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GOD AS ONE LIFE by Bruce Johnson



LET’S GET STONED with Meghan Taft


I CHING: KEEP IT SIMPLE with Mo Abdelbaki


by Mario C. Veo

I am told that I was a ‘mischievous child’… I don’t agree, and will firmly state that I have no recollection of this… (yes, I did hide in a tree and scare the old woman, but in my defense she started it first… she was triggering my traps before I could catch the squirrels. Well, how else was I ever going to learn to talk to them…!? they kept running away!)

not an actual photo of Mario and his squirrel trap, just an artist's depiction of an anonymous mischievous child and his squirrel trap

Not an actual photo of Mario and his squirrel trap, just an artist’s depiction of an anonymous mischievous child and his alleged ‘squirrel trap’

Anyway, this is not the point I’m trying to make – grown ups are soooo serious – they think they’ve ‘fun’ but not really (they just want to get drunk so they can ‘relax a little’… or sit in front of the TV ‘trying to unwind’… what’s wrong with this picture…?). Easy – they are not having ‘Fun’, they’re trying to recuperate after a long day’s work… or (in some cases) trying to avoid dealing with a poor relationship… well, you know what they say about ‘Denial’…

Am I being too hard… you think…? Some of my friends are single Moms with small kids, and even though they truly believe that the kids are the best thing in their life… still, it’s hard! But, does Life have to be so difficult… and if so, Why…?

I think I know the answer – grown-ups are just that: “grown-ups”… they have forgotten the joys of spontaneous laughter(just because you feel like it)… or the smile that appears from a new discovery… or how pleasure energizes and revitalizes you. They have forgotten the value of their Inner Child.

A close-up photo of an alleged squirrel trap

A close-up photo of an alleged squirrel trap

You see, your Inner Child is that part of you that is joyous, that loves to play and investigate… that part of you which makes Life fun… and rewards you with more and more! Unfortunately, there seems to be a Law that the moment you reach ‘Adulthood'(and when is that actually??), we must now be ‘very, very serious… for Life is a SERIOUS matter!!!‘(read this in a very, very pompous manner… you won’t get the flavor right otherwise).

Well I ask you – “Who made up such nonsense?(do I hear ‘Puritans’?… oh, those spoil-sports!) Why must Life restrict our pleasures… why must it be so somber…? After all, we all know how to be responsible(and if the old woman had just left my traps alone she wouldn’t have gotten such a shock… it wasn’t her job to stick her nose where it didn’t belong! sheesh…!)

Houdini the squirrel, alleged master escape artist

Houdini the squirrel, alleged master escape artist

O.K., old woman aside – Know this well… your Inner Child is that loving, kind, gentle(and sometimes mischievous) part of you that simply loves Life, that laughs joyfully(just ’cause!), and that can make you the happiest person on Earth… wanna know why…? Because your Inner Child has tremendous powers of Manifestation… (and equally can make your Life miserable if you hurt it… Oh, there’s new Knowledge you didn’t know…?)

So, we are starting a 4 week program to investigate this wonderful Inner Being… one so powerful that I’m amazed you could live so long without embracing it! We meet on Saturdays, from 11 to 12:30, starting on October 10th. Registration is through the Shining Lotus(303-758-9113)… join us… IF you want to embrace a glorious new Life… (and if not, there is a land that still embraces very strict puritanical values… you’ll be quite happy there… just, leave my squirrels alone!)

Mario C. Veo is a teacher of Spiritual Science and a Healing Arts Practitioner. He teaches classes and individuals on Personal Transformation and the Expansion of Consciousness. Mario is available for personal guidance and consultations on Tuesday afternoons at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore.

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by Bruce Johnson

God in the Book of Genesis is portrayed as a thinking feeling entity with a physical body, which exists outside the universe which he created from nothing. The Ancient Wisdom denies the existence of this extra -cosmic deity who breaks his own commandments, demonstrates cruelty and injustice at times, curses humanity after calling it good, and dwells apart from the heavens, earths, and multitude of lives he’s fashioned. The Father God of the Bible, like the Serpent of the Garden Satan, are allegorical symbols for opposing principles in Nature, and are not conscious beings living in Heaven and Hell, battling for control of souls.

