In the midst of his stormy years and dark night of the soul, twenty years ago, Tav Sparks spontaneously wrote this “epic” poem, Through Thunder. Epic spiritual poems in ancient literature provided experiences in their times akin to our most profound experiences of film today. Through the poet-director’s image, sound, and emotion, the reader or listener might find connection to inspire or affirm both the struggle and the transcendence. Through Thunder begs to be read aloud. It feels and sounds us through the archetypal “Hero’s Journey” described by Joseph Campbell. It draws the perennial, turbulent, death-rebirth map of psychospiritual awakening, a process experienced by the mystics of all religions and an archetype very present in our world today.
(2005) Softcover. 86 pp. 6 X 9 inches
Tav Sparks is a writer, international workshop leader, and Director of Grof Transpersonal Training, a program offering certification in Holotropic Breathwork™. For nearly 25 years he has worked therapeutically with people in non-ordinary states of consciousness. He is the author of Movie Yoga: How Every Film Can Change Your Life. His writing also includes screenplays, the poetry book, Through Thunder, and the training manual Doing Not Doing: A Facilitator’s Guide to Holotropic Breathwork. A pioneer in the field of the wellness perspective in addiction, he is the author of the groundbreaking work, The Wide Open Door, the Twelve Steps, Spiritual Tradition, and the New Psychology. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife, Cary, and son, Bryn. His son, Ason, and his grandsons, Dallin and Kellin, live in Georgia. Learn more about Tav at movieyoga.com.