The Fruitful Darkness

“The wisdom of cultures that live harmoniously with nature spoken through the heart and mind of a true gnostic intermediary.” —Ram Dass In this “masterwork of an authentic spirit person,” Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Joan ...

Author: Joan Halifax

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802199631

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Joan Halifax delves into "the fruitful darkness" — the shadow side of being, found in the root truths of Native religions, the fecundity of nature, and the stillness of meditation. In The Fruitful Darkness, a highly personal and insightful odyssey of the heart and mind, she encounters Tibetan Buddhist mediators, Mexican shamans, and Native American elders, among others. In rapt prose, she recounts her explorations — from Japanese Zen meditation to hallucinogenic plants, from the Dogon people of Mali to the Mayan rain forest. Grove Press is proud to reissue this important work by one of Buddhism's leading contemporary teachers.

The Fruitful Darkness

She travels and lectures extensively in the United States and Europe. The Fruitful Darkness A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal.

Author: Joan Halifax

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802140715

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

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Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Joan Halifax delves into the fruitful darkness -- the shadow side of being, found in the root truths of Native religions, the fecundity of nature, and the stillness of meditation. In The Fruitful Darkness, a highly personal and insightful odyssey of the heart and mind, she encounters Tibetan Buddhist mediators, Mexican shamans, and Native American elders, among others. In rapt prose, she recounts her explorations -- from Japanese Zen meditation to hallucinogenic plants, from the Dogon people of Mali to the Mayan rain forest. Grove Press is proud to reissue this important work by one of Buddhism's leading contemporary teachers.


Darkness offers an intelligent stillness that fills and tills our psyche in a manner both difficult and beautiful—this is the fruitful darkness Joan Halifax ...

Author: Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316426474

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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Deepen your connection to the natural world with this inspiring meditation, "a path to the place where science and spirit meet" (Robin Wall Kimmerer). In Rooted, cutting-edge science supports a truth that poets, artists, mystics, and earth-based cultures across the world have proclaimed over millennia: life on this planet is radically interconnected. Our bodies, thoughts, minds, and spirits are affected by the whole of nature, and they affect this whole in return. In this time of crisis, how can we best live upon our imperiled, beloved earth? Award-winning writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s highly personal new book is a brilliant invitation to live with the earth in both simple and profound ways—from walking barefoot in the woods and reimagining our relationship with animals and trees, to examining the very language we use to describe and think about nature. She invokes rootedness as a way of being in concert with the wilderness—and wildness—that sustains humans and all of life. In the tradition of Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Mary Oliver, Haupt writes with urgency and grace, reminding us that at the crossroads of science, nature, and spirit we find true hope. Each chapter provides tools for bringing our unique gifts to the fore and transforming our sense of belonging within the magic and wonder of the natural world.

Darkness Visible

Awakening Spiritual Light through Darkness Meditation Ross Heaven, Simon Buxton ... power in the fruitful darkness it holds within is known as utsubo, ...

Author: Ross Heaven

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594776652

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

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The first book to examine the spiritual and therapeutic practice of retreat in physical darkness to explore inner light • Shows how experiencing complete darkness over prolonged periods helps in developing mental clarity and creativity • Draws upon many indigenous and spiritual traditions that use this technique The use of ceremonial darkness is a classic and cross-cultural method for exploring hidden aspects of unconscious and super-conscious states, accessing invisible landscapes, and embracing the deeper recesses of the self. In Darkness Visible Heaven and Buxton examine the spiritual and therapeutic practice of taking retreat in physical darkness. For millennia mystics and sages have used darkness as a spiritual tool for breaking with their pasts, prior conditioning, and the limited reality of their societies. Spiritual seekers from many traditions--Celtic, Eastern, indigenous North and South American, Tibetan, and African--have used darkness as a tool for spiritual enlightenment. Heaven and Buxton show how experiencing complete darkness, even for only a period of hours, brings about a remarkable clarity and mental stillness and thus provides a springboard for creativity, intuition, and spiritual development. They include exercises that explore lucid levels of dream consciousness, drawing both from their experience as teachers of this method and from the many cultures that include this practice in their spiritual traditions. Darkness Visible shows how deprivation of sight can truly teach us to see.

Wild Mind

This is the way in which romantic relationships provide the opportunity to find our true (inner) other halves.10 Lover of Fruitful Darkness For the ...

