Archive for September, 2012


Hi! Welcome to my weekly guest post for The Door Is Open by Andrew Cort, hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours! I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

BLURB:

The door is always open. The light is always ready to receive us. But we have to learn how to tread the path.

Fortunately for us, all of the wonderful myths and legends of ancient Greece, as well as all the sacred and beautiful stories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have the common aim of showing us, through symbols and allegories, a practical method for reaching spiritual enlightenment, for returning ‘home’.

THE DOOR IS OPEN describes the seven precise steps that are revealed in all great mythology and scripture, along with enjoyable and effective spiritual exercises and activities that are suitable for individual seekers or groups of friends working together.

This is a story that has been lost and forgotten, even though the entire tale has been right before our eyes the whole time.

Author: Andrew Cort

A native of Boston (and life-long Red Sox fan) who came of age in the turbulent 1960’s, Dr. Andrew

Cort has followed a uniquely versatile path through life. He received his Bachelor’s Degree (in English) and Master’s in Teaching (Science Education) from Colgate University. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College (he practiced in New York City for ten years, focusing on nutrition, exercise, applied kinesiology, and the mind’s impact on physical health), as well as a Law Degree from Boston College Law School (he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar). During his years in New York, Dr. Cort served on the Executive Board of H.E.A.L., Inc. (“Health Education AIDS Liaison”) and wrote his first book, on issues of health care and the environment,Our Healing Birthright: Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and Our Planet (Inner Traditions, 1990, currently out of Deeply committed to education, spirituality, and activism, Dr. Cort has taught in a variety of colleges and schools, private and public, including The State University of New York in Morrisville, NY; Bay State College, in Boston, MA; The Desisto School, in Stockbridge, MA (a private school for troubled youth); Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA; and the Springfield Public School System, in Springfield, MA. Dr. Cort has taught courses in Mathematics, Physics, English, Mythology, Business Law, General Science, and English.

In addition to academic studies in literature, science, law and mathematics, he has studied the work of many spiritual traditions — from the Bible, Plato, the Qur’an, Dante, etc., to contemporary teachers including G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, Paul Brunton, Anthony Damiani, Sri Aurobindo, Mme. Blavatsky, Oscar Ichazo, and others.

Dr. Cort is the author of numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, mythology, politics, history, science, education and healing, and how these all relate to contemporary American culture.  Following in the tradition of Socrates, he considers himself a student, and not a teacher, of these extraordinary thinkers, philosophers, mystics, and writers. His work invites readers to study along with him.

He is also the Host of Spirit of the Berkshires on CTSB-TV, and available worldwide on Vimeo.com and on www.andrewcort.com. Also on there (and on YouTube) is his series of short videos on The Sacred eminine: Women in the Bible.

Andrew Cort lives in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, and can be reached at Andrew@AndrewCort.com. He is an accomplished, energetic, and articulate public speaker, and is

available for interviews and speaking engagements.

A NEW LOOK AT ADAM & EVE: Part 1 – “The Rib”

The story of Adam and Eve is the foundational story of western civilization, and I believe it has been terribly misinterpreted with devastating results for us all. Let’s take a fresh look:  The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘Adam’ is actually a gender-neutral word that means ‘a creature of earth’. In other words, Adam was initially created neither Male nor Female.
The creature was placed in the Garden and given only one  restriction – not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Adam lived a quiet, comfortable, and all but purposeless life in the Garden, tending the flora and distributing names to the animals. But God saw that Adam was alone with no emotional life, no tension, hardship or struggle. So God decided to put Adam to sleep and separate it into Male and Female in order to provide an emotionally meaningful life for humanity.
Here is an extremely important point: The Hebrew word tsela appears many times in the Bible. With one exception it is translated as ‘side’, typically referring to the side walls of important structures such as the Tabernacle. On one occasion only, here in Genesis, tsela is translated as ‘rib’.
This unique translation has had horrendous repercussions.
But if we give the word the same meaning that it has on every other occasion, the story makes more sense. God took one side of the creature and out of this he made Eve, the woman, and the other side became Adam, the man – where neither had existed before. The ‘One’ has become ‘Two’, and there is nothing in this description to indicate anything other than perfect equality.
The isolation of one human creature can now be replaced with a new form of wholeness that is attainable through love and erotic longing between two individuals.
One possible reason for the early translator’s choice of the word ‘rib’ in this one place is that by taking a rib God revealed the Heart of the creature, analogous to opening Pandora’s Box, thus bringing emotions (which are universally symbolized by the Feminine) into the realm of human life. Like Pandora’s story, this is where pain and difficulty enter the world, but also happiness and meaning, and only then do mortal beings become moral beings with the ability to make choices and mistakes, and thus to evolve and grow.
Even if we retain the word ‘rib’ as the translation of tsela, we see that this rib did not come from a previously created male, thereby suggesting some sort of primacy for the ‘man’. On the contrary, the rib came from a previously created earth creature of no gender.
And in fact, the Woman, Eve, in the story, was created before the Man!

