As a bicycle ride progresses from Florida to Massachusetts, the author discovers that you can go home again. He shares insights gained and lessons learned.
Journey Home is part homily, part how-to manual, part back porch yarn. The book is filled with good stories, but like all skillful storytellers, Jim Willis knows enough to leave endings open, to allow his stories to shift and grow and acquire new meanings over time. Journey Home tells us that we cannot begin to be wise until we are willing to be surprised and perplexed and diverted.
Cathy Stanton, Writer
On a bicycle journey along the Savannah River from the source to the sea, the author discovers that rivers offer a key to understanding the secrets of our life-journey from birth and childhood through middle age and senior years. The river becomes an unfolding metaphor that yields insight and perspective. But a bike tour, like life itself, can be a lot of fun, too!
Where do we come from? What are the origins of modern civilization? Do the world's pyramids, the Nazca Lines, Easter Island statues, and other enigmatic structures, archaeological wonders, and geographic anomalies contain evidence of ancient gods?
Sifting through the historical and archaeological evidence, Ancient Gods: Lost Histories, Hidden Truths, and the Conspiracy of Silence probes the myths, stories, history, and facts of ancient civilizations, lost technologies, past catastrophes, archetypal astronauts, and bygone religions to tease out the truth of our distant past and modern existence. It takes and in-depth look at the facts, fictions, and controversies of our ancestors, origins, who we are as a people—and who might have come before us. It tackles more than 60 nagging stories of ancient gods, ancestors, alien visitors, theories and explanations. All around the world we find enigmatic structures, archeological wonders and geographic anomalies that stand in the way of a uniform understanding of who we are as a people. They raise nagging questions:
In short, we seem to be a species with cultural amnesia. Is it possible that we have forgotten who we are?
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Black Holes. Dark Energy. Dark Matter. Entanglement Theory. Quantum Physics. Modern science estimates dark energy permeates roughly 68% of the universe. Dark matter makes up another 27%, leaving the "normal" matter visible to humans at less than 5% of the cosmos around us. String Theory and Membrane Theory both suggest that parallel dimensions very probably exist. Quantum Entanglement Theory shows two objects connected despite being large distances apart. What does the universe hold—and hide? Where do we come from and where are we headed? Can science explain psychic and supernatural phenomena?
Exploring the collision of science, the universe and the "supernatural" unknown, Supernatural Gods: Spiritual Mysteries, Psychic Experiences, and Scientific Truths by Jim Willis looks at the myths, stories, history, science and facts of healing energies, psychic connections, heavenly messengers, miracles, déjà vu, dreams, out-of-body experiences, and many other psychic phenomena beyond the limits of the five senses.Surveying scientists and experts, it probes the physical existence of "gods" from other dimensions and realities. The past, present and future are investigated to glimpse at the truth of
animal envoys, earth spirits, evolution, parallel universes, religious stories, mythological shape shifting superheroes, the origins of the agricultural revolution, alien visitors, dowsing, past life regression, channeling, intuition, meditation, shamanism, spiritualism, and much, much more.
Fire or ice, bang or whimper, asteroid or alien, act of God or human folly--"Armageddon Now" is all about doomsday prophecies. From alpha to omega, the book is packed with 200 entries and 100 illustrations. In the final analysis, the end has never been so thoroughly covered as in this compendium--the last word for the end user.
Many people of various backgrounds believe that the last days are upon us and see the fulfillment of prophecies every night on the evening news. Armageddon Now is a reference work covering “end-of-the-world scenarios” from biblical accounts to the threat of nuclear war.
The work has 200 entries covering both the secular and the religious. One hundred black-and-white photographs and illustrations accompany the text. The entries vary in length from several paragraphs on topics such as Dualism to the six-page Armageddon. Many end with a brief bibliography of sources. Scientific articles include Earthquakes in various places, Ecological exploitation, and Plagues. The article Rapture is typical of the religious entries. It begins with biblical passages using the term; discusses the various problems or controversies, such as the nature of resurrected bodies; and compares Old Testament and New Testament views. Most of the articles dealing with religion cover Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but other religions are also treated in such entries as Nordic mythology of the end times and Zoroastrianism. People such as Edgar Cayce, Albert Einstein, Nostradamus, and Carl Sagan are included. Even Aliens and Unidentified Flying Objects have articles connecting them to Armageddon. Although thousands of books have been published on Armageddon, there are few current titles in a reference format. Armageddon Now is well written and informative and not at all pedantic. It is interesting to browse as well as use as a reference resource and is a recommended purchase for all libraries where this topic is of interest, especially public libraries.
