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Original Prayer

Teachings & Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus
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The Prayer of Jesus, or the Lord's Prayer, is among Christianity's most beloved teachings, a daily devotion practiced by Christians everywhere. If we could travel back in time to the ancient Holy Land and witness Jesus himself speaking and meditating upon these words, what would we learn?

On Original Prayer, acclaimed teacher and author Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz immerses us in the language and philosophy of Jesus's world to reveal a practice with the power to change forever the way we experience sacred scripture. Neil Douglas-Klotz begins by revealing the rich layers of meaning enfolded within the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic—the language that Jesus and his disciples actually spoke.

Through his insightful Aramaic translations, Douglas-Klotz opens a window into the Lord's Prayer that allows us to hear and understand the teachings of Jesus as he authentically taught them 2,000 years ago. A way to experience scripture directly, through the body verse-by-verse, Original Prayer guides us through a series of 24 specific practices of body prayer—the original Middle Eastern form of meditation that uses chant, breathing, and awareness to engage the entire body and spirit in contemplation of scripture.

These are the same kinds of devotions used by the first Christians to delve into the Gospels not as a scholarly exercise but as a living and breathing experience of God. In the fertile spiritual landscape of the ancient Middle East, prayer, meditation, and scriptural study were practiced as a single contemplative path. Now, with Original Prayer, you have within your reach the definitive resource for experiencing this luminous practice, using one of the most enduring cornerstones of the Christian faith—the Lord's Prayer.

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  • What Jesus actually said—the Lord's Prayer restored to its original meaning and language
  • Body prayer visualizations, chants, and awareness practices from the ancient Middle East
  • Ripeness, timing, and the cycles of the earth—the natural cosmology of Jesus
  • How to create qadash, or holy spaciousness—an inner sanctuary where blessings can fill us
  • Our Father or our Mother? How Jesus saw and worshiped God
  • Breathwork to unite nature, the body, and the spirit
  • God's will—entraining your heart with the heart of Creation
  • Forgiveness—a meditation to shift the burden off your own shoulders and into the realm of spirit
  • Lachma, the daily bread of understanding—contemplations to nourish the body, heart, soul, and spirit
  • More than eight hours of meditation and study about the Lord's Prayer, as it was meant to be experienced
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    Contents 8 CDs (8 hours, 30 minutes); Study guide (39 pages) Audio Download (8 hours, 30 minutes)
    Filetypes MP3, PDF, ZIP
    Dimensions 5 x 5 inches
    Product Code AF00972D AF00972W
    ISBN Number 978-1-59179-365-6 978-1-60407-248-8
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    Neil Douglas-Klotz

    About Neil Douglas-Klotz

    Neil Douglas-Klotz, PhD, (Saadi Shakur Chishti) is a world-renowned scholar in religious studies, spirituality, and psychology. Living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning, and for many years was co-chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion. He is also co-founder of the international Network of the Dances of Universal Peace.

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    Reviewed by joyce
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    Profound and relevant

    Beautiful chants and prayers to connect with the Divine Spirit. Fresh and deep perspectives.

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    Reviewed by Roland W.
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    I think that anything that Neil Douglas-Klotz says or writes is worth attending to. This set was apparently made a few years ago earlier in his career and has more introductory remarks and explanations than do later works. Later works are more succinct. If you want to understand what the prayer that Jesus taught (aka The Lord's Prayer) is about and what it calls us to, this CD set is for you.

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    Reviewed by Monica
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    This set of CDs with Neil Douglas-Klotz has changed my life! It has opened up the Lord's Prayer in ways that I could not even have imagined, and every word rings with truth. I have used years of my life studying the different Religions of the world, and even have a degree in the Science of Religion, but I could happily exchange all of that for what I have learned from Douglas-Klotz. I would have been better off putting my time and effort into just studying my Christian roots in Aramaic, and I dare say I would even have been a happier person if I had done that, since the Aramaic clarifies and expands so many of the things that in my mind have seemed limiting in our mainstream Christian traditions. I can highly recommend this set of CDs to anyone interested in what Jesus - Yeshua - actually said. It will expand your world and open wide the doors to a deeper spirituality and connection with the Divine, with Sacred Unity, with God.

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    Reviewed by Diane M.
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    Love this 8 cd set. It brings to focus the true meanings of the words of Jesus. Neil Douglas Klotz makes it easy to learn and in body the seed sounds of the original words spoken by Jesus. This is a best buy.

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    Reviewed by Jasmine W.
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    I just bought the CD set of this program because I have had and loved the cassette version for a long time. This program has just begun to answer my questions about what Jesus said before all the changes in all the translations from language to language and century to century. Aramaic, Jesus' native language, was a symbolic language, which means he never intended for his words to have one literal meaning. Neil Douglas-Klotz deliberately has several translations for the lines of the Lord's Prayer. This program continues to deepen my spiritual practice because each line of the prayer continues to grow. Douglas-Klotz has us chant the words of the prayer and by the time I was done with the tapes I could recite the prayer in Aramaic. Hearing or chanting the sacred sounds help us spiritually whether we know their meaning or not. Neil Douglas-Klotz makes studying the sacred texts a creative process and includes the feminine in the most sacred parts of Jesus' teachings. It is time for me to re-listen to this program.

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