Drawn by the mysterious mount Etna, Thomas Meyer set off on a quest to discover the secrets of the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Stromboli. The Sicilian region is famous not only for the drama of its live volcanoes, but also for its associations with numerous cultural figures, from Cain, Empedocles, Klingsor, and the much maligned Cagliostro to Goethe and Rudolf Steiner. In Barefoot through Burning Lava, the author ponders their lives, work, and karmic connections, while unexpected meetings with cryptic strangers result in discussions filled with spiritual insights and pearls of wisdom.
Meyer’s travelogue is at once engaging, poetic, and deeply esoteric, drawing parallels between the burning lava of Etna and Stromboli and the soul lava through which our spiritual feet must wade in our present day. In meditations on the Guardian of the Threshold and the explosive popularity of football, we are led to conclude that human beings today need to develop "spiritual feet" to cross the boundary to higher worlds.
The author’s final trip coincided with the recent natural catastrophe in Nepal, which prompted him to ask whether humanity can begin to take inner responsibility for the many such disasters around the world (especially earthquakes and volcanic eruptions). Such natural calamities, says Meyer, are intimately related to our own untamed passions and emotions.