Abbie Vestal Landry, American Library Association
Before there was time and space, before there was a Cosmos, long, long before there existed entities that would someday wonder about such things, there was only eternal, as yet physically unmanifested, energy, pregnant with possibility. Eventually there would come vibration, leading to light in its entire quantum splendor. And the vibration, the energy, began to coalesce into particles of shape and form. But quantum reality insists that when two particles are once joined, they remain forever one, connected in ways far beyond our ability to fully understand. Distance cannot separate them. Neither can experience. No matter how far apart their journey takes them, they remain forever entangled. So it is with this physically manifested creation. Separateness is an illusion. Everything that exists - rock, tree, animal and human - consists of vibrating energy and is infused with the consciousness of the Cosmos. But human entities are, so far as we know at least, the first to retain both the energy of consciousness and the ability to contemplate it - to remember what we once were: creatures of energy with feet solidly planted upon Gaia, but with souls that seek the mystery of earth magic.
Parallel universes — string theory — quantum entanglement — alternative consciousness — worm holes — “M” theory — warp drive — “God” particles …
These are words that have come to be part of 21st-century vocabulary, even if most folks don’t really understand the mathematics and theory behind them. Whatever the phrases mean in a technical sense, they have come to represent a central truth: the universe is a strange place, and it doesn’t behave only in the way our senses seem to perceive.
With the world changing so rapidly in the 21st century, what is there left to believe in? Do traditional religions, science and philosophy still have anything left to offer — something that promises measurable hope? Are the words “faith,” “trust,” and “belief” still meaningful? Rev. Jim Willis believes that the next thrust of human evolution needs to be in the realm of the spirit; the human heart. He puts forth the argument that this step is natural and to be expected, because humankind is growing into a potential inherent since the beginnings of consciousness.
From Aaron (the first high priest of Israel) to Zoroastrianism (once the dominant religion in Persia), The Religion Book provides an encyclopedic look at the practices of yesterday and today. Christians, Buddhists, Wiccans and the rest may have questions about others' belief or even their own, and The Religion Book expertly explains the similarities, differences, and original ideologies of believers and skeptics around the world. Are Nirvana and Heaven the same? Who are the Raelians, and why are they cloning people? What's the difference between Christian Scientists and Jehovah's Witnesses? Dogma? Karma? Feng Shui? What do they all mean? Devils, ghosts, the afterlife-do they really exist? If killing's a sin, why are there jihads? From the prominence of Catholics to the head scratching of the Red Paint People, The Religion Book is the go-to resource for all ages-and it doesn't require dressing in go-to-meeting clothes. Five hundred-plus pages explore 300 key religious figures, prophets, deities, places, and scriptures that play important roles in the major religions of the world. Willis respectfully explains terms and concepts as they relate to their respective belief systems, whether mainstream, pagan, or cultish.
This concise and accessible encyclopedia contains nearly 300 entries on the world’s major religions, as well as important articles on important holy places … prophets and historical figures … and spiritual practices and religions that predate organized religion.
You have the power to reinvent yourself! The power lies not in your mind alone. It's also in your genes and DNA. It's what makes us human. Humans change - that's the essence of life. Everything, from the smallest plant to the largest mountain, is in the process of change. And that's especially true with human beings. We can't always recognize it when it happens slowly and we learn to adjust to the differences. But when a living organism stops changing, it dies. I'm not just talking about simple physical changes, here. Those changes are not that important, really. They're going to happen, one way or another, whether we are conscious of them or not. I'm talking about psychological, emotional and spiritual changes - the kinds of changes, for instance, that mold children into mature, emotionally balanced adults. Each of us, by the time we hit senior citizenship, will have made countless choices and agonized over millions of decisions. We tend to think of them as either good or bad. Some of them led to happy, productive, constructive events. Others got us into a world of trouble. But from the perspective of age, every choice was good in this sense: it offered the opportunity to learn something. Right or wrong, good or bad, whatever the consequences that followed our decision, we learned from what we have done. That's all experience is - living through the consequences of choices and remembering what happened.
If you like bicycling, if you like thinking, if you like thinking while bicycling — this book is for you. From ancient times to the present, from Florida to New England and around the world, Snapshots offers a unique perspective on what it means to grow, to change, and to experience the nuances of life.
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