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.

If you would like more information about what was said at the talk, or The God Franchise itself, and you are not already on our mail list, please click on the Life Magic Publishing (http://publishing.lifemagic.co.nz) website.

Alternatively, please purchase your copy of The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything from Amazon or one of the many other online stockists around the world. See http://publishing.lifemagic.co.nz/stockists.htm for a full list of stockists.

Over to you now!

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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)

Writing The God Franchise: A Potted History

The process of writing my first book, The God Franchise, is very interesting, and I thought I would like to share it here.

I started way back in 2003 writing a book which I called Life Magic: Your God Franchise. The emphasis was on various aspects of Life and how we could perform magic on our lives, Life Magic being defined as “the art of creating your own experience of life at will”. The first half of the book covered principles, and the second half practice. After writing for about six months, I realised that the book needed, and I needed, more practical experience of what I was writing about.  

Accordingly I took some training on spiritual healing (late 2003), and set up practice as an energy healer in 2004, using the name Life Magic Associates. In 2004 I flirted with Life Coaching and completed the NLP Practitioner Course, adding Neuro-Linguistic Programming to my practical offering. I also became interested in bio-energetics and even bought a BioMeridian MSAS Professional System at the end of 2004. This system is used to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of a person’s energetic health and balance, as well as producing an energetic homoeopathic-like remedy to aid the client regain their health. 

Unfortunately I soon realised that the MSAS was far too subjective in that I was able to directly influence it, and I did not have the background health knowledge to support any conclusions reached by the machine. So through 2005 and 2006 I attended a Naturopathic College fulltime, with the intention of learning all I needed to support my healing work. By mid-2006 I came to the conclusion that the more medical aspects of the course were not for me, and decided to leave before the final year of studies. In 2007 and 2008 I attended all the modules of The Journey Practitioners Programme, as well as completing the 45 case studies that are required. During 2007 I also undertook a course in copywriting, and started working in that field, undertaking a number of interesting projects. In addition, in 2008 I completed the Master NLP Practitioners Course. 

I received my accreditation as a Journey Practitioner in January 2009, and have been practising as a Journey Practitioner since then in what was now termed the Life Magic Healing Centre. For almost 3 years I had premises just off the local high street, but had to move out when my landlord decided to retire.  

In December 2009 I joined Brandon Bays, the founder of The Journey, and about 140 other Journey Practitioners on a three-week spiritual tour of India. We visited Delhi, Rishikesh, Lucknow, Varanasi, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya, Tiruvannamalai (Mt. Arunachala) and Mamallapuram. On my return from India in early January, I was in a state of openness about my life, and decided, after a couple of days, that now was the time to complete my book!

For the first half of 2010 I worked on writing a book which I gave the working title of Stop the Search. Then in August 2010 I suddenly realised that another book had to be written first: The God Franchise. So setting all I had written aside, I started again. This time the work flowed and the book soon started taking shape.

By March 2011 The God Franchise was complete, had had its first edit by a friend, and I was able to enter it into the prestigious Ashton Wylie Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award 2011. By the end of August The God Franchise had been nominated as a finalist (4 out of 57) in the competition, and I decided that self-publishing was the answer for this book. 

The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything was published 25 January 2012, a mere 5 months after I had decided to take that route. In that time I had obtained permission to use various quotes, had the book professionally edited, had the cover and interior professionally designed, and set up a printer (Lightning Source in Australia, US and UK). Phew!

Now all that is left is to entice you to buy a copy. How about it? Try Amazon.com or your favourite online bookshop – a full list of stockists  is available at http://publishing.lifemagic.co.nz. 

Thank you. Please blog your thoughts and queries after reading The God Franchise in the Q & A section of this site, and let’s get to it.

The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything is published!

For two weeks I have been quiet on the blog front. However, on the book front I have been very, very busy! Now I can announce to the world that The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything is well and truly published. It is available for purchase on over a dozen international websites, and it is available for viewing on both Amazon.com and on Google Books.

