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Divining the Body: Reclaim the Holiness of Your Physical Self Paperback – February 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1594730801 ISBN-10: 1594730806 Edition: 1st

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Divining the Body: Reclaim the Holiness of Your Physical Self by Jan Phillips (SkyLightPaths, 2005, $16.99) draws connectionsbetween the bone, muscle and sinew of thebody and the spiritual teachings of variousfaith traditions, modern scientific researchand the author's own experience. (The Mennonite 2005-05-03)

Divining the Body: Reclaim the Holiness of Your Physical Self by Jan Phillips. Discover a new way to view the female body - as a path to the divine. "A journey of awe and reverence through the body's sacred terrain to understand the roles each part plays in manifesting the sacred within. Jan Phillips has traveled through the hidden countries of our soul to return with wisdom to awaken the world.Exercise and meditations that show how to climb back into your body and honor it as the temple of God that it is. (The Messenger 2006-06-01)

Divining The Body: Reclaim The Holiness Of Your Physical Self by award-winning author Jan Phillips is a spiritual self-help guide specially for women. Written to counter a negative culture of self-hatred by cultivating appreciation for the holy qualities of the physical body as God's temple, Divining the Body focuses on different physical parts chapter by chapter: the feet, legs, hands, back, generative organs, belly, heart, breasts, throat, ears, eyes and brain. Exercises and reflections offer means to dwell upon the sacredness in the body as a gift from God, and spiritual quotes in the margins from a wide assortment of authorities enrich this guidet of life-affirming personal contemplation.

(Betsy L. Hogan The MidWest Book Review 2005-08-01)

"Potent insight, profound information, spirited practices, all wrapped up in sumptuous prose make this work a gift that will keep on giving. The author has traveled deep into the hidden countries of body and mind and returns with wisdom to awaken the world and time. Each page sings the truth of ourselves as embodied spirit."
Jean Houston, PhD, author of A Passion for the Possible

“If you have ever wondered how the human body went from being a 'temple of God' to being ‘dirty,’ read this book. Richly researched, embodied in full, this book befriends our bodies and souls.”
Rev. Donna Schaper, author of Sacred Speech: A Practical Guide for Keeping Spirit in Your Speech

“A wonderful meditation on the body as the temple of God, from our feet to our brains. The exercises are excellent and help us understand the roles each part plays in manifesting the sacred within.”
Ana Hernández, author of The Sacred Art of Chant: Preparing to Practice, and member of HARC

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To find God, you only have to look inward.

What impact can your hands have on the world around you? How can you feel the energy of the earth in your back? What would God see if God saw through your eyes?

This joyful and liberating exploration of the human body allows you—whatever your religious background—to delve into the mystery and spirituality of your physical self. Award-winning author Jan Phillips examines the ways we view our bodies and helps you to unmask and embrace the holiness of your physical self, allowing you to walk confidently, speak with authority, and connect with the Divine in new and surprising ways.

Divining the Body takes a practical approach to the work of debunking years of societal and religious myths about the human body, leading you step by step through the major centers of the body and offering meditations, writing exercises, and suggestions for group activities along the way. At the end of this spiritual pilgrimage you will find yourself more in tune with your body and the people around you, for when we embrace the Divine within ourselves, it becomes natural to find and love the Divine in others.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths; 1 edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594730806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594730801
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jan Phillips is an evolutionary artist, author, workshop director and social activist. She is co-founder and Executive Director of the Livingkindness Foundation (www.livingkindness.org), a global network of grassroots philanthropists turning creativity into compassionate action. Jan is also co-founder of Syracuse Cultural Workers, publishers of artwork for social justice and global consciousness. (www.syracuseculturalworkers.com)
She has taught in 23 countries, made a peace pilgrimage around the world, produced 2 CDs of original music, and created several videos on the power of creativity to transform consciousness. Her other books include The Art of Original Thinking-The Making of a Thought Leader, Divining the Body, Marry Your Muse, God is at Eye Level--Photography as a Healing Art, Making Peace, Born Gay, and A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind.
As a performing artist/speaker, Jan brings music, poetry, and images to all her audiences, using the arts to inspire as well as inform. Blending east and west, art and activism, reflection and ritual, Jan's presentations provoke original thinking and evolutionary action. With stories, humor and cutting edge creativity, she connects the dots between science, spirituality and social action. Visit www.janphillips.com for her books, CDs, videos and calendar of workshops.

