Art and Imagination Series
The Art & Imagination series casts fresh light onto art, archetypes, cosmology and sacred traditions. Each title is fully illustrated with a wealth of rarely seen images. An impressive array of writers and scholars covers a vast range of topics, from the learned and erudite to the otherworldly.
General Editor: Jill Purce
Manuals for Living and Dying
- Stanislav Grof
Includes ancient Egyptian guides to the underworld, the 'Bardo Thödol' of Tibet on how to embrace enlightenment, the myths and ballgames of Mesoamerica, and the visions of Christian Europe
- ISBN 9780500810583
- 21.00 x 15.00 cm
- Paperback with flaps
- 141 Illustrations, 37 in colour
- First published 2013
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With 193 illustrations, here is an introduction to the complex imagery and processes of both the alchemist’s art and alchemical artwork, in which gold is an emblem of its crowning glory, the elixir of life. Includes ancient Egyptian guides to the underworld, the 'Bardo Thödol' of Tibet on how to embrace enlightenment, the myths and ballgames of Mesoamerica, and the visions of Christian Europe
Manuals for Living and Dying
Over 2500 years ago there lived a man who did not claim to be specially gifted, divinely inspired or chosen, yet whose teaching now attracts an ever-increasing number of followers from all walks of life.
Well laid out, with many lavish colour and black and white photographs – Northern Earth
We can learn about dreams from cultures vastly remote from each other in time and place – from the Shamans of Malaysia, India or North America, the visionary artists of Europe and East Asia, the traditions of biblical, Koranic and classical philosophy, the ideas of analytical psychology and experimental science – how to understand the reality which lies in dreams. This book explains Freemasonry's part in a long tradition of mysticism, going back to the Middle Ages if not beyond, and shows the Craft to be a complex framework for inner growth, a developmental psychology which presents the Mason with a viable discipline for the pursuit of self-knowledge.
A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol
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At the centre of the Kabbalah is the Tree of Life, the image of Divine balance of which all existence is reflection. Kabbalists use this principle to perceive in everyday life the same dynamics as are found in the inner and upper Worlds whose exploration leads man, the image of God, to gaze back upon the Divine.
Tradition of Hidden Knowledge
In this original and engrossing book, Jill Purce traces the significance of one man’s central symbols from the double spirals of Stone Age art and the interlocking spirals of the Chinese Yin Yang symbol to the whorls of Celtic crosses, Maori tattoos and the Islamic arabesque. Many of the superb images here were intended as objects of contemplation; for the spiral is a cosmic symbol. These large-format, gloriously-illustrated paperbacks cover Eastern and Western religion and philosophy, including myth and magic, alchemy and astrology. The distinguished authors bring a wealth of knowledge, visionary thinking and accessible writing to each intriguing subject.
The Indian Cult of Ecstasy