I have been able to open other documents from INSIDE Abode Digital Editions as well as from outside, but not this one. I assume I do this only from LIBRARY, Add Item to Library?
I did find the file in my Finder / Downloads folder. So I can see it. And I changed the suffix from ".acsm" to ".pdf," but that's not helping. I tried opening both forms in Preview, and still get error messages.
Lulu wants me to send them a "screen shot" of the error message. I get 3 or 4 different error messages depending on which way I approach this beast.
I should suck it up and take a class on how to use my computer.
So far, my favorite part is the description of holding the wooden cross in the palm of your hand. That totally spoke to me/ about me.
Do I have to wait till the very end to find out if the hero ends up going into a monastery?
The discovery that there are such things as consecrated hermits was quite exciting. There must be caves in those rocky mountains, little huts on the plains. Who am I trying to kid, attached as I am to easy chairs and luxurious cuisine!
Yes, Derek, I'd be happy to read your book. Weren't you the guy who wrote a book about retreat centers in Canada? I vaguely recall looking at something like that and finding it very beautiful.
Stephen, I finished your book a while back and enjoyed it very much. There were some references I didn't understand, the vocabulary or some cultural allusions being over my head. I think it's geared for fairly highly educated, cultured folks. Overall though it moved swiftly and it was easy to remain engaged owing to how emotionally forthright you are and crafty in your expressions. I felt some good pangs of shame where you shared about being rendered somewhat disoriented by women who were 'dressed to kill.' Seems that was a recurring theme in your sharing. I used to enjoy having that kind of cheap power over men. It was good to repent of my old ways, again.
I imagine your book will get a lot of people asking you questions about the energy manifestations you describe.
Yes, I did write a little travel book about that. Sadly, of the seven retreat centers I mentioned in that booklet, three are now closed. I find it troubling that people are now so driven to consuming stimulation and distractions that fewer and fewer seek out silence. But that is a topic for another thread. I have started Stephen's book. The language is very creative and vibrant. I certainly couldn't write that way. The image that's sticking in my mind so far is that of the burly eighteenth-century Scotsman with his barley and his black leather Bible.
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Paul left his body. Many saints did. Sometimes it happens in dreams where there is no control. I certainly didn't try it or seek it out. The whole culture of warning and fear bothers me in Christianity, especially when there is no understanding. In fact, that is why fear exists and perpetuates. The fact that a little line like that would worry you so, Shasha, given the content of the book, bothers me. Everything, everything is in Christ's hands. We should discuss these things openly if need be, try to gain a little understanding of how one might come to these things, without dropping worry bombs everywhere. That said, I appreciate your concern may be from love, and a little caution in one's spiritual adventures is always advisable. The line was just a throwaway line. So please, don't worry, just trust.
Hi Stephen, I didn't mean to come across as over-reacting. That was my artless way of opening up a conversation.
It's true, I don't have a lot of understanding about shamanic flying, except some personal experiences. You guessed it: those experiences were dangerous. That's why my 'worry bomb.' In my experience, I didn't 'mean' for it to happen either. It happened outside my control. Lack of control is precisely one of the main problems, Stephen, with shamanic flying. I don't think that Paul and the Saints experiences of leaving their body involved the same motivations as what happened to me and others who engage in it deliberately. But since you've thought about this and trust that all is in Christ's hands, that's all from me. Peace to you, Stephen.
Funny thing, when I said no control, I really meant it happens spontaneously, without my inducing it. When I'm there, there is control, like lucid dreaming, and the presence of a guide, whom I've mentioned before, and who seems very benevolent. Perhaps we can open up a discussion about this when the purpose becomes more apparent.