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This book is a rhetorical analysis of the "Seybert Report," based on the findings of the Seybert Commission formed in the nineteenth century at the University of Pennsylvania and tasked with investigating the paranormal phenomena alleged to arise in Spiritualist seances. The findings of the report are significant because they provide a historical benchmark for how "paranormal" research--or psi--has been addressed by academics for well over a century. Elizabeth Schleber Lowry examines academic discourse with respect to psi from such approaches as the rhetoric of science and scholarship in the history and philosophy of science.
The system of spiritual attainment developed by Aleister Crowley is notoriously challenging in its scope. Adapted from the popular podcast segment of the same name, "Living Thelema" brings a welcome approachability to Crowley's material, without diminishing the depth of the system. The author focuses on the practical and experiential aspects of the path of Thelema, allowing the reader to grasp the true transformative power of the system.
Beginners and advanced practitioners alike will find much useful advice here, as Shoemaker brings his characteristic down-to-earth style to bear on topics such as ritual and meditation practices, sex magick, astral projection, psychotherapy for magicians, the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and that pinnacle of attainment known as the crossing of the Abyss.
The author's background as a practicing psychotherapist allows an entirely unique fusion of esoteric wisdom and cognitive science. "Living Thelema" is an invaluable handbook for any modern magician.
Here's what other prominent Thelemic authors have to say about "Living Thelema"
"Dr. Shoemaker's "Living Thelema" is in my opinion the most thorough and understandable exposition of the underlying theories and the practical applications of the spiritual disciplines of Thelema currently available to the public. Serious students of the magick of Aleister Crowley in general, and of the A.'. A.'. in particular, will not find a more masterful and authoritative work on the subject issuing from a post-Crowley commentator. My highest recommendation for this landmark work."
-Lon Milo DuQuette, renowned author of "The Magick of Aleister Crowley," "Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot," and many other titles.
"In this entertaining and (dare I say it?) lively book, David Shoemaker reminds us that Thelema is not just a philosophy or a study, but a spiritual practice. From applied 'how to' advice to thought-provoking 'how about' posers, Dr. Shoemaker offers his personal take-informed by twenty years of walking the talk, along with his incisiveness as a professional therapist-on how to get the most out of the fundamental Thelemic practices of yoga and ritual, both inside and outside of the temple."
-Richard Kaczynski, author of "Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis" and "Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part One: Tools for the Journey
An Introduction to the Qabalah
Part Two: Perspectives on the Path of Attainment
The Methods & Tools of A.'.A.'.
Part Three: Life Outside the Temple
Patterns & Cycles in Magical Practice
This book investigates the state of civilisation in the 21st century, which is characterised by the transformation of Western Civilisation into Global Civilisation and the resulting Great Recession, triggered by the financial crisis in the United States in 2008. Since the state of former Western Civilisation is steadily worsening, the question is rising whether civilisation is sustainable at all. To answer this question, 20 authors, members of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilisations (from several countries and continents) investigate the aspect of human spirituality, and whether its actual level of development is able to steer the sustainable development of civilisation? The authors investigate the complexity of the current state of world civilisation and the Planet, concluding that western societies entered the Second Great Crisis of Civilisation, and reminding that the First Great Crisis took place after the fall of Rome I in 476 CE, and lasted till the Italian Renaissance, which means almost 1000 years. This book offers spirituality 2.0 as a possible "tool" for people to behave wisely in order to sustain our civilisation. This new spirituality 2.0 contains a set of complementary best values of current eight civilisations, which should lead to tolerant (less-conflict driven) human behaviour and wise decision-making. The book finally defines Wise Civilisation and paths of its implementation, under the condition that people will be not only knowledgeable, but wise and inspired mainly by right spirituality.
How to Walk is part of a new series of books from Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring the essential foundations of mindful meditation and practise. Pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated, How to Walk explains how mindful walking can be a technique for diminishing depression, recapturing wonder, and expressing gratitude. Here we explore the benefits of walking meditation, along with meditative poems to recite silently while walking. This is a unique book perfect for those brand new to mindfulness as well as those looking to deepen their spiritual practise.
Richard Rohr is a modern prophet calling us to change our ways. Rohr paints a critical picture of the prevailing thought, culture and attitudes of the present-day West -- which he calls "The Postmodern Opportunity" -- including our cultural biases, our embrace of victimhood, our often fearful attitudes toward one another and toward the Church and religion in general. Rohr offers hope in introducing the Franciscan path of transformation, the "new way of being that would change the face of history."
Rohr describes how following Saint Francis' way to forgiveness and love, and "owning the darkness, " can bring us out of the postmodern pit in which we find ourselves.
In "The Quest" Mircea Eliade stresses the cultural function that a
study of the history of religions can play in a secularized
society. He writes for the intelligent general reader in the hope
that what he calls a new humanism "will be engendered by a
confrontation of modern Western man with unknown or less familiar
worlds of meaning."
