Growing Your Inner Light: A Guide to Independent Spiritual Practice

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A comprehensive guide for creating a daily spiritual practice, Growing Your Inner Light gives specific advice on developing a unique spiritual path that fits exactly who you are, and what you hope to grow into as a spiritual being. Author Lara Owen clearly shows how a personalized practice can open the doors to living fully with integrity and to feeling connected with the surrounding world.

For readers yearning for a sense of inner peace, and a direct experience of spiritual ...

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Overview

A comprehensive guide for creating a daily spiritual practice, Growing Your Inner Light gives specific advice on developing a unique spiritual path that fits exactly who you are, and what you hope to grow into as a spiritual being. Author Lara Owen clearly shows how a personalized practice can open the doors to living fully with integrity and to feeling connected with the surrounding world.

For readers yearning for a sense of inner peace, and a direct experience of spiritual meaning and connection, Growing Your Inner Light is a groundbreaking, transformative journey through thirteen phases of your growth, including: developing intuition; creating sacred spaces and altars; understanding your dreams; exploring the importance of retreats, meditation, and rituals.

Growing Your Inner Light gives readers the freedom to integrate from different traditions — and develop new ones — in order to create their own spiritual tradition. One former student of Lara's program shared that she feels "less like a spiritual tourist and more like a pilgrim." Spiritual development is a natural part of being human, and a vital way to expand the intensity of your inner light throughout your life.

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"Lara Owen's Growing Your Inner Light is a beautifully written and inspiring spiritual guide for those of an independent heart and mind. You will find it full of helpful jewels and practical wisdom, whether you are experienced or new to spirituality, and whatever your tradition or belief system." — William Bloom, PhD, author of Soulution: The Holistic Manifesto and founder of the Foundation for Holistic Spirituality
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Owen (Her Blood Is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation; Love Begins at 40: A Guide to Starting Over) here addresses herself to the spiritual journey. Recognizing that many undertake such journeys in relative isolation or seek out solutions and approaches all their own, she offers advice on matters such as creating sacred space, rituals, and altars; coming to terms with personal history, meditation, and dreams; and the sense of wonder and our making use of time spent alone. VERDICT This pleasant but rather generalized guide through alternative spiritual practice is worth considering for a neopagan audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582702438
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lara Owen grew up in England and has traveled the world to study with traditional Chinese doctors, Native American and Mexican shamans, Tibetan lamas, Swiss and American psychologists, and many other teachers. She has worked as a doctor of Chinese medicine and as a psychotherapist, and now consults on personal and spiritual development with individuals and institutions. She is the author of several books including the acclaimed Her Blood is Gold.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: The Independent Path xiii

Lesson 1 Creating Sacred Space 1

Lesson 2 Making Altars 17

Lesson 3 Personal History and Motivation 33

Lesson 4 Clearing the Mind and Grounding the Body 43

Lesson 5 Meditation, Prayer, and Spiritual Guidance 55

Lesson 6 Dreams and Developing the Imagination 69

Lesson 7 Divination and Developing the Intuition 83

Lesson 8 Spiritual Practice and the Natural World 99

Lesson 9 Sacred Time Alone: "Vision Quest and Retreat 113

Lesson 10 Gratitude, Wonder, and Acceptance 127

Lesson 11 Spiritual Practice and the Material Realm 137

Lesson 12 Creating Effective Rituals 147

Lesson 13 Integration, Intention, and Activation 159

Acknowledgment 171

Suggestions for Further Reading 175

Resources 179

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