Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Taking Serenity Breaks

Clearly there has been considerable turmoil and conflict in America.  In addition, I have been feeling overwhelmed and stressed out from a multiplicity of factors.  It's like I am a ninja encircled by my enemies who are attacking me from all sides.  In other words, think of something that has been causing you a lot of anxiety and grief lately; multiply that by ten and you can more fully appreciate what I have been going through. 

The good news is that I truly believe suffering does not represent a normal state of being. As I try my best to walk a spiritual path, I have learned many ways to gain relief and solace from the maladies of living this physical experience. Along these lines, I would like to discuss five ways to take a break, restore balance, become more grounded, and reconnect with the power of the Sun beyond all the storms and troubled waters. 

Are you ready to take that break today? I sure am. I call this process "Taking Serenity Breaks".

#1. Contemplate the nature of the Divine. I see the Divine in sunsets and sunrises - such heartfelt colors and shimmering ribbons of light.  Wasn't the recent and total solar eclipse breathtaking too? I feel the presence of the Divine - Source of all Life, Beauty, Love, and Consciousness, in the vastness of the oceans, and in the twinkling glow of the stars at night. How about the majesty of the Redwoods or the dappled sunlight and solitude of the forests?  Let's not forget the splendor of the rivers, the deserts, the glaciers, and those blue skies with infinite, floating, cloud-pictures. Why don't we just walk barefoot on the beach today merging our senses with the roar of the ocean surf? The list goes on and on. I don't know about you, but I am feeling a little bit better now.

(Read more of this essay here) Click for more Serenity Breaks

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Friday, July 14, 2017

A mystical Experience.

It's bittersweet thinking about returning home after these two peaceful days of being at the Best Western Motel, on the beach, in Brookings, Oregon. So many sea-smells, images, and sounds.

We had several gorgeous days of clear skies and warm sunshine. Can't forget the omnipresent, alluring rumble of the surf. I still hear the melodic clang from the off-shore buoys, and the heavenly, mixed bird-chorus that lifted our soul. Sill see the shining, glittering, diamond lights refracting endlessly from the calm seas. They hypnotize my gaze along the infinite, blue horizon.

Susan says the air smells a little fishy. For me, I find the aroma pleasant as it instantly takes me to a zone of relaxation...no worries here. I look over the white and gray driftwood logs to the dazzling ocean view from our balcony slider windows. I open the sliders to let in the sea air and the gentle sounds of the surf. As I step outside, my whole body, heart, and spirit sways to the ocean scenery. 

From my vantage point, a butterfly kite dances above in the wind. It makes sweet contact with another kite that looks like a strange, orange bird. Both of their tails and streamers shimmer with flashes of light projected from the ocean below.

(More of this essay at the link below)

Continue with the Mystical Experience

You might also want to check out our new spiritual book, "Reflections: A Journey to God", at Amazon and Christian Faith Publishing:  Look over "Reflections"

Peace, Joy, and Love: Gary and Susan Eby

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Zoom with the Authors

Gary and Susan will be zooming once a month (similar to Skype), on 4th Sunday of the month at 5:30 PM (Pacific Time). We hope you will consider joining us for this spiritual discussion. The cool thing is that it's live and face to face.

To Zoom, all you need is a camera (webcam/mike) hooked up to your computer. Go to zoom.us/download for your free app if you don't have it yet.  Then press go to a meeting. The password is in our comment section listed below. Hope you will leave a comment or indicate some way for us to contact you.

We are excited about this new opportunity to meet with all of you. What do you think spirituality is all about? Susan and I can share some of the guide posts revealed in our new book, Reflections: A Journey to God. We will also happily answer any questions you might have.

If you need to get a hold of us before the meeting, you can email us at ebysreflections@yahoo.com.

Feel free to peruse this blog for more details about spirituality. Our first Zoom discussion was on 7-16 and it was a lot of fun. That's why we have decided to do this on a monthly basis.

(For more information about us please visit us @ Hometown Reads)  Hometown Reads Click

Last but not least, we thought you might enjoy this video about our book.  Just let the Light shine!

