Awakening · Film & TV

The Fountain and the Road to Awe

The Fountain is a perfect example of the Pisces archetype on film. It’s a visionary love story about the quest for immortality that interweaves three parallel storylines that span a thousand years. This is probably Darren Aronofsky’s best film. It’s a work of art with stunning visuals, a glorious soundtrack and beautiful performances by the… Continue reading The Fountain and the Road to Awe

Mysticism

The Mystic Way 15: Spiritual Marriage and Joy

Last time we looked at the language of deification in the Unitive State. Here we finish the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism with the second style of language used by mystics to describe the experience of union, that of spiritual marriage, and explore the source of the mystic’s joy: “At this point we begin to… Continue reading The Mystic Way 15: Spiritual Marriage and Joy

Mysticism

The Mystic Way 14: Deification in Union

Last time we looked at the characteristics of the Unitive Life. Here we continue the extracts from Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism to explore the first style of language used by mystics to describe the experience of union, that of deification: “We have said that the mystic of the impersonal type, the seeker of a Transcendent Absolute,… Continue reading The Mystic Way 14: Deification in Union

Book Reviews

Review: The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti

This week I’m reading The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Adyashanti. This is a great little book that packs a punch and doesn’t let you off the hook. If you want to wake up, or think you’re already on that path, this book will give you a stripped-down practical guide… Continue reading Review: The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti

Buddhism

The foundational teachings of Buddhism and the Eightfold Path

If you want to understand the ideas that underpin any belief system, it’s best to start at the beginning. With Buddhism that means going back to the Four Noble Truths which was the Buddha’s very first teaching. The Four Noble Truths of the Middle Way include the teachings on the Eightfold Path, which is a… Continue reading The foundational teachings of Buddhism and the Eightfold Path

Book Reviews

Review: Waking from Sleep by Steve Taylor

This week I’m reading Waking from Sleep which explores various higher states of consciousness and awakening experiences and how to induce them. Our normal state of day-to-day consciousness is a kind of sleep and this book explores the ways we can wake from our slumber into a more intense, present reality. There are sections on the… Continue reading Review: Waking from Sleep by Steve Taylor