Awakening the World: A Global Dimension to Spiritual Practice

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With an in-depth exploration of the relationship between individual spiritual practice and global transformation, this chronicle describes and outlines the possibilities of a cultivated global consciousness. By looking at developing patterns in spirituality, both individual and on a global level, this resource aims to expand perceptions on a basic level of sacredness, urging humanity to take more responsibility for its spiritual heritage and to step into the arena of spiritual ...

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Overview

With an in-depth exploration of the relationship between individual spiritual practice and global transformation, this chronicle describes and outlines the possibilities of a cultivated global consciousness. By looking at developing patterns in spirituality, both individual and on a global level, this resource aims to expand perceptions on a basic level of sacredness, urging humanity to take more responsibility for its spiritual heritage and to step into the arena of spiritual service.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890350123
  • Publisher: The Golden Sufi Center
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,035,169
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Llewellyn Vaughan Lee is a Sufi teacher and the author of several books, including Sufism, the Transformation of the Heart; Traveling the Path of Love; and Working with Oneness. He lives in Inverness, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2007

    Awakening the World: A Global Dimension to Spiritual Practice

    The author makes it clear from the outset that for a healthy planet, any attempt at spiritual awakening and practices must be holistic and go beyond each person¿s individual self-concern. That each person pursues their inner opening path is a good thing but part of the issue is that human greed, corruption, and ¿darkness¿ obscures the light energy that comes to the planet and at those roots is often ego-selfishness. So to awaken the world, there must be a global dimension, an unselfish commitment to a larger all-embracing vision. Vaughan-Lee makes his point with clarity 'page 111' when he proposes that the ¿world spins on an axis of love.¿ The axis of love encircles the earth ¿at a very high frequency¿ and thus is almost undetectable. It nourishes and nurtures life more than most people are aware of. It can be tapped into but in order to do so, we must open and cultivate the heart. These principles represent a Sufi perspective, but there are wise and penetrating insights that are distinctly Vaughan-Lee¿s. An example: ¿much of our present insecurity comes from a deep knowing that our governments and culture s are planning for a future that will never happen¿ 'p. 45'. From social security to the apparent dead-end of having mobilized the industrialized countries to fight a ¿war on terrorism,¿ it is clear that the evolving future is hardly couched in certainty. The author is working hard to substantiate his main point that we must choose spiritual ways to integrate our individual path with the planetary influences of love. It is inarguable that such a perspective can only have salutary effects. There is a note of darkness in the author¿s writing: ¿since the Golden Age, eras have come and gone¿the most recent has focused on 'the' masculine which has emphasized the separation between worlds¿this veil has become almost impenetrable¿due to our rational culture and pursuit of materialism¿ 'p. 64'. Hope exists, of course, because the ¿the world is a living spiritual being¿ 'p. 73' and as such the awakening of the soul of the world 'the ancient belief in Anima Mundi' can and is occurring. Even within dark matter there are particles of light. These are wonderful insights and they are expressed with considerable sensitivity. Like a genuinely enlightened person, he reminds the reader, ¿every breath is a remembrance of God¿ 'p. xv'. If we wish to stop the merry-go-round of our material world preoccupied with power and addicted to influence, we can do so by focusing on each breath in/out, which is a universal meditation of all true spiritual paths. Finally, it is useful to consider the essential focus of the author in his own words: ¿the real work of the path is to be able to live the energy and higher consciousness of the self in everyday life.¿ Coupled with Vaughan-Lee¿s espousal of love as the critical element in global awakening, it becomes clear how these forces can be encouraged or ¿called¿: through the open heart. ¿The wonder of the heart is that because it contains our higher spiritual intelligence¿the energy needed by the world¿¿ is the same for the individual self as it is for the earth as a whole 'p. 104-6'. To paraphrase a misguided world figure, it is love which is the uniter, not a divider. The author does a great service by making it clear that the answer rests with unqualified love. This book is a well-organized succinct statement organized into 7 chapters, a brief Epilogue, 5 concise pages of Notes, a 2 page Bibliography, and a short Index. With its bright cover, we should stock this book in our Spirituality, Religion, and Psychology sections.

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