The Journey of Soul Initiation

Based on the experiences of thousands of people, this book provides phase-by-phase guidance for the descent to soul — the dissolution of current identity; the encounter with the mythopoetic mysteries of soul; and the metamorphosis of the ...

Author: Bill Plotkin, PhD

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608687015

Category: Self-Help

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Soul initiation is an essential spiritual adventure that most of the world has forgotten — or not yet discovered. Here, visionary ecopsychologist Bill Plotkin maps this journey, one that has not been previously illuminated in the contemporary Western world and yet is vital for the future of our species and our planet. Based on the experiences of thousands of people, this book provides phase-by-phase guidance for the descent to soul — the dissolution of current identity; the encounter with the mythopoetic mysteries of soul; and the metamorphosis of the ego into a cocreator of life-enhancing culture. Plotkin illustrates each phase of this riveting and sometimes hazardous odyssey with fascinating stories from many people, including those he has guided. Throughout he weaves an in-depth exploration of Carl Jung's Red Book — and an innovative framework for understanding it.
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Being Ceremony

Being Ceremony is a collection of poems that thread together the wisdom of wild places and soul.

Author: Peter Fonken

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ISBN: 9798540393003

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Page: 72

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Being Ceremony is a collection of poems that thread together the wisdom of wild places and soul. It draws on inspiration from the natural world and a lifelong interaction with and study of wild places and beings. It follows the parallels between nature and the human soul to more deeply understand the human journey. "Do you remember that half-hidden door behind the spider's web at the bottom of the dusty cellar stairs? Peter Fonken has found the key and, here, lends it to us, oh so generously. If you cross this threshold, you will find open secrets that can make or unmake your life. Being Ceremony reminds us what poetry is for - and, more so, what humans are for. The dream-spawned poems on these pilgrim pages have been shaped by nothing less than Muse and Moon magic." Bill Plotkin, PhD, author of Soulcraft, Wild Mind, and The Journey of Soul Initiation
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Revelation of St John

" This is not a book about "end times" or Armageddon and when it might come. This is a book written entirely in symbols, concealing a path for early Christians, and for the contemporary reader.

Author: Zachary F. Lansdowne

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 1578633427

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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The Revelation of St. John, the last book of the canonical Bible, has been a mystery since it first appeared. No other part of the Bible has caused more controversy. Traditional interpretations of the book fall into one of three categories: the major prophecies that are supposed to have been fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.; the historical view that Revelation predicts the course of human events from the founding of Christianity to the end of the world; or the futurist view that Revelation predicts events that will occur at the end of the world. It's actually none of the above, writes Zachary F. Lansdowne, a leading expert in the field of spiritual initiation. In the Introduction to this rich and complex interpretation, he writes, "According to its own verses, the Revelation is concerned with the present time, which is whatever time we happen to be reading it, and contains information that we can apply immediately to become blessed." This is not a book about "end times" or Armageddon and when it might come. This is a book written entirely in symbols, concealing a path for early Christians, and for the contemporary reader. Lansdowne has applied a unique psychological method of interpretation that takes each symbol as depicting some aspect of human consciousness rather than an eternal event, thus showing that the Revelation is actually a detailed instruction for the spiritual journey--a map to the wakening of higher consciousness. Moreover, while the Revelation appears in the great lineage of Judeo-Christian tradition, Lansdowne shows that its instruction can be appreciated and applied to seekers from any tradition. Lansdowne's line-by-line and verse-by-verse interpretation--presented here in an easy-to-read side-by-side format--is a manual for the true seeker who would follow teachings of Jesus as they were and are laid out, rather than as they have been interpreted by theologians and biblical historians. The Revelation of St. John, when unlocked by the key of psychological methodology, is revealed to contain ideas from many diverse wisdom traditions and philosophies--archangels in Judaism, chakras and kundalini in Hinduism, Buddhist mindfulness, the redemptive power of love in Christianity, and absolute standards of comparison in Platonic philosophy. Zachary Lansdowne's revelatory text makes these teachings of the path to true soul initiation available to seekers from every spiritual tradition.
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Art of Darkness

Soul takes the author deeper into love and gratitude. The adventure closes fully enmeshed in the art of darkness: proving the unprovable to soul, a perspective from Zen, and finally a celebration of soul's adventures.

