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The Genesis and Geometry of the Labyrinth: Architecture, Hidden Language, Myths, and Rituals
The Genesis and Geometry of the Labyrinth
Architecture, Hidden Language, Myths, and Rituals
Paperback      ISBN: 0892819227
A groundbreaking look at the phenomenon of the labyrinth, connecting this ancient symbol to modern scientific principles. • Illustrated with labyrinths from around the world and throughout history. • Demonstrates how the labyrinth differs from a maze and how it is a tool for interpreting ancient myths and religious beliefs. • Draws parallels between the labyrinth and quantum physics, showing how through the secrets of the labyrinth we can unlock the mystery of life itself. The powerful symbol of the labyrinth exists in countless cultures spanning the globe from Africa and ancient Greece to India, China, and pre-Colombian North and South America. For centuries they have been used for religious rituals, meditation, and spiritual and physical healing. In the labyrinth humanity finds a model of the quintessential sacred space that depicts the most profound levels of consciousness. Its center is regarded in many cultures as a door between two worlds, thus providing individuals with the ideal place for self questioning and meditation. In a comprehensive exploration of this time-honored symbol, Patrick Conty shows how the geometrical construction of the ancient labyrinth corresponds exactly with today's modern geometry, illustrating that recent developments in math and physics parallel the science of ancient civilizations. By looking at the way the two systems complement each other, Conty draws new conclusions about the ancient world and how that world can benefit us right now. Conty explores not only physical labyrinths but also reveals how the same transcendent principles are at work in Celtic knot work; the designs of ancient Chinese cauldrons; the tattoos and tracings of primitive art; the textiles of Africa, Peru, and Central America; and the geometric patterns in Islamic art.
The Universe Is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story
The Universe Is a Green Dragon
A Cosmic Creation Story
Paperback      ISBN: 0939680149
Communicating his ideas in the form of a classical dialogue between a youth and a wise elder, cosmologist Brian Swimme crafts a fascinating exploration into the creativity suffusing the universe. His explication of the fundamental powers of the cosmos is mystical and ecstatic and points directly to the need to activate one's own creative powers.
The Stairway to Heaven
The Stairway to Heaven
Hardcover      ISBN: 0939680890
The Stairway to Heaven, the second book of Zecharia Sitchin's Earth Chronicles series, incorporates ancient Egyptian evidence to show that the gateway between the mortal and the divine was a spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula, with the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx serving as beacons for the landings.
Visions of God: Four Medieval Mystics and Their Writings
Visions of God
Four Medieval Mystics and Their Writings
Paperback      ISBN: 0553351990
Explores the work of mystics who resisted the confines of traditional religion, including writings of Richard Rolle of Hampole, Walter Hilton, Dame Julian of Norwich, and the unknown author of "The Cloud of Unknowing"
One Taste: Daily Reflections on Integral Spirituality
One Taste
Daily Reflections on Integral Spirituality
Paperback      ISBN: 1570625476
The one-year diary of a leading theorist in integral psychology includes writings on his spiritual practices, advice to spiritual seekers, reflections on the work of his peers, and theoretical essays on a range of topics. Reprint.
The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work
The Hero's Journey
Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work
Hardcover      ISBN: 1577314042
This much acclaimed work takes readers through Campbell's (1904-1987) personal spiritual and scholarly journey as he explores and compares mythology, religion, literature, and world cultures. The re-release celebrates what would have been the author's 100th birthday in 2004. In a brief new introduction, author and screenwriter Cousineau discusses Campbell's continuing impact on individuals from every walk of life. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Incorruptibles
Incorruptibles
Paperback      ISBN: 0895550660
Continuously popular since it first appeared in 1977, TheIncorruptibles remains the acknowledged classic on the bodies of saints that did not undergo decomposition after death. Many remained fresh and flexible for years, or even centuries. After explaining both natural and artificial mummification, the author shows that the incorruption of the saints' bodies fits neither category but rather constitutes a much greater phenomenon that is unexplained by modern science to this day. The author presents 102 canonized saints, beati, and venerables, summarizing their lives, the discovery of their incorruption, and investigations by Church and medical authorities. The incorruptible bodies of saints are a consoling sign of Christ s victory over death, a confirmation of the dogma of the Resurrection of the Body, a sign that the Saints are still with us in the Mystical Body of Christ, and proof of the truth of the Catholic Faith—for only in the Catholic Church do we find this phenomenon. Impr. 342 pgs 33 Illus, PB.
The Power of Kabbalah: Technology for the Soul
The Power of Kabbalah
Technology for the Soul
Hardcover      ISBN: 1571892508
Describes how the secret wisdom tradition known as the cabala can provide guidelines for reaching the universe of light that practitioners believe exists beyond the everyday world.
The Lost Realms
The Lost Realms
Hardcover      ISBN: 093968084x
The Earth Chronicles series is based on the premise that mythology is not fanciful but the repository of ancient memories; that the Bible ought to be read literally as a historic/scientific document; and that ancient civilizations--older and greater than assumed--were the product of knowledge brought to Earth by the Anunnaki, "Those Who from Heaven to Earth Came." The 12th Planet, the first book of the series, presents ancient evidence for the existence of an additional planet in the Solar System: the home planet of the Anunnaki. In confirmation of this evidence, recent data from unmanned spacecraft has led astronomers to actively search for what is being called "Planet X." The subsequent volume, The Stairway to Heaven, traces man's unending search for immortality to a spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula and to the Giza pyramids, which had served as landing beacons for it--refuting the notion that these pyramids were built by human pharaohs. Recently, records by an eye witness to a forgery of an inscription by the pharaoh Khufu inside the Great Pyramid corroborated the book's conclusions. The Wars of Gods and Men, recounting events closer to our times, concludes that the Sinai spaceport was destroyed 4,000 years ago with nuclear weapons. Photographs of Earth from space clearly show evidence of such an explosion. Such gratifying corroboration of audacious conclusions has been even swifter for The Lost Realms. In the relatively short interval between the completion of the manuscript and its publication, archaeologists, linguists, and other scientists have offered a "coastal theory" in lieu of the "frozen trekking" one to account for man's arrival in the Americas--in ships, as this volume has concluded. These experts have "suddenly discovered 2,000 years of missing civilization" in the words of a Yale University scholar--confirming this book's conclusion--and are now linking the beginnings of such civilizations to those of the Old World, as Sumerian texts and biblical verses. For the first time, the entire Earth Chronicles series is now available in a hardcover collector's edition.
The Journal of Hildegard of Bingen
The Journal of Hildegard of Bingen
Paperback      ISBN: 0517883902