The Road Within: True Stories of Transformation and the Soul

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The Road Within is a very different kind of travel book, a venture into the hidden territories of the human spirit and heart. A book of transformation, of lessons learned, maps drawn and burned, and spiritual blessings bestowed by that great and hard teacher: travel. It will show you what the great mystics and saints have always known—that you are closer to yourself, the world, and the divine, than you can possibly imagine, and that wondrous things await you on your journeys. In this book you will discover the ...

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Overview

The Road Within is a very different kind of travel book, a venture into the hidden territories of the human spirit and heart. A book of transformation, of lessons learned, maps drawn and burned, and spiritual blessings bestowed by that great and hard teacher: travel. It will show you what the great mystics and saints have always known—that you are closer to yourself, the world, and the divine, than you can possibly imagine, and that wondrous things await you on your journeys. In this book you will discover the Garden of Paradise in the human heart with Natalie Goldberg; get swept up in a dance of dervishes with Paul William Roberts in Cairo; and feel the chill that accompanies Annie Dillard with a long-time Communist Party member in China. You will meet an angel in Paris, have strange sexual encounters on Asian seas, play a vomiting game in an African initiation ceremony, get a taste of satori, and discover the strange and haunting beauty of Mother Meara in Germany. You will go on a worldwide quest at the invitation of a Shinto priest and have your sins forgiven, but most important, you will encounter the ultimate stranger—you.

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Editors Sean, James, and Tim O'Reilly have gathered stories about voyagesphysical, cultural, spiritual, emotional, and psychicthat have had deep and profound changes on the lives of the traveler. A biologist sees a spectacular display of bioluminescence of squid, a photographer finds his first sense of what it is to be truly alive during a walking trip around Lake Superior, and a rabbi in Jerusalem on pilgrimage finds his daily "mikvah," or ritual bath, allows him to be reborn. The one drawback is that some of the shorter stories do not fully grasp the essence of the editors' premisehow journeys alter life irrevocably. This is still recommended for medium and large public libraries.David Schau, Kanawha Cty. P.L., Charleston, W.Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885211842
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 435
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Map
No Distance in the Heart 3
Garden of Paradise 9
Out of the Depths 19
Call of the Jungle 34
The Green Halo 44
Passing Through 52
Hearts with Wings 58
A Man of the World 73
The Old City 78
Beyond the Sky 91
The Pure Jones of It 94
Fire Beneath the Skin 105
Monk without a Robe 127
If You Meet the Buddha on the Road 139
Homewaters of the Mind 144
Paris Angels 150
Wake Up Call 155
St. Peter's Black Box 163
Luzviminda 167
Gidget Would Go 180
Psalm Journey 186
Treading Water 191
The Labyrinth 204
The Master 211
The Vomiting Game 220
A Taste of Satori 232
Dreamtime Odyssey 236
Stone by Stone 244
The Great Holy Mystery 249
Twist of Faith 254
The Guy at the End of the Bed 262
Instincts 269
The Serpent 275
The Interior Landscape 291
Up Your Nose 294
Meera Gazing 299
Slouching Towards Turin 319
Ground Zero 350
Parade of Demons 357
Sword of Heaven 373
Encounter with a Stranger 387
Prague Interlude 397
Allah Hit Me 405
Everything for God 408
The Palais-Royal 415
Recommended Reading 419
Index 423
Index of Contributors 425
Acknowledgements 427
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