Spirituality across Disciplines: Research and Practice: by Marian de Souza, Jane Bone, Jacqueline Watson

By Marian de Souza, Jane Bone, Jacqueline Watson

This publication collects a number of disciplinary voices which discover present learn and views to debate how spirituality is known, interpreted and utilized in various contexts. It addresses spirituality together with such themes as Christian mysticism, adolescence and adolescent schooling, midwifery, and sustainability. It hyperlinks spirituality to quite a few disciplines, together with cognitive neuroscience, sociology, and psychology. eventually, it discusses the applying of spirituality in the context of social paintings, instructing, health and wellbeing care, and occupational remedy. a last bankruptcy offers an analytical dialogue of the several voices that seem within the booklet and provides a holistic description of spirituality which has the capability to deliver a few cohesion to the which means, expression and perform of spirituality throughout various disciplines in addition to throughout cultural, spiritual and secular worldviews.
"A energy of the booklet is that every bankruptcy is characterised by means of a fearless confronting of oppositional views and use of the most recent study in addressing them. The booklet takes the tricky subject of spirituality into nearly each corner and cranny of private existence. there's a power greedy of the contentiousness of the subject, including addressing counter positions and using up-to-date learn throughout various fields in doing this. the hole and shutting chapters function ebook ends that retain the entire quantity together."Terence Lovat, The college of Newcastle, Australia

"The interdisciplinary nature of the paintings is via a long way the most powerful point of this quantity. It has the aptitude to give a contribution to a discussion among diverse professions and disciplines. This potential book grants to advertise a extra holistic method of the examine of spirituality. This quantity takes into account a large choice of matters. the best way the editors have based the series of chapters contributes to facilitate any attainable discussion among the several areas."Adrian-Mario Gellel, collage of Malta, Malta

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The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon by Ronney Mourad, Dianne Guenin-Lelle

By Ronney Mourad, Dianne Guenin-Lelle

This ebook provides the first-ever English translation of the criminal Narratives written via the seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717). even supposing she was once marginalized and neglected by means of French historians for 2 centuries after her dying, Guyon grew to become a massive determine within the improvement of transatlantic Protestant spirituality within the eighteenth century, and her writings have remained popular Read more...

summary: This publication provides the first-ever English translation of the criminal Narratives written by means of the seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717). even supposing she was once marginalized and neglected via French historians for 2 centuries after her dying, Guyon grew to become an important determine within the improvement of transatlantic Protestant spirituality within the eighteenth century, and her writings have remained well known between English-speaking audiences. Guyon's narrative describes her confinement among 1695 and 1703 in quite a few prisons, together with the scary Bastille. It additionally maps, in relocating and

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Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics by Marco Pasi

By Marco Pasi

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is likely one of the most famed and demanding authors within the background of western esotericism. Crowley has been lengthy missed by means of students of faith when the tales of magical and sexual perform which movement approximately him proceed to draw renowned curiosity. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" appears to be like on the guy at the back of the parable - through atmosphere him firmly in the politics of his time - and the improvement of his principles via his huge and terribly various writings. Crowley was once a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but in addition a romantic and a reactionary. His look for another strategy to show his spiritual emotions led him to tricky his personal imaginative and prescient of social and political swap. Crowley's complicated politics ended in his involvement with many key contributors, organizations and teams of his day - the key carrier of assorted international locations, the German Nazi occasion, Russian political activists, reporters and politicians of varied persuasions, in addition to different writers - either in Europe and the USA. "Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics" provides a lifetime of principles, an exam of a guy formed via and shaping the politics of his instances.

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The Awakening Ground: A Guide to Contemplative Mysticism by David Chaim Smith

By David Chaim Smith

Author David Chaim Smith bargains a consultant to the perform of mystical contemplation from the point of view of a hugely strange kind of non-dual Kabbalah, unfettered via either non secular mythology and glossy mental reductionism. the trail articulates the last word quest for that means, which seeks to go through the litter of the mind's conceptual institutions to nakedly and at once realize the innate essentiality of all issues often called the sunshine of En (no) Sof (end), or the countless. so much mainstream traditional colleges of Kabbalah carry any such radical aspiration to be inapproachable at top, and heretical at worst.

  • The paintings introduces six phases that articulate how the brain breaks through its personal restrictive ordinary reflexes to evoke to the floor of En Sof, that's the mind's crucial nature
  • Each level is illustrated through the author's personal unique works of paintings and line diagrams
  • Draws upon imprecise resources resembling the 13th-century Kabbalistic text Fountain of Wisdom, a variety of alchemical and gnostic texts, and the writings of Isaac the Blind  

