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An Upraised Chalice: Adventures and Near-Death Adventures and Near-Death Encounters in my Search for the Brotherhood of Light [Kindle Edition]

Gene O'Neil
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Book Description

A riveting adventure travel story that filled a lifetime - an epic journey of self-discovery, with spiritual realizations and intense physical challenges along the way, including miraculous near-death experiences.

Many have turned away from traditional organized religions to explore their own relationship with the Divine. The author is one of these seekers and this book chronicles his coming to terms with an inner understanding of reincarnation that he could faintly remember as a boy and sought to understand more fully as he grew older.

It follows him to many of the world’s sacred places—across Europe to the Middle East, from Jerusalem to Istanbul, then overland across Asia to Himalayan monasteries, from Darjeeling to Saranath where the Buddha taught his first sermon, from the cremation vats of Benares on the banks of the Ganges to the mystical plains of South India.

It is the inspiring story of a lifetime's quest for the sacred, ancient wisdom, alluded to by the mystical traditions of the world's cultures. All of this while experiencing the teachings and miraculous intercessions of the Great Ones—the great masters, sages and saints of East and West who comprise the Brotherhood of Light.

This story details the lifelong chain of events that brought about these intercessions and the prior and subsequent interactions with the Great Ones that so shaped Gene’s life. And there is a much deeper story here. A story that is vast in its implications and that contains a challenge to all who seek to know the truth – a story that helps to answer our greatest questions: Who are we? Why are we here?

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About the Author

About the author: Gene O’Neil is a family man, a builder, and a world traveler. He has long been a student and is also a teacher. After a lifetime of extraordinary adventures in studying and experiencing first-hand the teachings of the Great Masters, he wrote it all down so that his children and others might benefit. His background includes:

