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John The Beloved Apostle

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The broadly grinning man with a knowing laugh, as if he gets the cosmic joke, stood in front of the room at Circle of Miracles,  filled with folks who were listening, fascinated as he wove stories about being an actor/action hero; a whip cracking, sword yielding spiritual renegade. According to his website “As a professional Fight Director, John has had the honor of becoming  one of forty fight directors invited to teach with the International  Order of the Sword and Pen (IOSP). This honor cast him along side of  fight directors from The Folger Shakespeare Theater and The Royal  Academy of Dramatic Arts, and from films such as Star Wars, Lord of the  Rings and The Highlander.”  He has been a regular presence at Renaissance Faires for many years as well as a speaker at New Thought Churches and entertaining troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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How do you live your bliss?

 

This is a wonderful question. How does one live their bliss? For me I celebrate Love in all facets everyday. I Love My wife and son, rainy days and coffee in the mornings. I focus on the joyful aspects in life and so life returns the favor. I love my life because I live it. By being bliss, you experience bliss.

You are a Renaissance man who wears many hats. How would you describe yourself?

 

I guess I would describe myself by stealing a line from the burning bush story, “I am that I am.”  I feel that in our lives we are constantly in motion and the many things I do are indicative of the things I enjoy. I enjoy coaching people to set and reach their potential, but I also enjoy teaching stage combat to actors. I enjoy performing my comedy sword-fighting show and also enjoy quiet times in meditation. I am simply being me to the best of my ability and yet I also believe that we are all connected through God/Universe/Source. So in the end I am being the best part of us I can be, and I call that part “John.”

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Please speak about the action hero concept that you explored with us at Circle of Miracles.

 

We each are living both spiritual and physical lives. This means that to experience who we are, we must experience both. Many people who declare themselves as “spiritual” live lives of lack and frustration. Others who define themselves as physical lack purpose. The truly rounded individual incorporates both aspects. The truly enlightened person sets intention, acts upon the new belief, and receives the experience they desire. Action is a step in our process to creation. Action in any direction creates. Inaction creates nothing. An action hero is a person who achieves extraordinary results through thought, word, and deed. It all comes down to the “deed” in the end. Focus on  the  outcome then take action towards it as if it was being achieved and you will witness it manifesting around you.

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I loved the description of  simplicity vs. struggle when it comes to whip cracking. Can you elaborate please?

 

How we manifest our life is like using a bullwhip.  I decide on my goal, and make decisive actions to reach it, “ the crack”.   When we allow distractions to alter our course, we struggle and loose sight of our goal, “no crack”. Unfortunately, if our momentum begins with with struggle and discord, our goal can never be realized. I truly believe we are a product of our belief about our present moment. You are what you are not what you will be. So if we simply believe in an easy life, we get it and if we believe it is a struggle, then all we get is a struggle. A childhood friend of mine always believed things came to him easy and that he always had plenty of money. He recently told that me he gives himself $20,000 a year to blow on toys. I grew up in a family that struggled for money and was filled with limiting belief. It wasn’t until I changed the belief about my life that things began changing for the better . I just simply believe.

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Juxtaposed with that image is the John of Peniel persona. How did he come to your awareness?

 

The question sounds sort of Schizophrenic.  LOL. I am now a believer in reincarnation, but wasn’t when the information about my past life was brought to me. I had a series of nineteen different psychics tell me about my past life as John the beloved Apostle, after which I had a past life regression and remembered that life as well. I feel privileged to have those memories, but I am very clear that it is all me. They are just earlier memories. One lesson I received in this amazing journey, is that it does not matter who anyone was in a past life. It only matters what you are doing right here, right now. Many people hear about my past life experiences and want to associate me as a holy man or an apostle. I am just a person like any other person, as you are. I feel we are each on our own journey and how we live our lives through thought, word, and deed is what matters.

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Please tell us about him.

 

In that past life, I was blessed to have a wonderful teacher. His name was Jeshua, and I felt a real brotherhood with him. He taught through living his way, his truth and his life. He asked us each to do the same.  And so I lived as the best me that I could be. I admired Jeshua as one would any mentor with vast knowledge. The greatest lesson I learned at the time was to fully be myself in all aspects. In my life at the time, nothing was more important than my friend and teacher. It seemed that though there was so much to learn, the lesson was simple, “ Be Love.”

