Divining the Body: Reclaim the Holiness of Your Physical Self

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Honor Your Body as the Instrument of Your Soul

This book is an attempt to undo the damage we’ve sustained living in a culture that thrives on our self-hatred. It is a sanctification of our human bodies, a consecration of ourselves as hosts to the Great Beloved. It is a journey of awe and reverence through the sacred terrain of foot and hand, back and breast, heart and brain. The path to peace is the pathway ...

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Overview

Honor Your Body as the Instrument of Your Soul

This book is an attempt to undo the damage we’ve sustained living in a culture that thrives on our self-hatred. It is a sanctification of our human bodies, a consecration of ourselves as hosts to the Great Beloved. It is a journey of awe and reverence through the sacred terrain of foot and hand, back and breast, heart and brain. The path to peace is the pathway through ourselves, starting with the inward step, the brave, gentle step toward the Divine within.
—from the Introduction

Our view of the human body is always evolving. From the goddess-worship of civilizations millennia ago, to the strict social rules of Victorian England, to the modern feminist movement, the human body—particularly the feminine body—has always been a point of interest, mystery, and contention.

Discover an entirely new way to look at your body—as a pathway to the Divine. Award-winner Jan Phillips takes you on an energizing journey through your physical self, drawing connections between the bone, muscle, and sinew of your body and the spiritual teachings of various faith traditions, modern scientific research, and her own experiences. You will find yourself empowered to work to transform the world around you and overcome self-defeating thoughts through positive, practical exercises and meditations that show you how to climb back into your body and honor it as the temple of God that it is.

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"Potent insight, profound information, spirited practices, all wrapped up in sumptuous prose make this work a gift that will keep on giving. The author has traveled deep into the hidden countries of body and mind and returns with wisdom to awaken the world and time. Each page sings the truth of ourselves as embodied spirit."
Jean Houston, PhD, author of A Passion for the Possible

“If you have ever wondered how the human body went from being a 'temple of God' to being ‘dirty,’ read this book. Richly researched, embodied in full, this book befriends our bodies and souls.”
Rev. Donna Schaper, author of Sacred Speech: A Practical Guide for Keeping Spirit in Your Speech

“A wonderful meditation on the body as the temple of God, from our feet to our brains. The exercises are excellent and help us understand the roles each part plays in manifesting the sacred within.”
Ana Hernández, author of The Sacred Art of Chant: Preparing to Practice, and member of HARC

The Mennonite
Divining the Body: Reclaim the Holiness of Your Physical Self by Jan Phillips (SkyLightPaths, 2005, $16.99) draws connectionsbetween the bone, muscle and sinew of thebody and the spiritual teachings of variousfaith traditions, modern scientific researchand the author's own experience.
The Messenger
Divining the Body: Reclaim the Holiness of Your Physical Self by Jan Phillips. Discover a new way to view the female body - as a path to the divine. "A journey of awe and reverence through the body's sacred terrain to understand the roles each part plays in manifesting the sacred within. Jan Phillips has traveled through the hidden countries of our soul to return with wisdom to awaken the world.Exercise and meditations that show how to climb back into your body and honor it as the temple of God that it is.
The MidWest Book Review - Betsy L. Hogan

Divining The Body: Reclaim The Holiness Of Your Physical Self by award-winning author Jan Phillips is a spiritual self-help guide specially for women. Written to counter a negative culture of self-hatred by cultivating appreciation for the holy qualities of the physical body as God's temple, Divining the Body focuses on different physical parts chapter by chapter: the feet, legs, hands, back, generative organs, belly, heart, breasts, throat, ears, eyes and brain. Exercises and reflections offer means to dwell upon the sacredness in the body as a gift from God, and spiritual quotes in the margins from a wide assortment of authorities enrich this guidet of life-affirming personal contemplation.

Library Journal
Phillips, a photographer, writer, and multimedia artist, has written an interesting guide to the body, especially the female body, as a location of wholeness and blessedness. She discusses, with some sensitivity, the negative history and anxiety that have informed our perceptions of the body and attempts to counter them, offering exercises, reflections, and meditations. "To love ourselves is an act of faith," she says, and many readers will be happy to agree with her. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594730801
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 727,741
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Phillips is an award-winning photographer, writer, multimedia artist and national workshop leader. She is cofounder of Syracuse Cultural Workers, publishers of artwork that inspires justice, diversity and global consciousness. She is the author of many books, including Marry Your Muse: Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity (winner of the 1998 Ben Franklin Award) and God Is at Eye Level: Photography as a Healing Art. She lectures throughout the country, giving presentations that inspire creativity, community building and commitment in personal, social and corporate environments.

Jan Phillips is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Evolutionary Creativity
  • Spiritual Practice as a Creative Act
  • Photography as a Healing Art
  • Healing the Mind/Body
  • The Word, the Image, the Story: Tools for Transformation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

    A must read for women of all ages

    An incredible amount of damage is done and will continue to be done to women in this culture that promotes self-hatred by glorifying perfect bodies as a must to succeed, as opposed to realizing the sacredness there is in your body, no matter what it looks like. In this book, Ms Phillips opens your eyes to your divine selves by focusing on a different physical part of the body chapter by chapter, so that the reader realizes the sacredness in their own selves and what it truly is, a priceless gift from God. At the end of each chapter she also offers exercises and reflections. This book will completely make you see your body with brand new loving eyes, and I repeat, no matter what it looks like. You will stop hating your body or any part of it after you finish this book. It did it for me.

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