It is also available in a number of brick and mortar bookshops in Auckland. For a full list of stockists, please see http://publishing.lifemagic.co.nz/stockists.htm.

You have had a taste of the book on this blog over the past 3 months so I don’t need to describe it any more. However, I would like to say that all the people who have read it so far and have come back to me, have been extremely complimentary about it. Likewise, every bookshop I took it to in Auckland commented on the quality of the book’s appearance both inside and out.

I am very pleased (and excited) by the result. I would like to acknowledge my two professional assistants in achieving the high quality: Judith Sansweet of Proofread NZ Ltd did a tremendous job of ensuring the grammar, spelling and language of the book was perfect. Likewise, I am deeply indebted to Justine Elliott for her design of the cover and the book interior. The book has turned out absolutely beautiful.

If you should need the services of a proofreader/copyeditor, email judith@proofreadnz.co.nz and if you need a book designer, email mondo@orcon.net.nz (Justine). I didn’t meet them but worked with them using email (and phone a couple of times with Judith), so wherever you are in the world, you can work with these stars. (By the way, Judith is from the US so is fully familiar with US expectations, while happy to work with my NZ/UK requirements).

The God Franchise has been a labour of love, and I have gained a tremendous amount as the truths revealed themselves to me. This is not a book of recording information I already knew, but a journey of discovery which I am able to share with you.

The ball is in your court. In the US the price is $16.95 or less, in the UK £11.99 or less, in Australia $24.95 or less and in New Zealand $37.99 or less. This is a reasonable price in each of those markets.

The value that you get for your money is incalculable. You have been warned!

(If you would like to drop a review into Amazon, Google Books, or your favourite online bookshop, I would greatly appreciate it. As you know, online bookshops are driven by readers’ reviews).

Thank you and bless you. And enjoy the read!

alan

The Human Being and Emotions – Part 2 of 2

So, how do the emotions act as filters on creation? First, we add an element of judgement to creation. We say some things are good and some are evil. We say this as if our pronouncement was absolutely true. It is not that the created thing is changed by our perception in any way —whatever it is it is a perfect expression of our ability to create through The God Franchise, or if you like, for God to create through us. What is changed by our perception is how we feel about that created thing. It changes our experience of that created thing. God-Consciousness is satisfied with experiencing whatever we choose to experience. We have free will in how we choose to experience any created thing.

What we have is the freedom to have choice, taste, opinions, and preferences. Free will gives us the freedom to prefer one thing over another and one experience over another. We can choose what we love and desire, and we can decide what it is we would rather avoid or not experience. This is what makes us all different, and what gives God-Consciousness the variety He likes to experience.

Unfortunately, at times, emotions get in the way of the creation. Different people (Egos) believe strongly and differently about the same thing and fight over it. The root cause of this is they believe there is a built-in limitation on creation or on the material expression of creation. Two men will fight over the same girl, forgetting there are many other girls in the world with equal if not better qualities. Two people will fight over ownership of the same house, or car, or other unique creation. Egos will try to get as much as they can for themselves, even if they have to resort to crime or war to achieve it. Countries fight over mineral rights or sea access or state security or religion, when in fact, it is just the Egos at the top who want to have their own way. The soldiers who have to fight the wars or the civilians living in the battlefield usually don’t care about the cause being fought for. They just want peace and to be able to get on with their daily lives.

If you look into any of these situations, you will find Ego, and you will find negative emotions. The negative emotions drive the Ego and colour the decisions and actions being taken. These emotions are extremely powerful and are the driving force behind the Ego and in the individual experience of the Creation. The emotions are extremely significant filters on the Creation.

Another interesting aspect of emotions is the fact that those we have classified as negative have a strong impact on the person who is feeling them. While we might try to put the blame out there on Creation, the cause of the negative emotion is within ourselves. It does not feel good, so we react to it or resist it, and this is what causes the pain. This pain stirs us to do more negative things, and we end up in a downward spiral of self-inflicted pain and resistance to reality (what is here now).

