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Mandala in the Heavens

Mandala in the Heavens Author Paul LaFerla
ISBN-10 0692619828
Release 2016-03-29
Pages 258
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A mandala is a circular design composed of symbols that convey a universal meaning. It is my discovery that the constellations in the night sky form a giant mandala, the work of unknown people in ancient times. The original designers left us a key using astrology to unlock the hidden meaning of 36 constellations known to the ancient world. This key then places the 36 and their Greek star myths into a sequence. Read in this way, the symbolic language of the myths tells the story of a process of spiritual growth and development called the Path of Initiation. As shown in the stars, the Path is about spiritual transformation and a developing creativity used for the betterment of humanity. Along the way, the book introduces you to some of the newer concepts and techniques used today in the teaching of the Path. It is illustrated with many beautiful pictures from hand-painted, antique star maps showing the constellations as figures from Greek mythology. For those unfamiliar with the Path of Initiation, the constellations or astrology, all that is needed is an enjoyment of Greek myth and symbolism and an interest in spiritual things. Those with an understanding of the Path will want to see how the star myths tell the story of the Path from beginning to end--a panoramic picture not yet found in the literature of today.



Sky Dancer

Sky Dancer Author Keith Dowman
ISBN-10 1559399031
Release 1996-07-25
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One of the few texts dealing with the spiritual evolution of a female aspirant.



The Wheel of Time Sand Mandala

The Wheel of Time Sand Mandala Author Barry Bryant
ISBN-10 1559399686
Release 2003-03-24
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A stunning visual introduction to the artistic and spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism.



Man and His Symbols

Man and His Symbols Author C. G. Jung
ISBN-10 9780307800558
Release 2012-02-01
Pages 320
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Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung's own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book. Here, Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams. Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, Jung felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life. Thus, the reader will gain new insights into himself from this thoughtful volume, which also illustrates symbols throughout history. Completed just before his death by Jung and his associates, it is clearly addressed to the general reader. Praise for Man and His Symbols “This book, which was the last piece of work undertaken by Jung before his death in 1961, provides a unique opportunity to assess his contribution to the life and thought of our time, for it was also his firsat attempt to present his life-work in psychology to a non-technical public. . . . What emerges with great clarity from the book is that Jung has done immense service both to psychology as a science and to our general understanding of man in society, by insisting that imaginative life must be taken seriously in its own right, as the most distinctive characteristic of human beings.”—Guardian “Straighforward to read and rich in suggestion.”—John Barkham, Saturday Review Syndicate “This book will be a resounding success for those who read it.”—Galveston News-Tribune “A magnificent achievement.”—Main Currents “Factual and revealing.”—Atlanta Times



The Shield of Achilles

The Shield of Achilles Author W. H. Auden
ISBN-10 0758150873
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 84
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The Shield of Achilles has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Shield of Achilles also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Shield of Achilles book for free.



Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom Author Nelson Mandela
ISBN-10 0759521042
Release 2008-03-11
Pages 576
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The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality. LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.



Sacred architecture

Sacred architecture Author A. T. Mann
ISBN-10 0760703477
Release 1996
Pages 192
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Sacred architecture has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Sacred architecture also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Sacred architecture book for free.



The Nothing that is

The Nothing that is Author Robert Kaplan
ISBN-10 9780195128420
Release 2000
Pages 225
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The value of nothing is explored in rich detail as the author reaches back as far as the ancient Sumerians to find evidence that humans have long struggled with the concept of zero, from the Greeks who may or may not have known of it, to the East where it was first used, to the modern-day desktop PC, which uses it as an essential letter in its computational alphabet.



DK Eyewitness Books Religion

DK Eyewitness Books  Religion Author Myrtle Langley
ISBN-10 9780756667788
Release 2005-04-11
Pages 72
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DK Eyewitness Books: Religion is a revealing and enlightening guide to the religions of the world. Superb color photographs give the reader "eyewitness" insight into the beliefs of different religions and into the lives of their founders and followers. See a Passover meal, a lama's headdress, the Wheel of Existence, a picture of Christ's Crucifixion, a Buddhist monk, and a shaman's mask. Learn why Buddhists meditate, who Mahavira was, what the five pillars of Islam are, what the Tao is, why Sikhs wear turbans, and what Confucius taught. Discover the meaning of the Yin-Yang symbol, why Zoroastrians worship in fire temples, the role of ancestors in primal religions, why Christians celebrate Holy Communion, what a Bar Mitzvah is, why the god Ganesh has the head of an elephant, and much, much more. Discover the teachings, history, beliefs, and practices of the world's organized faiths in Eyewitness: Religion.



The Egyptian Miracle

The Egyptian Miracle Author R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz
ISBN-10 0892810084
Release 1985-11-01
Pages 256
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The discoveries of R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz are proof that the temple is the true embodiment of the ancient Egyptian wisdom. Presented here in the more accessible language of oral tradition, The Egyptian Miracle is an indispensable guide to the superhuman science expressed by the architecture, the texts, and the proportions of the temple.



