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The single-sided view of modern spirituality

Many people gravitated to esoteric or spiritualism teachings, after rejecting the teachings of established religions, looking for a world-view without the pain and suffering promised by the major religions. Unfortunately, many have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Spirituality today seems to offer love and peace, but without addressing the evil forces in this world. Neither spirituality nor the established religions have handled the question of evil effectively.

During a three-day workshop put on by Kimberly Maska Pape, about starting a spiritual business, she said: “Since everything comes from source, that means money also comes from source.” Having studied the spiritual world for over thirty years, it is clear that you cannot take money into the afterlife, and there is no currency in the afterlife except the light in one’s soul. Everything else exists in the afterlife, except for this human creation.

There are in fact two sources in this world, which were symbolized in the Old Testament description of the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were told to choose between two trees, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Tree of Life is the source of all life, whereas the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is the source of all lies and evil, only able to create chaos.

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Kimberly Maska Pape answered my email below, and you can read my response to each of the points that she raises.

Hello Shawn – I hope you are having a wonderful day. My team passed along your video and email. You had several points to make, and I will address each of them below.

First, I will address your comment from one of your emails, “You seem to be focused on making money from the trend of people leaving the churches and searching for a spiritual path.” I find this quite odd, considering I did not speak of church or religion during my event, and you will be hard-pressed to find it in any of my content. It is unclear how you came to this conclusion, but this is not what I do at all.

You spoke to the great awakening and asked us if we felt it was moving fast enough. The great awakening is a movement away from dogmatic beliefs into the light of truth. The countless religious sects do not reflect a single source of truth, therefore, people are moving away from religion to spirituality. Please see my paper on the most enlightened culture that has existed – A return to the high ethic of the Ionian Ideal and this is the character that we should try to emulate if we claim to be enlightened and following a divine spiritual path.

You also say in your email, “I have spoken with over 100 spiritual healers/podcasters in the past two years, and there are only three that I found who are on a virtuous spiritual path.” Could all 97 of them be wrong while only you and three others are virtuous? Be careful with judging others. That act right there is out of spiritual integrity in my book.

I had said that I have only found three on a divine spiritual path. This goes back to the question of intention that I raised and the two sources of spiritual energy that you have rejected. Since most all those I spoke with are coming into their spiritual as a rejection of an abusive relationship/childhood, they do not have pure intentions, and have not healed themselves and rid themselves of the negative energy around them before starting their business. Yes, they may be able to attract many people with their life story, but are they leading their soul tribe into the right direction?

Now for your video. You claim there is not “one” Source. However, I am sure you are familiar with the ouroboros and its psychological significance. In the beginning, all was unified; this was prior to ego consciousness and prior to duality. Psychologically speaking, Adam & Eve were unconscious and unaware of duality until they ate from the Tree of Knowledge / good and evil. It was only through their awareness that the duality of good and evil was birthed

Yes, Ouroboros is a symbol of alchemy (manifestation) and the worship of pagan gods. This is well documented in the study of the Oracles of Delphi.

I had sent you a copy of my book, but I see you have not downloaded it from Amazon. Torn Between Two Worlds: Wisdom and Rhetoric In this book, I go into detail the difference between wisdom and rhetoric, which Socrates explained in Plato’s Symposium. You have accepted the concept of the duality of good and evil, but you have attributed all spiritual energy to one source. You are essentially saying that evil intent (negative spiritual energy) come from goodness. This is the same logic used by the Spartan prince when he argued that homosexual love of young boys is the greatest form of love. But in fact, negative energy came from the Fall of the angels and repeated with the Fall of Adam and Eve. Negative energy is a rejection of the one source, thus creating a second source of evil – Satan, Lucifer, Demons, Evil Spirits, etc.

Yes, good and evil exist, represented in the alchemical symbols of the sol/sun and luna/moon, but they came from one Source, the All. I could dive deeper into the spiritual, psychological, and philosophical implications of the expansion of our consciousness, leading us to a psychological unification with the image of “Christ” within (Christ Consciousness), also known as the Self, but I do not have the inclination to go into that level of detail.

Many of the people I refer to claim to be led by Jesus, or the Archangel Michael. These are the ones that are being led astray by evil beings posing as God, Jesus or an Archangel. These are the beings that promise material rewards for following them. The divine spiritual world does not work this way.

You also mention that in the divine spiritual world, there is no money. I agree. In fact, I don’t believe it “really exists” in this world. That is precisely why I say, “money is energy,” “money doesn’t really exist,” “money is just an idea.” I also agree that the focus should be on service. That is the entire basis of what I teach. It seems you did not hear me say, “Money is just a reflection of the service you provide on this planet.” Did you miss that one? Odic energy (Spiritual Energy) goes from the darkest of black to the brightest of white, from demonic to divine. Money is a concept created by man and does not have a high vibration, and money has no reflection on the value one has added to humanity. As you know, money has been used for more harm than good. I have been exposed to very many wealthy people in my career in asset management in Liechtenstein, Cayman and Bermuda. I have only found one on a divine path – Allan Gray.

