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The Face Before I Was Born

A Spiritual Autobiography
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Golden Sufi
 | 
September, 2009
ISBN:
9781890350185
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Banyen's Description: 

In this 2009 update of The Face Before I was Born Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee describes the intoxicating intensity of his own spiritual journey which began when he was sixteen. Three years later he met his teacher (Irina Tweedie, author of Daughter of Fire) and felt a sense of belonging beyond this world. The events that follow over the next 22 years of his calling to the Naqshbandi Sufi path tell of tremendous love, psychological breakdown, craziness, bliss, and the slow work of balancing the two worlds—the inner world of the spirit and the outer demands of everyday family life. This modern autobiography tells the ancient story of a spiritual transformation, one that took him into the terrifying depths and pushed him beyond every limit. As it made him vulnerable and empty, love showed him her hidden face.

Irina Tweedie writes in her foreword:

It is not easy to understand that the purpose of spiritual training is to help the human being to control, to diminish the ego. Our teacher, Bhai Sahib, said, “Two cannot live in one heart. Make yourself empty; when your cup is empty something else can fill it.” But the taming of the ego is a painful process. It is a crucifixion. One does not lose anything. “You cannot become anything else but what you already are,” said Carl Jung. We just learn to control our lower self and it becomes our servant, not our master…

Llewellyn caught the meaning, the subtle essence of the spiritual training. He understood the pressing urge, that Something within the human heart.

Llewellyn’s pilgrimage is a stimulating counterplay of psychological and spiritual perspectives—cast in the unassuming yet bright light of his personal experiences on the path. More than 10 years since the original publication, this revised edition includes new material exploring the continuing mystery of human experience and divine revelation.

Among Vaughan-Lee’s other books are Spiritual Power and The Alchemy of Light.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Describing the intoxicating intensity of his own spiritual journey—which began when he was 16 years old—this autobiography reveals the events that followed throughout the next 22 years: tremendous love, psychological breakdown, craziness, bliss, and the slow work of balancing the inner world of the spirit and the outer demands of everyday life. An ancient story of a spiritual transformation experienced in present times relates the terrifying depths, vulnerability, and emptiness of the spiritual journey—only revealed in divine love. More than 10 years since the original publication of the book, this revised edition includes new material exploring the continuing mystery of human experience and divine revelation.

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