Comparitive Religious Study
Featured Author - Yuval Ron
Yuval Ron is an Oscar-winning composer, Grammy nominee, and Peace Activist. His multi-faith ensemble performs "Peace Tours" around the world, including the Seeds of Compassion Festival for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Bonding people of all nationalities and religions, Yuval’s career includes work in film, television, radio, dance, theater, and teaching at leading universities.
Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom
By Yuval Ron
With a Foreword by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
Head of Sufi Order International
Music is the language of the soul, and Divine Attunement provides a fascinating window into the world of ecstatic music, sacred sound, and ritual movement. Based on collaborations with Zen Buddhist masters, Gnostic Christians, Sufi mystics, and Jewish Kabbalists, this book takes us on a journey of self-discovery that enables us to access greater energy and insight. Through essays, wisdom parables, and rare personal reflections, the secrets of sacred music mystically transform and guide us toward personal growth and enhanced joy!
Written by master-musician and composer Yuval Ron and with a Foreword by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Ph.D., head of Sufi Order International, Divine Attunement tells the stories of the Middle Eastern poets, gypsies, and mystics – such as Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and Rumi – all of whom used music to commune with the Divine. By retelling ancient wisdom stories and providing testimony from neuroscientists on how sound heals the body and spirit, Yuval brings us closer to the Divine...
Award-Winning Author - Valerie Tarico, Ph.D.
Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and former director of the Children's Behavior and Learning Clinic in Bellevue, Washington. Her articles can be found regularly in the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and Daily Kos. Dr. Tarico also is the founder of www.WisdomCommons.org, an interactive library of quotes, stories, proverbs and poems that showcase humanity's shared moral core.
A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light
by Valerie Tarico, Ph.D.
Most Christians earnestly strive to worship God and follow the example of Christ. But a belief that the Bible is literally true can put them in the odd position of defending falsehood, bigotry, and even violence. Is the Good Book even “good,” given its historical inaccuracies, scientific impossibilities, and moral contradictions? Trusting Doubt offers alternative explanations that are compatible with contemporary Christianity and provide a harmonious path to God based on logic and love.
Raised and educated in an evangelical environment, author Valerie Tarico speaks as a former “insider.” As such, she has identified the myriad issues that eroded her identity as a born-again believer and finally convinced her to trust her own doubt. Tarico holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa, and she is a journalist who writes about moral development, the psychology of belief, and wisdom convergence.
The Oracle Foundational Trilogy
As its seminal project, Oracle Press is producing a foundational trilogy that supports the core mission of The Oracle Institute: To help people of all faiths grasp the faulty doctrine and divisive politics of orthodox religion and to guide them toward a more sophisticated 21st Century belief system founded upon spiritual evolution and conscious enlightenment. In addition, we believe that the world is undergoing a major shift into a new Spiritual Paradigm.
Book I - The Truth: About the Five Primary Religions
By Rev. Laura M. George, J.D.
The Truth is the award-winning first book in the Oracle foundational trilogy. It presents a summary of the divine messages sent to us by God through the Prophets. When studied successively, these spiritual lessons form a "Tower of Truth" that should not be broken or interpreted along sectarian lines. Instead, these Truths should be assimilated into a contemporary spiritual and scientific database and shared by everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Truth explores the five primary religions that evolved after the Prophets died: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, to determine whether these manmade religions have remained faithful to the Truth, including the primordial Truth that God is half masculine and half feminine energy. The Truth reveals that mankind has built a "Tower of Babel" with God's messages. Moreover, these now ancient religions have polarized humanity and brought us to the brink of World War III. The book also includes an objective template for measuring the adequacy of any religion, and an Appendix that shows the nexus between politics and religion and politics thought human history.
Book II - The Love: Of the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm
Narrated By Rev. Laura M. George, J.D.
The Love is a heart-warming and thought-provoking anthology containing over 70 new and classic selections from best-selling authors and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Maya Angelou, Wendell Berry, Maxine Hong Kingston, Bill McKibben, Barbara Hand Clow, David Suzuki, Stephen Dunn, Madeleine L’Engle, Alex Grey, Gandhi, Susan McElroy, Henry Reed, Sharon Olds, Kabir, Brian McLaren, Margaret Starbird, Andrew Cohen, and Rumi.
The Love reminds us of the core message relayed by all of God’s prophets: Love is the Way. Once again, Oracle does not offer a definitive belief system. We merely underscore an obvious conclusion: the five primary religions have not led us toward Spiritual Unity. Therefore, until a contemporary theosophy emerges which is capable of uniting humanity, the only rational path for our continued physical survival and spiritual evolution is the simple yet elusive Religion of Love.
Book III - The Light: And the New Human
By Rev. Laura M. George, J.D.
The Light is a contemporary exploration of the nature of the Supreme Being, consistent with 21st Century philosophy, science, psychology, and spirituality. In addition, this book examines the spiritual evolution of humanity along the Spectrum of Consciousness, a model which tracks the "reality on the ground," explains the current polarization among divergent world-views, and assists readers in identifying where they are on their personal journey of faith.
The Light also posits that a "New Human" is emerging – one who understands the interconnectedness of all life and who embraces the emerging Spiritual Paradigm. We have the knowledge and power to survive the turbulence of the current "Apocalypse." Once we adopt a pluralistic and unifying theosophy, we will continue our evolutionary journey back to God. But first, we must accept responsibility for our own fate, realize we have the potential to attain enlightenment, and update our concept of the Godhead to include Sacred Feminine energy. Only then will we reach the elusive “Tipping Point” and move into the prophesied Fifth Spiritual Paradigm.