Lucas Hart, a struggling screenwriter, is tortured by his addictions and inner demons. In his dreams, he recovers repressed memories of childhood abuse along with his extraordinary method of coping: astral projection. Lucas once again engages in out-of-body experiences, this time with angels, aliens, and otherworldly beings in hopes of finding the magician whose grace can transform the human race. A thrilling tale of unknown dangers and spiritual rebirth, Seekers into the Mystery takes readers on an unforgettable journey toward salvation. This deluxe Dover edition presents the first-ever compilation of the entire series of fifteen comic books, originally published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. Created by Eisner Award–winning writer J. M. DeMatteis, the series features stunning graphics by an all-star cast of comics legends: Jon J Muth, Glenn Barr, Michael Zulli, and Jill Thompson. In addition to a new Introduction by J. M. DeMatteis, the compilation includes cover art by Barr, Muth, Zulli, and John Bolton — along with character sketches by Glenn Barr. Suggested for mature readers.
Angels and aliens, faeries and demons, alternate realities and multiple personalities: Once Lucas Hart would have laughed at these things; but when this cynical, burned-out screenwriter's repressed memories of the past invade his present--Hart's vision of reality is completely shattered. As a child, seeking escape from horrible abuse, Hart would leave his body and astrally travel with otherworldly beings who filled his wounded soul with light. Now, having recovered these memories, he's on a quest to find the Magician whose legacy of mystery and hope might move the human race to the next level. Created by Eisner Award winning writer J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Glenn Barr and Jon J Muth. Join them for a journey into the mysteries of the human spirit that you won't soon forget.
Experiential journalist Rak Razam sets out to document the thriving business of 21st-century hallucinogenic shamanism starting with a trip to the annual Amazonian Shaman Conference in Iquitos, Peru, where he meets a motley crew of "spiritual tourists," rogue scientists, black magicians, and indigenous and Western healers and guides, all in town to partake of the ritual--and the medicine--of ayahuasca, "the vine of souls." Combining his personal story with the history of Amazonian shamanism, Razam takes the reader along on an entertaining, enlightening adventure. In areas of Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, the traditional herbal brew known as ayahuasca or yajé is legally used to heal physical ailments and to cleanse and purify the spirit by connecting it to the web of life. Sting and Tori Amos have admitted sampling it in Latin America, as has Paul Simon, who chronicled the experience in his song "Spirit Voices." Aya Awakenings works as a cautionary tale, a travelogue, and a memoir, but primarily acts as a portal through which readers are able to gain more information about the perils and the promise of spiritual reconnection through ayahuasca. "A memorable--and deeply personal--journey into the hearts and minds of those who carry on the shamanic traditions of ayahuasca."--Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Contents Foreword by Dennis McKenna Preface by Rak Razam Departure 1 Seekers of the Mystery; 2 Wheel of Fortune; 3 Jungle Fever; 4 Space Cadets; 5 Cosmovision; 6 Hamburger Universe; 7 Surfing; 8 Ayahuasca Disco; 9 Logos; 10 Night of the Black Puma; 11 Downtime; 12 Seeds; 13 Beasts Initiation; 14 Shaman School; 15 Snakes and Ladders; 16 Heart of Darkness; 17 Return to the Source; 18 The Love Creek Session; 19 The High Frontier; 20 Stairway to Heaven; 21 Going Down to the River to Pray; 22 The Hero's Journey Return 23 Secret Women's Business; 24 The Prime Directive; 25 One River; 26 When Stones Dream; 27 Paying the Earth; 28 Talking with Kevin; 29 Illuminated; 30 Final Flight Index Bibliography Author's Note
What if we truly belong to each other? What if we are all walking around shining like the sun? Mystic, monk, and activist Thomas Merton asked those questions in the twentieth century. Writer Sophfronia Scott is asking them today. In The Seeker and the Monk, Scott mines the extensive private journals of one of the most influential contemplative thinkers of the past for guidance on how to live in these fraught times. As a Black woman who is not Catholic, Scott both learns from and pushes back against Merton, holding spirited, and intimate conversations on race, ambition, faith, activism, nature, prayer, friendship, and love. She asks: What is the connection between contemplation and action? Is there ever such a thing as a wrong answer to a spiritual question? How do we care about the brutality in the world while not becoming overwhelmed by it? By engaging in this lively discourse, readers will gain a steady sense of how to dwell more deeply within--and even to love--this despairing and radiant world.
