Lord Have Murphy: Waking Up in the Spiritual Marketplace by Fran Shaw

Lord Have Murphy: Waking Up in the Spiritual Marketplace

byFran Shaw

Kobo ebook | March 29, 2015

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“When will Buddha bring the ice cream? I’d like the Instant Enlightenment Sundae, please, with no nuts. And could I have it to go?” —Murphy

We hear a lot these days about mindfulness. “Weapons of mass instruction are proliferating.” How to clear the air? To trust what’s in us and that we’re finding our way to it. With unrelenting humor, Murphy gives it a try, only to discover in himself an extraordinary truth:  that contact with the finer energy animating us awakens us to a completely different level of being alive.

With over 40 wonderful drawings by Bruce M. Sherman, and Murphy’s satirical comments that make us laugh out loud, the book appeals to both of our natures, the everyday and the higher. For Murphy the daily ups and downs become the necessary reminders to awaken, and “we don’t have to be a certain way to wake up.” All that we need is already in us, hidden from our usual mind. “Nothing about me needs to change except where the attention is.” 

Is being self-aware the same as being awake? Can we think or behave our way to a higher level? Surely “transformation” must mean more than “transitory information about how to cope as a cheerier me.” Is there “an Intelligence in me that bypasses thought”?

Along with these questions, Murphy explores, with great fun:  travels in the state of Identification; “everything in self-help but The Self?”; the four levels of spiritual writing (“From,” “About,” “Spinach,” and “Criminal”); the Leaky Boat School of Self-Perfecting; beliefs (“the Big Addiction”) and ownership (“the Big Trap”); plus, best-selling real estate guides for the mindful including Change Your Dome, Change Your Life.

Here is “a look beneath the golden robes of the spiritually well-endowed.” In the face of it all, whatever the hitch, Murphy always says, “But I can work with that”—an endearing attitude—and for him, Attention is the teacher. Sensitivity to the subtle energy can take us from self-awareness across the threshold to awakening. Is it possible now to embody the higher energy and let it come into life on earth?

“A mystical lighthearted romp that calls the spirit with a barbaric yawp.” —Publicists Weekly

“Here is a welcome breath of fresh prana for all devotees of art-of-the-state vibration training.”
Elliptical: Journal for the Spiritually Fit

Fran Shaw, Ph.D. is a longtime practitioner in a spiritual discipline. She is a university professor and an award-winning author whose books include Notes on The Next Attention, Writing My Yoga: Poems for Presence, 50 Ways to Help You Write, and Lord Have Murphy: Waking Up in the Spiritual Marketplace.

Title:Lord Have Murphy: Waking Up in the Spiritual MarketplaceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 29, 2015Publisher:Indications PressLanguage:English

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