Andrew Cort is an expert on the inner message of Spiritual Awakening that is always ready to be found in the wonderful stories of the Bible and Greek Mythology. To receive several FREE GIFTS from Dr. Cort (a copy of Chapter One, ‘Making the Decision’, from his new book, THE DOOR IS OPEN; a copy of his article on RECONCILING SCIENCE AND RELIGION; and a complete version of the Bible’s erotic masterpiece, SONG OF SONGS , adapted as a Poetic Dialogue to be read out loud by lovers; as well as a subscription to his SPIRITUAL GROWTH NEWSLETTER) click here. You can also learn more on his blog, Spirituality and Religion.

Making a Home Fire Plan

Planning a Fire Evacuation Route for Your Home

Published on September 24, 2012, by  in Sitters.

According to the United States Fire Administration, more than 3,500 Americans die in fires each year, with another 18,300 sustaining injuries as the result of a fire. Because the majority of these fires occur in the home, it’s of vital importance that every family has a fire evacuation plan in place. While no homeowner wants to consider the possibility of losing everything they’ve worked so hard to acquire, ensuring that you and your children are armed with the information you need to survive a house fire could mean the difference between an unfortunate event and a truly tragic one.

Prepare

Making sure that you have taken the proper precautionary measures as a matter of routine maintenance can make a huge difference in situations where every moment matters. Making sure that your home is stocked with the proper equipment is the first step to planning your evacuation route and fire safety plan.

  • Smoke Alarms –Your home should be equipped with smoke alarms on every floor and outside of every bedroom to ensure that each member of the family can hear the alarm clearly enough to awaken from a sound sleep, should it go off. The batteries in your smoke alarms should be changed when you reset your clocks for daylight savings time, or more frequently if they begin to emit the chirping noise that indicates low battery power.
  • Fire Extinguishers – You should place a fire extinguisher on every floor, including one in the kitchen where cooking fires can quickly get out of control. Upstairs extinguishers should be kept in central locations for ease of access. As an extra precaution, keeping a fire extinguisher near any sources of heat, such as a fireplace or an outdoor fire pit, is wise.
  • Emergency Escape Ladders – Houses with more than one level and bedrooms on upper floors should be equipped with an emergency escape ladder in each of those bedrooms. Children should be instructed on the proper use of such ladders when they’re old enough to manage them without assistance.

To read the full post, please click here.

Welcome to the Soundtrack to the End of the World blog tour!!  Today I offer a review of the book.  Stick around to enter for your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Author bio

Anthony J. Rapino resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, somewhere between the concrete of the city and the trees of the forest. On occasion, you’ll find him moderating the feverish battles between the creatures of these two arenas. Whose side he’s on is anyone’s guess.

His newest fiction can be found in Black Ink Horror, On Spec, Arcane Anthology, Electric Spec, A cappella Zoo, Space Squid, TQR Stories, and carved inside a variety of autumn gourds. His short story collection, Welcome to Moon Hill, is currently available, as is his first novel Soundtrack to the End of the World. Proof of his psychosis can be found on his website: http://www.anthonyjrapino.com

I am very proud to announce the launch of my debut novel, Soundtrack to the End of the World, currently available in signed limited hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook editions.

