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Love and the World: A Guide to Conscious Soul Practice

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    Love and the World: A Guide to Conscious Soul Practice (c) 2001 Sheridan Hill-- originally published in Parabola, Fall 2001 What is most unique about Love and
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 13, 2003
      Love and the World: A Guide to Conscious Soul Practice

      (c) 2001 Sheridan Hill-- originally published in Parabola, Fall

      What is most unique about Love and the World, Robert Sardello's
      fourth book, is the logical presentation of these notions: that
      world soul exists; that soul has a connection with the current of
      the future that has been largely overlooked; and that the human "I"
      is the verb between soul and the future.

      In the realm of soul logic, what is healthy is usually at first
      unsettling.... A sign of health is that more questions are raised
      than are answered, and that the nature of such questions does not
      carry the character of doubt but rather the inspiration to go yet
      further."--Love and the World Sardello's great talent, perhaps his
      genius, is to penetrate the wisdom of the ancients, weave it into
      the precepts of new thinkers (central among them is Rudolph Steiner,
      the Austrian philosopher and esotericist), and present us with
      practical, spiritual tools that are both timeless and carefully
      forged for this moment. At the same time, he makes it clear that
      there is no easy fix.

      In this and previous books, Sardello's writing offers immediacy,
      synthesis and depth.

      The book skillfully traces world soul through dozens of spiritual
      traditions, details how psychology has stopped short of addressing
      soul, and explains how to go about the continuous creative act of
      love. This love requires a new sense of self--one that does not
      exist for its own sake but rather to serve the soul of the world.

      "We have for too long now confined the notion of soul to the
      interior of the human being, leaving the world to the exploitation
      of need and greed. If there is no soul in the world, then the notion
      of the human being as having soul is nothing more than pious
      abstraction and bad theory."

      The primary myth expressing world soul, Sardello writes, is told in
      all cultures of a spiritual being called Sophia. Sophia is Isis, she
      is archetypal wisdom. She is the world as imagination, the world
      coming to be. Sophia appears apocalyptically in Revelations 12:1-2
      as a pregnant woman clothed in the sun, the moon under her feet, a
      crown of twelve stars on her head, crying out in pain as she is
      about to give birth.

      What is felt in the new millennium as an emerging, urgent turning
      toward soul is, Sardello contends, preparation for a Sophianic
      world. It is time, he writes, to realize our capacities as creators
      in the world who are neither plagued by a sense of separateness nor
      motivated by a hungry ego.

      Sardello effectively argues for a reuniting of art, science and
      religion. He repeatedly calls for psychology to be re-imagined with
      a primary interest in what is coming to be rather than what has
      passed. He reasons that people enter therapy to find a new way of
      being and that on a daily basis we meet the world not only with what
      lives from the past but also with an intuition of what is coming.

      Through Sardello's eyes, the Grail stories make a picture of the
      possible future of the human being. "Each of us already is the
      Grail. We just have to realize itÂ…." The future, then, is a soul-
      filled, timeless activity that we engage in by consciously
      practicing love, which is the essence of our being.

      Helpful distinctions and connections are made between individual
      and universal aspects of love, soul, and self. "True self-love is an
      activity without an objectÂ…living individuality [stet] is living
      ever increasingly into the world with immediate perception
      uncategorized by concepts from the past; it follows that loving is
      the same as being ever more aware of the world as activity in which
      the I is engaged."

      A chapter devoted to grief as the activation of conscious soul life
      shows a masterful understanding of the etheric body and its
      relationship to the physical body, the ego, to all of humanity and
      the living being of Earth.

      Subsequent chapters illustrate that the heart is an organ of
      perception, discuss soulful relationships, and introduce a way of
      working with dreams that emphasizes not content but the creative
      dreaming consciousness.

      Sardello's refreshing insights on soul and spirit in literature,
      psychology, and mythology arise from 20 years' work as a depth
      psychologist, including as a cofounder of the Dallas Institute for
      Humanities and Culture and of the School of Spiritual Psychology. As
      James Hillman said, "Whatever Sardello touches breaks open with new

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