For many years, I worked as a personal assistant to Eckhart Tolle, bestselling author of The Power of Now. He inspired me to follow my journey of enlightenment by training in Thailand. It was there that I was bestowed the privilege of being the only Western woman granted a spiritual name by the revered Master Monk Prah Bhasakorn. As a Canadian living in Thailand, studying the Buddha’s Dharma, I had a vision of a place called Kee Low Na. I had no idea what this place was like, but I was drawn to it.
After completing eight years, including one year of silent meditation, I was given a foundation of knowledge that would compel me forward into a new phase of my life. I knew, as I followed my heart, that I would bring my rich and blessed experiences to Kee Low Na, or Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The experience in my new home has been serene, as one glorious spirit after another joined my path, including the treasured encounter and presence of a man who is like a brother to me…or as he puts it, “You are da Momma and I am da Poppa.” That man is Stephen Cipes.
It is an honor to write this foreword for my dear friend and spiritual colleague, Stephen. I immediately recognized his abilities as a leader and spiritual teacher from the very moment we met at a Summerhill Pyramid gathering, where he invited me to speak and offer blessings. Upon meeting, we understood in our hearts that we have a deep soulful connection for expanding love on this planet. Stephen continues to spark a wonderful light in my heart, reminiscent to that of my former spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.
Stephen Cipes is a visionary. He walks his talk of being “God in a body.” As an entrepreneur, he welcomes thousands of visitors a day at his award-winning Summerhill Pyramid Winery, which he boasts is the most visited winery in Canada. All of his wines and the food at the bistro are organic and he is leading a vision to convert the entire Okanagan Valley to organic practices by the year 2020. More importantly, Stephen hosts new and full moon gatherings at the pyramid wine cellar, which he built to precision as a scale model of The Great Pyramid of Egypt. Following the pyramid meditations, he brings the community around the fire in a reproduction of an authentic Winter Kekuli – an underground “pit house” that the Okanagan People dwelled in. Joining together in each other’s Light, attendees unite for drumming and dancing. Having been a part of these gatherings, I have witnessed how Stephen is a natural host, opening his eighty-acre vineyard to “The Grand Teachings.” He is living out his vision of bringing everyone back together, to nature, and to the roots of the All One Era message of unity.
His message is in harmony with many spiritual teachers and authors that I have had the privilege to work alongside. His writing is a masterful summation of the power and oneness alive in all of us. Stephen’s book, All One Era, intertwines the Grand Teachings with stories from his own life experiences. It highlights an array of pivotal suggestions on how all of us can regain our own “God Power.”
This book is a must-read for anyone ready to step into the authentic self of peace, clarity and serene confidence, or as Stephen puts it, welcome back the true power of our Genius Selves. It is for those wanting to return to nature, ceremony and community, and most importantly, return to the divinity they may have lost. This is a masterful read and epic tale told through Stephen’s own accounts.
Stephen has written this book from his heart. In it, you will be witness to Stephen as he rises above his early childhood challenges of being on his own since age thirteen and becomes an entrepreneur with the world as his family. He takes us through an exciting and daring, yet playful synopsis of his many lives in this lifetime, with each shared memory catapulting the reader into what he calls “Fifth Dimensional Love.”
I am delighted to wholeheartedly introduce Stephen’s wondrous work, and I have highlighted a great number of his passages as ideal for individual workshop projects. He brings us an opportunity to establish a worldwide network with a return to unity and our power as the Grand All-Knowing Beings that he proclaims we are.
In loving Kindness, Maytawee