Jim is known throughout the Austin area, and beyond, as a committed worker for Justice, Human Rights and Fair Treatment for all. In this interview, he explains where his compassion comes from and the powerful effects that occur as a result of genuine kindness.
Guner is a Muslim who founded the Dialogue Institute Southwest to improve the conversation between Muslims and members of other religions in the Austin area.
Anne Beversdorf is an internationally known astrologer and author and her materials can be found at Stariel.com. Anne is also known locally for her life altering Family Constellations. These sessions can be lengthy and very powerful and will result in the participant’s gaining new insight into how the lives of his family have affected that person’s own life.
Chuck Robison continues to refine his work on New Science and Forgiveness. This time at Unity in the Heart of Austin.
Hill Country News Faith Roundtable Article 2016-05-25
By Chuck Robison
All of us wrestle with the Big 5 Questions most of our lives. They are: 1. Who are we? 2. Where did we come from? 3. Why are we here? 4. Where are we going? and, 5. What time is it?
Every society, religion, and civilization has its own creation story, each designed to make sense as an answer to question 2. There is no need to seek the literal truth of our own Judeo, Muslim, Christian creation story. It is all made up. There was never a Garden of Eden, we never fell from anywhere and the entire history of mankind, going back at least a million years, has been about evolving out of the primordial muck and into the less than perfect beings we are today.
However, the creation story that we Jews and we Christians and we Muslims share has very specific powerful value, especially in today’s world. We three are religious cousins and our fights and squabbles are put into perspective when we read the first sentence of our common creation story:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The message is very clear. We did not create this. We had nothing to do with this creation. Our Universe can be described as a Great Thought, which God had in a moment, and we are but the result. All artists can determine how their art is expressed, used and by whom. God created all of this, including each of us, and He can determine how He wants to use us.
Asking this Roundtable’s question tempts us to buy into the confounding resurgence of American Anti-Intellectualism. All of sudden, it is very common to hear Americans deny science, history, and even humanity’s great intellectual achievements to focus instead on “stories” that are supposed to make us feel better. We now casually deny science and common sense when we proudly proclaim “there is no environmental crisis. Even if there is, man did not cause it.” However, the very God, the higher Divine Mind behind all of this, will not allow us to get away with this “story” much longer.
We do well to study just the first sentence of our Creation Story until the day comes when we fully understand that we are the creatures and God is the creator. He made the rules and He decides the outcome. And this part is not a made up story, it is the law.
We were asked to present our definitions of Consciousness to the regular monthly meeting of the Austin Consciousness Explorers. We were delighted at the response that still keeps coming into this presentation. It gave us an opportunity to look back on the first thirteen years of our work together and to present what we think will be the next portion of our work, which will be based, primarily, in Austin. This presentation is in two parts:
Paul and Diana Ray have lived their lives for the past 45 years as members of the Austin Music Scene. In this interview they recount some of their remarkable experiences and put a friendly face on one of the most amazing cultural communities in the US: Austin, Live Music Capital of the World.
Here is what the Austin Chronicle says about Paul: “Of all the events that shaped Austin’s musical psyche in the early 1970s, few are as important as the migration of Dallas blues players to the capital of Texas. Paul Ray had fronted bands in the Metroplex since the 1950s and had a crooner’s voice that suited big band blues. After playing around Dallas for so long, he then joined the exodus of Metroplex musicians such as Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall, Denny Freeman, and Mike Kindred….Ray brought in a second guitarist, Jimmie Vaughan’s younger brother Stevie. To say that Stevie set fire to the band is to ignore Freeman’s own sublime style – one that Bob Dylan took on tour 30 years later. Yet Vaughan was a fuse waiting to be lit, and the Cobras were his fuel. By the time the Cobras picked up a Tuesday night residency at the Soap Creek Saloon, the band was smoking with Stevie pealing out well-muscled leads against Denny Freeman’s jazzy blues.”
Paul and Diana have been here for the whole ride and their stories will amaze you and give you a unique insight into why music chose Austin to be its most user friendly home! Paul’s work at KUTX and Twine Time has created The Sound Track of Our Lives and has resulted in Paul being installed in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
Produced in Dripping Springs, Texas on April 10, 2014
Russell Forsyth is a healer who has been certified under Dr.Doreen Virtue and also works as a crystal bed practitioner, inventor, writer, radio show host, speaker, teacher and musician from Austin, Texas. After an inspirational shift in 2006, Russell has written several books, given workshops, invented a crystal light bed and has appeared on several radio shows, theatre productions and was selected to film a pilot TV show on angel readers. Russell currently cwrites a weekly newsletter called “Angel Whispers”, which features a word study and channeled messages from the angels. [Read more…]