It has been nearly three decades since Shirley MacLaine commenced her brave and public commitment to chronicling her personal quest for spiritual understanding. In testament to the endurance and vitality of her message, each of her eight legendary bestsellers -- from Don't Fall Off the Mountain to My Lucky Stars -- continues today to attract, dazzle, and transform countless new readers. Now Shirley is back -- with her most breathtakingly powerful and unique book yet. This is the story of a journey. It is the eagerly anticipated and altogether startling culmination of Shirley MacLaine's extraordinary -- and ultimately rewarding -- road through life. The riveting odyssey began with a pair of anonymous handwritten letters imploring Shirley to make a difficult pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in Spain. Throughout history, countless illustrious pilgrims from all over Europe have taken up the trail. It is an ancient -- and allegedly enchanted -- pilgrimage. People from St. Francis of Assisi and Charlemagne to Ferdinand and Isabella to Dante and Chaucer have taken the journey, which comprises a nearly 500-mile trek across highways, mountains and valleys, cities and towns, and fields. Now it would be Shirley's turn. For Shirley, the Camino was both an intense spiritual and physical challenge. A woman in her sixth decade completing such a grueling trip on foot in thirty days at twenty miles per day was nothing short of remarkable. But even more astounding was the route she took spiritually: back thousands of years, through past lives to the very origin of the universe. Immensely gifted with intelligence, curiosity, warmth, and a profound openness to people and places outside her own experience, Shirley MacLaine is truly an American treasure. And once again, she brings her inimitable qualities of mind and heart to her writing. Balancing and negotiating the revelations inspired by the mysterious energy of the Camino, she endured her exhausting journey to Compostela until it gradually gave way to a far more universal voyage: that of the soul. Through a range of astonishing and liberating visions and revelations, Shirley saw into the meaning of the cosmos, including the secrets of the ancient civilizations of Atlantis and Lemuria, insights into human genesis, the essence of gender and sexuality, and the true path to higher love. With rich insight, humility, and her trademark grace, Shirley MacLaine gently leads us on a sacred adventure toward an inexpressibly transcendent climax. The Camino promises readers the journey of a thousand lifetimes.
A Journey of Spirit, Healing and Wisdom on the Camino de Santiago
Author: W. Lee Nichols
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
In Talking With Cats, Nichols takes us on a personal journey that enriches the spirit, informs the mind and becomes a map for healing and finding true inner happiness. The author does talk with cats; one of them is wise and thoughtful. Another is sarcastic, rude and funny. He is even ambushed by a horse, anxious to join him on his pilgrimage. On another day, he is attacked by a large German shepherd dog—with a very different outcome than expected. More importantly, he talks with the people who have come to the Camino de Santiago to heal their spirit and find a meaningful life. This Story is written with a sense of wonder and reverence for nature, earth and all life. Discover the real heart, soul and spirit of the Camino as you meet the people who walk it, the warm hospitality of the volunteers who care for it, and the rich culture and history of the Spanish people who have inherited the unique DNA of pride and service. During 500 miles, walk with Nichols through the Basque country, the Spain of Old Castile and Leon, and the ancient, proud Celtic tribes of Galicia. Savor the wines, learn about the cuisine, and hear the stories of mystical northern Spain. Talking With Cats is not a guide to a place or a destination. It is a guide to our hearts, walking, and the spiritual journey that heals, instructs, and returns us to an authentic life and a sustainable earth.
Hape Kerkeling, Deutschlands vielseitigster TV-Entertainer, lief zu Fuß zum Grab des heiligen Jakob– über 600Kilometer durch Spanien bis nach Santiago de Compostela– und erlebte die reinigende Kraft der Pilgerreise. Ein außergewöhnliches Buch voller Witz, Weisheit und Wärme, ein ehrlicher Bericht über die Suche nach Gott und sich selbst und den unschätzbaren Wert des Wanderns.
Als Cees Nootebooms Reisebericht erstmals erscheint, ist man sich einig: Mit Der Umweg nach Santiago liegt das Spanienbuch schlechthin vor. Nooteboom bricht von Barcelona nach Santiago de Compostela auf, ohne jede Eile, denn der Weg ist das Ziel. Der große niederländische Erzähler ergänzt sein erfolgreiches Reisebuch nun durch weitere Texte über das Land seiner Leidenschaft.
