In this timely third book in his Spiritual Ecology series, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee continues his exploration of the many facets of interconnection between humanity and the Earth. Likening Spring to falling in love, Summer with abundance and spiritual awakening, and Autumn with fruition and wisdom, the book continuously reflects the profound resonance of humanity within nature. Never more relevant than now, the chapter on Winter points the reader to what is most essential even as the temporal is stripped away like autumn leaves, providing some assurance that there is meaning and even peace amidst the most devastating losses. As with other books in this series, Vaughan-Lee places the human story within the story of the Earth helping the reader to rediscover their place within the wider context of our common home and it’s sacred nature.
About the Author
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., was born in London in 1953 and has followed the Sufi path since he was nineteen. In 1991 he moved with his family to Northern California and founded The Golden Sufi Center (www.goldensufi.org). Author of several books, he has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology. Since 2000 the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, an awakening global consciousness of oneness, and spiritual ecology (www.workingwithoneness.org). He has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday, and featured on the Global Spirit series shown on PBS.
“Seasons of the Sacred is a beckoning down into the simple rhythms of nature. With his guiding eloquence, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee moves us into conversation with the sacred, calling our awareness to the concealed gifts of each season. Drawing on the ancient poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Julian of Norwich, Wordsworth, and others, we can’t help but fall into step with the numinous found in ordinary life." —Toko-pa Turner, author of Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home
"Seasons of the Sacred invites us to remember what we have forgotten and is itself a remembering of the sacred nature of Reality. Through poems drawn from the writings of Sufi, Chinese, Persian, Indian, Japanese, Native American, and Christian mystics and poets—interwoven with woodcuts and engravings that create a pause for beholding the sacred—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee invites us to become companions along the way. It has been such an ensouled experience to read and savor. Seasons of the Sacred—this will surely become one of the primary books used at the Center." —Peggy Whalen-Levitt, editor of Only the Sacred: Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century, and director of the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World
"Vaughan-Lee encourages reconnecting with the Earth in this heartfelt compilation of essays, poems, and illustrations [….] Suitable for readers of all spiritual persuasions, Vaughan-Lee’s soothing observations will inspire a more mindful contemplation of Earth’s rhythms." —Publishers Weekly