Who knew the end could sound so good.

Soundtrack to the End of the World

 Soundtrack to the End of the World by Anthony J. Rapino

From Goodreads:  A suicidal nudist strolls into traffic. An eccentric Buddhist claims he can occupy other people’s bodies. All the while, whispers of a new form of entertainment blow through town. Prompted by these strange occurrences, Marty Raft, a not-so-gentle giant, investigates and discovers underground clubs peddling music that induces an out-of-body experience. Marty and a wannabe comedian, Corey, set out to prove these special frequencies are nothing more than a hoax, or at worst, a mass-drugging.

Instead, they uncover a secret with world-ending possibilities.

If you can hear the music, it’s already too late.

My review:

Let me start by saying, zombies freak me out..  I LOVE scary books and movies, but zombie movie almost always give me nightmares!  I honestly think it’s due to having no control..  If you watch zombie movies, one thing stands out, the zombies basically always win.  There’s no way to get away from them, and no way to beat them, as a whole.  I admit, I’m a bit of a control freak and I think that’s why zombies bother me so much.  I love all this “zombie apocalypse” stuff going around (the jokes, etc), I just think it’s funny.  I have never read a book about zombies before.  Honestly, I never really thought they sounded all that great..  I mean, how do you write about zombies without it becoming more like a side show?

Now I know!  This book was so different, I’m glad I came across the author and thought this book sounded good, because I was right!  I really enjoyed reading Soundtrack, it had action, horror, humor and even some romance.  It was so well written, I almost finished the entire book in one sitting.. During some of the more intense moments, I was tensed up and anxious, just like watching a movie.  I love a book when describing it to someone I accidentally say movie instead of book..  Like I’m actually watching the movie, this is one of those books.  I could clearly see the characters and scenes of the whole book.  To me, that’s great writing.  

I recommend this book to anyone who loves zombies, who is terrified of them but watch them anyway, or basically anyone who wants to read a great story!

I give this book 4.5 stars!

 

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Collect all twelve game pieces (available from each blog stop during my tour), put the pieces together, and decipher the code. It will lead you to a secret website. If you’re the first person to comment on the site, you win!  

Join us in the Insanity Rocket to discuss the contest.

Stop by the blog tour page for all upcoming dates and more contest info.

Here is today’s gamepiece…

Hi! Welcome to my weekly guest post for The Door Is Open by Andrew Cort, hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours! I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

BLURB:

The door is always open. The light is always ready to receive us. But we have to learn how to tread the path.

Fortunately for us, all of the wonderful myths and legends of ancient Greece, as well as all the sacred and beautiful stories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have the common aim of showing us, through symbols and allegories, a practical method for reaching spiritual enlightenment, for returning ‘home’.

THE DOOR IS OPEN describes the seven precise steps that are revealed in all great mythology and scripture, along with enjoyable and effective spiritual exercises and activities that are suitable for individual seekers or groups of friends working together.

This is a story that has been lost and forgotten, even though the entire tale has been right before our eyes the whole time.

Author: Andrew Cort

A native of Boston (and life-long Red Sox fan) who came of age in the turbulent 1960’s, Dr. Andrew
Cort has followed a uniquely versatile path through life. He received his Bachelor’s Degree (in English) and Master’s in Teaching (Science Education) from Colgate University. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College (he practiced in New York City for ten years, focusing on nutrition, exercise, applied kinesiology, and the mind’s impact on physical health), as well as a Law Degree from Boston College Law School (he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar). During his years in New York, Dr. Cort served on the Executive Board of  H.E.A.L., Inc. (“Health Education AIDS Liaison”) and wrote his first book, on issues of health care and the environment,Our Healing Birthright: Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and Our Planet (Inner Traditions, 1990, currently out of Deeply committed to education, spirituality, and activism, Dr. Cort has taught in a variety of colleges and schools, private and public, including The State University of New York in Morrisville, NY; Bay State College, in Boston, MA; The Desisto School, in Stockbridge, MA (a private school for troubled youth); Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA; and the Springfield Public School System, in Springfield, MA. Dr. Cort has taught courses in Mathematics, Physics, English, Mythology, Business Law, General Science, and English.