This book, the second of the two volumes that make up Religions of Rome, presents a wide range of documents illustrating religious life in the Roman world from the early Republic to the late Empire (both visual evidence and texts in translation). More than just a "sourcebook," it explores some of the major themes and problems of Roman religion (such as sacrifice, the religious calendar, divination and prediction). Each document has an introduction, explanatory notes and bibliography, and is used as the starting point for further discussion.
What is meant by 'spiritual care'? How can we assess and communicate the needs of a child in hospital effectively if we each have conflicting interpretations of 'spiritual'? This book proposes that we use a language of 'connectedness', which can fully express a child's feelings about, and understanding of, their hospital experience, rather than relying on religious or medical language. In doing so, assessments can be made purely on information given by the child and their emotional and spiritual needs can be communicated between professionals using a shared professional language, regardless of their own faith, religion or secular outlook. The book fully explains the concept of connectedness and outlines a practical assessment tool that uses play and storytelling to connect with the child and gather information about their hospital experience, their relationships with others while in the hospital setting, their feelings about their current state and their needs. This book will improve communication between medical practitioners, chaplains and other support services, enabling them to provide the best support for children in their care. It will also be of interest to academics in healthcare, theology and psychology.
"I want you to be rich in every possible way - material, psychological, spiritual. I want you to live the richest life that has ever been lived on the earth."--Osho
The Osho Life Essentials series focuses on the most important questions in the life of the individual. Each volume contains timeless and always-contemporary investigations and discussions into questions vital to our personal search for meaning and purpose, focusing on questions specific to our inner life and quality of existence.
"Fame, Fortune, and Ambition "examines the symptoms and psychology of preoccupations with money and celebrity. Where does greed come from? Do values like competitiveness and ambition have a place in bringing innovation and positive change? Why do celebrities and the wealthy seem to have so much influence in the world? Is it true that money can't buy happiness?""These questions are tackled with a perspective that is thought-provoking, surprising--and particularly relevant to our troubled economic times.
"Fame, Fortune, and Ambition "includes an original talk by Osho on DVD. This visual component enables the reader to experience the direct wisdom and humor of Osho straight from the source.
Many people feel guilt and anger about hurt inflicted on them by the actions of others. Physical and emotional wounds cause serious inabilities to forgive and function in many aspects of their lives. German Benedictine, Anselm Grun discusses the phenomenon of forgiveness and reconciliation from the Bible's perspective in relation to todays society examining both personal as well as political dimensions. He describes steps of the reconciliation and offers practical meditation exercises that will help us become accepting of ourselves and others, and to open ourselves to the accepting love of God."
SELF-TRANSFORMATION"Only a handful of visionaries have recognized that indigenous wisdom can aid the transition to a sustainable world. John Perkins's wonderful story of life among the shamans brings great insight for an industrial civilization consuming and polluting itself toward catastrophe." --EDGAR MITCHELL, SC.D., Apollo astronaut, founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and author of Raising Lazarus and The Way of the Explorer "Shapeshifting is an engaging saga of one individual's transformation from global businessman to on-the-ground conservationist and healer." --MICHAEL BALICK, PH.D., author of Plants, People, and Culture "John Perkins's wondrous storytelling creates a journey so captivating that it shifted me beyond time and space. A compelling book for anyone!" --STEPHAN RECHTSCHAFFEN, M.D., cofounder of the Omega Institute and author of Time Shifting Many indigenous cultures practice shapeshifting. Native American hunters take on the spirit of their prey to ensure a successful hunt; Asian medicine men "ingest" a sickness to heal the one afflicted; Amazon warriors become jaguars to soundlessly travel the jungle. Those who shapeshift understand that all of life is energy and that by focusing your intent you can change energetic patterns, rendering a new form. Shapeshifting can occur on three levels: cellular--transforming from human to plant or animal; personal--becoming a new self or leaving an addiction behind; and institutional--creating a new business or cultural identity. Since 1968, master shamans in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas have been training John Perkins to teach the industrial world about the powerful techniques involved in shapeshifting.His groundbreaking book takes you to deserts and jungles, mountains and oceans, medical research centers and corporate board rooms to learn the step-by-step methods of this practice that integrates ancient and modern techniques to bring about profound healing. JOHN PERKINS is the author of the bestselling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Shapeshifting and his other books follow his life and adventures after Hit Man. John has applied shapeshifting techniques to his successful career as a management consultant, president of a U.S. energy company, and as founder of The Dream Change Coalition, an organization that inspires executives to clean up pollution, reshape corporate goals, and form Earth-honoring partnerships with indigenous cultures. He is also the author of The Stress-Free Habit, Psychonavigation, and The World Is As You Dream It.
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