Author: Bill Plotkin

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608681785

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 661

"Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Plotkin offers advice on recognizing and healing inner wounds and destructive patterns of behavior, which can develop into subpersonalities such as inner critics, victims, escapists, rescuers, and so on, with the goal of growing into an integrated, healthy adult- and elder-hood"--

Fugitive Poses

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Author: Gerald Robert Vizenor

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803296220

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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Native sovereignty, Gerald Vizenor contends, is not possessed but expressed. It emerges not from practicing vengeful and exclusionary policies and politics, or by simple recourse to territoriality, but by turning to Native transmotion, the forces and processes of creativity and imagination lying at the heart of Native world-views and actions. Overturning long-held scholarly and popular assumptions, Vizenor offers a vigorous examination of tragic cultures and victimry.

Spiritual Literacy

medicine, a way for us to enter our depths and derive nourishment from the fruitful darkness. For her life to succeed, this big mother heron needs her old ...

Author: Frederic Brussat

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684835347

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 608

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A treasury of inspirational readings, accompanied by personal reflections and meditations, features works by Helen Keller, Barbara Kingsolver, Thomas Aquinas, and others on such themes as nature, relationships, creativity, and work

Metamorphosis through Conscious Living

For the modern individual, darkness has been demoted to a nuisance, often only associated with crisis and dark forces. There seems to be an imbalance ...

Author: Lindy L. McMullin

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527500888

Category: Philosophy

Page: 357

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Metamorphosis, the theme of this book, derives from the Ancient Greek language and refers to a transformative process that often includes disintegration and reintegration, on the route to conscious living with self, community and the world. This collection proposes that engagement with the sacred is what makes research and practice transpersonal, the sacred ‘other’ that lives both within and beyond us as individuals and unique cultures. The transpersonal approach is distinctive in that it regards the potential metamorphosis of all those involved in research and professional practice a core value. This volume engages the audience in professional, practical, as well as inquiry-related topics that reflect the diverse nature of the transpersonal studies field, and extend an experience of metamorphosis to the reader. The book moves scholarship forward in an innovative and creative way with relevant themes that not only honour the sacred, but lend a transpersonal paradigm to scientific and professional methods and models.

Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling Second Edition

Halifax (2004) refers to this type of journey as the “fruitful darkness,” indicating that we often become more open to receiving and learning some of the ...

Author: Howard R. Winokuer, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826171842

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Praise for the First Edition: "The book is well-written, interesting, informative, thorough, and useful! As an educator for 43 years, this is the sort of text that I would be pleased to use in my classroom!....I would highly recommend this book! It is an important contribution to the field!"-- Gerry R. Cox , PhD, Illness, Crisis and Loss This core, introductory textbook for undergraduate and graduate-level courses is the first to combine the knowledge and skills of counseling psychology with current theory and research in grief and bereavement. The second edition has been updated to reflect important new research and changes in the field, including insights on complicated grief, resilience after adverse life experiences, and compassion-based approaches to death, loss, and grief. It discusses the implications of the DSM-5ís omission of the bereavement exclusion for the diagnosis of a major depressive disorder. A completely new chapter on the social context of loss addresses social messages, grieving rules, workplace policies, and the disenfranchisement of many aspects of normal, health grief. The text also touches upon some of the therapies that have been developed by major researchers in the field to address complicated grief. New case scenarios further enrich the second edition. The text is grounded in the belief that grief counseling is distinct from other therapeutic issues because it is an adaptive response rather than a form of pathology. It describes the unique aspects of grief as a normal response to losses both death and non-death related, and views the goal of counseling bereaved individuals as one of facilitating the unfolding of the healthy and adaptive aspects of the process as it manifests itself within each client. The book introduces various theories of bereavement and examines different therapeutic modalities that can be used in the context of grief and loss. Specific counseling practices that facilitate successful interventions are discussed, particularly that of "presence," considered by the authors to be the primary therapeutic stance when working with bereaved individuals. The text also addresses grief counseling with special populations, ethical issues, and self-care concerns for counselors. Case studies, discussion and reflection questions, and suggested additional resources are included in each chapter. New to the Second Edition: New insights on complicated grief, DSM categorizations of grief, resilience, and compassion-based approaches to death, loss, and grief A completely new chapter on the social context of loss, including social messaging, grieving rules, and workplace policies New case scenarios Addresses the unique aspects of grief after suicide and homicide Distinguishes grief/complicated grief from depression and trauma New information on the role and use of grief support groups New information on the use of social media and privacy issues Newly developed models of compassion-based response for counselors Application of current neuroscience research to grief counseling Use of technology and online counseling Key Features: Provides research-supported, practical guidance for grief counseling and support Regards grief therapy as a unique form of counseling based on grief as an adaptive response rather than as a form of pathology Written by two internationally recognized leaders in the field Focuses on the importance of ìpresenceî as the most important therapeutic foundation for working with bereaved individuals Includes questions for reflection and glossary of terms

