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Heart, Self, And Soul

The Sufi Psychology of Growth, Balance, and Harmony
Paperback Book
August, 1999
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Banyen's Description: 

Full of stories, poetry, meditations, journaling exercises and everyday examples, Heart, Self & Soul is the first book by a Western psychologist to explore the rich spiritual tradition of Sufism as a path for personal growth. Frager, a founder of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology as well as a Sufi sheikh in the Halveti-Jerrahi Order, ably demystifies what to most Western minds is an exotic spiritual path. His practical approach capably guides readers through the labyrinth of this ancient mystical tradition, using explanation, definition, parable, and personal experience to introduce readers to the difficult terminology of the Sufi path. Bit by bit, the seven Sufi levels of soul are revealed, encompassing different facets of the human psyche from compassion to the tyrannical self. Frager leads the reader through some pretty heady traps on the way to the center, finally arriving at the balance of heart, mind, and soul that is the Sufi goal. This gentle work is a salve for the weary soul, whether or not one is drawn to follow its path.

Sufism is no different from the mysticism at the heart of all religions. Just as a river passes through many countries and is claimed by each as its own, there is only one river. All mysticism has the same goal, the direct experience of the divine....

The various prophets and spiritual teachers are like light bulbs that illuminate a room. The bulbs are different, but the current comes from one source, which is God. In a room with many light bulbs, you cannot distinguish the light of one bulb from the light of another. It is all the same light, and the individual bulbs all receive electricity from a single source, even if some bulbs provide more light than others. The quality of the light is the same and so is the source.

“Wise and profound! Robert Frager is uniquely qualified to bring the ancient wisdom of Sufism to the modern study of psychology. He unites both in a compelling fashion and succeeds admirably in presenting a Sufi psychology for today’s world.” —Ken Wilber, author of One Taste.

Also by Robert Frager is Essential Sufism and Who Am I? 

Publisher’s Description: 

Heart, Self, and Soul is the first book by a Western psychologist to explore the rich spiritual tradition of Sufism as a path for personal growth. Western psychotherapy aims largely to help us eliminate neurotic traits formed in childhood and adapt to society. In contrast, the Sufi goal is ultimately spiritual: Yes, we need to transform our negativity and be effective in the world; but beyond that, we need to reach a state of harmony with the Divine. Full of stories, poetry, meditations, journaling exercises, and colorful everyday examples, this book will open the heart, nourish the self, and quicken the soul.

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