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Mystic Street Paperback – September 18, 2007
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S.T. Georgiou lives in San Francisco, where he teaches art and spirituality. He has written a number of books, including The Way of the Dreamcatcher (Novalis).
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His mentor Robert Lax had always told him to "go with the flow." Grace is the flow of our everyday life.
Grace is also the thread that Georgiou finds in his daily experiences and weaves into the tapestry of his life. There are 65 main chapters that teach by, for want of a better term, the "gentle awakening" method: Grace is there; you just need to open your senses to perceive it.
The book is not only a good, gentle read with short chapters making it easy to pause for reflection, but the chapters themselves help you develop the habit of wakefulness to grace. It does not set out to be a how-to book, but the desire to be aware of grace alive in the moment (aka, to take a sensuous stroll on Mystic Street) becomes rather overwhelming.
The chapters have plenty I-wish-I-could-have-been-there moments. For example, one for me was when three teenage girls boarded the midnight subway laughing and shouting, disturbing the tired, dozing, zombie passengers who just wanted to be left unbothered. After a while, the girls quieted and began singing a stirring Gospel tune in harmony, praising the Lord. The tired were restored, the dozing were awakened, the zombies were enlivened and the wanting-to-be-left-alone were connected! When two rough looking thugs boarded the car there was a momentary lapse into tension and fear, but the girls not only kept on singing, they sang louder. Soon other passengers joined in the refrain. The chapter meditation was on music's impact on our body and spirit, but what a marvelous sparking moment in time!
This is a book to read and read again, but is also a wonderful book to give.
And, I must say, the views from this continuing journey are of a type that make you stop, dead in your tracks. You stand still. You "wakeup" as if from a dream. You rub the sleep from you eyes and you look and you see the wonder of the holy and the sacred in all that you know you've seen, but somehow, not really noticed. It's enough to take your breath away!
To have read this book is to have unwrapped a gift of great value.
deeper things of life. As you read it you feel your spiritual quest
chapter by chapter. It is a book that leaves you with a kind of
and reverence for both creation and for the Creator who made it all
in the first place.