Connect to the Source of the Aramaic Jesus' Wisdom and Guidance
Perhaps the most essential teachings given to us by Jesus came in the final year of his life on earth. Known as the "I AM" statements and found in the Gospel of John and the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, these radical truths were offered to connect each one of us to the original source of Jesus' deeper power. But to fully grasp and embody these profound insights, teaches Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, we must hear them in Jesus' native tongue. On I Am: The Secret Teachings of the Aramaic Jesus, we accompany Dr. Douglas-Klotz on a journey to the Holy Land of Jesus' time. With him, we will learn 22 specific meditations that combine music, Aramaic chant, and breath awareness practices to attune us to Jesus' words and help us "become fountains of healing and inspiration, as Jesus was."
I Am the Bread of Life. I Am the Light of the World. I Am the Resurrection and the Life. Although one might assume that Jesus was referring to himself in some exclusive way, Dr. Douglas-Klotz illuminates the subtleties of these sayings to reveal their universality and urgency-for each of us, no matter what path we follow. For in these words, he explains, Jesus sought to convey an inner wisdom that we could rely on to find to our own source of guidance, through him, after he left this world. On I Am, we hear Jesus' last stories, parables, and insights with Aramaic ears-and join him in the spiritual practices of his day-in order to touch directly our personal bond with Sacred Unity . to fulfill our own divine purpose . and to honor all of our experience as a living song to the cosmos.
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Neil Douglas-Klotz, PhD, (Saadi Shakur Chishti) is a world-renowned scholar in religious studies, spirituality, and psychology. Living in Edinburgh, 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. He is also co-founder of the international Network of the Dances of Universal Peace.
A frequent speaker and workshop leader, he is the author of several books, includingPrayers of the Cosmos, The Hidden Gospel, The Genesis Meditations, The Sufi Book of Life, Blessings of the Cosmos andThe Tent of Abraham (with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Sr. Joan Chittister). Known also for his citizen diplomacy work, in 2004, he co-founded the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. In 2005, he was awarded the Kessler-Keener Foundation Peacemaker of the Year award for his work in Middle Eastern peacemaking. For more information on communities worldwide in which his work is shared, visit The Abwoon Resource Center.
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