#43: Love, Sacred & Profane
Love, said Dante in a famous line from The Divine Comedy, "moves
the sun and the other stars." Elsewhere, in a less famous line, he calls it
the force "that turns the world to chaos."
by Jay Kinney
News & Notes
A new light on Gregorian chant; Gurdjieffians convene; James Joyce & the Goddess.
Introduction: More Than a Feeling
by Richard Smoley
Why love is more than just an emotion.
The Poet of Body and Soul
by Mark Richard Barna
Walt Whitman's poems show a man struggling with the same issues of sexual freedom vs. puritanism that face us today.
A Mystery of Sex
by John Michael Greer and Carl Hood, Jr.
Did the Golden Dawn practice sex magic? The rumor persists - and has been steadily denied. A glimpse into what they may have been up to.
Love and Awakening: An Interview with John Welwood
by Paul Shippee
Why is it so hard to have a conscious relationship? Possibly because it's never been tried before.
Letting God Be the Matchmaker
by Eileen Flanagan
How the Quaker practice of listening to the voice within can help you decide whether to marry.
Why Do We Quarrel?
by Jacob Needleman
Maybe the experts are wrong. Maybe we need to take our emotions less seriously.
The War Against Love
by David Fideler
Why sex has innate value apart from the purposes of reproduction.
Pain, Desire, and Transcendence
by Jay Kinney
What are the spiritual dimensions of bondage, domination, and sadomasochism?
From Russia with Love
by Gary Lachman
The last days of tsarist Russia bred a feverish preoccupation with sex, love, and spirituality.
Contemporary Kabbalah: An Interview with Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi
by Frank Donnola
The distinguished British Kabbalist discusses the state of the tradition today.
About our covers:
Cover photographs by Susan Slotter. Front: Canyon Trilogy No. 3, (c)1992; back: Honoring Child, (c)1994.