Hidden Wisdom

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-05-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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While terms from Eastern spiritual practices such as zen, mantra, and karma have become part of our daily lexicon, the traditions of Western spirituality have been largely unexplored by people searching for non-mainstream routes to spiritual experience. But for those who identify with Western culture, Western religious traditions have their own wisdom teachings that are more suitable to their needs and expectations. Many of those searching for alternative religions are not even aware that Western civilization has always had its own traditions, which are often hidden. In this fascinating introduction to non-mainstream Western spirituality, the coeditors of Gnosis magazine -- today's leading journal of mystical spirituality -- guide you through the teachings of Jung and Gurdjieff, the Kabbalah, neo-paganism, shamanism, alchemy, Sufism, and more. Explaining the history and practice of each tradition and describing its important figures, the authors present the ideas, strengths, and weaknesses of each tradition and offer a wealth of resources for those interested in pursuing these paths further.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Jung and the Discovery of the Unconscious
Gnosticism: The Search for an Alien God
Finding the Inner Christ: Esoteric Christianity
A Ladder Between Heaven and Earth: The Kabbalah
Magicians: Sculptors of the Astral Light
The Return of the Pagans: Witchcraft and Neopaganism
Shamans: Technicians of Ecstasy
The Gold of the Philosophers: Alchemy and Hermeticism
The Way of the Sly Man: The Teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff
Sufism: The Poles of Love and Knowledge
The Rumor of the Brotherhood: Secret Societies and Hidden Masters
The Eternal New Age
Afterword 317(4)
Notes 321(32)
Bibliography 353(20)
Index 373

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