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Next Issue "If prayer assumes a dialogue or interaction with the Other, and meditation enables us to discover that the Other is, at root, our deepest self, the final fruit of such efforts is the realization that all beings are passengers on the same ark."
-- Jay Kinney, from the introduction
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News & Notes
The Kabbalah goes mainstream; roadside shrines of the Southwest.

Introduction: Pray Tell
by Jay Kinney
Do you need to be able to sit still to meditate or pray?

The Essence of Prayer
by Theodore J. Nottingham
True prayer may have more to do with changing your inner nature than with getting what you ask for.

Way of the Sacred Pipe
by Jay Cleve
In the American Indian tradition, the sacred pipe is both a portable altar and the embodiment of a teaching.

Toxic Prayer: An Interview with Larry Dossey
by Richard Smoley
The bestselling author discusses the unsettling possibility that prayer has power to hurt as well as heal.

The Sufi and the Zen Master
by John W. Groff Jr.
How two masters from different traditions helped bring about one man's awakening.

The Soul in Prayer
by Robert Sardello
On engaging with the inner life of your consciousness in prayer.

Mysteries of the Sun
by Siobhán Houston
The Bulgarian magus Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov taught a "yoga of the sun" as a means of spiritual growth.

All That Glitters: An Interview with E.J. Gold & Co.
by Richard Smoley
The idiosyncratic teacher and his team talk about death, angels, Gurdjieff, and dressing up in chicken suits.

Book Reviews
  • The Complete Golden Dawn Cipher Manuscript edited by Darcy Kuntz
  • The Golden Dawn Sourcebook edited by Darcy Kuntz
  • The Golden Dawn Scrapbook: The Rise and Fall of a Magical Order by R.A. Gilbert
  • Confessions: The Making of a Post-denominational Priest by Matthew Fox
  • The UFO Encyclopedia, Vol. 1-3 by Jerome Clark
  • The International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders by Alan Axelrod
  • W.B. Yeats: A Life. I: The Apprentice Mage by R.F. Foster
  • Communicating with Animals: The Spiritual Connection between People and Animals by Arthur Myers
  • Opening the Lotus: A Woman's Guide to Buddhism by Sandy Boucher
  • The Division of Consciousness: The Secret Afterlife of the Human Psyche by Peter Novak
  • The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditation on Crossing Over by Starhawk, M. Macha NightMare, and the Reclaiming Collective.
  • Living Energies: Viktor Schauberger's Brilliant Work with Natural Energy Explained by Callum Coats
  • Zen at War by Brian Victoria
  • The Other Side of Silence: Meditation for the 21st Century by Morton Kelsey

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