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Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal…

Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal Transformation

by River Higginbotham

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In one sense, this is a typical advanced Paganism book: rituals, guided meditations, journaling exercises, etc., all designed to help you progress spiritually. In another sense, this is nothing like most Paganism books, advanced or otherwise. The Higginbothams pull from the works of Ken Wilbur, Jim Marion, and Don Beck and Christopher Cowan to create a Pagan model of spiritual growth and development. Beginning with an archaic, infantile state and moving through progressively more complicated developmental stages (roughly equivalent to preschool, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, etc.), the authors describe how people at different stages approach Paganism, ethics, and magical practice. The exercises are included to help readers see ways that this model describes their own experiences. Scattered throughout the book are suggestions for those who teach Paganism on how to work with students at these different stages, along with warning signs of how people at each stage may have trouble working in a class setting. I found the whole concept fascinating: so few authors bring this depth of thought to Pagan practice.

There were a few drawbacks. I thought the labyrinth meditations were repetitive to the point of annoyance to read, although that's deliberate on the authors' part, and I understand why they chose that approach. And without reading the original writers they draw from, I'm not sure if the Higginbothams are representing their ideas accurately, or in context. (For example, a quick scan of the Wikipedia article on Spiral Dynamics (Beck and Cowan's theory) mentioned several criticisms that didn't make it into Pagan Spirituality.) But overall, I recommend this as a thought-provoking change of pace from most Paganism books. ( )
  Silvernfire | Sep 2, 2010 |
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This book is dedicated to Ken Wilbur
For having thrown down the Gauntlet
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For more than a decade we have introduced people to the ideas and principles of the modern Pagan movement, teaching classes at churches, bookstores, homes, conferences, and festivals.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738705748, Paperback)

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.   

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"Encourages all Pagans to reflect on their own spiritual progress, and eventually look beyond the personal to the transpersonal... Exercises throughout the text are designed to further cultivate both magickal skills and spiritual growth through journaling, visualization, and meditation" -- book jacket.… (more)

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