In un’epoca tutta orientata a considerare l’aspetto esteriore delle cose, ignorando le trame nascoste che le hanno generate, l’educazione ai “mondi invisibili” si fa fondamentale strumento educativo in una via di crescita e di individuazione. Il recupero dei significati nascosti, celato dietro ogni antica tradizione, non è solo strumento di conoscenza ma anche di addestramento: addestramento a coltivare la capacità simbolica del nostro animo – antichissimo linguaggio del quale rischiamo oggi di perdere le chiavi. L’Halloween giunta sino a noi è trascrizione, purtroppo degenerata, di una antichissima festività dai potenti significati simbolici, oggi più che mai attuali, in grado di risorgere per aiutarci a comprendere la magia del ritorno alla vita: che è “attraversamento” della morte e non permanenza nella stessa. Il susseguirsi delle stagioni, infine, fornisce uno strumento molto importante - e, se vogliamo, semplice da seguire - per camminare "verso di noi", la parte più autentica dell'essere, che anima la nostra vita. La natura, di cui siamo parte, muove la sua energia in modo diverso nei vari momenti dell’Anno: consapevolizzare questo suo incedere apre una strada per “crescere”, sinergizzando con essa.
Jung the Mystic
Author: Gary Lachman
An introduction to the occult influences on the psychiatrist's life and work discusses such topics as his incorporation of astrology into his therapeutic practices and clashes with Freud over the plausibility of ghosts.
Author: Selene Calloni Williams
Publisher: Edizioni Mediterranee
This book will uplift you to the sky and root you to the Earth, it will plunge you into beauty and give you the strength to see the symbols which underlie your life, giving you the key to your existence. Above all, it will give you true love and a new Eros. It unveils the heart of a universal and natural awakening and healing ritual. A ritual which is indeed quite ancient, yet it is still undergoing a phase of codification today: a secret key hidden in the heart of every religion. It has reached us by word of mouth from teacher to disciple down through the centuries. Its main features have been put into writing for the first time thanks to the extraordinary evocative language which the author – a true initiate and expert in deep psychology – manages to use. To change an event in one’s life or in the world, one must gain access to the symbols, or images, on which this event or behaviour is founded. The Mother Mantra is the secret key which enables this precious access. 68 illustrations
The Ultimate Journey
Author: Stanislav Grof
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Assn for
Based on more than a half century of research, Dr. Grof distills teachings from ancient wisdom and modern science that suggest how to face the process of death and dying. He proposes that those who come to terms with death through intense self-exploration tend to develop a reverence for life, in all its forms. Based on his own patients' experiences of death and rebirth in psychedelic-assisted therapy, he investigates cross-cultural beliefs about death, paranormal and near-death-experience research, and LSD therapy with advanced-stage cancer patients. The ultimate journey challenges us all, and how we approach death is much more than a major personal issue. Those who come to terms with death in deep experiential self-exploration tend to develop a sense of planetary citizenship, reverence for life in all its forms, and spirituality of a universal and all-encompassing nature. Such radical inner transformation might be humanity's only real chance for survival.The Ultimate Journey describes ancient and aboriginal ritual and spiritual practices that help us understand the experience of death, develop effective ways of making dying easier and integrate it as a meaningful part of life. This book also summarizes modern studies that shed new light on a variety of phenomena related to death and dying, including psycho-spiritual death and rebirth, near-death experiences, and the new expanded cartography of the psyche that has emerged from Grof's fifty years of research of psychedelic therapy, Holotropic Breathwork, and spontaneous psychospiritual crisis.Grof writes that our modern industrial civilization typically gives more attention to the wardrobe, makeup, and even plastic surgery for the corpse than to counseling dying individuals and their families. This is in marked contrast to pre-industrial societies for whom death and dying were paramount in their worldviews and important inspiration for much of their art and architecture. For example, the shamans of many cultures-going back at least thirty thousand years, began their careers with a spontaneous or induced experience of death and rebirth. They explored, firsthand, territories of the psyche that transcend the boundaries of individual consciousness. Similarly, in the rites of passage, initiates were guided into non-ordinary or Holotropic ("moving toward wholeness") states of consciousness and had a direct experience of numinous realities that transcend biological death. In the ancient mysteries, neophytes participated in various mind-expanding processes or "technologies of the sacred" to move beyond individual consciousness and experience directly and firsthand the higher transpersonal dimensions of existence.