In 1977, Elizabeth Lesser cofounded the Omega Institute, now America's largest adult-education center focusing on wellness and spirituality. Working with many of the eminent thinkers of our times, including Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists, and an array of noted American figures--from L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson to author Maya Angelou--Lesser found that by combining a variety of religious, psychological, and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger. In The Seeker's Guid, she synthesizes the lessons learned from an immersion into the world's wisdom traditions and intertwines them with illuminating stories from her daily life. Recounting her own trials and errors and offering meditative exercises, she shows the reader how to create a personal practice, gauge one's progress, and choose effective spiritual teachers and habits. Warm, accessible, and wise, this book provides directions through the four landscapes of the spiritual journey: THE MIND: learning meditation to ease stress and anxiety THE HEART: dealing with grief, loss, and pain; opening the heart and becoming fully alive THE BODY: returning the body to the spiritual fold to heal and overcome the fear of aging and death THE SOUL: experiencing daily life as an adventure of meaning and mystery
Essential Comics Values! From the authoritative stuff at Comics Buyer's Guide, the world's longest running magazine about comics, Comic Book Price Guide is the only guide on the market to give you extensive coverage of more than 150,000 comics from the Golden Age of the 1930s to current releases. In addition to the thousands of comic books from such publishers as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image, this collector-friendly reference includes listings for comic books from independent publishers, underground publishers, and more! This indispensable guide features: • Alphabetical organization by comic book title • Thousands of detailed photos • An exclusive photo grading guide to help you determine your comics' conditions accurately • Current values for more than 150,000 comics Comic Book Price Guide is the reliable reference for collectors, dealers, and anyone passionate about comic books!
The Kingdom Within will change your life! The book resulted from a spiritual transformation that occured in 1989. After twenty years of practice and study a profound experience with higher reality suddenly manifested after a seven mile run near my home at that time in East Tennessee, USA. Suddenly my conscious awareness expanded beyond my body to include all the surroundings of the country side. I never spoke of the significance of this transformation at that time because I did not know how to put into words a spiritual realization that cant be adequately expressed in human terms. It wasnt until 1995 that the full impact of the now present awakened eternal consciousness stablilized within my being. It would have been very easy to just bath in the radiance of Gods image because His love is so fufilling yet the pressure within increased to the point in 2002 that it was time to put into words the way to the inner kingdom of eternal life. The book is for you! It stills the chaos in your life by showing you how to live and what wonder of wonders was placed in all humans at the time of their birth. If you are serious about the search for eternal life NOW and how to understand the ways of the world you need the message in this book! The Kingdom Within is a book about L E Maddens spiritual transformation that occurred 1989. He spent twenty years previous to this event studying the major spiritual teachings of the world. Why wait so many years to let others know? The book tells the reason for the delay and its importance for a complex society. With forty years of spiritual depth and wisdom presented to a spiritual seeker the steps to obtain an enlightened awarness in this lifetime is now possible! Sitting in silence for several years contemplating the meaning of life the full measure of this revelation is now available for all to use. L E Madden has worked in management and engineering capacities for industrial manufacturing firms since 1982. Balancing spirit and business he has successfully integrated the life-changing spiritual transformation of 1989 into daily life. He presently works for a Fortune 100 company as a senior process engineer. Married since 1977 with two successful adult children, he lives near Kansas City, Missouri.
No other guide on the market covers the volume of comic book listings and range of eras as Comic Book Checklist & Price Guide does, in an easy-to-use checklist format. Readers can access listings for 130,000 comics, issued since 1961, complete with names, cover date, creator information and near-mint pricing. With super-hero art on the cover and collecting details from the experts as America's longest-running magazine about comics in this book, there is nothing that compares.
Do you find yourself living with an ongoing, unquenchable restlessness or passionate curiosity and wondering why this is the case? You can restore your faith in your destiny as a seekersomeone in search of a genuine understanding and experience of home. Seekers: Finding Our Way Home offers a vivid portrayal of seekers as pilgrims questing for home. Seekers are threshold dwellers, and home takes on both an ancient definition of the word a place to linger and an active ideal, involving doing what it takes to make peace with change and therefore with the journey. This exploration presents an account of seeking that strengthens a facility for identifying where to linger and how to move in order to avoid spiritual homelessness. It also offers concrete guidelines for seekers self-care. Strengthen your capacity for presence, imagination, and enchantment, and learn from the example of a heartening illustration of an aging seeker. Encouraging and inspiring, this guide invites you to sustain the faith that seeking was always what you were meant to do.
