In this remarkable book, John Welshons weaves together his own personal awakening with those of others he’s counseled to create a deeply felt and beautifully expressed primer on dealing with grief. Grieving, says Welshons, offers a unique opportunity to develop deeper and fuller life experiences, to embrace pain in order to open the heart to joy. Written for those who have experienced any kind of loss — death, divorce, or disappointment — this book offers reasonable, reassuring thinking on dealing with the death of loved ones and ourselves, finding the inner gifts that promote healing, and much more. Awakening from Grief takes a rare and compelling positive look at a subject needlessly viewed as one of the most negative in life. This is a persuasive primer on drawing the joy out of grief.
Enlightened-ish is one of the most approachable, down-to-Earth books for anyone seeking a self-guided spiritual awakening. Gails work is honest, inspiring and undoubtedly a refreshing read in a market of deeply esoteric and trite testimonies about spiritual enlightenment and self-empowerment. Gails story begins with the unexpected death of her father. She dedicates herself to writing Enlightened-ish and the belief that this event will guide her to confront death and loss in a way that few have had the courage to do. She comes forward with experiences from childhood and adulthood with an outrageous audacity and authenticity. She confronts the death of her father, the loss of a spiritual community and the effects of witnessing a violent suicide, a health crisis and a break-up - all events which occurred in an 10-month period! Her ability to use storytelling as a means of identifying the universal truths that she calls the Twelve Freedoms of Enlightened-ish Living keeps the reader engaged in a polite spiritual voyeurism that has not been matched. Without exception, her tenacity about being fully human and fully enlightened-ish will change the trajectory of spiritualists in every religion. Never before has a memoir been written with so much conviction and humility, then packaged so powerfully that readers everywhere will be awakened to the power of storytelling. Enlightened-ish is raw, conversational and unforgettable!
The recipient of two Literary Awards for her book, Depression Exposed, A Spiritual Enlightenment on a Dark Subject, Dr. Moss does it again! How to Grieve and Let Go with Dignity not only assists people in experiencing victorious grief, but it also teaches individuals how to re-prioritize their lives after a loss so they can fulfill destiny, the real place of euphoria. This book is written in two parts. Book One deals with grief associated with the death of a loved one, while Book Two addresses issues pertaining to divorce or abandonment. This book is for anyone who has been sucker-punched by life. To enhance the quality and quantity of life, the book also includes an Appendix filled with helpful data for planning a funeral, writing a Will and Testament, or starting a healthy lifestyle program complete with an exercise regimen that will help you lose weight. This program helped her lose and keep off over 50 pounds. Dr. Moss is an anointed speaker and writer specializing in empowering people of all faiths and lifestyles to grow and develop emotionally and spiritually. A great orator, she speaks to vast audiences globally on a variety of subjects destined to bring total life prosperity. Her cut-to-the chase method makes her a popular speaker in both the religious and secular communities. Dr. Moss holds two Masters' and a Doctorate Degree. She is Co-Pastor of Soteria Christian Center International and the Co-Founder of the Soteria Community Resource Center, a tax-exempt organization consisting of various programs to support community growth and expansion, both located in Smithfield, Virginia. She is ecstatically married to Pastor Perry Moss, Jr. They have one daughter Dawn Nicole and a beautiful granddaughter Breanna Octavia who reside in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
All of us can pinpoint a particular point in our life that forever changes us. For Samantha Brinson, that day was March 18, 2006, when she was involved in a horrific car accident her senior year of college. The tragedy took the life of her best friend and left Brinson physically and emotionally broken. Even so, God wasn't about to let her go. Candid and inspiring, In the Mourning recounts Brinson's journey through the grieving and healing process following that terrible night. Drawing on her private journals, she illustrates how this traumatic event affected several aspects of her life. But most importantly, Brinson reveals how it shaped her personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Brinson quickly discovered that there are no formulas for heartache, nor can grief always be defined in bulleted points or step-by-step procedures. Instead, she shares how she desperately plunged into God's word in a new way. Her relationship with God gradually transformed from a cold legalism into a newfound, pure, unadulterated love. Discover a heartening story of redemption through the poignant thoughts of a young woman desperate to feel God's presence. In the Mourning wonderfully exemplifies how life's painful events can lead to the most beautiful of transformations.
From the moment the phone rang from the ambulance that was driving her mother to the hospital several hundred miles away, Jenny's whole world shifted forever. Nothing was going to be the same again, and eventually, neither was she. In the year that followed, going from unthinkable grief to surprising discoveries that led to an awakening she could never have imagined, the shock of the loss brought her a new way of seeing everything -life, herself, her mother. Traveling a parallel inner landscape to all the outer changes ultimately offered her a new outlook on her own life path as well.Part memoir, part psycho-social commentary, Elegy for my Mother takes an intimate, unflinching look at the experience of death and the ones left behind.
