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Paula Matthew, CSJ (Sister Paula Matthew is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet) author of The Awakening Tales immerses the reader into a magical realm inhabited by anthropomorphized animals and a master of wisdom, the Indigo Wizard who illumines their consciousness by teaching spiritual truths. Matthew writes, “ He had taught them about the Inner Sun, the Light that shone not only inside himself, but inside each of the creatures as well.” The meditative quality of the book lends itself to reflection and allows the readers to slip away from the outer world into an inner world of clarity and beauty. The reader will appreciate the structure of the book consisting of twelve distinct sections each containing powerful spiritual insight. It’s clear Paula Matthew’s skillful, visionary writing will appeal to a broad ranging audience and readers will be able to relate their own spiritual journeys to those dramatized by the characters in the book. The hauntingly beautiful illustrations by Keith Rosko and MK Bassett-Harvey enhance the text and provide the reader with a unique opportunity for deeper reflection.
To view The Awakening Tales book trailers, visit: http://youtu.be/fOIgKT15TfA
The Indigo Wizard was written by a Catholic nun, who is now in her seventies. The story came to her, she says as a vision–what she describes as a “moving ribbon of images,” which she wrote down in the days after her experience. The first book, “Awakening Tales,” is the first of 5 books that she has written from this experience. She’s a unique woman–childlike, innocent, overflowing with love. For her, the characters in the Indigo Wizard are as real as the other women in her community. She has absolutely no sense of how to promote this book on her own–she has simply written it and put it out into the universe.
The book can be read most easily as a children’s picture book–but it’s that best kind of children’s book, where adult readers find spiritual depths as well. When Richard Rohr read this book, he said, “This is how we remake the world,” with words and images that point to a deeper reality, and that is truly the author’s vision for the book. The Indigo Wizard could easily be Jesus (in the same way that Aslan in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books is Jesus)–but he also might be Buddha or some other great spiritual teacher. The book has deep scriptural symbolism embedded in every chapter–but others see Jungian archetypes in it, and still others read it as an astrology manual, with hidden astrological significance to every chapter. It’s simply that kind of book, that defies categories. The author sees no boundary lines between these ways of thinking, and so she’s totally comfortable with people connecting with the story at whatever level they want.
The link below will connect you to the YouTube trailer for this book.
Stay tuned for a review and book excerpt.
The Interfaith-Interspiritual-Integral Movement Gathers in Nashville TN in February 2013
The second annual BIG I Conference for Inclusive Theology, Spirituality and Consciousness takes place in February 1-3, 2013 back at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville. This is our chance to gather with others in OUnI and with other clergy and lay members of our interfaith-interspiritual-integral movement. The event is open to the spiritually curious public. It is designed to be a TED-style format to highlight ”the best” in interfaith, interspirituality and integral spirituality ideas and vision. Dialogue with clergy and lay members of interfaith organizations and communities in a collaborative environment for visioning the future of human spirituality. Tentative speakers include:
THEME: “Building Community with Spiritual Vision”
Co-hosts: Rabbi Dr. Rami Shapiro OUnI
Rev. Tim Miner OUnI M.Div
Rabbi Dr. Rami Shapiro OUnI
Author and Professor of World Religions, Middle Tennessee State University
“Five Questions: Deepening Interfaith Conversation”
“The New Monasticism”
Rev. Dr. Kurt Johnson CMH
Author of “The Coming Interspiritual Age”
“The Coming Interspiritual Age”
Rev. Paul Chaffee
Retired Clergy and editor of “The Interfaith Observer”
“The First Interfaith Community in the United States”
Rev. Dr. Tom Thresher ISN
UCC Minister and Author of “Reverent Irreverence: Integral Church for the 21st Century”
“Building Integral Community”
Integral speaker and coach
Interfaith Outreach, Scarboro Missions, Toronto Canada
“The Golden Rule and Interfaith Dialogue”
Executive Director, State of Formation
“State of Formation”
Rev Jo Ann Barrett
Chair, Board of Directors, Council of Interfaith Communities of the United States
“Building Interfaith Communities”
Rev. Dr. Andrea Matthews
American Institute of Holistic Theology
“Creating an Interfaith Theology”
Dr. Sonya L. Jones
Professor of World Religions, U of Kentucky
“Interfaith Perspective of Divine Energy”
Rev. Frances Bagdasarian OUnI M.Div. MPS RN
Chair, OUnI Energy Chaplaincy Committee
“Energy Work and the New Chaplaincy”
Rev. Kathy S. Gracenin OUnI MFA
Director, Chalice of the Heart
“Bodies in Motion: Sacred Dance”
Rev. Jay Speights OUnI
Director, The New Seminary
Rev. Diane Berke
Director, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary
Rev. Karen Baldwin
American Ambassador to the Rural Women’s Movement of South Africa
“A Journey with the Zulu”
Rev. T.S. Pennington OUnI cmh
Community of The Mystic Heart
“Interspirituality and the Five Sphere of Interconnectedness”
and presentation of the 2012 Huston Smith Interfaith Educator Award. This year it goes to an educator from a CIC-USA member interfaith seminary.
