Alchemy of the Heart

Transforming Turmoil Into Peace Through Emotional Integration

Alchemy of the Heart

Mind, body, spirit.

The Alchemy of the Heart

The Alchemy of the Heart

This book is the true story of one man''s attempt to live out his lifelong dream of sailing around the world to strange foreign ports in his own sailboat. Upon retiring from teaching school and farming in Michigan, Harold Knoll, Jr. left his forthcoming sedentary life, took his sailboat down to the Gulf, and headed around the world. Few men have the courage to do this, even though most of us have these dreams. This Volume I covers the first part of his journey from Lake Michigan down the rivers to the Gulf; across to Florida; and then across to the Bahamas; down to the Dominican Republic; across to Puerto Rico; across the U.S. and British Virgin Islands; and through the West Indies to Trinidad. Future volumes will continue his trip around the world. Captain Knoll, a true free spirit, picks up crew as he travels along. In the process, he meets many very fascinating people and has many thrilling, and sometimes humorous, experiences. Forthcoming volumes will cover the eight years that he has spent going to Spain and Europe; the North Sea and Scandinavia; England, Scotland and the Irish Sea; the French Canal System; the Mediterranean Sea; and the Aegean Sea as he proceeds around the world the "wrong way" (against the prevailing easterly winds).

Alchemy of the Heart

How to Give and Receive More Love

Alchemy of the Heart

Learn how the mature heart overcomes hidden blocks to giving and receiving more love. How you can soften and strengthen the heart to create more meaningful relationships in all areas of your life. And how the most intense lessons of love, if we are willing to learn from them, can be the open door to a higher love - and a higher way of loving.

Sufism

The Alchemy of the Heart

Sufism


The Alchemy of the Heart

Life's Refining Process to Free Us from Ourselves

The Alchemy of the Heart

This book intends to help readers see themselves in light of their own circumstances and understand that nothing and no one has the right or power to hold them back from full character development.

Alchemy of The Heart

The Sacred Marriage of Dionysos & Ariadne

Alchemy of The Heart

Dionysos, one of the most misunderstood of the gods, is a masculine energy that brings us back to life and vitality in a way that includes deep partnership with the feminine. Through the exploration of the love story of Ariadne and Dionysos, Alchemy of the Heart takes us on an archetypal adventure into an ancient world where the dance of masculine and feminine ignites fullness of being in both men and women. From the shadowy labyrinth of Minos to the sacred Initiation Chamber at Pompeii, Alchemy of the Heart travels the landscape of both the outer world and the inner psyche as it points the way past contemporary hedonism and pornography addiction into a Dionysian world of joy, vibrant sexuality, and spiritual transcendence. “A solid and important work of scholarship that is a must-read for those doing depth psychological work. Aguilar mines the myth of Dionysos and Ariadne for its insights into expanding Jungian notions about the animus and a woman’s journey to wholeness. In the process, she updates Jungian thought to match emerging ways of seeing gender, the feminine, and the masculine in our time.” —Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., Author of Persephone Rising, The Hero Within and Awakening the Heroes Within. Former President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. “Joseph Campbell showed us the mythic mysteries, now Marina Aguilar unlocks the secrets of ecstatic teachings. Alchemy of the Heart is a breakthrough work on our divine connection to nature and the playful wisdom of the body.” —Jonathan Young, Ph.D., Psychologist, Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives. “A superb study of the myth of Dionysos through the lens of Jung’s spiritual alchemy. Focusing on the sacred marriage of Dionysos and Ariadne, the author illuminates the journey to wholeness, both horizontal and vertical, revealing a power to heal not only a broken psyche but a broken world. Aguilar’s ‘meditative exegesis’ on the Dionysian initiation chamber in the Villa of Mysteries at Pompeii is a model of transcendence at the heart of Plato’s noetic philosophy. This is a penetrating reading bringing to life an ancient, yet timeless, myth.” —Michael P. Morrissey, Ph.D., Author of Consciousness and Transcendence: The Theology of Eric Voegelin. Marina Aguilar received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, and has been a practicing depth psychotherapist and educator since 1990. She specializes in individuation as a spiritual, as well as soul process. Her expertise in mythology, comparative religion, spiritual alchemy and the ancient mystery school teachings serves as a valuable tool in working with archetypal themes as they emerge in day to day life, imagination, art and dreams. Having lived in the United States, Mexico and Europe, her work bridges cultures, continents and spiritual modalities and focuses on increasing consciousness and wholeness within the individual and society as a whole.

