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An Unbound Heart (vol 1 of 4): a collection of original American mystical verse [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Kalani MacLean
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Having been favorably compared with others in the spiritual genre, MacLean reveals unusual skill in addressing the poetic themes found in mystical Divinity, often intertwined with humor and a strong command of alliteration and meter. While staying close to some traditional symbolism and achieving the quiet finish often found in mystical verse, the collection also surfaces some expanded ideas about the purpose of humanity here on earth.

This is the first in a series of 4 micro-collections; each contains 22 original verse especially formatted for e-book reading. The 4 volumes are also available in a combined collection, both in paperback and e-book.

Editorial Reviews

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All the elements of the traditional mysticism can be found in An Unbound Heart ... It is almost unbelievable that such profound spirituality comes from the land of McDonalds..."

     -- Philosophical Adventures

Like .... Rumi and Hafez, (MacLean) shares a common ancestry with the mystic voices of every age and nation; it stirs the heart and echoes the song of creation

     -- Irving Karchmar, author of Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

From the Author

It has been long held that no words can transmit the experience of Divinity; that it is known when it is known and only through Grace. It is my view that at best, though they can be brilliant gems, words are jewelry but never the Jewel itself. Nonetheless, I have found myself compelled to both write and share, and I hope you find some upliftment in these works.

Some points:

1. The pronoun "He" is used for poetic fluidity, but it is a neutral for both "She" and "He", as the God I know is indivisible. I share the view that it is in duality that people experience such differences until the limited self is transcended.

2. I make no claim as to whether or not God is speaking through me; I believe such experiences are personal and mystical, and as such, not available for dispute or explanation.

3. I have chosen to use a takhallus, or pen name, in part to honor that Eastern poetic tradition, and at times have employed the well established technique of using the pen name as a signatory. I also live a rather private life and do not wish to ask people to take on the interpretative task to sort out why I feel moved to publish, given the other roles in the world that are mine to do, and so a pseudonym seems appropriate.

Finally, over the past several years, I have come to cherish the profound spiritual clarity that a friendship with Murshida Conner of Sufism Reoriented has nurtured. Murshida reviewed all drafts and revisions for "An Unbound Heart" and more than a few important and subtle improvements were made. For whatever touch of pure sweetness her efforts imbued into this work, and for her assistance in general, I am most grateful.

Wishing for you all the best on your unique and personal journey,

Morgan Kalani MacLean

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! May 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading An Unbound Heart by Kalani was a philosophical adventure.

In a time when society is immersed in exacerbated materialism and cosumerism, reading such profound and spiritual verses is refreshing, nurturing.

Influenced by Sri Aurobindo, Francis of Assisi, Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda, Meher Baba and Inayat Khan, Kalani produced wonderful verses that talk about an intimate relationship with God, but Kalani's God is not that authoritarian human-like creature that points the finger at His creation, but rather, He is an endless ocean - the same ocean that bathed Rumi and Hafiz in their spiritual journeys.

What I loved the most about An Unbound Heart is the fact that Kalani's style is not a repetition of those who inspired the verses, but a modern version of the mystical experience, maintaining all the principles of the ancient traditions, but in a fresh voice. The author, with a rare sensitiveness, unveils the path that leads to reunion with the Source through 22 original verses.

I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to read this work of art (I received a free copy)! My favourite verses are "Just Whisper" and "Whetted", mystical poetry at its best!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love poems to the Divine April 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky to be gifted with this little volume of poems in exchange for a review.

Poems are generally extremely subjective and as such can be difficult to fathom, and I freely admit that I did not find the contents of this volume the easiest of texts, that is, I did not comprehend these poems in their entirety.

These are love poems to the Divine: they express the feelings of a soul yearning to merge again with the Beloved, and the Beloved responds. They act as tools to point one in the direction of the Source. If we're lucky, if we're ready, or if it was meant to be, Kalani's words may help us to break through/dissolve the Veil.

Beyond the words you can sense the elusive Presence with which you, the reader, also long to merge.

In "Just Asking" we are led to understand that the soul of the seeker is in fact one with that which is sought:

"Hold fast to the edge
of My garment
if seized on your journey
by desire or by fright
and you will find Me
as your own Burning Light"

In "The Divine Heart" we are reminded of the Illusion of the manifest world, and in "Where Truth Reigns" we understand that God is to be experienced by letting go of the old and dwelling in the Now:

"I find that my suffering was
from holding fast to the old

For where Truth Reigns,
there is no moment
greater than
the one known now"

I may be repeating myself, but Kalani's words allow us a hint of what's behind the Veil, a hint of the Presence, the Beloved, and this in my view is the whole point of the poems, this is what we all seek.

Much more could be said about this inspiring work. Suffice to say, these poems help me to access the state of peace and bliss in the Now, the nothingness. I strongly recommend this volume to all those who are spiritually aware, who seek to merge with the Divine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbound May 6, 2011
By cwalker
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Throughout Kalani's first volume, there is an unraveling of the inner mystery of "Who Am I?" The golden thread of truth unwinds as the author retraces the path back to the intoxicating inner Divine, the Source. With my heart delighting in the songs of God-passion bursting from Kalani's unbound heart, I slide into the slipstream and am pulled joyfully behind, poem after poem after poem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep mystical reflections August 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A beautiful voice laced with power and rhyme, Maclean explores and touches the depths of the mystical union with the Divine. I was glad to go along, and discovered some real meditative gems in this book. Some of her poems reminded me of Rumi, as she shares her deeply personal reflections on a relationship with God. I found it inspiring to read! I enjoyed one of her poems so much, I plan to post it on my web site [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars really liked it June 11, 2011
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I really like american mystical poetry, and I liked this. It also reminded me a little bit of Rumi. I found the imagery accessible and familiar.

I'd really recommend this :-)
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