by Alice McDowell
Wisdom Editions, January 19, 2023
In Dance of Light, McDowell writes about the spiritual life as a captivating dance. In a clear and compelling voice, she guides the reader through the steps of the dance as indicated by mystics of ancient traditions, contemporary spiritual teachers and her own experiences. Dance of Light offers practical wisdom for today’s seeker. Whether beginner or advanced, readers will receive guidance on the dynamics of the spiritual path, learn how to further develop their inner life, and find ways to move forward when unmotivated, stuck, or lost. The teachings of the mystics will inspire readers to stay true to their calling. Instructive tales and humorous stories from each tradition add lightness and insight to the teachings. There is a digital album of guided meditations for this edition.
About the Author
Alice McDowell, Ph.D., is an author, spiritual director, workshop leader, retreat guide and founder of the Hidden Treasure Program—a three-year training in personal and spiritual growth. She co-founded Light on the Hill Retreat Center in 1991 where she continues to guide individuals and groups on their spiritual journeys. She is author of Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self (She Writes Press, 2017) and Dance of Light: Christian, Sufi and Zen Wisdom for Today’s Spiritual Seeker (Wisdom Editions, 2022). As a professor of religious studies at Ithaca College for eighteen years, she taught courses in mysticism, world religions, depth psychology, and women’s studies, and received the Dana Fellow for Excellence in College Teaching. McDowell has her doctorate in theology from Fordham University and has trained with Sufi and Buddhist teachers, Christian contemplatives, and humanistic and transpersonal psychologists. She is a mother of two, the grandmother or four and lives at Light on the Hill Retreat Center in Van Etten, NY with her husband and two cats.