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dismantled

Dismantled

How Love and Psychedelics Broke a Clergyman Apart and Put Him Back Together
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Viriditas Press
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9780994887023
In stock now: 55

With the ending of a marriage, a career as a clergyman in the church, and the alluring promise of love, the author turns to psychedelics, sacred ceremony and psychotherapy to get his life back. During this process, he discovers how childhood trauma forced him to develop a false self in order to survive. His personality is dismantled as these sacred medicines reveal the truth to him. In the process, Sanguin presents evidence for the shocking prevalence of childhood trauma.

As I tracked the thread of frustration with love to its source in childhood, the great unraveling began… The mechanisms of denial and repression, as we’ll see, are stubborn. They were put in place for a good reason. That said, this isn’t everybody’s work to do, and psychedelics aren’t for everybody. But they are an invaluable aid for those, like me, who need to go deeper into why we limit ourselves so severely when it comes to matters of the heart.

Along the way, the author questions and ultimately undermines much conventional wisdom, including the sentimentalization of family, the rush to forgiveness as a cure all, and dogmatic Christianity. He supports the forgotten tradition in the gospels that authentic suffering and the acceptance of reality is the key to living a full and authentic life. The book is a testament, both to the importance of conscious integration of psychedelic experiences and to the healing power of these medicines when taken in the proper set and setting. By the end, we are given a model of healing which is not a quick fix, but rather one that honours the complexity of the human experience. This is a hopeful book that supports a growing body of research indicating that psychedelics as medicine hold one key to the healing and evolution of our species. 

The dignity of being human is that once we become aware, we can move on and participate in the emergence of a new future—one that is not determined by past trauma. This becomes clear on the medicine…
 

Healing is possible. It takes a dismantling of the life we thought was ours, a dying to “me” and a resurrection of “I”, again and again. With the time we have left we may make a true offering of our unrepeatable life to this beautiful world… It is possible to gain the freedom that is the fruit of taking radical responsibility for our lives.

Sanguin offers revealing personal stories as well as psychological, philosophical and spiritual insight suggesting that becoming trauma-informed is one key to the evolution of our humanity.

“Dismantled is a remarkable book of highly applicable wisdom. Bruce Sanguin has done much of the inner transformative work anyone interested in spiritual healing needs to do. Based on this inner work and his many years working with others, he brings to bear a powerful gift for elucidating essential insights and truths about the work of awakening, delivering it all in language both eloquent and accessible. Too often to count I marveled at sentences that jumped off the page with crystalline clarity. And just as often, I found myself nodding in agreement at experiences and insights that rang true and resonated personally. Brilliant.” —Stephen Gray, editor of Cannabis and Spirituality

Among Bruce Sanguin’s other books are The Way of the Wind and The Emerging Church.

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Sufi Encounters

Sharing the Wisdom of Enlightened Sufis
$27.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Watkins
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781786781857
In stock now: 2

Written for all who are interested in exploring non-duality, the nature of consciousness and the mystical path, this is an unparalleled guide to Sufism as it is practiced around the world. Describing face-to-face meetings with the enlightened teachers of the current era and offering wonderfully inspiring translations of the great Sufi masters of the past, including Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Shams ad-Din Tabrizi, Mansur al-Hallaj, Omar Khayyam, Farid ad-Din Attar and many more, this book shines a light on the Sufi path and offers wise insight into the meaning and purpose of life. The Sufi way described here leads the seeker past ordinary states of consciousness towards a new experience of infinitude—the perfect Oneness—that is the source of the universe.  

The book is at once an autobiography, a didactic treatise and a literary opus full of wonderful translations of the words of earlier Sufis, as well as the author’s own poetry.  From India and Pakistan, to the Mahgreb, South Africa and Iran, the book follows his travels around Sufism’s holy sites.

