Mystics and Mysticism
Hildegard of Bingen's Spiritual Remedies
Paperback ISBN: 0892819855
Hildegard of Bingen recognized what the holistic health movement has only recently restored to our consciousness: that full health can only be experienced in a state of spiritual balance. Dr. Strehlow gives readers practical suggestions based on the integration of 35 spiritual forces of the human soul in order to "cure the soul within," which he synthesized from five of Hildegard's books on spiritual and psychological healing principles.
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.
Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship
Paperback ISBN: 0860371255
In this book readers are led on a powerful and inspiring journey through the inner dimensions of a range of Islamic acts, including prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and pilgrimage. Consisting of a selection of writings by a great figure in Islamic history, Imam al-Ghazali, this book helps readers realize the benefits of the upliftment of their spiritual, social, and moral qualities. Al-Ghazali (1058?1111), a towering figure in Islam, was born at Tus, near Mashhad in Iran, in the early Seljuq era. He wrote a large number of works, of which his magnum opus was the Ihya' Ulum al-Din compiled during his period of retirement and contemplation.
The Knights Templar and Their Myth
Paperback ISBN: 0892812737
Bound by religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, the Knights Templar were a Military Crusading Order engaged in religious war in the Holy Land. At the end of the thirteenth century, after their withdrawal from Syria, they became the apparently innocent victims of a campaign of slander and persecution mounted against them by the French government. The ruthless dissolution of the Knights Templar was only the beginning of a new and strange chapter in their history. They soon became the focus of numerous beliefs about their presumed occult powers, and by the eighteenth century their history had undergone a mythical metamorphosis--they figured highly in occult fantasies of magical practices and hidden knowledge as well as in the romance of the Gothic novel, with its frequent tales of monastic impropriety. In this widely praised book, author Peter Partner elucidates the history of the Templars as well as the beliefs that have developed around them in more recent times. From the tangled traditions of occultism to concepts of crusading chivalry, from political conspiracy to governmental greed and papal corruption, Partner shows how a medieval act of political injustice grew into a modern fantasy.
The Mystical Initiation of a Contemporary Woman
Paperback ISBN: 0892815469
Arching Backward is the extraordinary account of an American woman who found herself suddenly and violently immersed in a mystical initiation for which she was not prepared. Her story offers a guide for others on this journey and provides a powerful affirmation of women's experience of the spirit.
From Ancient Technologies to Free Energy
Paperback ISBN: 1591430828
"Reveals the cutting edge of new science on myriad fronts and shows how established science disallows inquiry based on conjecture--even when it produces verifiable results"--Provided by publisher.
Mysteries of the Bridechamber
The Initiation of Jesus and the Temple of Solomon
Paperback ISBN: 1594771936
Jesus reinstated the tradition of sacred consortship--the bridechamber sacrament--whereby the marriage of the masculine and feminine energies was effected. This rite was the primary focus of Jesus’ teachings, the very heart of his exhortations to love thy neighbor, and the source of his healing power.
Compassion and Meditation
The Spiritual Dynamic Between Buddhism and Christianity
Paperback ISBN: 1594772770
Examines how complementary themes in Buddhism and Christianity may serve as a basis for an ecumenical faith, drawing parallels between Zen meditation and the Greek Orthodox practice of Hesychasm, the common values demonstrated by Jesus and the Buddha, and the ways in which each faith can benefit from the other. Original.
Jesus the Wicked Priest
How Christianity Was Born of an Essene Schism
Paperback ISBN: 159143081x
Jesus the Wicked Priest shows how Jesus, a former Essene, was deemed the "Wicked Priest" for his liberationist politics and humanist bent. It also reopens Christian doctrinal questions such as reincarnation and the Virgin birth--even demonstrating that these two issues are related.
Dark Night of the Soul
Paperback ISBN: 0385029306
The classic Spanish poem about the struggle of the soul to find God, written by the sixteenth-century Carmelite monk, mystic, and saint while in prison, follows the soul's odyssey from a state of darkness and abandonment to a loving union with God. Reissue.