By contrast, the positive emotions do not involve the Ego, and you feel closer to your true self, your Higher Self. You could express this as being closer to God. It is not that God-Consciousness is good or only wants good, it is just that the fundamental, non-Ego way of feeling and being is in keeping with what we have termed positive emotions. If we were not coming from Ego, we would not experience the negative emotions at all. Our only experience would be the positive emotions that we would not call positive or good as the duality in the emotions would no longer exist.

So far, I have conveniently overlooked the survival (self-preservation) emotions. Remember, these are only felt as a sense of separation from God-Consciousness. If we truly realise we are one with God-Consciousness and that “in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28), we will not feel scared or worried or overwhelmed — we will feel secure, safe, and protected. Once again, without the duality of fear, etc., the feeling of safety and protection will be “just” a state of peace and wholeness.

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

The Human Being and Emotions – Part 1 of 2

The emotions are strange things, and I suspect that most of us misunderstand them. Some people might classify them as an aspect of mind (“your emotions are all in the mind”). Others associate them more with spirit, I guess, as they are rather ephemeral. Others, in turn, associate them with the body because they are felt in the body.

Perhaps that is part of the mystery of the emotions, that they don’t have a neat home in mind, body, or spirit, but can be experienced and classified in all those parts of the being. Nevertheless, they are extremely important, and they do act as very significant filters of creation.

It is not a surprise to find that writers apparently do not agree on a clear and consistent categorisation of emotions. Even some states of being like peacefulness, calmness, and tranquillity seem to get overlooked altogether, maybe because they are not active enough. I will, therefore, classify emotions into three groups. Any other emotional words you think of should fit into one of these three groups:

  • Positive emotions include feeling amazed, amused, calm, caring, comfortable, compassionate, confident, content, curious, delighted, eager, ecstatic, elated, enthusiastic, excited, glad, good, happy, humble, joyous, loving, optimistic, passionate, patient, peaceful, pleased, surprised, sympathetic, thrilled, tranquil, warm, wonderful
  • Survival (self-preservation) emotions include feeling anguish, anxious, cautious, desire, fearful, grief, helpless, homesick, horror, nervous, overwhelmed, panicky, protected, relieved, safe, scared, secure, suffering, terrified, worried
  • Negative emotions include feeling alienated, angry, annoyed, arrogant, contemptuous, cynical, defeated, depressed, despairing, disappointed, disgusted, embarrassed, envious, frustrated, guilty, hateful, humiliated, impatient, irritated, isolated, jealous, lazy, loathing, lonely, mean, miserable, pain, enraged, resentful, sad, shameful, shy, sorrowful, spiteful, unhappy.

(An emotion like pride can have either a positive or a negative connotation, and fits in well with either of these once you know the context.)

It is interesting, when we review these lists of emotions, that the positive emotions do not seem to relate to the Ego, whereas the negative emotions shout out the word Ego. The emotions I have classed as survival emotions do not have a sense of Ego about them, although they are protective of the separated self. They give a feeling of separation from God-Consciousness certainly, and they are beyond the Ego.

One can easily and correctly reach the conclusion that emotions that come from the Ego are negative or hurtful ones — ones that cause us pain. Pain comes from resistance, and with these emotions we are resisting something. We don’t like the reality that is facing us, we don’t accept what is, and our Ego becomes angry, depressed, envious, unhappy, or whatever.

However, with the positive emotions there is a sense of wholeness and oneness. The Ego is not present, and instead our Higher Self reaches out to the situation or the other person and we gently feel love, compassion, happiness, optimism, patience, and so on.

The middle group of survival emotions are felt because the self feels threatened, or there is relief that the threat has abated. These emotions are not felt in the same way as the negative group. There is no sense of Ego or self-importance, but rather a sense of separation from God.

So, how do the emotions act as filters on creation? I will write about this in Part 2!

(This is an extract from Chapter 14 of my book, The God Franchise, which is now available to you in paperback from major online bookshops in the US and UK)