The Lichtenberg Figures
Author: Ben Lerner
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Winner of the Hayden Carruth Award uses "broken sonnets" to explore complex juxtapositions of contemporary culture.
The Mother Mantra
Author: Selene Calloni Williams
Publisher: Inner Traditions
An initiate’s guide to the healing practices, spiritual exercises, and secret rites of the Mother Mantra tradition • Explains the practice of the Mother Mantra, which allows us to overcome subconscious programming, release our fears, and awaken to the dream nature of reality • Includes instructions for the practice of the Egyptian mantra to attract wealth and abundance and the Mystical Marriage Mantra for transformation and rebirth • Presents five spiritual rituals that can be incorporated into daily life to reestablish the universal balance between humanity and the divine Hidden at the heart of nearly all spiritual and esoteric traditions lies the powerful teachings of the Mother Mantra. Its initiates have preserved its consciousness-expanding techniques for millennia. Originating in the ancient practice of shamanic yoga, this tradition allows us to perceive the full complexity of reality. It helps us see both the visible and the invisible, moving beyond the consciousness of duality that limits us to only the material world. Operating in this heightened state of non-ordinary consciousness, we can see beyond our subconscious programming and behavior patterns and understand our possibilities and powers. By removing all fear, it allows you to love yourself exactly as you are. In this spiritual and philosophical guide, initiate Selene Calloni Williams shares the healing practices and spiritual exercises of the Mother Mantra tradition. She explains how these practices bypass the thinking mind to access our higher spiritual consciousness, allowing us to awaken to the dream nature of reality and release us from all fear. She details the exercises and practices of the four-part Mother Mantra: The first series, which dissolves the constructs of the ego; the second, which invokes ancient spirits and deities for their aid in this endeavor; the third, where we experience a divine androgynous tantric union to transcend sexual identity and spiritually fuse with the divine; and the fourth, where the first three rituals are combined to unlock an expanded state of consciousness and a true seeing of the complexity of both the visible and invisible worlds. The author also describes the practice of the Egyptian mantra, a soul-making ceremony that unites the initiate with the Chthonian realms and attracts wealth and abundance, and the Mystical Marriage Mantra, which opens a path to authentic transformation and rebirth. Additionally, Williams presents five spiritual rituals, including yogic poses and exercises, that can be incorporated into daily life to allow divine communication through the chakras, awaken the mind and body from the aging process, and reestablish the universal balance between humanity and the divine.
Tibetan Peach Pie
Author: Tom Robbins
Publisher: Harper Collins
Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads. In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters. Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the Sixties psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.
P. D. Ouspensky's classic work In Search of the Miraculous was the first to disseminate the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff, the mysterious master of esoteric thought in the early twentieth century who still commands a following today. Gurdjieff's mystique has long eclipsed Ouspensky, once described by Gurdjieff as "nice to drink vodka with, but a weak man." Yet Ouspensky was a brilliant, accomplished philosopher in his own right, and some consider his meeting with the charismatic "Mr. G." the catastrophe of his life. Indeed, in subsequent years Ouspensky tried hard, with limited success, to break away. This book moves Ouspensky's own story center stage, against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, the dervishes of Constantinople, and a cosmopolitan Europe entre deux guerres. The archetypal encounter it describes echoes that of Don Juan and Castaneda, or perhaps Mephistopheles and Faust. One of the great mystical adventures of our time, it will fascinate everyone interested in the farthest reaches of what it means to be human. The paperback edition includes a new chapter on Gary Lachman's own former work in Gurdjieff's psychology.
