The experiential core of Steve Taylor's best-selling books on spirituality and psychology.
A collection of poems and pieces of spiritual insight, reflection and guidance in the tradition of Rumi and Walt Whitman. These poems by Steve Taylor show the experiential core of his best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. Written with the precision and descriptive ability of a true poet, the pieces communicate profound truths, and have the power to transmit spiritual experience to the reader. The book also includes an essay by the author on Poetry and Spiritual Experience
Curiously this book from 2012 has been chosen by Amazon for their BEST BOOKS OF 2014
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Steve Taylor believes there to be a powerful connection between poetry and spiritual awakening. Speaking of Wordsworth, Blake and D.H. Lawrence, amongst countless others, many poets have used poetry to convey the insights and visions that came from their awakening experiences. It emerges from them as naturally as vegetation emerges from the soil. Everyday language belongs to everyday consciousness. Since we have a strongly linear sense of time, and our thoughts are often focused on the past and the future, ordinary language is split into tenses, and is full of terms referring to the future and the past. As a result, it can be difficult to describe awakening experiences in ordinary languages. But poetry isn’t bound by the normal constraints of language. It doesn’t have to convey meaning directly, but can just suggest it, through allusion, image and metaphor. It can create a real communication of being, an exchange of feeling. This is what Taylor has tried to do in his poetry. In this, his latest collections of poems he hopes they manage to transmit some of the insights and visions of his awakening experiences onto you. ~ Mind Body Spirit’ (Issue 36/Winter 2013-14)
Insightful and delightful, Steven Taylor s poems are like a beautiful mist of champagne bubbles on a background of infinite space and silence. ~ Catherine Ingram , author of In the Footsteps of Gandhi, Passionate Presence, and A Crack in Everything
There is a strong tradition of poets (including Whitman and Hopkins, Lawrence and Hughes) whose primary concern is to attempt to re-establish contact with the cosmos, and openness to its plenitude of miracles…Steve Taylors poems are in direct descent from that tradition, at a time when it is needed more than ever. ~ Keith Sagar, literary critic, author of The Art of Ted Hughes and the Art of D.H. Lawrence.
The spiritual author Steve Taylor is a highly gifted contemporary poet capturing the highest themes of Non Dual Teachings. His vivid imagery, modern language and sense of rhythm are a sheer delight. ~ Alan Jacobs, Poet Author and President of the Ramana maharshi Foundation UK