 

How does the way we use language impact on outcome in our lives?

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Words are a direct product of your belief. When counseling individuals I am reviewing the words they are using and specifically how they relate to their belief about their present moment. The Book of John, (which I’m really proud of-LOL) begins with “in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.” Let’s look at this statement from a different perspective,” In the beginning of your creations is your word and the word went out and was with God/ Universe/Source and God created it in its own image” and so the word actually was “God.” If we become very conscious about our words we become very conscious of our true beliefs. As Buddha would say,” What you think you become.You create your world.” Those beliefs behind the words are creative. Change the thought behind the words, change the words, and change the experience. In the Bible the disciples asked Jeshua what diet they should follow. His answer was ,” I would be more worried about what comes out of your mouth then what goes in. “

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I will include a link to your websites and mention your book, of course(:

 

Here are the websites:

Spiritual website-  www.JohnofPeniel.com

Corporate Speaking Website – www.johndavisactionhero.com

 

Books:

Signs along the Path: a Guide to an Inspired Life- by John C Davis and Holly Matson

John of Old, John of New: The Awakening of an Apostle—By Sharon Prince

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Get Wet

 

Sitting in my favorite office away from home in Doylestown, PA called The Zen Den, sipping a cup of soy chai served in a terra cotta colored mug….breathing in the sweet aroma. Whenever I go there, I always run into friends. Today it was Ken, Charlie, Tina and Bill. I have known Bill Bloom since the middle 1980’s. He is a  bright light in the music industry and his ‘claim to fame’ is that he co-wrote the song, along with Frankie Smith, that became a hit in 1981, called Double Dutch Bus. What I didn’t know is that it referenced both the jump rope game and the SEPTA bus system for which my father had worked for many years. Since then, Bill and his music have branched out to a more spiritual realm. He is an ordained interfaith minister and has been music director for several churches in the Philadelphia area. His voice can bring tears to your eyes, mostly because it comes from his heart.

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I was delighted when I saw him walk through the door and we chatted for a bit. We were talking about the importance of diving into your passions; his is obviously music and mine is clearly writing. He told me about a new project in which he is engaging. He calls it Bloomworld, which is a daily dose of inspiration that he sends to his growing list of subscribers. Bill was inspired to place a tag line at the end:  “Get wet.”  Now, it might sound a bit edgy, but he explained where it came from as he quoted a movie I have never seen, called Hesher. There is a line uttered by one of the characters; Madeleine Forney: “Life is like walking in the rain… you can hide and take cover or you can just get wet.”  How often do you huddle under a metaphorical umbrella, wanting to remain  safe and dry?  There are times when I say that I am “running between the raindrops.”, when the truth is, that is physically impossible. What stops me from immersing myself in the preciously drenching nourishment that life showers upon me? Fear, erroneous belief that I will never be able to wring myself out. Sometimes the rain is joyous…showers of blessings when people, opportunities, money, healing show up in so-called unexpected ways. There are other moments when I feel deluged by waves of grief and emptiness…far more briefly, thank goodness. When I am able to be a witnessing presence and watch the ‘me’ who is experiencing this, I have compassion for her and offer encouragement, “You know, sweetheart, you have gotten through many a rain storm and have shaken off the water like a puppy after a bath. Can you make it fun? Can you splash in the puddles? Can you watch for the rainbow?”  The answer is always yes.

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So, for today, at least, I am willing to dip my tootsies into the waters of life as it pours forth ceaselessly from the heavens and really get wet!

 

If you want to subscribe to Bloomworld billbloom26@gmail.com  is the email address

Here are a few recent entries

You’re someone’s perfect stranger. Welcome them with open arms and an open mind! Get wet…p/l*
Where you LEAD, they will follow. Get wet…p/l
The language of love is unmistakenly clear, everywhere, and understood by everyone! Get wet..p/l
*peace and love

 

www.billbloom.com

http://youtu.be/fK9hK82r-AM Double Dutch Bus

 

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Light Seeds

                                                                                             
I met this delightful sprite of a woman at Circle Of Miracles a month or so ago, when she accompanied her friend John Davis who came to our community as a speaker. I was moved by the passion and enthusiasm she embodied and knew I needed to find out what was behind it. She is the co-author, with John of the book Signs Along The Path which are snippets of wisdom for guidance and life enrichment.
How do you live your bliss?
Having only recently discovered the alchemy of creating my own life, I wasn’t sure what my bliss was!  But now, as I get increasingly closer to it, I realize that my bliss is reached through accepting my godliness, my power to create.  Living in nature and animals.  Loving, honoring and respecting the people I meet. Shining my own light on them so they can see the switch to turn on their own lights!
Your biz is called Light Seeds..how did that name come to be?
I had been supporting two spiritual workers in my spare time when I was laid off in 2009 from a job I hated (go me!) and realized that supporting holistic/spiritual workers would be the ideal profession for me.  Inspiration gave me the name, which at first I thought was to be Life Seeds.  I woke one morning “knowing” it was actually Light Seeds.  The people I work with as a Virtual Assistant are all sowers of seeds of light – as am I – and all find their own bliss by enlightening, empowering, healing people.  Hence the business name of Lightseeds Office.  I’m in the midst of writing a book to teach other VAs how to do this work as well, as being a “light farmer” is an unusual occupation!
It seems that you are a balance of left brain, linear, logical and creative curious right brain..how do you blend those worlds?
Good question – I think it’s just how I’m made!  A very difficult upbringing with a belief only in the here and now, this is all there is, what you see is what you get, you go to work because it’s what you have to do, served the purpose of teaching me left brain skills.  And yet I loved the arts and music as well.  As the door opened to spiritual growth, I found my right brain!  Now I meditate, write, enjoy spiritual practices, feel deep gratitude for the beauty of our earth, see the inner beauty in people, and so much more!  And it is that balance that allows me to serve my clients the way I do – being part of their spiritual “woo-woo” world but connecting with the earth and business practices.
You are in professional partnership with John Davis (a.k.a John of Peniel). Wondering how the two of you connected and began your world changing work together.
It’s a long story, but the short story is this:  I’m a renaissance festival junkie, and I’d become acquainted with John at our local festival, where he’d been a comedy performer for many years.  I discovered his spiritual side and spoke with him about it, and felt the strong immediate “zing” that told me there was something important there for me. And then the miracle happened:
Years ago, while cleaning the hall after an event I had run, I found a tiny silver ring with a beautiful ivy engraving on it and an inscription of a Bible verse on the inside. I tried for months to find the owner to no avail and something told me to keep it safe.
Several years later, in 2006, the week before the local renaissance festival was to open I was looking for something in the basket where I had years before placed this ring.  My fingers touched that lost ring, and I felt a WHOOSH of electrical energy through my body, as if it were charged. I picked it up and for the first time in all those years noticed the inscription on the inside – John 15:5.  I looked up the verse: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who dwells in me and I in him shall have much success.”  Totally astounded, I knew without doubt that these words were a message for John, so I e-mailed him to say that I had something to tell him in person. He was intrigued, but after all his amazing spiritual experiences, not surprised, and so we arranged to meet at the festival.
On opening day of the renaissance fair, I was wandering around when John found me, and we went to a relatively quiet area to talk. Shaking with emotion, I pulled out the ring and handed it to him so he could see the inscription. His face went white and he said, “OH my GOD!!” I handed him a small cloth where I’d embroidered the verse so he’d know the reference. He got tears in his eyes and hugged me hard – we were both highly emotional by then! When he calmed a bit, he explained to me that he’d been praying for guidance:  Was this the time for him to give up the security of his entertainment profession to do spiritual work full time?  Was it time to really step into his mission? And then I showed up with the ring.  I cannot express the awe I felt then and still feel when I realize that I was the safe-keeper all those years of this special message meant to support John, held for the time it was intended to be revealed.  And in the process, I gained a nickname – Frodo the ring bearer!
How would you describe your spiritual practice?
Eclectic!  A melange, a stew of beliefs! I am not a subscriber to religion, which for me is limiting and based on ancient culture and belief systems.  I am powerfully, deeply connected to God in my own way.  I “try” to meditate daily (“Do or do not, there is no try!”), usually with a guided meditation.  I accept my increasing awareness of my intuition and ability to receive spiritual guidance and messages.  I don’t follow any spiritual routines, but my deep connection keeps on getting deeper as I follow my Higher Self’s guidance (which I also believe is my jumper cable to God). To me, God is dirt – when my hands are in the dirt, planting and nurturing growing things, there He is with me.
Is there a pivotal moment that leaps out at you when you knew you were living the life of your dreams?
Well, to be very honest I am not yet doing so!  But I am so CLOSE!  I can’t say that there was a moment as it’s been more of a continuum, a gradual process.  But now I live richly, deeply, aware and grateful, with bliss so close I can TASTE it!  And OH it tastes wonderful!
What drew you to Renaissance culture?
I honestly don’t know but I believe it’s strong past-life influences.  My father, a professional musician, bought me a record (yes, a record, I’m old!) of early Renaissance music when I was 13 – an odd gift!  It drew me in even then, and I’ve always listened to early music.  In my 30s when I discovered renaissance festivals and adult dress-up, I knew I was home!  And that led me to becoming involved with a living history group which studies the arts and sciences of the middle ages, where I learned renaissance era dancing.  And now as an avocation, I teach renaissance dance to others.
Please share about your book Signs Along the Path.
Several years ago I spoke with John Davis about the wonderful essays on his website (www.JohnofPeniel.com) and I wanted to find a way to get them into more hands than the internet allows.  I described what a book could look like, and he was all for it!  I gathered the best of his blog posts, organized them so that they guide the reader along a life path from fear to God and love. Each chapter takes the reader through a journey of personal and spiritual growth, through John’s thoughts, beliefs, and stories from his own life.  We wanted it to become the same kind of reference book as the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, something that could be a resource in times of stress, and it’s been such a joy to hear people tell us that is exactly what it accomplishes!
www.lightseedsoffice.com
www.simpleenlightenment.com