Author: Ron Boggs

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1453826769

Category: Psychology

Page: 472

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What does a person's life look like from the point of view of soul? Why not ask soul. Go on an adventure with soul in order to live an authentic life through initiation into soul's calling. Using the technique of active imagination as rediscovered by Dr. Carl Jung, the dialogues struggle with soul, which leads to changes in the author and in soul. Soul becomes a guide. Author's initial descent into soul encounters an invitation, as it names its art. Its art makes the soul a companion that will require many heart rending sessions. The descent is also soul's ascent; in doing so the soul reshapes author's ego, identity, and life and gives him songs of soul. Refusal Man makes an appearance, being the living embodiment of the many refusals to accept life's offerings. Many issues arise on how to reduce the influence of this Refusal Man. An ancient way of being arises upon learning to trust the soul: everything is alive. A number of spiritual exercises are the result. Soul educates him on what soul is and how to build soul's home. Soul explores original life and the author's psychological "curse". Soul elaborates on how what is spiritual is practical and appears in personified form of "Laura," after long guidance from the Greek god, Hermes. Inner Guide evolves out of soul that is the dream awake. Soul delves deeper into its poetries. It makes real what happens and broadens one's horizon. Charley is an inner man who wants to kill the author, if he could. Their conversation is riveting. Shape shifting becomes a way of being. Soul takes the author deeper into love and gratitude. The adventure closes fully enmeshed in the art of darkness: proving the unprovable to soul, a perspective from Zen, and finally a celebration of soul's adventures. A brief afterword summarizes some of intellectual and spiritual ideas and practices the author learned and how they are of use in everyday life.
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Initiation of the Soul

This story illustrates the steps of the soul's initiation that concludes with the realization of its immortality. The embodiment of the transcendent divine within is the journey of the human soul into the fullness of its truth.

Author: Pamela S. Alexander PhD

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781982237998

Category: Religion

Page: 308

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We are in the midst of an epic evolution in consciousness that involves a radical shift in orientation from the ego to the heart and soul. This transformative process requires a breaking down of the old form, which we are witnessing personally and collectively, to create the space for something new to emerge. As we live from the soul and express our deepest truths, we actively participate in this change. Life experiences may seem as though they're random, but in fact they have an intention, deeper meaning, and purpose, which is to facilitate this transformation within us. Everything is occurring to free us from our old beliefs, outdated ways of living, and any limiting ideas we have about life and ourselves. In INITIATION OF THE SOUL, Dr. Pamela Alexander explores the soul's journey through myth and classic fairy tales. In the initiatory mythic story of "Psyche and Amor," the goddess of love orchestrates events in order to awaken the soul from its slumber. The heroine faces challenging tasks that draw the deeper truth of the soul's inherent wholeness, freedom, and power out of the unconscious and into an embodied awareness. Dr. Alexander proceeds from there to explore fairy tales that speak to the issues that arise during the soul's emergence. These stories symbolically instruct us as to how to resolve our fears and open to love. As inner restrictions are resolved, we can embody expanded versions of ourselves and become more stable in a chaotic and uncertain world. The stories guide us to free the soul from an egoic identification, which is buffeted by the winds of change and the opinions of others, to the unshakeable ground of being within. Then, we are empowered to live in freedom and wholeness as we participate in the creation of a new world.
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Nature and the Human Soul

Compared to soulcentrically raised children, princes and princesses are relatively unlikely to embark upon the journey of soul initiation, because accepting deprivations will be anathema to them, and initiation always involves some ...

Author: Bill Plotkin

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577313540

Category: Self-Help

Page: 528

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Addressing the pervasive longing for meaning and fulfillment in this time of crisis, Nature and the Human Soul introduces a visionary ecopsychology of human development that reveals how fully and creatively we can mature when soul and wild nature guide us. Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human life span rooted in the cycles and qualities of the natural world, a blueprint for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation. If it is true, as Plotkin and others observe, that we live in a culture dominated by adolescent habits and desires, then the enduring societal changes we so desperately need won’t happen until we individually and collectively evolve into an engaged, authentic adulthood. With evocative language and personal stories, including those of elders Thomas Berry and Joanna Macy, this book defines eight stages of human life — Innocent, Explorer, Thespian, Wanderer, Soul Apprentice, Artisan, Master, and Sage — and describes the challenges and benefits of each. Plotkin offers a way of progressing from our current egocentric, aggressively competitive, consumer society to an ecocentric, soul-based one that is sustainable, cooperative, and compassionate. At once a primer on human development and a manifesto for change, Nature and the Human Soul fashions a template for a more mature, fulfilling, and purposeful life — and a better world.
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Wild Mind

and adult initiation guides through the process of Soul initiation. Where do healthy adolescents come from? From eco-soulcentric communities and families that include parents and others who are true adults and elders.

