Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett tells us a little story about Divine Audacity.
Over twenty years ago, Conari Press published Random Acts of Kindness, and launched a simple movement–of people being kind to one another in their daily lives.To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Random Acts of Kindness, the editors of Conari Press compiled Random Acts of Kindness Then and Now, which includes the original book along with new crowd-sourced material. It will inspire you to start
— with the small, the particular, the individual — to bring delight and goodness to yourself and others.
And be sure to visit Random Acts of Kindness Foundation to see what kindnesses they’re up to these days. They offer a whole range of kindness ideas to make this week amazing. Make sure to tag #RAKweek2015 on any of your social media posts so they can easily find it!
Red Wheel Weiser, LLC (RWW) and New York Open Center (NYOC) announce the creation of a New York Open Center imprint that will support the Center’s mission to offer the best possible approaches to wellness, consciousness expansion, and spiritual transformation. RWW will work with NYOC staff to identify and develop potential authors and projects from the many practitioners and faculty who teach classes, lead workshops and lecture at the Center. Michael Kerber, President of Red Wheel Weiser, LLC, says, “Our continued goal is to publish ‘books to live by,’ and this collaboration with New York Open Center is both a natural and complementary fit given our shared mission to inform and improve people’s lives.”
“For the last thirty-one years the New York Open Center has been a platform for the world’s leading teachers in holistic thought, wellness, spirituality, and interdisciplinary approaches to human and societal transformation. We have been committed to offering the best, cutting-edge programs in these fields—often long before they gain mainstream acceptance. Now, as an expanded expression of our ongoing mission, we are thrilled to be writing this new chapter with Red Wheel Weiser. And, as someone who has read, and benefited by, Weiser Books since my teens, I am personally very happy for this partnership!” –Thomas Amelio, President of the New York Open Center”
Red Wheel/Weiser Publisher Emerita, Jan Johnson, will help select the initial list of titles. There’s no set number, but all titles will fall into one of three main categories. There will be general introductory guides on topics regularly taught at the center, such as shamanism, mindfulness, lucid dreaming, and a variety of others. Books that delve deeper into subjects based on NYOC workshops and webinars and broad survey books drawn from NYOC major conferences round the list. The next such conference is the Art of Dying: Spiritual, Scientific, and Practical Approaches to Living and Dying to be held in New York City April 24 – 26 and features such presenters as Eben Alexander, MD, Therese Schroeder-Sheker, and Peter Fenwick, MD.
“Although I’ve never lived in New York, I’ve been a longtime fan of the Center,” said Johnson. “They provide a great service to New Yorkers, and now with these books, we are pleased to become a part of their mission to provide broader and more in-depth information for seekers. I think we can work together to develop new authors and to bring cutting edge information to readers.”
“This is an exciting opportunity for both Red Wheel and the Open Center. It is part of our wider efforts of collaborating with like-minded companies in a variety of areas,” added Kerber. “For us to grow as a publisher, we must engage readers wherever they seek guidance, wisdom, and new ideas.”
The imprint will be launched at Book Expo America in 2016.
ABOUT RED WHEEL/WEISER
Red Wheel/Weiser, the well-known metaphysical and self-help publisher, has imprints that include Conari Press, Weiser Books, and Disinformation Books. Conari Press publishes books on topics ranging from spirituality, personal growth, and relationships to women’s issues, parenting, and social issues. Weiser Books publishes titles across the entire spectrum of occult, esoteric, speculative, and
New Age subjects. Disinformation Books publishes on topics as wide-ranging as conspiracy theory, secret societies, ancient civilizations, and current affairs. Red Wheel/Weiser distributes titles for a variety of publishers including Hampton Roads Publishing, Hierophant Publishing, Quest Books, Nicolas-Hays/Ibis Press, Atlantis Rising, and more.
ABOUT NEW YORK OPEN CENTER
The New York Open Center was founded in 1984 with the intention of creating a forum for a new generation of seekers. Recognized as New York City’s leading center for holistic learning, the Center offers educational programs to create positive transformation in individuals and the world. Programs are offered in spiritual inquiry and practice, psychology and self-development, holistic health, bodywork, movement and yoga, arts and creativity. The center also features concerts, performances and other special events. Today, the New York Open Center presents more than 300 programs of exceptional depth and integrity to audiences totaling more than 10,000 annually.
Wow. Already into our second month of 2015! Second month = two new titles! Enjoy!
Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett
Her new book makes the audacious claim that each of us can be “the light of the world” Jesus instructed his followers to be. Martella-Whitsett offers a path for living a deep and authentic life outside of the strictures of traditional religious categories. A refreshing approach, in essence, on how to be spiritual without being religious. We truly find God when we go inside to connect with divine light, realize our oneness with God and others, and let our light shine in the world. Martella-Whittset looks at what “divine light” is and how it is both audacious and normal to claim it for ourselves.
(Hampton Roads Publishing)
Translated by Thomas Cleary
Often misunderstood, Tantrism focuses on a particular style of meditation and ritual. Having far more to do with the sacred than the sexual, Tantric Buddhism is believed to have originated around the 5th Century AD in the rich cultural basin of Bengal and spread throughout the Asian world. Today it is widely practiced in Tibet, Japan, and the West.
The Secrets of Tantric Buddhism presents accessible translations of 46 classic texts found in the Carya-Giti, a collection of teachings by more than twenty famous Siddhas, or Tantric adepts, who lived during the illustrious Pala dynasty of the 10th and 11th centuries. Renowned translator and scholar Thomas Cleary unlocks the mysteries of these texts and provides commentary for each that explains the ancient teachings in a way that makes them see fresh and contemporary.