There is something weird going on under the big top. Join the Mystery Seekers Club to try and figure out what is going on. Where will this mystery take them? How will they get anyone to believe what they find out?
A magisterial, modern reading of the deepest mysteries in the Kabbalistic tradition. Seekers of the Face opens the profound treasure house at the heart of Judaism's most important mystical work: the Idra Rabba (Great Gathering) of the Zohar. This is the story of the Great Assembly of mystics called to order by the master teacher and hero of the Zohar, Rabbi Shim'on bar Yochai, to align the divine faces and to heal Jewish religion. The Idra Rabba demands a radical expansion of the religious worldview, as it reveals God's faces and bodies in daring, anthropomorphic language. For the first time, Melila Hellner-Eshed makes this challenging, esoteric masterpiece meaningful for everyday readers. Hellner-Eshed expertly unpacks the Idra Rabba's rich grounding in tradition, its probing of hidden layers of consciousness and the psyche, and its striking, sacred images of the divine face. Leading readers of the Zohar on a transformative adventure in mystical experience, Seekers of the Face allows us to hear anew the Idra Rabba's bold call to heal and align the living faces of God.
The Practice of Pastoral Care has become a popular seminary textbook for courses in pastoral care and a manual for clinical pastoral education. In it, Doehring encourages counselors to view their ministry through a trifocal lens that incorporates premodern, modern, and postmodern approaches to religious and psychological knowledge. Doehring describes the basic ingredients of a caregiving relationship, shows how to use the caregiver's life experience as a source of authority, and demonstrates how to develop the skill of listening and establishing the actual relationship. This new edition elaborates on and expands the author's previous work, adding an intercultural perspective that gives more attention to religious pluralism in the pastoral care setting. It offers a road map for using a step-by-step narrative, relational, embodied approach to spiritual care that respects the unique ways people live out their values and beliefs, especially in coping with stress, loss, and violence. Readers will be able to confidently and professionally offer pastoral care and counseling to members of their congregations or other places of ministry.
A guide to the mystery teachings of the mineral kingdom for catalyzing spiritual growth and healing • Focuses on 7 essential crystal and gemstone mentors: obsidian, jade, lapis lazuli, emerald, quartz, amethyst, and diamond • Integrates crystal lore from around the world with mineral science to reveal the archetypal wisdom embodied within each stone • Provides crystal healing exercises and meditations on the specific spiritual work each stone archetype supports Stones and crystals are our most ancient teachers. The relationships between the mineral kingdom and the human kingdom are as old as life itself, for the mineral kingdom--comprised of beautiful crystals, dense rocks, sands, clays, and everything in-between--is the very foundation upon which life developed on Earth. Supporting humanity through the eons, these teachers offer curative and restorative properties for healing as well as powerful guidance to catalyze spiritual growth. Integrating gemstone lore from around the world with modern mineral science, Nicholas Pearson guides readers on a journey into the inner realm of the mystery teachings of the mineral kingdom, a journey that mirrors the soul’s path to perfection. He reveals the archetypal wisdom embodied within 7 essential crystal and gemstone mentors--obsidian, jade, lapis lazuli, emerald, quartz, amethyst, and diamond--examining each stone’s mythological, historical, and cultural associations in tandem with their crystalline structure and chemical composition. He explores each stone’s healing and spiritual properties, providing practical exercises, esoteric revelations, and meditations on the specific spiritual work each stone archetype supports. Obsidian, for example, is the stone of initiation, revealing our shadow side and guiding us to places in need of light. Diamond, the final perfected stone of the seven, illuminates Divine Love, purifying us and leading our consciousness to enlightenment, cutting through any vestiges of fear or illusion because it is the hardest, sharpest, most luminous teacher the mineral kingdom has to offer. Enabling each of us to harness the power of stones for spiritual evolution and healing, this guide to the mystery teachings of the mineral kingdom shows how the ancient call to evolve with the crystals and stones that surround us lives on in an unbroken legacy.
