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The Inner West: An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West (New Consciousness Reader) Paperback – June 17, 2004
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Jay Kinney is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions.
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_The book is intelligently organized into five sections. The first, "The Esoteric Roots of the West", deals with Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, and Gnosticism. The second part, "The Inner Side of the Religions of the West", surveys Kabbalah, Christian Mysticism, and Sufism. The third part, "The Secret Teachings", covers the western path of the magus, the Tarot, astrology, Sophia tradition, and Wicca. Part four, "Esoteric Brotherhoods", is the story of the Knights Templar, Rosicrucians, and Masons. While part five, "Mystics and Teachers", explains individual teachers and movements of modern times: Swedenborg, Blavatsky, Steiner, De Lubicz, Gurdjieff, and Guenon.
_Once again, this is no superficial spiritual smorgasbord- having these teachings laid out in a historical sequence actually helps to sense the "golden thread" that connects all genuine spiritual paths. Even if you are already familiar with most of these paths this book is a nice, well-written review.
_In his introduction, the editor points out that "book learning" in and of itself is insufficient in following a true spiritual path. I would agree, on the other hand, the Messengers of Light are always looking for the chance to break through to come to the aid of the ready and receptive spirit. When the student is ready, the master will come.
This anthology, forming not so much a "best of GNOSIS" (which would take a far larger book) but rather a door-opener and resource guide, is organized into sections that begin with the esoteric roots of the West in alchemy and neoplatonism and take the reader through Christian, Jewish and Muslim mystic traditions; the tarot, astrology, and wicca; brotherhoods such as the Knights Templar, Rosicrucians, and the Masons; and important mystics and teachers from Swedenborg and Blavatsky to Steiner and Guénon.
Scholarly without being dry, well researched without being tedious, thoughtful without draining the life from its subjects, these essays are essential for the new student and a valuable encapsulation for the more knowledgeable reader. It's a great book to loan out or give to people when you want to introduce them to a subject you care about. I've given away two copies already.
Here it is many decades later and I'm still educating myself. How fortunate I am to have come across The Inner West, which provides information on many aspects of our western esoteric traditions that I was unaware of.
I have studied esoteric traditions from cultures other than my own for many years and I feel reasonably conversant in the teachings of Eastern and Middle Eastern mysticism. What I discovered by reading The Inner West was how little I knew about the esoteric traditions so close to home. There is a wealth of knowledge contained in this highly readable anthology. I consider it a valuable reference book to have available whenever I want to refresh my understanding about a range of subjects that have not been readily accessible to the general public until now.