Author: Bill Plotkin

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608681792

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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Our human psyches possess astonishing resources that wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them and cultivate their powers, their untapped potentials and depths. Wild Mind identifies these resources — which Bill Plotkin calls the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood. Rather than proposing ways to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, Plotkin describes how to cultivate the four facets of the Self and discover the gifts of our subpersonalities. The key to reclaiming our original wholeness is not merely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover from addictions and trauma, or manage stress but rather to fully embody our multifaceted wild minds, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we’re capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community.
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The Journey of the Soul Through the Seven Major Chakras

the Chakras, and reached this level of Initiation and understanding, it has mastered the personality and is ready to move on. The Fire Initiation brings the warmth and the Light to that individual soul to uplift them to a higher ...

Author: Astra Ferro

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781982228583

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 156

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This book is about the soul’s journey through the seven major chakras. It also includes information about the connections to the seven major rays, the great initiations, karma, and healing with the ancestors. It links the personality, the soul, and the spirit. This journey takes us through the different levels of each chakra, relating it to the ray, initiation, and colour appertaining to that chakra.
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Initiation in the Aeon of the Child

It explains how the revelations unique to this stage of human evolution impact the work of the individual aspirant. Much of what is written here is revealed for the first time, with every attempt to do so in clear and precise language.

Author: J. Daniel Gunther

Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.

ISBN: 9780892545995

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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This book’s primary focus is an understanding of the change to the formulas of Initiation brought about by the advent of the New Aeon—the Aeon of the Child—in 1904. It draws deeply from Jungian psychology, world mythology and religion, the teachings of Aleister Crowley, and the doctrines of the Mystery traditions. It explains how the revelations unique to this stage of human evolution impact the work of the individual aspirant. Much of what is written here is revealed for the first time, with every attempt to do so in clear and precise language.
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Soulcraft

Since 1980, depth psychologist Bill Plotkin has been guiding women and men into the wilderness — the redrock canyons and snow-crested mountains of the American West — but also into the wilds of the soul. He calls this work soulcraft.

Author: Bill Plotkin

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577313571

Category: Self-Help

Page: 400

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Since 1980, depth psychologist Bill Plotkin has been guiding women and men into the wilderness — the redrock canyons and snow-crested mountains of the American West — but also into the wilds of the soul. He calls this work soulcraft. There’s a great longing in all people to uncover the secrets and mysteries of our individual lives, to find the unique gift we were born to bring to our communities, and to experience our full membership in the more-than-human world. This journey to soul is a descent into layers of the self much deeper than personality, a journey meant for each one of us, not just for the heroes and heroines of mythology. A modern handbook for the journey, Soulcraft is not an imitation of indigenous ways, but a contemporary nature-based approach born from wilderness experience, the traditions of Western culture, and the cross-cultural heritage of all humanity. Filled with stories, poems, and guidelines, Soulcraft introduces over 40 practices that facilitate the descent to soul, including dreamwork, wilderness vision fasts, talking across the species boundaries, council, self-designed ceremony, nature-based shadow work, and the arts of romance, being lost, and storytelling.
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Initiation of the Soul

Dr. Alexander proceeds from there to explore fairy tales that speak to the issues that arise during the soul's emergence. These stories symbolically instruct us as to how to resolve our fears and open to love.

Author: Pamela S. Alexander

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1982238003

Category: Religion

Page: 308

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We are in the midst of an epic evolution in consciousness that involves a radical shift in orientation from the ego to the heart and soul. This transformative process requires a breaking down of the old form, which we are witnessing personally and collectively, to create the space for something new to emerge. As we live from the soul and express our deepest truths, we actively participate in this change. Life experiences may seem as though they're random, but in fact they have an intention, deeper meaning, and purpose, which is to facilitate this transformation within us. Everything is occurring to free us from our old beliefs, outdated ways of living, and any limiting ideas we have about life and ourselves. In INITIATION OF THE SOUL, Dr. Pamela Alexander explores the soul's journey through myth and classic fairy tales. In the initiatory mythic story of "Psyche and Amor," the goddess of love orchestrates events in order to awaken the soul from its slumber. The heroine faces challenging tasks that draw the deeper truth of the soul's inherent wholeness, freedom, and power out of the unconscious and into an embodied awareness. Dr. Alexander proceeds from there to explore fairy tales that speak to the issues that arise during the soul's emergence. These stories symbolically instruct us as to how to resolve our fears and open to love. As inner restrictions are resolved, we can embody expanded versions of ourselves and become more stable in a chaotic and uncertain world. The stories guide us to free the soul from an egoic identification, which is buffeted by the winds of change and the opinions of others, to the unshakeable ground of being within. Then, we are empowered to live in freedom and wholeness as we participate in the creation of a new world.
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Getting to the Heart

Getting to the Heart also explains the Art of Meditation, the Astral Plane, The Souls Journey and so much more. This book embodies teachings of Spiritual Initiation and Empowerment.