In addition to academic studies in literature, science, law and mathematics, he has studied the work of many spiritual traditions — from the Bible, Plato, the Qur’an, Dante, etc., to contemporary teachers including G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, Paul Brunton, Anthony Damiani, Sri Aurobindo, Mme. Blavatsky, Oscar Ichazo, and others.

Dr. Cort is the author of numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, mythology, politics, history, science, education and healing, and how these all relate to contemporary American culture.  Following in the tradition of Socrates, he considers himself a student, and not a teacher, of these extraordinary thinkers, philosophers, mystics, and writers. His work invites readers to study along with him.

He is also the Host of Spirit of the Berkshires on CTSB-TV, and available worldwide on Vimeo.com and on www.andrewcort.com. Also on there (and on YouTube) is his series of short videos on The Sacred eminine: Women in the Bible.

Andrew Cort lives in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, and can be reached at Andrew@AndrewCort.com. He is an accomplished, energetic, and articulate public speaker, and is available for interviews and speaking engagements.

 THE GOD OF WINE

Since bread and wine are traditionally bound together as symbols of life-giving nourishment from the gods, it is not surprising that in ancient Greece Demeter, the goddess of the grain, was often worshiped together with Bacchus, the god of wine. Bacchus was the child of Zeus and a human mother. He is best known to us as the personification of wine and ecstasy. The worship of Bacchus was characterized by wild dancing, music, and madcap abandon.
Like other gods of vegetation Bacchus was believed to have died a violent death, but to have been brought back to life again. Zeus’ wife, the goddess Hera, hated this child born of a human mother and plotted his destruction. Knowing how she felt, Zeus entrusted young Bacchus to the care of guards that he thought he could trust. Hera, however, bribed the guards, and by amusing the boy with a mirror – which he stared into, becoming fascinated with his image –she lured him underground into a trap. The Titans, whom Zeus had imprisoned in the earth, were now co-conspirators with Hera, and they ambushed the boy, tore him to pieces, boiled his flesh, and ate it. But Athena, the goddess of Wisdom, who had shared in Hera’s treachery, now repented and saved the boy’s Heart. She brought it to Zeus, and confessed the whole sordid story. Enraged, Zeus blasted the Titans with a mighty thunderbolt, reducing them to ashes. He was then able to nurture the heart of Bacchus, and from the heart the boy was reborn.
Out of the ashes of the Titans, Zeus had Prometheus craft the Human Race. A composite creature, our lower nature is made of the remains of the Titans themselves (stardust), who had become wicked and distorted because of their long and bitter involvement in the depths of the material world to which Zeus had banished them. Our higher nature, however, comes from the burned remains of the god Bacchus, pieces of whom the Titans had devoured. It is for this reason that the Mysteries taught that suicide is a horrific crime, since every human being contains a portion of the god, and thus our body is his property and his temple and must always be treated reverentially.
Bacchus, a combination of Heaven (his father Zeus) and Earth (his human mother), was thus “of both worlds” – and he is thus a symbol of the Soul, which is also “of both worlds” (and so is Wine, which can produce either lunacy or ecstasy). Bacchus became spellbound by his image in the mirror, hypnotized by the illusory reflection of reality, and thus he was ensnared by the Titans who cut him up into fragments and scattered the pieces amongst themselves (which means, symbolically, that they scattered them everywhere).
In just this way the human soul is mesmerized and ensnared by the fascinating world of matter, and is fragmented and devoured by life, toward which it disperses its scattered attention (hence the need to practice meditation and learn to focus our attention). But all is not lost! When Zeus saw that the Titans, in a degraded caricature of their original generative purpose, were now scattering pieces of the divine idea throughout the lower world, he immediately destroyed them so that the divine idea would not be completely lost. From the ashes (dust) he created human beings, whose purpose is to preserve and nurture the Soul, their little piece of Bacchus, and eventually release it from the lower world of Matter back into the Heavens.
Andrew Cort is an expert on the inner message of Spiritual Awakening that is always ready to be found in the wonderful stories of the Bible and Greek Mythology. To receive several FREE GIFTS from Dr. Cort (a copy of Chapter One, ‘Making the Decision’, from his new book, THE DOOR IS OPEN; a copy of his article on RECONCILING SCIENCE AND RELIGION; and a complete version of the Bible’s erotic masterpiece, SONG OF SONGS , adapted as a Poetic Dialogue to be read out loud by lovers; as well as a subscription to his SPIRITUAL GROWTH NEWSLETTER) click here. You can also learn more on his blog, Spirituality and Religion.

