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The Leap

The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
March, 2017
ISBN:
9781608684472
Quantity: 
2
$26.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Many assume that enlightenment, or “awakening” as the author terms it, is out of the ordinary and extremely rare—the result of arduous effort— such as fasting, long deep meditation or yoga practice, travel to holy places, encounters with teachers thought to be enlightened themselves. But here—in a book in New World Library’s Eckhart Tolle editions series— Steve Taylor shows that ordinary people— from all walks of life and every age and place—can and do regularly experience awakening.

Taylor seeks out the common features of these diverse experiences. His resulting cross-cultural investigation of spirituality, belief, and human psychology shows how spiritual awakening—a shift into a more expansive and harmonious state of being —can be both recognized and cultivated. How is it triggered and experienced? How do people feel in the midst? How are their relationships and goals affected?

This book describes how I came to learn that spiritual awakening is far from uncommon. It describes how I came to learn that it doesn’t just happen to Eastern sages but to seemingly ordinary people in all walks of life. It describes how, after a number of encounters with ordinary awakened people, I began to study spiritual awakening as a psychologist…

 

I began to see [awakening] as a particular state of mind and being that could be interpreted in terms of spiritual traditions but didn’t necessarily belong to them…. The shift into wakefulness most often occurs—according to my research—outside these traditions.

Because the qualities of experience Taylor describes are at once unique to those who experience them and ordinarily available to one and all, this is a rare work that both describes and inspires.

The term Leap has both an individual and a collective meaning. On an individual level, it refers to the shift out of an ordinary state of being into the more expansive higher-functioning state of wakefulness…

 

Also , we’re speaking of an evolutionary leap. We examine the evidence that this collective Leap is already underway and suggest that what we know as wakefulness could be the next phase in the evolution of consciousness on our planet.

Also by Steve Taylor are Waking  from Sleep and Back to Sanity.

Publisher’s Description: 

Many assume that enlightenment is the result of arduous effort - self-denial such as fasting, travel to far-flung places, encounters with teachers thought to be enlightened themselves. But here, Steve Taylor shows that ordinary people - from all walks of life and every age and place - can and do regularly experience the kind of life-changing moments many of us seek. Taylor seeks out the common features of these diverse experiences. His resulting cross-cultural investigation of spirituality, belief, and human psychology shows how spiritual awakening - a shift into a more expansive and harmonious state of being - can be both recognized and cultivated. How is it triggered and experienced? How do people feel in the midst? How are their relationships and goals affected? Because the experiences Taylor describes are at once unique to those who experience them and obviously available to one and all, this is the rare work that both describes and inspires.

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