Author Spotlight & Interview: Gary & Susan Eby, authors of ‘Reflections: A Journey to God’
It is my pleasure to interview Gary & Susan Eby, authors of the new Spirituality/Self-Help/Healing/Poetry book, Reflections: A Journey to God.
This book is about the author’s personal stories with Spirit and what they’ve learned along their journeys. They are sharing it with us because it might help us on own journey to God. They only ask that we read this book with an open mind and heart.
The authors suggest us to pick one of these spiritual essays. Ponder it, meditate for a while, even read it out loud and to allow ourselves to feel the words and the light, which may lead us to discover the better life we truly deserve.
Welcome to Literarily Speaking, Gary and Susan. Can you tell us briefly why you decided to write your book?
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. I collaborated with Susan on this book to help others find relief from real life problems.
Susan: Having come from a background of tremendous abuse (and surviving and thriving today), I have shared my story with many people over the years. There are two main themes I bring to our book. The first one is pain is pain. I suffered no more nor less than anyone else in our world; and, two, forgiveness is the root of all healing. 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.
What does spirituality mean to you?
Gary: Most religions prescribe a set of doctrines, dogma, and organized rituals designed to bring others 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.
Do you think we often misinterpret spirituality or is it a matter of everyone believing in their own spiritual beliefs; therefore, no misinterpretation is wrong?
Gary: Spirituality, in my humble opinion indicated above, is not a religious doctrine or formula. It is a very personal view of how to make contact with the Divine and how to walk one’s own path. It is not subject to debate or misinterpretation. It’s whatever gives your life meaning, purpose, and direction.
Susan: I think many people equate spirituality with New Age rituals, and for certain people this may speak to them. My path is singular and is founded on prayer and meditation. Prayer is when I talk to God and meditation is when God talks to me. For others it may be their connection to nature (like Gary). I find the connection between Spirit and me is the strongest when I am around other people, feeling their energy, their love, their divinity. This is spirituality for me. Others will find different experiences that bring them to their Truth. This is good!
Can you give us an excerpt of one of your favorite essays in the book?
Gary: Reflections on Meditation and Magnificence:
Find a comfortable place where you feel safe and will not be interrupted. This is your time to meditate.
Start by taking a few deep breaths to relax your mind and your body to spend some time in the silence. Feel your body begin to loosen up. Keep breathing slowly… 4 breaths in through your nose and five slowly exhaled breaths out of your mouth Allow your mind to slow down. Do whatever you need to get ready for your meditation. A short mantra or prayer perhaps. Feel your body comfortably relax into the chair. Notice the sounds around you lulling you into a deeper place within. Once you are calm and comfortable, take the next step:
Gently direct your consciousness into the secret place of the most High. You may envision yourself sitting by a stream on a sunny day, relaxing in a meadow caressed by gentle breezes, or on the top of a mountain enjoying the view below. Let your inner self take you anywhere you wish to go.
Picture the Light everywhere present. It surrounds you and you sense a peace beyond all understanding. Breathe in the Light; feel the warm glow of the Light; move in the Light. You are completely surrounded by the Light. All of your worries and fears have left you. All you know at this moment is God.
To read more, just click on this link: Meditation and Magnificence
Susan: Talk given 7/26/15: The Courageous Christ
One of the definitions of courage is to “confidently act in accordance to one’s beliefs”, and Jesus certainly did that. Jesus held no fear… of anything. Not people, not conditions, not of seeming limitations of any kind. He was fearless.
He was, without question, a confident man, who lived with a set of beliefs he has passed onto us. Truths and realizations that sometimes we’ve yet to completely understand, or have not put into practice in our lives. Not necessarily because we don’t want to, but because we hold earth-based courage. Our belief in Divine courage is lacking.
Jesus, being the loving man that he was, understood this, for he tells us in Mark 5:36 “… Do not fear, only believe”.
Fear is a huge part of courage. We have to walk through the fear to get to our own Christ self. Joshua 1:9 “… be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.” Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you…”
Unity teaches that God is everywhere present and Absolute Good. We know this to be true without reservation. We are told that God is our ever-present, limitless, undivided Source of Love, and we know this to be true as well.
How can your book change our lives?
Gary: Together our book offers personal insights, discoveries, perspectives, and several practical suggestions on reaching your own spirituality. Our journeys are quite different and are told in different manners; however, they tell our stories of healing and love and joy and peace, and how we are able to combine our ideas and our lives. This book may very well bring you to your own Journey to God, or may help you along the path to your Higher Self.
One thing is for certain: contemplating our essays, poems, and talks will definitely help you release fears, stressful thoughts, and other forms of negative energy, which can hold you back from all that you are meant to be.
Susan: Peace! Yes, you will find peace in this book. As we say on the back cover of our book, “You are free to reject anything that doesn’t resonate with you”. We do not have all the answers (far from it), but we have had, and continue to have, miracles in our lives by practicing our spiritual principles. For the most part we have found peace… a joyful place to live, deep within our own experiences with the Divine.
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About the Book:
Title: REFLECTIONS: A JOURNEY TO GOD
Author: Gary & Susan Eby
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing
Our disclaimer: you are completely free to reject everything we have to say about spirituality. What we believe in is not that important. What really counts is what you believe that gives your life meaning, direction, and purpose.
This book is about our personal stories with Spirit and what we’ve learned along our journeys. We’re sharing it with you because it might help you on your own journey to God. We only ask that you read this book with an open mind and heart.
We suggest you pick one of these spiritual essays. Ponder it, meditate for a while, even read it out loud. Allow yourself to feel the words and the light, which may lead you to discover the better life you truly deserve.
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