From The Path -
Verses On The Mystic Journey
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"We are all on the path of our lives. The path that leads from birth to childhood, youth to maturity, work, family, advanced years, death, and
I hope that in some way, these poems, which describe my experiences along a portion of my path, will encourage you to embrace your path more fully, understanding that not only the moments of inspiration and joy are to be
Despite your circumstances, do not give up hope; there is a way. Do not give up trying to understand and improve. Do not give up the discovery of who you really are within the core of your being, for
Although some of these poems appear to be personal, as if written to me, or about me; it is my conviction that they were equally written to you and all who are walking the path of spiritual unfoldment. It is my sincere hope that you will find in them continuing inspiration and support as you wind your way along the path."
- William Simpson
Critics are describing the book as "...sheer joyful wisdom, wonder, warmth and wild beauty... The language is stunning... I think From The Path is more than just a book of poems. It is a way of thinking and being that comes from our connection with language and the power of words." - BookIdeas.com
"A spiritual bullet that will penetrate your soul with excitement for the written word.. poems filled with inspiration about... faith, love and beliefs. An appealing book of wisdom... a wonderful gift or tool for your own soul searching." - Midwest Book Review
From The Path, is written with wisdom and practical understanding of our modern life, and yet at the same time, speaks eloquently and with surprising vulnerability and intimacy of Mr. Simpson's love affair with Spirit.
The author does not pretend to have arrived at the end of the journey, but rather to be sharing his experiences from his location somewhere along the path. By offering us this unique perspective, with one hand holding to the practicalities of a wife and four children, while with the other dancing (and sometimes wrestling) with Spirit, he fills the gap between us and our aspirations and provides a clear and inspiring anticipation of our own steps along the path.
Non-denominational and easily accessible, the poetry offers an expansive palette of emotions describing the nature of a contemporary relationship with God. From a feeling of powerlessness to help another, to the transforming recognition of love and grace embracing us in every moment. In the end, we are left with a new experience of the ups and downs of our own life, viewed through the immaculate lens of a modern love for God.
The book also includes a bonus chapter entitled "First Steps" - a collection of practical techniques for growth and transformation including detailed instructions on: Practicing The Presence, Affirmations, Meditation, Chanting Om, Watching The Breath, Sitting In The Stillness, Love, Giving All Actions To God and Practicing "The Last Day".
The Author: William Simpson
After having been raised in the Christian church since he was 5, Mr. Simpson began his own personal spiritual search in the 1960s through reading and practicing the principles and traditions of various religions including Chan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism. He began his meditational practices within the Zen tradition.
In 1975, he began practicing Kriya Yoga meditation, a form of Raja Yoga offered by Paramahansa Yogananda and Self Realization Fellowship and has continued practicing in that tradition since then.
In early 2002, he founded The Conscious Living Foundation and in addition to directing that organization, has taught several classes including "The Fundamentals of Conscious Living" series. He is currently at work on his second book, a practical guide entitled "Stepping Out Of The Whirlwind - A Beginner's Manual For A Conscious Life".
In addition to writing, Mr. Simpson has also recorded several of the audio products offered by The Conscious Living Foundation.
To Find Out More About The Audio CD Version Of The Book, Read By The Author, Click Here.
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(5 Stars) More Than Just A Book of Poems:
I am not big on poetry, and "spiritual" or religious poetry often comes off to me as silly, sentimental, and sappy. Imagine my surprise when I read From the Path: Verses on the Mystic Journey, a wonderful and moving collection of poetry and verse with a mystical bent by author William W. Simpson. The poems hold no allegiance to any particular religious path, and therefore are highly accessible and truly inspiring for anyone who seeks to know more about themselves, their connection to the world around them, and their sense of unity with the Divine.
Simpson, the Founder of the Conscious Living Foundation and obviously a devoted seeker himself, has a gift with words and delights the senses with descriptions of emotions and feelings not easily captured in phrases. Many of the poems speak of an intimate relationship with a Higher Force, while others seem to ache for just such an experience, proving that Simpson understands that the path to enlightenment is ongoing - and sometimes one step forward - two steps back!
The poems' topics run the gamut from love, living in the Now, gratitude, the "body electric," relationships with nature, the mystical world we live in, and anything that touches upon the the search for human understanding and the quest for oneness with God. I was entranced and enchanted by some, moved to tears by others, and smiled in recognition at others still that reminded me of my own clumsy humanity standing before the greatness of the life force that created me.
The language is stunning, with simply gorgeous descriptive phrases that evoke feeling, wonder and a dreamy atmosphere that makes this a wonderful book to read when in solitude. My favorite poems are the lush and glorious ode to "Starlight," the inspiring "Unfurl Your Sail," the achingly pressing "What Can I Do?" and the simply joyful "Embrace," but it is hard to peg any of these poems as being better than any other. I truly loved them all, and each one created its own unique image and emotion within me.
