Doorways to the Soul: 52 Wisdom Tales from around the World

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Doorways to the Soul is a delightful collection of inspirational and insight-filled wisdom tales, parables, and anecdotes from around the globe. Designed for meditative reading, the book presents one story per week as guide-post and food for the soul. Questions for reflection complete this valuable tool for Christian educators, parents, clergy, teachers, and speakers.

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Wise and witty wisdom tales and ways of working with them.
Hi folks, thanks for your interest in Doorways to the Soul.

This book can be enjoyed by many people because it is first and foremost a collection of wise and witty tales from many spiritual traditions and cultures of the world; from Sufi, Buddhist, and Hasidic tales, to Christian parables and folk tales from Native American, African and Asian origins. The tales are short for easy learning, and I offer simple techniques for sharing them with others.

For those who wish to explore the stories and their messages further, the book offers suggestions for ways of being with story that help form a deeper connection to its wisdom. This part of the book developed as a result of observations that I made of myself as I was searching for stories. I noticed my tendancy to read story after story, enjoying each one, but not stopping to ponder them, a lot like inhaling chocolates rather than savoring them. I had the hope that if I kept reading, the perfect story would jump out at me and zap, enlightenment! I realized however that stories are doorways into new ways of seeing and being, and we can either read the crib notes on the door or we can open the door and enter in to be deeply touched by the wisdom therein. I noticed too my tendency to skip over stories that I already knew, as if they had nothing left to teach me. Our ancestors on the other hand, knew that when we hear and tell a story over and over, it enters our bones and becomes available to us when needed.

In an effort to practice new ways of being with and learning from the stories I created a format to slow myself (and the reader)down. I suggest that you make a ritual of reading only one story a week, and then pondering, playing with and sharing it with others. After each story I offer suggestions for connecting more deeply with its themes and images.

This is broken into four parts:
1) Connecting the images in the story to the imagination and subconsious where new understandings may arise.
2) Connecting the ideas, themes and experiences in the story to our personal and family stories, offering us new insight into the past and a new sense of possibility.
3) Bringing the wisdom in the story into practical use on a daily basis.
4) Sharing the stories with others in our home, work and community settings.

This book is especially useful for those who are looking for support in their personal/spiritual development. These stories offer wonderful examples of how others have danced and stumbled down the path of life, the path toward higher consciousness, and deeper connection to all that is sacred. As we live these stories vicariously, we expand our vision of what is possible for us, and we look at our lives with new honesty and compassion.

Enjoy this book in whatever way is right for you. Share the stories that move you with others. As Anthony de Mello S.J. said, "The closest distance between truth and a human being is a story." END

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