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri also addresses profound Sufi teachings concerning the nature of God, the Universal Man, the cosmos… addressing difficult doctrinal issues as only a master who has digested fully such knowledge could do. The book also reveals much about the present-day Islamic world where, despite the tragedies that are to be seen everywhere, tradition and spirituality survive. The work is also a metaphysical and spiritual guide as well as a compendium of Sufi sayings and poems. —Seyyed Hossein Nasr, from the preface

“In our present time of so much divisiveness, it is a blessing to know of these luminaries who have lived a light of oneness beyond any division.” —Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, author of Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices

“A compelling view of Sufi history together with vivid personal remembrances of living mystics. This is an inspiring and at the same time beautifully subtle book, with light-filled insights on every page.” —Saadi Shakur Chishti, author of The Sufi Book of Life

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Kabbalah

The Way of the Jewish Mystic
$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: August, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806236
In stock now: 3

Unraveling the web of ancient traditions hidden in such texts as the Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar, this book traces history and offers an accessible introduction to understanding Kabbalah and its practices.

Jewish mysticism has flourished—sometimes brilliantly, sometimes darkly—over five thousand years. In Kabbalah, Perle Besserman offers a lively and accessible introduction to the methods, schools, and practitioners of this intriguing world. She traces the history of Kabbalah through the lives of its illustrious scholars and saints and unravels the web of ancient traditions hidden in such texts as Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar. Running through these pages are the words of the outstanding Kabbalists and mystics—including Simeon bar Yohai, Isaac Luria, Abraham Abulafia, and the Baal Shem Tov—giving instructions on practices ranging from contemplation of the Bible's secret teachings to ritual, ecstatic prayer, and intensive meditiation.

“Explains the Kabbalah with as much clarity as it can be explained with and with a genuine feeling for mystic lore.”—Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Jewish mysticism is a rose bush of a thousand thorns. Most books snare the reader on the thorns; Kabbalah allows us to smell the flower. This is a book to read over and over again.”—Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro, author of Minyan

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Cloud of Unknowing

$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806229
In stock now: 3

A marvellously readable translation of the great Middle English classic of Christian mysticism. Now part of the beautifully designed Shambhala Pocket Library collection.

This anonymous fourteenth-century text is the glory of English mysticism, and one of the most practical and useful guides to finding union with God ever written. Carmen Acevedo Butcher's new translation is the first to bring the text into a modern English idiom--while remaining strictly faithful to the meaning of the original Middle English.

The Cloud of Unknowing consists of a series of letters written by a monk to his student or disciple, instructing him (or her) in the way of Divine union. Its theology is presented in a way that is remarkably easy to understand, as well as practical, providing advice on prayer and contemplation that anyone can use. Previous translations of the Cloud have tended to veil its intimate, even friendly tone under medieval-sounding language. Carmen Butcher has boldly brought the text into language as appealing to modern ears as it was to its original readers more than five hundred years ago.

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Little Book of Sufi Stories

$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hampton Roads
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781571748294
In stock now: 3

The stories in this book are drawn from the dozens that Douglas-Klotz has enjoyed telling in his seminars over the past 20 years. Most of them appear in works of the classical Sufis, such as Rumi, Attar, or S'adi. To preserve some of the in-person feeling and bring the language up to date, he has given them his own improvised turns.

Rather than add to our storehouse of learned information, these stories help us “unlearn” and break down the neurotic, mental-emotional patterns that protect our false sense of who we are. As we go beyond these boundaries, we may find ourselves in the province of wild nature. We discover an inner landscape, less controlled yet richer than that of our self-imposed rules for life. In this sense, these stories function almost exactly opposite to the computer algorithms of social media, which feed back to us things that reinforce what we already like (or think we like)…

 

These great stories of humanity provide us with incomparable examples of the “genetic history of the soul.” We share this depth of soul with all human beings. So, hearing a story live and unrehearsed brings us closer together, creating and re-creating our all-too-fragile sense of human community.

“If you want to hear a good story but prefer to read it instead, then read Douglas-Klotz! He writes as if he's sitting in your living room, invited over for afternoon tea to entertain you with some heart-pleasing, often humorous, yet soul-searching Sufi stories. His modernization of these old texts is gentle and mindful, yet unapologetic.” —Maryam Mafi from the Foreword

little book of christian mysticism

Little Book of Christian Mysticism

Essential Wisdom of Saints, Seers and Sages
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hampton Roads
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781571747747
In stock now: 2

With over 300 quotations this book invites the reader to delve into the writings of the great contemplatives and mystics of the past two thousand years.

