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11 Days in May: The Conversation That Will Change Your Life Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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"Your exemplary and inspiring testament is great and well needed."Judge Louis J. Freeh
"JD leads us on a journey of faith and doubt, through the tunnel into the light. He's a true messenger of reason and faith, of the unity of science and religion. Scholars of religion and theology will find much to engage in J.D.'s work." Todd Penner, Ph.D. Professor of Religious Studies, Austin College
"11 Days in May is a unique and thought provoking book that weaves together physics, psychology, philosophy, metaphysics, theology, and physiology into a wonderful new tapestry of inspired thought. JD Messinger's unique wisdom is sure to become a seminal theory that promotes transformation for the advancement of humankind. If you would love to master your life and live by the wisdom of your soul then this amazing book is a must read." -- Dr. John Demartini, best selling author of The Breakthrough Experience
"The World of Form has dominated modern civilization and blinded us to the deeper reality that JD Messinger calls the World of Light. We can all be grateful to JD for calling it to our attention in this warm, enticing, and highly readable series of conversations. Everyone who wants to know more about the "real" nature of reality would do well to read." --Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Founder of the Club of Budapest, author of Science and the Akashic Field.
JD Messinger is the CEO of Spirituality. "The Visionaries" profiles a fantastic grouping of dynamic leaders who question the way things are and think about the way things could be. Apply those same ideas to the field of spirituality and you'd have JD Messinger, former Fortune 500 CEO, now spiritual author, who captures the lessons from his lifelong spiritual path in his first book, 11 Days in May. Paul Hertel, November issue of Martha Stewart Whole Living
"JD Messinger is a remarkable, amazing person who has given voice to a truly unique message in 11 Days in May. JD's message creates renewal and hope."--Stephen M. R. Covey, The New York Times and # 1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and co-author of Smart Trust.
From the Author
It has been said by many military leaders, sports figures, spiritual gurus and life coaches, that the most important hurdle one must accomplish in life is to answer a very important question: who are you?
It has been said many ways--know thyself, why are you here, what is your purpose and where did you come from--and the answer is your most important mission in your lifetime. The answers to these questions define everything. They define why you do what you do. The answers define your behavior, beliefs and life philosophy.
In short, the answer to this series of questions defines your level of success, happiness, health, fulfillment, love and abundance.
This is why 11 Days in May was written, to help you answer these questions.
The main premise of this "conversation" is that you don't have a soul, you are a soul. Once you achieve this realization you will begin to see a pattern to everything, You will begin to ask yourself one question before you do anything--how does this event, person, business or activity help me fulfill my soul pupose?
Over five months since the book was first published, I have received over a hundred thousand emails. The number one comment from readers has been, "Oh my God! This book changed my life in three days. Thank you so much!"
It is my sincerest hope that you discover your purpose and that 11 Days in May helps you to live a happier, healthier, more meaningful and abundant life.
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I have been an avid reader of self development books since the 90's. I have read 100's of books in human development, communication, metaphysical topics, law of attraction and success books. Was listening to a radio program that interviewed JD Messinger (the author) and thought that his take was very different and that he added his own unique credibility to what he was saying.
I have been finding this book very different than most that I have read in the subject area. New perspectives put in a new way. I am pretty sure that what JD has written is going to cause a shift for me. And I think it will for a lot of people. One of the things that struck me and has made me pay attention is the fact that he came from the background that he describes and still took that leap of faith. I respect that more than I can say. I came from a financial background and had some pretty strong (life changing) wake up calls as well. Took me on a new path and I am way happier. I have also experienced some of that synchronicity that he describes. I want more of that. Life is magical when that happens. That is where the shift will come I think. For me, being more aligned and less concerned about things is what it has helped me with the most.
Read it. You wont be disappointed.
Also, he is accessible. He actually answers emails and takes the time to respond.
Just thought I would give you my two cents.
There are multiple bottom lines, I will list just four that jump out at me from my notes:
01 Finding your authentic self -- and hence finding sustainable happiness and positive effect -- must be rooted in a deep critical appreciation of how false our current world is, particularly its materialistic and reductionist nature, the false assumptions about scarcity, valuation. This sets the stage for personal liberation.
- The author does not belabor the evil in our current industrial-era world that some call Vampire Capitalism -- but does concisely lay out how the World of Form is an artificial world in which scarcity, time, distance, and speed are among the many contrived concepts that serve to enslave the average person to a lifetime of largely meaningless working to live instead of living to work (at one's calling). Peter Drucker, Buckminster Fuller, and Russell Ackoff would all embrace how the author describes a world in which we have all been herded into an artificial construct, the commons have been fenced, private behavior once natural has been criminalized, and all the joy and creativity has been sucked out of education, the media, and more crafts. The World of Form is a false world, a false God, with false priests, rabbis, and immans (a few exceptions notwithstanding. Here are just a few books that totally reinforce the author's message on this core foundational aspect of the book:
The Manufacture Of Evil: Ethics, Evolution, and the Industrial System
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History
Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025
Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny
- The whole point of the book is to help any individual discover that they are a soul within the World of Light, perfect in every way, and that their highest calling and greatest potential within the cosmos lies in rejecting the World of Form, embracing the World of Light, and being one with all others, which is to say, forgive everyone else's trespasses, love everyone else as you should love yourself, and let the harmony of the World of Light come forth in your everyday being. This is not a Zen book but it resonates. The first half frees you of illusory bonds; the second half empowers the liberation of natural joy. Here are four books that come to mind among many others (see my comment for a number of useful links to my Amazon book review lists focused on goodness):
The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners
Philosophy and the Social Problem: The Annotated Edition
The Zen Leader: 10 Ways to Go From Barely Managing to Leading Fearlessly
The Power of the Powerless: Citizens Against the State in Central-Eastern Europe
02 Pain is physical, suffering mental, and both are the primary means by which elements of the cosmos might learn. Persisting through the pain and suffering, being resilient and having faith in the goodness of the larger cosmos and the good intentions of one self, combined with a rejection of the attachments imposed by the old paradigm (materialism, trade-offs sacrificing family to corporation) are the journey -- the way.
03 Energy is the fundamental element such that matter also contains dark matter or energy spaces -- science is a religion, religion is a science, and everything is connected in a spiritual non-material manner. The brain is an energy field, thoughts do travel without industrial-era tools. Energy cannot be destroyed, only transformed. Change is transient in the World of Form, it is a non-concept in the World of Light.
04 Love really does conquer all, beginning with complete acceptance of one self and then all others. There are no accidents, war is a clear indication that humanity is out of balance (including excessive control by the 1% of both money and communications media), trust and confidence in one's authenticity as well as faith in the goodness of the larger cosmos are essential to making the leap -- find and fulfill your purpose.
The author strongly recommends two books, Phil McGraw's Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out and Dawn of the Akashic Age: New Consciousness, Quantum Resonance, and the Future of the World -- I have reviewed the second.
Not visible to the reader are the very many books and personalities that the author absorbed during his decade long personal quest in the aftermath of his near death experience. I suspect there is some overlap in our reading, and have posted a new collection of book review lists, search for < New Group of Book Review Categories Focused on Goodness > to get to it, all reviews lead back to their book's Amazon home page.
Best wishes to all,
Robert David Steele
THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth, & Trust
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