Welcome to the Soundtrack to the End of the World blog tour!!  We are joined today by the author of the book, Anthony J. Rapino, as he describes an average day in his life.  Stick around to enter for your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Soundtrack to the End of the World

 Soundtrack to the End of the World by Anthony J. Rapino

From Goodreads:  A suicidal nudist strolls into traffic. An eccentric Buddhist claims he can occupy other people’s bodies. All the while, whispers of a new form of entertainment blow through town. Prompted by these strange occurrences, Marty Raft, a not-so-gentle giant, investigates and discovers underground clubs peddling music that induces an out-of-body experience. Marty and a wannabe comedian, Corey, set out to prove these special frequencies are nothing more than a hoax, or at worst, a mass-drugging.

Instead, they uncover a secret with world-ending possibilities.

If you can hear the music, it’s already too late.

Author bio

Anthony J. Rapino resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, somewhere between the concrete of the city and the trees of the forest. On occasion, you’ll find him moderating the feverish battles between the creatures of these two arenas. Whose side he’s on is anyone’s guess.

His newest fiction can be found in Black Ink Horror, On Spec, Arcane Anthology, Electric Spec, A cappella Zoo, Space Squid, TQR Stories, and carved inside a variety of autumn gourds. His short story collection, Welcome to Moon Hill, is currently available, as is his first novel Soundtrack to the End of the World. Proof of his psychosis can be found on his website: http://www.anthonyjrapino.com

I am very proud to announce the launch of my debut novel, Soundtrack to the End of the World, currently available in signed limited hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook editions.

Who knew the end could sound so good.

A Day in the Life

After much clamoring, begging, pleading, and bribing, I am finally giving in and writing an article about a day in the life of a horror writer. Never mind that the aforementioned persuasive measures were mostly performed by me to my mirror. Forget that I was dressed as Conan O’ Brien at the time. Dismiss the eight and a half beers I consumed beforehand.

I shall not disappoint my public (drunk me dressed as Conan)!  I start each day by falling asleep. I used to start each day by waking up, but I grew tired of being just another follower, and I declared I’d never again be one of the herd. After drifting off, I make a pot of coffee, eat breakfast, and get dressed while I shower. True, the coffee tastes a little watered down, and my eggs are a bit soapy, but having sparkling clean clothes every morning is worth the effort.

Dripping wet and caffeinated, I take the local train to my car. Then I take my car back home where I pick up my bike and ride in to work.

Upon arriving at the office, Caroline, the secretary, reminds me I was fired three and a half years ago for coming to work late and wet. I thank her by licking her earlobe, which is the customary farewell in Laketon, a country I made up.

At this point I feel inclined to explain this is not a dream. People are usually confused when I tell them a start each day by falling asleep. The truth is, I’m capable of completing several multifaceted tasks while sleeping, and even remaining conscious of those actions. I’m told this state is called being “awake,” which of course is  impossible because I’m asleep, but I humor my therapist to avoid what he calls “institutionalization.”

I’m pretty sure he means to say, “Winning the Nobel Peace Prize,” but I don’t correct him because he seems to dislike being wrong.