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Play In The Possibility

                                                 
I read this post by Facebook friend Marianne St. Clair and the ideas tickled me.
“What are you wanting to create in your life? A new career or job?  Then today Play IN the Possibility of you already having it. Jump in the vortex of the job.  Talk to people who would be your associates as if you already have the career. PLAY.  CREATE. BE what you want. NOW.”
I have a running list of things/experiences to create in my life, ranging from trips to treats, from books to read to books to write, from people to meet, to friendships to forge. I have a limitless imagination and so do you. When I visualize these happenings, I color them vividly, splashing effervescent paint over their surfaces. I step into them three dimensionally. I feel them in my gut. Goosebumps are my ‘truth barometer’ and when I notice them, I know I am on the right track, no holding back….and yet, there are times when I question whether what I desire will truly come to fruition. I call that ‘spiritual amnesia’ since I sometimes forget that everything always works out for the Highest Good, in divine timing, regardless of what my flaring ego might say.
More than 20 years ago, I set an intention to interview His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The path I took to seeing it through to fruition followed Marianne’s  suggestions. I jumped into the vortex by speaking about it to family and friends, all of whom assured me that it would happen, regardless of any doubt that might arise. I created vision boards with his image on them. I placed a postcard with his photo on it, on my dashboard (it’s still there), I wrote questions as if I would be interviewing him the next day. I imagined what it would be like to be in his presence. I played not only in the possibility, but the inevitability. And then….I surrendered outcome. Fast forward to July 17, 2008 and my long cherished dream became a reality. I found myself face to face and heart to heart with a living, breathing embodiment of love and compassion. Is there anything better than that?
Even nearly four years after that amazing experience, it still has a surrealistic feel to it. I shake my head in bewildered awe about it and how it came to be. When I told a friend back then that I had waited 20 years to interview His Holiness, my friend’s delightful and shake-me-to-my-core response was “How do you know he didn’t wait 20 years to be interviewed BY you?” Perhaps a Divine appointment, a soul contract had been made between us that took that period of time to arrive. What if everything we wish for it set up that way and we and it or they need to come to a particular ‘clearing in the forest’ at the same time and ta-da! it manna-fests for us?
What if you could allow your dreams to be like a colorful kite and you let the string out little by little until it is way up high and even though you may not be able to see it, you know it is out there having the time of its life?
Something to ponder as you enter your wondrous weekend.
http://youtu.be/g89NxTTycxc Let’s Go Fly A Kite From Mary Poppins
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