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Sky Above, Earth Below

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Meditations, practices, and insights to engage the natural world as your greatest teacher.
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Meditation in the Temple of Nature

Where have history's great prophets and seekers made their most tremendous spiritual discoveries? From the revelations of Jesus in the desert, to the Buddha's enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, to Black Elk's vision on the mountain, nature remains unsurpassed in its power to transform our lives. Now you can explore for yourself this primal source for transformation, inspiration, and healing that is all around you.

On Sky Above, Earth Below you will undertake a sacred passage into the temple of nature, guided by meditation master and vision quest leader John P. Milton. Since the 1940s, this pioneering spiritual teacher has led more than 10,000 vision quests into the wilds of Colorado, the Himalayas, Bali, the Arctic, Mexico, and other sacred sites around the world.

Now this pathfinder teaches you a way back to the wilderness within you, to discover how it is connected with the vast and sacred mystery of nature. Sky Above, Earth Below gathers together dozens of rare meditations and other practices into a six-stage curriculum you can practice and explore anywhere in the natural world.


  • Why meditation in nature is unequaled in its power to transform our lives
  • A full-body meditation for the deepest relaxation of your life
  • Spiritual practice in nature—where to begin
  • How nature's healing energy can wash and renew your body
  • The Vision Quest: the classic Shamanic sacred passage in the wild
  • Blocked internal pathways—how to clear and open them to earth's energy
  • A 10-minute practice to restore your internal balance with the natural world
  • A gift you can give the earth through tonglen meditation
  • The three qualities of relaxation, and how to practice them
  • Why there is more qi in nature than anywhere else, and how to access it directly
  • Taoist teachings on the highest realization through integration with nature
  • A perceptual meditation for merging with a sacred site
  • Presence—a natural key to true liberation in this lifetime
  • The best time to accumulate vital energy in nature
  • How your internal organs are connected with the elements of nature
  • How to realize blissful states in nature, and three principles for achieving them
  • The true nature of your mind, and how to cut through to it
  • How a leaf can lead you to a satori experience
  • Sky Meditation—the ultimate wilderness practice
  • Plus many other meditations, teachings, and stories for spiritual communion out of doors
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Contents Digital Audio (8 hours, 51 minutes)
Product Code AF00077W
ISBN Number 978-1-60407-479-6
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John P. Milton

About John P. Milton

John P. Milton is a pioneering spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader and shaman. His vision quest and shamanic work began in the 1940's. Since the 1950's, thousands of people have sought his powerful yet gentle qigong and meditation instruction, Sacred Passage programs and vision quest guidance. In addition, for over 25 years John has taught T'ai Chi at his Golden Flower school. He embodies a unique blending of scientific grounding and spiritual awareness.

He is a former professor of environmental studies and Woodrow Wilson Center scholar at the Smithsonian. John received his M.S. in ecology and conservation from the University of Michigan in 1963. John also helped birth the environmental movement in the early 1960's. He was one of the first ecologists ever on staff at the White House as a member of the President's Council of Economic advisors.

Drawing upon his meditation and qiqong practice, often informed by direct contact with many of the world's most potent spiritual teachers and lineage's, John developed a unique Awareness Training. Buddhist, Taoist, Tantric, Vedantic and Shamanic traditions are magically blended, merging powerful practices for uniting inner and outer nature.

John is the author of many books and articles on inner development and ecology. He is also the founder of Sacred Passage and The Way of Nature Fellowship. In the early 1970's John established Threshold, a foundation devoted to spiritual liberation in Great Nature. Threshold and Sacred Passage programs inspire Earth Stewardship by cultivating natural wisdom and an open, loving heart in the wild. Threshold's Sacred Land Trust demonstrates John's life long devotion to the mystery of Gaia, allowing deep ecological and spiritual values to guide his own path.

John continues to live, explore and lead wilderness trainings in many of the Earth's wild and sacred places. He and his guides offer Sacred Passage Awareness Trainings and wilderness solo experiences year round for individuals and groups.


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Reviewed by Roy B.
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I love the practices in this audio program and would like to share them!!! There are many helpful practices on this program from different spiritual traditions that help you connect with nature in a deeper way. Some of my favorites were the rainbow light meditation, the reciprocal breathing practice done with a tree, the tonglen meditation and the various qigong practices. I feel like I've been looking for something like this for all of my life. Hopefully this review will help in some small part to encourage people to buy, listen to and practice this.

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Reviewed by Kelli S.
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Love it! John S. Milton is an incredible teacher with so much knowledge to share and inspire!

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