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Water Wind Earth And Fire

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Sorin Books
ISBN: 9781933495224
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Organized around 'The Canticle of the Creatures' by St Francis of Assisi, this book considers the ways in which praying with the natural elements can enliven Christian spiritual life.

Nature Spirituality

Author: Mark G. Boyer
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 162189889X
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The presence of the Divine is everywhere. That is both a comfort and a challenge. We are consoled to know that God is with us, but being human we need a sign, something to touch, see, hear, taste, smell. We need something of the ordinary to name the non-touchable, invisible, unable-to-be-heard, tasteless, odorless God's presence with us. So, we employ metaphors, figures of speech which literally denote one kind of object in place of another, to suggest a likeness or analogy. In this book, the metaphors used for God come out of the Bible; they are the four elements of nature for the Greeks: wind, water, earth, and fire. Wind is a metaphor for God's Spirit. Water refers to God as the source of life. Earth, from which we are created, bears God's fingerprints and footprints. And fire reminds us of the God who purifies and draws all creation to himself. This nature spirituality book consists of four chapters--wind, water, earth, fire--each of which contains twenty, four-part exercises of prayer: a few verses from Scripture, a reflection, a journal exercise, and a concluding prayer.

The Elements Of Life

Author: Su-Mei Yu
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471757071
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The award-winning author of Cracking the Coconut encourages readers to use the included interactive wheel to calculate their elemental sign, then offers 220 tempting Thai dishes for every home element, season and time of day, in a book with over one hundred full-color photos.

Naked Seeing

Author: Christopher Hatchell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199982902
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Buddhism is in many ways a visual tradition, with its well-known practices of visualization, its visual arts, its epistemological writings that discuss the act of seeing, and its literature filled with images and metaphors of light. Some Buddhist traditions are also visionary, advocating practices by which meditators seek visions that arise before their eyes. Naked Seeing investigates such practices in the context of two major esoteric traditions, the Wheel of Time (Kalacakra) and the Great Perfection (Dzogchen). Both of these experimented with sensory deprivation, and developed yogas involving long periods of dwelling in dark rooms or gazing at the open sky. These produced unusual experiences of seeing, which were used to pursue some of the classic Buddhist questions about appearances, emptiness, and the nature of reality. Along the way, these practices gave rise to provocative ideas and suggested that, rather than being apprehended through internal insight, religious truths might also be seen in the exterior world-realized through the gateway of the eyes. Christopher Hatchell presents the intellectual and literary histories of these practices, and also explores the meditative techniques and physiology that underlie their distinctive visionary experiences. The book also offers for the first time complete English translations of three major Tibetan texts on visionary practice: a Kalacakra treatise by Yumo Mikyo Dorjé, The Lamp Illuminating Emptiness, a Nyingma Great Perfection work called The Tantra of the Blazing Lamps, and a Bön Great Perfection work called Advice on the Six Lamps, along with a detailed commentary on this by Drugom Gyalwa Yungdrung.

Earth Air Fire Water

Author: Jill K. Conway
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558492219
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A collection of papers on alternative approaches to environmental issues, written in an accessible style and aimed at a general audience. Sections cover the elements and our understanding of them, social institutions and human-nature interactions, and modern technology's affect on our imagination.