Part 3 of 3: Spirit

February 01, 2010 By: Julie Clayton Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

Spiritual Tools for Conscious Living

When contemplating  which books to highlight for this final installment of Spiritual Tools for Conscious Living, I realized something I hadn’t previously identified. While there are valuable and profound books that offer systems, teachers, and tools toward awakening and the process of enlightenment (what I call applied spirituality), it is the storytelling books that I was drawn to. Inquiring within about the differences, I realized that more profound than the differences is the presence of a common theme regardless of the path illuminated: it is only through the heart that we can have a spiritual experience.

The Institute of Heartmath states, “When you feel genuine hope, care, and compassion, your heart is sending harmonious and coherent signals to the brain/mind, replacing feelings of separation with a sense of connection. The heart and brain are aligned and in sync.” Spiritual storytelling evokes this range of feelings, activating these coherent signals—and we have a direct experience of connection, and to our own spiritual essence.

Join me over the next week as I explore three books whose stories greatly impacted my spirit. Following is book 1 of 3.

Bridge Between Worlds: Extraordinary Experiences That Changed Lives (2009)
By Dan Millman and Doug Childers

New World Library

This is a compilation of 40 true-life stories of dramatic and miraculous events that permanently and profoundly changed the lives of their authors. They are stories of healing miracles, out-of-body realms, redemption, letting go, perseverance of faith, angelic intervention, and transformation in many unexpected guises—each offering an expanded vision of reality that opens us to the possibility of something beyond the ordinary.

Each story invokes the mysterious and the miraculous: while reading we are connected to a higher vibration that is both us, and not us, but is in sync with our spiritual essence. Vicariously it is our miracle, our mystery, and our life that is changed, just by reading these accounts. They are food for the heart-mind.

Since I missed the original version of this book, published in 1999 as Divine Interventions, I thoroughly savored reading this for the first time. However, some things are worth reading (and publishing) over and again.

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