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The Inner West

An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West
Paperback Book
June, 2004
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Banyen's Description: 

Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, Alchemy, Kabbalah, The Knights Templar… Even before the success of The Da Vinci Code, many readers knew of these and other aspects of Western esoterica. But few understand their true meaning.

In The Inner West, Jay Kinney, founder of the influential Gnosis magazine, collects more than twenty essays by seventeen leading authors that shine a light on some of the most mysterious and closely held aspects of the Western tradition. Its authors bring to life the symbolist and occult philosophies that populate the history and beliefs of the Western way. These same philosophies—which include variants of Christian and Jewish mysticism, and the teachings of figures like Rudolf Steiner and G.I. Gurdjieff—can present a deep and different spiritual path for today’s seekers.

Spiritual seekers have often looked to the East for inspiration and guidance. Yet increasing numbers of people are discovering that many helpful wisdom traditions have existed right here in the West. With the Kabbalah and tarot cards more popular than ever, and alternative spirituality from Wicca to Sufism gaining a new audience, The Inner West is a timely book.

Perhaps we’ve had a taste of the Unseen or have had momentary flashes of a wider consciousness than the ordinary, and would like to have more. Above all, we desire to know—really know—the truth about spiritual matters. It is my own belief, based on my own experiences, that the esoteric traditions covered here can lead us toward that end. Courage, common sense, and the will to dig deep and persevere are the price of admission. But remember: “Entrance Not For Everybody… For Madmen Only.”

Kinney’s fine intro also includes a great reading list: “Twenty Essential Books on the Teachings of the Inner West.”

Jay Kinney’s collection presents the esoteric currents of the West in all their richness and ambiguity. For those disenchanted with the ‘outer West’ of politics, scientific materialism, and established religion, it will be a wonder and a joy to see what has been here all along.” —Joscelyn Godwin

Also by Jay Kinney is Hidden Wisdom. For more info:



Publisher’s Description: 

Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, The Knights Templar . . . Even before the popularity of The Da Vinci Code, there were readers interested in these matters. However there are few who understand their true meaning. The founder of the influential Gnosis magazine collects essays by some of the finest contemporary spiritual writers exploring the West's magical and esoteric traditions. With more than twenty essays and seventeen authors, anyone interested in pursuing the symbolist and occult philosophies of the Western way should find this collection riveting - including fans of The Da Vinci Code.

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