The Way of the Lover: Rumi and the Spiritual Art of Love

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Walking the Path of Love
With the medicine wheel to guide us and Rumi's words to illuminate the path, we have the possibility for our own masterpiece: a life of love and happiness.

How do you want to love? Most of us would say we want to love well?to become the best lover and beloved we can be. We want our loving relationships to be full of joy, giving, and understanding.

The timeless writings of Rumi, a ...

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Overview

Walking the Path of Love
With the medicine wheel to guide us and Rumi's words to illuminate the path, we have the possibility for our own masterpiece: a life of love and happiness.

How do you want to love? Most of us would say we want to love well—to become the best lover and beloved we can be. We want our loving relationships to be full of joy, giving, and understanding.

The timeless writings of Rumi, a thirteenth-century Sufi mystic and poet, reflect on the quest for the Beloved—the great merging with the mystical soul. Eight hundred years after the birth of the world's most visionary poet and philosopher, Rumi's wisdom endures as a powerful source for discovering how to love.

In this lyrical exploration of Rumi's teachings, renowned author Ross Heaven reawakens and celebrates the soul's capacity for love by incorporating the shamanic concept of the medicine wheel to guide the seeker, first toward self-exploration and finally toward spiritual and fulfilling love. Leap passionately onto the path of love, and uncover its real truth—the divine soul of the universe.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780738711171
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Heaven (United Kingdom) is the founder and director of the Four Gates Foundation, one of Europe’s leading organizations that offers courses and workshops in spiritual wisdom and Freedom Psychology. Heaven has worked and trained extensively in the shamanic, transpersonal, and psycho-spiritual traditions. An award-winning author, he and his work have been featured in national newspapers and on radio and television.
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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

The Religion of Love
Introduction by Syed Hamraz Ahsan ... ix

1. The Masters of Love

Stepping Onto the Path with Heart ...1

Seekers After Happiness, 4

Rumi: The Flowering Soul, 8

The Lover's Wheel: Medicine Teachings, 11

Merging Forms: A Sufi Medicine Wheel, 16

The Map of the Journey, 18

How the Stream Crossed the Desert, 22

Taking the First Step, 28

2. The Birth of the Lover

Why Our Souls Fear Love and Love Fear ... 29

The Journey of the Soul, 30

Where Did I Come From? 33

Myth-conceptions, 34

Meetings with God, 35

Facing Our Fears of Love, 38

Where All Fears Begin, 40

Forms of Fear, 42

The Growth of Fear, 43

The Mood of the World, 44

These Fatal Wounds, 46

Explorations, 50

How Etsaa Became the Sun, 55

3. Seeking the Beloved

Where True Power Can Be Found ...57

Powerful Myths, 58

The Illusion of Power, 59

Grabbing Power from Others and Losing It for Ourselves:

Family Scripts and Dramas, 62

The Shocking Conclusion, 63

Meditations on Not-Being, 65

When We Are Not Selfless, 75

Loving the Tyrant, 77

Explorations, 81

The Priest Who Knew Too Little, 84

4. Life Games and Their Players

Finding a Pathway to Love ...85

The Games of Life, 87

In the West of the Wheel, 94

Knowing How to Know Truth, 95

The God in the Hat, 96

All That We Know, 98

Explorations, 100

5. Staying Awake on the Path

Avoiding That "Is It All Worth It?" Feeling ...105

But If Not Love, Then What? 107

The Value in Suffering, 109

Scars, 112

The Compassionate Soul, 113

The Beauty of Death, 115

Living with Patience and Good Intentions, 117

Nothing Matters, 118

Explorations, 119

6. The Medicine Wheel of Relationships

Balancing Ourselves & Finding Our Way to the Center ... 127

Balancing the Four Bodies, 128

Harmonizing the Physical Self (The East), 134

Harmonizing the Emotional Self (The South), 136

Harmonizing the Mental Self (The West), 137

Harmonizing the Spiritual Self (The North), 140

Enhancing Mystical Powers (The Center), 141

Explorations, 143

7. Completing the Circle

What Our Relationships Teach Us ... 147

Self-Knowledge: Shrinker of Journeys, 149

The Map of Loving Relationships, 150

The Soul of Souls, 156

Explorations, 157

The Beetle and the Broomstick, 160

8. Strive to Be a Lover

Throw Away the Books & Start a Revolution! ...161

The Wise King, 163

References and Further Notes, 167

Index of Terms, 181

Index of People and Traditions (by first name), 189

Acknowledgments & Thanks, 193

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