No matter what our attempts to inform,
it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides.
--from Marry Your Muse

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 2, 2005
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"The Divine, being invisible, needs our bodies to become manifest in the world...we have to abandon, once and for all, the erroneous, small-minded, sacrilegious notion that the body is evil and keeps us separate from the Divine." -From the book

For millennia, some forms of organized religion have taught that the body is the source of sin, temptation, and even evil itself-especially when it takes female form. The damage inflicted by patriarchal attitudes has created a culture of women who hate their bodies, and where parents give their children breast implants and liposuction as birthday or graduation presents. The cosmetics industry in America alone rakes in 8 billion dollars annually. Individuals allow their bodies to be sliced, stretched, lifted, tucked, reduced, or inflated so they can love themselves-or, more importantly, have the approval and love of others.

In her newest book Divining the Body - Reclaim the Holiness of Your Physical Self, author Jan Phillips explores the graceful curves, sinewy muscles, sturdy bones, and pulsating aliveness of the physical self. Using the latest scientific research as well as mystical traditions and personal experience, she puts the glory and magnificence of the human body on proud display. This insightful, gentle guide attempts to un-do the damage we've sustained from living in a culture that teaches-and thrives on-our self-hatred by renewing a sense of wonderment, respect and appreciation for the rich terrain of the physical body.

Phillips reminds us that the body is the "temple of God", and that the continuing creation of the universe happens through us as the "word made flesh".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 13, 2005
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Divining The Body: Reclaim The Holiness Of Your Physical Self by award-winning author Jan Phillips is a spiritual self-help guide especially for women. Written to counter a negative culture of self-hatred by cultivating appreciation for the holy qualities of the physical body as God's temple, Divining the Body focuses on different physical parts chapter by chapter: the feet, legs, hands, back, generative organs, belly, heart, breasts, throat, ears, eyes and brain. Exercises and reflections offer means to dwell upon the sacredness in the body as a gift from God, and spiritual quotes in the margins from a wide assortment of authorities enrich this guide to life-affirming personal contemplation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on January 4, 2008
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When I heard the title of Jan Phillips' new book, I thought of the word "divining" as a diviner finds water with a divining rod to know where to drill a well. I used the word myself in a poem I wrote calling "Divining Lake Louise," and in that context I was divining the truth. The Divine is also the Creator. In Jan's book, the word seems to apply to all the contexts: the well of wisdom inside us, the truth of our own authenticity and the Divine Creator inside.

At the beginning of the book, the author writes, "We need to climb back into our bodies and honor them as instruments of our souls. They are the means through which the Divine takes shape in this world, crucibles in which the raging blaze of spirit is transformed into luminous thought, radiant creations, enlightened action . . . In the process of divining our bodies, we embody the Divine as the mystics did."

As amazing as it is to be inspired by poets who lived long before our time (such as Rumi and Hafiz), it is just as inspiring to have Jan Phillips, a mystic in our own time, creating her own divine poetry. She ends her love song to the Divine with these lines: "So I am to you, Love, and you are to me. We dwell in each other, like salt in the sea."

There is a lot of damage to be undone as women have been bombarded with media images that have nothing to do with our divine selves, but only our outer shells. Jan goes a long way in helping us to heal those damaged selves. Reading this book was a journey of reverence through the sacred terrain of the body. Jan weaves her own story throughout the book that is full of research on the body. That weaving is evidence of her expertise as the information cited blends, as if effortlessly, with Jan's memories and the stories from women she has met in her workshops.
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Jan Phillips has a beautifully poetic style of writing that appeals to your soul and your senses. I find this work as well as other works of hers that I have had the fortune to read to be informative and uniquely inspiring. I would definately recommend this book to all of the soul searchers out there!!!
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Great book! I bought this on recommendation of a friend and love it. The book has some great new ways to reconnect with the space we carry around with us. Gave me a new appreciate all the wonderful different parts of me. I highly recommend it.
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