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Product Details

  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine; 1 edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345435095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345435095
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

There's a new breed of spiritual seeker emerging in the world, says author and teacher Gloria Karpinski in Barefoot on Holy Ground. "I call them disciples--awake, aware, committed, and global in their worldview," she writes. Nonetheless, no matter how spiritually sophisticated we fancy ourselves, we are still works in progress, which is why Karpinski compiled this contemporary guide to spiritual growth. Drawing from numerous traditions, she offers a vast holy ground for the new breed of disciples to walk upon. The book's organization can seem disjointed, as when it jumps from "Opening the Heart Chakra" to "Breaking the Should Syndrome" in the same chapter. Yet Holy Ground is certainly comprehensive, with chapters covering spiritual topics such as love, will, faith, and creativity. In every chapter, Karpinski offers minilectures and numerous exercises. When she delves into "shadow work," Karpinski provides a solid Jungian discussion about facing one's dark side, then slips into her seminar voice, listing 21 signs for "Recognizing the Shadow," including "You need to ridicule anything" and "You have a well-defined list of pet peeves." Fortunately, these shifts in narrative are only mildly distracting, and and the blend of theory and application ultimately serves the reader well. --Gail Hudson

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Karpinski (Where Two Worlds Touch), a spiritual teacher and counselor, offers a basic introduction to spirituality that will prove serviceable for those with no background in New Age thought but unenlightening for readers with any amount of experience. As this is a beginner's handbook, Karpinski deals with the "big issues": knowledge, revelation, discernment, body, love, will, faith, power, creating, transforming, enduring and serving. Karpinski's scholarship is sometimes sloppy, as when she claims that the Bible calls the Holy Spirit "the Light Body," or when she begins spiritual anecdotes with urban-legendish introductions about how a business consultant, family physician or art therapist told her that a particular inspirational story was true. The book has a glaring lack of primary sources, and too many of Karpinski's true-story examples are culled from daytime television talk shows, with Oprah Winfrey being the guru of choice. On the positive side, Karpinski writes with evident passion, gathering spiritual wisdom from many traditions, religions and teachers, including her own journey. Her application exercises are practical and thorough, even for readers who are not of a New Age bent. Still, the book's weaknesses far outweigh its strengths. In the crowded arena of New Age spirituality primers, this has few original insights to offer.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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She skillfully weaves wisdom, insight and experience with clarity.
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Gloria Karpinski writes beautifully, and calls us to the greatest conscious act - to love ourselves and others.
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For anyone who is serious about spiritual growth, this book is a must.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Horan on May 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a long-awaited second book by a woman known in select international spiritual circles as "the teacher's teacher." (Gloria Karpinski also wrote "Where Two Worlds Touch," which is now a classic.) To such a clairvoyant, who sees what the rest of us cannot (and most of us will not), the most reliable "primary source" is always the information emerging from the human energy field and from the high spiritual guidance that one has been trained over long years to hear. To a teacher who has devoted her life to "reading" her fellow seekers--an act of supreme service--there is no higher source than the scriptures and histories found within the human energy field.
So we find out fascinating things from "Barefoot on Holy Ground." How did the author's call girl client manage to bless and release each of the countless anonymous men she'd been with? What was it like to "talk to" an unborn baby who had been traumatized by the Holocaust? Who was the small dark-haired child another client kept seeing in her visualizations? These are marvelous, instructive stories that carry unshakable truths..
And can this teacher write!! Within the author's riveting personal story about guidance and house-hunting, I found this: "There were times when my faith was diced up and eaten by my shadow." And earlier I was brought up short by this warning: "Our egos have been reading the same books we have." And this "There's an old saying around therapy circles that if we don't develop it, we'll marry it." I loved (and feared) this exercise: "If you look at your home as if it were in a dream, how would you analyze the symbolic content of each room?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2001
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Barefoot on Holy Ground is a book that helps us remember what we already know and glean new pearls of wisdom that can help us walk our personal path with courage, discernment, and trust. It doesn't matter how "far along the path" you feel you are, or even if you have just taken the first step, this book offers signposts, resting places, and encouragements (but no shortcuts!) that can help further your journey toward living fully as your authentic self. Anyone who travels knows the value of a map, even if we love the thrill of wandering off onto unknown sidetrails to blaze our own unique paths. The guidance, musing, examples, and exercises in this book will help make such necessary detours all the more meaningful. Thanks to Gloria Karpinski's Barefoot on Holy Ground, we can remember where we've been without judgment or regret and we can more easily look forward with joy and anticipation to where we are headed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Collins on March 18, 2002
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Gloria Karpinsky is a writer with a deep heart. She skillfully weaves wisdom, insight and experience with clarity. Composing a "Disciple's Path" through this beautiful tapestry, Gloria Karpinsky creates a spiritual platform for conscious evolution. BAREFOOT ON HOLY GROUND is an amazing resource that will certainly benefit those of us who are headed out to the realms of service. I feel as if, with all the diverse realms of time and space this book draws from, and in the unique and beautiful style with which they are joined together, that Gloria has woven the magic flying carpet itself! You have to read this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Wilson on October 15, 2001
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This book is a must for anyone who really wants to live what they believe. It is full of practical tools for everyday life. It is brimming with inspiration. It makes you feel you have a mentor at your side - one who has "been there" and knows what works to create a life centered in the Sacred. This is definitely a book for our times!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By betty b on June 5, 2001
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In today's word of spritual hunger and quest, Barefoot on Holy Ground offers wonderful wisdom and practical instruction for those who seek. Rather than fractured understanding or exclusive theology, the author demonstrates very wide understanding and teaches from that inclusive standpoint. For anyone who is serious about spiritual growth, this book is a must.
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