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Excerpt from "Encyclopedia of the Divine, Spiritual and Occult"

Introduction

by Heather Eaton


When I started my spiritual quest I discovered that there were many, many terms and words that I didn’t understand, and people of whom I had never heard of. I started to keep a record of what I was learning while I was writing a book on herbs. Somehow that file turned into an Encyclopedia. I hope that this book will help others understand not only the terminology and the definitions but the spiritual concepts and the higher truths that accompany that knowledge as well.

This book is comprised of the main encyclopedic text, followed by a Recommended Reading section which includes a more detailed list of books (up to 15 for each) by authors described in the book as well as other recommended authors. This is followed by a section called Artists and Art, which lists the over 300 artists and works of art depicted herein. And lastly there are the reference files including the bibliography and webliography.

The main encyclopedic text includes around 4,000 entries. It gives a brief description or definition of each entry and tries to point the reader to the source of more information, such as books and websites or to other related entries. The people described herein, half of whom have passed on and half of whom are living are all people who in one way or another have spiritually influenced our world. You will find many highly educated people, as well as people with practically no education but with a spiritual gift to share or mystical message to impart. These entries include:

People

Among these (around 700) extraordinary people you will find are: alchemists, anthropologists, archeologists, astrologers, astronauts, Buddhists, best selling authors, channelers, Christians, consciousness researchers, clairvoyants, dream analysts, Egyptologists, Evangelists, Freemasons, futurists, Gnostics, Gurus, herbalists, Hermeticists, healers, Hindus, historians, holistic healers, human rights activists, hypnotherapists, Jews, journalists, Lamas, mathematicians, mediums, Ministers, Mormons, mystics, Occultists, paranormal investigators, parapsychologists and psychic researchers, philosophical and medical doctors, philosophers, physicists, poets, prophets, psychics, psychologists, Priests, Qabbalists, quantum physicists, Rabbis, Reverends, Rosicrucians, Saints, Shamans, sound therapists, spiritual leaders, spiritual teachers, spiritualists, Swamis, therapists, Theosophists, theologians, Wiccans, and yogis, among others.

Gods and Goddesses

Over 650 Gods and Goddesses from the following traditions: Algonquin, Assyrian, Araucanian, Aztec, Babylonian, Celtic, Egyptian, Greek, Hawaiian, Hindu, Inca, Inuit, Iroquois, Maya, Navajo, Norse, Pawnee, Persian, Roman, Slavic, Sumerian, Tibetan and Zoroastrian.

Magical Methods

Including: Adjuration, Automatic Writing, Banishing, Bewitching, Binding, Ceremonial Magic, Channeling, Charging, Cone of Power, Depossession, Divination, Dowsing, Enchantment, Energy Ball, Evocation, Fumigation, Glamour, Godform, Incantation, Initiation, Invisibility, Invocation, Libation, Magical Circle, Natural Magic, Nature Worship, Offering, Pathworking, Philtre, Prediction, Radiesthesia, Rhabdomancy, Ritual, Sacrifice, Séance, Shape Shifting, Shield, Shroud of Concealment, Simulacrum, Slate Writing, Sympathetic Magic, Tattwas, Warding and White Magic.

Occult Orders, Brotherhoods and Secret Societies

Alpha et Omega, Benandanti, Cathars, Church of the Light, Fraternity of the Inner Light, Freemasonry, Germaeorden, Golden Dawn, Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, Illuminati, Knights Templar, Martinism, Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, Order of Skull and Bones, Ordo Templi Orientis, Prieure de Sion, Rosicrucian Order, Servants of the Light, Society of Friends, Society of the Inner Light, Stella Matutina, Temple of Ara, Thelema and Theosophical Society.

Philosophical and Mystical Movements

Describing: Aesthetics, Ascension Movement, Bhakti, Carpocratians, Chaos Magic, Confucianism, Cosmic Movement, Deism, Druidry, Existentialism, Feng Shui, Gnosticism, Hasidism, Hermeticism, I Ching, Mysticism, Neo-Platonism, Orphism, Pantheism, Qabbalah, Quietism, Sacred Geometry, Shamanism, Spiritism, Spiritualism, Stoicism, Sufism, Taoism, Teleology, Thanatology, Thaumaturgy, Theology, Theosophy, Theurgy, Transcendentalism, Unanimism, and Zen.