The Little Book of Christian Mysticism provides a user-friendly, insightful, and potentially life-changing introduction to the essential teachings of the greatest mystics in the western wisdom traditions, past and present, including Francis of Assisi, Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Merton, Evelyn Underhill, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Julian of Norwich. Readers can use this book to initiate themselves into this visionary and ecstatic spiritual lineage, and they can also use it as a book of daily meditations. Small enough to fit in one’s pocket or handbag, this is truly a user-friendly introduction to this venerable body of wisdom.

Among Carl McColman’s other books are The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Answering the Contemplative Call.

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Conference of the Birds

By: Attar
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: WW Norton
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9780393355543
In stock now: 2

Considered by Rumi to be "the master" of Sufi mystic poetry, Attar (who died, in 1220, when Rumi was 12 years old) is best known for his epic poem The Conference of the Birds, a magnificent allegorical tale about the soul's search for meaning. The poem recounts the perilous journey of the world's birds to the faraway peaks of Mount Qaf—a mythical mountain that wraps around the earth—in search of the mysterious Simurgh, their king. Attar's beguiling anecdotes and humor intermingle the sublime with the mundane, the spiritual with the worldly, and the religious with the metaphysical. Reflecting the entire evolution of Sufi mystic tradition, Attar's poem models the soul's escape from the mind’s rational embrace.

The parables in this book trigger memories deep within us all. The stories inhabit the imagination, and slowly over time, their wisdom trickles down into the heart. The process of absorption is unique to every individual, as is each person’s journey. We are the birds in the story.

Sholeh Wolpé re-creates the intense beauty of the original Persian in contemporary English verse and poetic prose.

The seven valleys they must cross are:

  1. Valley of the Quest, where the Wayfarer begins by casting aside all dogma, belief, and unbelief
  2. Valley of Love, where reason is abandoned for the sake of love.
  3. Valley of Knowledge, where worldly knowledge becomes utterly useless
  4. Valley of Detachment, where all desires and attachments to the world are given up. Here, what is assumed to be “reality” vanishes.
  5. Valley of Unity, where the Wayfarer realizes that everything is connected and that the Beloved is beyond everything, including harmony, multiplicity, and eternity.
  6. Valley of Wonderment, where, entranced by the beauty of the Beloved, the Wayfarer becomes perplexed and, steeped in awe, find that he or she has never known of understood anything.
  7. Valley of Poverty and Annihilation, where the self disappears into the universe and the Wayfarer becomes timeless, existing in both the past and the future.

In the words of Attar:

This book is an ornament for the ages.
It offers something for both the high and low.

If you came sad and frozen to this book,

its hidden fire will blaze and melt your ice.

Yes, these verses are magic:

They grow more potent with each reading.

They are like beauty under a veil

that reveals its loveliness slowly.

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Dangerous Mystic

Meister Eckhart's Path to the God Within
$40.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781101981566
In stock now: 3

 Meister Eckhart was a medieval Christian mystic whose writings have struck a chord with thinkers as diverse as Heidegger, Merton, Sartre, John Paul II, Matthew Fox, and the Dalai Lama. He is the inspiration for the author Eckhart Tolle’s pen name, and his fourteenth-century quotes have become an online sensation.

Today a variety of Christians, as well as many Zen Buddhists, Sufi Muslims, Jewish Cabbalists, and various spiritual seekers, all claim Eckhart as their own. Meister Eckhart preached a personal, internal path to God at a time when the Church could not have been more hierarchical and ritualistic. Then and now, Eckhart’s revolutionary method of direct access to ultimate reality offers a profoundly subjective approach that is at once intuitive and pragmatic, philosophical yet non-rational, and, above all, universally accessible. This dangerous mystic’s teachings challenge the very nature of religion, yet the man himself never directly challenged the Church.

Eckhart’s personal path from conventional friar to professor to lay preacher culminated in a spiritual philosophy that combined the teachings of an array of pagan and Christian writers, as well as Muslim and Jewish philosophers. His revolutionary decision to take his approach to the common people garnered him many enthusiastic followers as well as powerful enemies. After Eckhart’s death and papal censure, many religious women and clerical supporters, known as the Friends of God, kept his legacy alive through centuries, albeit underground until the master’s dramatic rediscovery by modern Protestants and Catholics.