Today, practicing shamanism doesn't mean you have to live in a rain forest or a desert. Thanks to a modern renaissance of shamanic spirituality, practitioners from all walks of life now use powerful indigenous techniques for healing, insight, and spiritual growth. With Awakening to the Spirit World, teachers Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman bring together a circle of renowned Western shamanic elders to present a comprehensive manual for making these practices accessible and available in our daily lives, including: How the original practice of shamanism shaped the world's spiritual traditions and why it is still relevant today. The art of the shamanic journey--a time-tested meditative method for experiencing important spiritual lessons and truths. Guidance for avoiding common pitfalls of shamanic practice. Instruction for working with your dreams, connecting to your spirit guides, healing yourself and your environment. The core of shamanism is the experience of direct revelation-- to communicate firsthand with your spiritual allies and discover your own power. Awakening to the Spirit World takes you through each step of developing a personal connection with your helping spirits to receive wisdom, insight, and healing energy. From an overview of shamanism, to your first journeys and encounters with your power animals, to expanding your skills and insight through long-term practice, here is an in-depth resource for the shamanic arts that includes: Creating rituals and ceremonies for healing and transformation Reconnecting with nature to heal ourselves and the planet Working with your dreams, songs, and artistic vision to strengthen your practice Traditional wisdom for children-- healthy rites of passage for each phase of a child's journey to adulthood Honoring the cycle of life and death-- shamanic practices to prepare for and celebrate our final transition in this life Excerpt Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual practice known to humankind and is the “ancestor” of all our modern religions. As a method, it is a form of meditation combined with a focused intention to accomplish various things, as well become apparent in this book. As a spiritual practice, shamanism can become a way of life that may utterly transform the one who practices it. The word “shaman” comes from the language of the Evenki peoples, a Tungusic tribe in Siberia. This is a word whose meaning has to do with esoteric knowledge and extraordinary spiritual abilities and as such a shaman is often defined as an intermediary between the human and spirit worlds. In shamanic cultures, the word “shaman” has come to mean “the one who sees in the dark” or “the one who knows.” There are certain commonalities in a shaman’s worldview and practice across the world that allow us to make certain broad generalizations about shamanism. In the majority of indigenous cultures, the universe is viewed as being made up of two distinct realms: a world of things seen and a world of things hidden, yet that these two worlds present themselves together as two halves of a whole. The shaman is the inspired visionary, a man or a woman who learns through practice how to enter into this “world of things hidden,” and once there, he or she typically encounters extra-mundane personalities or archetypal forces that the indigenous peoples refer to as spirits, ancestors, or even gods. Reviews "Awakening to the Spirit World" takes a deep look at tapping sources of invisible power in daily life. So much of what Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman write about is lost to modern medicine: listening to the weather and the elements, understanding death, and more. This is a courageous book that will appeal to all who long to explore the unseen world." —Judith Orloff, MD, author of Emotional Freedom "In an era when chaos, confusion, and uncertainty take center stage, the ancestors, focused on balancing the energies of life, call forth calm, clarity, and pragmatic direction for accessing the medicine needed to heal the individual and collective psyche. In this moment in time, we are invited into "Awakening the Spirit World," where we are reassured that we are not alone. We are in good company, indeed." —Malidoma Patrice Some, PhD, author of "Of Water and the Spirit, The Healing Wisdom of Africa," and "Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community."
Which do you want us to save, your wife or your son? Your daughter is profoundly retarded. She is blind, deaf and will remain on a three month old infant level all her life...which we give to be two, maybe four years from now. Some days, aspirations, affirmations and one good aspirin is enough. For other days, you may need to know the secret of living in the Joy, of embracing the Grace of knowing how to live out your Faith in the most practical way. Knowing God does not make us exempt from hideous scars, shame, disfigurements or debatable issues. Already muddled with grief, frustration and struggles, I felt The Great Whisperer tug at my spirit. What was it He wanted this time?
Having the Life You Want By Being Present in the Life You Have
Author: Mark Nepo
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The Book of Awakening provides small doses of what really matters: simple truths and stories from everyday lives, plus inspiration from the great wisdom traditions. Each day's entry is accompanied by commonplace yet profound practices, designed to help us live the life we want by being present to the life we have. For, in the words of St Francis of Assisi, 'You are that which you are seeking.' A daily guide for authentic living in hard times, The Book of Awakening is a book to keep your head high, your heart open and your feet on the ground. 'It is true,' Nepo writes, 'If you can't see what you're looking for, see what's there. It's enough.'