Alchemy of the Extraordinary

A Journey Into the Heart of the Meridian Matrix

Alchemy of the Extraordinary

This book explores the evolutionary and spiritual core of the acupuncture meridian systems known as the 8 Extraordinary Vessels. These channels are the alchemical cauldron where Heaven and Earth, soul and spirit, Ling and Shen, Hun and Po, fire and water, form and consciousness, and astrology and morphology take place. They are the blueprint of our lives and our spiritual curriculum. The eight extraordinary vessels are about understanding the self beyond the layers of social conditioning and programming. This book takes us through a shamanic process in the language of Chinese Medicine and Daoism.

Alchemy of a Warrior's Heart

Alchemy of a Warrior's Heart

A MODERN SPIRITUAL CLASSIC: An old Vietnam War veteran learns about his life and why he is here. He shares his life changing experiences while traveling four times to India in search of meaning and understanding. He spends months at a time in isolation at a jungle ashram with his newly found satguru. His memoir covers a decade after he retires from his government work. His journey takes him to the Himalayas where he meets with mysterious and mystical yogis, Buddhist monks, and cobra snakes. He experiences supernatural wonders that cannot be fully explained. He explores hundreds of old temples and churches in search of wisdom. Along the way, he has two near-death-experiences and a dozen heart attacks; while other major health issues threaten to take his life and slow him down. He falls off a 30 foot cliff in India after finding and visiting the sacred Babaji's Cave, that Paramahansa Yogananda wrote about in his book " Autobiography of A Yogi". He meets teachers, gurus, masters, saints and sinners and even fools along the way, who all guide and direct him along on a path, that he was not even aware he was traveling down. He learns to face old fears, learns new things about himself and finds that he has a purpose and a destiny. His newly found satguru, orders him to have his "Naadi Palm Reading" done in the near by city of Pune, India. Against his own wishes, he goes and discovers a link to the past and his future. He learns about his destiny and what he is supposed to do with the remaining days of his life. He is even told when he is going to die.This is only the beginning of a series of internal and external changes that take place, as he continues his journey. He is stuck down by a major heart attack in Mumbai and has to return back to California. He undergoes open heart surgery and finds himself transported to India after his heart is stopped on purpose, while he is put on a heart and lung machine. He meets ancient holy men and is given a vision of his future and his purpose. The book is a series of short stories of his real life experiences, some involving time spent with his satguru. These all unfold as his "heart" is physically, spiritually and emotionally changed. This is truly a story of spiritual evolution. The opening up of the heart to love and the power of forgiveness. It is a spell binding, sacred adventure. The author takes you along with him as he learns and experiences life anew and gains new understandings. The author has several personal encounters with the great avatar Babaji and has some miraculous healings because of those. This is an inspiring book for mystical, spiritual seekers. It is like "Indiana Jones" Meets the Guru! Each story connects the energy together, as we all travel along with Rev. Bill, as he explores inner space. The book reads like a thriller mystery except it is all true. These are the personal encounters of a real life mystic and spiritual seeker. You only need an open heart and an open mind and you will find yourself transported to your own sacred destiny!

Emotional Alchemy

How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

Emotional Alchemy

Alchemists sought to transform lead into gold. In the same way, says Tara Bennett-Goleman, we all have the natural ability to turn our moments of confusion or emotional pain into insightful clarity. Emotional Alchemy maps the mind and shows how, according to recent advances in cognitive therapy, most of what troubles us falls into ten basic emotional patterns, including fear of abandonment, social exclusion (the feeling we don't belong), and vulnerability (the feeling that some catastrophe will occur). Through the simple practice of mindfulness taught in this book, we can free ourselves of such patterns and replace them with empathy for ourselves and others, as well as the freedom to be more creative and alive. You'll find the very latest research in neuroscience--including the neurological "magic quarter second," during which it is possible for a thought to be "caught" before it turns into an emotional reaction. And you'll discover the fascinating parallels of this science with the wisdom of ancient Buddhism--for Buddhists knew centuries ago that we can end our self-destructive habits. This remarkable book also teaches the practice of mindfulness, an awareness that lets us see things as they truly are without distortion or judgment, giving the most insightful explanation of how mindfulness can change not only our lives, but the very structure of our brains. Here is a beautifully rendered work full of Buddhist wisdom and stories of how people have used mindfulness to conquer their self-defeating habits. The result is a whole new way of approaching our relationships, work, and internal lives.