A Successful Book Launch

The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything is officially launched!

On Tuesday 27 March 2012 we held a book launch at Goodeys Bookstore in Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand. We had a good turnout of over twenty people, and the presentation went easily and smoothly. I read some chosen parts from the book, interspersed with an overview of the book’s contents. This was followed by questions and answers.

Not to mention the cheese and biscuits, and a glass of wine or two…

Sales of the book were good too. And I kept busy signing copies of the book afterwards.

I have had subsequent feedback from many who attended the launch that they enjoyed the evening and found the talk on The God Franchise very interesting.

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Over to you now!

The Filters from the Scriptures

There are many scriptures and holy books in the world, written at different times and from different perspectives. These include the Holy Bible (Old Testament and New Testament), the Koran, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, and the Tao Te Ching. I am not a scholar of these books and am only familiar with the Bible to a certain extent, so I will limit my comments.

The books of the Old Testament were originally transmitted by word of mouth and were written down between 1200 BC and 100 BC, while the New Testament books were written down between 50 AD and 150 AD. As Bible scholars will tell you, there were many authors of these books and there is still considerable controversy about much of the detail and circumstance of the Bible. Of course, now is not the time to debate this, nor am I equipped to do so.

What I can say is that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I can say this because God-Consciousness is the being of every one of us, and of course every one of the authors of the Bible. Just as we have filters come into play in everything we do and say, as discussed in earlier blogs, so is this true of the authors of the Bible. The Bible was written to the level of understanding and the terminology of the people of those times.

Likewise, every other scripture, and for that matter every other book ever written on spiritual or other matters, is to some greater or lesser extent the work of God-Consciousness. However, and I accept this is a big however, the filters of the author’s own Ego make a huge difference to the importance and trustworthiness of the final work. Thus, one cannot equate the Holy Scriptures listed above with say a formulaic Mills & Boon romantic novel, or the work of a biased, egocentric, down-on-his-luck-and-skills pseudo-scientist or pseudo-spiritual teacher.

Each one of us, individually, comes from our own place. This is part God-Consciousness and part Ego. The mix differs for each person, and this is what makes it interesting. This is what makes each individual’s contribution to evolution and continuing creation interesting, and it is from this that wars, corruption, and poverty spring. They do not come from a Satan lurking in the background, from Original Sin, or from a dystheistic (possibly evil) God — they come from free will and the Ego, nothing else.

St John chapters 13 to 17 are very interesting chapters in the Bible. These are the words of Jesus at the Last Supper, just before he was betrayed by Judas. They are worth reading and studying. Christians take the words to mean we need to be Christians and follow Jesus in order to know God. I believe the meaning of the words is much broader, so please do take some time to read these five chapters of St John with an open mind.

These passages point to God-Consciousness being in Jesus, and that there was still a differentiation. It is not that God and Jesus are identical entities. Jesus was not speaking from a point of Ego here, so when he speaks of I or me, he is speaking of the Christhood or God-Consciousness in him. And so, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” (John 14:12) This refers to anyone who recognises the God-Consciousness in themselves. We all, without Ego, can do greater works than Jesus did. This is not a competition. This is reality, and it is evolution in all things.

So the Scriptures are very important in that they are the way most of us get to hear about, and start to think about, God. However, the Scriptures cannot be taken as literal in their entirety. Firstly, they were worded for an audience different from today’s audience, and secondly, while they may be the inspired Word of God, there is also the human element of Ego filtering the work, either intentionally or unintentionally. This does not invalidate the Scriptures — it just means you need to use them as a source of inspiration and of pointers, not of literal facts. Having said that, this current book, my humble offering to the spiritual literature, is also not a book of literal facts — it is offered as a source of inspiration and pointers to the Truth, whatever that really is.

The Truth is within you, within the God-Consciousness that you are.

(This is largely an extract from Chapter 14 of my book, The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything, which is now available to you in paperback from over a dozen major online bookshops)

The Human Being and Conscious Creation

In my last few blogs I have been talking about the filters that exist with regard to ongoing creation. Whether the creation process is done consciously or unconsciously has a considerable impact on the outcome, and so is the next filter we need to consider.

People can be either more or less conscious about their creativity. We could say that some creativity is conscious and other creativity is unconscious.

Conscious Creation is about an individual’s conscious appreciation of the fact that he or she can create consciously. That it is not only the ability to create a new book, a new artwork, or a new product, it is also the ability to create your own experience of life at will.

In truth, there are many thousands of people who do understand and operate the Law of Conscious Creation, which we can call by its more common and topical name, the Law of Attraction — or by the name I prefer, the Law of Manifestation. Nevertheless, there is no general appreciation of the realities of The God Franchise. There are many books now on the market about the Law of Attraction, and it is becoming better known. Still, people generally do not appreciate what it is and how it works. This is an exciting development (evolution) ahead for Man.

Unconscious Creation is the experience of the vast majority of people during the greater part of their lives. Since Man appeared on Earth some 150,000 years ago, development has been very slow. Cultures have come and gone, and it is only since the Industrial Revolution, which started around 1850, that progress has been huge. Since then, of course, the rate of change has been phenomenal, and today new products are obsolete even before they hit the marketplace.

The everyday person has been caught up in this constant rush of creativity, and many people are directly involved in making something better from what has already been created. This creativity has been a part of the lives of every living person on Earth today, with the possible exception of those people living in the outposts of the world – those living away from civilisation. Nevertheless, there is no real appreciation in most people of what this power of creativity is, and therefore, much of this creativity can be viewed as being unconscious.

In addition to this, and perhaps more importantly, everything we do or say or think in this life is attracting things towards us or pushing things away from us. This is creation at a much more subtle level. We create the lives that we lead, in every detail. I cover this subject in much more detail in Part Four of The God Franchise.

 (This is largely an extract from Chapter 14 of my book, The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything, which is now available to you in paperback from over a dozen major online bookshops)