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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee was born in London in the year 1953. He began following the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi path at the age of 19, after meeting Irina Tweedie, author of Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master. He became Irina Tweedie's successor and a teacher in the Naqshbandiyya Sufi Order. In 1991 he moved to Northern California and founded The Golden Sufi Center to help make available the teachings of this Sufi Lineage (see www.goldensufi.org). Author of several books, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe on Sufism, mysticism, Jungian psychology and dreamwork. He has also specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of Jungian Psychology. Since 2000 the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and an awakening global consciousness of oneness. More recently he has written about the feminine, the world soul, the Anima Mundi, and the emerging field of spiritual ecology (see www.workingwithoneness.org). He has also hosted a number of Sufi conferences bringing together different Sufi orders in North America (see www.suficonference.org).
"This gathering of elders from all over the globe...is nothing short of a modern oracle whose voices translate the wisdom of the Earth we must care for. Whatever your passion or work, read this book to better know the irreplaceable ground we all depend on." --Mark Nepo, author "Seven Thousand Ways to Listen and The Book of Awakening" "Despite the gloomy ecological outlook, these essays exude optimism in their belief that love and harmony can prevail over greed and insanity. They are eloquent and passionate pleas for the planet." "Publishers Weekly"" "Some of the most inspiring voices on behalf of our living planet speak forth with power and clarity in this hugely important and timely book. Their words help us find our true home and our rightful place within the great turning world of Nature." Stephen Harding, PhD, author, "Animate Earth," founding member, Schumacher College" "It's hard to imagine finding a wiser group of humans than the authors represented here, all of them both thinkers and do-ers in the greatest battle humans have ever faced. An epic collection!" Bill McKibben, author, "Deep Economy" and "The End of Nature"" "We live in a time of ecological uncertainty and we need opportunities to reconnect with the sacred. Just as scientists are modern-day prophets who tell us why we must act to save our planet, the essayists in this book are sages who remind us why that work is worthwhile." The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, founder, The Regeneration Project Interfaith Power & Light" "This gathering of elders from all over the globe is nothing short of a modern oracle whose voices translate the wisdom of the Earth we must care for. Whatever your passion or work, read this book to better know the irreplaceable ground we all depend on." Mark Nepo, author "Seven Thousand Ways to Listen and The Book of Awakening"" ""Spiritual Ecology" is a superb collection of thoughtful pieces by people who have gone deep to understand our relations with the Earth. It comes at a crucial time for humanity." Barry Lopez, author, "Arctic Dreams" (winner National Book Award), "Of Wolves and Men," "Crossing Open Ground," "About This Life"" "This book is a call to action. It requires us to put down every-day concerns that preoccupy our minds and listen with our hearts to the testaments of how desperately the earth needs us. I thank the authors in the book for reinforcing my commitment to protect the earth as much as is in my power." His Holiness, The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje"
In this series of essays, edited by Sufi spiritual teacher and author Vaughn-Lee (Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism), writers from different faith traditions mourn the damage done to the Earth. They call for spiritual rather than technological healing in reestablishing harmony between humans and the planet. The essays, by authors ranging from Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh to Christian writer Richard Rohr, repeat the same message: the Earth is not separate from humanity, and humans have no license to ravage it. The world is a spiritual being and until that view is accepted, humans are doomed to follow a path of destruction. Soul work, not environmental tinkering, is key. Despite the gloomy ecological outlook, these essays exude optimism in their belief that love and harmony can prevail over greed and insanity. They are eloquent and passionate pleas for the planet. The book's only flaw is that its brilliant music repeats one theme-even one that arguably needs to be heard over and over. (July 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.