Anyway, back to my day. It’s still early at this point, so I pay Tracy fifty dollars to go jogging for me. As usual she’ll take my money and come back two hours later with a few shopping bags to report the jog went well, and that I lost another two pounds. I thank her with a quick earlobe lap and continue on to my second job. My title there is “parolee in charge of garbage disposal.” It was a hard-won position given to me only after many years of random earlobe licking. The judge was nice enough to refer to me as a person “amazingly detached from reality.” The benefits are amazing, and I even received an upfront two year sabbatical at Greenhaven, a posh and exclusive hotel.

After work I’m bushed, so I usually head home for an early-evening writing session. I then eat dinner while watching five or six horror movies, after which I wake up for bed.

Then it all starts again.

As you can see, I live a pretty average life.

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Collect all twelve game pieces (available from each blog stop during my tour), put the pieces together, and decipher the code. It will lead you to a secret website. If you’re the first person to comment on the site, you win!  

Join us in the Insanity Rocket to discuss the contest.

Stop by the blog tour page for all upcoming dates and more contest info.

Here’s the game piece for this blog…

Welcome to the Prowl Trilogy tour hosted by I Luv Tours.  Today we are featuring a guest post from author, Amber Garza.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Amber Garza

When Characters do the Unexpected

An interesting thing happens when I write. My characters escape from the page and run around doing things I never expected. And some characters are more difficult to control than others. In ENGRAVED, Amy was always keeping secrets from me. When I discovered them things would suddenly make sense and all was well, but I didn’t appreciate her hiding vital information. I mean, you would think she would trust me since I created her and everything.

In PROWL, Wesley was the one who toyed with me, but what did I expect? He was a pretty shady guy….

But in ENTICE and UNVEIL there were a couple of decisions that Kenzie made that caused me to get a little annoyed. I had expected her to be a little more level-headed than that.

I start each book with an outline, but my characters usually abandon it by Chapter Two. It should bother me, but honestly it makes things more exciting, for me and for my readers. I’ve now started thinking of my outline as more of a roadmap but I recognize that there are many trails that will lead to the end. My characters are pretty strong-willed so I don’t fight them. I just follow them down whatever rocky path they choose and I find that at the end it was more fun that way!

The Giveaway

What you can win:  One (1) e-book from the Prowl Trilogy (Prowl or Entice or Unveil). Open internationally.  There will be only one winner from this blog throughout the tour, although I will have a post for each book in the trilogy.  Giveaway ends October 25th.

How you win:  Comment on this and/or one of the other posts I have for this tour.  Extra points given for:  following the author’s blog, http://www.ambergarza.wordpress.com/ and following this blog.

Please leave your email in the comment, along with details for any of the extra points.

There will also be a tour-wide giveaway. All three (3) e-books of The Prowl Trilogy + Surprise to one winner. Open INTERNATIONAL, ENDS October 30, 2012.  To enter this giveaway and find the tour schedule, click here.
You can buy the books via the following links:
 

Hi!  Welcome to my weekly guest post for The Door Is Open by Andrew Cort, hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours!  I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

The Door is Open

BLURB:

The door is always open. The light is always ready to receive us. But we have to learn how to tread the path.

Fortunately for us, all of the wonderful myths and legends of ancient Greece, as well as all the sacred and beautiful stories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have the common aim of showing us, through symbols and allegories, a practical method for reaching spiritual enlightenment, for returning ‘home’.

THE DOOR IS OPEN describes the seven precise steps that are revealed in all great mythology and scripture, along with enjoyable and effective spiritual exercises and activities that are suitable for individual seekers or groups of friends working together.

This is a story that has been lost and forgotten, even though the entire tale has been right before our eyes the whole time.

