THE MAGDALENE PROPHECY, QUICKENING
And it quickened.
THE MAGDALENE PROPHECY,
BOOK ONE OF THE SERIAL SERIES
The Vatican receives a curious ransom demand. One hundred million dollars in two weeks for the safe return of the Magdalene Treasure. But there is a problem. The Vatican knows nothing about the treasure. Nor about any theft.
Yael is a lethal fixer-turned-sleuth brought in to handle the safe return of what the thief describes as Mary Magdalene’s ancient relics, a so-called Sacred Orb and a secret manuscript written by the disciple of Christ herself.
Soon Yael learns that in the final years of her life Mary Magdalene had a prophetic vision of a time when the world would be awash in confusion and conflict. A powerful force called the Quickening would emerge to threaten the very survival of humanity. The only hope lay with the Magdalene Treasure finding its way into the hands of a woman and man destined to shepherd humankind through the travails.
Stakes grow higher as Yael finds herself trapped in a powerful storm unlike any she’d ever seen. Could this be the Quickening?
Yael battles scant clues, a ticking clock and cataclysmic events in her search to find the thief and recover the relics.
Will the Treasure be found? And will Yael discover the truth about the Magdalene Prophecy and all it foretells?
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It came forth like a tsunami, as all things great do. From the seeming depths of nowhere. As if from the stirrings far beneath the sea floor beyond the sea’s domain. From the space behind stirrings.
It rose from the deepest, darkest withinness yet known.
In its genesis quaked heavenly divination.
And it quickened.
Evermore prescient as it tumbled and grew and tumbled and grew. That by the time it drew near the wave had towered and curled into a massive gaping foaming mouth.
And it roared,
The approach of the Second Coming was marked by the shrill ring of the bedside telephone. It was to be the single most important call of Susan’s life — and sadly her last.
THE MAGDALENE PROPHECY,
BOOK TWO OF THE SERIAL SERIES
The hunt continues as Yael seeks to uncover the mystery behind the Magdalene Prophecy.
She learns of a slew of unreported Vatican thefts — a rare thirteenth-century poetry collection from the private collection of the Aga Khan, a scepter gifted to Pope Innocent III from the spoils of the fourth Crusade and more than thirty other valuable works of art.
Following clues through Europe and America, Yael discovers these thefts are inextricably linked to her original assignment — and stand to reveal the true identity of the thieves who masterminded the heist of the Magdalene Prophecy and the Sacred Bronze Globe.
As tensions build, whispers of the Magdalene Treasure surface anew, and Yael soon finds herself on a real-life treasure hunt.
Perhaps all is not lost.
THE MAGDALENE PROPHECY,
STYX & STONES
BOOK THREE OF THE SERIAL SERIES
Will Yael survive?
Will the Magdalene Treasure’s real fate be discovered?
Will the truth about Cardinal Sideris come to light?
And will the secret gospel of Mary Magdalene at long last be revealed?
Coming soon, the next book in The Magdalene Prophecy series where all of these questions and more will finally be answered.
SOARING WITH ANGELS
Both an autobiography and an inspired treatise on the discovery of one’s individual divine nature, Soaring with Angels is an intimate portrait of the author of The Magdalene Prophecy. Follow Shams-Tabriz on his journey as he shares the stories of his own personal trials and the clear insights he gleaned — insights that can guide you on the path to discovering your own unique divinity.
“There is another state of self-knowing that is the promise to humanity. This has been my journey, and this is the subject of my story. Divine human experience. It can be accurately described as ‘being the angel in human form’. Bringing the immensity of wonder and awe and wisdom and love that is the state of the angelic realm into the experience of a living, breathing, creative human being.”
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SOARING WITH ANGELS
Copyright 2011, 2020 © by Shams-Tabriz
All rights reserved. ISBN-13: 978-0-9878910-3-7
To that blessed pulse within us all…
Awakening to Brilliance
This is the story of my life. Not my whole life, but the verses that have been
relevant to my divine discovery of self.
This is the story of a seeker peeling away at the layers of his self to reveal a raw
and naked beauty more brilliant than his eyes had yet seen. The story of the wretched
finding his nobility. Of a friend who is both teacher and student, both master and pupil.
This is the story of a man discovering his divinity. Not simply becoming aware that
he is a spark of the divine, but experiencing what it is to be divine. Embracing all the
seemingly fragmented expressions of self and uniting them in an incredible experience of
wholeness. Connecting his expanded consciousness to the universal consciousness that
embraces all that is.
This is the story of a man soaring with angels. Releasing notions of separation and
distinction from that angelic realm of grace and wisdom. Expanding his sense of self into
that of the angelic realm. Inviting that realm to find expression within his being and
within his world.
