A distinguished anthropologist–who is also an initiated shaman–reveals the long-hidden female roots of the world’s oldest form of religion and medicine. Here is a fascinating expedition into this ancient tradition, from its prehistoric beginnings to the work of women shamans across the globe today.
B.K.S. Iyengar - hailed as "the Michelangelo of yoga" (BBC) and considered by many to be the most important living yoga master - has spent much of his life introducing the modern world to the ancient practice of yoga. Yoga's popularity is soaring, but its widespread acceptance as an exercise for physical fitness and the recognition of its health benefits have not been matched by an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development that the yogic tradition can also offer.
Jeffrey Kripal here recounts the spectacular history of Esalen, the institute that has long been a world leader in alternative and experiential education and stands today at the center of the human potential movement. Forged in the literary and mythical leanings of the Beat Generation, inspired in the lecture halls of Stanford by radical scholars of comparative religion, the institute was the remarkable brainchild of Michael Murphy and Richard Price.
"We have set out on the unknown waters of our potential happiness with no previous knowledge, no maps. There are no models in nature. It is only recently that the scientific community developed technical instruments to measure the impact of emotions and stress. These have given rise in turn to the search for happiness, which immediately burst onto the field of scientific analysis."
Through the doorway of empathic identification, women and men are discovering the underlying humanity that unites them.
This engaging book, the fruit of the Institute of Noetic Sciences' ongoing investigation into the power and potential of human consciousness, brings what we know about achieving personal transformation off the mountain top, down from the ivory tower, out of the laboratory, and into your hands. Groundbreaking insights were gleaned from representatives of many major world religions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Native American cosmology, and contemporary forms of spirituality, and are complemented by the latest discoveries from science.
Finding the Power to Heal Yourself — Every issue is a health issue, according to Dr. William Stewart, author of Deep Medicine: Harnessing the Source of Your Healing Power. Everything we think, feel, and do impacts our state of well-being in ways not yet fully understood by science. Without question, our ability to prevent disease, heal illness, overcome mental health issues, and maintain peak performance as we age is affected by our deepest inner beliefs and core values.
The author of The Translucent Revolution offers seven steps for achieving a "radical awakening," which may have nothing to do with enlightenment.
For this master tracker, nauturalist, and teacher, the greatest adventures and deepest satisfactions will emerge from discovering our "indigenous" awareness.
In the global battle against AIDS, inequality, and economic injustice, United Nations program specialist Monica Sharma is empowering people at all levels with an innovative synthesis of psychological, emotional, and organizational tools.