The venue is the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN. Official events begin at 3 pm on Friday with the last session ending at noon on Sunday.
The conference fee will be $160 before 1 January and $180 in 2013 which includes all meals.
Get a 5% discount for American Airlines airfare at www.aa.com and 5-15% discount at AVIS car rental. Both reservations use the code: 2713BZ (30 January – 6 February 2013).
Registration begins online by 1 December for $160 until 1 January and then the fee is $180. Register at www.bigiconference.org .
The conference fee includes all meals.
This event is co-sponsored by:
The Interfaith Observer, an international newsletter
Spirituality & Health Magazine
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desires to meditate on the wisdom encapsulated by all faiths.
The book is comprised of simple but enlightening commentary and a wealth of quotations from the world’s sacred texts. It reminds us that one faith alone does not provide all the answers to the questions that plague truth-seekers.
The author takes us on a unique journey through sacred narratives and banishes the divisive nature of religion. Further, the work makes an outstanding reference one will turn to again and again. Personally, I find my spiritual contemplation is enriched.
Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
The Golden Rule is perhaps the simplest, most widely respected guide to proper behavior. It surfaces in all the world’s great religious books.
This excerpt illustrates well both the construction of the book, and the impact of the method behind “Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions.” As you see the Golden Rule embraced by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, and Confucians, you come to see that there is a strong common code behind the world’s religions, and that understanding that code could just lead to a happier life.
More information about Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions and author C. David Lundberg follows the excerpt. Thank you for considering this material. Please feel free to publish or share this file.
The Golden Rule
by C. David LundbergThe Golden Rule is beautiful, concise, and captures the spirit of loving others. This principle contains so much of what we need to know and apply. Its beauty, power, and simplicity are found within all religions.
The Golden Rule contains simple guidance that, if followed, would make earth a paradise. It makes destructive qualities such as dishonesty, envy, hatred, bigotry, and greed impossible. When purely practiced, justice is achieved for all, and good is returned for evil. Is that not how we would like to be treated?
It is easier to apply The Golden Rule when we look for and see the God/good in others. The love and practice of The Golden Rule creates a bond of fellowship with all.
Let us look, then, at what the sacred texts of the world’s largest religions say about The Golden Rule.
~ Christianity Affirms the Importance of The Golden Rule ~
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
~ Islam Affirms the Importance of The Golden Rule ~
Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.
Forty Hadith of An-Nawawi, 13
Whoever submits himself entirely to Allah and he is the doer of good (to others), he has his reward from his Lord, and there is no fear for such nor shall they grieve.
On the day of judgment God Most High will say, “Son of Adam, I was sick and you did not visit Me.” He will reply, “My Lord, how could I visit Thee when Thou art the Lord of the Universe?” He will say, “Did you not know that My servant so-and-so was ill and yet you did not visit him? Did you not know that if you had visited him you soon would have found Me with him?”
Hadith of Muslim
Be good to the parents and to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the neighbour of (your) kin and the alien neighbour, and the companion in a journey and the wayfarer.
~ Judaism Affirms the Importance of The Golden Rule ~
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your countrymen. Love your fellow as yourself: I am the Lord.
(Tanakh) Leviticus 19:18
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; all the rest of it is commentary; go and learn.
Talmud, Shabbat 31a
~ Hinduism Affirms the Importance of The Golden Rule ~
One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality. All other activities are due to selfish desire.
Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 113.8
“Is this one of our tribe or a stranger?” is the calculation of the narrow-minded; but to those of a noble disposition the world itself is but one family.
