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)

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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 5:30 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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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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.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Dark Secret

Here's some spiritual life help from Reflections: A Journey to God: Why does adopting a positive attitude toward life seem impossible? There is a dark secret that tries to hold us back from all the good we so richly deserve. This essay is another excerpt from our spiritual book, Reflections: Journey to God.

We are born with the innate ability to overcome any human hardship whether it be social, emotional, mental, physical, or financial. But, each journey is a personal journey and not "one size fits all". That's why we encourage you to search in various places to find your spiritual truth, but we also believe the Truth is always found in your heart.

Year after year books are published promising happiness, joy, prosperity, love and health. We may read all of the books, or just a couple, but usually end up dissatisfied. The book we choose may be too esoteric; too fast on giving us a quick fix; too hard to follow; too far from what we're experiencing in our own life, or just too mysterious to understand. How do we get to the core of our issues? Here is what we believe is the essence of healing and understanding our Divine Self: 

A heart, mind, or body that holds onto a negative event (even held from many years past) unless changed, will continue to rule your life and true, permanent healing will not be forthcoming.

In this piece I will show you how to stop the negative so you can truly gather the positive. (please click the link below to continue with this spiritual essay.)


With Joy, Light, Peace, and Love from Susan and Gary Eby.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Reflections on The Shack

Our spiritual blog today will encourage a discussion about a remarkable and inspiring book.  Hope you will leave comments.

The Shack by Wm Paul Young, has sold more than 19 million copies, and now you can see the movie. Why is this story about a spiritual journey so appealing?

As some of you know, The Shack is a fictionalized account of a middle-aged man (Mack) who is filled with hurt, suffering, and trauma. He then has a mind-blowing encounter with unspeakable, horrifying evil. He finds a spiritual path to healing at the scene of a run-down shack in the wilderness of Oregon, where his young daughter, Missy was taken and murdered by a serial killer.

On another level, this book might be a metaphor about all the prior history of emotional pain, suffering, rejections, depressions, abuse, and failures many of us hold on to in our own private or internal shack. The author gives us a hopeful message: no matter what painful wounds that can scar our heart, we can heal through the power of Divine Revelation. Maybe that is the key and main attraction of this story for countless fans and readers all over the world.

I am curious to find out what helps you heal or overcome some of the traumatic experiences that this life apparently presents to all of us. For me, I agree with many of the spiritual ideas presented in The Shack. Let me review some of them briefly:

#1. Mack received a written invitation from God (called Papa in the book) to meet-up at the shack. I believe the Divine does talk to us, if we listen to the "small, still voice" within us. It's been said, however, that "many are called but few answer". What holds us back?

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Peace, Light, Joy, and Love:  Gary and Susan Eby, authors of Reflections: A Journey to God.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Reflections on Spiritual Life Coaching.

Our spiritual blog for today will discuss spiritual coaching. I believe there are many positive solutions to all of life's challenges. The question is how do we change our lives? 

Remember, you are completely free to reject any of these ideas. What's really important has to do with what you believe, with what lifts you up, and provides you with inspiration to have a better life today.

As a retired social worker with forty years of professional experience, I’ve learned a few ways to help others engage in positive life changes. I realize personal and social change is difficult. Too many of us avoid our problems or refuse to ask for help to resolve them.

It’s as if there is a battle going on inside of us between our positive side and negative side. For example, the positive voice within can calmly affirm, “You can make healthier choices; follow your bliss.” Then for some inexplicable and mysterious reason, negative self-talk takes over with, “You’re going to fail again; life sucks; you don’t need anybody’s help.”

Can you relate to this struggle? Frankly, I don't have all the answers. However, let me share with you some of the things I do when I’m feeling stuck or out of balance. I also understand that what works for me may not work for you. I do believe that in your mind and heart, there is a strong intuitive awareness of the power of making more positive choices. Whatever is going on, don’t give up. Feel free to reach out for help. You can even talk to me about it.

In some of my prior articles, I have mentioned the process of Stop and Think. Try it and see if it helps you:

1. Take several deep breaths. Let the air out slowly.
2. Say a positive thought over and over like, “I deserve to have a better life today.”
3. Hold to a positive image. Take a mental time out; picture going to the beach, an open field, a forest, an ocean, lake or stream. There are many places you can go to find a positive image.
4. After you feel yourself calmed, reach out and communicate with a positive person.

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Peace, Light, Joy, and Aloha today. Gary and Susan Eby.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Reflections on Emotional Recovery

Our spiritual blog entry today will share sweet music you might find relaxing, inspiring, and motivational.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Staying in Balance

There is much that can take us out of balance. I use a spiritual process to embrace serenity on a daily basis.

For me, since I am sixty-eight, stress takes the form of chronic, physical challenges. My wife Susan has a variety of medical problems that cause emotional issues too. Now, if we add these worries to medical expenses, the bizarre political situation in the USA, and a conglomeration of world problems, one can easily appreciate why feeling calm, cool, and collected might be very elusive. 

In general, my spiritual approach to finding peace of mind, living in the now, and experiencing more joy, involves a system of merging positive thoughts with positive beliefs to feel the presence of the Divine within our heart-center. Let's begin with some positive thoughts.

