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The Clear Light: Spiritual Reflections and Meditations (An Eckhart Tolle Edition) Hardcover – September 29, 2020
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— Eckhart Tolle, from the foreword
“Steve Taylor has gifted us with a collection of illuminating, heartful incantations, meditations, reflections, and above all, direct pointers to our nondual spiritual nature, in which all our unhealed suffering and trauma resolve in the ‘clear light of the present.’ This is a book to dip into and savor again and again.”
— Stephan Bodian, author of Wake Up Now and Beyond Mindfulness
“Each poem in this book offers us a beautiful piece of wisdom. Steve Taylor writes with the quiet, humble assurance of a Zen master and also with sparks of the passion of Rumi and Hafiz. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone on a spiritual path in need of guidance on how best to live their daily life with mindfulness, heart, and equanimity.”
— Serge Beddington-Behrens, author of Awakening the Universal Heart and Gateways to the Soul
“In this time of anxiety about the future, Steve Taylor brings us the gift of poetic meditations to rest deeply in the living, loving now. He invites us not just to rest but also to be openly compassionate and to live courageously. Keep The Clear Light close by to nourish your spirit.”
— Loch Kelly, author of The Way of Effortless Mindfulnes
“Treasure this much-needed precious gift for your heart, mind, and soul during these uncertain times.”
— Theresa Cheung, author of Dream Decoder
“Reflective, introspective, contemplative, thought-provoking, deftly crafted, The Clear Light: Spiritual Reflections and Meditations is . . . memorable and unreservedly recommended.”
— Midwest Book Review
About the Author
- Publisher : New World Library (September 29, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 136 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608687120
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608687121
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #542,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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or single path works so that love, harmony and peace can flourish. So to really want to accept, to really desire it , to have a receptivity to say mercy or compassion will get you to giving it as well. Page 12 and 13 is devoted to: Making The Human Race Whole. And it shows our responsibility to helping our fellows. That's what it is all about. Is it not? I believe any spiritual path or major religion practitioner can be helped by Steve Taylors book.
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Another aspect of Taylors writings is his poetry. He has written a fascinating essay on spirituality and poetry in his previous book of poetic reflections, "The Meaning." I use the term "poetic reflections" or as these poems are termed in this book, "spiritual reflections" here deliberately to touch briefly on a matter: are these poems? I ask the question as a poet who has had a book published in the poetry world.
In answering, this I take into account certain currents in the poetry world. Especially a maxim that perhaps needs questioning: "show not tell." In some of these reflections, Taylor, possibly does this in ways that someone rooted postmodern analysis might not like. A valid position for some things, but also one that has its own limits, not least because he is aiming at things that are outside those limits.
If the poems here do some "telling" there is the possibility offered, as the best poems do, of finding a new perspective on things. There is a control of the language in these poems that should be there. If Taylor "tells" he takes his readers, as Eckhart Tolle states in his Forward, into an experience of the awakened states of consciousness he explores in his psychological prose writings. The transformation of consciousness is one of the things the best poems achieve be it through describing an experience, making someone feel moved, or to think (even of only for a second) something different.
These poems would be of use to a therapist or facilitator of a workshop when attempting or explaining a psychological process. But these are poems that are very accessible to the general reader. They also offer thoughts that might be consoling to someone at the right time, as well as a reminder to ground oneself back in the material world as in the poem "Coming Down the Mountain." They may also be more accessible to those who are put off by the poetry put out by publishers.
There is much to explore in this short book which can be read either as a whole, or by random selection of poems as the moment inspires. Yet they also can be read for enjoyment.
We all make mistakes, self doubt, have good and bad fortune and daily lose ourselves in our own versions of the past and an imagined future. Steve helps you to accept the miracle of life as it is and to free your mind, from "if only", so you can smile from within and radiate your true inner warmth to others in each and every moment.
My experience reading this book took me back to 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. It was the first time I realised how important and powerful the present is. I shed a few tears back then and suggest you keep a few tissues close to hand just in case an age old wisdom suddenly comes knocking on your door.
Thank you Steve for sharing such warm lovely reflections from deep within. In your 'Clear Light' we re-connect with ourselves and everyone else.