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The Magus of Strovolos: The Extraordinary World of a Spiritual Healer (Compass) Paperback – February 1, 1989
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It reveals the intricate and elaborately detailed constructsof the 'mystical world' of a spiritual healer known as 'Daskalos', asseen by a visiting Cypriot-American professor through his'anthropological glasses'.
The philosophy centers around esotericChristianity, but resonates most because of the excellentparallellisms it draws with other esoteric traditions such as theKabbala, Sufism and Hinduism. It speaks of spiritual healing, thenature of reality, the multiple planes of existence, reincarnation andkarma, and offers numerous incredibly insightful interpretations ofthe proverbs and stories of the bible. It is one of the few booksthat offers insight on the mechanics of death and rebirth, exomatosisand the law of karma.
This book is definitely mind-expandingregardless on your take on mysticism. I consider myself lucky to havecome across it and Daskalos himself in 1987. Though I am still tryingto interpret Daskalos' comment from my one hour meeting with him, thebook was definitely key to opening my mind to questioning mystical,social and political philosophies, the nature of existence andreligion...
But before you decide that "funny" isn't a good thing in a book that covers this topic, let me tell you that it's not funny through and through. It's deadly serious at times. And the subject matter is so thought- provoking that I've found myself reading this book (and the subsequent two that are now out of print), several times, just to be sure that I didn't miss anything.
It's THAT good...
Of course, they also like to occasionally pull the leg of would-be students- especially gullible academics. This is because they want you to run everything you see and hear through the filters of your own reason and intuition.
Through young Markides' eyes, we stay at the home of a true magus, that is, one who understands how the life force operates beyond our normal perceptions. For the magus, it's somewhat of a workaday world of dealing with elemental beings, karmic energies (which he sometimes consciously "takes on" as a gift of mercy to others), and other forces of which we normal people are most often quite unaware. A magus, or magician, may be black (harmful) or white (helpful). In this case, get to see how a conscientious, helpful healer operates in a commonplace setting, surrounded by regular people. No pointy star-spangled hats or boiling pots of newts and goat hooves here. You'd walk right by him on the street.
This is a fascinating story sincerely chronicled by the author. We're given a peek behind the curtain of miracles and get a sense of how they happen, of what it takes (beyond the typical waving of a wand or sprinkling of stardust) to restore balance and healing where chaos and illness have prevailed. For anyone interested in the idea of natural or psychic healing, and to see how it happens in plausible, everyday circumstances, you'll really appreciate this story. Especially in this age of preposterous medical costs and the pharmaceutical shroud blanketing our health care system, it's encouraging to encounter a practice of real healing knowledge that's not only priceless, but free.
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“The Magus of Strovolos”, first published in 1985, is the first in a series of three books about Stylianos Atteshlis, a Greek Cypriot healer, mystic and esotericist. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ashtar Command
Mystics from other cultures or other times in history have terminology which is not always accessible. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gretchen V. Morin
I am thoroughly enjoying each paragraph as if it is the best chocolate in the world. We are lucky and blessed to have this information revealed to us by healer and author... Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Frost
Changed my life 17 years ago.... Epic. If there is a book i give to friends it is this book.Published 12 months ago by Woodsie