The Love: Of the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm

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Is an international collection of over seventy stories, essays, and poems written by past and present teachers who believe that God's prophets delivered one common message: Love is the way. All wisdom paths prophesy the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm, during which we will adopt the religion of Love. Read -The Love and decide for yourself whether orthodox religion is aiding or impeding:

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Overview

Is an international collection of over seventy stories, essays, and poems written by past and present teachers who believe that God's prophets delivered one common message: Love is the way. All wisdom paths prophesy the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm, during which we will adopt the religion of Love. Read -The Love and decide for yourself whether orthodox religion is aiding or impeding:

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What People Are Saying

Andrew Harvey
I am honored to endorse this radiant book. It is filled with illumined and practical advice on how to rise to unconditional love and emanate its power in action to transform our world. (Andrew Harvey, founder of the Institute of Sacred Activism, BBC documentary subject for The Making of a Modern Mystic, and author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism and The Return of the Mother)
Carlo Hawk Walker
When we read the words of those who have come before us as well of those who walk with us today, we pass on the dream that someday we will once again live our humanity. Reading the words of this book can be a reflection of what we can bring to the circle of life. I endorse all works which lead us to find our individual humanity. (Carlo Hawk Walker, Elder of the Western Cherokee of Missouri, Pipe Carrier, Lakota Sundancer, co-author of the World Peace Treaty, and author of the Medicines of The Heart CD)
Gloria D. Karpinski
This book is literally a self-contained library on the subject of love. If you are seeking information, insight, or seed thought for your own explorations, you will have it all in this amazing compilation which encourages the remembrance of who we are and why we are here - to be love. (Gloria D. Karpinski, author of Where Two Worlds Touch and Barefoot on Holy Ground
Kris Steinnes
So many words for love! This book is full of stories and insights on love, allowing the reader to sense beyond what we normally think about love, which has been so commercialized and sexualized in our culture. Love is what can truly guide our hearts and minds, so the more we can understand this simple and yet complex aspect of being sentient, the more we can fully be alive in this changing world. (Kris Steinnes, founder of the Women of Wisdom Foundation and author of the award winning Women of Wisdom: Empowering the Dreams and Spirit of Women)
M. G. Harris
The result of the kind of liberation written about by Cohen is a transcendence of our ego, and a channeling of source - Love - through us. "Most seekers are interested in enlightenment only for their own sake, only for their own personal liberation. But there comes a time when some seekers being to recognize that the spiritual experience is not only for their own welfare. Because they have gone deeply into the spiritual experience, they have discovered something sacred - the revelation of oneness...What is of the greatest importance is that our passion for liberation be not only for our own sake but for the sake of the whole - which means liberation for everyone else...When you cease to live for yourself, when you give everything you have and everything you are for the sake of the whole...it's the end of becoming. It's the end of having a problem that you need to overcome. It's even the end of striving for enlightenment. And it is the beginning of an unconditional response to a life that says "YES"...Then a new passion emerges...And what we discover out there at the edge is that the power of absolute Love to affect this world - so overcome with self-created pain and misery - is entirely dependent upon us.
Michael Bernard Beckwith
This book skillfully and eloquently walks us on love's true path. It is a trustworthy guide to healing our hearts, expanding our understanding, and clarifying our view of life's main ingredient: unconditional love. (Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential, and featured minister in the documentary The Secret)
Nikki Giovanni
You feel the peace as you settle into the silence that hope and possibility provide. Love of family, friends, love of your dog and cat, your fish in your pond, the birds on the wing, love of the sunrise and sunset ... love of each other. A beautiful idea beautifully expressed in The Love. (Nikki Giovanni, Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech University, New York Times bestselling author of over 30 books, and recipient of the American Book Award and the Oprah Winfrey "Living Legends" Award)
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Love pervades all of creation and has manifested itself in all the stages of human history. But we are now at a moment of our earthly life that love must be present across religious boundaries. This kind of love has in fact become a necessity for our survival, as has love and care for God's other creatures. The spiritual paradigm based on love therefore addresses our human condition in a most timely manner. (Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Ph.D., Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University and author of The Heart of Islam and The Garden of Truth)
Tony Campolo
Those of us who are Christians need to know what those outside of our tradition are saying about love. This book provides a variety of insights to that end. In its pages, you will discover dimensions of love that are often ignored by traditional Christian teachings. Some of what is written will disturb us, but most of it will inspire us to find, in living out love around the world, that we Christians need partners. This book will help us to do that. (Tony Campolo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University, founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, and author of over 35 books, including Red Letter Christians and The God of Intimacy and Action)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977392926
  • Publisher: Oracle Institute Press LLC
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura George is an author, artist, attorney, and spiritual seeker. In 2004 she founded The Oracle Institute, and with the help of an all-volunteer staff, she has established a publishing program, spirituality school, Web site, and newsletter. The events of 9/11 inspired her to write about the dangers of orthodox religion and the upcoming spiritual paradigm shift. In 2006 she completed the award-winning first book of the Institute’s foundational trilogy: The Truth: About the Five Primary Religions (2nd Ed. 2010); The Love: Of the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm (2010); and The Light: And the New Human (2011).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nature of Love During the Fourth Spiritual Paradigm vii