Blessings, Gary and Susan.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What I Know

(This is a poem from Reflections: A Journey to God, which is about the awe, mystery, hardships, and blessings of life.)

This is what I know:

I know it’s a fall morning in Oregon. I prepare to walk my dog, Max, a 15-pound white fox terrier.
I live in a gated, retirement community. I look forward to this walk again: comfortable, protected, reliable.

Verdant mountains surround our little neighborhood in the distance. Orange-brown berms with splotches of wild vegetation frame the lower and hill-top streets. Fresh pine-scented, cool mountain air, definitely provide a sensual treat. I am at peace, safe, and warm.

Turkey vultures and huge ravens glide majestically in the powder-blue sky. White paint-brush clouds swirl, presenting a gentle backdrop to a warm golden sun that makes me high. I feel lifted, loved, enlightened.

As Max and I walk up the hilltop street, a herd of deer rummage through the forest of madrone and ponderosa pines. Max goes crazy. His commotion startles a hidden family of quail into panicked flight. He missed the wild turkeys scampering further down the road to a bushy safe-haven out of sight.

There is enchantment here. I know that people less fortunate are hurting and have much to fear. There is wonder here. There is endless time here.

Pain exists. I see disease, war, violence, pollution, homelessness. I have dealt with poverty, abuse, prejudice, addictions, loss, grief, trauma, hopelessness. But, they do not live here.
I know anger explodes; fear paralyzes; anxiety panics; guilt destroys; depression terrorizes. But, they do not live here.

In the distance, cloud slivers merge into a black drape that floats above the mountains. The sun is still out but rain begins. Max doesn't seem to mind as pelting drops morph into gushing fountains.

I am getting cold, wet, and uncomfortable. I know a warm safe-haven awaits me. The air smells sweet. Sunlight streams through the cloud-curtain The rain stop and a glorious rainbow arch appears.
Golden light divides into orange, red, yellow, purple, green. In a flash the rainbow disappears. The sun warms my face again and the sky becomes clean.

I know beauty exists. It shines in art, music, rain, trees, mountains, snow, oceans, animals, peace, joy, love, rainbows, poetry.

I know I’m mortal and this physical life will someday end. I feel a glowing light inside. It has rainbow colors. It comforts, sustains, and encourages me to bend.

Today, I have claimed a better life.

Today, I have claimed my unconditional worth and value.

All people have the ability to refute all that is negative, painful, and self-destructive.

All people can walk in the Light; breathe in the Light; move in the Light.
All people can have more life than ever imagined.

Even in the darkest of nights, in the most troubled of life, infinite beacons of rainbow colors are inside of us and all around us.

I know the power of the positive will always overcome all that is negative.
I know that the attitude of gratitude will lift our spirit like wings of an eagle.

No matter who or where you are or come from, you can walk in the freedom and safety of the Light.
This is what I know and one thing more.

I love Robert Hotaling--beloved father, dad, step-dad, grandfather, husband, author, educator, WWII veteran, lover of life.

He died on October 16th, 2011 at the age of 93; active, alert, independent right up to the end.
His soul shines golden with others I hold dear.

This is what I know.

This is what I know...

(More info on Reflections: A Journey to God.)  Just click this link: On Amazon and Christian Faith Publishing

 Love and Light: Gary and Susan Eby

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Spiritual Healing

There is so much to say about healing, and so little time to share it with you. All religions have many rituals, ideas, prescriptions, and wise suggestions about how faith in the Divine can help us heal from anything.

As some of you know me by now, you are completely free to reject everything I am about to say about spiritual healing. What's important has to do with what you believe in, not what I believe in. I strongly feel that all of us are completely capable of experiencing our own personal pathway to healing.

Our book, Reflections: A Journey to God, reveals countless ways my wife Susan and I have healed from different forms of pain, suffering, and incredible challenges. The main theme of our book is that once you make personal and tangible contact with Spirit or Divine Source, your life transforms. Also, according to Susan, "healing becomes inevitable on all levels."

