- Hardcover: 323 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (October 21, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345395077
- ISBN-13: 978-0345395078
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ecstatic Journey: The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience Hardcover – October 21, 1997
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Within this spiritual autobiography, bestselling author Sophy Burnham (author of The Art Crowd and A Book of Angels) reveals the myths, ordinariness, and facts of mystical experience. The myth, according to Burnham, is that angels will appear before you in times of soul-wrenching duress. The fact is that mystical experiences rarely happen when you expect them. And the ordinariness is that an encounter with the divine can occur at any time, such as immediately following a weary prayer in a bathtub (as it has with Burnham). Threading her own story with numerous firsthand accounts of mystical encounters, Burnham demystifies the mysterious while showing readers how to recognize, invite, and learn from extraordinary encounters. --Gail Hudson
"Sophy Burnham has written an inspiring book about the most majestic dimension of human experience: the mystical realm. Mystics, it is said, swim in the sea in which the unwise drown. Learn to swim: Read this book."
--LARRY DOSSEY, M.D.
Author of Prayer Is Good Medicine and Healing Words
"Passionate, comprehensive, and beautifully written, The Ecstatic Journey is a feast of fact and myth, knowledge and wisdom that will nourish and enlighten every spiritual voyager."
"Sophy Burnham has written another very rich contribution to our coming into contact with the human spirit. I greatly respect and admire her work."
--CAROLINE MYSS, Ph.D.
Author of the New York Times bestseller
Anatomy of the Spirit
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_The author was working in Machu Picchu when her first great experience of illumination hit her. It first hit me working in the Black Hills. As she says, the essence of this is direct experience of the Divine. It is the timeless state that that Plotinus called "the One" and "the Supplier of True Life." It doesn't, it can't, last forever, but having once experienced it you cannot doubt or deny that it did once happen. And it may very well happen to you again. Even in the depths of the Dark Night of the Soul you have unshakeable certainty and trust. Nothing is ever the same again. Nor would you ever want it to be.
_If you have an affinity for this work then you might also appreciate the author's, _The Path of Prayer: Reflections on Prayer and True Stories of How it Affects our Lives_.
meaningful to me at that time. Spirituality, to me, is a whole
life experience, not just limited to say, studying about how to
have 'visions' or 'synchronicities' in our lives.
Upon my own spiritual awakening, having such experiences as
above mentioned happen(ing) to me-I have searched on my own
quest for confirmation and education on these 'gifts' and have
found Sophy's book to be-of all others-the one I refer to
most for the confirmation that I am not alone. And that the
mystical experience or emergance is not uncommon.
Her style of writing is easy to follow and warm; I wish she
would write another on the subject. Though she says 'God'
for her meaning of the Divine, you can easily use the name of
whatever your own personal Divine or Spirit is in its place.
As I re-read it yet again, I get new insightful perspectives
and see my own growth since my last read-thru! I recommend this
book highly for those interested in learning about the mystical
experience, and especially for those even suspecting they are
having a spiritual emergence. Can I recommend also Marsha
Sinetar's 'Ordinary People As Monks And Mystics'? Sophy's is
more personal-but Sinetar writes in a graceful style of her
own too; though more of study-I find helpful as well.
I am grateful to have found 'The Ecstatic Journey' and hope it consoles and enlightens others as much as it has for me personally.
Many blessings on your own journey!
But one thing is clear reading this book is the need of religious understanding and more tolerance.
A good way to contrast this book is to read the following one:
THE STRAIGHT PATH: A Story of Healing and Transformation in Fiji by Richard Katz.
There should not be any doubt that goodness should be our only source of inspiration and this requires a complete transformation of ourselves.
Another important point is the path walked by the author to fill her sexual and spiritual needs which required her to destroy her family. And this somehow is very difficult to see it as inspired by GOODNESS.
Life is not perfect but to justify adultery using the spiritual power of goodness that not quite makes it right.