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. Still 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 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 about a Mystical Experience

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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 5:00 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 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

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.

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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...

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 Love and Light: Gary and Susan Eby