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The Passion Of Isis And Osiris

A Gateway to Transcendental Love
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Publisher: 
Ballantine
 | 
August, 1998
ISBN:
9780345424778
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“Jean Houston has broken through to a new understanding of the sense and uses of the disciplines of inward-turned contemplation.... She gets people to awaken themselves to unknown powers that transform their lives.” —Joseph Campbell (whose Hero with a Thousand Faces was one of Jean Houston’s great mentors)

The Passion of Isis and Osiris takes us deep into the mysteries of Egypt, a culture in which every moment is filled with the interplay of human and divine. By reinterpreting the story of the twins Isis and Osiris, who are reunited in death in body and soul, she brings this world to life, revealing how the myth of Isis and Osiris gives modern readers a design for the marriage of body and soul, life and death, the tangible and the hidden. She shows how—in detailed exercises and dramatic enactments that can be done in groups or alone—we can identify the Isis and Osiris who are seeking reunion in us all.

Like Homer’s Odyssey the myth of Isis and Osiris originally penetrated the human psyche by means of the spoken word. Under the stars, through subtle whisperings in the dark, the words of the tale twine and slush like wise serpents traversing the golden sands of time, leaving a meandering trail that disappears then reappears suddenly elsewhere. This is a tale passed from one teller to the next, rolling off the tongue in enchanted circles, only to reappear in dreams in bits and pieces.

Perhaps the full knowing of such a story only comes after years of meditation. After long hours of sitting cross-legged in the temples inhaling the perfumes of cinnabar and storax while staring at the hieroglyphs chiseled on the walls. Perhaps it is a tale writ in our DNA, encoded in the genetic memory. Perhaps it is a tale we imbibe as infants at our mothers’ breast. This tale of life, love, and transformation is as ancient as the soul.

“Jean Houston’s work sparkles like a jewel.... To journey with her is to reenact the Human Story and, in so doing, to be healed, inspired, and transformed.” —Joan Borysenko

Publisher’s Description: 

In The Passion of Isis and Osiris, Jean Houston, internationally renowned philosopher, psychologist, and explorer of world myth, takes us deep into the mysteries of Egypt, land of the ancient soul within us all. Houston brings this world to wonderful life, showing how the myth of Isis and Osiris gives modern readers a design for the marriage of body and soul, life and death, the tangible and the hidden. In detailed exercises and dramatic enactments that can be done in groups or alone, she demonstrates how we can identify the Isis and Osiris that are seeking reunion in each of us.

The Passion of Isis and Osiris re-creates nothing less than a moment of Egyptian magic that allows us to enter a consciousness that is the gateway to transcendent love. This story of two spiritual soulmates still has resonance for us today, whether we are seeking to join the disparate parts of self or searching for a mate to bond with, soul to soul.

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