The Circle Within is your guide to creating a personal spiritual practice for daily life. The first section is a thoughtful examination of Wiccan ethics and philosophy that explores how to truly live Wicca. The second section includes devotional prayers and rituals that provide inspiration for group or solitary practice. Topics in this Wicca book include: cultivating an ongoing personal relationship with deity, ethics and standards of behavior, concepts of sacred space, elements of a daily practice, tuning into the Wheel of the Year and the elements, and creating meaningful personal Pagan rituals. Move beyond the basics of Wicca and enter the sacred space of the circle within. COVR Award Winner
The problem of knowledge in German Idealism has drawn increasing attention. This is the first attempt at a systematic critique that covers all four major figures, Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. The book offers a fresh and challenging analysis.
An Anthology of African American Literary Criticism from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present
Author: Angelyn Mitchell
Pubpsher: Duke University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Within the Circle is the first anthology to present the entire spectrum of twentieth-century African American literary and cultural criticism. It begins with the Harlem Renaissance, continues through civil rights, the Black Arts Movement, and on into contemporary debates of poststructuralist and black feminist theory. Drawing on a quote from Frederick Douglass for the title of this book, Angelyn Mitchell explains in her introduction the importance for those "within the circle" of African American literature to examine their own works and to engage this critical canon. The essays in this collection--many of which are not widely available today--either initiated or gave critical definition to specific periods or movements of African American literature. They address issues such as integration, separatism, political action, black nationalism, Afrocentricity, black feminism, as well as the role of art, the artist, the critic, and the audience. With selections from Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, W. E. B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Barbara Smith, Alice Walker, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and many others, this definitive collection provides a dynamic model of the cultural, ideological, historical, and aesthetic considerations in African American literature and literary criticism. A major contribution to the study of African American literature, this volume will serve as a foundation for future work by students and scholars. Its importance will be recognized by all those interested in modern literary theory as well as general readers concerned with the African American experience. Selections by (partial list): Houston A. Baker, Jr., James Baldwin, Sterling Brown, Barbara Christian, W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, LeRoi Jones, Sarah Webster Fabio, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W. Lawrence Hogue, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain Locke, Deborah E. McDowell, Toni Morrison, J. Saunders Redding, George Schuyler, Barbara Smith, Valerie Smith, Hortense J. Spillers, Robert B. Stepto, Alice Walker, Margaret Walker, Mary Helen Washington, Richard Wright
Common Ground is an examination of the many commonalities shared by ecological and Native American philosophies. Both their common differences from and critiques of dominant Western philosophy are considered. This major work of cross-cultural philosophy employs a unique comparative methodology in order to contrast patterns of relationship in the ideological, social and ecological spheres. Native and modern Western philosophies and lifestyles, past and present, are each examined and compared to eco-holist thought, and to ecological realities. The work concludes that both ecological philosophy and modern Western culture have much to learn from an examination of Native American philosophy, especially concerning the creation of a sustainable and equitable future.
LIVING THE CYCLE WITHIN THE CIRCLE (Living Life) By Tess Marcin . . . An excerpt . . . When anyone touts mind, the thinking process, the result, one cannot leave God out of the equation. Hu- man achievement is not just a product of man, it is an achievement of God, by God, through the mind used by man. The reasoning process is as complicated as the mind it makes its way through. Through the pro- cess of thought, of rationalization, of objectivity, one is using one’s intellect to live this life. Mind emits the material, but how does it get into mind, where does it come from, and who or what is doing the reasoning through mind? No one can use mind for any purpose without acknowledging where it came from. God does not impose his will on man, it is man who does his own imposing. Man cannot talk about the metaphysical in any context without admitting that what he views as reality is not the true reality. Man will continue destroying himself because he does not know who he truly is. He lives in the world of the human, gives it the reality, but ignores the before, as well as the aftermath! For those who tout that this is reality, that this is who they are, one would pose the question, “When the so-called reality of this world gives way, along with the physical, what will “you” encounter?” Will it seem as real, or will it reveal itself as the true reality? And what will your reaction be? That the reality of the physical was a fake reality? That everything is with one in the new realm? Mind, spirit, conscience? Man can argue the principle of anything, but it is man putting his own spin on his own perspective. To rationalize, to reason, does not necessarily bring the right answer, only the answer as seen from the standpoint of the one doing the reasoning. The coin with two sides is applicable in all situations, but this does not mean that one should abandon his principles. There are the high roads of principles, and there are the low roads of principles, and choice steps in to decide which road to take. Values, morals, ethics, etc., can be subverted when one takes the low principle road. Man has the knack of seeking his own path and it is not always the better one, or the right one. Man, today, believes himself to be highly intelligent, is he? When he, through the process of rationalization, of reason, begins to analyze his intellect, something important is missing . . . The thought of who is doing the analyzing. Man can no more help making himself look good because he allows his ego to intervene. We all live by our own philosophies, so man is never more or less than he thinks he is. He lives his life within his cycle in time and is puzzled when the cycle is over and his spirit is living life in no-time. This is the circle in action.
The original small-press edition of Calling the Circle has become one of the key resources for the rapidly-growing "circle" movement. This newly revised edition brings Christina Baldwin's groundbreaking work to an even broader audience ranging from women's spirituality groups to corporate development teams. 50,000 years ago, women and men gathered around campfires to decide the key issues in their lives. Today, groups everywhere are discovering a new form of this ancient ritual for communication, mutual support, teamwork, and social change. Now, in a book as consciousness-changing as Riane Eisler's The Chalice and the Blade or Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline, Christina Baldwin offers this powerful new tool to everyone who longs for a community based on honesty, equality, and spiritual integrity. In this simple, profound practice, participants sit in a circle, pass a talking piece from person to person, and speak and listen from the heart. Christina Baldwin gives detailed instructions and suggestions for getting started, setting goals, and solving disagreements safely and respectfully. She also offers inspiring examples of circles in action: a women's spirituality group, a father and son in crisis, a PTA group that averts a school strike and a work project team that accesses a new level of creativity and caring.
Essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese culture, this unsurpassed masterwork opens an intriguing window on Japan. Benedict’s World War II–era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of Japan and that of the United States. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a revealing look at how and why our cultures differ, making it the perfect introduction to Japanese history and customs.