Life can become complicated at times, necessitating a diversion from our difficulties. Jean Bakula found hers when she mastered the reading of Tarot cards. The Rider-Waite Tarot is fascinating because there is a card which illustrates each kind of circumstance found during life. The Major Arcana cards represent serious issues: family relationships, education, religion, love, strength, fear, addictions, sex, death, balance, health, personal growth, and redemption. The Minor Arcana cards depict everyday dealings: home life, work, money, hobbies, comfort issues, and the people we frequently encounter. Pathways Through Spirituality describes what Jean Bakula sees in the cards and paints vivid word pictures. The poetry for each card can be used to learn to read the Tarot, but each piece stands on its own as well. These pieces can assist readers in meditation on confusing experiences and decisions they face. Some believe the Tarot is only a fortune telling device, but it urges introspection and promotes honest reflections on our actions. This book can help readers view their problems and strengths more clearly, and help them uncover their deeper motivations and potentials. The answers to your questions are already there. All you need to do is trust your own intuition!
In Part I entitled WALKING IN THE LIGHT, Gerard Jensen learned about ancient religions and Metaphysics in Trinity, California. He was a journalist from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. His boss Bill Klein assigned Gerard to write a sensational feature story about Trinity University. Gerard decided to write an objective, truthful story about Metaphysical knowledge. Murray Sheldon, another reporter from the same newspaper, wrote a sensational, untrue, feature story. Gerard Jensen fell in love with Corina Hilliard, a Metaphysical Professor at Trinity University. Corina encouraged Gerard to look within to awaken to spiritual realization. Knowledge about reincarnation, cause and effect, sacred centers (chakras) and the I Am Presence are explained. Metaphysics means wisdom beyond the physical plane. Astral and etheric planes exist. STARTLING FLASHBACKS in Part II, is a startling account about Celeste Waters, who had flashbacks about six, past embodiments. Celeste learned to evaluate, understand and forgive traumatic memories about sudden death, suffering, dangers and grief caused from losing loved ones. Celeste realized that reincarnation does exist.
How to Increase Your Love for God by Praying the Bible The Bible emphasizes the importance of prayer in our day-to-day relationship with God and tells us how to pray for proven effectiveness. Building upon this biblical truth, Wesley and Stacey Campbell lead us on a pathway to spirituality that runs continually upward and gains momentum with each of the seven steps. Praying the Bible: The Pathway to Spirituality takes you on a life-changing journey--from walking to running to being directly connected with God's presence! Along the pathway, you will learn the importance of prayer and how to go about it--and why God's Word is the one and only source of true prayer power. The Pathway to Spirituality is a concise presentation of the oldest model of prayer, spanning more than two thousand years. Everyone who engages in this proven method of prayer will experience a marked improvement in their own prayer life. The authors share their own exciting personal prayer experiences as they guide you through the seven steps--how to pray, what to pray, when to pray, and more--to a deeper connection with God. This book is practical and revelational, historical and educational--an invaluable tool for novice pray-ers and seasoned intercessors alike.
A SPIRITUAL PATHWAY TO RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION is the memoir of a group of physicians going through an intensive rehab program for addiction to drugs and alcohol. It is presented as a collection of their stories and the lessons they encountered during their time together. It is a step by step guide to understanding the disease of addiction and how to treat it. Here you will discover how to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction through the use of spiritual tools-a simple and successful treatment that works for impaired physicians and can be used by anyone. You will find answers to these questions. Am I an alcoholic? Am I an addict? How did I get this disease? Can it be cured? Will I ever be able to drink socially again? How can I get over this insane craving? How can spiritual principles help me? What is a Higher Power, and why do I need one? Topics covered include The disease concept of addiction Overcoming the uncontrollable craving Finding the openness, honesty, and willingness to change Dealing with past mistakes and removing character defects Exchanging my old addictive ways of thinking for healthier ones Finding spiritual principles I can live by Living without fear or worry Finding happiness within myself Addiction occurs among physicians at the same rate as in the general population, about 10%. Unlike the general population, however, an intensive rehabilitation program, geared specifically for their profession, vastly improves their chances of finding long-term sobriety. Over 70% of these physicians will be clean and sober-and practicing medicine-five years later. How is this achieved, and can these principles be applied to anyone? And, who were these doctors, what did they learn, and how did it change them? As they proceed on a course of personal self-discovery, they share their past experiences, fears, and hopes. As the lessons of recovery begin to sink in, their thinking and behavior change from that of a self-absorbed ego-driven wreck to someone capable of changing their life for the better, without drugs or alcohol. The stakes are high, for they are threatened with the loss of their medical licenses if they fail. The players: Big Robert, the family doctor hooked on crack, who never met a donut he didn't like; Mike, the OB-GYN from New Jersey, who smoked too many cigarettes and hid his vodka in the clothes hamper; John the athlete, who always traveled with whiskey miniatures in his socks; Reggie, the preacher from Memphis who loved Jack Daniels and the ladies in the front pew, and Timmy, the pharmacist from Des Moines who like to shoot Ritalin after work and play doctor with his pretty sales clerk. I was the bat-shit crazy oncologist who thought it was normal to shoot up cocaine, and who wouldn't stop for lunch at a restaurant unless they had a wine list. Their experiences are real and terrible. The surgeon who came out of a blackout standing over a patient in the operating room. The neurologist from Hawaii who overdosed on heroin rather than admit his own faults. The podiatrist from Dublin who was caught drunk and having sex with a patient in his office. The plastic surgeon who put blue food dye in his vodka and hid it in a mouthwash bottle under the sink. The nurse who left her infant in the car seat while she was in the hood scoring crack and came back to check on her-three hours later. Who will benefit from reading this book? The reader who wants to know if his drinking is out of control. The reader who knows he is in trouble, and wants to change. The old-timer who wants to learn more about his disease. And the practitioner who treats these people. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Meadows served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine. His person recovery from drugs and alcohol began May 7, 1997. He spends his time writing and counseling those seeking to overcome their addiction.
