This book is an invitation to consider a new perspective on how to navigate your life. Regardless of age or background, there is a commonality to human experience, from the tools we are all given to help with life’s suffering, to the challenges we face. How can one be in the world while staying true to one’s higher self? What is the purpose of living a soul life? And can it prepare us for the inevitability of death?
The 150 poems collected within these pages span many ages and cultures, having been selected for their capacity to affirm, to comfort, and perhaps even to advise us in the course of our day-to-day struggles. We live in a world that has been drifting away from the metaphorical as a way to describe and understand the mystery of being alive. Many people define their lives in terms of extremes, the need for survival, or the possibility of success rather than cultivating a love toward one’s self so that it can be extended outward to others and the world.
There is no method or program here. What you will find is a general guide to discover your soul’s own curriculum. How will you know when you are there? When you are back in your loving. Take a deep breath, sit, read. It’s time to consider your soul.
|Publisher:||Frederick W. Haltermann II|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.13(d)|
Table of Contents
Curriculum of the Soul: Introduction Part 1: The Tools -- What We're Given: Fate and Destiny, Joy, Desire/ Passion, Ecstasy, Silence, Solitude, Nature, Intuition, Curiosity, Courage, Dreams/ Symbols. Part 2: The Journey-- Suffering: Suffering, Trouble, Addiction, The Selling of the Soul, The Dark Night of the Soul, Anger, Grief, The Wounds/ The Work/ The Gifts. Part 3 -- Being In the World: Presence/ Attention, Imagination, Improvisation, Art, Culture, Working in the World, Connection, Intimate Relationships, Discernment, Practice/ Discipline, Abundance. Part 4: The Higher Self -- Who We Really Are: Spirituality, Surrender, Humility, Kindness/ Compassion, Patience, Gratitude, Praise, Forgiveness, Redemption, Service, Sanctuary. Part 5: The End Game: Nourishing the Soul -- Truth/ Beauty/ Love, Living a Soul Life, Death.
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Curriculum of the Soul is a labor of love, in more ways than one. The author has gone to great lengths to weave this collection of essays, poetry, and nuggets of wisdom into a compelling and convincing road map to living a more joyful, fulfilling soul-driven life. Much more than a self-help book, Curriculum of the Soul is a guide to self-discovery, an anthology of heartfelt and deeply researched observations, affirmations and essays. Touching on poetry, philosophy, mythology, religion, psychology, music, art, science and nature, the author explores topics such as living with and learning from our emotions and egos, love, gratitude, joy, desire and passion, imagination, dreams, intimacy, forgiveness, spirituality, as well as sorrow, suffering, grief, anger, and many more. The author includes 150 a well-chosen, amazingly diverse range of poems by ancient poets such as Rumi and Lao Tzu, through William Blake and Walt Whitman, to modern masters such as Anne Sexton, Margaret Atwood, Gary Snyder and Stanley Kunitz, to name a few. The poems illuminate, illustrate and reinforce the ideas being presented in a unique way that inspires, comforts, and offers affirmations. The author also intersperses short excerpts/quotes from writers, philosophers, great thinkers, and artists, ranging from Aristotle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Albert Einstein, to Joseph Campbell, C.S. Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Picasso and countless others. Like the poetry, these excerpts shed additional light on his subjects. We live in uncertain times, and it’s easy for our souls to get buried or ignored beneath what the author calls “the veneer of reality.” However, Curriculum of the Soul attempts to “nourish the soul,” and it succeeds. It makes what seems like a complicated journey easier to understand and easy to implement in one’s daily life, despite the challenges and fast pace of the modern world. There’s a lot to digest here, but the writing and chapter structure allows one to read the book in bite-sized pieces so one can easily comfortably dwell on and ponder each topic. This is the kind of book I know I will always keep on my bookshelf and pull down whenever I need comfort, compassion, clarity, healing or just a bit of light or enlightenment. Beyond its subjects and many inspirations, this is a beautiful book in terms printing, paper, design, and the striking photos and artwork that introduce each chapter. Curriculum of the Soul, like a good relationship, has the power to make one a better, more feeling, more soulful, more self-aware, and ultimately a happier person.
CURRICULUM OF THE SOUL is a gem: the color photography and the poetry alone make this a book worth keeping. The author, Rick Haltermann, says an alternative title could be HOW TO RETRAIN THE LINEAR BRAIN, and though readers may advance through the book from start to finish as I first did, we are encouraged to read the introduction and then read chapters that particularly speak to us at the time. This is a book to return to often, alone or in community. Keep it on your bedside table. Use it as the springboard for a discussion group.
CURRICULUM OF THE SOUL is Rick Haltermann’s generous and beautiful gift to a diverse community of inner explorers. His photos are a feast for the eyes, and each chapter gently challenges the reader to investigate a potentially rewarding avenue for growth and change. Astutely selected poems from a stunning array of poets serve to underscore his points and add further inspiration. Culminating the author’s years of experience in energy work and counseling, his keen photographer’s eye, his deep appreciation for poetry and jazz, and his enthusiasm for dance, this is an impressive offering, assembled with his characteristic meticulous attention to detail. Open it at any chapter and dive in.