I am not big on poetry, but I think From the Path is more than just a book of poems. It is a way of thinking and being that comes from the connection we have with language and the power of words to move us into places our intellect often fears going - deep within the heart of things. That's where the real stuff lives, both dark and light and this book recognizes that truth. The end of the book offers a section with tips of "First Steps" for those who truly seek to grow spiritually on their path, but those steps pale in comparison with the sheer joyful wisdom, wonder, warmth and wild beauty of the poems themselves.
Consider it food for the hungry spirit.
Review by Rev. Marie Jones, - BookIdeas.com
(5 Stars) You Should Journey Down This Path:
"We are all on the path of our lives. The path that leads from birth to childhood, youth to maturity, work, family, advanced years, death and to the life beyond. Each of us was born with a purpose-with an intention to manifest certain qualities, to learn particular lessons and to share particular experiences with each other. We are put here together, so that we might discover and share our lives-together-in service and love to each other. In the end, all our paths lead to the same place, our home in Spirit. But we each have our own unique way of getting there."
(5 Stars) Meditations On A Spiritual Journey:
For me, the best poetry stirs my soul; it awakens my spirit through its clarity and simplicity. Its purpose is clean, pointing me towards greater understanding of who I am in this world, or, even better, towards comprehension of the divine that indwells both this world and me. It is this comprehension, this movement towards the divine, that enables each of us to make this world better as we work for justice and an "acting-out" of the divine's attributes.
Review by Jeremy Hoover, Hoover Reviews
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A Spiritual Bullet:
From the Path is a spiritual bullet that will penetrate your soul with excitement for the written word. The book offers 66 poems filled with inspiration about yesterday, today and tomorrow as well as faith, love and beliefs. This is an appealing book of wisdom and would make a wonderful gift or a good tool for your own soul searching.
Sherry RussellMidwest Book Review
Beautiful, Insightful and Inspirational:
The themes in these pieces range from light hearted examinations of everyday objects and situations through instructional pieces recounting the practice and personal experiences of the author during meditation, to deep insight into the self, God, and into the world around us. On their own merit, these pieces are beautiful, insightful, and inspirational.
Moreover, the author not only shares his triumphs during this process but also expresses situations when he is easily distracted, moments when he despairs, and the times when he feels disconnected. Any individual who practices meditation, at any level or using any method, will find their own experiences and feelings written on the pages of this book in beautiful and insightful ways that few of us could ever hope to replicate.
Co-Dean: School of Religion and Spirituality, Suite University
(5 Stars) Insight And Inspiration: Reviewer: Sue Terry.
William Simpson has captured the essence of experience on the spiritual path. Although that experience is different for everyone, the poetry and prose of his personal journey are well worth the read. The book is a warm and wonderful source to return to time and again for continual spiritual inspiration and support.
(5 Stars) Helping Me On My Own Path: Reviewer: Tom. Rook
This is not a book to be devoured at one sitting. I now keep it handy to browse for insights that come from within myself.
The picture on the cover became a kind “preview” for me of what was about to happen when I looked inside. I was attracted to certain passages and words, and not so attracted to others. So when I took the roads that attracted me –– I found insights that resonated with me. The first resonance was when these words jumped out, 'Imagine a day, when ...'. I resonated with the whole poem.
I don’t know what would attract you, but when I found another poem with these words: “ Dream –– Of encouraging everyone –– Without an agenda”. Wow. This was what was happening to me –– the author was encouraging me –– without forcing any agenda on me. I was taking only those forks in the road that fit for me. We each were going to find only what fit for us, personally.
I continued browsing, and after a few more insightful experiences, I came across the title, 'First Steps'. Once again, I was strongly attracted to this paragraph: “In order for you to experience your own growth and transformation, you must walk the path, not merely view photographs of another’s journey”.
This book really is Simpson’s autobiography of his spiritual growth and learning. But by sharing places of his personal interest, I found myself resonating with some special parts of his path –– which were helping me on my own path. I soon found that this is not a book to be devoured at one sitting, and I now keep it handy to browse for insights that come from within myself. I recommend this for anyone looking for helps on life’s journey -- without wanting to follow any agenda but one’s own.
(5 Stars) Inspiring True Mysticism: Reviewer: J. P. Girardi
Simpson succeeds at communicating his love and devotion for the Ultimate Goal, as well as making us realize that we can also reach those heights. That Self- Realization is not only for the saintly and the monk or nun, the Himalayan yogi or the sufi, but for householders like you and me living the spiritual life, humbly, in the world, as he is.
(4 Stars) Route 66: Reviewer: W. Cruttenden
From the Path is an uplifting book containing 66 poems and a bit of narrative on how to find your own path. While I have not yet completely finished the book, all the poems I did read spoke of an inner experience or reflection on life that I think most of us can relate to. Some are about seeing through life's stresses or challenges and others about its quiet times or moments of coincidence or serendipity. Almost all of them provide a sweet perspective and hint at a Divine influence. The author's meditative point of view is clear and can't help but bring a sparkle to just about everything he contemplates.
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