Thursday, January 17, 2013

Another 5 Star Review for The Spell of Religion

Amazon.com
Ultimate courage, Ultimate honesty,
By Roy T. Thorsen

Sheri Lawson has been a victim. She has also been a survivor. She,therefore,understands those who are being victimized and also recognizes those who are the victimizers,regardless of their cloak of sanctity or holiness. She presents a straight forward and objective discussion of how religious entities that have chosen to ignore one of the most basic admonitions of their own Leader to "judge not" have sought to deprive others of the blessings that their Creator surely would have wanted for them.

It took courage for a non-gay person to write this book and honesty to present it without a personal agenda. I recommend it to both those who agree and and those who disagree with gay marriage.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Exerpt from The Spell of Religion

It is with the highest vibration of Love that I submit this work for your consideration. Once we can clearly see how misguided the notion is that our own personal beliefs give us permission to persecute others because we believe God condemns their actions, the sooner we will be able to look at everyone through more compassionate eyes and see their true souls--not the false image that religious dogma has perpetuated.

As has been vividly demonstrated over the centuries, souls who come into this world with same gender attraction have been persecuted, shunned, murdered and driven to suicide all in the name of God. The time has come to STOP the violence against our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters. The time has come to accept them in all their goodness and beauty as children of God. They are not different from us, they are part of us. Those who can make this shift in consciousness will be richer and more fulfilled because of it--I promise.

Truth has a path in the here and now and can only be arrived at with an open heart and mind. To be taught that we may never in this life completely understand the reason for our obedience to certain rules, and that it will all be revealed in the next, keeps us from following a logical path to truth and God. God is not illogical nor does He expect us to be. I love the basic premise for the book, A Course in Miracles, which is this; Nothing real can be threatened, Nothing unreal exists - Herein lies the peace of God.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Changing Hearts


At the San Diego Gay Pride Festival on Saturday July 18, 2009, which appropriately begins on Normal Street, I had the privilege of meeting a woman who found the power within to change a very important heart. Not that one heart is more important than another, of course, but someone with real power to make positive change for thousands of committed couples, including his own daughter. Marci Bair, a gay woman who has been in a committed relationship with her partner for over 25 years, is a woman whose fierce advocacy for equality allows her to put her money where her mouth is; she doesn't just play the victim game. I don't know all that she has done to make a positive difference in so many lives, but after learning about just a sampling of her efforts, I was exhausted just thinking about how much energy it takes to be that proactive. Her time is spent creating organizations, chairing committees, being on boards, all while holding down a full time job where she is also a member of the GLAM group (Gays Lesbians & Allies at MetLife.)

But out of all her successful efforts, one story moved me to tears. I'd already witnessed the outcome to this story after seeing the actual video on YouTube, but had no idea who the key players were in changing this man's heart. The Mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, a Republican, had been an opponent of gay marriage and unmovable on his stance; even though he had a daughter who had come out to him as being gay and in a committed relationship. In late 2007 by a personal invitation from the mayor, Marci, along with several other advocates for equality came to his home to sit down and have a heart to heart talk about the issue since the City Council was soon to vote on the fate of equality in marriage for San Diego. Obviously the Mayor was torn over the issue since his decision had the potential to hurt is own daughter deeply.

After making her case before the Mayor, Marci and the others left not knowing whether or not their words had touched him. Marci felt they had. She truly believed that his heart had been changed. Proof that she was right soon came as a press conference was called and all major news stations across the country recorded one of the most moving moments in the history of the fight for equality among the GLBT community. This link tells the story of Marci and the meeting with the Mayor, and this link is the video that was seen around the country.