A Physical Journey that Became a Spiritual Transformation
Author: Peter Murtagh,Natasha Murtagh
Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd
Have you ever dreamed about walking the Camino de Santiago? Join Peter Murtagh, acclaimed Irish journalist, and his teenage daughter Natasha on their epic pilgrimage across the Way of St James and experience their life-changing adventure with them. If you’ve ever wondered what a hike of 900 miles involves, physically and emotionally, look no further than Buen Camino! You will be transported to Northern Spain, to bull-running and fiestas, to prayers and ancient Christian churches, to a gruelling trek that leads to a spiritual transformation. You’ll meet a motley crew of Camino pilgrims, stay with Peter and Natasha in Spartan hostels, learn about the history of the Camino and, above all, laugh and cry with a loving father and daughter as they walk steps trod by thousands of religious travellers before them. Whether you’re a seasoned ‘peregrino’ seeking to relive your glorious Camino days, a Camino novice looking for stories of Camino veterans or someone who’s never even heard of the Camino, Buen Camino! is a must-read, full of drama, exhilaration, love, laughter and spiritual and emotional revelations. More than just a travelogue, Buen Camino! is the unique story of the shared emotional journey of a loving Irish father and daughter and of the deep family bond their shared journey of self-discovery forges. Be seduced by the spirit of the Camino and join Peter and Natasha as they follow the ancient route of Irish monks on pilgrimage and find a way of living in the world more simply. Light in weight, and available as an ebook, this is the perfect Camino companion. ‘A lovely book for those who have done the Camino, or like me, are thinking of doing it’ The Dubliner ‘An addictive, funny, heart-warming, informative read’ The Irish Mail
A Pilgrimage Tale of Love, Grief, and Spiritual Renewal on the Camino de Santiago
Author: Kerry Egan
Publisher: Doubleday Books
A moving account of the author's personal odyssey along the Camino de Santiago, the medieval pilgrimage route through northern Spain, as she struggled to deal with her grief over the death of her father and learned how to recognize God's presence in everyday people and places. 15,000 first printing.
Ob die mediterrane Küche der Küstenregionen, die einfachen Mahlzeitender Schafhirten in den Bergen oder Fast Food und Haute Cuisine in den quirligen Städten - Paul Richardsons atmosphärischer und informativer Reisebericht zeigt, dass spanische Küche mehr zu bieten hat als Paella, Gazpacho und Sangría. Ein Jahr lang reiste Richardson quer durchs Land, half bei der Olivenernte in Jaén und der matanza, dem traditionellen Schweineschlachten, in Caceres, besuchte Starköche wie Ferran Adrià an der Costa Brava, aber auch unbekannte Restaurants mit regionalen Spezialitäten.Gespickt mit vielen Insidertipps, interessanten Informationen zu Kultur und Geschichte und einem umfangreichen Adressteil ist dies ein einzigartiger Reiseführer durch Spanien und seine Küche.
Ewan McGregor und sein Kumpel Charley Boorman wollen es noch einmal wissen: Nach ihrem abenteuerlichen Trip rund um die Welt geht es dieses Mal vom nördlichsten Punkt Großbritanniens, dem kleinen Nest John O’Groats in den schottischen Highlands, südwärts bis nach Kapstadt in Südafrika. Das ganz große Abenteuer beginnt, als die beiden die gepflegten Teerstraßen Europas hinter sich lassen. In Afrika erwarten sie– neben der überwältigenden Gastfreundschaft der Einheimischen– Sandstürme (Libyen), üble Offroadpisten (Kenia), Schlammschlachten (Äthiopien) und ein rasender Elefant, der McGregor nach dem Leben trachtet (Botswana). Ein weiteres Roadmovie voller Risiken, Überraschungen und unvergesslicher Begegnungen.
Crystal skulls invoke a sense of mystery. What was their role in ancient times? Are they important for us in current times? Can they assist us on our spiritual journey? How? Although much has been written about them, many questions still linger. This book addresses many of these lingering questions on practical, subtle-energy, and spiritual levels. This long-awaited sequel to Crystal Skulls: Interacting with a Phenomenon weaves practical information on crystal skulls with meditations to provide a deeper understanding of the role of crystal skulls in expanding the consciousness of individuals and humankind as a whole. Filled with useful guidance for both beginners and those who have worked with crystal skulls for long periods of time, Crystal Skulls: Expand Your Consciousness addresses essential issues: what material crystal skulls should be made from, what size to choose, how to clean them, and what to do with them. The most important part of the book addresses awakening the potential of a crystal skull. Learn about the energies of these awakened crystal skulls and the effects they have on the spiritual development of individuals and the collective consciousness of humanity. This book invites you on a journey of awakening the potential of your crystal skulls -- and consequently awakening yourself. Several meditations are given to support this journey along with descriptions of the known ancient and old crystal skulls, making this book a "must have" for anyone interested in crystal skulls and in the journey of spiritual development.
