Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Living Paganism Beyond 101

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Book: Living Paganism Beyond 101 by Shanddaramon

First Shanddaramon led seekers down a path to attaining higher spirituality in his book Self-Initiation for the Solitary Witch. Now, with Living Paganism, he gives readers the opportunity to not only advance in their self-initiated training, but to literally live Paganism.

You have studied books on Paganism. You do rituals at home or in a group. You search for information about Pagan thought and practice but, somehow, it doesn’t seem enough. You want your life to reflect your Pagan values. You don’t just want to do Pagan things; you want to live your Paganism everyday and through everything you do. That is what a truly spiritual person does and, as a deeply committed practicing Pagan, you can learn to let your spiritual practice become more a part of your life. It can be the essence of who you are.

Living Paganism picks up where Shanddaramon’s last book left off and leads the practitioner to determine how to be more fulfilled through connecting spiritual practice to the many sacred cycles of life. In this book, you will learn how to develop Pagan spiritual goals that are balanced and meaningful. Then you will learn to observe and become an active participant in the cosmic cycles of the universe so that you may learn to honor and use those cycles to live your Pagan values. Every day we experience the cycles of Earth, the moon, the sun, and the changes in life. By connecting your practice to these sacred cycles you will learn to create a meaningful and magical life.

Basic guidelines for personal goal setting by incorporating the qualities of the elements and Spirit and life's cycles into daily living. Once you understand his concepts of Expression and Envelopment, you're on the path to touching every aspect of Living Paganism, within and without.

Shanddaramon's LIVING PAGANISM: AN ADVANCED GUIDE FOR THE SOLITARY PRACTITIONER tells practitioners how to use connecting spiritual practices to become more connected to cycles of life. From learning how to develop Pagan spiritual goals to becoming an active participant in cosmic cycles, LIVING PAGANISM continues Shanddaramon's teachings, begun in SELF-INITIATION FOR THE SOLITARY WITCH.

Living Paganism enables you to experience more advanced and fulfilling training in your quest for adeptness.

Shanddaramon is He is the author of Self Initiation for the Solitary Witch (New Page Books) and is a regular contributing writer for PagaNet news. He is a writer and artist living in Durham, North Carolina where he teaches art and music, does pastoral and divinatory advising and listening, and teaches Pagan studies classes. He is a founding member, brother, and ordained minister of the Sacred Order of Living Paganism—a fellowship of brothers and sisters dedicated to deep Pagan learning, practice, and service.

Buy Shanddaramon's book from Living Paganism Beyond 101

Suggested ebooks:

Rabbi Michael Laitman - Attaining The Worlds Beyond
Richard Roy - 13 Questions On Paganism And Wicca

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Pagan Spirituality A Guide To Personal Transformation

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Book: Pagan Spirituality A Guide To Personal Transformation by River Higginbotham

In a world filled with beginner books, deeper explanations of the Pagan faith are rarely found. Picking up where their critically acclaimed first book Paganism left off, bestselling authors Joyce & River Higginbotham offer intermediate-level instruction with Pagan Spirituality.

Respected members of their communities, the Higginbothams describe how to continue spiritual evolution though magick, communing, energy work, divination, and conscious creation in a pleasant, encouraging tone. Learn how to use journaling, thought development, Visualization, and goal-setting to develop magickal techniques and to further cultivate spiritual growth. This book serves to expand the reader's spiritual knowledge base by providing a balanced approach of well-established therapies, extensive personal experience, and question-and-answer sessions that directly involve the reader in their spiritual journey.

The initial chapters of this book explore the theories of Ken Wilber, a spirituality psychologist. His ideas are related to Pagan spiritual development in a way that the non-scientist can understand. The authors explain how a person progresses from infant to young adult and beyond the young adult stage into stages of more wisdom and self-reflection. The authors liken one's spiritual growth to the changes one goes through when going from helpless infant to someone who can run marathons.

In all there are nine developmental "spaces" and four different quadrants that readily conform to a Pagan world outlook. Joyce and River take the reader on a tour through each space and each quadrant with exercises, meditations and other activities.

The book is set up as a teaching guide, and would work best for a group situation, although the authors do include notes on how to make the contents work if you happen to be solitary, which a great many Pagans are.

Each chapter of the book is beautifully designed to make navigating through the book as easy as possible. Each chapter has section headings such as Questions to discuss, Exercise, My Journal, or Visualization. At the beginning of the book the reader is encouraged to create a spiritual progress map listing things that he or she wishes to accomplish in the coming year. The following chapters build on this map by returning to it and checking on progress toward the goals set forth in it. Each chapter builds on the lessons learned from the ones previous.

Chapters focus on different aspects of growth, both of the individual self and the way in which that individual interacts with the greater Pagan Community, the mundane world and beyond to the spirit world. Chapter titles show what the reader can expect to find with such descriptions as Growth and Magick from the front end of the book to Energy Work from the back end of the book.

This book would be most useful to a shop that gives classes or a coven leader working with beginners that have progressed beyond the basic Wicca 101 level. It would also be a perfect workbook for a group of new seekers that are forming their own study group. Pagan Spirituality builds on the lessons and explanations found in the authors' first book, Paganism, and the authors suggest reviewing their previous work before tackling the projects of this one. I haven't read their first book, but on the basis of my reading of this one, I will at some point.

The only down side of the book for me was the repetitiveness of the various visualizations, but since each one builds on the last, I understand the reasoning behind the repetitions. If the reader were using the book as a lesson plan meant to encompass a year's study, this slight flaw most likely would become an attribute instead. This is a book I definitely recommend to anyone wishing to deepen their connection to the spiritual side of existence.

Buy River Higginbotham's book: Pagan Spirituality A Guide To Personal Transformation

Downloadable books (free):

Anonymous - Beltane Pagan Ritual Of Interest To Neo Pagans
Gerina Dunwich - Herbal Magick A Witchs Guide To Herbal Enchantments Folklore And Divinations
Michael De Molinos - The Spiritual Guide The Rich Treasure Of Internal Peace
Right - Travel In Spiritual Worlds A Complete Guide On Astral Travels