How many times have you had a gut feeling about a decision you had to make but instead of following it, you listened to the opinions of others, only to find out in the end that you were right? With all the mindless and mind-numbing noise and chatter of radios, televisions, cell phones, and sirens filling our daily lives, we could all use a good dose of quiet to listen to our own inner voice. And then do what it says. Acclaimed psychic counselor Carole Lynne says that the spirit within you is your psychic nature, which connects with the Divine. In Consult Your Inner Psychic, she provides a toolkit for tapping into that inner wisdom and soaring to a far better life--right now. Learn to unlock your own psychic powers with Lynne's trademark Psychic Intuitive Guidance Process, which includes the compelling Twelve Energies, Four States of Being, and 48 Messages. This remarkable book offers two unique paths for learning the process: the Quick Start Approach, which will get you accessing your intuitive powers right away, and the Slow and Steady Approach, which helps you develop a deep wisdom that leads you to the ultimate goal of becoming your own psychic. Regardless of which path you choose, Lynne's message is powerful and life changing. You can improve your life immediately by listening to and acting on your own innate wisdom. Never again will you have to wait for anyone else's permission to lose ten pounds, fall in love, find a better job, or pursue your own deepest desires. You are your own best psychic. Plain and simple. And with Lynne's gentle guidance, you can begin to make better choices and ultimately transform your life. *Enhanced with audio.
The seeker's Guide to Learning Wicca is a comprehensive training program designed especially for solitary Wiccans and Witches in the northern hemisphere. This amazing book helps students learn by introducing interactive tasks that help them understand how to DO Wicca and Witchcraft and not just know about it. It's a complete training program for those who want to work toward their First Degree in Inclusive Wicca and who can't work with a coven for whatever reason. The book is also fully supported by an interactive web site and online community so students experience a deep connection with a real life, working Wiccan coven and church.
Even a slight acquaintance with European history reveals the existence of a number of curious and apparently unreasonable beliefs prevalent throughout a period extending from early mediæval to comparatively recent times. There is the belief in witchcraft, for instance. From the canons of synods in the early Middle Ages down to the pitiless executions during the witchcraft delusion, there is abundant evidence of its prominence. It played its part not only in humble life, but in court intrigues and in the accusations brought at state trials. The belief that one's future could be learned by observing the stars was equally widespread. Astrologers throve at the courts of kings, and sometimes their advice was taken even by him whose every act was held to be under special divine direction. It would be a great mistake to think that the astrologer was maintained merely for the amusement of king and court, like the jester. His utterances were taken most seriously, and the principles of his art were so generally accepted as to become the commonplaces of the thought and the conversation of daily life. In 1305, for instance, when certain cardinals urged Pope Clement V to return to Rome, they reminded him that every planet was most powerful in its own house. Indeed, even in our speech today numerous vestiges of the astrological art survive.
There is a considerable amount of interesting and somewhat recondite, not to say uncanny, information contained in the initial number of the twenty-fourth volume of the "Columbia University Studies in History, Economics, and Public Law." "The Place of Magic in the Intellectual History of Europe" is a theme which in the hands of a William Draper, Henry Lea, or an Andrew White, would yield unfathomed depths of storied wickedness, ignorance, and superstition, all flowing out of the Catholic Church. In the hands of Mr. Thorndike, however, it unfolds no such legend. The term magic lends itself to no process of rigid defining, and so the author allows it to cover beliefs in auguries, omens, divinations, sorcery, necromancy, astrology, alchemy, and other such occult agencies which our wiser age has found to be on the whole highly superstitious and absurd. That such beliefs have existed "semper et ubique" everybody knows. -- "The Ecclesiastical Review," Vol. 34
Having mastered the arts and sciences of his age, Elizabethan magus Dr. John Dee (1527–1608) resolved that worldly knowledge could no longer provide him the wisdom he desired, and as did so many other learned men of the day, he turned his attention to magick. In 1582 he and his clairvoyant partner Edward Kelley made magical contact with a number of spiritual entities who identified themselves as angels—the same that communicated with Enoch and the patriarchs of the Old Testament. Over the next 3 years they revealed to Dee and Kelley three distinct magical systems of vision magick. The third and last of these incorporated a series of “calls” to be recited in an angelic language in order to raise the consciousness of the magician to a level where angelic contact is possible. In Enochian Vision Magick, Lon Milo DuQuette introduces the origins of Enochian magick and offers the expert and novice alike the opportunity not only to see the big picture of the full system but also the practical means by which he or she can become attuned in the same step-by-step manner that first prepared Dee and Kelley. First published by Weiser in 2008, this new edition includes a new introduction and new back matter by the author as well as a new foreword by Jason Louv. Replaces ISBN 978-1-57863-382-1