But let’s not forget that we live in a 3D world, where spirit has incarnated into physical form. This is where most “spiritual” people get stuck. They want to believe we don’t need money or money is unimportant. However, if the service we give humanity is what lights up our soul, then how does one have a massive impact on humanity without money in this 3D world? A spiritual business and money are both vehicles for service on this planet. That is exactly why I talk about impact tithing and being a spiritual capitalist. Create money living your purpose so you can give back to the world and serve humanity.

This concept is an old, broken model of philanthropy as opposed to the enlightened concept of conscious capitalism. Instead of making money in spiritual business and donating it to charity, why not turn all businesses into spiritually oriented businesses?

It is almost as if you did not attend the event.

I have been to many such events. I am actively involved in the Social Enterprise work of YPO International and have learned the best practices for helping humanity. I have had the honor of meeting Muhammad Yunus, whose Nobel Prize exemplifies a virtuous use of the capital markets. The key takeaway from his work is that the business objectives should be targeted to service and its success should be measured on service and not on financial goals, not on becoming a millionaire.

I will conclude with this. I sincerely caution you not to devalue the physical realm. We are spiritual beings, but spiritual beings in this physical world. When someone is unbalanced in this respect, they are analogous to the Flight of Icarus. He flew too high and came crashing down to his death. I have seen many Icarus’ in my years of coaching over 600 spiritual entrepreneurs. It is not a pretty sight.

You invited me to contemplate your video, and I have. Now, I invite you to contemplate this…If you spent three days “listening” to me but did not actually “hear” me, is it possible that those 97 people “not on a virtuous path,” according to you, are actually on the right path? And who is to judge what the “right” or “virtuous” path is? Not I. Nor you.

I heard everything that you said and ask you to consider your words. You have coached over 600 spiritual entrepreneurs, and are you sure that you have empowered them all in a virtuous direction? What if some have used your successful techniques to lead their soul tribe down a dark path? It all comes back to intention. Every method I teach can be used for divine or evil purposes, so I am very careful in how I share it with.

I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.


Falsifications in inspired texts

If you are using inspired texts in your spiritual business, it is of utmost importance to know the source of these texts, and the history of their publications and editions. I personally investigated two sets of inspired works and found the mechanisms used to twist the meaning of the original channel. In this article, I will highlight the works of Johannes Greber and the Johannes Greber Memorial Foundation.

Johannes Greber was a Catholic priest who lived from May 2, 1874 to March 31, 1944. He was a humanitarian who saved many children fleeing from Germany in WWI, helping them escape to Holland. Greber was taught for many years by spirit guides, channeled through various mediums, about the original spiritual teachings of Christianity lost in the dark ages. He published these teachings in two main works:

With these works, he attempted to correct the doctrines of the Catholic church, but in the end, he chose to leave the priesthood. Greber’s work was and is extraordinary for any Cristian to read, as it contradicts long held church doctrines going back to the Council of Nicaea, and is a direct attack on the priesthood. Greber wrote this to his readers:

Translations of the Bible, and of the New Testament in particular, are manifold in the world. They always will be, because the Word of God will live forever! It is an actual fact that no other book on earth has undergone so many changes at the hands of copyists and translators, as has the Holy Scripture,both the Old Testament and the New. The discrepancies in the documents available to us are by no means confined to trifles – cases touch the foundations of the Christian Churches of today.

After his death, his works were distributed and edited by the Johannes Greber Memorial Foundation, which was not free from this phenomenon. Here is an example, comparing the sixth edition (1979) of the Communication with the Spirit World of God,

None but God, and the ‘Son of God’ known to you as ‘Christ,’ the first creature to be called into existence by God are exempt from the union of the male with the female. To all created spirits the words of the Bible apply: ‘Male and female created He them,’ and ‘Be fruitful and multiply.’ (Part Four, God’s Creation and Its Vicissitudes)

with the seventh edition.

None but God, not even the ‘Son of God’ known to you as ‘Christ,’ is exempt from the union of the male with the female. To all created spirits the words of the Bible apply: ‘Male and female created He them,’ and ‘Be fruitful and multiply.’ (Part Four, God’s Creation and Its Vicissitudes)

The English sixth edition is an accurate translation of the German text in the German seventh edition (1983).

«Von diesem Gesetz der paarweisen Verbindung des Männlichen mit dem Weiblichen ist bloß Gott ausgenommen und der als erstes Geschöpf Gottes ins Dasein getretene, ‘Sohn Gottes’, den ihr ,’Christus’ nennt. Von allen andern Geistern gilt das Wort der Bibel: ‘Mann und Weib erschuf er sie’ und das andere Wort:, ‘Wachset und mehret euch!’» (Vierten Teil, Über die Schöpfung Gottes und ihr Schicksal)

So, Greber’s warning to his readers about the “many changes at the hands of copyists and translators” was prophetic about his own work! Up until this time in history, recording media was prohibitively expensive. But that is not the case today. My recommendation for any medium is to record all your sessions and ensure that any written material from the sessions corresponds one-to-one with the recording. If you make any translations of theses, please let the reader know to refer to the original language if there are any questions/discrepancies.