Greek Hermes

Greek Hermes

Pythagoras taught his disciples that God is Universal Mind diffused through all things, with God’s body composed of the substance of light, and God’s essence composed of the substance of truth. Buddhism teaches in a formless transcendent Wisdom, not an individualized God.  The “thrice greatest Hermes” as Thoth of ancient Egypt was the god of Wisdom and Letters. Thoth’s teachings reveal a changeless and eternal infinite God of universal energy and motion, much different than the anthropomorphic, mutable and physical God of Genesis.

Thoth -Hermes taught that there is no such thing as lifeless matter, and that God is One, ever present, and exists in all things. Thoth taught that God alone was goodness and beauty, and as the eternal causeless cause, was the source and essence of all creation.  Nothing existed that was not a part of God or the Absolute, whose limitless being contained all things. God as the One Life, was without beginning or end, beyond spirit or matter, and was the invisible, formless, and self- existent creator of all lesser lives in the cosmos. God is transcendent as the formless ocean of life, and immanent as in all forms everywhere. Occultism teaches that a God present in all things cannot have a chosen people. Ultimately, all attempts to describe God limit and qualify God who transcends definition.  All one can really say is that God Is.

The fundamental attribute of this One Life as it manifests in our universe as life -substance or akasa, is its eternal ceaseless motion, or life. Occultism teaches that our present universe is one of an eternal series of manifested universes. Paralleling human reincarnation on a vast scale, our living physical universe evolved from the cosmos that preceded it, and is not the first universe, much to the dismay of Big Bang Theorists.

The Ancient Wisdom teaches that God is not a person or giant being, but the nature of indestructible akasic matter manifesting as Limitless Space, with its inherent life, energy, and motion. This stupendous and indescribable One Life, both transcendent and immanent, was taught to be the cause of every phenomenon of nature.

Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.

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by Mario C. Veo

We are told that ‘Life Is A Journey‘, and to enjoy it… but no one tells us how to do this! We blunder around, from job to job, until we find ‘ something we like’… and that’s it! For the rest of our lives we fully believe that we’ve arrived, that from now on we’ll ‘live happily ever after‘(O.K., you can blame Walt Disney for that one… what was he thinking!?)

HappilyEverMy experience of Life is one where most people grow into diminishing expectations… until, at the end, they wake-up, wondering how they got there… and why their Life is now over…(No, I’m not a ‘pessimist’, just a realist…wait, hang on… if you’ll give me a chance I’ll explain).

When we were young everything was an adventure, a wonderful discovery… Life was exciting! Remember the joys of your first kiss… first car… first job… first love… first home…? Life was glorious… and then you grew up! Your first kiss was forgotten as you reached for more and more… your first car broke down, and you accepted the debts of buying a new car… the first job became a dead-end and you looked for one that paid better… you married your ‘love’ and soon enough got divorced…(check your statistics!)… and she got the house and left you with the mortgage.

Well, c’est la vié… as the French say, welcome to the grown up ‘reality’… but, ‘reality’ is what you make of it…(are you intrigued yet…?)

I propose that we don’t blindly accept all this ‘reality stuff’, and that we make our own… one filled with True Love, a wonderful rewarding career, a  beautiful home, and great friends… sounds too good to be ‘true’…?(so, who’s the ‘pessimist/realist’ now??) I have a trick up my sleeve, and I want to teach it to all of you who are ready to re-capture the passions of your youth… No, there are no ‘secret handshakes’… no elixirs, no fountain of youth… and definitely no Mother Ship ready to take us away!

I’m just going to teach you how to be Self-Empowered… and what Self-Determination really is… and so, we dedicate the month of October to a series of classes on the Joy of Life, on re-creating yourself, on increasing the flow of Prosperity… so that, finally, you can exclaim… “I DESERVE…Dammit!! AND I WANT IT ALL!!” (after all, why do you think you have this thing called ‘Free Will’?… to choose which burger to order… or, does it offer you more…? Did you want fries with that???)


