Along the Spiritual Path
We live in a time which requires internal fortitude.
In this age of warring theological systems, advancing scientific technology, and times when human beings seek meaningful direction and purpose in their lives. it is imperative for individuals to look inside themselves and examine their personal beliefs and spirituality.
Using the best source available to an individual, one’s personal life experiences, Tom Racanelli shares his spiritual knowledge and answers to such questions as:
- does science have all the answers?
- is pursuing material security going to bring me happiness?
- can a Christian learn from other religions?
Seeking answers to these questions Tom’s journey:
- begins with a spiritual revelation that love is giving yourself to another human being without expecting anything in return
- leads him into recovery from the disease of alcoholism
- takes him to holy places around the Earth including India, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
From his experiences, you will learn:
- that everything happens for a reason
- how to benefit from such practices as yoga, attending retreats, and practising meditation
- to recognize synchronistic events and answers to prayers
In his non-formal style and friendly tone, he shares these experiences, as if talking to his friends. Ultimately, Tom knows that it is love which binds and unites people, and he earnestly seeks to express himself with such love in these pages.
Buy this book today, and join Tom on this journey of seeking and of finding.
|1||The System is Rigged||P. 6|
|3||Calling on the Name of the Lord||P. 21|
|ALONG THE PATH|
|5||God Shots||P. 27|
|6||Everything Happens for a Reason||P. 41|
|7||Guardian Angels||P. 46|
|8||Embraced by the Light||P. 51|
|9||Great Acts of Faith||P. 54|
|10||Holy Places||P. 60|
|12||Ashrams and Retreats||P. 84|
|13||Mother Nature||P. 96|
|14||Working with Children||P. 102|
|15||Various Insights||P. 107|
Of course, my phone did not literally ring. Instead, I simply watched the movie. The movie was about an ancient European pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago. The title of the movie is “The Way.” The movie is about a busy Los Angeles lawyer (Martin Sheen) who receives a phone call from overseas informing him that his young adult son (Emilio Estevez) had passed away while hiking on the Camino de Santiago. Stunned, the father must travel to Europe, specifically to a small town in France near the border of Spain, and pick up his son’s remains.
Once there, through a series of synchronous events, the father decides to walk the Camino in his son’s place. The story unfolds as he meets other pilgrims from around the world. They dine together, walk together, laugh and cry together. At the end, they arrive to the holy city of Santiago, Spain – the place where the remains of one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, James, were discovered around 800 A.D.
It was a great movie, and I related to its messages. After seeing it, my first thought was, “Is it real, or is it another imaginary tale concocted by Hollywood?” One trip to a search engine on my handy computer revealed that it is indeed an actual place, and the Camino de Santiago is in fact a historical and active pilgrimage route. People have been traveling by foot to the holy place of Santiago for many centuries, and they still are.
“Wow!” I thought. “I wonder how they like the experience?” One more search revealed mostly 5-star reviews by people who had done it.
The phone was ringing, and God was calling me.
Other things were revealed to me. I saw that the major happenings of my life at that time, namely my family – which has always been important to me – and UCLA, were both used to get me to this experience and awareness. I remember them passing by my internal vision like holograms. If ever a bird has flown directly at you, and then veered off at the last moment, the sensation was similar.
Coming to this awareness, that the whole purpose of life is to know God, I felt ELATED! I saw that I exist in this spiritual state always and can never not experience it. It’s a kind of intrinsic guarantee. I felt the bliss of this eternal life. And it was not fleeting; it was permanent.
Further, I saw that this earth is not as serious as we take it. In fact, the joke is on us. Even though our lessons here are real, it is not the true life.
I also saw that we are one. One day we will look out at each other and see ourselves, and know that those looking at us see themselves. As if to show me a glimpse of the future, at one point I saw Paul seem to go bald. Later in life, Paul in fact did lose most of the hair on his head.
I also saw that God is good. There is not one iota of anything disturbing, painful, or otherwise negative in the presence of the One who is life.
Most importantly, I saw that the most simple fact is that there is life, and that that life is God. Without life, without God, there would be nothing. I remember being most amazed by this realization.