Author: Athene Raefiel

Publisher:

ISBN: 1490799664

Category: Religion

Page: 132

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Getting to the Heartis a book filled with information that helps individuals understand the soul's journey and it's importance. Many spiritual and personal growth topics are explained in short excerpts that can be easily read and understood. The main theme of this book is to transform soul consciousness through understanding and using the Aura and Chakra centers. This unique book gives a complete explanation of what chakras are and how to align and activate them to help oneself. Getting to the Heart also explains the Art of Meditation, the Astral Plane, The Souls Journey and so much more. This book embodies teachings of Spiritual Initiation and Empowerment. Part two of Getting to the Heart is an amazing workbook designed and filled with exercises that walk individuals through step by step processes for clearing old emotional baggage and creating new feelings of love and joy in life. These powerful exercises cover Forgiveness, Affirmations, Re-Programming, Self -Dialog and Visualization. Rarely can one find all of these tools melded together to show how they work hand in hand with one another. Getting to the Heart is a must for those wishing to explore and expand consciousness.
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Wisdom at Work

Although Bill's idea of the journey of soul initiation may be too extreme for some, how can you create a teachable moment to pass on your learning to a young sapling (sage-ling?) and keep your wisdom alive? There's an unspoken pact that ...

Author: Chip Conley

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241367735

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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'An engaging, timely exploration of how to bring more wisdom into our work lives' Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals 'This is exactly what we need right now!' Brené Brown Do you want to reinvent the second half of your career? ------------------------------------------------------------ Chip Conley ignites a bold, urgent conversation about age and ageism in the workplace, He liberates the term 'elder' from the stigma of 'elderly', and reveals the value of wisdom that can only be accrued through years on the planet. Wisdom at Work will teach you how to be indispensable in the second half of your working life. 'Anyone feeling jaded, jejune or just plain past it at work can read this book in a morning and feel revived' The Financial Times
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The Cycle of the Year as a Path of Initiation

In our time, as Sergei O. Prokofieff demonstrates in this comprehensive work, ‘... this knowledge must be found anew through the free, light-filled consciousness of the fully developed human personality’.

Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781906999629

Category: Religion

Page: 496

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In ancient times humanity possessed an innate knowledge of the spiritual foundations of existence. Such knowledge could be acquired through inwardly accompanying the cycle of the year and its connected great seasonal festivals. But this instinctive knowledge had to be lost in order for human beings to discover individual freedom. In our time, as Sergei O. Prokofieff demonstrates in this comprehensive work, ‘... this knowledge must be found anew through the free, light-filled consciousness of the fully developed human personality’. Tracing the spiritual path of the yearly cycle, Prokofieff penetrates to the deeper esoteric realities of the seven Christian festivals of Michaelmas, Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension, Whitsun and St John’s Tide. Basing his research on the work of the twentieth-century initiate Rudolf Steiner, he reveals how these festivals are spiritual facts that exist independently of religious traditions and cultural customs. Working with the festivals in an esoteric sense can provide a true path of initiation, ultimately enabling an experience of the Being of the Earth, Christ. The journey of study through this book can thus lead the reader to an experience of the modern Christian-Rosicrucian path, along which ‘... it is possible to take the first steps towards life in partnership with the course of cosmic existence’.
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The Water of Life

Woven through the book we also find an account of his own repeated refusal to obey orders during the Vietnam War, and what he paid for that. This story alone is worth the price of the book.

Author: Michael Meade

Publisher: Greenfire Press

ISBN: 0976645041

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

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At once a mythic journey, a study in depth psychology, and a treatise on initiation, The Water of Life addresses the roots of conflict, the recurring hunger for war, and the underlying need to return culture to its mythic context. Telling stories drawn from many cultures, Meades genius relies on the power of myth and the surprising gift of mythic imagination for solutions to the new threats and age-old dilemmas that increasingly plague humankind. Original.
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Soul Stories

Soul Stories is a guidebook, a gentle companion for your pilgrimage through life's many stages using meaningful ritual to culminate in an initiation to yourself. In this book a journey opens up between you and your Soul.

