You were a formr atheist. What made you embrace Christianity?
A. It began when I was studying the ancient, Egyptian Nag Hammadi Texts. There I found the Thomas books—the Gospel of Thomas and The Book of Thomas the Contender. Thomas was my favorite disciple, his being a doubter like myself. But the texts revealed a Godly force dwelling within each of us. My Eastern studies revealed the same thing. I then found teachings of this inner power in the Gospels, the Epistles, and throughout the Hebrew Testament as well. All this brought on an epiphany and realization of the potentials this power can unleash .
Q. So that inspired you to write this book?
The findings first inspired me to write the Book of Thomas the Doubter: Uncovering the Hidden Teachings, which revealed, among other things, the depth of spirituality in Jesus’ time. Then my further studies revealed how the religious response was ingrained in the human brain since the beginnings of humankind. The findings repeatedly tell us this power lets persons live a longer life with greater mental and physical health.
Also, when working as counselor and psychologist, I’ve witnessed Christian conversions even in addicts and criminals, that changed their lives for the better—and did so in ways secular therapy cannot match. So, I found it was time to bring these findings to lay-persons in ways they can be maximally healed and inspirited to become all they can possibly be. Hence, my present book, Tapping Your God-Source.
Q. What is the theme of your present book?
A. The onward advance of creation in nature is constant resurrection from desolation. If you believe in cosmic and biological evolution, it merely reveals God’s creation constantly moves toward complexity, thusly becoming all it can possibly be. Since we are an integral part of it all, that should be our goal to constantly resurrect from our own desolation and become all we can possibly be as well. For unlike other creatures we can do so much more than just survive, procreate, and die. This unique potential puts us more in the image of the higher power the biblical religions call the Godhead or God. This book reveals the way to actualize this power within ourselves and beyond.
Q. What paths should we take to actualize this ascendance?
A. Ultimately, there are three interconnected paths to lifelong growth and fulfillment: (a) The Personal, (b) The Interpersonal (c) The Transpersonal. Or in the words of St. Augustine: “In these precepts a man finds three things in which to love: himself, his neighbor, and God.” (City of God, p. 943, 413 CE).
Q. Could you fill us in more on what these paths represent?
A. Your personal path is finding and fulfilling your God-given gifts and becoming all you can possibly be. Your highest potentials are God’s gift to you. Actualizing them is your gift back to God.
Your interpersonal path is following the Golden Rule (known as empathy in psychology). Here applied psychology becomes an applied morality letting you reap back as much good as you sow.
Your transpersonal path is finding self-transcendence—i.e. being part of what is greater and more than your vulnerable ego alone—trading the perishable for the imperishable—becoming invulnerable even in the face of death and nonbeing.
Q. Are we all capable of reaching such high goals?
A. For many of us there are pitfalls and stumbling-blocks along the way. That’s why the first part of the book is all about healing psychological and physical afflictions that block us from attaining true fulfillment. We treat and overcome these disorders using broad-spectrum therapy in sync with biblical teachings and religious practices in deep states of prayer.
Q. Can you sum it all up?
A. On earth as in the heavens—all of creation is resurrection from desolation—which is the way of our own salvation as well. For we are a part of this greater scheme and can know its sacred Source. Nor do we stray from Scripture when finding this kingdom and Spirit within ourselves (Luke 17:21) (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19) (Genesis. 2:7) (Exodus. 31:3) (Job 32:8). Knowledge from modern psychology, Christian mysticism, and the deepest scriptural teachings reveal how to tap into our sacred God-source through deep meditation and inner prayer. Thusly we can purge away the mental barriers blocking the way to our highest actualization—and finally find self-transcendence. That is when we can then sing out with Paul—“O death where now is your sting? O grave where now is your victory.