The writer finds how that means by no means is still static--its nature is to maneuver, transmit, and display--yet its helpful power turns into buried lower than layers of psychological constructs. He explains how the mind's conduct and reflexes impose buildings of containment that attempt to make feel out of phenomena, yet those very constructions truly imprecise their essence thoroughly. Smith's experiential route to gnostic awakening finds how, within the wake of the lesser matters of the conceptual brain, primordial purity shines in resonances of giant poetic attractiveness, if a sensibility of ask yourself, awe, and enjoyment is cultivated.
Contemplation starts off with highbrow knowing. As contemplation deepens, the brain shifts from the buildup of knowledge to the unfolding of direct gnostic apprehension. This dissolves the concept that outer and internal or own and cosmic differences exist, permitting phenomena to come to its foundation as a unmarried, uninterrupted continuum. because the brain turns into dwarfed by means of the sheer immensity of this sizeable wholeness, the nature of which means starts off to alter. Meaning's fullness shapes the brain instead of the mind's reflexes and behavior shaping which means. The fullness opens past the studies the brain depends to outline either itself and the area, yet ironically basically arises inside these reviews as their foundation. as soon as this foundation is well-known because the root of the ambiguity, the awakening floor turns into clear.
Offering a step by step research to the ecstatic facets of contemplative revelation, David Chaim Smith explores tips on how to trip the razor's fringe of the anomaly to coax the brain from the sleep of habituation in the direction of the fruits of gnosis. even though the method is defined in the conventional image method of kabbalah, its import is a very radical exponent of utmost mysticism.  

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The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of by Jeffrey J. Kripal

By Jeffrey J. Kripal


...the Nag Hammadi library is a remarkably wealthy choice of texts approximately which we formerly knew simply what the heresiologists or heresy hunters—that is, the traditional enemies of the gnostic Christians had recorded for posterity of their personal indignant, “fundamentalist” (and relatively orthodox) tirades. Written in a hybrid language of Egyptian and Greek beginning known as Coptic, the texts characterize the non secular specula- tions of a few of the earliest strands of Christianity, such a lot of which died out, and a few particularly historical different types of Judaism, which might later turn into a kind of Jewish mystical inspiration referred to as the Kabbalah.
But the gnostics of those texts misplaced their very own cultural wars and have been successfully suppressed by way of the orthodox church buildings into close to oblivion; as a result their two-millennium erasure. this can be additionally, incidentally, the main possible reason behind the burial of the Nag Hammadi cache within the first position: a few neighborhood Christian priests, who lived in a monastery within sight, have been probably attempting to guard their very own priceless library from censoring destruction by the hands of the church professionals. was once the skeleton a monk?
And but the gnostics by no means particularly died out, because gnostic kinds of inspiration and spirituality persevered to come up all through Western background, as Christian heresy, as quite a few kinds of esoteric perform and philosophy (Hermeticism, Boehmian spirituality, Jewish and Christian Kabbalah, Swedenborgian mysticism, Theosophy, and, so much lately, the hot Age), as Romantic poetry (particularly that of William Blake), as German idealism, as existentialism, nihilism, and Jungian psychology, as renowned American tradition (the comedian publication or technological know-how fiction novel), and, so much correct for us right here, because the smooth learn of faith.

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Heaven and Its Wonders and Hell: Drawn from Things Heard & by Emanuel Swedenborg

By Emanuel Swedenborg

Heaven and Hell is Swedenborg’s hottest e-book and his fullest document of his studies within the different global. In it he describes heaven, hell, and the realm of spirits that lies among them, and he recounts intimately the method of passing from existence to afterlife, in addition to the next reports of the soul. He counters sure conventional perspectives via keeping that angels (and devils) are usually not a individually created genderless race yet humans (both female and male) who as soon as lived within the actual international. those spirits turn out both in heaven or in hell based upon the lives they've got led and the alternatives they've got made in the world. babies and youngsters of any and all non secular backgrounds—atheistic, agnostic, non-Christian, or Christian—enter heaven and develop as much as younger grownup age after loss of life, whereas adults continue or regain a country of healthy formative years. Swedenborg colours his account with ample info about the nature of the religious world—having to don't simply with angels and their powers, their language, their houses and garments, but additionally with the situations of devils and evil spirits.

In many respects, Heaven and Hell is “the position to start” in case you desire to develop into familiar with Swedenborg’s wealthy account of the afterlife. through the years this quantity has been a lot sought additionally via readers who've an curiosity in near-death studies or who search comfort for the lack of a friend.

The New Century version is a contemporary translation that includes the newest scholarship approximately Swedenborg and his times.

"Emanuel Swedenborg's paintings is an enormous, complicated, miraculous global, packed with lands and seas of amazing good looks and richness. . . . Now George F. Dole has swept away the stuffiness and stiffness of previous [translations] and given us Swedenborg as he's intended to be: an exhilarating visionary, a poetic seer of the 1st order. In each admire, this can be a triumph."
—Philip Zaleski, the easiest religious Writing series

"The Swedenborg origin has performed handsomely through its eponymous visionary role's translation has the readability and straightforwardness of Swedenborg's Latin hugely recommended."
—Library Journal

"Anyone drawn to Western spirituality and esotericism may still learn Swedenborg. he's a grasp. Western tradition after his passage was once reworked. those that learn him will likewise be reworked. This new translation—crisp, obtainable, or even elegant—is a blessing."

—Christopher Bamford, evaluation in Parabola

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