Arching Backward: The Mystical Initiation of a Contemporary Woman

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Oct 1, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 264 pages
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Arching Backward is the story of an American woman who found herself suddenly and violently immersed in a mystical initiation for which she was not consciously prepared. For four years, Janet Adler's life was dominated by the transforming experience of a primal energy and the visions that were created by it. She was not seeking spiritual experience, nor was she a student of any particular mystical tradition. But the visions brought her into the realm of the sacred, transforming her body into a conduit for spiritual energy. The writings collected here record her visions and describe the way this contemporary woman dealt with the impact of this energy on her physical body, her work, and her relationships. Her story offers a guide for others on this journey and provides a powerful affirmation of women's experience of the spirit.
 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
xii
LYING DOWN
1
BURNING
7
UNRAVELING
23
EMPTYING
43
PIERCED
59
STAYING OPEN
65
ARCHING BACKWARD
77
ECSTASY
123
BIRTHING
137
UNION
149
FLAMING WORLD
163
EACH ONE BURNS
181
SUFFERING WORLD
193
DIALOGUE
213
RETURNING
221

MERGING
91
SEARCHING
103
EPILOGUE
239
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Janet Adler, with a Ph.D. in Mystical Studies, teaches the discipline of Authentic Movement in the United States and Europe and was the founder and director of The Mary Starks Whitehouse Institute, the first school devoted to the study and practice of the discipline. She is the author of Arching Backward and of two films: Looking for Me, documenting her work with autistic children, and Still Looking, reflecting her work in the discipline of Authentic Movement. She lives in northern California where she also works as a hospice chaplain.

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