The Way of Grace (Paperback)
The Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation
Sounds True, 9781683641308, 240pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2018
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"Perhaps you hunger to finally end the struggle of living from a consciousness of fear and separation. Perhaps you yearn for a saner, wiser, more spiritually elegant way to move through our world. Perhaps you are weary of the dizzying pace of a culture that drives us ever further from our true nature. There is another way: a way of Grace. This book is a hand of friendship to help you come to abide in the living presence that you are and always were."—Miranda Macpherson, The Way of Grace
Many of us struggle to truly live what we believe spiritually. What if closing that gap wasn’t about trying harder, but something quite the opposite? The Way of Grace is a guide to spiritual surrender and nondual realization based on the practice of ego relaxation—a holistic, feminine approach to welcoming all of your experience and responding with compassion and wisdom in a world in need of your unique gifts.
"Grace has four primary dimensions, or ways that it comes alive," explains Macpherson.
"Ego relaxation gives us access to these dimensions, so we can stop trying to beat ourselves into spiritual shape and yield instead to an unshakable presence within." In The Way of Grace, she shares reflections, inquiries, and meditation practices for each phase of your journey:
• Relaxing into the Ground of Grace—move beyond identification with your personality and return to the felt sense of your connection to Grace as your natural and ever-present foundation
• Receiving the Blessings of Grace—move beyond "the spiritual poverty of lack" and rediscover the gift of life in every moment through the portals of trust, humility, patience, and joy
• The Transforming Power of Grace—move beyond that which limits your full freedom through forgiveness, compassion, unwinding ego identity, and abiding in your boundless nature
• Living the Embodiment of Grace—continue to surrender anything that binds you into self-centered patterns and behaviors and become a "Grace-delivery device," the presence of love here on Earth
"Grace will always deepen, season, and bring out the very best in you," writes Macpherson. "You are its embodiment, always and forever." The Way of Grace will be your steady companion to "live as the fountain we were made to be, letting the living waters flow to quench our parched and tired Earth."
Foreword by Russ Hudson.
About the Author
Praise For The Way of Grace: The Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation…
“As inspiring as it is practical, The Way of Grace is a lovely, inviting, and yes, gracious companion for walking the spiritual path.” —Geneen Roth, author of the New York Times bestseller Women Food and God and This Messy Magnificent Life
“This book invites us to encounter the sheer grace that is the center of our own being through a willingness to fully digest our own experience, whatever it looks like. A practical and grounded guide to the spiritual wisdom at our core. A gem of a book.” —Roger Housden, author of the Ten Poems series, including Ten Poems for Difficult Times
“Grace is at the very heart of the spiritual journey, yet few of us know how to ride its currents. Miranda does. She has walked the subtle path of grace and carries its gifts. In these pages, she offers precise, step-by-step guidance for relaxing the grip of ego—one of the true secrets of authentic Self-realization. These teachings are powerful alchemy, and Miranda transmits them with beauty and Presence. The Way of Grace is eloquent, wise, and deeply helpful—a book to guide and inspire your ongoing awakening.” —Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti
“The Way of Grace is a luminous gift to our world. Miranda’s wisdom, beauty, and depth shines through every page, carrying a living transmission of Grace, while artfully combining wisdom from decades of study, self-inquiry, and clinical application. This inspirational, uncommonly well-written book has the power to transform our individual and collective lives. Miranda Macpherson is one of the great teachers of our time.” —Shauna Shapiro, PhD, professor, and author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline
“Wherever our mind projects another as separate from ourselves, there is fear. And while the opposite of fear is love, love has no opposite. Herein lies the peace that passeth all understanding. Miranda speaks to the heart of this timeless truth in her book, The Way of Grace, where ‘grace’ is just another word for ‘love.’ She speaks eloquently that grace, like love, is always present. We just need to get out of its way so that love can truly blossom within ourselves and in our daily life, actions, and relationships. Reading her book is like going on retreat with Miranda and recovering what is always waiting patiently within ourselves: indestructible love and well-being as solid ground from which we can meet, face, overcome, and be transformed by every adversity and circumstance we’ll ever face during our lifetime. Miranda languages the timeless truths of grace and love that we all can benefit from hearing, time and again, so that we can ever more fully lean into and bring forward in our lives and relationships.” —Richard Miller, PhD, author of iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency, and Well-Being
“Grace is what one is always seeking. For no matter the activity or concern, it is only by a gift of grace that the ultimate luminous reality opens to us. The beautiful ambition of an awakened being is to awaken others. Miranda is such a being, and this precious book is an expression of her grace-bestowing nature.” —Raz Ingrasci, chairman and teacher, Hoffman Institute International
“Miranda has given us a loving and lucid guide for the journey of spiritual surrender. For anyone ready to give up the struggle and relax into the arms of the Divine, this beautiful book will show you the way. This is a great gift to our world.” —Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason
“Miranda’s luminous and precise insights melt old paradigms of awakening and spirituality that too often impede our actual blossoming. This book and its powerful practices for ego relaxation are a literal Godsend for anyone who is tired of ‘heroic’ striving and thirsty for the nectar of grace to bless every last corner of your life. Miranda illuminates the path home to our embodied Self with the tenderness of a beloved mother, the lyricism of a poet, and the rigorous, unyielding wisdom of a master.” —Stephen Dinan, CEO, The Shift Network, author of Sacred America, Sacred World
“Miranda MacPherson offers a wise blessing, a mothering caress, and a sweet balm. You’ll inhale the fragrance of grace. You’ll notice yourself relaxing, understanding, forgiving, softening, allowing, and coming to rest. And having rested, may you discover yourself able to relax into beneficial action as never before.” —Terry Patten, author of A New Republic of the Heart and Integral Life Practice
“Miranda Macpherson is the hollow reed through which an enormously alive current of feminine wisdom flows. Let the thirsty cup of your heart be filled with this stream of practical, deliciously subversive, luminous nectar. Nondual awakening is not some detached and impersonal condition, but rather a warm and intimate state of being, generous and restful, drenched in grace.” —Mirabai Starr, author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation
“The Way of Grace gives fresh perspective on letting go and allowing our true nature to shine forth. These teachings, relevant to our time, upgrade and update our understanding of Grace and give us the skillful and compassionate tools to facilitate ego giving way to freedom, joy, and liberation. This is a groundbreaking book.” —Lama Palden Drolma, founder of Sukhasiddhi Foundation, author of Love on Every Breath
“The Way of Grace takes the reader on a journey of Self-discovery with Miranda Macpherson’s gentle but masterful presence leading the way. Her soft, clear, and direct approach weaves practical meditation applications, inquiries, and examples that beckon the reader into direct experience of the Divine. Not only does it flesh out the depth and dimensions of Grace, at the same time it addresses our most important human concerns, showing us that grace is truly a way of being in this world from a consciousness beyond it.” —David Hoffmeister, author of Unwind Your Mind Back to God: Experiencing A Course in Miracles