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Blessing: the Art & the Practi

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David Spangler has been writing, lecturing, and teaching since the early seventies, when he was codirector of the spiritual community of Findhorn in northern Scotland. He is the author of Revelation: The Birth of a New Age; Emergence: The Rebirth of the Sacred; Everyday Miracles; A Pilgrim in Aquarius; The Call; Parent as Mystic, Mystic as Parent, and most recently Blessing. He also co-authored Reimagination of the World with William Irwin Thompson. Spangler lives in Washington, near Seattle.


Spangler, a spiritual teacher, lecturer, writer and former codirector of a New Age community in northern Scotland, encourages readers to bless all things, including people, places, activities and even machinery. Spangler (Everyday Miracles) intends the book for readers of all religious and spiritual traditions. A blessing, he says, is distinguished from a kindness in that it brings forth a spiritual depth, urging the blessed person to become, rather than just receive. According to Spangler, blessing is not an act or technique so much as a relationship in which the blesser must remain open to what the need is and not try to project his/her own agenda on another. Spangler first fell into the idea and practice of blessing when a woman approached him after a lecture and requested a blessing. Shortly afterwards, he started having his weekend workshops break into groups of threes to practice blessing each other, with positive and powerful results. Spangler is so trustingly open to the spiritual gifts of all people that he merely offers exercises to help readers hone their own unique and intuitive abilities to bless, rather than giving strict marching orders on the how-tos. This gentle and nurturing book is a balm for the soul. As Spangler says, "Surely a blessing is also a flow of life force between ourselves and others or between ourselves and the sacred. It's an act of connection." In making that connection, this book itself becomes a blessing. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"An extremely rare book...This book is a treasure." --Caroline M. Myss, Ph.D., author of Anatomy of the Spirit "Amazing...Offers a variety of ways to walk the spiritual path with very practical feet." --Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., author of The Shaman's Doorway "An exceptional book." --Angeles Arrien, Ph.D. "Gentle and nurturing...a balm for the soul." --Publishers Weekly

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