Books and I are very good friends. As a child, I often carried a book around with me. I still do. I’m inspired by the words and ideas of people who are agents of change in our world and who are excellent teachers and practitioners of the processes and tools that I use. So, what have I been reading in the first sixth of 2012? Here are four texts that have enlivened me, or are currently enlivening me.
* Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It by Marcus Katz. From basic tarot reading to developing your oracular/intuitive voice to personal spiritual evolution, Katz offers generous advice and profound and original activities. Reading it feels like being passionately coached and stretched.
* Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer. A bone-honest, gentle, yet challenging invitation to listen to the inner teacher so that we can live authentic lives that want to live through us. Reading it feels like sitting at the kitchen table with a beloved uncle.
* Walk Out, Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now by Margaret (Meg) Wheatley and Deborah Frieze. A pilgrimage to seven communities around the world where groups of people have walked out of oppression or restriction and walked on toward their gifts, resilience, and inventiveness. Reading it makes me reflective, squirmy, hopeful, and creatively uncomfortable, wondering what more I might do or be in our world.
* The Tarot: Methods, Mastery, and More by Cynthia Giles. OK, I’m actually re-reading this 1996 text. Not your garden variety tarot book, this one takes us and our cards on a journey through divination, bodymind wellness, personal growth, the renewal of our culture and planet, the idea of mastery, gender, language, and so much more. Reading it (again) feels like an expansion of my imagination and an alignment with the best of what tarot might be.
How about YOU? What are you reading these days that enlivens something in you? Please tell us about it.