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Opening to Spirit [Paperback]

Caroline Shola Arewa
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16 Nov 1998

Contacting the Healing Power of the Chakras and Honouring African Spirituality

The Chakras are very powerful wheels of energy that are present within the body. They are vital to our health and well-being and many healing and bodywork traditions, such as yoga, are based around them. Psychics can often diagnose the health of each chakra through clairvoyant sight.

This ancient energy system is often thought to have emerged from the yogic traditons of India. But in Opening to Spirit Caroline Arewa explores importance of the Chakras to the Ancient Africans and Egyptians and explores the common root of many of our spiritual traditons, through the mythology of Ancient Eygpt, Early India and West Africa.

The author draws on ancient Eygptian and African spirituality to create a powerful and accessible way of working with the chakras. By tapping into their healing energy we can learn how to use them for our personal growth and spiritual development.

This groundbreaking workbook will allow the people to approach the chakras in a far more complete way and to understand how to access them for everyday use.

This book :
• reveals the ancient mysteries of the Aura and Chakras
• introduces African deities, including those of Creation, Truth & Sensuality
• describes techniques for healing and balancing the chakras
• shows how the chakras can be gateways for healing and self-discovery

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (16 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722537263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722537268
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Opening to Spirit 'is an in-depth exploration of the ancient chakra system. Caroline Shola Arewa draws on a wealth of spiritual wisdom and mythology from Ancient Egypt, Early India and West Africa to create a truly holistic approach to personal growth and spiritual development.

The practices revealed in 'Opening to Spirit ' will help you to raise your awareness, develop greater consciousness and claim your spiritual inheritance.

• This book reveals the mysteries of the aura and the Ancient Chakra System and makes them accessible for every day use.
• Introduces you to the African Deities, including those of Creation, Truth, Sensuality.
• Describes techniques for cleansing and balancing the Chakras.
• Explores the healing power of meditation and ritual.
• Offers tools for self-discovery, physical health and spiritual fulfilment.
• Explores the Five Elements – ether, air, fire, water and earth.
• Explains the planetary rhythms and the ancient cosmological laws of nature.

About the Author

Caroline Shola Arewa has been involved in the healing arts for over 16 years and worked as a healer and teacher for over 10 years. She currently works as a part-time lecturer in complementary medicine at Kingsway College and teaches yoga at Brixton Community workshops as well as running a private practice in therapeutic bodywork and healing. She facilitates international workshops and seminars on the chakras.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing and enlightening approach 7 Mar 1999
By A Customer
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand and work with their chakras. The author successfully weaves together elements of African, Indian and Egyptian spirituality to create a refreshing and very readable course in spiritual self-development. She includes many practical exercises, including yoga techniques and chakra development. What makes the book particularly special is that it presents African spirituality in a way that is both accessible and attractive to white people and Western culture. It is written with a sense of joy and wonder, which comes across strongly to the reader. The book also contains many beautiful illustrations, with colour plates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A recommended book from Elevated Therapy 26 Dec 1998
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An in-depth exploration of the aura and chakra system. Drawing on African, Ancient Egyptian and Indian Spirituality. Contains also a wonderful seven-step healing approach that can also be used for healing practitioners. Highly recommended by Elevated Therapy in London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book* 17 Nov 2008
This book is very good indeed.
Very well writen, blending The African spiritual ancient beliefs with East and west spiritual cultures.
A self tool for great spiritual development.
Full of precious information that once you put it into practise it can bring good and
powerfull changes in your life.
A must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great grounding for your path to your own spiritual quest. 12 Jun 2001
By Nancy Stephenson - Published on
This is one of the very few books I felt compelled to write about but I could not help myself. This is one of the first Spiritual books I felt in total cinch with. It beings with giving you the back ground knowledge you need in order to really appreciate the upcoming knowledge she gives further in the book. This book is not just about African (Egyptian and Yoruba) spirituality but also shows the connections to Hindu, Buddhists beliefs to those original Egyptian concepts. It even connects Christian beings to the Egyptians. But this is not a book about Religion she leaves this for you to decide, she just presents the connections as a reference to what she is trying to say. This a "How to Guide", it goes into detail from how to prepare your body for spiritual awaking, i.e. mediations, exercises mainly yoga, to foods you should eat for each Charkas, and Crystals. It also gives a pretty long list of Orisa, and has a chapter dedicated to each individual charka. It is full of easy to do practical things you can do in your own home, to heighten the positive Vibrations in your home and body that are not time consuming. And for women she points out our own powers as Goddesses and the role we USE to play before our original beliefs were destroyed by colonization. This book is very in-depth but not over whelming. It also filled the void I felt and filled in some of the blanks, I was left with after being raised Christian, and exploring other "Major" religion left me with. A MUST BUY for anyone looking to start on a more slef- empowering spiritual path! I could go on but there is to much to say. Buy it, borrow it just get it!
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternative reading for spiritual growth 28 May 1999
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I am reading "Honoring the Spirit" and I utilize this book as a workbook and healing source. I am elated to see a spiritual guide that blends Afrocentric concepts with East Indian spiritual practices. This reading has given me validation for continuing to practice an earth, mind, body, and soul spirituality that helps me to feel centered and peaceful. I was unable to experience this same sense of peace in the Christian religion. Understanding the Chakras, giving honor to my ancestors, and respecting the earth like she is "mother" has helped me view the world and live life a whole lot differently. The author, along with the guidance of her own ancestors, mentors, and blessings has helped to validate my own way of being in the world that appears "strange" or "out there" to others. We are so used to Western boxed-in concepts of living and being in a dog-eat-dog, material rat racing world. Several of my own sista-friends may be utilizing this piece of work in our own healing circles. Thank You Miss Caroline Shola Arewa
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 3 Jan 2002
By Jana D Long - Published on
This is one of the best books I've ever read on chakra energy. The author writes with authority and great clarity on the subject. She explains the many facets of chakra energy and its meaning from diverse cultural and mythological perspectives. The book provides detailed chapters on the aspects of each chakra and how the energy generated effects the physical body, the mental focus and the universal connection to Spirit. She gives practical steps the reader can use to channel chakra energy. This is a great book for yoga teachers or those involved in the healing arts. The techniques shared can be incorporated into workshops, healing circles and study groups or used by the individual truth seeker.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Integration is the key! 18 Jun 2003
By Neil J. Hajba - Published on
This book aids individuals interested in integrating their religious beliefs, physical and mental health, and connecting with the scared through body, mind, and soul.
A wonderful piece of work, full of instruction and examples. A definate user friendly/teach yourself book! Written well and made to digest in small do-able pieces.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for Spiritual healing i have every read 13 Sep 1999
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This book has basicly changed my Life. It is very good for the Spiritual healing of African Americans as well as all people. This sister has and excellent way of presenting the Chakras system in a why that anyone can understand and learn. I highly recommend this book to all people of New thought as well as other spiritual communities. it is a must have for you book shelf.
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