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Introducing Shots of Awe

It’s a pleasure to showcase this content from the Shots of Awe YouTube channel. The video featured here entitled “Nonconformity and the Creative Life” is a great introduction, and here’s more of a description from the creators themselves.

“Ever ponder the miracle of life? Or perhaps wonder about the evolution of intelligence? In Shots of Awe, ‘Performance Philosopher’ Jason Silva chases his inspiration addiction as he explores these topics and more. Every week Jason freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz.

Enjoy life’s best medicine

In researching subject matter to share with you all, this is something I’ve had on the list for awhile. Where does it fit in with Gnostic Christianity? If you know, please chime in! I am including it under this broader philosophy I personally embrace: If it’s good to you, it’s got to be good for you.

Madisyn_Taylor

Best-selling author, designer and co-founder of DailyOM, Madisyn Taylor.

Writing for her site DailyOM.com back in 2012, best-selling author Madisyn Taylor shared a thoughtful post about laughing meditation, beginning her piece with these words: “When we laugh, we give ourselves over to the immediacy of the present moment and transcend stress.”

SoulPancake 101

Just in case this has not yet come to your attention, it’s my sincere pleasure to introduce you to SoulPancake.com, a high-minded mission from Rainn Wilson, Devon Gundry, Shabnam Mogharabi, Golriz Lucina and a bunch of their creative friends.

“We want to make discussions about Spirituality, Creativity, and Philosophy cool again. Were they ever cool? I have no idea. But it seems like a good idea. We want to engage the user to “Chew on Life’s Big Questions”™. (I was kidding about the ™ symbol; you can use that phrase however you want. Even to sell frozen taquitos.) Where do you go on the Interwebs if you want an irreverent, fun, and profound take on God and Art and the Soul and Faith and Beauty? Fox.com? Maybe. But maybe also here at SoulPancake.com.

While primarily counting on the community to bring the site to life,

Solving Biblical Mysteries #39 from William C. Kiefert

The Practical Side of Heaven

The Practical Side of Heaven


Copyright William C. Kiefert. All Rights Reserved.

Originally written on May 9, 2002.

Dear friends:

Homophobia is the product of a grave misinterpretation of Paul’s letter to the Romans (1:27). That mistake cannot be recognized from the Judaic-Christian worldview. To understand this mistake, Romans 1:27 must be understood in Paul’s worldview; i.e. that of a Gnostic Christian.

Please consider reading “Does the Bible Condemn Homosexuality?” below, which comes from the Solving Biblical Mysteries section of my book, “The Practical Side of Heaven.” I believe reading this can open the door to the correct interpretation of Romans 1:27, which, in turn, eliminates the “cause” of homophobia.

Your thoughts on this will be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
William C. Kiefert

Does the Bible condemn homosexuality?
The condemnation of homosexuality is not authentic to early Christianity for two reasons.

On the right track, or not?

To stimulate thoughts and conversations, it’s my pleasure to share this 2004 exchange from our message board between Ron Matrisch and Dave Stoverden.

Community member Ron Matrisch.

Community member Ron Matrisch.

From Ron Matrisch: My reason for joining this group was to find others that think like I do. All of the text that the “church” has banned or tried to hide from the world such as the Gnostic text sparks my interest. In my opinion the “church” has done its best to keep its power and control, and anything that takes that power away from them is considered (by them) not of God. Instead of teaching the truth they give us half truths and outright lies. It does say that in the end times that knowledge will be increased. I say it will be the truth that has been hidden from us all of these years.

From Dave Stoverden: Absolutely right Revron8. But when you speak of “truth” I get kinda uneasy

Consciousness conversations

Dr. Ervin Laszlo is founder-director of the General Evolution Research Group and past president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is the editor of the international periodical World Futures and Chancellor of WorldShift University. He is the founder and president of international think tank the Club of Budapest and the author of 83 books translated into 21 languages. He lives in Italy.

Beginning tomorrow, March 12, 2013, and for the next six weeks, Dr. Laszlo will be part of “The Consciousness Conversations” to be hosted by The Intelligent Optimist’s Jurriaan Kamp.

The coming expansion of consciousness will change the world beyond anything we can imagine. That’s the premise and promise of our first Visionary Dialogue featuring some of the leading minds—and souls—in the field in conversation with each other and with you about topics like:
• Is a new era of consciousness really on its way? How do we know?
• What will it look like? What effect will it have?
• How can we be active participants in its emergence?

What in the world are gnostics?

Back in 2004, Dave Stoverden in Colorado was active in discussions here. You may have seen this note from his previous posting:

“I have a couple of paragraphs from Stephan Hoeller that do pretty good job of summing up ‘What in the world are gnostics?’

It’s my pleasure to provide the following text from Mr. Hoeller courtesy of The Gnosis Archive (www.gnosis.org) as an introduction to this esteemed scholar and his important works. Many thanks also to Mr. Stoverden for his passion and for sharing his knowledge.

"The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead" by Stephan A. Hoeller (Quest, 1982)

“The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead” by Stephan A. Hoeller (Quest, 1982)

Excerpt from The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead by Stephan A. Hoeller (Quest, 1982).

What in the world are gnostics?

ONE…

Weaves the novice filmmaker’s remarkable adventures with the answers to life’s ultimate questions in a journey that just may transform your way of seeing the world as ONE.

What do you think?