is easier to stay selfish rather than trying to change yourselves.

The power structures are not visible because they find themselves in the socioeconomic wastelands produced and carried by our deluded self indulgence. Our self indulgent vanity and materialism opened the flood gates for the power structures to settle silently within our society without having to expose themselves – until it almost breaks. Thanks to an asymmetric balance of power [dependency] we think, speak and act analog to the systems. When the power structures begin crumbling due to extreme inequality, rampant militarism or the raping of earth the populists come along with rhetoric bait that we bite every time. The bait is morphed to enormity so that we cannot see the systems in place beyond the bait.

To identify power structures is to identify yourself and coming to realization that your individual actions and thoughts are manufactured within a framework only leading to obedience. Consciousness permeates change and change cannot exist within individualism – yet the first step to change is the individual’s realization of it’s place in society, as well as within systems and the universal cosmos, and, if need be, challenging these positions critically or collectively

Don’t wait for the savior – be the savior. No one person or group can dictate an answer – it is up to all of us. We are not ready for answers, yet. We need to formulate the questions first – as a people.

Pictured above “Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali. Sometimes referred to as “Wastelands.” We are in the Wastelands again and time is melting away. What comes after the Wastelands? Does time continue?

HENRY 12-11-2016

The authorities came by this morning. Two Polizei knocked on my door. I saw them through the window in the door, debated whether I should pretend I wasn’t home but as I was relatively confident I had done no wrong, I opened the door.

Grüß Gott!”

I live in Germany, in the state of Bavaria. The greeting, Grüß Gott is a standard greeting here. It’s used in place of Guten Tag —Good Day, but it literally means, Greet God. The literal meaning irks me to no end. I’m a non-believer, an agnostic, borderline atheist. In other parts of Germany the typical response is, “wenn du ihn siehst—when you see him.“ I like that answer, but this was probably not the best time to use it. The male cop in this dynamic duo was far bigger than I could ever hope to be and his smile was not friendly.

This entire conversation was German, but I’ll dispense with writing the German and then translating; it makes things easier for all of us.

“Good morning, can I help you?”

“We have reports that you have buried an animal or perhaps a person on your private property. This is not allowed.”

Stunned, I looked at the female partner. She glared at me. I think she wanted to eat me alive. Now shocked, all I could say was, “What?”

He thumbed over his shoulder in the direction of our courtyard. I pushed myself up on tiptoes but couldn’t see over his shoulder.

“I don’t understand.”

Finally, the big guy took a step to the side and pointed at something in the center of the courtyard. I saw the Pampas Grass planted in the cobblestoned ground and a small tree.

“Listen, I really don’t know what you’re talking about.”

The female moved a step closer, invading my personal space and lisped in English, “Ve haff testimo… witness who say you bury something in Hof.” She looked over shoulder in the same direction her partner had. Then she pointed. “You haff a marker even.”

“Uh, could you repeat that in German? I don’t understand your English.”

I think that pissed her off, because she let loose with a stream of heavily accented Bavarian dialect that knocked me back a step. I understood less of this dialect than I did her English, but I did get the gist of it. These cops were here because someone had called in and told the police that I had buried an animal, or maybe a person on my property and they based this on the marker in the middle of the courtyard.

I laughed. They glared. henry

“It’s a tree. I planted a tree and named it Henry. It’s a Mammoth Tree that grows about one meter every year, so I’ll get to see it mature before I die. You understand?”

They looked at each other and then back at me in obvious disbelief.

“We shall see. We dig it up and see for ourselves.”

They turned away and it was then I saw the shovel in the big cop’s hand.

“No! You are not going to dig up my tree.”

The woman cop smirked. The big cop walked towards Henry. By the time I got my bow and a couple of arrows, the big cop had made his first stab into the dirt around Henry. I brought him down with an arrow through the throat. The woman turned while pulling her pistol out of the holster. She didn’t have a chance. The arrow passed all the way through her, drilling a neat hole in her heart. She collapsed with a sigh.

This all happened in the space of five seconds. This act of self-defense went unseen behind the two meter high rock wall that surrounds the courtyard. It was silent. It was efficient and I had successfully defended Henry’s life. I dragged their bodies into the barn and under cover of darkness buried them behind the woodshed… without a damned marker!

God’s Laws

I didn’t write this and I’ve not discovered who did. I saw it on a Google Plus thread and couldn’t resist sharing. It was originally written about a year ago. I thought it not only funny, but an eye-opener for those who can’t understand how anyone can take the Bible literally… make that seriously.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident. It’s funny, AND informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

 4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

 5. I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath.. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

 6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

 9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? – Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted fan, Jim.

So, now you know how to respond to someone that homophobic person that uses the Bible to justify his hatred.

TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS

tales-from-alternate-earthsWriting a review for a short story anthology takes a little more effort than writing for a book with a single story and author. In most anthologies, there will be stories the reader loves and those s/he hates making it uncomfortable to review. Well, if you’re in this group, what’s not to like about Tales From Alternate Earths? Nothing, nothing at all!

This anthology ranks high among the best edited and exceptionally well-written story collections I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. History and the possibility of alternate realities and parallel universes have always fascinated me. These stories were right up my alley and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I rated each story separately and none of them are less than four stars. Following are (for me) the individual five star stories:

One More Dawn by Terri Pray is a fascinating alternative for the lives of two of history’s most famous—Julius Caesar and Cleopatra.

All my life, I’ve been fascinated with the life and the conspiracies that revolve around the death of John F. Kennedy. I’ve always wondered what might have happened if the Cuban Missile Crises had gone down differently. Now, I know! One World by Cathbad Maponus will knock your socks off!

If you know of, or have actually heard the recording of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” you’ll love The Secret War by Leo McBride, especially the ending!

Time travel, alien invasion, and alternative history roll into one huge story that will rock your world. Tunguska, 1987 by Maria Haskins—what a great ending for this anthology.

Regardless of your interest in history, all these stories are superb examples of the imaginative powers of the human mind combined with extraordinary storytelling talent. I believe there’s something here for everyone and highly recommend Tales From Alternate Earths to everyone of all ages.

Reviewed 26 October 2016 for Books Go Social

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CIRCLE OF TIME

Five stars are not enough for Debra Shiveley Welch’s “Circle of Time.” An accident in the Bermuda Triangle throws Bridget (Bridge) Littleton through time. She awakens in the home of the Lyttleton family, her own ancestors, in the year 1532 near Bristol, England. circle-of-time

Thus begins a fascinating alternative history story of love, mystery, intrigue, life and death in the court of King Henry VIII. Ms Shiveley Welch deftly interweaves a handful of themes, from the ‘butterfly paradox effect’ of time travel to the life and loves of Henry, Anne Boleyn and Bridge to present an addictive read of epic proportions. Not since the “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon, have I read such an intoxicating story that grabbed me from page one and kept me reading almost without a break.

Alternative history stories… fiction, invariably require in-depth knowledge of the historical people, places and times illustrated in the story, and Ms. Shiveley Welch is unquestionably an expert on Tudor English history. Time and again, she surprised me with trinkets of information I would otherwise never have known. On two occasions, I went online to query what I thought to be inaccuracies or losses in verisimilitude. On both counts she proved to be correct. I won’t mention them here, I’m certain you’ll see them but you won’t have to chase them down… she’s right on the money.

With the skill of a plastic surgeon, rearranging the face of her patient, in this case historical fact, Ms. Shiveley Welch weaves the fictional Bridget into the historically accurate genealogical trees of the Tudor and Lyttleton families. Her ‘behind the scenes’ narratives and characterizations provide the reader with a unique look at these people, their times and travails, their victories and heart breaking destiny’s. I highly recommend “Circle of Time” for all readers of all ages.

Reviewed 2 October 2016 for Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards

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ECHOES OF ATLANTIS

In “Echoes of Atlantis,” numerous subplots conjoin to support the main theme in a rousing adventure by David S. Brody.  The lost civilization, Atlantis, has been the subject of thousands of books both documentary and fiction, but there are few that capture the essence of the Atlantis legend as well as “Echoes of Atlantis.” echoes-of-atlantis

A historian couple, Cameron and Amanda often place themselves in peril as they chase down events of the past. When Amanda comes into possession of a spiral necklace and Cameron stumbles upon a human skull that dates back as far as twelve- millennium, neither associates one with the other. A series of seemingly separate events by disparate groups however, puts the couple and their adopted daughter, Astarte, squarely in the middle of a dangerous triangle.

A story with such a large cast of characters and several subplots running simultaneously requires great authorship to keep the reader in the story without losing track of any of the subplot lines. Mr. Brody handles this potential problem well and ultimately brings it all together for a satisfying conclusion. The author is equally talented in maintaining a sense of verisimilitude when some of the ‘facts’ used to support the fiction are artistically altered. Among the tenets in “Echoes of Atlantis” that drive the story are the existence of Knights Templar in the North American continent, that descendants of Atlantis control a power that could alter the world… not necessarily for the better, should it fall into the wrong hands, and that there once was an alliance between the Knights Templar and Jews; an alliance that could be rejoined to steal the power from the Atlantis descendants. In summation, “Echoes of Atlantis” is a rousing good mystery/thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend to all Dan Brown and Michael Crichton fans.

Reviewed 27 September 2016 for Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards

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