From the Upanishads we have a quotation urging us to love the Self/God in all persons (meaning the Higher/Christ Self) and things. This is guidance to hold the “immaculate concept” of perfection for all. Doing so makes continuous application of the Golden Rule possible, in the knowledge of our Oneness.
Verily, a husband is not dear, that you may love the husband, but that you may love the Self through the husband, therefore a husband is dear.
Verily, a wife is not dear, that you may love the wife; but that you may love the Self through the wife, therefore a wife is dear.
Verily, sons are not dear, that you may love the sons; but that you may love the Self through the sons, therefore sons are dear.
Verily, wealth is not dear, that you may love wealth; but that you may love the Self through the wealth, therefore wealth is dear….
Verily, the worlds are not dear, that you may love the worlds; but that you may love the Self through the worlds, therefore the worlds are dear….
Verily, everything is not dear, that you may love everything; but that you may love the Self through everything, therefore everything is dear.
Verily, the Self is to be seen, to be heard, to be perceived, to be marked, O Maitreyi! When we see, hear, perceive, and know the Self, then all this is known.
As all waters find their center in the sea, all touches in the skin, all tastes in the tongue, all smells in the nose, all colors in the eye, all sounds in the ear, all precepts in the mind, all knowledge in the heart, all actions in the hands, all movements in the feet, and all the Vedas in speech;
As a lump of salt, when thrown into water, becomes dissolved into water, and could not be taken out again, but wherever we taste (the water) it is salt — thus verily, O Maitreyi, does this great Being, endless, unlimited, consisting of nothing but knowledge, rise from out these elements, and vanish again in them. This is enough, O beloved, for wisdom.
For when there is duality, then one sees the other, one smells the others, one hears the others, one salutes the others, one perceives the other, one knows the other; but when the Self only is all this, how should he smell another, how should he see another, how should he hear another, how should he salute another, how should he perceive another, how should he know another? How should he know him by whom he knows all this? How, O beloved, should he know himself, the knower?
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, IV, 5
~ Buddhism Affirms the Importance of The Golden Rule ~
As a man traversing the whole earth, Finds not anywhere an object more loveable than himself; Therefore, since the self is so universally loved by all, The man who loves himself so much, Should do no injury to others.
The Udana, chapter 5
Comparing oneself to others in such terms as “Just as I am so are they, just as they are so am I,” he should neither kill nor cause others to kill.
The Sutta Nipata, 705
~ Taoism Affirms the Importance of The Golden Rule ~
By doing to others as you would wish to be done by, and being sincere and honest in all your dealings, you may attract all men to become your friends. The Su Shu, Part III
The Sage does not take to hoarding. The more he lives for others, the fuller is his life. The more he gives, the more he abounds. The Way of Heaven is to benefit, not to harm.
Tao Teh Ching, chapter 81
~ Confucianism Affirms the Importance of The Golden Rule ~
Tsze-kung asked, saying, “Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life?” The Master said, “Is not RECIPROCITY such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
Confucian Analects, book 15
Chung-kung asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, “It is, when you go abroad, to behave to every one as if you were receiving a great guest; to employ the people as if you were assisting at a great sacrifice; not to do to others as you would not wish done to yourself.”
Confucian Analects, book 12
When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path. What you do not like when done to yourself, do not do to others.
Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions:
Practical Principles for Living and Loving in Peace
by C. David Lundberg
Published by Heavenlight Press
(ISBN 978-0-9796308-2-8, 448 pages, softcover, $18.95)
Available through this site or directly from the author at:
Over thousands of years, different beliefs, priorities, ways of thinking, and religions emerged from various cultures. Yet differences in religions were never meant to fuel hatred and wars, or breed discord and violence. While seeming differences exist among the world’s great traditions, their most important principles are, in fact, universal. They can be found within every one of the great religions. The differences in religions only make life, love, and God easier for each culture to understand and assimilate.
Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions presents the simple and positive principles of life shared by all the world’s major religions. These truths can bring us together, instead of driving us apart. They comprise a foundation of knowledge that God has consistently given to us. By focusing on this set of comprehensive and guiding truths rather than our far-less-important differences, we can transcend the hatred, ignorance, and greed that have caused so much of our past destruction, and enjoy the personal benefits of applying these principles.
Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions identifies and extracts from scriptures 33 universal principles that are common to all world religions — including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. With more than 800 quotations from sacred texts and commentary, the book reveals the simple philosophy that takes shape from those principles. It’s this philosophy that can lead us to a path of wisdom, love, and unity. To travel that path, we need to embrace the true understanding of life’s purpose, who we really are, and who and what is God. We also need to understand and apply the essential responsibilities required for living a joyous, peaceful, and loving life. Finally, we can benefit from a simple philosophy that ties our understanding and essential responsibilities together.
In Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions, the universal principles are organized to facilitate understanding, as well as to illustrate their relationship to the other principles and how they fit into a general philosophy of life. Topics covered include:
- The Meaning and Purpose of Life
- Who We Really Are
- Who and What God Is
- Essentials for Loving Living
- Loving God
- Loving Your Divine Self (Love God Within You)
- Loving Others (Love God Within Others)
- Loving What You Do (Love God Within Your Work)
We stand at a crucial time in human history. Our planet continues to experience large-scale suffering, including starvation, disease, terrorism, war, and hatred. Now, in the 21st century, we also have the technological ability to destroy life and civilization as we know it.
We have reached an important fork in our evolutionary road. Which path will we choose: our divine evolution or much needless suffering?
When applied, the wisdom and eternal truth of the concepts outlined in Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions: Practical Principles for Living and Loving in Peace will enable you to:
- Have more love, fulfillment, and meaning in your life.
- Enjoy new levels of joy and peace.
- Take command and control of your life.
- Improve your relationships.
- Rediscover a zest for living.
- Improve your ability to succeed in any area of life.
Whether you follow a recognized religion, participate in a less traditional spiritual practice, or pursue the spirit of your own heart, Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions is a beautiful collection of spiritual teachings that can empower you to choose the path of peace and live with greater inspiration, strength, and wisdom.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS:
Winner of the National Indie Excellence Book Award, USA Book News National Best Book Award, New England Book Festival, Nautilus Silver Award, and ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award finalist.
“Presents inspirational principles from sacred texts in a manner that juxtaposes Eastern and Western religious thought in a wondrous and ingenious way. . . . Every pew in every place of worship would do well to have a copy of Lundberg’s book.”
– Lewis M. Randa, Founder and Director of the Peace Abbey
“Lundberg . . . shows how close the world faiths are on the core issues of mercy, forgiveness, repentance, honesty, patience — in fact, all the great moral teachings of every religion are undeniably present in all the rest. A splendid achievement.”
– Dr. Tim Winter, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge
“In a world where many conflicts, acts of violence and misunderstandings have been attributed to religions and their differences, it is important for us to have a tool that leads us back to the fundamental values and principles which were given to us. . . . A timely and much-needed book.”
– Audrey Kitagawa, Chairperson of United Nations NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values & Global Concerns
“With so much debate raging on about religion today, it’s hard to remember the key values…. Looks to cut through the nonsense of divisions of the world religions and tries to outline the truth by focusing on what values religions have in common. A fine dive into the world of God that much of the world could do well remembering.”
– Midwest Book Review
“Beneath and beyond doctrine and dogma, this ecumenical treasure book articulates the respect and love within each religion.”
– Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, author of “Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey”
“Religious polarization and intolerance threaten our peace and prosperity. David Lundberg identifies thirty-three basic values shared by seven world religions, giving us the opportunity to understand that all have the same common messages to mankind. It is up to us to try to bridge the gaps between cultures and religions, and this book will help us. It allows us to hope for and work toward a better world tomorrow than the one we live in today.”
– Mobeen Khaja, President, Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada
“Of all the volumes I have read throughout the decades concerning the ‘universal truths’ flowing throughout the world’s major religions, this book by author C. David Lundberg, Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions is the most complete, accurate and comprehensive.”
– Rev. Ernest A. Steadman, Universal Peace Ambassador, Geneva, Switzerland; Founder of the Knights of Good Works and the United Interfaith Ministers Association
“Does an excellent job of raising questions that in turn lead readers to learn about the different faiths in a way that is accepting of other belief systems.”
– TMC Reviews
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I’ve been asked to post an announcement about the new book, “Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions,” by C. David Lundberg.
He arrives at a set of 33 principles all these faiths have in common. Then he illustrates each principle with quotations from the sacred texts.
A good example is The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. It surfaces in all the world’s great religious books. Here’s is a link to an excerpt on The Golden Rule from Lundberg’s book:
The excerpt illustrates both the construction of the book and the impact of the method behind “Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions.” I welcome your comments about the excerpt. Can you think of other groups that embrace The Golden Rule?