David to Delacroix

David to Delacroix Author Dorothy Johnson
ISBN-10 0807877751
Release 2011-02-14
Pages 260
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In this beautifully illustrated study of intellectual and art history, Dorothy Johnson explores the representation of classical myths by renowned French artists in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, demonstrating the extraordinary influence of the natural sciences and psychology on artistic depiction of myth. Highlighting the work of major painters such as David, Girodet, Gerard, Ingres, and Delacroix and sculptors such as Houdon and Pajou, David to Delacroix reveals how these artists offered innovative reinterpretations of myth while incorporating contemporaneous and revolutionary discoveries in the disciplines of anatomy, biology, physiology, psychology, and medicine. The interplay among these disciplines, Johnson argues, led to a reexamination by visual artists of the historical and intellectual structures of myth, its social and psychological dimensions, and its construction as a vital means of understanding the self and the individual's role in society. This confluence is studied in depth for the first time here, and each chapter includes rich examples chosen from the vast number of mythological representations of the period. While focused on mythical subjects, French Romantic artists, Johnson argues, were creating increasingly modern modes of interpreting and meditating on culture and the human condition.



In Praise of Copying

In Praise of Copying Author Marcus Boon
ISBN-10 9780674058422
Release 2011-02-11
Pages 294
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German critic Walter Benjamin wrote some immensely influential words on the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. Luxury fashion houses would say something shorter and sharper and much more legally binding on the rip-off merchants who fake their products. Marcus Boon, a Canadian English professor with an accessible turn of phrase, takes us on an erudite voyage through the theme in a serious but engaging encounter with the ideas of thinkers as varied as Plato, Hegel, Orson Welles, Benjamin, Heidegger, Louis Vuitton, Takashi Murakami and many more, on topics as philosophically taxing and pop-culture-light as mimesis, Christianity, capitalism, authenticity, Uma Thurman's handbag and Disneyland.



Sacred sexuality

Sacred sexuality Author A. T. Mann
ISBN-10 0760700982
Release 1995
Pages 192
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Sacred sexuality has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Sacred sexuality also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Sacred sexuality book for free.



Through the Gateway of the Heart Second Edition

Through the Gateway of the Heart  Second Edition Author Sophia Adamson
ISBN-10 9780929150802
Release 2012-09-14
Pages 197
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Ecstasy... empathy...openness...compassion...peace...acceptance... being...forgiveness...healing...re-birth...unity...emotional bonding... caring...celebration...these are some of the terms people use to describe their experiences with a class of substances, of which MDMA 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also known as Adam, ecstasy, Molly, or XTC) has become the best known. Although related in a general way to the psychedelic (“mind-manifesting”) substances such as LSD, psilocybin and mescaline, these substances are different in that they do not usually produce visions, hallucinations, or altered perceptions of reality. Even more importantly, these substances seem to consistently induce positive affect and reduce or attenuate anxiety in significant contrast to the classical psychedelics which can amplify and elaborate both positive and negative affects. Because of the high percentage of major positive insight experiences reported with these substances, and the relatively low incidence of undesirable side-effects, these drugs have attracted favorable attention from a number of psychotherapists who regard them as facilitators of therapeutic insight and change. They have also been used by some teachers and practitioners of meditation who see them as important amplifiers of emotional and sensory awareness and as aids to spiritual practice. The present book is a collection of personal accounts of these kinds of states of heightened awareness, particularly awareness of one’s own emotions. They are remarkable both for the uniformity with which people affirm their positive value, and for the diversity and range of individual differences. The experiences reported here all occurred within a context of either psychotherapy, serious self-exploration, relationship communication, or spiritual practice. Some are accounts of individuals with psychological disturbances, including two rape victims who took the substance as part of their psychotherapy. Most of the individuals whose experiences are related here took the substances with guidance from someone experienced in their use in order to further their personal and spiritual growth. Ralph Metzner, PhD



The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels Author Elaine Pagels
ISBN-10 1588364178
Release 2004-06-29
Pages 224
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time The Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long-buried roots of Christianity, a work of luminous scholarship and wide popular appeal. First published in 1979 to critical acclaim, winning the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Gnostic Gospels has continued to grow in reputation and influence over the past two decades. It is now widely recognized as one of the most brilliant and accessible histories of early Christian spirituality published in our time. In 1945 an Egyptian peasant unearthed what proved to be the Gnostic Gospels, thirteen papyrus volumes that expounded a radically different view of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ from that of the New Testament. In this spellbinding book, renowned religious scholar Elaine Pagels elucidates the mysteries and meanings of these sacred texts both in the world of the first Christians and in the context of Christianity today. With insight and passion, Pagels explores a remarkable range of recently discovered gospels, including the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, to show how a variety of “Christianities” emerged at a time of extraordinary spiritual upheaval. Some Christians questioned the need for clergy and church doctrine, and taught that the divine could be discovered through spiritual search. Many others, like Buddhists and Hindus, sought enlightenment—and access to God—within. Such explorations raised questions: Was the resurrection to be understood symbolically and not literally? Was God to be envisioned only in masculine form, or feminine as well? Was martyrdom a necessary—or worthy—expression of faith? These early Christians dared to ask questions that orthodox Christians later suppressed—and their explorations led to profoundly different visions of Jesus and his message. Brilliant, provocative, and stunning in its implications, The Gnostic Gospels is a radical, eloquent reconsideration of the origins of the Christian faith.



A Dictionary of Symbols

A Dictionary of Symbols Author J. E. Cirlot
ISBN-10 9780486132662
Release 2013-05-27
Pages 528
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A valuable reference, this informative and entertaining volume presents a key to elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in both the arts and the history of ideas. 32 black-and-white illustrations.



The Demon Haunted World

The Demon Haunted World Author Carl Sagan
ISBN-10 9780307801043
Release 2011-07-06
Pages 480
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A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”—Los Angeles Times How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms. Praise for The Demon-Haunted World “Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”—The Washington Post Book World “Compelling.”—USA Today “A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.”—The Sciences “Passionate.”—San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle