Shawn Murphy received his bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982 while working part-time as machinist for Ramar Engineering. While working full-time as an engineer for General Dynamics Ft. Worth division, Mr. Murphy completed his Master in Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1985 and his Master in Business Administration from Texas Christian University 1989.
At age 30, he moved to Liechtenstein to run the investment team for PRP Performa Ag and started to study German. He received his CFA charter in 1994 and then started studying philosophy in German. After moving the investment team to Bermuda in 2000, he started publishing his philosophic works in the Bermuda Sun, following the attack on 9/11/01. He published a series of six articles speaking out against the rhetoric that had erupted. The final article in this series was entitled: “We all have the same spiritual ancestry”.
After a long pause, following his publication “Origen: Heretic of Prophet” in 2004, Shawn was inspired to write following the stroke of his twenty-year-old daughter, to share with others the wisdom he has gained in his life’s journey that gave him strength in this trying time.
I have finished my fourth book in the Torn Between Worlds Series. This book is the culmination of the discussions I have had since releasing my last books on Quora. I have come across a number of people intrigued with the concepts in the third book, Material and Ethereal. People have been suffering through a spiritual battle and finding no assistance nor allies from modern medicine. It is the high instance of mental illness that motivated me to write this book, exemplified by the friends that I have made on Quora.
1) The therapist, Michael Newman, asks too many leading questions in his case studies. He allows his own view of the afterlife to taint the reports from the subjects. For example: he tells his patients that souls are androgynous balls of light, when the subjects are describing male and female being.
2) Newman generalizes to much, based on the limited data that he has collected. Although he does not admit this in the book, he has a very strong sample bias to his cases. This leads him to make statements like: “all souls choose the life they will live.” This may be true for the patients of Newman, who were enlightened enough to seek out his assurance. There is a large percentage of people living today that have not gained any self-awareness that would lead them to seek out Newman. Thus, a sample bias that excludes the subjects who had not say in the conditions of their current lifetime.
I would suggest people to read a more board set of case studies in the book Life After Life from Beatrice Brunner who channeled these souls which were recorded before a live audience. There are 13 additional cases posted on Quora.
Originally Answered: Do you believe in ghosts and if so what event caused your belief or what reason do you believe?
I not only believe in them, I think they are one the today’s greatest social problems. Fewer people believe in the afterlife and are not actively thinking about the lost souls that are all around us. People are so obsessed with the material world, that they do not stop to think about what the ethereal world is trying to say.
Since releasing my second book, some of my readers have asked the question: “Where can we find wisdom today?” I have been refining my criteria to look at present day people without the benefit of the test of time.
Through his work with his patients, Dr. Brian Weiss has discovered reincarnation and past lives, but unlike some of his contemporaries, he has gone beyond his personal observations and searched for a holistic worldview to explain his observations. I am very pleased with the wealth of knowledge he has to offer, answering many of the hard questions on his website. In addition to this, he displays the personality of someone who understand wisdom. He is modest, loving and caring.
I came across Communication with God from Neal Donald Walsch and it reminded me of book by a similar name from Johannes Greber called Communications with the spirit world of God. I know this work well as is one of my main references for my trilogy. The comparison of the two just like night and day. Greber, like wise is very modest and cautious when it comes to his communications with messengers from God. What we learn from Greber and other similar interactions (Rev. Vale Owen and Beatrice Brunner) is that God does not speak directly to people. God has an uncountable number of angels to send to protect and speak with humans.
I have read you article on BioLogos and was wondering is you would want to review my book: Torn Between Two Worlds: Science and religion. Based on your background, I thought you be a critical reviewer for this story. It is based n the work of Erwin Schrödinger: “Return to Antiquity.” Nature and the Greeks.He showed how the founders of science were at one with spirituality.
In summation, this book covers many controversial viewpoints but backs them up in a logical fashion. The end of the book suggests several resources to understand better the foundations for Murphy’s theses. Mark Twain’s thoughts on Joan of Arc, who took command of the King’s army at seventeen, are particularly enlightening. Walther Hinz’s work is intriguing as well. Overall, I rate the book and its theories and supporting references a fascinating read at the very least. Murphy has put his work in and should be commended for the amount of research and supporting documentation he provides in this book with his research and supporting documentation.
The author points out that we are all unique individuals, and by taking personal responsibility for our happiness we can acquire wisdom and overcome rhetoric. He also points out that each of us thinks differently and we should be respected for the benefits each type of thinking can bring us.
While this book does not claim to have all the answers, it effectively points readers toward a direction where they might be able to ask the right questions. Packed with facts, logic, and compelling anecdotes, this is a body of work that will start conversations and generate discussions among those who read it. Its unbiased exploration of the relationship between that which is known and unknown will ensure that it is appreciated by both scientists and philosophers alike, and even more so by those who share the author’s belief that one simply cannot exist without the other.
Josh Okello invited me back on his show and he entitled the episode “The Big Question” where we talked about transmigration of souls, reincarnation and life after death. We also discussed my writings on Quora where I have been answering many questions related to the three books I have written.
We talk about the most popular question that I have answered so far, and that is about the story of Eve being made from Adam’s rib. As with many of the stories in the bible, this is of a nonmaterial nature. God did not wrap earth around a rib He took from Adam, but rather He took a physical body and ensouled it with one of the false ribs – the fallen pair of Elders (Rev 4:4). God put this symbolism into man’s body – showing the 24 elders and only fourteen of them are connected to Jesus (the sternum).
We discussed the flood as how it fits into earth’s history. The abrupt global warming that occurred around 8,500 BC, flooded the inhabited delta regions and wiped out those who were not prepared for the rising waters. But Noah, a spiritual pioneer in the plan of this benevolent force, was saved. This was like burning the dry brush away to allow the tender green roots of virtue to take hold.
In addition, we spoke about the plan of salvation which is not spoken of in any religion. The concept is that each one of us is a fallen angel and this material world was created for us to regain our virtues and overcome our vices in an unperceivably slow process of rebirth. I have explained this in the books and also in a post on Quora called How can God’s work of salvation be summarized?