||March 11, 2004
Surfing the Tao combines powerful information regarding an alternative version of our reality with a simple Way to overcome its daily trials. Consider deeply buried mysteries about UFOs, the pyramids, modern warfare, Biblical technology and prophecy, and learn to discern them from the truth about God.
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Surfing the Tao
To All Who Have An Ear, Let Them Hear.
“Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned,
fools go aimlessly hither and thither, like blind led by the blind.
What lies beyond life shines not
to those who are childish, or careless, or deluded by wealth.
‘This is the only world: there is no other’, they say;
and thus they go from death to death.”
– Katha Upanishad
Most people alive today probably think our world is just the result of natural evolution, ‘human nature’ playing itself out on an over-populated stage. The wars, revolutions, religions, technological advancement and the encroachment of ‘civilization’ upon nature and native people are generally considered to be random, or just the success of the stronger and smarter. Having bad things in the world is just part of life; you can’t have the good without the bad, people say. And knowledge or perception of a spiritual nature is treated with skepticism in the increasingly materialistic, scientific and political world that has developed apart from any understanding of God or the supernatural. Such things are relegated to the realm of myth and legend.
There are, however, many who believe that we are in the dark about the true age and history of civilization on Earth. The scant 3,000, 6,000, or even 10,000-year-old remnants we have found suggest we know only a tiny part of the story. But by using only our limited physical perceptions, we might never comprehend the Big Picture. It’s not our fault; we are trained to perceive with only five physical senses, the sixth sense having been back-shelved centuries ago - what was left of it, anyway.
But for some people, myself included, this is changing, and a new spiritual awareness is testing the limits of our reality. Powerful personal experiences, alongside certain historical and scientific evidence, suggest we are being denied understanding of universal spiritual truths, including the existence of other realms or dimensions of existence. Our physicists already know that multiple dimensions do exist, and that we live in only one small slice of a much greater whole that we cannot perceive with our five senses alone. As if to attest to this, our religions, myths and legends are full of stories of beings that ascended to, or descended from, ‘other realms.’
Memories of lost continents and lost knowledge from various mystical and psychic sources seem to pop up everywhere these days. Archaeology has actually found many of the “mythical” places mentioned in ancient texts. Millions of sightings of unidentified craft or creatures are documented from all over the world, regardless if they make the nightly news in America. And a growing list of respected researchers has come to strikingly similar conclusions about the potential involvement of these phenomena in human development and earth changes.
Most incredibly, evidence suggests the sacred science of the ancients, known until now only to an elite few, could be used today for power and control, as modern technology and even weaponry. A global array of inexplicable stone megaliths stands as a haunting reminder of a past long gone, of knowledge long forgotten--or is it?
Can we really afford to ignore the feeling that something is very wrong with our world? The environment suffers more each day. How many billions of people live without adequate food or shelter? Today, even Western countries face an all-out global jihad as a result of our long-standing wars of religion.
No longer can I sit back and accept what “the world” dishes out to me. There is something seriously lacking in our perception of reality. I believe universal truths about our spiritual natures exist that we should all know about. Life after death is still our greatest mystery, and it shouldn’t be. It has kept us trapped in ignorance and fear for too long.
“Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear”-Jeremiah 5:21
Alternative Perceptions Magazine online #81 July 2004 by Brent Raynes
Surfing the Tao: A Revolution of Free Will
by Angela V. Michaels
Author House; Brad Collins • 1663 Liberty Drive * Bloomington, IN 47403 • 2004, 258 pages
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
This book makes, I feel, a strong case for the true core value of spirituality being the expression of love and free will. It makes clear that legalistic and ritualistic forms of religion are mere reflections or imitations of the truth, and can be dangerously misleading. While author Angela Micheals quotes quite extensively from Biblical scriptures, she also delves deeply into the truths of the Chinese Tao, quoting extensively the words of wisdom attributed to Lao Tzu and the Buddha. Working through illusions of various belief systems, Michaels tries to put her readers on track and give them a firm footing. She emphasizes the importance of love in all spiritual endeavors, correcting those who embrace the distorted notion that we are “gods” by pointing out that we are simply a part of God. The author warns how religion can be used by those with political agendas to control the masses by creating conflicting religions and by keeping the masses at lower standards whereby the truth cannot be clearly discerned. Michaels points out that when this happens we fail to perceive accurately our true “spiritual natures.” In a sweeping indictment against the enemies of truth, the “strange gods” who “thrive on war, fear, drama, sacrifice, misery, terror and chaos,” Michaels writes that even if the ancient “gods” or modern “aliens” genetically “re-created” us, God, or the Tao if you wish, is nonetheless the ultimate Source of all creation. The author perceives that Source as clearly loving, and that the “bad guys” who wish to undermine those values are trying to replace them with a kind of mirror image substitute.
Michaels also delves deeply into all sorts of notorious sounding secret government conspiracy theories that sometimes seem right on, sometimes thought-provoking, and sometimes a little off-the-wall, but irregardless the overall content and direction of the book could be used as a sound spiritual blueprint for ones life. It’s about empowering the individual. At least that’s my opinion. It challenges one not to just follow this or that movement blindly, but to think for yourself, research things, and finally to act in a loving waythe root core of true spirituality. This book offers clarification, guidance, and a spiritual lifestyle alternative for the reader’s thoughtful consideration.
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Reader Reviews for "Surfing the Tao: A Revolution of Free Will"
|Reviewed by Erik Stevens
|Well stated. I agree! I share your perspective as well--let's all wake up and look at the big picture. What we can "sense" is only the tip of the iceburg. Just look up at the endless universe--to assume we are the "end all, be all" of existence is not only ignorant, it's arrogant too. The Lord is more than just some mystical world-maker waiting for us to come home--he has many many more lessons and worlds waiting for us after this one.|
|Reviewed by Paul Williams
|This sounds like it's right up my street, there are those of us who understand the greater significance of our convoluted history (check out my series of poems 'Tales from the Apocalypse'(reading list on blogs). I'm sure you'll find them very interesting. Here! Here! to what Peter has said too.
|Reviewed by Peter Paton
|I would second Angela Michaels' precise and treatise on spirituality one hundred per cent !