The evolutionary mind
Author: Rupert Sheldrake, Terence K. McKenna, Ralph Abraham
Stimulating and often startling discussions between three friends, all highly original thinkers: Rupert Sheldrake, controversial biologist, Terence McKenna, psychedelic visionary, and Ralph Abraham, chaos mathematician. Their passion is to break out of paradigms that retard our evolution and to explore new possibilities. Through challenge and synergy they venture where few have gone before, leading their readers on an exciting journey of discovery. Their discussions focus on the evolution of the mind, the role of psychedelics, skepticism, the psychic powers of animals, the structure of time, the life of the heavens, the nature of God, and transformations of consciousness. "Three fine thinkers take us plunging into the universe of chaos, mind, and spirit. Instead of leaving us lost, they bring us back with startling insights and more wonder than we knew we had." -Matthew Fox, "Original Blessing and Sheer Joy" "A jam-session of the mind, an intellectual movable feast, an on-going conversation that began over twenty years ago and remains as lively and relevant today as it ever was. Sadly, Terence had to leave the conversation a little earlier than planned. But the appearance of this book of trialogues at this critical, historical juncture is a reaffirmation of the potency of the optimistic vision that the trialogues express." -Dennis McKenna, brother of the late Terence McKenna Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of many books including "The Sense of Being Stared At, And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind." Ralph Abraham is a mathematician, one of the pioneers of chaos theory and the author of several books including "Chaos, Gaia, Eros: A Chaos Pioneer Uncovers the ThreeGreat Streams of History." The late Terence McKenna was a scholar of shamanism, ethno-botanist, psychedelic researcher and author of many books including "Food of the Gods and True Hallucinations."
Author: James Hillman
Publisher: Spring Publications
Originally written for the Italian Enciclopedia del Novecento, this indispensable book is a concise, instructive introduction to polytheism, Greek mythology, the soul-spirit distinction, anima mundi, psychopathology, soul-making, imagination, therapeutic practice, and the writings of C.?G. Jung, Henry Corbin, and Adolf Portmann in the formulation of the field of Archetypal Psychology. This new edition includes three additional texts, which Hillman long felt belong into this introductory account of Archetypal Psychology: "Why ‘Archetypal Psychology'?"; "Psychology: Monotheistic or Polytheistic?"; and "Psychology: Monotheistic or Polytheistic? – Twenty Years Later."
Millions of readers of Carlos Castaneda books have long enjoyed the fantastic teachings of don Juan Matus, the Yaqui shaman from northern Mexico. Now, thanks to the practical techniques based on Castaneda's writings offered here by author Victor Sanchez--the body as a field of energy, the not-doings of the personal self, stopping the internal dialogue, the magic of attention, setting up dreaming, the warrior's greatest love, and more--you can apply these teachings to your everyday life.
The period surrounding birth is a phase of modern life that has been dramatically altered in recent decades, and emerging scientific disciplines have shown that this short period is critical in the formation of human beings. Michel Odent, former obstetrician and revolutionary childbirth pioneer, believes that these are two good reasons to raise questions about the way babies are born, and the consequences this may have for the evolution of Homo sapiens. Furthermore, the transmission of acquired traits to subsequent generations can now be scientifically interpreted (epigenetics, the transmission of the mircobiome, etc), which may represent a defining moment in our understanding of the mechanisms by which evolution occurs. Recent scientific advances have been so spectacular that they merit this updated edition of a book that was originally published in 2013. Obstetric practice is generally evaluated in the short term; this ground-breaking book encourages us to think about modes of birth in the long term, and to consider the impact they have on our species and its evolution. It is a readable, yet thought-provoking book, which will give anyone interested in evolution and the future of Homo sapiens much new material to consider.
Author: Keith Dowman
One of the few texts dealing with the spiritual evolution of a female aspirant.