The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature

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Harper Collins, Sep 28, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 256 pages
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From time immemorial, artists and poets, prophets, and shamans have drawn strength and inspiration from walking the earth. In The Earth Path, bestselling author Starhawk takes the reader on a journey into the heart of the natural world, showing how we can have a more intimate connection with the world that surrounds us.

Institutionalized religions have sacred texts -- messages written in holy books that are the inspiration for their beliefs and rituals. But the sacred texts for Wicca, like other ancient native or indigenous traditions, are written in nature -- in the magic circle of the elements: air, fire, water, and earth. With The Earth Path, Starhawk, an activist, ecofeminist, and leader in the women’s spirituality movement, places you in the center of that magical circle. As you become attuned to the rhythms of the earth, your thinking will shift from focusing on isolated objects to marveling at the multitude of interconnecting patterns and relationships in nature. These patterns and connections can hold the key to your own spiritual renewal and restore your sense of responsibility for preserving this world that nurtures and sustains us.

Filled with awareness exercises, inspiring meditations, and magical rituals, The Earth Path not only teaches the reader to respect the ecology of our natural world, but shows how to spiritually connect with and channel the powers inherent in nature.

 

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User Review  - earthlistener - LibraryThing

The somewhat smaller then usual print in the book made it somewhat more difficult read, I still found the book worth it. This book by Starhawk looks into ways of reconnecting both spirituality and ... Read full review

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User Review  - hearthfirecircle - LibraryThing

I was dissapointed that there weren't more practical suggestions for how to incorporate earth centered activism into my life. I tired of the appocalypic theology. However, her simple suggestions of spending time in the wilderness to observe and understand is extremely important and useful. Read full review

Contents

How We View the World
15
EarthCentered Values
29
A Sacred Intention 38 Opening to Help
40
What Every Pagan
41
FIVE Observation
50
A Home Base
57
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE
70
SEVEN Air
76
NINE Water
131
Honoring the Waters
135
Listening Meditation
152
Earth Observation
161
Compost Blessing
168
Seed Meditation
174
Plant Allies
182
The Sacred Pattern
185

Wind Observation
78
Windbreak Nonviolence
84
EIGHT Fire
97
Subtle Energy Observation
105
Drawing on a HomeBase Energy
112
Spiral Pattern Observation
191
TWELVE Healing the Earth
215
Notes
231
Select Bibliography
238
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Starhawk is the author of nine books, including her bestselling The Spiral Dance, The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, and Webs of Power, winner of the 2003 Nautilus Award for social change. She has an international reputation, and her works have been translated into many different languages. Starhawk is also a columnist for beliefnet.com and ZNet. A veteran of progressive movements who is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism, she travels internationally, teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism. Starhawk lives part-time in San Francisco, in a collective house with her partner and friends, and part-time in a little hut in the woods in western Sonoma County, where she practices permaculture in her extensive gardens and writes.

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