An example of this was the time I got terribly sick from a sinus allergy condition. After going through a miserable time of clogged and draining sinuses for weeks, I couldn't stop coughing. I went to the doctor multiple times, but none of the medication prescribed would clear up my cough.

Like most people, even deeply spiritual people, I turned outside myself with the hope of quick relief. It clicked with me that I was facing the wrong direction. Instead of turning within for healing, I was turning without.

Finally I applied the spiritual principles of healing that I will share with you today. Needless to say, the whole problem quickly cleared up.

(To continue with this essay please click this link: More Spiritual Healing )

More information on our book, Reflections: A Journey to God is available at this link on Goodreads: Reflections on Goodreads

May your week be filled with Light, Hope, Peace, and Love:  Gary and Susan Eby.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Reflections: A Journey to God Published

Friends: Susan and I are pleased to announce the publication of Reflections: A Journey to God.  It is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. We really believe that this book and our services can help you make positive life changes. We hope you will receive warmly the message of hope, love, and healing we are sending you today.

Here is a brief synopsis: "If you are sincerely seeking Truth, Wisdom, and the Path of Purity, if you you are seeking answers as to why you are here, and if you are seeking to know God, our Creator, this book is for you. This book provides clear guidance, and takes us on the journey within the heart, providing the map that will lead us to Him.

The book is definitely a must read, again and again, hundred times, at least, and with each reading the heart will open and blossom with greater wisdom and understanding. And more will be revealed as the words in it are alive. These are words of Light. Complete joy and satisfaction are experienced.

Reflections: A Journey of God is a Grace that comes directly from the heart of One who knows all Things." (From our second book review @ jaamzen.com)

Now, there are a lot of free samples from our book on this blog. Please click this link for more: Free Samples of Our Spiritual Book

In addition, you can contact us at the Fiverr Icon on the top right of our blog for spiritual life coaching, counseling, and assistance. If you place a comment on this blog and state, "I am ready", we will gladly provide you (FREE) with three email coaching  sessions or a 30 minute complimentary phone session. How does that sound? 

See our Book on Amazon Here

Sending you Peace, Light, Joy, and Love:  Gary and Susan Eby.

Feel free to contact us for signed copies or special rates on multiple book purchases. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

More Reflections: A Journey to God

This spiritual blog entry today will hopefully provide you with useful and interesting information about us. Good news!  Reflections: A Journey to God is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Another review of our book is  here at jaamzen.com for you to look over:

Gary and Susan Eby's new spiritual book, Reflections: A Journey to God (click) has now been published! Gary Eby is a retired social worker, mental health counselor and addiction therapist. He writes about self-help and spirituality. Susan studied philosophy in college.  She is enrolled as a ministerial candidate at the Emerson Theological Institute. Gary loves playing the piano, the drums and walking on the beach with his wife, Susan. His motto is "Choose the positive, because it's all good!" 

If you are sincerely seeking Truth, Wisdom, and the Path of Purity, if you you are seeking answers as to why you are here, and if you are seeking to know God, our Creator, this book is for you. "Written" by a Sufi Saint whose sole purpose is to bring seekers of God and the Truth back to Him, this book provides clear guidance, and takes us on the journey within the heart, providing the map that will lead us to Him. 

The book is definitely a must read, again and again,  hundred times, at least, and with each reading the heart will open and blossom with greater wisdom and understanding. And more will be revealed as the words in it are alive. These are words of Light. Complete joy and satisfaction are experienced. 

Reflections: A Journey of God is a Grace that comes directly from the heart of One who knows all Things.

We all seem to be looking for something in our life; something that satisfies a need we have. Gary and I believe that this need will not be found in a new house, or car, or relationship, or even through strict and traditional churches.

Spirituality is important because it takes us back to the source of who we really are... a Child of God, holding within a Divine Spark, which relays to us (through meditation and prayer) what we need to be and how we need to be in this world. We are reflections of God. This is the basis of Spirituality.

Feel free to read an interview of us on www.thecrazymind.com


Sending you beautiful blessings today from Gary and Susan Eby.