Ordinary Insanity

14 The Fruitful Darkness “I realized, as I was”: Joan Halifax interviewed by Krista Tippett, “Buoyancy Rather Than Burnout in Our Lives,” On Being, ...

Author: Sarah Menkedick

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 1524747785

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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A groundbreaking exposé and diagnosis of the silent epidemic of fear afflicting new mothers, and a candid, feminist deep dive into the culture, science, history, and psychology of contemporary motherhood Anxiety among mothers is a growing but largely unrecognized crisis. In the transition to mother­hood and the years that follow, countless women suffer from overwhelming feelings of fear, grief, and obsession that do not fit neatly within the outmoded category of “postpartum depression.” These women soon discover that there is precious little support or time for their care, even as expectations about what mothers should do and be continue to rise. Many struggle to distinguish normal worry from crippling madness in a culture in which their anxiety is often ignored, normalized, or, most dangerously, seen as taboo. Drawing on extensive research, numerous interviews, and the raw particulars of her own experience with anxiety, writer and mother Sarah Menkedick gives us a comprehensive examination of the biology, psychology, history, and societal conditions surrounding the crushing and life-limiting fear that has become the norm for so many. Woven into the stories of women’s lives is an examination of the factors—such as the changing structure of the maternal brain, the ethically problematic ways risk is construed during pregnancy, and the marginalization of motherhood as an identity—that explore how motherhood came to be an experience so dominated by anxiety, and how mothers might reclaim it. Writing with profound empathy, visceral honesty, and deep understanding, Menkedick makes clear how critically we need to expand our awareness of, compassion for, and care for women’s lives.

Awakening Fire

... within the shadows surrender to the formless one enter deeper....deeper into the “fruitful darkness.” Good Friday, “The Fruitful Darkness” 4.10.09 9.

Author: Veronica Valles

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1504330064

Category: Poetry

Page: 156

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Provocative, personal, and illuminating the universal, Awakening Fire is the anticipated collection of the poetry and writings by Veronica Valles. She leads you into the labyrinth of your own humanitystraight to the center of your being. Veronicas describes her ways of loving God and finding the good. As a photographer, she has a keen eye for patterns, the dance of light and shadows, and the fire of life.

Living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

The Fruitful Darkness, Reconnecting with the Body of the Earth, by Joan Halifax Your entire life is affected when one whiff of perfume, fabric softener or ...

Author: Gail McCormick

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786454280

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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The people profiled in this book tell how you can create a positive life when you no longer can work, shop, attend church and public events or socialize without unpleasant, or worse, consequences to your health from low-level chemical exposures. Living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a collection of personal stories describing the lives and coping strategies of people with MCS from all over North America. It describes dozens of alternatives to the kinds of isolation and hopelessness that threaten people with this illness. Laced with inspiration, courage and humor, these stories dispel myths associated with people who have MCS, and will help others to articulate their own experience of the illness to family, friends, coworkers, and health care providers. Foreword by Pamela Reed Gibson of James Madison University. Appendices include a medical overview, resources for further information and support, and a sociologists' view of MCS by Steve Kroll-Smith, director of the Environmental Social Science Research Institute, University of New Orleans. Includes photographs of persons whose lives are described.

The Forest of Symbols

In this betwixt - and - between period , in this fruitful darkness , king and people are closely identified . There is a mystical solidarity between them ...

Author: Victor Turner

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801491016

Category: Social Science

Page: 405

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Collection of 10 articles previously published on various aspects of ritual symbolism among the Ndembu of Zambia; p.83-4; brief mention of C.P. Mountford on Aboriginal colour symbolism; Primarly for use in cultural comparison.


28 Lumi: Basically, you're saying that the darkness and void is the main thing in the universe! Lux: You can say so. Just as happiness always seems too ...