Religions

Including: Brahamanism, Buddhism, Christian Science, Christianity, Church of Scientology, Confucianism, Dianic Wicca, Druse, Druidism, Eckankar, Gardnerian Wicca, Hinduism, Hoodoo, Huna, Islam, Judaism, Lamaism, Macumba, Manichaeism, Mormonism, Neopaganism, Obeah, Paganism, Santeria, Shinto, Taoism, Universal Religion, Voodoo, Wicca and Zoroastrianism.

Spiritual Goals

Describing: Absolute, Agape, Ahimsa, Ananda, Apocatastasis, Ascension, Attunement, Brahma-Viharas, Cosmic Humanism, Darshan, Dhyana, Empathy, Enlightenment, Globalism, Illumination, Jnana, Mimamsa, Moksha, Nirvana, Nyaya, Samadhi, Samkhya, Satori, Sunyata, Vaisheshika, Vedanta and Yoga.

Spiritual Techniques

Describing: Affirmation, Astral Projection, Autosuggestion, Blessing, Chanting, Contemplation, Consecration, Creative Visualization, Empathy, Empowering, Exorcism, Faith, Faith Healing, Herbal Magic, Grounding, Imagination, Inspiration, Lucid Dreaming, Mantra, Meditation, Monasticism, Positive Thinking, Prayer, Psychic Healing, Psychokinesis, Psychometry, Purification, Remote Viewing, Self-Healing, Self-Help, Self-Initiation, Sensory Deprivation, Smudging, Spiritual Cleansing, Sadhana, Supplication, Telethesia, Trance States, Transcendental Meditation, Unction, Visualization and Worship.

Spiritual Teachers

Adept, Acarya, Ascended Masters, Bodhisattvas, Buddhas, Clergymen, Great Bodhisattvas, Great White Lodge, Gurus, Hidden Masters, Houngan, Imans, Maggidins, Magis, Magicians, Magus, Maharishi, Mahatmas, Mambos, Masters, Ministers, Mullahs, Mystics, Old Souls, Paramahamsas, Preachers, Priests, Rabbis, Reverends; Rinpoches, Satgurus, Shamans, Siddhas, Silent Watchers, Swamis, Theurgists and Tulkus.

Therapeutic Systems

Including: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Aikido, Aromatherapy, Astrotherapy, Ayurveda, Bach Flower Therapy, Bau-Biologie, Biofeedback, Chiropractic, Chromotherapy, Core Energetics, Craniosacral Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Lomi Lomi, Mesmerism, Naturopathy, New Thought, Qigong, Quantum Touch, Reflexology, Regression Therapy, Reiki, Sadhana, Shiatsu, Space Clearing, Somatic Disciplines, Spagyrics, Sound Therapy, Therapeutic Touch, Transcendental Meditation, Vastu, Vipassana, and Yoga.

You will also find descriptions of: (around) 100 Angels; 30 demons; 60 mythological creatures, 60 supernatural and spiritual beings; 90 New Age Associations and Societies; 50 types of divination; 10 types of divination tools; 20 magical tools, 50 sacred texts and writings; 20 elementals; 30 nature spirits; 20 types of fairies and nymphs; 30 astral bodies; 40 mythological places; 20 sacred sites; 10 haunted places; and much, much more.

May you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Born in San Francisco, California in 1964 Heather Eaton lived her first years in Berkeley and Palo Alto. Her family then moved to Terre Haute, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio before joining the Peace Corps and moving to Valdivia in Southern Chile. She also lived in Quito, Ecuador and Santa Cruz, Bolivia. In 1978 she moved to Santiago, Chile spending the next 25 years living there and raising a family. In 2003 she moved back to the Bay Area. Heather was raised by scientists in an atheist environment. In her 30’s she suffered a serious foot injury which left her in a wheelchair for several months. Having been an avid reader her whole life she turned to more spiritual interests and started writing to help her understand what she was learning. Her latest labor of love, The Encyclopedia of The Divine, Spiritual and Occult is available on Amazon.

Purchase info:

Available on Amazon

There are three volumes, each costs $31.46

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Heather+G.+Eaton&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AHeather+G.+Eaton


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