Dangerous Mystic grounds Meister Eckhart in a world that is simultaneously familiar and alien. In the midst of this medieval society, a few decades before the Black Death, Eckhart boldly preached to captivated crowds a timeless method, a “wayless way,” of directly experiencing the divine.

"A rare combination of sweeping historical narrative, penetrating biography, and profound spiritual elucidation. Joel  Harrington elegantly shows why Meister Eckhart is reclaimed as a touchstone of humane holiness in every era—especially ours. This is a book to read, to save, and to give.”  James Carroll 

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Kabalah Yoga

Embodying the Hidden Power of the Sacred Hebrew Letters
$27.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Harbinger
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781626259379
In stock now: 2

Audi Gozlan, a certified yoga instructor and the founder of Kabalah Yoga (also a Canadian TV show!), offers a book that fuses the practice of yoga with the ancient wisdom of Jewish mysticism, teaching you how to awaken the secret energy of each Hebrew letter in order to enliven your practice and experience the hidden powers of the universe.

Kabalah Yoga blends the movement and meditation of Hatha flow yoga with the ancient teachings of Kabalah, incorporating the wisdom of the Hebrew letters, also known as the Sacred Shapes, which are believed by Jewish mystics to be divine templates that contain the creative energy of the universe. This book describes the body, breath, and soul found within each of the Sacred Shapes, and shows that by moving your body into asanas based on each letter of the Hebrew alphabet and meditating on their meaning, you can unlock and embrace their great, empowering, and healing wisdom. Kabalah Yoga brings a new form of awareness to the practice of yoga as a language of the soul, allowing you to journey deep within and discover yourself from the inside out, while tapping into the divine energy of each of the Sacred Shapes. With the explanations, insights, stories, meditations, and photographs in this book, you'll enhance your practice and improve your life.

Audi is an artist, scholar, yoga practitioner, explorer, and true pioneer. With the gift of this book, he is taking us into a path of feeling much more in our movement and breath. Kabalah Yoga encourages us to search inward and be the vessel that holds our soul flame, shining and elevating everything…

 

May we all realize the neshimah (breath) that is breathing us all. May we realize our ko-ach (full potential) as we connect to the ein sof  (eternal light) that embraces all life. —Shiva Rea, from the foreword

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Rumi's Secret

The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love
$21.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9780061999154
In stock now: 2

The ccstatic love poems and insights of Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mystic born over eight centuries ago, are beloved by millions of readers around the world. He has been compared to Shakespeare for his outpouring of creativity and to Saint Francis of Assisi for his spiritual wisdom. Yet his life has long remained the stuff of legend rather than intimate knowledge.

In this breakthrough biography, Brad Gooch brilliantly brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi, vividly coloring in his time and place—a world as rife with conflict as our own. The map of Rumi’s life stretched over 2,500 miles. Gooch traces this epic journey from Central Asia, where Rumi was born in 1207, traveling with his family—who were displaced by Mongol terror—to settle in Konya, Turkey. Pivotal was the disruptive appearance of irascible wandereer Shams of Tabriz, who taught him to whirl and transformed him from a respectable middle-aged Muslim preacher into a Whitmanesque poet of radical intimacy and ecstatic oneness. Their vital connection as teacher and pupil, friend and beloved, is one of the world’s greatest spiritual love stories. When Shams disappeared, Rumi coped with the pain of separation by composing joyous poems of reunion, both human and divine.

Ambitious, bold, and beautifully written, Rumi’s Secret reveals the unfolding of Rumi’s devotion to a “religion of love,” remarkable in his own time and made even more relevant for the twenty-first century by this compelling account.

“An excellent and accessible introduction to the profound and generous mystical vision of Rumi that will give Western readers a much-needed insight into the true spirituality of Islam.” —Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God

“Deftly situating Rumi in the crosscurrents of Persian, Arab, Turkic, and Mongol history, Gooch gives us an indelible portrait of this mystic so crucial to Christians, Muslims, Jews, and modern-day searchers after meaning.” —Fernanda Eberstadt