Essays by internationally renowned writers of faith explore the universal significance of prayer in this inspirational volume of lush images and meditative words. More than 100 photographs taken in 50 countries chronicle the diversity of the devotional experience in all of its intimacy, mystery, rapture, and stillness. The experience of prayer is shown to connect all parts of the human family in pursuit of a greater, transcending reality. With its breathtaking beauty and affirmation of life, this volume gives readers new insights into the practices of the world’s many faiths.
Acclaimed photographer and anthropologist Martin Gray spent the last 20 years on an amazing pilgrimage: he visited 1,000 sacred sites in 80 countries around the world. His journey unfolds in a remarkable compilation of images that reveals just how devoutly pre-industrial cultures everywhere worshipped and respected our Earth. From the Western Wall to the Great Mosque of Damascus, Mt.
Shamanism is the practice of maximizing the human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem solving. A term that comes from the Siberian tribal word for its practitioners, "shaman," shamans are a type of medicine man or woman especially distinguished by the use of journeys to hidden worlds through myth, dream, and near-death experiences. This inclusive two-volume encyclopedia combines the philosophy, concepts, and practical elements that make up Shamanism.
Social visionary Joseph Chilton Pearce’s indictment of cultural imprinting as the cause of humankind’s cruel and violent behavior:
This book compiles the most lively expressions of nonduality, which are the understanding that existence is one undivided whole and that the daily distinctions we make within this unity are useful, but not ultimately true. The book conveys in a nonacademic style what nonduality itself is, including lively, challenging, diverse passages from the major traditions of Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sufism, Judaism, Taoism, and Native American Tradition. You'll also read about the nondual perspectives of psychotherapy, art, education, and the movie The Matrix.
What does the next step in evolution hold for society as a whole? This volume suggests that an integral worldview is crucial to the development of our civilization, and that through its understanding of the evolution of consciousness it can provide both realistic and pragmatic solutions to global problems. "Integral Consciousness" is divided into two sections, the first serves as an accessible introduction to the power of integral consciousness, whilst the second brings together unique perspectives and breaks new ground in its application to philosophy, politics, and spirituality.
Dressage is often seen as the most formal and controlled of the equine sports, following an ancient, standardized training progression. For philosopher and dressage instructor Dr. Sherry Ackerman, dressage is much more. It — along with riding in general — can be a transformational art and an avenue for reflection, exploration, and self-knowledge through which a rider can experience liberation from the individual, egoistic self.
God Is Not Dead is a fascinating guided tour of quantum physics, consciousness, and the existence and experience of God. University of Oregon physics professor Amit Goswami shows readers that God's existence can be found in clues that the science of quantum physics reveals.
What is Mind? For this ancient question we are still seeking answers. B. Alan Wallace and Brian Hodel propose a science of the mind based on the contemplative wisdom of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christianity, and Islam.