4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2013
R.J.Stewart's original sacro-magical work has enlivened the Western traditions over the last 40 years to its great benefit. As with many original practitioners of the mysteries, his published work is merely the tip of the iceberg of knowledge and wisdom, so it is especially gratifying to be able to share in its more practical aspects in this way. The Arch of Heaven is a practice that enables stray or lost souls and the replaying residues of deceased people to depart in peace. I've been using this practice since I first knew R.J. in the late seventies. It is simple and effective, and can be used by anyone of any spiritual tradition. I thoroughly recommend it.The book is short, direct and explanatory. it also has a contribution by Anastacia Nutt, who is an experienced priestess and ritualist, which supports the main text in a helpful and practial way.
on 10 April 2014
Like many others no doubt, I came across the prayer/meditation called "The Arch of Heaven" in one of RJStewart's earlier books. I used it at a time of anxiety, and was moved and helped by the power and encouragement that came through the words.I am myself a Christian of esoteric interests, but as Stewart (who is not) says, the words "can be esoteric Christian, or another religion, or revival pagan. There is no conflict, other than in the mind of humanity." In this little book, Stewart describes how the prayer was given him, and he offers an interpretation as to its inner meaning, and then outlines a simple ritual with which the words may be recited to good effect. He himself received it while trying to release the trapped "spirit or memory-double" of a murder-victim, and the book concludes with some fascinating and thought-provoking reflections on our possible interactions with subtle realms. As anyone may know who has read other books by him, Stewart is equally critical of authoritarian religious (including theosophical) pronouncements on the one hand, and easternized new-agey dogma on the other. There is a lively, open, engaged, humane quality coming through his writing that inspires me to trust him; he seems a writer of, sometimes gruff, authenticity...only 100 pages long, but I think this little book is marvellous, a spiritual Oxo-cube, full of natural goodness.