Author: Gail Burkett

Publisher:

ISBN: 0991359011

Category:

Page: 208

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Soul Stories is a guidebook, a gentle companion for your pilgrimage through life's many stages using meaningful ritual to culminate in an initiation to yourself. In this book a journey opens up between you and your Soul. In the simplest rhythm, you are guided to continue with your daily agenda, or slow down a little if you can, while you deeply immerse in your own stories from the beginning of your timeline. This is initiation, where you reveal yourself to yourself. You will discover parts and pieces of your Soul, like all women, hiding beneath oppression, accidents, or drama. There are many surprises waiting for you on this journey. Gifts that you were born with will return to you consciousness. Stories need to be told and heard, not just for our healing but for the generations of women we are raising. Where are the Elders who will teach them? Let's start a movement that includes our daughters. Other books by this author, Gifts from the Elders: Girls' Path to Womanhood; and Girls' Ceremonies of Nine Passages, a Kindle Edition.
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The Journey of the Soul

In this book, you will learn about the medicine wheel, the elements, the chakras, shamanism, and the seasons and cycles of life that guide and influence our lives, among many other topics.Prepare to be enthralled, entertained, and informed ...

Author: Granddaughter Crow

Publisher:

ISBN: 1732949107

Category:

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The Journey of Soul lies within. We earn the medicine that we carry. We earn the wisdom. We earn the rite of passage. We earn these things and more through life's initiations - the difficult times, the dark night of the soul, the hard times. Once we move through an initiation, we have the opportunity to extract the greatest wisdom and carry the wisdom with us - as medicine people. Follow along as we discover the unseen worlds, navigating into new realms and dimensions of existence that perhaps you had not previously encountered. In this book, you will learn about the medicine wheel, the elements, the chakras, shamanism, and the seasons and cycles of life that guide and influence our lives, among many other topics.Prepare to be enthralled, entertained, and informed from the heart of a true medicine woman. Please join me on The Journey of the Soul - Let's make it an adventure!
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The Pleiadian House of Initiation

A step-by-step tour through our spiritual home in the Pleiades • Recounts the author’s spiritual trials to reach the highest levels of her soul’s celestial mansion and her encounters with immortal wisdom teachers such as White Buffalo ...

Author: Mary T. Beben

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781591437734

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 128

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A step-by-step tour through our spiritual home in the Pleiades • Recounts the author’s spiritual trials to reach the highest levels of her soul’s celestial mansion and her encounters with immortal wisdom teachers such as White Buffalo Woman, Taliesin, Mother Mary, and Grandmother Spider • Includes lessons to help jettison fear and jealousy so we can continue our ascension to higher consciousness • Offers a prophetic glimpse into the future of life on Earth, how our planet is the key to conscious evolution, and humanity’s divine role as Keepers of Earth Inviting each of us to discover our spiritual home in the higher realms, Mary Beben provides a visionary tour of the celestial mansion of her family in the Pleiades, a home she inhabited prior to this incarnation on Earth. She explains how transitioning into materiality causes each of us to forget our starry origins, yet it is still possible to remember our Pleiadian heritage and divine reasons for choosing to manifest on Earth. Beben details her initiatic journey as she rediscovered the beautiful rooms on each floor of her Pleiadian house and learned to ascend to higher consciousness while remaining lovingly rooted in the Earth. She recounts her trials to reach the higher levels of the building and her encounters with immortal wisdomkeepers such as White Buffalo Woman, Taliesin, Mother Mary, and Grandmother Spider. Embedded throughout her story are lessons to help each of us jettison psychological baggage like fear and jealousy so we can continue our ascension and fulfill our Pleiadian birthright. Beben explains how her journey offers a prophetic glimpse into the future of life on Earth as well as the key to opening the heart to the higher realms of existence. She shows how ascension will not mean departing Earth but will place our Earthen reality in perspective and help solve problems that seem insurmountable from this dimension. In rediscovering the celestial origins of our souls, we recognize not only the Earth as the key to conscious evolution but also our role as the Keepers of Earth, the planet celebrated throughout the universe on which each of us is fortunate to have chosen incarnation.
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Stepping Stones on the Spiritual Path

First, we need to understand what an initiation is. We do this by considering what the journey of the soul is and what exactly is the nature of its incarnation. When a soul comes down into incarnation, it has to go through the ...