I DESERVE MORE FROM LIFE!  —  October 6  —  6:30pm to 8pm  —  $20.

INCREASING THE FLOW OF PROSPERITY  —  October 13  —  6:30pm to 8pm  —  $20.

ONCE AND FOR ALL – LET GO OF THE PAST!  —  October 20  —  6:30pm to 8pm  —  $20.

AURA CLEANSING… AND PROTECTION  —  October 27  —  6:30pm to 8pm  —  $20.

Mario C. Veo is a teacher of Spiritual Science and a Healing Arts Practitioner. He teaches classes and individuals on Personal Transformation and the Expansion of Consciousness. Mario is available for personal guidance and consultations on Tuesday afternoons at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore.

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by Sally Shotwell

Planets-PossibilitiesAs we embrace October, we’re reminded of September’s legacy of dynamic astrological events which are still in play. We notice an emphasis on our crystallizing our value systems which greatly determines the world view we employ in designing our personal relationships and beliefs. We have a lot of material we uncovered while teacher Saturn was in ruthless, emotionally charged Scorpio, leading us to a greater understanding of previously concealed aspects of our psyche. With this added clarity as to what makes us tick, we’re now ready to move FORWARD into new endeavors. Enter Saturn into the inspiring, expansive sign of Sagittarius which is ruled by King of the Gods, Jupiter. We are encouraged to explore what inspires us, investigating with an adventurous flair. The words Belief, Dedication and even Disillusionment come to mind and with Saturn watching, acting on them will be somewhat tempered due to his natural conservatism. We have help in our avoiding the trauma of inflated expectations.

The Sun(our consciousness) and mental Mercury are now in airy, justice-loving Libra. Libra’s symbol of the scales, combined with the ruler-ship of relationship-oriented Venus indicate we are being called to commit to fairness and balance our interactions. This is an admirable goal but we must keep in mind that Libra’s search for the ideal may have us end up with an ambiguous answer and lots of confusion. October 11, the Sun is in a stressful position opposite fiery, unpredictable Uranus in militant Mars-ruled Aries which may be exciting but let’s have all our grounding coping skills handy. We’re in Autumn when there’s a natural tendency to start going within after the fast pace of Summer. This can manifest in seeking out cozy environments with congenial people rallying around.

What are we doing to reach out to those who are dear to us?

The New Moon(new beginnings) in Libra on October 12 articulates the concept of service which parallels our partnerships. The Sabian Symbol message is “A rabbi performing his duties; the ability to draw on the power of an ancestral tradition in order to serve and inspire one’s fellow men” Treasured beliefs are ageless and play into our current circumstances and we must evaluate how they play out in our life.

Loving Venus is now in earthy, dedicated Virgo (10/8) and her presence there takes on a practical, structured demeanor. Her helpfulness to others goes without saying but we must help her resist any tendency to martyrdom. This goes for us, too! On the fun side, she interacts with dreamy Neptune in watery Pisces which is an escape into fantasy land. The next day assertive Mars joins fun-loving Jupiter in Virgo and they are both happy to be in the Goddess of Love and Wealth’s neighborhood. This works out well for us, too.

scorpioOctober 23, the Sun enters watery, intense Scorpio and we should be reassured that our past exposure helps us to put this conceited energy into perspective. Being ruled by Mars and Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, this sign knows the secrets of Healing and Alchemy and we’re being able to grow in our self-awareness through cleansing. This is reflected in the Symbol for the October 27th earthy Taurus Full Moon(culmination) which states, “The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; riches that come from linking the celestial and the earthy nature.” Let’s remember that Taurus is represented by the Venus of material manifestation.

What studies and/or practices most help us feel connected with something greater than ourselves?

October 30, the Scorpio Sun meets with other worldly Neptune in psychic Pisces and the next day is Halloween. On this day the Moon(the unconscious) is in its home sign of sensitive, watery Cancer so this should promise to heighten our own sensitivity. Let’s relish this special time.

Happy Halloween and Blessings!