There is a systematic cause for these types of falsifications of spiritual truths – evil. True spirituality does not benefit those who seek power, wealth and try to control others. This is illustrated in the cover art for this article, from the Die entschleierte Aura by Gisela Weigl and Franz Wenzel (1991). There are evil, mischievous and vengeful spirits that attempt to use humans to achieve their goals of chaos. I have emphasized this point in my previous article Lifelong Learning, as those in a spiritual business are especially useful tools for these spirits to use.

Amazon Review: Great Read

This a great book. Easy to read. Also bought for my daughter as a graduation present. I feel it will be very instructive and insightful to her a devoted mother and educator.

Review of Torn Between Two Worlds: Modern Medicine and Spiritual Healing,Posted on Amazon

Amazon Review: Having an open mind to all that you read from one’s perspectives.

I would like to thank Shawn for allowing me to read what it is that he has discovered through research and experiences in his life.
I have found all 4 “ torn between two worlds” books very interesting to read.
I read these books to see his perspective on life. I find others thoughts and understanding of what they perceive of this life in this world interesting. As everyone should. I believe an open mind to what is happening around us is the best way to live this life here. We are not all going to agree do to our own perception of this world. But telling others how we see things may help others who are confused or scared or stuck or lost in this world and it just may fill in the gaps that are blank in their minds. I don’t believe you can tell someone that their way of thinking is wrong because you can’t see what they are saying. Everyone’s path in this world is different. The end result is the same but the path is written differently for each of us. Our learning about things of this world is different.
Anybody who reads these books needs to go into with an open mind. Try to understand, not dismiss or say it’s wrong way of thinking. I appreciate Shawn’s time he has put into writing these books. I pray that he continues to put his experiences and thoughts out their for the world to see and hear.
Thank you again Shawn. God Bless.

Review of Torn Between Two Worlds: Modern Medicine and Spiritual Healing, Posted on Amazon


New book review by Kirkus Reviews

While accepting that modern medicine can cure physical problems, the book claims that many of humanity’s ailments (particularly mental health ones) are really “of spiritual origin” and thus require spiritual treatments. Divided into two parts, the volume looks at specific spiritual causes of human suffering in the first section.  After offering a “primer” on spiritual conditions, the volume’s second half delivers strategies, such as meditation techniques and child-rearing tips, that can address and provide relief for those who suffer.

New book review by Kirkus Reviews.

New book independent book review by Kirkus

This fourth installment of a nonfiction series explores the intersection between the physical and spiritual worlds.

In this volume, Murphy expounds on his “two-world hypothesis” with an emphasis on physical and spiritual health. Featuring an underlying assumption that humans are “dualistic” beings with both physical and spiritual bodies, the author’s thesis argues that there are likewise two worlds—a finite “physical world” and an infinite “ethereal world”—that “act upon each other.” While accepting that modern medicine can cure physical problems, the book claims that many of humanity’s ailments (particularly mental health ones) are really “of spiritual origin” and thus require spiritual treatments. Divided into two parts, the volume looks at specific spiritual causes of human suffering in the first section. These spiritual ailments range from “past-life traumas” that can physically manifest in the birthmarks of reincarnated babies to possession by “evil spirits” or “demons.” Indeed, the book contends that possession by an evil spirit is more than just the stereotypical psychosis associated with images conjured by movies like The Exorcistand include benign symptoms, such as forgetfulness and indecisiveness. After offering a “primer” on spiritual conditions, the volume’s second half delivers strategies, such as meditation techniques and child-rearing tips, that can address and provide relief for those who suffer. Written in a concise style whose main body is under 100 pages, this book does not make a comprehensive case for the existence of the supernatural. Rather than analyzing otherworldly beings through the lens of scientific data, the volume often simply assumes that the entities, from gnomes (who are “very loyal, if you can convince them to help”) to ghosts (“the spirits of materialistic people who have no thoughts of the afterlife”), are part of the two-world universe in which humans exist. And while Christian readers may dismiss some of its topics as occultic, the engrossing work leans heavily into Christian theology, with ample biblical references and appendix material centered on squaring its ideas within that religion’s traditions. Some physicians and psychologists may dismiss the unconventional book as pseudo-scientific while acknowledging the value of its arguments supporting meditation and empathy.

An engaging, if unorthodox, approach to health.

New Review from

New review of Torn Between Two Worlds – Material and Ethereal

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.



Torn Between Two Worlds – Editorial Review

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.

via Torn Between Two Worlds – Editorial Review