In this ideal introduction to Sufi wisdom, Shah illustrates how traditional Sufi concepts can resolve our social, psychological, and spiritual problems, drawing on classic texts, the Eastem parables of Jesus, and encounters with contemporary teachers, students, and journalists.
Pioneering transpersonal psychotherapist Ralph Metzner shares case histories from more than 50 years of practice. They include a wide spectrum of practices, such as the use of quiet meditative retreat, guided regressions, as well as imagery visualizations amplified by entheogens.
The science of perspective has informed the representational and decorative arts since their inception, and its gradual perfection during the Renaissance was as important an event as any of the other mathematical and scientific developments of the time.
Many avoid meditation because of its religious trappings. But as bestselling atheist Sam Harris has recently written (in Waking Up), meditation is an age-old secular practice with numerous scientifically verified physical and psychological benefits.
A guide to understanding the profound connection in animal/human relationships and its potential for mutual healing.
- Explains the unspoken connection between people and their animal companions and how they share the same energetic patterns and emotional wounds
- Outlines specific behavioral traits and physical issues that animals may exhibit as they mirror their caregiver's emotional state of being
- Explores holistic modalities humans can employ, such as energy therapy, to promote healing in animals and ultimately themselves
Empathic ability is a profound reminder that we are all connected. However, it's not always easy to cope with. For highly sensitive people, it can feel like an invasion, leading to confusion, physical issues, depression, and emotional distress.
In this illuminating book, Christina Donnell chronicles a series of dreams that, much to her surprise, revealed the presence within her of certain transcendent capacities. The more they surfaced, the clearer it became that in her dreams she was gradually approaching a state of oneness with all creation - an awareness she proposes lies dormant in humankind, waiting to be awakened. The book provides a riveting account of these discoveries and a viable means for realizing them. Through example, it invites readers to access their infinite nature by delving deeply into their own dream experiences. It then helps them bridge the chasm between identifying with one's individual self and with the underlying intelligence pervading the universe. It explores dreaming from a new perspective - as a blueprint, a process toward becoming a fully aware, multi-sensory transcendent human being. Her account guides the reader toward big, deep questions about humanity, and invites us to access our infinite nature.
This collection of essays, written by the poster boy of 1960s counterculture, describes the psychological journey Timothy Leary made in the years following his dismissal from Harvard, as his psychedelic research moved from the scientific to the religious arena. He discusses the nature of religious experience and eight crafts of God, including God as hedonic artist. Leary also examines the Tibetan, Buddhist, and Taoist experiences. In the final chapters, he explores man as god and LSD as sacrament.
Jeffery Raff illustrates the spiritual nature of Jungian psychology and the debt it owes to the tradition of esoteric religion. Unlike other books on Jung and alchemy which contain a psychological interpretation of alchemical material, this work uses alchemy to understand the three cornerstones of Jungian spirituality -- the self, the transcendent function, and active imagination. Through the interpretation of alchemical imagery, Raff explains the nature of these three concepts and illustrates how together they form a new model of contemporary Western spirituality. This book is also unique in selecting alchemical texts for analysis that are relatively unknown and which, for the most part, have never been interpreted. In addition, he presents two new concepts -- the ally and the psychoid realm. Using these ideas, and the new understanding that they offer, it is possible to apply alchemical imagery to transpsychic experience; that is, to a world of spirits which may not be reduced to psychological concepts. By including this realm in the study of alchemy and Jungian thought, it is possible to gain insights into the nature of visionary and ecstatic experiences that form part of the path of individuation -- the road to completion.