“The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul” by Jill Purce


The spiral is the natural form of growth, and has become, in every culture and in every age, man’s symbol of the progress of the soul towards eternal life.

As the inward-winding labyrinth, it constitutes the hero’s journey to the still center where the secret of life is found. As the spherical vortex, spiraling through its own center, it combines the inward and outward directions of movement.

In this original and engrossing book, Jill Purce traces the significance of one man’s central symbols from the double spirals of Stone Age art and the interlocking spirals of the Chinese Yin Yang symbol to the whorls of Celtic crosses, Maori tattoos and the Islamic arabesque. Many of the superb images here were intended as objects of contemplation; for the spiral is a cosmic symbol.

Art and Imagination series: These large-format, gloriously-illustrated paperbacks cover Eastern and Western religion and philosophy, including myth and magic, alchemy and astrology. The distinguished authors bring a wealth of knowledge, visionary thinking and accessible writing to each intriguing subject. 174 Illustrations, 32 in color

A Brief Description of Jill :

JILL PURCE pioneered the international sound healing movement through her rediscovery of ancient vocal techniques, the power of group chant, and the spiritual potential of the voice as a magical instrument for healing and meditation, and introduced Overtone Chanting and other Healing Voice Workshops into Europe, North America and Japan.

More Ways Than One – The Mystic Spiral (BBC) – Jill Purce

Published on Dec 16, 2012

A BBC documentary about the early pioneering work of Jill Purce on the spiral, showing her interdisciplinary explorations into nature, consciousness, science, art and religion. German composer Karlheniz Stockhausen, physicist Fritjof Capra and biologist Maurice Wilkins, who with Watson and Crick, received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of DNA, were all influenced by her work, and appear in the film to discuss her ideas.

Pioneer of voice, family and ancestral healing, a musician and artist, Jill is a former fellow of Kings College, London, Biophysics Department, General Editor of the Thames and Hudson “Art and Imagination” series, and author of “The Mystic Spiral, Journey of the Soul”. For more information on Jill and her “Healing Voice” and “Healing the Family and Ancestors” workshops, visit http://www.healingvoice.com

Sound and Healing – Jill Purce

Published on Dec 16, 2012

Jill Purce discusses the vibratory universe, sound as a bridge between the worlds, how voice is used as a spiritual practice and its connection with the nature of mind itself; voice as a sonorous yoga of presence; the nature of mantra and resonant fields; her groundbreaking work with Alzheimer’s patients; a discussion and demonstration of overtone chanting, its importance and her pioneering role in bringing it to the west.

Jill Purce Overtone Chanting St.Paul’s Cathedral

Jill Purce and friends invited to overtone chant in St.Paul’s Cathedral London

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