Neil’s most recent book Wild Wisdom collects early ancestors of eco-spirituality and eco-poetics, who think and feel from within nature-- mountains, forests, rivers, oceans, deserts-- rather than about it. They then bring their wild wisdom into action in society.
Neil will also talk about his forthcoming new book on the main body of his work, entitled Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus: The Hidden Teachings on Life and Death, looking at the prophet’s words and spirituality through his native language and worldview.
Neil Douglas-Klotz is an author, translator, and spiritual teacher living in Scotland, the former chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion, and the co-founder of the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace.
Take-Aways from the event:
Learn the rich heritage of writers, artists, scientists, mystics, and eccentrics who learned how to think and feel from within nature rather than about it, then brought this prophetic wisdom into their communities.
Discover how humanity shares deep wisdom that unites an awareness of inner nature with outer activism.
It may be obvious that a child raised in an intensely urban environment, who seldom sees or touches trees or grass, will grow and develop differently from one raised in the country. It turns out, however, that all our nervous systems are biologically wrapped around and interwoven with our environment. Critical damage to this environment impairs humanity’s actual ability to think and feel clearly and to envision a positive, healthy future for itself.
Retreating in nature, even sitting on a park bench for a few minutes, can refresh and balance lives mostly surrounded by the products of human culture. Hopefully, hearing the voices of some of these early natural explorers can whet our appetite for our own wildness.
From part two: Learn what Jesus would have sounded like “before Christianity” and how it reveals his authentic spirituality.
The nomadic roots of the biblical and Southwest Asian (Middle Eastern) traditions.
The stories we tell ourselves shape our lives, individually and as a culture.
About Neil Douglas-Klotz:
Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D. is a renowned writer in the fields of Middle Eastern spirituality and the translation and interpretation of the ancient Semitic languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic.
Living in Scotland, he directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning and for many years was co-chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion.
A frequent speaker and workshop leader, he is the author of several books. His books on the Aramaic spirituality of Jesus include Prayers of the Cosmos, The Hidden Gospel, Original Meditation: The Aramaic Jesus and the Spirituality of Creation, and Blessings of the Cosmos. His books on a comparative view of ‘native’ Middle Eastern spirituality include Desert Wisdom: A Nomad’s Guide to Life’s Big Questions and The Tent of Abraham (with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Sr. Joan Chittister).
His books on Sufi spirituality include The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish and A Little Book of Sufi Stories. His biographical collections of the works of his Sufi teachers include Sufi Vision and Initiation (Samuel L. Lewis) and Illuminating the Shadow (Moineddin Jablonski). He has also written a mystery novel set in the first century C.E. Holy Land entitled A Murder at Armageddon.
He recently edited four “Little Books” published by Hampton Roads devoted to a new selection of the work of Lebanese-American writer, poet, and painter Kahlil Gibran, based on his Middle Eastern roots and culture.
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