    A lifetime of studying the Great Masters’ teachings.
    An epic solo quest to the world’s sacred places.
    Great adventures and miraculous divine intercessions.
    Multiple near-death encounters (in the Himalayas, south India, and America) highlighted by Archangel Michael’s intercession, detailed herein.
    Hosting of group-meditation retreats and conducting presentations on the Masters and the Path for 3 decades.
    15 years operating an Internet marketing agency.
    A 20-year career in professional aviation as a flight instructor and corporate pilot.
    7 years in aquaculture; designed and build a state-of-the-art aquaculture facility in a passive-solar hatchery.
    Raised a family on a self-sufficient homestead that he built in the mountains of southern Vermont. The homestead was powered by a small hydro-electric plant that he built and operated for 17 years.
    Living long enough to write it all down.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3229 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: ASEMC Press (May 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind! June 6, 2014
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An Upraised Chalice is a one-of-a-kind book that drew me in from the first lines of the first chapter. It is a true story of the extraordinary experiences of Gene O'Neil, who - in his early twenties - set off on a trek across the world to find the meaning of life. The adventure is engaging, and at times truly gripping, as the author maneuvers through various near death encounters along this journey. On occasion I had to take a deep breath and tell myself... "He lived to write this book so he is going to be okay!" Above all, it was his ability to trust that still small voice of the heart, that he recognized as his own I AM Presence, that made the greatest impact on me. O'Neil came face to face with death, financial ruin, and more, and held his equanimity through it all. I recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration to live in the present, be steadfast in daily spiritual practices, and open to discovering the very Presence of God within.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force of self-discovery May 12, 2014
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A young man in the 1970's goes on a quest for a higher meaning to life. Driven from the materialism and claustrophobic dogmas of the West and drawn by the mysticism of the East, he travels through Jerusalem and on, by road, through Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan arriving in Nepal and the Himalayas. He finds himself in the foothills of Mt. Everest, at 18000ft altitude, many miles from shelter and warmth, struggling to recover from a fall into a crevasse as the sun sets, facing certain death if he cannot. Recovering from this experience and enriched by spiritual insights gained from his journey so far, he is eventually drawn to south eastern India where his relentless quest leads to new self-realization and inner awakening.
The author takes us on a tour de force of self-discovery, physical stamina, and a spiritual quest culminating in some extraordinary experiences in his later years. On the way we stop and share with him some of the sacredness of many of the holy sites and shrines he visits. He shares with us the fruit of this path of self discovery and some encouragement and signposts we too can benefit from on our own.
Hurrah for a remarkable story of one man's quest for spiritual enlightenment and for sharing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stunning graphics, cover and inside photos. Inspiring life journey of inner and outer discovery. I an the editor of a health magazine and I excerpted Gene's book this month. This is my introduction: Periodically a book comes along that is capable of changing people’s minds about Reality. The just-released “An Upraised Chalice” is one such book. It chronicles the world travels and the inner and outer experiences of the author, Gene O’Neil, from Vermont. Gene includes all the stunning stories, miracles, and near-death experiences that have marked his life, told in an engaging style, filled with pictures taken along the way, and ringing of the truth of experience. With other such books, such as “Proof of Heaven” and “Heaven Is for Real” (now a movie), it seems the tide is turning for the mainstream’s acceptance of life after death. I’ve known Gene as a close personal friend for 30 years and proudly present a few excerpts and reviews from his book. (The cover art, available as a fine-art print, was painted by another great friend, Damian Gerard-Bland, from England.) To purchase Gene’s book in paper or eBook format, go to, or visit —Enjoy! Editor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both captures and captivates the reader! June 20, 2014
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Hold on to your hat- you're off on a riveting, high-spirited adventure of one man's unique and memorable spiritual quest! Gene' O 'Neil's book is a treasure, with his incredible near-death experiences, Himalayan and Indian escapades, and a story-telling style that both captures and captivates the reader in a very personal way. I have not read a book packed with so many unbelievable true-life stories as well as a spiritual wisdom that Gene's candidly shares from his heart. You will not want to put it down.
I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a higher understanding of life and an open mind to consider mysteries beyond the veil. Very enjoyable book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound spiritual journey May 11, 2014
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Get ready for a spiritual ride along the steep path to the summit of being! In this autobiography, the author shares his most intimate experiences along the path of spiritual awakening. This book is a great source of inspiration and the solid proof that any one can make it on the path to Self-Realization when the Heart is into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, hard to put down! August 24, 2014
I must admit this is one of those books I really hated to see end, for I grew most attached to the nearness and dearness of its pages. It is rare indeed to find a book with such an open door into the very heart and soul of ones being as was the author has portrayed.
Though the depth and breadth of the material is vast in many areas of consciousness and awareness one seems to always return to a central them and intent, the oneness within each of our own hearts, to God and to God in all of life. The book provides in great specificity a number of truly amazing experiences of a truly accomplished visionary on many fronts yet there is a sweet humility and gentleness that does not overwhelm the reader allowing for greater understanding of the truths and purpose behind the experiences. God is the doer in all things and resides as Pure Love and Goodness within the heart of each one of us.
The author did a wonderful job in taking the sublime esoteric areas of his life and connecting them to the day to day reality of living ones life, shall we say the more mundane aspects all the while showing in pragmatic methodology how to deal with many areas of ones life including very real life threatening circumstances.
There book provides a great resource and primer for anyone seeking the basic fundamental needs we all have, love, health, wealth wellbeing etc. and despite the depth of the authors experience it provides an entry point for all! I most especially enjoyed the author’s ability to "paint" a picture in words making it much easier to visualize the concepts as well as the actual experiences as they were recounted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You've got it covered!
At last, an inspiring book beginning with a stunning cover, compelling the reader along on one man's adventure-filled journey on a personal quest for answers and concluding with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling adventure, makes you feel you are along ...
A compelling adventure,makes you feel you are along for the ride.
Published 2 months ago by Beth Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars No simple, easy answers but great fodder for reflection.
This book chronicles a highly unusual spiritual journey, a journey full of challenges yet seemingly inevitable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. J. Oneil
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The author has spent a lifetime embracing transformative possibilities that have brought him closer to his Sacred I am Presence. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bill Hack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An amazing story about a long and challenging spiritual journey delightfully written and clearly explained. Well worth the read.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Donohue
5.0 out of 5 stars sprinkled with "George Noory" subject matter
Refreshingly unpolished recollections of the author's life mixed with his spiritual insights.
An enjoyable book that reads like a combination of a globe trotting adventure... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sanjay D
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful testimony of awakening and the impact of attunement ...
A powerful testimony of awakening and the impact of attunement with spirit to face karmic challenges and the perception of truth!
Riveting read!
Published 3 months ago by S Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars I greatly enjoyed reading Gene's very personal story of high adventure...
I greatly enjoyed reading Gene's very personal story of high adventure and powerful spiritual experiences. Read more
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I read "An Upraised Chalice' while on holidays looking for a 'good read'. I have to say that I experienced quite an adventure, vicariously, while nestled in my little cabin in... Read more
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Gene O'Neil is a teacher, builder and flight instructor. He is a family man and has long been a student of life. His background is as unusual as his book. After growing up with faint memories of previous lifetimes, and an unending urge to remember what it was that he was supposed to do, he embarked as a young man on an epic journey from which he did not know (or care) if he would return. These experiences, some of which were quite extreme, are detailed in this story and set the tone for the integration of a life filled with the teachings of the great masters known as The Brotherhood of Light.

When he returned to the United States 17 months after he left on his quest, he resumed his studies at the university and learned how to fly. He became a professional pilot and balanced that time in the air with building a self-sufficient homestead in the Green Mountains of Vermont--a passive solar home powered by a hydro-electric plant. It was here that he has raised his family and hosted meditation retreats for 25 years. This period was punctuated with multiple near-death experiences and other mystical encounters. Aside from being a pilot, builder and cabinetmaker, he designed and built a state-of-the-art solar aquaculture facility that received national attention. He was asked by the United Nations to bring this design to developing countries.

After a lifetime of extraordinary adventures in studying and experiencing first-hand the teachings of the Great Masters of east and west, he wrote it all down so that his children and all others might benefit.


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