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Book Review: The Big Picture: Insights From The Spiritual World by Garry Gilfoy

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The Big Picture: Insights From The Spiritual World by Garry Gilfoy explains the physical and spiritual side of life from a philosophical and theological viewpoint.
The presentation sets forth stories of real life experiences for seven people who
developed unique insights of life in the hereafter.

Gilfoy demonstrates that consciousness is a state of being which evolves continuously and improves over long periods of time. Our soul has a dual nature which is both mortal and immortal. Themes of reincarnation, destiny, and karma are interwoven throughout the presentation.

The author shows how religious experiences are manifested in many different ways. For example, ineffability defies logical expression or quantification. Noetic experiences emulate revelations or illuminations. Transient experiences come and go. The overall portrait of religion includes unarticulated states, spontaneous foresight, and random happenings which defy a simple cause and effect relationship.

In life, each of us is challenged to become who we are in essence. This evolution can be diverted through systematic denial or facilitated through continuous self-expression. Gilfoy reminds us that we are not what we aspire to be. Our being exists in the here and now in the form of measurable actions, definable behaviors, and verifiable events which set forth who we are.

Actions define the self through expressions of generosity, magnanimity, other actualization or the converses of these positive traits. Examples of self-actualization include social interest, a minimum of internal conflict, independence, spiritual tendencies, and reasoned resistance to popular opinion.

Ancient civilizations and theologies are discussed. These date to before the time of Christ. For instance, solar power was perfected through the use of crystals in the final days of Atlantis (10,000BC).

The Big Picture has articulated a theory of awareness and free will which has important implications for the future of theology and philosophy. Deepening self knowledge and insight evolve through the exercise of free will and its many consequences both good and bad. Free will establishes accountability in the same way the 10 Commandments set forth rules to contain our exercise of free will within predefined moral, spiritual, and normative boundaries.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.