"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 out-of-body 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... O'Neil's compelling book offers a clear road map for both what he calls the greatest and most exciting journey one can take (the journey within) and the greatest discovery one can make (our true identity as divine love).
Do you consider yourself more spiritual than religious?
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 remarkable journey to many of the world's sacred places. It is the inspiring story of a lifetime's quest for the ancient wisdom while experiencing miraculous intercessions of the Great Ones along the way.
This accounting differs form other stories detailing near death experiences (NDEs). The author (a professional pilot, a builder, a teacher and a family man) had multiple near death encounters over the years. In one instance Archangel Michael appeared in a sphere of Light, commanding him to prepare with a specific prayer / mantra just moments before a fatal car accident. Immediately after this accident, going up the tunnel of Light to the other side, two Masters assisted with a specific action that allowed for the continuation of this lifetime.
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 question: Why are we here?
• How the Laws of Karma play out in near death experiences
• How the author created the conditions that enabled him to hear and see the warning from Archangel Michael and how these life-saving intercessions happened again and again over the years.
• How to choose a lifestyle that produces a healthy body - physical, mental and emotional - and a life of joy and purpose.
• How to awaken to the overwhelming majesty and love of the individualized I AM Presence within.
Additonal information available at www.upraisedchalice.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this memoir, the author shares how he personally has sought the answers to the age-old questions, who am I and why am I here. As a young man, he left the military in the US to travel solo across Europe, Israel and southern Asia and then back again to reestablish life in the US with the new challenge of holding onto the spiritual connection and insights he had gained on his pilgrimage, now in the far less spiritual and vastly more materialistic American society. I found this book fascinating and encouraging. The presentation was a little confusing, though, in that he tells part of the story, then goes back to the beginning of his spiritual journey as a young man and tells it chronologically. Perhaps, if he gave only a brief "tickler" about the near death experience as a preface, then the chronological account, it might have been easier to follow. It is such an amazing account, though, I rate it highly and consider it well worth reading for anyone who is open minded about religion and seeking God within and who can accept the idea that he has incredible ways of reaching out to each one of us personally. This is one of those special books that has the potential to change one's perspective on life forever. I received a free electronic copy of this book from Net Galley for the purpose of reviewing.