Sally Shotwell is a life-long student of esoteric spirituality with a super-natural curiosity and an undying thirst for knowledge. Her focus on studies in Astrology have spanned decades, and have included studying with Mario C. Veo, John Joseph, Mark Husson and C. A. Brooks.

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by Meghan Taft

Wednesday, October 14, 2015. 7 – 9 pm. $5

Hello All!  I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful fall weather we are experiencing!  I have chosen the next 3 stones for October’s meetup, and they are Larimar Stone, Azurite, and Sodalite.  Larimar is a light blue stone, sometimes mottled with white.  Azurite is a dark azure blue stone, sometimes mixed with green, sometimes mixed with a brownish concretion.  And Sodalite is a dark blue stone, also mottled sometimes with white, and with black.  So I was feeling a little “Blue”, and we will be going over these three wonderful stones!  I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, so come on out to Shining Lotus and Let’s Get Stoned!

LET’S GET STONED…or ‘The Art of Being Distracted by Shiny Things’, is a guide for working with gemstones to help you balance your life. Doing so helps you heal yourself, manifest positive changes, and develop your psychic abilities. There are many gemstones to work with, and many different things they can do for you! We will go over the basic of the basics about gemstones and how you can work with them. Also, if you have any stones that you can’t identify, bring them with you and I can help you to learn how to identify your stones! We are going to have a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing you there, so come on and Let’s Get Stoned!

Meghan Taft has been studying geology and working with gemstones for 14 years. She works with gemstones by setting up grids in houses and businesses and does gemstone readings.
Please contact Meghan Taft at 303-789-0646 and ask for ext 47 to sign up for the group, admission is $5, we will go over a different set of stones each month and you will be emailed the updated info for each group.

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with Claudia Davis & Shaunasea Maserra

raysWednesday, Oct 7, 2015. 7 – 9 pm. $45

Jump on the Fast Track to Self-Empowerment through learning to work with your Angel Teams to clear Old Contracts and Agreements with People, Places & Situations. Learn what your three Birth Angels are and how this can help you understand your Soul’s gifts and talents. Bring your birth time and you will receive insights to your Souls purpose and setting intentions to the new moon. We are integrating amazing systems to put you on the Fast Track to Self-Empowerment so you can create the life you want. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

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with Mo Abdelbaki

Saturdays, Oct 17 and 24, 2015 1 – 4 pm $80-2 classes


Mo Abdelbaki

The I-Ching is one of the most powerful and accurate of all divinatory tools, yet it can be the most intimidating. It doesn’t have to be that way! What you’ll learn in these two classes will serve you for the rest of your life. Mo believes in simplifying oracles in order to make them more accessible to those who seek their wisdom and guidance. You’ll learn how to cast the coins and how to properly consult the book itself. You’ll also learn how to properly ask your question, an art in itself. Mo first met the I-Ching in 1968, and has been using it ever since and is anxious to share its power to change your life. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Some consider him a local celebrity – reclusive and yet prolific. Of Egyptian heritage, Mo Abdelbaki has been a student of the mysteries for over fifty years and has been a professional consultant for over thirty. His intensive studies have encompassed Vedic Astrology, Tarot, I Ching, Hermetic Qabalism, Runes and numerous other spiritual systems.

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with Camille Saklaczynski

Sunday, Oct 18, 2015.  2 – 3 pm. FREE PRESENTATION.

Camille Saklaczynski

Camille Saklaczynski

Before you were born, you asked God for guidance on how to do the human experience. You said that you were concerned with how to achieve your goals, and how to manifest the higher consciousness that you desire to make the existence on Earth incredible. God said that Qabalah already exists on Earth so that you will have a map for your goals. These goals will also contain links, so that manifestation from the Divine will flow easily to the Earth. You said that you enjoyed the map and you look forward to using it. God said that anytime you needed help, you need to simply call on the Universe and tell them what you need and want. Now, you are reading about this class.
Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Camille Saklaczynski is an Oracle, Shaman, Qabalist, and Guide with the Spiritual Mystery School of North America. Over the past decade, she has clarified her skills and gifts by attuning them to the Mystery School tradition, which creates open channels in balance with clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience.

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