Like you said in the video, times have changed Mr Mayor, thanks to enlightened people like you. And thank you Marci, for believing enough that with truth, hearts really can be changed.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hello

Since I believe that ALL citizens should be treated equally and fairly, I have become an advocate for gay rights. Most posts will be related to this issue since it is such a heated topic right now. I may sneak a few other topics in from time to time, such as my communications with departed souls. Yes, you heard me right, I communicate with the dead. And lately I’ve been having some interesting conversations with a surprising advocate for gay rights. He was a great man in life, with many accomplishments for good to his credit, However, all the good he did in life is being overshadowed in death by his biggest mistake; writing Prop 22, which was like a stab in the heart to his gay son David. I’m speaking directly to the late Senator, William “Pete” Knight who died of Leukemia in 2004. He is a beautiful, delightful man, who simply wants to say, I’m sorry, David -- I love you.

Author's note: Since making this post Pete Knight has become silent. I can only assume that his unfinished business with David is now complete and he has moved on.

I have also had direct experience with the activation of my chakras and know with certainty these energy centers exist within our human bodies. When we understand them and pay attention to them they give our mind vital information regarding our own well being and sometimes the well being of those around us. My first conscious chakra experience possibly saved my husband Steve's life. I will do a post later on to explain this event.

Enjoy our journey; it’s great to have you on board.

Sheri

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chakras Explained


When our upper and lower chakras are connected by the loving energy of the heart, we are freed from the divisive power of labels. There is no more us and them, good and bad, right and wrong; there is only the oneness of our connection to our source and everything else in the cosmos.

In Eastern Philosophy, primarily Hindu, it's believed that we have seven energy systems in our bodies called chakras. More and more people, however, are being awakened to these energy centers like I have been, so it isn't just associated with Hindus any longer. The first chakra is at the base of our tail bone, the 2nd is right below our belly button, 3rd solar plexus, 4th the heart, 5th the throat, 6th the center of the forehead and 7th at the crown of the head. Each have a different color and vibration associated with them. They are the colors of the rainbow starting with red at #1. The bottom 3 give us grounding and the ability to live as mortals on the planet. They connect us to the earth, give us the desire to have power, create and procreate, earn a living, and mingle with man. They also cause the baser instincts like pride, greed, jealousy, hatred and fear. The center chakra at the heart connects the lower and upper chakras. The upper chakras give us the ability to connect with our inner soul, which is pure and perfect, and ultimately our source, our creator, God. The Hindu belief is that when we come to earth our lower chakras are activated to help us adjust to mortal life. But as our search for meaning develops, and if we become engaged in a search for God we begin, mainly through prayer and meditation, to activate the upper chakras, which helps us commune directly with our source. This is what the great sages and mystics have been doing for thousands of years.

When our heart chakra becomes engaged a transformation occurs like no other. We feel the connection that exists between us and all living things on the planet and we realize our unity and wholeness. We feel the unwavering emotion of love and it transcends all of the negative emotions that exist. That in turn helps us do the inner work which activates the top 2 chakras, and when that occurs we have moments of complete divine connection to God.

Most people on the planet are ruled by the bottom 3 chakras. Although many are engaged in religious actions, they still remain grounded to the earth plane by way of need for power, greed and pride. The more we let go of the need to control, to gain power or attain wealth, the more our direct connection to our creator opens up. Once we really feel His unconditional love for us, the need or desire for sin slips away and our love for all of humanity takes over and becomes our guiding force.

When I say unconditional love, I'm referring to it as a verb. However, the action comes from within each of us and doesn't even need to be visible to the outside world. We don't need to change the punitive actions set up to punish those who break the law, or are a danger to themselves or society, it's simply a change within us which radiates love and joy to all, free of judgment and fear. When we make that change within ourselves we transform the world around us, literally. The same is true when we feel anger, hostility, fear, jealousy, hatred. Those emotions transform our world to reflect those very emotions back to us. Life is a mirror of our inner world.

