Welcome to my stop on The Door Is Open Tour. Brought to you by Innovative Online Book Tours. Here you can read the first chapter of The Door is open, and learn a little more about Andrew Cort from his bio. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and author.
The door is always open. The light is always ready to receive us. But we have to learn how to tread the path.
Fortunately for us, all of the wonderful myths and legends of ancient Greece, as well as all the sacred and beautiful stories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have the common aim of showing us, through symbols and allegories, a practical method for reaching spiritual enlightenment, for returning ‘home’.
THE DOOR IS OPEN describes the seven precise steps that are revealed in all great mythology and scripture, along with enjoyable and effective spiritual exercises and activities that are suitable for individual seekers or groups of friends working together.
This is a story that has been lost and forgotten, even though the entire tale has been right before our eyes the whole time.
MAKING THE DECISION
What is happiness? We all seek it, but what exactly is it?
Some of us associate happiness with pleasure, others may relate it to worldly achievement, still others with the attainment of money or possessions. Some think of happiness in terms of good health, the enjoyment of leisure activities, or basking in the affection of one’s friends, family and loved ones. In ancient Greece, people had similar ideas on the subject. But Socrates startled the people of Athens by rejecting these opinions and claiming that happiness was to be found in the perfection of the soul. The soul was immortal, he claimed, and its welfare should be our chief concern, since its fate after death would be determined by how one lived one’s life on Earth. All the other things that people desire, Socrates believed, were of no real importance compared to the eternal joy that would be achieved by the soul’s enlightenment. This was the spiritual task to which Socrates relentlessly enjoined anyone who would listen. Eventually, he so annoyed the complacent authorities of Athens, that at the age of seventy they condemned him to death on trumped up charges of impiety and corrupting the youth of the city. If Socrates was right, and I believe he was, his fate stands as a stark warning regarding the risks and difficulties in making the decision to pursue spiritual growth and inner work rather than pursuing the usual material endeavors that fill up most of our time. Why would we do it? Why offend the mediocre status quo?
Andrew Cort is an expert on the inner message of Spiritual Awakening that is always ready to be found in the wonderful stories of the Bible and Greek Mythology. To receive several FREE GIFTS from Dr. Cort (a copy of Chapter One, ‘Making the Decision’, from his new book, THE DOOR IS OPEN; a copy of his article on RECONCILING SCIENCE AND RELIGION; and a complete version of the Bible’s erotic masterpiece, SONG OF SONGS , adapted as a Poetic Dialogue to be read out loud by lovers; as well as a subscription to his SPIRITUAL GROWTH NEWSLETTER) click here http://www.andrewcort.com/Gifts . You can also learn more on his blog, Spirituality and Religion.
Check out some other stops on the tour!
9/19 My Devotional Thoughts
9/19 My Cozie Corner
9/20 Simply Infatuated
9/20 Reading, Writing and More
9/21 The Bunnies Review
9/24 A Night’s Dream of Books
9/24 My World