Language of the Spirit: a visual key to enlightenment and destiny
Exploring some of the most challenging ideas about ourselves, our place in the cosmos and the destiny of humankind, The Language of the Spirit is a beautiful companion to the major principles of spirituality.
The scope is vast – from the strange world of the Siberian shaman, who travels in a dream trance to the spirit world to bring back healing wisdom for his people, to the Zen Buddhist monk, whose life of meditation and ceremony is full of spiritual challenge. Key concepts and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto and shamanism are explained with unprecedented clarity. The imagery of the spirit – Angels, Heaven and Hell, the Chakras, the Wheel of Life, and much more – is superbly presented in more than 150 colour photos and 50 specially commissioned artworks.
Looking at major religions past and present, as well as myth, folklore and symbolism, The Language of the Spirit provides a multi-faceted portrait of our attempts through history to find a spiritual faith by which to live. Jane Hope has taught Buddhism in Great Britain, the USA and Europe since the mid-1980s. She divides her time between London and North Wales, and works part-time as a bereavement counsellor.