By Derek Cameron
Stream-entry is the normal time period for an preliminary religious awakening. during this travelogue, Derek Cameron takes us on a trip from the Pacific to the Rockies, culminating in a recognition of no-self.
By Francois Lepine
By Alan W. Watts
The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts’s exploration of the perception that the consciousness-changing medicinal drugs LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin can facilitate “when observed with sustained philosophical mirrored image through an individual who's in seek, now not of kicks, yet of understanding.” greater than an artifact, it truly is either a riveting memoir of Watts’s own experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions about the character of life and the lifestyles of the sacred.
Includes Watts’s article “Psychedelics and spiritual event”
By Inelia Benz
Using abilities realized from alien captives, occult orders and tremendous soldier courses, Ramona turned our shadow government's most dangerous of assassins. during this gripping and transformative Inelia Benz novel, what starts as an easy interview with Ramona speedy becomes a deadly and mystical experience into the very depths of our construction.
By Emil Homerin
Via a close exam of a well known Arab mystical poet, Th. Emil Homerin presents one of many first case reports to demonstrate an imprecise element of renowned Islamic faith--the sanctification of saints and the construction of shrines in medieval instances. although Muslims have commemorated saints for greater than one thousand years, Islam hasn't ever built a proper technique of canonization, and the method of sanctification continues to be an immense yet mostly ignored measurement of Islamic scholarship. In "From Arab Poet to Muslim Saint", Homerin explores this uncharted territory through following the fortunes of a unmarried Sufi saint over seven and a part centuries. considered as a saint inside of a new release of his dying, 'Umar Ibn al-Farid (1181-1235) remains to be honored at his shrine in Cairo. modern spiritual singers and writers, together with Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, proceed to quote the poet's verse. utilizing biographies, hagiographies, polemics, criminal rulings, histories, and novels, Homerin lines the process Ibn al-Farid's saintly popularity. He relates the increase and fall of Ibn al-Farid's attractiveness to Egypt's altering spiritual, cultural, and political setting.
By Swami Abhayananda
A latest American mystic and pupil tells the tale of man's recurrent adventure of enlightenment through the a while, and provides in an old context the lives and phrases of over 40 well-known mystics from numerous jap and Western non secular traditions to bare the antiquity and patience of the only nice Mysticaal culture and the harmony underlying the range of its maniforld expressions.
By Mark Bradley
This ebook deals a desirable examine the starting to be underground church in Iran, exploring the heritage of Iranians religion, tradition and church growth.In this enlightening research Mark Bradley appears on the transforming into underground church in Iran. Given the hostility of the regime, it's always assumed that Christianity is withering in Iran, yet in reality extra Iranian Muslims became Christians within the final 25 years than because the 7th century, while Islam first got here to Iran.Beginning with an in-depth examine the ancient id of Iran, religiously, culturally and politically, Bradley exhibits how this identification makes Iranians vulnerable in the direction of Christianity. He is going directly to examine the impression of the 1979 revolution, an occasion which has introduced battle, fiscal chaos and totalitarianism to Iran, and its implications for Iranian religion. The research concludes with an research of church progress on the grounds that 1979 and an exam of the rising underground church.This is an engaging paintings, absolute to increase any reader's wisdom of not just Iranian religion and church development, yet of Iranian tradition and historical past as a complete due to the thorough therapy given to the country's heritage.
By Christian Rätsch
An exam of the sacred botany and the pagan origins and rituals of Christmas
• Analyzes the symbolism of the numerous crops linked to Christmas
• finds the shamanic rituals which are on the center of the Christmas party
The day on which many commemorate the beginning of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that heart on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social trade. yet Christmas isn't any usual folks observance. it really is an evolving dinner party that over the centuries has absorbed components from cultures everywhere in the world--practices that supply vegetation and plant spirits delight of position. in truth, the symbolic use of vegetation at Christmas successfully transforms the modern day lounge right into a position of shamanic ritual.
Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling express how the traditional which means of the botanical components of Christmas offers a distinct view of the faith that existed in Europe earlier than the creation of Christianity. The fir tree used to be initially respected because the sacred international Tree in northern Europe. while the church was once not able to force the tree cult out of people’s recognition, it integrated the fir tree via dedicating it to the Christ baby. Father Christmas in his red-and-white swimsuit, who flies in the course of the sky in a sleigh drawn via reindeer, has his mythological roots within the shamanic reindeer-herding tribes of arctic Europe and Siberia. those northern shamans used the hallucinogenic fly agaric mushroom, that is crimson and white, to make their soul flights to the opposite international. Apples, which determine seriously in Christmas baking, are symbols of the solar god Apollo, so that they discover a usual position at iciness solstice celebrations of the go back of the sunlight. in truth, the authors contend that the emphasis of Christmas on eco-friendly crops and the promise of the go back of lifestyles within the useless of wintry weather is simply an edition of the pagan iciness solstice social gathering.
By April D. DeConick
A considerable creation to the learn of early Jewish and Christian mysticism, this quantity examines significant elements of the magical culture inside of early Judaism and Christianity. this practice used to be headquartered at the trust individual at once, instantly, and earlier than loss of life can event the divine, both as a rapture adventure or one solicited through a specific praxis. The essays outline and research the character and practices of mysticism because it emerges inside early Judaism and Christianity, spotting this emergence inside of a number of communal environments. better questions on the connection among hermeneutics and event, in addition to the connection among mysticism and apocalypticism also are mentioned, and a considerable bibliography of the sphere is equipped. The booklet is the results of ten years of labor of the Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism unit of the Society of Biblical Literature.