Bible Emoji

Believe it or not there is now a translation of the Bible using emojis. I understand outreach but at some point you really need to ask yourself, “am I helping people or am I promoting myself?” Is it cute or is it divisive? Is it respectful?

Will we see the Koran Emoji next?

If you want to learn more about this book check out http://www.bibleemoji.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/bibleemoji/?hc_location=ufihttps://www.facebook.com/bibleemoji/?hc_location=ufi.

Some people believe that the Bible is a book filled with hate while others believe that it is a book about love. Some people believe that it is a book of fables and fantasy while others believe it to be inspirational and Historical. I believe that, like everything in life, you get out of it what you put into it.

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In my mailbox: Rumi’s Little Book of the Heart

I’ve read it. It is beautiful…

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In this slender volume, Rumi explores the joy of friendship and the agony of loss. These poetic meditations on the most profound of human relationships are like crystals: they sparkle with the many hues of the rainbow and contain worlds within, capturing us with their mystery.

Here are poems that cause us to reflect on our own relationships, to experience again the intensity of friendship, the ache of loss, and the profundity of immersion.

This is a book for poetry lovers, Rumi fans, and all gift-giving occasions; a book to treasure and to share.

Previously published in hardcover as Whispers of the Beloved.

Imitating others,
I failed to find myself
I looked inside and discovered
I only knew my name.
When I stepped outside
I found my real Self.

Your Totem Animal

by Celia M. Gunn

When some people get to a certain level of spiritual evolution, they reach out and try to make contact with a totem animal. The way to do this varies according to different traditions and beliefs. For instance, some sources claim that the zodiac is the basis for totem animal teachings. In addition, there are different opinions about when we gain or obtain our totem animals, and whether we have only one animal throughout our lives or different animals at different times, perhaps obtaining a new totem animal on a temporary basis during a difficult transition in our lives. Still others believe that we always have a number of totem animals to call upon. As you become more accustomed to the concept and you access your totem animal and begin to familiarize yourself with it through practice and experience, you may find any of these ideas to…

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Thumbing through:Chinese Alchemy

Expect to find this one June 1st in you favorite bookstores …

Here in one slender volume is a basic introduction to Chinese alchemy—a tradition that dates back 5,000 years.

Chinese alchemy, largely associated with Taoism, has a recorded history of more than 2,000 years, but traditionally it goes back even further to nearly 3000 BC and the time of the Yellow Emperor. While Western alchemy was concerned with the search for spiritual and material gold, classic Taoist alchemy was a mystical quest for immortality with its aim being union with the Absolute.

Jean Cooper describes the history and development of Taoist alchemy, compares it to similar traditions in India and Turkistan, and gives it context by contrasting it with the rationale of the Western hermetic tradition. As she writes in her concluding chapter: The whole work of alchemy is summed up in the phrase “To make of the body a spirit and of the spirit a body”. . . . The goal of the Taoist alchemist-mystic was transformation, or perhaps more correctly, transfiguration, of the whole body until it ceases to “be” and is absorbed into and becomes the Tao.

This is an essential guide for anyone interested in Chinese legend and lore, Chinese magic and medicine, and Taoism.

Gratitude

I had a dear friend email me today and say that she intended to create and send me a gift. What a sweet woman. I really didn’t know what to say and, as I thought about it, I kicked around the concept of gratitude.

I think that one of my personal failings is that I don’t fully express myself as I should. I don’t accept gifts and express my gratitude very well.

Still polishing my ashlar…

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