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Product Details

  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: The Golden Sufi Center (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963457403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963457400
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi teacher. In recent years the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and the emerging global consciousness of oneness. He has also specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology.

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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is a Sufi Teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujadidiyya Sufi Order. Born in London in 1953, he has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was 19. In 1991 he moved to Northern California and became the successor of Irina Tweedie, author of "Chasm of Fire" and "Daughter of Fire." In recent years the focus of his writing and teaching has been on the subject of Spiritual Ecology -- a spiritual response to our present ecological crisis. Author of several books, Llewellyn lectures in the United States and Europe. He has also been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday, and featured on the PBS Global Spirit series. For further information, please see: www.goldensufi.org, www.workingwithoneness.org, and www.spiritualecology.org.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
About ten years ago I read Dr. Vaughan-Lee's book, THE LOVER AND THE SERPENT, in which he used Jungian terms to describe Naqshbandi Sufism and spiritual transformation. The simplicity and power of Dr. Vaughan-Lee's writing made a deep impression on me, and I looked forward to reading more of his writings on the subject. In THE BOND WITH THE BELOVED, Dr. Vaughan-Lee continues and elaborates on this Sufi tradition brought to the West by his teacher, Irina Tweedie. This book focuses on the stages of spiritual transformation, what the seeker can expect to encounter at each stage, and the practices that aid the seeker in the journey. He draws from both Sufi and Christian sources to illustrate that the mystical journey in any tradition is basically the same. In fact, he uses the four stages of prayer identified by St. Tereasa of Avila to illustrate what the seeker can expect to encounter. The practices Vaughan-Lee describes that put the seeker into the arena of transformation are very simple. He writes, "In our Naqshbandi group meetings we meditate, drink tea and discuss dreams. The lack of outer form or collective ritual (music or the chanting of the dhikr) emphasizes the individual inner journey." But he also stresses the powerful transformative effect of these simple practices - especially the stillness of meditation. "In deep states of meditation there is absolute stillness, darkness and nothingness. . . . We Leave the mind completely behind in order to enter the uncreated, dark light of God." He writes like someone who has been there. Though the methods Dr. Vaughan-Lee describes seem so simple, they were verified for me by the work of the renowned Jungian analyst, Marie-Louise von Franz, in her book, THE WAY OF THE DREAM.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Roseanna on July 21, 2005
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This book is the best I have read on this topic. I have looked for a LONGGG time for a book that could give me this information without religous dogma or preaching. I highly recommend it for anyone who is searching for a spiritual path.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ayana Sloan on August 20, 2013
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I had learned about Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee when he did an interview with Oprah Winfrey. During that interview, from the moment he began speaking, I knew he had something to say that would transform my lfie. I had gone to a book store to purchase one of his books, but I could not find it. I found it on Amazon and ordered it. I have been on a spiritual journey for more than 30 years, and nothing has spoken to me like this book. For the serious spiritual seeker, this book is essential. It will take the reader to a depth heretofore unknown. This book is a treasure, and I hope more people discover it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Ferguson on March 17, 2013
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The Inner Map is Revealed. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This book also help us to past the inner map to others.
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