Author:  Andrew Cort

A native of Boston (and life-long Red Sox fan) who came of age in the turbulent 1960’s, Dr. Andrew
Cort has followed a uniquely versatile path through life. He received his Bachelor’s Degree (in English) and Master’s in Teaching (Science Education) from Colgate University. He then went on to
receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College (he practiced in New
York City for ten years, focusing on nutrition, exercise, applied kinesiology, and the mind’s impact
on physical health), as well as a Law Degree from Boston College Law School (he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar). During his years in New York, Dr. Cort served on the Executive Board of H.E.A.L., Inc. (“Health Education AIDS Liaison”) and wrote his first book, on issues of health care
and the environment,Our Healing Birthright: Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and Our Planet (Inner Traditions, 1990, currently out of Deeply committed to education, spirituality, and activism, Dr. Cort has taught in a variety of colleges and schools, private and public, including The State University of New York in Morrisville, NY; Bay State College, in Boston, MA; The Desisto School, in Stockbridge, MA (a private school for troubled youth); Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA; and the Springfield Public School System, in Springfield, MA. Dr. Cort has taught courses in Mathematics, Physics, English, Mythology, Business Law, General Science, and English.

In addition to academic studies in literature, science, law and mathematics, he has studied the
work of many spiritual traditions — from the Bible, Plato, the Qur’an, Dante, etc., to contemporary
teachers including G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, Paul Brunton, Anthony Damiani,
Sri Aurobindo, Mme. Blavatsky, Oscar Ichazo, and others.

Dr. Cort is the author of numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, mythology, politics,
history, science, education and healing, and how these all relate to contemporary American culture.
Following in the tradition of Socrates, he considers himself a student, and not a teacher, of these
extraordinary thinkers, philosophers, mystics, and writers. His work invites readers to study along
with him.

He is also the Host of Spirit of the Berkshires on CTSB-TV, and available worldwide on Vimeo.com and on www.andrewcort.com. Also on there (and on YouTube) is his series of short videos on The Sacred Feminine: Women in the Bible.

Andrew Cort lives in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, and can be reached at Andrew@AndrewCort.com. He is an accomplished, energetic, and articulate public speaker, and is
available for interviews and speaking engagements.

WHERE EXACTLY IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?

Perhaps the most famous of all of Christ’s quotations, as well as one of the most disregarded, is found in Luke:

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God
is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the
kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke.17.20-21)

We, however, are held in thrall by the things of this world, our attention dispersed into the world around us, and we look for heaven and God precisely where Christ tells us not to look, turning spirituality into the superficial and formalistic worship of external objects and historical events.

As our focus becomes more and more external, the lower rational mind gains strength and becomes more and more affronted by the irrationality of spiritual and religious claims. This is when the champions of atheism become increasingly vocal and adamant – not without cause!

Jesus was aware of this problem. So he presented his Teachings about the kingdom of heaven through parables in which he paints a picture of the kingdom by using images and symbols that bypass the rational mind and sink directly into higher levels of consciousness.

Here is one example:

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the heavens come and make nests in its branches. (Matt.13.31-32)

Here, the kingdom is likened to a tiny seed. It is the ‘smallest of all seeds’ because at our usual level of consciousness we give it the least importance! But if the man takes it, and plants it within (‘in his field’), it grows into a huge and magnificent tree – the symbol of enlightenment, thrusting upward through the levels of Being, from roots in the earth to branches in heaven. The ‘birds of heaven’ that nest in its branches are the angels.

Andrew Cort is an expert on the inner message of Spiritual Awakening that is always ready to be found in the wonderful stories of the Bible and Greek Mythology. To receive several FREE GIFTS from Dr. Cort (a copy of Chapter One, ‘Making the Decision’, from his new book, THE DOOR IS OPEN; a copy of his article on RECONCILING SCIENCE AND RELIGION; and a complete version of the Bible’s erotic masterpiece, SONG OF SONGS , adapted as a Poetic Dialogue to be read out loud by lovers; as well as a subscription to his SPIRITUAL GROWTH NEWSLETTER) click here.  You can also learn more on his blog, Spirituality and Religion.

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Please check out these other great posts this week!

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Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you….  😉

That’s right, today is author J.A. Belfield’s birthday!  To celebrate, she is releasing the trailer for her new book, Blue Moon, early!  I have the pleasure of sharing it with you here!

But first, a little about our birthday girl…

She is the author of the amazing Holloway Pack series

                                    

 

  The newest in the series, coming out December 2012!

