An introduction to using herbs as a spiritual practice that anyone can do.A book that is fun, informative, unusual and spiritually enriching. Readers will be delighted by the history of the religious and spiritual use of herbs in many faith traditions and the inspirational quotes from saints and healers such as Hildegard of Bingen. This hands-on guide to incorporating special herbs into our spiritual lives contains rituals and ceremonies (many newly created for the book), descriptions of herbs and their uses across many traditions and engaging information on how herbs are used for healing our physical'and spiritual'selves. No other book focuses on these sacred plants as a blessing from God and as a way to remain in harmony with Spirit. In addition to learning about the different herbs used in religious ceremonies (for instance, the bitter herbs for the Jewish Passover Seder), the reader will get creative ideas on adapting biblical gardens for small plots and pots on porches, using herbs in creating labyrinths and making teas and tinctures with spiritual intent.
Caduto, a storyteller, accomplished author and Aesop Prize winner, reminds readers that Eastern and Western medicine grew in large part out of a relationship to healing properties found in the natural world, and he offers this book to help us remember this powerful spiritual connection to "a gift from the Creator." Caduto's passion for the power of herbs is brightly reflected in his thorough, well-researched, engaging multicultural volume. In seven chapters exploring healing, aesthetics and virtue, meals and rituals, the balance of life, the sacred cosmos, meditation, and practical tips, Caduto explores practically every pistil, stem, blossom and more of the herbal world. Arcane facts about Egyptian embalming rest comfortably alongside advice on growing and harvesting herbs. Herbal experts will treasure the extensive spiritual application contexts, and beginners will find comfort in the cultivation basics. Especially soothing and bonding are the Islamic connections summoning the exquisite, sumptuous gardens of the Middle East. Each chapter has more than a handful of activities, ceremonies and projects. Some, such as "Bathing Balms" and "Valentine's Day Cards," seem overly simplistic, but all recall the sweet elemental connection among aspects of the living world. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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September 01, 2007
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