A Spiritual Guide to the Paradise Within
by John Stephenson
Very few are aware of their spiritual nature in their youth. Most individuals grow without understanding how a spiritually centered heart can help them to interpret and cope with the challenges of daily life. Without this understanding, they experience frustration, disappointment and limitation which often leads to a quick remedy that provides just a temporary reprieve, avoiding the opportunity to tap into the spiritual source of the solution.
The youthful years of author John Stephenson's life were different. He walked a spiritual path that few have tread so early in life.
As a child, John was surrounded by the wisdom of Joel S. Goldsmith, legendary mystical writer and teacher of the early to mid 1900's. From many encounters with Joel and countless talks with his mother (Goldsmith pupil Virginia Stephenson), John's spirituality evolved during a time of radical social change around the world. As he reconciled what he observed with what he was taught, John emerged from that era with an enlightened mind.
"There is a direct correlation between knowing your spiritual self and living a joyous life," writes John Stephenson. Fullness of Joy illuminates the great mystical and metaphysical principles in a contemporary context that help you discover your spiritual self, the source of joy and live a joyous life. Even though John Stephenson studied with the renowned spiritual teacher Joel S. Goldsmith, his mystical guidance in Fullness of Joy will stimulate a new way to perceive and live in this world — a way that allows you to not only exist, but to thrive with in a lifestyle overflowing with joy.
"In his book, Fullness of Joy, A Spiritual Guide to the Paradise Within, John Stephenson brings us into the true essence of our teaching, that awareness of our connection with the One. He breaks down our seeming experience of living separate to invite us into that peace that passeth understanding, the experience of heaven within. Beyond all our words that tend to separate us, the ideas of God and Law and us as separate aspects, he invites of to let go of concepts; to stop using our minds/thoughts to change conditions and simply drop into the present moment. Without our stories, our opinions/perceptions/judgments we can actually know and experience that which holds us, unfolds around us as our world and is us, as all one expression of Life and goodness. This is a great read!"
—a review by Rev. Ruth Barnhart
"John Stephenson is an amazing and unique man who has expertise in so many areas. Aside from teaching the spiritual wisdom of Joel Goldsmith, he is also a sailor, surfer, artist, sculptor and scriptwriter. As one of the most committed individuals I know who lives and tastes life to its fullest, John Stephenson writes with authenticity, sincerity, honesty, inspiration and conviction ... he truly walks his spiritual pathway.
"For me, "Joy" has a higher spiritual dimensional energy than the word "Happiness" because "Joy" goes beyond the physical material dimension of what we call happiness. John approaches this subject with a depth of love that will inspire the reader to reach for what is available to each and every one of us. Is not the "Fullness of Joy" what we are all looking for?"
—Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., co-author of A Mini Course for Life