Have I made you wait long enough??  Ok, here’s the link for the trailer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuPUP7XAhsQ&feature=player_embedded

I hope you enjoy!!  If you’d like to see more from her, hop on over to her blog post!

And here’s the interview I did with her when Eternal came out, if you’d like to see that.

 

So, let’s show J.A. Belfield some love for her birthday today!!

Check out the great event going on all month on Read2Review!!

The time had finally come to unveil our September “31″ event. This event has been put together to celebrate Kate’s 31st Birthday and also to celebrate some amazing work. We are proud to bring to you this month reviews, spotlights and our incredible “31″ competitions (one for USA/Canada and one for International).

The Read2Review team have worked hard to put together some incredible prize bundles to coincide with this event. With a combination of books (print and eBooks), merchandise and gift cards totalling $60 for both USA/Canada AND International prize bundles this contest is not one to miss!!

Please click HERE to enter the USA/Canada Contest

Please click HERE to enter the International Contest

Good luck to all who enter and many thanks for your continued support of Read 2 Review!
Here’s the full lineup!
All posts will be up on their scheduled days on Read2Review
* Saturday 1st September – Competition Kick Off
* Sunday 2nd September – The Aushwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada (Review) & Spotlight forEyeleash: A Blog Novel by Jess C. Scott
* Monday 3rd September – Spotlight for Men Of The Cave by Marisette Burgess
* Tuesaday 4th September – Color My Horse by Bev Pettersen (Review)
* Wednesday 5th September – Spotlight for Creating Fate by Rachel Firsaek
* Thursday 6th September – Spotlight for 3 Heads and a Tail by Vickie Johnstone
* Friday 7th September – Death By Chocolate by Julie Anne Lindsay (Review) & Spotlight for Lust and Bound by W. Lynn Chantelle
* Saturday 8th September – Spotlight for A Hint Of Murder by Lia Fairchild
* Sunday 9th September – Dark Flame by Alyson Noel (Review)
* Monday 10th September – The Dome by Nova Sparks (Review) &Spotlight for A World Apart (David M. Brown)
* Tuesday 11th September – Cat Burglar In Training by Shelley Munro (Review) & Spotlight for Finding Baby J by Lorraine Nelson
* Wednesday 12th September – Spotlight for Consequences by Madeline Sloane
* Thursday 13th September – She Wasn’t Allowed To Giggle by Lavinia Thompson (Review) & Spotlight ForBone Dressing by Michelle Brooks
* Friday 14th September – The Pawnby Steven James (Review)
* Saturday 15th September – Thornby Michael Dean (Review)
* Sunday 16th September – Cats In Command by C. M. Barrett (Review) & Spotlight for Unnatural Law by Natasha Larry
* Monday 17th September – Coffin Humour by John Brinling (Review)
* Tuesday 18th September – Bewitching Book Tour Tuesdays:Sweet As Sin by Kenya Carlton Promo
* Wednesday 19th September – How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (Review)
* Thursday 20th September – Partners In Crime Book Tours: Sweatby Mark Gilleo Spotlight
* Friday 21st September – Uller Uprising by H. Beam Piper (Review)
* Saturday 22nd September –Shattered Wings by Bryan Healey (Review) & Spotlight for The Tribe’s Bride by R.E. Butler
* Sunday 23rd September – Catchby Sean J Quirk (Review)
* Monday 24th September – A Ranger’s Tale by Mysti Parker (Review)
* Tuesday 25th September – Spotlight for If I Fail by Marian Lanouette
* Wednesday 26th September – Partners In Crime Book Tours:Section 132 by Helen Zeiner Spotlight
* Thursday 27th September –Chance Damnation by DeAnna Knippling (Review)
* Friday 28th September – Raven’s Children by Sabrina Chase (Review)
* Saturday 29th September – Blood And Light by Rue Volley (Review)
* Sunday 30th September – Spotlight for Night Sky by Jolene B Perry
Winners for the month long contest will be announced on October 1st
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