Based upon the works of some of the worlds greatest thinkers, Lessons from Sedona: A Spiritual Pathway to Serenity and Contentment by author Lewis Tagliaferre, builds on the success of his first volume, Voices of Sedona. This new, comprehensive collection of essays is designed to teach the fundamental principles of Theofatalismthe belief that God runs everything in the universe from the smallest subatomic particle to the largest interstellar galaxy. The essays link the five principles developed in Voices of Sedona to contemporary issues in society and personal living including politics, science, religion, aging, history, and economics. Useful for both self-study and as lesson guides to be used in organized discussion groups, the essays show the world as it really is from many different perspectives. A comprehensive and formidable source on metaphysics and spirituality, Lessons from Sedona: A Spiritual Pathway to Serenity and Contentment provides a plethora of information for those interested in growing, changing, and transcending the limiting constrictions of consensus beliefs. It communicates humankinds unique place in time and space and their special role in the giant jigsaw puzzle of life.
This book presents the Twelve Steps of recovery groups as a way to grow, to move toward a spiritual awakening, an awareness of our true self in God. Every page bears gentle reassurance that fulfillment of the Twelve Steps inspires a cleansing sense of wholeness -- a renewed spirit that helps readers break free from negative and sinful influences in their lives.
Five Pathways to Wholeness examines a variety of approaches to pastoral care: biblical counselling, the healing ministries, pastoral counselling, spiritual direction and social change. Bringing together material from a range of sources, and offering numerous engaging real-life illustrations, the author compares and evaluates each of the five approaches in its own right. At the same time, he encourages those who favour a particular pathway to respect and understand the raison d'etre of the other four. All five, he believes, can move to a more truly 'integrational' theological and psychological viewpoint.
This anger workbook is unique. It is the official guide for Pathways to Peace, a program which provides self-help anger management and violence prevention instruction for individuals and communities. Anger is a drug which often turns into a full-blown addiction. This pattern of anger abuse is reinforced socially. People learn to abuse anger from the examples of parents, peers, the media. The book helps people to un-learn these destructive patterns. It shows chronically angry people how to replace their anger habit with peaceful alternatives and respond to their anger triggers in non-violent ways. This workbook will help the reader: --Discover how he learned his or her anger pattern --Find new, nonviolent ways to experience personal power --Learn to change abusive and violent behaviors --Focus on values and goals that support a nonviolent rage-free lifestyle --Identify and change negative attitudes and beliefs that keep a person stuck --Avoid relapsing back into angry behavior --Maintain recovery from chronic anger and rage The workbook is easy to understand. Each of the eighteen chapters includes personal stories and questions for the reader.
Everyone is not at the same level of intellectual or spiritual development. In order to assist the Creator, Soul, a product of God, needs co-worker training, largely experiential, that separates knowledge from belief. Since 1965, three pathways, with subsets of elementary, intermediate, and advanced components, surfaced that can potentially take one to specific levels of Gods kingdoms. These pathways are the Intellectual, Psychic, and Spiritual (Eckankar, or Advanced religion). Instructors teach dream travel, Soul Travel, karma, reincarnation by which a current illness can be anchored to the past, mind passions, and development of the spiritual senses. An experiment given allows testing of the hypothesis that access to Gods kingdoms is from within, and not from without.
It did not start out that way . . . what began as a simple letter mailed to a few friends has now emerged as this book, taking the form of practical, spiritual thoughts and actions that center around the seasons of the church and calendar year. Encouragement came like so many birds filling the sky, singing to lift the dawn that I might see a new day. Their music lifted my soul. Words of interest asking when this material would be published became the incentive for publication. Years of celebration involving the seasons that touch our lives so deeply moved within me. The high seasons and holy days never failed to provide a deep inspiration in my soul. It is from these moments that I compose the words and images that are found in this book. Following Spiritual Pathways A pathway to spiritual growth is open to those who seek in quiet moments an awareness of the Divine. Here the mind will inform the heart and the heart will illuminate the mind, forming a spiritual circle that gives balance to life. Each page invites you to enter an experience expressed in poetic form along with a guided imagery that can turn these quiet moments into a meaningful life experience. This pathway reflects my personal journey of meditation that began in 1977 under the guidance of Sister Virginia Mary Barta of Marionjoy in Wheaton, Illinois, and the urging of Rev. Dean Williams the Chaplain. Since then, I have shared what I experience as my mind informs my heart and my heart illuminates my mind.
There are few questions more central to understanding the prehistory of our species than those regarding the institutionalization of social inequality. Social inequality is manifested in unequal access to goods, information, decision-making, and power. This structure is essential to higher orders of social organization and basic to the operation of more complex societies. An understanding of the transformation from relatively egalitarian societies to a hierarchical organization and socioeconomic stratification is fundamental to our knowledge about the human condition. In a follow-up to their 1995 book Foundations of Social Inequality, the Editors of this volume have compiled a new and comprehensive group of studies concerning these central questions. When and where does hierarchy appear in human society, and how does it operate? With numerous case studies from the Old and New World, spanning foraging societies to agricultural groups, and complex states, Pathways to Power provides key historical insights into current social and cultural questions.