Recommended Sources of Spiritual Wisdom

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We at Divine Society will begin publishing recommended sources of wisdom.

On Living a Spiritually Directed Life:

No Man is an Island, New Seeds of Contemplation and Thoughts in Solitude,

These three books by Thomas Merton are my go-to texts for centering and contemplation. Even if you are not Catholic – and I’m not – his reflections on the power of quiet and solitude are timeless.

Entering The Castle and  Defy Gravity

These two books by Caroline Myss reflect on the mystical teachings of St. Teresa of Avila and her friend St. John of the Cross. Each book contains rigorous and fruitful practices for the person seriously seeking a life of the spirit. Again, while the Saints themselves were Catholic, their teachings are universal.

Enduring Grace, Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics, Carol Lee Flinders

In Medieval Europe, Catholicism was the only game in town. Inevitably, it attracted the spiritual geniuses of the time -many of them women with a profound connection to nature and spirit, a remarkable devotion to service and a gift for teaching.

Many of these women also bring an approach of romantic excess to their relationship with the divine – regarding God as the ultimate perfect boyfriend and lover.

The Perennial Philosophy, An Interpretation of the Great Mystics East and West,

Aldous Huxley‘s book introduced me to the concept that all the great mystics – whatever their tradition – have something to offer the contemporary soul. And it probably inspired me to go to Divinity School, come to think of it.

Buddha, Volumes 1-8

I don’t know enough about the history of the Buddha to know how much of this epic Osamu Tezuka came up with himself – but this 8 part series of graphic novels is an absolutely epic and thrilling narrative.  It presents the life of Buddha as a quest of spiritual seeking set against a social backdrop of  corruption, strife and instability. Sound familiar? Like my life, maybe? Or yours?

Basic Buddhism Through Comics, Mitsutoshi Furuya

Confused by the 8 fold path? The 4 Noble Truths? The true meaning of “unattachment”? Have you always wanted to know more about Buddhism but didn’t know where to start? Look no further. Another essential book for the spiritual practitioner, told in comic book form.

Cheerio Road, a blog on everyday zen living by Karen Maezen Miller. She’s a Mother and a Zen priest.

The Instruction and The Transformation by Ainslie Macleod.

Ainslie Macleod is a psychic who specializes in past life healing. In these two volumes, he distills his accumulated wisdom into a clear and coherent picture of spiritual evolution as it develops over  lifetimes.

The Instruction breaks spiritual evolution into ten  stages – from youngest to oldest souls – as well as breaking down the different paths, gifts and missions which souls take on.

The Transformation focuses on identifying and healing the irrational fears that originate in undistinguished past life traumas.

Both books are full of exercises designed for the reader to undertake his or her own journey of discovery and healing. Though the author is an authority in the field, he is clear that it is within anyone’s ability to connect with their own inner guidance and mine their own wisdom.

On Divination:

Divination, Sacred Tools for Reading The Mind of God

A serious introduction to the history and art of divination by Paul O’Brien, the founder ofTarot.com.

The Shining Tribe

Rachel Pollack’s beautiful and unusual deck rocks my world. Every day.

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom

Here is a collection of Rachel Pollack’s learned interpretations for each card in the classic Tarot deck.

The Tarot Bible

There are many introductions to basic Tarot. This one, by Sarah Bartlett, is the one I go back to again and again.

Total I Ching:Myths for Change,

Stephen Karcher’s scholarly, dense interpretation of I Ching  gives lots of historical and linguistic context.

I Ching: A New Interpretation for Modern Times,

Sam Reifler’s translation offers unique variations for personal life,  relationships and spiritual practices.

I Ching Made Easy…,

Surprisingly effective for such a simple translation, Roderic and Amy Max Sorrell really know their stuff. An added bonus are their tales of spiritual and romantic adventures all over the world using the I Ching as their guide. An unusual, light-hearted and simple introduction to Taoist wisdom.

For Your Listening Pleasure:

On Being – Podcasts on a variety of spiritual perspectives, moderated by Krista Tippett.

 

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