Description : ** A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK ** 'Fascinating . . . The history of the world through the eye of a needle . . . I recommend this book to anyone' THE SPECTATOR 'A charming, absorbing and history that takes us on a journey from the silk roads to sportswear, from ruffs to spacesuits . . . I devoured this quietly feminist book' SUNDAY TIMES 'Joyful and beautiful' NATURE 'Will make you rethink your relationship with fabric' ELLE DECORATION All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity. When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows you how -- and why. With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts. Running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.
Description : The Golden Thread traces the interconnectedness of esoteric wisdom in the Western world, from classical antiquity to contemporary Europe and America. Joscelyn Godwin lends personal perspective to an arrangement of text that is historical and wisdom that is timeless, creating a source of inspiration that calls us to action in our everyday spiritual practice. Every chapter, therefore, makes reference to some aspect of contemporary life and issues of immediate concern. Elegantly written and not without irony and humor, readers will appreciate the non-threatening tone of Godwin’s writing, which is not meant to preach or convert but rather inform the public on an often baffling field. Educated readers who are curious about the esoteric and mystery traditions and interested in finding surprising, new approaches to subjects that veer away from the trends of current thought will be particularly drawn to this book.
Description : A collection of practical and metaphysical wisdoms, sourced from contemporary geniuses, throughout a range of expert fields. "The Golden Thread gives inspiration to us all to unite as a human family to contribute to the next great phase of human consciousness." Dr Michael Ellis - Doctor, Buddhist, Global Peace Ambassador "The Golden Thread unlocks the potential of your true self" Each of us is born with The Golden Thread. The Golden Thread is an archetypal symbol of the guiding light that directs us, leading us on our true path in life. It is this thread that links us to the field of infinite creativity and infinite intelligence. Connecting to the Golden Thread illuminates your soul essence and helps you to find true meaning and purpose in life, so that you may live your life in synergy with your true self. By singing your soul song, you inspire others; and you inspire the world. The Golden Thread holds the power to transform your future. - Discover the extraordinary achievements of contemporary geniuses and experience their magical realities - Re-establish your connection with The Golden Thread to live a high vibrational resonance - Awaken your own inner genius and live life at the peak - Re-connect with your truth and unleash your highest potential - Re-discover your passion for life - Embrace your inner magic and discover a world of infinite possibilities - Re-discover the essence of peak states of consciousness Author, Amata Natasha Goldie, has dedicated this book to you, in service to humanity, and our awakening consciousness. "Carpe diem...Seize the day....Make your life an epic adventure...The Golden Thread will infuse you with a passion for life!" Nik Halik - Global Entrepreneur, Astronaut and Extreme Adventurer "The time is Now to awaken to the true nature of your being" Leopold Soham - Spiritual Teacher, Yogi, Entrepreneur "There is no absolute truth, but rather, each of us has our own inner truths. We can realize the living truth within, through a direct experience with The Golden Thread. It is this that is beyond all forms and concepts. The Golden Thread is more than a book; it is a living entity created out of love and humility with the intention to uplift and awaken readers. In doing so, it will serve humankind." Joseph Law - CEO of Living Greatness and Bestselling Author "Humanity is now ready for this ancient gem of truth" Neil Goldie - Mystic, Poet, Photographer, Artist "The Golden Thread is the link between the two halves and this links consciousness to the Great Mystery where all divine energy is sourced from. When did you last dance to the song of life?" Sean Alan Caulfield - Artist and Spiritual Teacher "The Golden Thread is an archetypal strand of gold that connects us to our true selves, to our beloveds, and to that which we discover to be home." Stellamara - Musicians and Composers "The Golden Thread is an extraordinary project with an important mission." Tiara Kumara - Global Planetary Light worker and Founder of Children of the Sun
Description : Acclaimed worship artist Darlene Zschech walks readers through the valley of her cancer diagnosis, and shows us all how maintaining a posture of worship before the Lord can create an oasis in the storm. Storms are an inevitable part of life. Rain falls on both the godly and ungodly, but God is always present, always near. Darlene shares how storms are opportunities for us to go deeper in faith and call us to worship.
