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Breaking The Drought

Visions of Grace
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Larson
 | 
November, 2007
ISBN:
9780943914480
In stock now: 
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$19.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

When the heart goes dry, the world goes flat—aching for spirit’s warm rain. Until something in the marrow stirs: a new beginning, a reawakening, a rising intuition. As rain revives parched soil, so from deep in our longing a merciful grace upwells. The heart overflows. Mercy and awareness expand, breaking the drought with the grace we are.

Breaking the Drought brings us the creative intuition and poetic sensibility that draw so many so deeply into Stephen and Ondrea Levine’s inspired work with the wounded, the grieving, and the dying.

God loves a gambler

who will bet everything

to find his original heart

and break the drought.

In 1959, The Village Voice greeted Stephen’s first book of poetry with a hope that he would “continue to write as well in the future as he has in his first book.” Now after decades of listening deeply to hearts in crisis, as well as guiding many along paths of self-discovery, he evokes his original muse to open the next wisdom door through which his formidable heart invites us all to enter. As he says, “Now decades later, breaking innumerable droughts, reawakening the subconscious to blossom from quite a different intuitive seed, nourished by retiring from working with patients and a visit from Robert Bly, another book of undecoded transmissions from the underdream has come to light.”

 

Millennium blessing

 

There is a grace approaching

that we shun as much as death,

it is the completion of our birth.

 

It does not come in time,

but in timelessness

when the mind sinks into the heart

and we remember.

 

It is an insistent grace that draws us

to the edge and beckons us surrender

safe territory and enter our enormity.

 

We know we must pass

beyond knowing

and fear the shedding.

 

But we are pulled upward

none-the-less

through forgotten ghosts

and unexpected angels,

luminous.

 

And there is nothing left to say

but we are That.

And that is what we sing about.

“It is lovely when someone who has given so many gifts in psychology during his lifetime can turn and give such gifts in poetry. There are many poems here you’ll want to read to your friends” —Robert Bly

“This is a gorgeous book, a book of powerful images, experience, beauty, and wisdom. Stephen Levine has always told the truth, now he does it with the great beauty of his poetry ringing in our hearts.”—Joan Halifax

Among Stephen Levine’s books are Who Dies?, A Year to Live, and Unattended Sorrow.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

LevineOs wit, wisdom, and untamed heart at their best. This delightful book celebrates the long-awaited return to poetry (after 40 years) of the beloved author/teacher, acclaimed worldwide for his work with the terminally ill. It teems with life and timelessness--ranging from hope to awe to gratefulness to wonder and pathos, with skillful evocations of Basho, Lorca, and Rilke.After 40 years, this delightful book celebrates the long-awaited return to poetry of a beloved author and teacher, acclaimed worldwide for his work with the terminally ill. These poems teem with life and timelessness, ranging from hope to awe to gratitude to wonder to pathos, with skillful evocations of Basho, Lorca, and Rilke - Levines wit, wisdom, and untamed heart at their best. From the author of A Gradual Awakening, Embracing the Beloved, Healing into Life & Death, Who Dies?, and more. 144 pp.

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