Brian O'Raleigh's Blog
March 29, 2017
If you wish to become an author, rather than just a writer, then you must read.
Some people tell you; ‘read anything’, I’m not convinced of that.
Read those authors you love and admire, read the classics, read Shakespeare
Why read crap when the world is full of great literature?
If you feel that your life lacks passion, purpose, meaning or integrity; and if you wonder occasionally in the quiet times; ‘Is this all there is?’ You may be living in what the poet Elliot referred to as ‘The Wastelands’. That dreadful place where boredom, depression, lack of purpose, and a sense of futility eat away gradually at your spirit and ultimately at the very essence of your ‘Life Force’.
If you’re heart tells you that you’re no longer enjoying the work you do for a living; if you sometimes question the very meaning of your existence; then you may be experiencing what Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung described as a ‘Calling’, an intuitive appeal from some deeper aspect of yourself that is tired of the life you have been living and is now yearning and questing for change.
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It has been suggested by many throughout the ages that the ‘eternal question’ is; ‘Who am I?’ but perhaps in today’s driven, materialistic world it might be better to rephrase the same inquiry as ‘What am I?’ for surely it is more a question of ‘what am I doing with my life?’ rather than who I think I am that defines and gives meaning, purpose and direction to human existence.
From the writings of the Greek philosopher Plato in his seminal work ‘Republic’ to the Babylonian epic ‘Gilgamesh’ written 2000 years before the birth of Christ, to the myths and legends that have emanated from Shamanistic peoples since the beginning of recorded history springs the recurring belief that there is a purpose and meaning to each and every human life.
The Native Americans, the Australian Aboriginal, the Inuit, and the Amazonian Indians, along with virtually all of the indigenous peoples of the world, held ceremonial rituals and Rites of Passage, Vision Quests that assisted their young people through ancient initiation ceremonies into the adult life and helped them to discover the purpose, meaning and direction of their lives.
But in our modern, driven, consumer orientated, Western cultures, largely devoid of the guiding influence of Mentors, elders, extended families, rituals, rites of passage ceremonies and the ancient, guiding tales of mythology, where does that leave us? Where does it leave our children? How can we hope to discover our own innate potential? How can we role model for our children the ability to find and follow a worthwhile path in life? These are some of the questions we must now face, for we can no longer blindly assume that our governments, schools, churches and universities are fulfilling these essential roles.
From the Great Blue Whale cruising the depths of the Southern Ocean
To the tiniest amoeba crawling along through the primordial ooze
All things in nature dance to their own natural rhythm of life
Only mankind has lost its purpose.
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An astonishing new work that links the spiritual salvation of mankind to the survival of our planet. This is an essential read for any Christian concerned about our families, our souls, our nation and the fate of the planet itself. Paul Pastelo shows us through Biblical fact how Jesus Christ came to earth called by His Father in Heaven to redeem mankind and also the earth itself. This is a MUST READ by a compelling and inspired author. The opening pages to ‘Fields-of-being’ gives an indication of the compelling material contained in this work.
The following pages contain what may well be the most important story ever told. Not because I have written it, for I am merely
an instrument called upon to record these facts.
It’s a story about a Hero and the redemption of mankind. A story of a fragile blue planet, once pristine, but now on its knees, and of how these two things are inextricably linked.
It’s a story of how we can not only save our souls and the souls of our children, but how each and every one of us can help save this planet and restore the earth to its former glory by following the example of Jesus Christ and fulfilling our God-given purpose in life, our own, unique callings in the Fields-of-being.
And ultimately it’s story of how Jesus Christ showed us the solution to these problems by his life, his journey, and his death.
This may well be the greatest story in the world.
September 2, 2016
I have known the longing, known that I was lost
I knew it as a child, before the open door
I knew it as a stranger, onto the foreign shore
That feeling left me only, when I returned to Inis Mór