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January 2012

Spirituality vs. Religion

 

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I say the difference between spirituality and religion is that the former acknowledges the myriad, and necessary, facets of our material being as a vehicle for the Divine (a spirit having a human experience) while religion encourages the compartmentalization and banishment of various “selves” (a human striving to attempt to reach the Divine).

Is it any wonder why so many are fractured? Hateful? Adoring?

Because to hate or admire another person, or a particular trait, is to project unclaimed parts of yourself outwards to an “other”.

Spirituality is the yin/yang. It’s both dark and light. It’s the whole. It’s acknowledge that all parts of our Self have a reason for being…and that reason is to manifest the Divine in our own unique, glorious way. It is whole. It is “us”.

Religion seeks to be either “white” or “black”…never both. It is fragmented. It is bad/good, right/wrong, holy/profane, materialistic/sacred. It is divided. It is “us” versus “them”.

Readers, what do you say? Is there a difference between spirituality and religion? If so, what?

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin)


What Books Do When the Store Closes

Ever wonder what books and reading paraphernalia do once the bookstore's lights go out? Wonder no more after you watch this video!

Gotta love dancing books...

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin)


Snowland Tarot on Janet Boyer Live!

Snowpeople smallRon and I will did a live show about our Snowland Tarot on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 6 PM EST. We discussed the genesis, evolution and creation of our innovative deck, as well as the inspiration behind many of our completed cards.

Click here for the show page to listen live on the web or to download. Or, you can listen via the player below. Enjoy!

Listen to internet radio with JanetBoyerLive on Blog Talk Radio

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Top/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin)


Janet Boyer Bio


Janet 200Janet Boyer is the author of The Back in Time Tarot Book (Hampton Roads) which features her innovative Back in Time (BIT) Method for experiencing the cards as well as Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer Publishing)--the definitive book on reversed Tarot cards. She's also the author of a dozen eBooks. You can visit her Amazon author page here.

She has written over a thousand reviews, articles and interviews for both print and on-line publications, specializing in Mind/Body/Spirit topics. Amazon.com awarded Janet a Hall of Fame Reviewer designation for ascending into the Top 10 reviewers site-wide and remaining a top reviewer for a decade (there's only 124 of 'em).

Along with her artist husband Ron Boyer, she is co-creator of the Snowland Deck-- a brainstorming and storytelling tool for enhancing creativity and unlocking intuition. 

Currently, Janet is writing a cozy mystery series set in an amusement park. 

She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her husband and their son, Noah, whom she homeschools. You can visit her main site at JanetBoyer.com.

And yes, Janet toggles between dyeing her hair blonde and red...


No TV for 3

No TVThis week marks four years that our little family of 3 members (well, 5 if you count the fur babies) have been without TV programming.

Invariably, when people find this out, we get asked two questions. I thought I'd share them here, as well as our answers.

Q: Where do you get your news?

A: Internet. On Twitter, I know the news faster than my Mom who has satellite TV.

Q: What do you do instead?

A: Read. Write stories/poems/books. Paint. Make art. Play video games. Watch DVDs. Digital graphics. Blog. Talk to one another. Enjoy our lovely backyard. Go to the park. Ride bikes. Try new recipes. Put on skits. Listen to music. Play games. Write letters to penpals and friends from all over the world.  Cuddle with the kitties. Build things. Swing on the glider. Sing. Dance. Exercise. Laugh...a lot.

-- Janet