Description : Pat Pilkington was co-founder of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, the first charity to offer a truly holistic approach to cancer care. In this memoir, completed when she knew she was approaching death, Pat tells her story; starting with her childhood, through the early days of the Centre to its growth into Penny Brohn Cancer Care, the globally influential institution it is today. Above all, she shares her own spiritual journey, her deep exploration of faith, love, and what lies at the core of each human life and each human death. She speaks to life, not just to cancer, and shows how the restoration of the human spirit is an essential part of holistic healing. The Golden Thread of the title is the transcendent nature of love that runs though everything, awakening the potential to uplift, inspire, overcome and create anew, even in the face of severe adversity.
Description : This book is an account of a ten-year experiment, whereby the scientist became an entrepreneur so as to experience his own theoretical model applied in a live social system (society). Profit motives and the clinical nature of science became muddied with norms, rules, and laws of social systems and how different people applied and responded to these rules. The insights to be gained from this journey are often surprising. The book highlights many counter-intuitive outcomes. It also reveals how certain individuals interpret society’s rules and norms despite their design to ensure fair and equitable social systems. Indeed, the manipulation of social laws and standards by those with strong fields of power is self-evident, and it is explored in a unique manner. Understanding how the field of power can be manipulated suggests that no matter how bleak one’s current position may be, it is very possible and relatively easy to escape conditions of poverty, oppression, and subjugation, vital issues that citizens in all countries face today.
Description : The constant reappearance of the Ancient or Ageless Wisdom, that body of inner or esoteric teaching handed down from remote times in a form suitable to the period has always attracted the minds of thoughtful people. Through its remarkable preservation and continuity it has been compared in symbol to a golden thread: a spiritual life-line waxing or waning in clarity and intensity from century to century.
Description : From the simple representative shapes used to record transactions of goods and services in ancient Mesopotamia, to the sophisticated typographical resources available to the twenty-first-century users of desktop computers, the story of writing is the story of human civilization itself. Calligraphy expert Ewan Clayton traces the history of an invention which—ever since our ancestors made the transition from a nomadic to an agrarian way of life in the eighth century BC—has been the method of codification and dissemination of ideas in every field of human endeavour, and a motor of cultural, scientific and political progress. He explores the social and cultural impact of, among other stages, the invention of the alphabet; the replacement of the papyrus scroll with the codex in the late Roman period; the perfecting of printing using moveable type in the fifteenth century and the ensuing spread of literacy; the industrialization of printing during the Industrial Revolution; the impact of artistic Modernism on the written word in the early twentieth century—and of the digital switchover at the centurys close. The Golden Thread also raises issues of urgent interest for a society living in an era of unprecedented change to the tools and technologies of written communication. Chief among these is the fundamental question: “What does it mean to be literate in the early twenty-first century? The book belongs on the bookshelves of anyone who is inquisitive not just about the centrality of writing in the history of humanity, but also about its future; it is sure to appeal to lovers of language, books and cultural history.
Description : The Golden Thread God's Promise of Universal Salvation In our modern pluralistic world, the barriers imposed by the old doctrine of religious exclusivity are confronted every day by individuals, families, and nations. Now more than ever, the inspirational message of God's Universal and eternal love for all humanity needs to be retold. By reacquainting readers with the God who is too good to condemn anyone to Eternal Hell, The Golden Thread, God's Promise of Universal Salvation offers a Biblical interpretation present in Christianity from the earliest Jesus-Followers to the 21st Century. Salvation for all is known as Universalism, and the idea that all people will be saved-either immediately or eventually-is called Universal Restoration. Proponents of Universalism can be found today within a wide variety of denominations from post-Vatican II Catholics to Primitive Baptists. The Golden Thread brings together the Bible verses that ancient and modern Universalist theologians have used to show that God is the parent of all and, in the end, will save the "Lost Sheep" and the "Prodigal Son." The Golden Thread continues with 2,000 years of Christian mystical religious experience and modern-day near-death experiences-testimony to God's abiding love for all.