BOOKS

The Sacred GEometry of Meditation

Sacred Geometry is the study of how the Divine Source manifests itself into time and space. It refers to the fact that not only is the universe the by-product of light and sound, but that it is also the result of exact sacred geometrical patterns. Through understanding these patterns, we begin to glimpse the creative process of Divine emanation into form. More importantly, we can begin to experience and work with these geometries within our own beings as a means for Self-Realization and harmonious living in all aspects of our life.

In Anahat Meditation we come to experience these underlying energy grids directly and are empowered to work with the grids to create balance and harmony on every level of our being. Through the Anahat Meditation System, the practitioner finds his own body to be the Temple of the Spirit. Through following these patterns back to their Source, we come to truly appreciate how precious a human birth can really be. We not only come to know our very essence as Divinity, but we then integrate that immense love, light and peace into every aspect of our lives and into every facet of our being.

The teachings of Sacred Geometry and the Anahat Meditation System can be very complex. However, anyone with even the slightest willingness can come to understand the teachings because no detailed mathematics or dry logic are involved. In the end, the teachings become who we are and have always been. We simply know that what we were studying and meditating on is simply our true nature.

The Anahat Meditation System

The Anahat Meditation System is a fictional account of a monastic community who enshrine and preserve the lineage of The Anahat Teachings. This novel explains the Anahat Meditation System as found within Matthew Brownstein's book, The Sacred Geometry of Meditation. Here the inquiring student and practitioner of the meditation system will find a delightful and exceptionally deep exploration of The Anahat Teachings and the incredible potentials of mystical experience and Divine Love that the system inspires. The story begins in the early 1800s when a young man named Myckal Divane is initiated into a sacred wisdom tradition in a hidden monastery deep in the Adirondack mountains. Living in seclusion, the novice monk slowly learns the teachings of this sacred mystical order and then gradually unfolds into a profound spiritual awakening. This book is essential for anyone practicing Anahat Meditation and for anyone who truly wants to understand the full potentials of the Anahat Teachings.

The sutras on healing and enlightenment

A Spiritually Based Approach to Mind/Body Healing

In this revolutionary work on the science of healing and enlightenment, Matthew Brownstein explores the nature and depth of who we are, why we get sick, what true healing is, and perhaps most importantly, how this can occur. The Sutras are short aphorisms that can be read alone or with the author’s commentary. They are designed to serve not only as a textbook for those in the healing and medical arts, but also for those who seek health, healing and spiritual enlightenment.

Included in the Sutras are:

– In depth writings concerning the True Nature of the universe, its Source and of man’s place in it.

– The Order of Manifestation concerning how creation came into being and how this relates to the origins of dis-ease.

– The underlying reasons for suffering and illness and how to overcome them.

– A detailed look into the energetic anatomy of the human system and its place in the macrocosmic universe.

– Practical methods for healing, meditation and Self-realization.

– A compassionate view of the human condition and many simple ideas to improve it.

This is a book for anyone who has ever wanted to be free in this lifetime, to be happy, healthy and spiritually aware. Whether you are a healer or the one being healed, or both, this book will prove invaluable as a resource for yourself and anyone you can share its teachings with.

Recommended Monastic Reading

the clouds should know me by now

This unique collection presents the verse, much of it translated for the first time, of fourteen eminent Chinese Buddhist poet monks. Featuring the original Chinese as well as english translations and historical introductions by Burton Watson, J.P. Seaton, Paul Hansen, James Sanford, and the editors, this book provides an appreciation and understanding of this elegant and traditional expression of spirituality.

"So take a walk with...these cranky, melancholy, lonely, mischievous poet-ancestors. Their songs are stout as a pilgrim's stave or a pair of good shoes, and were meant to be taken on the great journey."--Andrew Schelling, from his Introduction

The Mountains and waters sutra

“Mountains and waters are the expression of old buddhas.”

So begins “Sansuikyo,” or “Mountains and Waters Sutra,” a masterpiece of poetry and insight from Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of the Soto school of Zen.

Shohaku Okumura—renowned for his translations of and magisterial teachings on Dogen—guides the reader through the rich layers of metaphor and meaning in “Sansuikyo,” which is often thought to be the most beautiful essay in Dogen’s monumental Shobogenzo. His wise and friendly voice shows us the questions Dogen poses and helps us realize what the answers could be. What does it mean for  mountains to walk? How are mountains an expression of Buddha’s truth, and how can we learn to hear the deep teachings of river waters? Throughout this luminous volume, we learn how we can live in harmony with nature in respect and gratitude—and awaken to our true nature.

Taoism for Beginners

Elizabeth’s Taoism for Beginners—published by Rockridge Press—offers an insightful overview and glimpse of the deeper truths and everyday practices offered by this elusive Chinese spiritual tradition. This new book comes highly recommended by esteemed Taoist practitioner-teachers (e.g. James MacRitchie) as well as academics renowned for their expertise in Taoist studies (e.g. Livia Kohn).

 

As Amazon reviewer Ivan Granger writes:

 

“More than most other traditions, Taoism is elusive and intentionally undefined, making it especially bewildering for newcomers to begin to explore. What does the classic yin and yang symbol have to do with Taoism? What is the relationship between Taoism and tai chi of feng shui? What place does poetry or nature mysticism have in the Taoist worldview? What does “Tao” itself actually mean? Translating it as “The Way” doesn’t exactly make it more clear to the novice.

Without the use of evasive language or overly complex explanation, Elizabeth Reninger has done an excellent job of touching on key concepts and practices and giving us a sense of where it all fits within Taoism. The descriptions are brief, at times I would have liked a bit more explanation, but each core idea is sketched out with a confidence that hints at the author’s depth of practice — an invitation, or perhaps a challenge, to look deeper myself.

I would definitely recommend this for the curious and the novice explorer wanting to begin to understand the philosophies and practices of Taoism. Even for someone more knowledgeable about Taoist traditions, this book is a very good way to get a broad overview, seeing how concepts interrelate and, perhaps, filling in missing gaps. Worth a look.”

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Meditation Now: A Beginner’s Guide

 

Elizabeth’s Meditation Now: A Beginner’s Guide—published by Althea Press—skillfully addresses the question, What is meditation, really?  It provides an excellent introduction to a variety of different meditation traditions and techniques. It includes sections on common myths and misunderstandings about meditation; ways of applying the insights of meditation to daily life; support for establishing an at-home meditation practice; and much more.

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Physics, Philosophy, and nondual spiritual inquiry

Elizabeth’s introduction to these volumes:

 

The essays contained within the three volumes of Physics, Philosophy & Nondual Spiritual Inquiry were written over a period of five years or so, as part of my ongoing process of braiding together various threads of influence: an early and rather intensive training in mathematics; a lively interest in eastern and western philosophy; a laywoman’s fascination with physics; and experience with body-centered practices such as hatha yoga and qigong — and placing these in friendly conversation with (or extinguishing them in the silence of) the nondual view expressed variously within Taoism, Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism and the mystical core of other traditions.

 

With the encouragement of several friends, I’ve gathered these playful-serious explorations together and — with just some minor revisions — am offering them here as “food for thought” for any who may resonate with these sorts of inquiries. May they be of benefit (equally in their “taking-up” and their “casting-away”) to all who chance upon them.

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