Writing-The Sacred Art: Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice

Writing-The Sacred Art: Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice

by Rami Shapiro, Aaron Shapiro

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594733727
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Art of Spiritual Living Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 2.17(w) x 3.35(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Rami Shapiro, an award-winning author, storyteller, and essayist, is author of the best-selling The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice and Recovery—The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice, among other books. A rabbi, he directs the Writer's Loft Certificate Program in Creative Writing at Middle Tennessee State University and is co-founder, along with Aaron Shapiro, of Path & Pen Spiritual Writer's Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Aaron Shapiro teaches writing at Middle Tennessee State University, is widely published and is a frequent speaker on the topics of creative writing and critical theory.

Table of Contents

Rami's Preface ix
Aaron's Preface xiii
A Note on Collaboration xvii
A Note on Structure: The Five Worlds and Writing as a Spiritual Practice xix

Introduction 1

1. Writing to Open the Body 9
Projective Verse 12
Soundings 14
Dinggedicht 17
Haiku 18
Zang Tumb Tuuum 19
Where Are You? 21
Sing the Body Electric 22
Who's Your Deity? 23
Our Stories, Ourselves 26
Sauntering 27
Walking Around a Writer’s Block 28

2. Writing to Open the Heart 31
Jekyll and Hyde, or Despicable Me 33
I’m Going to Kill You! 37
Automatic Writing 39
Dining with the Devil 44
Dear Hated One 45
Heart Lines 1 54
Heart Lines 2: Rumi-nations 58

3. Writing to Open the Mind 61
Who’s In? Who’s Out? 68
The Power of Influence 70
Bye-Bye Bias, Part 1 73
Bye-Bye Bias, Part 2 75
Definitions 78
Writing Against Language: The Vorpal Blade 83
I, Superhero 88
Alter Ego 88
Calling Dr. Freud, Calling Dr. Freud 89
Sticks and Stones 90
Who Am I? 95
My Destiny 97
The Name Game 98
Narrowing the Narrow Mind 101
The Three Garments of Self 103

4. Writing to Open the Soul 105
Lung 107
Amazing Gazing 109
Shoeless Moe, Part 1: Identifying Your Sandals 111
Shoeless Moe, Part 2: Lech Lecha 112
Against the Pathetic Fallacy 114
Blackout Poems 115
The Exquisite Corpse 116
The Giving Tree Revisited 118
Glimpsing the Bush 120
A Day in the Wilderness 121

5. Writing to Open the Spirit 123
Resting in Soul 124
Playing the Paradox, Part 1: Colorless Green Ideas 131
Playing the Paradox, Part 2: Cut-up 134
My Story, My Sage 136

6. Turning the Spiral from Body to Spirit: Returning—by Way of Conclusion 141
Homophonic "Translation" 143
Turn and Return 145

Acknowledgments 149
Notes 151
Suggestions for Further Reading 153

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