Overlapping history with personal observation, this inspirational memoir shares the experience of one woman during the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostella, an ancient journey of more than 500 miles through northern Spain. Introduced to fellow pilgrims along the way and learning of their inspirational stories, this thoughtful work is filled with commonsense advice and spiritual guidance as the winter blusters around the travelers on their path. Emotionally confronting the reality of a loved one being diagnosed with incurable cancer, the author generously shares her experience of deep thought, light humor, physical challenge, and learning how to cope with helplessness on this pilgrimage of the spirit.
Relearning Life's Lessons on the Camino de Santiago
Author: Guy Thatcher
Publisher: GeneralStore PublishingHouse
Category: Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
Guy Thatcher walked the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route, hoping to discover the reason for the compulsion that drove him there. What he found instead was the timeless land of northern Spain, beauty, silence, mountains and plains, rain and relentless sun, snow in May, heartbreaking climbs, fatigue, and injury; friendly and welcoming people, new friendships, despair, transcendental joy, birth and death, and churros con chocolate. He came away with a renewal of his belief in the remarkable goodness of ordinary people from all over the world as they shared an extraordinary journey.
Since medieval times, pilgrimages have been a popular religious or spiritual undertaking. Even today, between seventy and one hundred million people a year make pilgrimages, if not for expressly religious reasons, then for an alternative to secular goals and the preoccupation with consumption and entertainment characteristic of contemporary life. In The Way of the Stars, the journalist Robert Sibley, motivated at least in part by his own sense of discontent, recounts his walks on one of the most well-known pilgrimages in the Western world—the Camino de Santiago. A medieval route that crosses northern Spain and leads to the town of Santiago de Compostela, the Camino has for hundreds of years provided for pilgrims the practice, the place, and the circumstances that allow for spiritual rejuvenation, reflection, and introspection. Sibley, who made the five-hundred-mile trek twice—initially on his own, and then eight years later with his son—offers a personal narrative not only of the outward journey of a pilgrim’s experience on the road to Santiago but also of the inward journey afforded by an interlude of solitude and a respite from the daily demands of ordinary life. The month-long trip put the author on a path through his own memories, dreams, and self-perceptions as well as through the sights and sounds, the tastes and sensations, of the Camino itself.
Die faszinierende Nahtoderfahrung eines Neurochirurgen
Author: Eben Alexander
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Eine spektakuläre Reise in das Leben nach dem Tod Was geschieht, wenn wir sterben? Gibt es ein Leben nach dem Tod? Fragen, die jeden Menschen berühren und die in diesem Buch auf revolutionäre Weise neu beantwortet werden. Mit 54 Jahren erkrankt der renommierte Neurochirurg und Harvard-Dozent Eben Alexander an einer extrem seltenen Form der Hirnhautentzündung. Er fällt ins Koma. Die Ärzte stellen fest, dass sein Gehirn irreparabel geschädigt ist, und prognostizieren sein baldiges Ende. Doch Eben Alexander kehrt ins Leben zurück – und gesundet innerhalb kurzer Zeit. Minutiös berichtet der Gehirnforscher, was er während des Komas durchlebte: Begleitet von einem Engelwesen taucht er ein in eine Welt ohne Zeit und Raum, in der sich ihm die göttliche Quelle allen Seins offenbart. Hier erfährt er: Wir alle sind Teil eines universalen, unsterblichen Bewusstseins.
The books that we read, whether travel-focused or not, may influence the way in which we understand the process or experience of travel. This multidisciplinary work provides a critical analysis of the inspirational and transformational role that books play in travel imaginings. Does reading a book encourage us to think of travel as exotic, adventurous, transformative, dangerous or educative? Do different genres of books influence a reader's view of travel in multifarious ways? These questions are explored through a literary analysis of an eclectic selection of books spanning the period from the eighteenth century to the present day. Genres covered include historical fiction, children's books, westerns, science-fiction and crime fiction.