Author: Pu Ling Lai

Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore

ISBN: 1482830086

Category: Nature

Page: 76

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Who am I? What do I want? What is the deeper purpose of my life on Earth? How to flow with our true nature so that we can live an effortless and fulfilled life? These are the questions that the author keeps asking herself every day. After long soul-searching and various experiences, one simple answer pierces through the fog of mind and sheds light on her heart: LOVE. Following the mystic dialogues between Lumi (a female voice) and Lux (a male voice), with a ray of light that travels through time and space, this book invites us on both a personal and collective journey of love between humans, animals, and nature, in which we might find answers of our own questions—or rather, more questions. For those who wish to learn to love oneself and others better, this book is delicious—simple yet deep with wisdom that readers aged from eighteen to eighty-eight can find resonance and insight in her/his own journey of awakening.

The Secret Teachings of Plants

FRUITFUL. DARKNESS. Tell a wise person, or else keep silent, because the massman will mock it right away. I praise what is truly alive, what longs to be ...

Author: Stephen Harrod Buhner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1591439825

Category: Nature

Page: 336

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Reveals the use of direct perception in understanding Nature, medicinal plants, and the healing of human disease • Explores the techniques used by indigenous and Western peoples to learn directly from the plants themselves, including those of Henry David Thoreau, Goethe, and Masanobu Fukuoka, author of The One Straw Revolution • Contains leading-edge information on the heart as an organ of perception All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings--the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient peoples asserted, the heart’s ability as an organ of perception is developed. Author Stephen Harrod Buhner explores this second mode of perception in great detail through the work of numerous remarkable people, from Luther Burbank, who cultivated the majority of food plants we now take for granted, to the great German poet and scientist Goethe and his studies of the metamorphosis of plants. Buhner explores the commonalities among these individuals in their approach to learning from the plant world and outlines the specific steps involved. Readers will gain the tools necessary to gather information directly from the heart of Nature, to directly learn the medicinal uses of plants, to engage in diagnosis of disease, and to understand the soul-making process that such deep connection with the world engenders.


... in California ; has begun an involvement with a similar community in Santa Fe ; and has produced a third book , The Fruitful Darkness , in 1993.39 At ...

Author: Andrei A. Znamenski

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415332491

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 360

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The Transformational Power of Fasting

Continually trying to look on the bright side interferes with our finding the wisdom that lies in the fruitful darkness. Continually striving upward toward ...

Author: Stephen Harrod Buhner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594776946

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 224

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Fasting practices to reconnect with the sacred, regain a sense of your life’s purpose, and heal physically and emotionally • Details what to expect during your fast physically, emotionally, and spiritually • Provides step-by-step guidelines on preparing for the fast, how long you should fast, what you can and can’t do during the fast, and how to end your fast • Explains how fasting can help or heal many chronic conditions, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, psoriasis, and insomnia For millennia humans have fasted for spiritual, emotional, and physical reasons--as a way to heal their bodies, reconnect to the sacred, regain a sense of life’s purpose, and allow their souls to detoxify. We are evolutionarily designed to fast, and the body knows how to do it very well. Fasting allows the body and all its systems to rest, purify, and heal. During a fast, the body enters the same cleansing and healing cycle it normally enters during sleep. As a fast progresses, the body consumes everything that is not essential to bodily functioning--including bacteria, viruses, fibroid tumors, waste products in the blood, buildup around the joints, and stored fat--and the mind and heart release their toxic buildup as well. As Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals, in order to be truly transformed, you must first empty yourself. Offering step-by-step guidelines to fully prepare yourself for a deep fast, Buhner explores what to expect during and after spiritual, emotional, and physical fasting and detoxification. He details the necessary dietary and mental preparations leading up to your fast, what you can and can’t do during a fast, and how to end your fast. He also explains how to plan the length of your fast and how to choose between a water fast, a juice fast, or a mono-diet fast. Revealing how fasting can help or heal many chronic conditions, such as type II diabetes, childhood seizures, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, psoriasis, insomnia, and fibromyalgia, Buhner shows fasting as a way to truly inhabit the body, to experience its sacredness, and to activate its deep capabilities for self-healing.


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Grimoire for the Green Witch

Pick up cup in left hand , athame in right , slowly lower point into cup : The Lord enters into the fruitful darkness of the Lady .

Author: Aoumiel

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738702872

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 347

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Book of Shadows, designed for you to use just as she uses it-as a working guide to ritual, spells, and divination. This ready-made, authentic grimoire is based on family tradition and actual magical experience, and is easily adaptable to any tradition of Witchcraft.