I recently attended a workshop called Prosperity Plus by Mary Morrissey. She presented five positive thoughts which can help us have a better day. She went on to suggest we can use the five fingers on our left hand to remember these ideas.

For example: The thumb means to start your day with a thumbs-up attitude. The forefinger reminds us to point our day in a positive direction. The middle finger refers to "flipping-off" fear - don't let it stop you. The fourth finger suggests we move with expectations of success, peace, abundance, and joy. Lastly, the little finger reminds us to be grateful for the small blessings in our life. 

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Author Interview by thecrazymind.com

Reflections: A Journey to God

Gary Eby, MSW and Susan Eby will have their new spiritual book, Reflections: A Journey to God published in about 30 days. Gary Eby is a retired social worker, mental health counselor and addiction therapist. He writes about self-help and spirituality. 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!" Susan studied philosophy in college. Some of her favorite philosophers are Socrates, Plato, William James and St. Thomas Aquinas. She is currently enjoying Emerson's mystical essays. We have conducted an interview with them.

Who inspires you to write about self-help?

Gary: Inspiration comes from many sources. I am a retired social worker, mental health counselor, and substance abuse therapist. I have seen much emotional pain and suffering in too many people who deserve to have a better life. Look around and you will also notice that many social, economic, political, and religious obstacles seem to prevent countless millions of human beings from having a healthier, kinder, more fulfilling life-experience.

Susan: I come from a life of tremendous pain and trauma, however, I feel very strongly that pain is pain, and that a criticism can cause as much pain as being physically, emotionally, mentally, or sexually abused. I think I was inspired to work with Gary on this book due to our diverse backgrounds, which brought us to spirituality in different ways. We honor each other's journey... and all who make this journey with us.

Why is it important to address the issue about spirituality?

Gary: Most religions prescribe a set of doctrines, dogma, and organized rituals designed to bring you in contact with the Divine. Whereas, spirituality sets you completely free to explore your own inner journey to God. Our hunch is that since God expresses Infinite Good, Light, and Love, there are probably an infinite number of ways to experience your God-Connection. We have even written a blog article about the differences between spirituality and religion. Here is the link: https://niume.com/post/154573

Susan: 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.
Many people find comfort in a more conventional church setting, however, it is important to note that looking within to find your answers does not mean you have to stop believing in your place of worship. It can be in addition to your current beliefs.
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.
To read more of this interview click this spiritual blog link: More Author Interview

If you have any questions or comments for Susan or Gary, you can contact us at ebysreflections@yahoo.com 
  For your information, Gary is offering spiritual life guidance for only $5. Here is the link to that:
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Reflections: A Journey to God

Good News!

The book Gary and I have written will be coming out shortly, through Christian Faith Publishing.  You will be able to buy it on Amazon, or contact myself or Gary to buy a copy.

It tells the story of how we found our God.  Our journeys are quite different and are told in different manners, however, it tells our stories of healing and love and joy and peace, and how we are able to combine our ideas and our lives.

As always, we ask you (when you read this book) to take into your heart and life what speaks to you, and to pass over what does not appeal to you.  It's always your choice.

This book may very well bring you to your own Journey to God, or may help you along the path to your Higher Self. 

Peace and Love,
Susan



Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Writer's Secret Place

Another spiritual blog essay from Reflections: A Journey to God.


Around 7 AM on the first morning of our vacation to Yachats, I am still drowsy while I curl over in bed taking dim note of my surroundings. Our bedroom faces East and the rising sun,  streaming in, illuminates a picture of Martha's Vineyard.  On the opposite wall a neighboring beach painting called "By the Sea."

I hear Susan in the kitchen probably making coffee. Every so often there is a cracking boom from the surf outside, crashing against our jagged,  rock-strewn Oregon coastline.

As I stroke Silas, our little poodle/Pomeranian mix snuggled beside me, I become further aware of my surroundings.  I don't want to let this moment drift away so I close my eyes and move deeper into the spirit of relaxation and meditation.            

I hear seagulls and other unknown avian creatures.  Their singing is woven into a cacophony of  mysterious and melodic songs.  A bird, whose cry I don't recognize sings out.  Whatever the nature of this particular species, I am convinced it is a virtuoso.

Such sweet, soothing refrains, flash me back to the Native American music, Susan and I became so exquisitely familiar with when we lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 90's.

The flute notes continue with a slightly reedy reverberation, accompanied by three staccato whistles at the end of the bird song. I know in my joy-filled heart, that I am surely embraced in heaven.
I am sitting now in a comfortable lounge chair located in our beach home living room.  The more I focus on sensing my immediate environment the more receptive I become to free flowing, relaxing thoughts.

I look at the entire wall of our living room which consists of four tempered glass windows about five-by-five square feet each. This observation area presents a panoramic view that is unbelievable, humbling, and awe inspiring.

Our rental home rests on a grassy cliff facing the Pacific Ocean. The spectacular water images are hypnotic. The rise and fall of the waves caress the huge, oddly shaped black barnacle- covered volcanic rock slabs, jutting out of the shoreline.  

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