Category: Wisdom and Rhetoric

Miami Book Fair 2023

Introducing “Torn Between Two Worlds” Book Series by Shawn T. Murphy

Torn Between Two Worlds: Science and Religion, a thought-provoking book that delves into the intricate relationship between two seemingly conflicting realms of human understanding. This isn’t just a book; it’s an invitation to engage in a respectful dialogue,” says Shawn. “It’s an exploration of the potential harmony between these two domains that have shaped human understanding for centuries.

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Torn Between Two Worlds: Material and Ethereal, a captivating book that navigates the intriguing juxtaposition of the tangible and intangible aspects of existence. In this compelling literary work, he takes readers on an enlightening journey, delving into the contrasting realms of the material and the ethereal. “Torn Between Two Worlds: Material and Ethereal” offers a unique exploration of the interface between the physical world we inhabit and the abstract, metaphysical dimensions that shape our perceptions.

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Torn Between Two Worlds: Wisdom and Rhetoric, a compelling book that navigates the intriguing juncture between wisdom and the art of rhetoric. In this thought-provoking work, he takes us in an insightful exploration of the interplay between wisdom, defined by deep understanding and sagacity, and rhetoric, the art of persuasive communication. This book illuminates the complexities of balancing the pursuit of profound knowledge with the skills of eloquent persuasion.

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Torn Between Two Worlds: Modern Medicine and Spiritual Healing, an enlightening book that delves into the intriguing relationship between conventional medicine and the realm of spiritual healing. In this compelling exploration, he invites readers on a transformative journey into the convergence of modern medical practices and the profound realm of spiritual healing. The book seeks to bridge the gap between these two approaches to wellness, offering a comprehensive perspective that embraces the complementary aspects of both disciplines.

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About the Author

He began his work journey at the age of 14, working his way through High School and attaining a BS in Engineering while employed as a machinist. Upon transitioning to an engineering role, he achieved a Master’s in Engineering, followed by a Master’s in Business, and dedicated his free time to becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge has persisted throughout their life.

His credentials continued to flourish as he pursued a thriving career as an investment manager, consistently prioritizing ongoing education. In 1996, he initiated a study of philosophy and spirituality following an encounter with skilled clairvoyants during his initial week-long spiritual retreat. Over the past 27 years, he engaged in intensive learning under their guidance, delving into spiritual laws and remedies that now form the essence of their written work.

In response to the events of September 11, 2001, he found inspiration to author six articles that countered the prevailing rhetoric of the time. Additionally, following a stroke experienced by his 20-year-old daughter, he felt compelled to write the “Torn Between Two Worlds” trilogy.

This endeavor aimed to disseminate the wisdom accumulated throughout his life’s journey, which had provided him strength during challenging periods. Recent developments include the establishment of a spiritual consulting business after the release of his self-help book. Utilizing the tools expounded upon in his writing, he is dedicated to aiding those who are enduring suffering. Moreover, he has been actively assisting aspiring clairvoyants in honing their skills, as the principles they articulate hold relevance for individuals from all walks of life.

Dedication and Commitment

Shawn T. Murphy’s relentless dedication to promoting his book speaks volumes about the exceptional quality of his literary contributions. His active engagement underscores the depth and significance of the books he has published, portraying them as essential and enriching reads. Through his passionate advocacy, Shawn has illuminated the worth and value of his work, demonstrating an undeniable love and commitment to each written piece.

He attended three book fairs in the past 3 years.

  • Sharjah 2022
  • Frankfurt 2022
  • Miami Book Fair 2023

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Prime Seven Media Spotlight interview with Logan Crawford and answered questions about his book, ‘Torn Between Two Worlds: Modern Medicine and Spiritual Healing’; (Logan Crawford TV Interview Link:

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Book Series

Sharjah Book Fair 2022

Frankfurt Book Fair 2022

Miami Book Fair 2023

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.


Learn to Trust Your Intuition – New Podcast

February 8, 2023 – I spoke with Brandon G Handley Spiritual Dope Podcast, trying to make the topics of spirituality palatable for logical thinkers, like myself. In addition, I answered a few specific questions from Brandon:  What is the relationship between science and religionDescribe heaven and how to get there?

Logic in Religion

A lack of logic in religion is one of the reasons that churches are becoming less attractive to people, but it is also responsible for much of the conflict in the world. It is time to replace mystery and man-made doctrines with the logic that existed before power-hungry took it from us.

In this episode we have a lively exchange and cover: • The first Christians • Scientifically based theologians • Origen of Alexandria • The consistency of spiritual and material laws • Socrates, Plato & Aristotle (who contributed what) • The order and logic of God/Creator • The making of a true philosopher • The book of Revelation as history, not prophecy • The Restoration of All Things (Origen’s teaching) versus the Doctrine of Salvation • Rhetoric versus Wisdom.

View the podcast on the Spiritual Forum or watch the video or listen to this episode on Apple PodcastsSound Cloud or Stitcher.

Finding Wisdom and Rhetoric today

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 a book by a similar name from Johannes Greber called Communications with the spirit world of God. I know this work well as it 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.

Between Wisdom and Rhetoric

So, even if science and religion work together to break down barriers and expand the understanding of the universe, there is another battle, on a different dimension, that we need to examine. Knowledge without wisdom can be even more dangerous when coupled with someone talented in rhetoric. Rhetoric in this book is defined as the use of knowledge and beautiful speech to achieve a political objective. Philosophy is defined as the “love of wisdom” and the search for it among the rhetoric will prove difficult.

I must admit that it took me many years to be able to understand and verbalize this dimension. Trying to understand the difference between an argument based in laws and one that is almost all based in laws is often impossible without looking at the personal motivations and character. Often this cannot be known in time and can only be studied after the fact. This book will analyze some key moments in history, starting with the master of this topic, Socrates. Thanks to Plato, the words of the master of logic have been preserved, and we can examine the battle he fought between wisdom and rhetoric, and the impact of his loss on the world.

The falcon/eagle is the symbol for the second house of heaven

The god Horus (Egypt) with the head of a falcon

The subtleness of this loss is symbolized on the cover of this book by the difference between the Ionic- and Doric-order. The Erechtheion is an Ionic-order temple built by the enlightened of Athens. The six Karyatides staring out to the ocean, depicting the women of Athens carrying the weight of society while their men were defending Athens from foreign invasion. In his early life, it was Socrates who carved these six images of his wife, the wife who was stolen from him by a Spartan as he was away defending his country. It was this materialistic society who built the monstrous Parthenon, with none of this subtle symbolism of the value of women to the enlightened Greeks.

Torn Between Two Worlds: Wisdom and Rhetoric