This is the story of foolishness. This is the story of bravery. This is the story of
paradoxes. This is a fairy tale made real. A frog made prince through a number of kisses
that revealed him to himself.
This is my story. And I offer it to you with all the humility I can express. Not the
humility of convention that simply deludes us into self diminishment, but the true
humility that renders a state of awe and wonder at the discovery of one’s magnificence
and the equal brilliance of all. I share with you my experiences at shedding my many
layers of discombobulation to reveal to you what I revealed to myself.
I share with you my story so that you may know that beneath the veneer of your
own selfish insignificance is a brilliance so divine that it simply must be revealed and
freed to express. It is you. And it is me!
Laugh with me as you read this for I have played the fool. I have cried and I have
doubted. I have fumed and I have judged. But today’s fool seasoned by my awesome
unfolding is much the innocent child entering heaven. He is much the angel expressing as
Today I am very much the one urging his friend on. Be my friend.
You may wonder, Who am I to say I am divine?
I have no explanation for those of you who do not accept the possibility of your
divinity. For that, in truth, is the first step in self-discovery. Awareness. Accepting that
you are divine by your very nature. And accepting that you may come to consciously
know, and then to consciously live, your divinity.
If not for this first and most fundamental premise, Awareness, you cannot proceed
to discover your truth. It would be an act of futility, an exercise of the uninspired
intellect, an egoic fantasy.
So for those who do not at this moment accept this possibility, I say, believe!
Sufi tradition refers to the experience of self realization as fanafillah. Appropriately
translated, this means the annihilation of self into God. I have experienced this as a
complete dissolution of self, all notions of individuality and self-identification, and a
resultant merging into the most magnificent and sublime state of being.
Such experiences have been spoken of by mystics from many traditions. And each
describes it differently according to their own understanding and ability, or willingness,
to translate the experience.
I have enjoyed moments that include an overwhelming energetic expansion of my
being in which my sense of self is lost and I find myself resonating with the universal
rhythm that is the pulse of all that is. It is truly a mind-altering experience.
At other times I have dipped so deeply into silence only to find myself in a stillness
completely devoid of any thing or any thought, while at the same time profoundly knit in
a most sublime love.
These are the experiences of touching the very core of my being. That element that
is intimately connected with the source of all that is. That experiences no separation from
all that is. That in essence is all that is.
There is yet another state of self-knowing that is the promise to humanity. This has
been my journey and this is the subject of my story. I would call it divine human
It can be accurately described as being the angel in human form. Bringing the
immensity of wonder and awe and wisdom and love that is the state of the angelic realm
into the experience of a living, breathing, creative human being. It is the discovery of the
divine birthright of us all. And this is the natural transformational process that is upon us
We stand in a unique moment in the evolution of mankind. The floodgates are
open. God is shining upon us. And the discovery of our divinity is available for us to
embrace. It is not that all of mankind will embrace this truth now, but many will begin.
There is much in the realm of the unseen that greatly supports such an expansion.
This discovery that I speak of is the true understanding of our divine humanity. It is
the healing of the self. The realignment of the self. It is the emergence of the healthy ego.
It is humanity walking both individually and collectively with the full knowing of
their own magnificence and the equivalent grandeur of all. It is the experience of
wholeness and of sameness. The expression of compassion and love. It is the expansion
of our creative presence. It is our inheritance. And it is upon us now.
And so it is my humble, awesome experience to discover my divinity. The process
has been profound and often uncomfortable. It has brought up much in my emotional and
physical memory that required forgiveness and understanding. And letting go.
It has called for patience and persistence. It has required faith. It has led to self
examination. It has taught me the great magic of laughter and of playing the fool. It has
expanded my understanding of myself and all others.
It has brought me love in forms that were unimaginable. And it has inspired me to
express that love.
Today, I can honor the efforts of the nestled caterpillar awakened to her evolution.
Awakened to the brilliance of the fragrant world awaiting. Aware of the winged angelworm destiny that beckons.
The course is set. It is only for you to break free of your cocoons. To discard the
notions of old, the judgments of old, the feelings of old, the patterns of old. The things
that no longer enrich you. That no longer align you with the divine identity that is your
Discovering divinity is eternal. For divinity is forever expansive, forever in
creation. Know, however, that the point of recognizing your divinity, honoring your
divinity, embracing it and being it is a significant moment in time. It is a grand, grand
accomplishment. Desire this. Strive for it. And know that it is real.
For though you may wonder who I am to say I am divine, it is with the same breath
that I shall be asking you, Who are you to say you are not?