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This message I feel comes a little belated, but better late than never! I was thinking about Inner Christianity recently and discovered I no longer had it in my possession, so I ordered another copy and recently began rereading it, taking a cue from Mortimer J. Adler's "How to Mark a Book" and loading it up with notations.
I first read Inner Christianity when I was about 18 (2006) and it was the initial catalyst for my introduction to A Course in Miracles. I want to thank you deeply for writing something so even-tempered, readable, and scholarly. I usually have a hard time reading a book front to back in a reasonable amount of time, but I devoured this one (I'm one of those weird people who almost exclusively reads non-fiction). It was exactly what I needed at the time to help me consciously step away from the dogma, that had me subscribing to ideas I secretly found ridiculous but none the less seemed compulsory for my salvation. It helped me fearlessly open myself up to the esoteric approaches. Thank you for all the work you put into it.
I did have a question for you though, what are your thoughts on Gary Renard? Have you ever met him? I guess I'm just curious because Gary's series of books are the initial reason I was able to approach ACIM and begin using it, more or less correctly. And this next weekend I am very excited to be attending a weekend retreat he's doing in St. Louis. Your work was how I first heard of ACIM which is what intrigued with Gary's The Disappearance of the Universe. I'm just curious if two of my most personally influential authors/teachers have any "special relationship". :)
Now that I have checked back into you, I see your other books and with great anticipation they are now on my reading list, especially The Deal.
Thank you once again and hope to hear from you soon,
Telling you to be yourself and I forgot to sign :)
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Hi Richard, I enjoy your on Aeon Byte and working my way through Conscious Love.
I'd like to address this to JB, whose post I just saw here. You are close my friend! This is what (just recently) pushed me to my new level - I'm happier than I've ever been, *every day*, and the world looks anew to me! ***DARE TO BE YOURSELF***. All those little whisperings in your mind about your being advanced, having a mission, and are a special person: LISTEN TO THEM! All those fears about what others will think if you let your light shine: STAMP 'EM OUT! Dare to do something great - find those around you who need a light to shine on their path, and BE THE LIGHT for them! I hope this means something - if not, just keep going and keep looking! Remember: we can find ourselves and still not BE ourselves!
A postscript to my recent post. The last three years, I have been making an effort to actively seek the spiritual state that I inadvertently stumbled upon during my twenties. I have had significant success, and have been keeping notes to serve as a "breadcrumb trail".
I have had several profound spiritual experiences, the first was when I was twenty years old (eighteen years ago). Given the internet is not as it is today, I was restricted to asking people who I thought were the best to ask questions about my experience. I will not go into details about my experience, but there was no doubt it was Divine. My outlook of how life can be changed to something that I would have never conceived as possible. However, I wrote my experience off as a transient, blissful psychosis since I could not find anyone who could identify with my experience. I asked as many pastors and "men of God" who I knew. I am going to cut this very short that leaves out a ton. After going through the first couple of chapters in "Hidden Wisdom", I am convinced that I am Gnostic. I am not claiming to be Gnostic by agreeing with the Gnostic beliefs, but from having periods of Gnosis. I have not been able to find anyone who identifies with my experiences, and have concluded that this is extremely rare.
I am coming to you in hopes that you can direct me to a group, or someone who may help me develop spiritually as I feel that I have lost valuable time that I could have been using to grow spiritually.
Your response will be greatly appreciated. I assure you that I am not wasting your time.
If you recall, I met you at your TS lecture last November where I gave you the photocopy of passages from Victor Zuckerkandl's SOUND & SYMBOL: MUSIC & THE EXTERNAL WORLD (Princeton/Bollingen).
I was wondering if you have any thoughts on his phenomenology.
Zuckerkandl states that the entire world can be experienced (through music) as symbol and (as I interpret it)there is no reason why all of sensory experience cannot potentially reveal itself as such.
A passage from Alan Watts' autobiography IN MY OWN WAY, p. 232 comes to mind:
"Imagine the sonic equivalent of those places in national parks usually called Inspiration Point where tourists from Kansas exclaim at the view, 'Oh, it's just like a picture!' Buddhahood is the state in which ALL sensory input is viewed in this way."
Perhaps he was referring to Mahayana (samsara = nirvana).
What do you consider the "Essential Smoley" reading list to discern your "understanding of" (fill in the blank) and how that has specifically framed your theology.
I read your article in the Daily Word, May-June 2015 issue, "Find Freedom in Forgiveness." I am giving a joint poetry reading at a library in NJ in September with one of the most proficient female writers in the Middle East, Faleeha Hassan, who is also known as "The Maya Angelou of Iraq."
It is most unusual for a Jewish man and a Muslim woman to collaborate on anything, yet we have formed a poetic bond. The focus of the evening will be poetry having to do with peace in the Middle East and then a discussion about what it will take to achieve it. Forgiveness is a necessary ingredient. I would like to know if I can get permission to give out copies of your article. We do have permission to sell our books, but we are not selling your article.
If you want to see what we will give out, I will be glad to forward it to you, but I need an email address to attach it. Also, am I correct to assume that the Daily Word would need to provide permission as well? Thank you.
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Thanks. The best way to contact me is through the "e-mail the author" link on the right-hand column of this page (below "quick links"). --RS
I am Daria from Digital Publishing Company 'Transformative Learning Solutions'. We have a proposal to Richard Smoley. How can I contact him?
I just read your article in New Dawn Magazine, and would like to send you my latest novel. In the novel that I call "The Turning" I came up with almost the same conclusions, but in a different format. I think you will enjoy the approach taken. It's a fun read and yet...? Hey, in case no one has told you lately, let me say 'thanks' for what you are trying to accomplish. Trapperpettit@aol.com
Thanks for your kind comments, Joe. I don't have sets of my works available as such, but all of them are available from bookstores, Amazon, and other sites.
Thank you for your work Inner Christianity. It was just what I needed. I would like to add your books to my library and get a set to lend out. Do you have sets available?