Growing Your Inner Light
A Guide to Independent Spiritual Practice
by Lara Owen
UK Publisher: Piatkus Books, 2011
US Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2009
A comprehensive guide for creating a daily spiritual practice, Growing Your Inner Light gives specific advice on developing a unique spiritual path that fits exactly who you are, and what you hope to grow into as a spiritual being. Author Lara Owen clearly shows how a personalized practice can open the doors to living fully with integrity and to feeling connected with the surrounding world.
For readers yearning for a sense of inner peace, and a direct experience of spiritual meaning and connection, Growing Your Inner Light is a groundbreaking, transformative journey through thirteen phases of your growth, including: developing intuition; creating sacred spaces and altars; understanding your dreams; exploring the importance of retreats, meditation, and rituals.
Growing Your Inner Light gives readers the freedom to integrate from different traditions — and develop new ones — in order to create their own spiritual tradition. One former student of Lara’s program shared that she feels “less like a spiritual tourist and more like a pilgrim.” Spiritual development is a natural part of being human, and a vital way to expand the intensity of your inner light throughout your life.
“In an age when many conventional religious paths have lost their meaning, each person must find their own relationship to the spiritual journey, often outside established structures. Lara Owen does a masterful job of offering a rich and practical variety of avenues to explore one’s own spiritual path.” Tsultrim Allione, author of “Women of Wisdom” and “Feeding Your Demons”, founder of Tara Mandala Retreat Center
“Lara Owen’s Growing Your Inner Light is a beautifully written and inspiring spiritual guide for those of an independent heart and mind. You will find it full of helpful jewels and practical wisdom, whether you are experienced or new to spirituality, and whatever your tradition or belief system.” — William Bloom, PhD, author of Soulution: The Holistic Manifesto and founder of the Foundation for Holistic Spirituality
Her Blood is Gold
Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation
by Lara Owen
UK Publisher: Archive Publishing, 2008
US Publisher: Archive Publishing, 2009
We menstruate more now than at any time in human history. Girls are starting to menstruate earlier due to protein-rich diets and hormones in food; women are less likely to die young; we have fewer children and therefore spend less time not menstruating. Increased work and family stresses, in addition to more periods, mean that women are more physically and psychologically vulnerable to negative attitudes to menstruation. So it is more important than ever that we investigate ways to make our periods physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.
“Her Blood Is Gold is a graceful and empowering book on menstruation, filled with insights that are equally valuable to both men and women. This book should be included in the curriculum of every school on this planet.” — Christiane Northrup M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause”
Lara Owen presents a viewpoint on menstruation which is startling in its reversal of conventional attitudes. Her presentation is so lucid and convincing that after reading it one wonders how one could ever have regarded menstruation as a problem. This book is a must for any woman seeking wholeness. This is the rare kind of book that creates culture rather than merely commenting upon it. Lara Owen has sketched the outlines of a new social norm.” — Steven Bratman M.D., author of The Alternative Medicine Sourcebook