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An Upraised Chalice: Adventures and Near-Death Encounters in my Search for The Brotherhood of Light and What This Can Mean for You Paperback – April 20, 2014
"Nothing gets one s attention like one s imminent demise, writes Gene O Neil in An Upraised Chalice, a book that chronicles the remarkable travels, adventures and near-death experiences that have marked his quest to discover the meaning of life. O Neil s practical insights, born of experience, cut across religious boundaries to convey a vibrant spirituality in plain, accessible language. --Kristine Morris, ForeWord Reviews (Awarded 5 Stars)
An Upraised Chalice sets the tone for anyone ready for their own journey of discovery. Those who would drink from O Neil s chalice of understanding will find its contents full and complex. Near death encounters, a travelogue to the world's spiritual places and their impact on his life and understanding make for a fascinating blend of self-inspection, pilgrimage, and revelation that holds many possible truths that will resonate with many readers. O'Neil's search in a way can be identified as the modern dilemma of 'everyman': "There is a growing sense among many that something major is missing in our civilization - a lack of moral compass, a lack of direction. Many are looking for answers." And the crux of living lies in these questions: "The years turn into decades and sooner or later, (hopefully later) sickness or accidents happen and all are again confronted with the big questions: Why? What's next? What has this life that I've lived been about? As one begins to consider their own eventual departure: What have I been able to do to make things a little better? What have I passed along to make others' lives more beautiful?" --D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
The remarkable story of a lifetime quest by a modern-day mystic of his world travels and then integrating his experiences back into professional life in America. But what is really interesting here are the practical disciplines that he incorporated into his life that paved the way for his survival in multiple near-death experiences. A fascinating and thought-provoking read. --David Tame, author The Secret Power of Music and Beethoven and the Spiritual Path --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.
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I was more interested in what happens when he gets back to the U.S.A. He joins the Summit Lighthouse and adds "decrees" to his spiritual practice of meditation. Decrees are a scientific way the Masters teach of calling to God and the Heavenly Host using the power of the spoken word.
Gene buys a beautiful piece of land in Vermont and describes how he turned it into a spiritual retreat and establishes a business there raising fish for area restaurants frequented by tourists. His attunement with the Presence of God in his life gives him the impetus to go to town one day, where he meets the woman he will later marry. Because of his daily meditations and calls to the archangels, he has some very intense experiences in which his life is actually saved by Archangel Michael, who alerts him that he needs to call immediately for protection, for the Heavenly Host cannot intervene in people's lives without being invited; and there is, in fact, an impending collision around the next corner. He was injured, but he could have been killed. There is another incident when his backhoe rolls over as he was digging a pond on his property wherein he would have been crushed, but instead finds himself miraculously standing on the sidelines.
Gene O'Neil is very enthusiastic about the Temple of the Presence, where the Ascended Masters have begun anew since the Messenger of the Summit Lighthouse retired. He prints several of the decrees in the book that he hopes will be good starts for the reader to experiment with.
"An Upraised Chalice" is a very inspirational story by an individual who, in attunement with the God-Flame in his own heart, takes responsibility for his challenges and doesn't settle for anything less than God Himself would want for his beloved sons and daughters in embodiment, (which includes us all, of course) and it will assure the reader that God and the angels and Ascended Masters are more available for practical interventions in the lives of those who connect with them than you may have thought possible. The key seems to be that ongoing connection that he maintains with daily meditation and verbal calls. I was inspired to begin a program of regular meditation after reading this book!
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.
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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