Author: Astra Ferro

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781504378673

Category: Religion

Page: 138

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There will come a time, a moment, whether in this lifetime or in another, when the soul will reach a stage when it needs to know more. It will no longer be satisfied with ambling along. It wants to get hold of its destiny, face it, and see where it is going, what it has achieved, and what other lessons are needed And then the soul, of its own volition, will become the captain of its ship, it will guide its own destiny, it will face the turbulent seas and storms and steer it through to calmer waters. This book offers a basic knowledge of spirituality. It answers questions that have been presented to the author over many years of facilitating workshops, giving talks, and seminars both in the UK and internationally. It also gives us guidance in how to find the inner self. Here is a quote from the book: As we continue the path and we start stripping off the layers that bind us, we will notice a different us emerging. That new person may be a little unfamiliar, a little uncertain, but at least its a more honest person. Gradually we get to know this person better, and as our confidence builds up, we will find an inner surge of strength and fortitude to carry on even more strongly in our search. This inner person is the real usthe beautiful light that has been hidden behind the scars, the jewel that has been polished by all the experiences of our struggles and battles, the rose that has been waiting to blossom by all the fruits of our endeavours, the one true being who is one with the universe.
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The Knowledge That Leads to Wholeness

We would have to accept an initiation into the inner spiritual community and the symbolic manner in which it ... We cannot initiate ourselves, and we cannot undertake the soul's journey without a human relationship or a group of ...

Author: Robert Lloyd

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469102085

Category: Religion

Page: 263

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The Knowledge that Leads to Wholeness is the first book to specifically illustrate how the major Gnostic myths underlie Jungs theory of individuation. It is a compelling and in-depth examination of a life-changing journey that begins with the author discovering the forgotten secrets of the Gnostics. These secrets are gradually unveiled as the author and his loyal dog, Gold, are initiated, each in their own way, to put the ancient knowledge into practice. Dr. Lloyd explores the esoteric side of Carl Jung and reveals the connections between Jungs pivotal theory of individuation, i.e. the journey to wholeness, and the powerful, visionary myths told by the pioneers of the psyche, the Gnostics. He details what happens to a person who is on the road to wholeness, how the person will change, and how a new divine-human identity will be born into the world as a result of undertaking this transformational odyssey. -KIRKUS DISCOVERIES Review - Did Carl Jungs principles of psychology have Gnostic origins? A Marine Corps Ph.D. explores the complex mystical possibilities. Lloyd splits his expansive hypothesis of the souls journey into three vital steps (preparation, undertaking and re-birth) in discovering Jungs path to wholeness. He credits Jung with saving his life by way of unlocking his imagination (the souls voice) and spiritual mindset. The author familiarizes readers with the Gnostic religious movement, practitioners of an intensely spiritual inner exploration, who believed that humans are not bound to experiences solely of the body and mind. His literary gift to Jung is these comparative ruminations, all exuding a great amount of imagination and provocative thought. Running parallel to the authors spiritually progressive interests is his adventuresome interaction with and imaginal dog named Gold, who discovers two seeds of knowledge. The first rediscovers the spark of divine life, whereby humans are one and the same with God, and the second amplifies Jungs individuation theory that the human ego must relate to the unconscious mind to achieve psychological health. Unerringly throughout his narrative, Lloyd grafts Gnostic myths with Jungian wisdom. He focuses on the psychic creator and king of the material world Demiurge in association with second-century Gnostic visionary Valentinus, whose tragic myth of Sophia tells of a restless female deity who travels outside of herself searching for wholeness rather than looking inward, and her ultimate repentance. Comparatively, Jung also writes of humans who restrict themselves to their five senses rather than tapping into the core strength of their imaginative visions where uncanny experiences might spring forth. As Lloyd (and Gold) survey principles of higher consciousness, the self, the transformative life-cycle process, and the concluding Syrian lyrical myth Song of the Pearl as they are juxtaposed against Jungs theories, the author also cites Gnostic challenges to contemporary religious beliefs as in the re-imagined genesis of Jesus of Nazareth. Most interestingly, Lloyd inserts Jung into his narrative to quiz his arbiters as to whether they have the desire to discover the mystery of their existence. Unfiltered hokum for some, but those who are open to it will find much-needed nourishment and direction for their searching souls. --Nielsen Business Media, 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 646-654-7277 fax 646-654-4706 [email protected] Visit www.robertcharleslloyd.com
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