When Christ said "The Kingdom of Heaven is Within you" he meant it literally. When enough people are able to make this one simple change within themselves of extending pure unconditional love directly from their hearts with no thought of judgment attached to it, the world will be transformed and become heaven. Some who have achieved enlightenment already see the world as heaven, their outer world reflects their inner peace based in God's love. But most are still projecting a world based on their own inner fears. When we make the journey from our 1st chakra to the 7th we will have communion directly with God, and the planet will find peace.The Hindus call this the marriage between Shakti and Shiva.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Why is Denying Same-Sex Marriage Egotistical?

This is an article I wrote that is currently ranked #1 on the writer's Website, Helium.com.

As children, we all go through a phase where it's difficult to share our toys. We are even less likely to share with someone we don't know. Our little developing ego says "this is mine and someone else may ruin it, especially a stranger who I don't understand" Fear tells us that relinquishing the desired object may put it in harms way. Most of us eventually outgrow that selfish phase as we begin to understand that when we share, we all benefit and we arrive at the conclusion that our ego is often a master manipulator with only selfish intent.

The political attempt by right-wing conservatives to protect marriage by denying equality to gay couples proves that some people simply never grew up. This rabid attempt to somehow try and protect traditional values by denying same-sex couples equal rights has sent a rift of contention between brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends and clergy with no one winning anything of value, and many losing the peace that once existed within families and communities. It appears that those who have launched this all-out attack never learned the basic premise of the advice from the Master Jesus Christ: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and Love your neighbor as yourself. The piety and self-righteousness required to be involved in this blatant discrimination seems to me to be the ultimate example of egotism. And yet, those trying to hoard marriage for themselves are supposed to be the religious ones, the ones who have the greatest connection to the Master who spoke those words.

Why is it then that they have found justification to selfishly monopolize the word marriage for themselves, while launching an all-out attack on tax paying and law abiding citizens who simply want to be treated as equal in the eyes of the law and society? My fight as a straight woman for equality has uncovered the most irrational and twisted ideology by those purporting to protect traditional values. What they don't seem to get is that the side-affect of their actions has serious and hurtful consequences, and in reality, their victory helps no one. So what's the real purpose behind this divisive legislation?

For that answer you have to dig deep into the spell that religion has some followers under. When our beliefs are not scrutinized and we simply accept without getting some kind of empirical evidence to support them, we are in danger of following blindly and arriving at our conclusions (what we believe to be true) based on a faulty formula. If we are told by those we are following what the formula is for arriving at truth, and we never question that, how do we really know it's the truth? And those keeping us in the dark often have an agenda that serves to create a survival of the fittest environment with only those sharing the same ideologies being supported - all others are being cast to the wind.

Truth has a path in the here and now and can be arrived at through critical thinking and through the process of elimination. If we don't question or research our own set of beliefs and simply accept them as gospel, it's highly possible that we are missing an entire universe which could bring greater joy and abundance to us than we ever thought possible. But don't take my word for it, test this idea for yourselves.

Allowing same-gender couples the right to legally marry is a win-win situation. There is no evidence anywhere to suggest that the marriage of same-sex couples will hurt anything or anyone. In fact, if you look throughout history the greatest atrocities known to man occurred because of selfishness and intolerance toward those who were different or didn't agree with the majority, i.e. the crusades, the holocaust, the witch trials, slavery, women's suffrage, etc. In contrast, where gay marriage is supported and their families are honored, the entire community thrives

As our society works through this current battle of whether or not to allow same-sex couples the right to legally marry, I hope it becomes apparent to more of those who have found themselves on the wrong side of history, that it's time to grow up and share marriage. Doing so will bring about a new found peace and will usher in the next step in the evolution of our society. It will raise our consciousness closer to that of the great Masters who taught nothing but love and compassion. For the greatest healing that can occur within each of us is when we feel loved and respected by others. This divisive path of excluding and attacking the gay community is creating a state of chaos and darkness which serves to keep us blind. Only through tolerance for those whose beliefs differ from our own can we arrive at a more peaceful planet where the famous words from the declaration of Independence are honored: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Friday, May 1, 2009