From Publishers Weekly
Joseph Campbell would have liked this bright book on an essential and overlooked everyday pathway to greater spiritual strength. Part discourse, part anthropological exploration and part spiritual road map, this volume asks the simple and profound question: "What might we learn about ourselves and the powers of the 'other world' by surrendering to the beauty and opportunity for greater vision afforded us in darkness?" This pioneering effort marshals the experiences of various global cultures that look to extended periods of literal darkness for spiritual initiation and inner illumination. The text is based in part on excerpts from various people who have participated in the authors' "Darkness Visible" workshops. The praiseworthy testimonials ground the volume with real experiences and ring with consistent clarity, attesting to the capacity of darkness for fostering an "exquisite connection to spirit, self, and others." Extending an open hand to all faith traditions and offering interesting and simple exercises, the authors transcend any erroneous notions of occultism that may be associated with the title. A valuable asset to personal and public libraries, this work opens the door to the wondrous dark chamber we enter every time we close our eyes to pray, meditate, chant or dream.
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“A shaman is a man or woman who sees in the dark. Gifted storytellers Ross Heaven and Simon Buxton blend cross-cultural stories of initiations in darkness to bring a powerful initiation to our modern world . . . inspiring us to open up to new perceptions made possible by using our other senses.” (Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self Through Shamanic Practice
“Darkness Visible soars. A colossal book!” (John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, The World Is
"A valuable asset to personal and public libraries, this work opens the door to the wondrous dark chamber we enter every time we close our eyes to pray, meditate, chant or dream." (Publisher's Weekly, Religion Bookline, Dec 7, 2005
"These gentlemen have come up with a new form of spiritual experiential magic that will change most people's views of reality." (Magical Blend, Oct 2006
“. . . we learn about ourselves and the powers of the ‘other world’ by surrendering to the beauty and opportunity for greater vision afforded us in darkness. . . . Ross Heaven and Simon Buxton have nurtured the most fertile ground for the development of true spiritual sightedness.” (Malidoma Patrice Somé, author of Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the