Chapter 1 Love of Earth: 'Erets Haqodesh in Hebrew 1

Prayer for Mother Earth Joyce Pace Byrd 2

Sophia and Sustainability Bernice Hill 4

Look Out Wendell Berry 12

The Next Revolution Bill McKibben 14

Invocation Offering Before Clearing a Field Kekchi Maya 24

Land Love R. Bruce Hull, IV 25

Chapter 2 Love of Animals: Gasege Dene in Dogon 31

Naked, with Skin On Susan McElroy 32

My Steed Imru al Quais 37

Love is the Answer for Unity with All Beings Marc Bekoff 39

Chance Encounter with a Like Soul Jana Lee Frazier 47

The Animals Do Judge Madeleine L'Engle 49

The Gift of Animals: Unconditional Love Dawn Hayman 50

In Search of the Sacred Heart Brooke J. Wood 58

Chapter 3 Love of Family: Hsiao in Chinese 67

The Law of Love David Suzuki 68

In the Distance I See My House Sean R. Conroy 75

The Family Altar Charles Eastman 76

Lakota Medicine Woman Barbara Hand Clow 81

Mother's Day Proclamation Julia Ward Howe 89

I Want to Tell You Something You Should Know Nicholas Gordon 90

Chapter 4 Love of Community: Alwila' Alqabili in Arabic 93

Neo-Humanism and the New Era: Excerpts of Songs and Essays Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar 94

What We Want Ella Wheeler Wilcox 100

Love and Conflict: Insights from Africa on Transforming Self and Societies Philip M. Hellmich 102

Alone Maya Angelou 116

Bodhisattva Warriors in the 21st Century Community Kenneth Porter 118

Declaration of Cosmic Cooperation Thomas Hansen 128

Chapter 5 Romantic Love: L'Amour in French 131

L'Amour: The Soul in Love Brenda Schaeffer 132

The Shyness Sharon Olds 143

Anatomy of a Loving Relationship Allyson Alex Grey 144

The Invitation Oriah 150

Heartwork in Human Relationships Dale Goldstein 152

Let Me Count the Ways Pat 159

Chapter 6 Love of Learning: Episteme in Greek 169

Fun for One Cowboy Bob 170

True Education: A Love Affair of the Heart and Mind Chris Mercogliano 172

The Fellowship of Books Edgar Guest 183

Loving Wisdom Margaret Starbird 184

Truth is God Mahatma Gandhi 194

Sleepwalking Through the Apocalypse William V. Wishard 196

Chapter 7 Love of the Arts: Lybov k Eskustva in Russian 213

The Seer Alex Grey 214

Art, Pleasure, and Love Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe 216

Music and the Way Patrick Bernard 221

An Artist's Ode to Katrina Alice Lovelace 224

Art and Shifting Spiritual Paradigms Adelheid M. Gealt 226

Chapter 8 Love of Self: Saddha in Sanskrit 237

Eight Lessons on the Art of Self Love Elena Moreno 238

Ain't I a Woman? Sojourner Truth 253

Finding Your Life Mission Henry Reed 255

Primordial Meditation: The Way of the Sacred Heart Tau Malachi 265

The Saints Teresa: From Darkness to Dawn Laurel 271

Sisyphus and the Sudden Lightness Stephen Dunn 279

Chapter 9 Love of Freedom: Liefde van Vrijheid in Dutch 281

Freedom from Fear Aung San Suu Kyi 282

Essay on Slavery Robert Eisenman 287

Address to a Christian Missionary Chief Red Jacket 290

The Three Lost Books of Peace Maxine Hong Kingston 293

Remembering Freedom Thomas Hansen 304

The Tao of Love W. Cliff Kayser, III 308

I Have No Relations Mirabai 309

Liberation of the Soul Andrew Cohen 310

Chapter 10 Unconditional Love: Mitakuye Oyasin in Lakota 319

The Sputtering Buts: Bear-Hugging the Whole Enchilada Michael Hull 320

The Meta-Sutta: The Buddha's Teaching on Love Karen Lang 328

Good News for All People Brian McLaren 330

The Religion of Love Barbro Karlen 335

Why are there So Many Religions? Barbara Talley 341

A Better Tomorrow: Community Based on Unconditional Love John Dennison 343

Gift of Love, Luminous Calling: Here I am to Confuse Your Heart Oberto "Falco" Airaudi 350

O Brother! Kabir 357

Chapter 11 Love of God: Integral Spirituality in English 359

Ten Guidelines for Enlightenment Swami Beyondananda 360

Our Love for God: How it Expands as We Do P.M.H. Atwater 362

Where is God? Jalaluddin Rumi 369

Love, Christ Mind, and the God State Penny Kelly 370

God Kahlil Gibran 377

God has a Dream Desmond Tutu 378

The Land of Heaven Caribou Inuit Thealogy 387

Epilogue: Truth, Love, and Light in the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm 389

Credits and Copyrights 393

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