The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

By Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

Carl Sagan's prophetic imaginative and prescient of the tragic resurgence of fundamentalism and the hope-filled power of the following nice improvement in human spirituality

The past due nice astronomer and astrophysicist describes his own seek to appreciate the character of the sacred within the vastness of the cosmos. showing a breadth of mind not anything wanting spectacular, Sagan provides his perspectives on quite a lot of issues, together with the chance of clever existence on different planets, creationism and so-called clever layout, and a brand new idea of technological know-how as "informed worship." initially awarded on the centennial get together of the recognized Gifford Lectures in Scotland in 1985 yet by no means released, this ebook deals a special come across with some of the most outstanding minds of the 20th century.

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Rational Mysticism: Dispatches from the Border Between Science and Spirituality

By John Horgan

John Horgan, writer of the best-selling the top of technology, chronicles the main complicated study into the mechanics—and meaning—of mystical reports. How do trances, visions, prayer, satori, and different mystical reports “work”? What induces and defines them? Is there a systematic cause of spiritual mysteries and transcendent meditation? John Horgan investigates quite a lot of fields — chemistry, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, theology, and extra — to slim the space among cause and mystical phenomena. As either a seeker and an award-winning journalist, Horgan consulted a variety of specialists, together with theologian Huston Smith, religious inheritor to Joseph Campbell; Andrew Newberg, the scientist whose quest for the “God module” was once the point of interest of a Newsweek disguise tale; Ken Wilber, widespread transpersonal psychologist; Alexander Shulgin, mythical psychedelic drug chemist; and Susan Blackmore, Oxford-educated psychologist, parapsychology debunker, and Zen practitioner. Horgan explores the extraordinary similarities among “mystical applied sciences” like sensory deprivation, prayer, fasting, trance, dancing, meditation, and drug journeys. He participates in experiments that search the neurological underpinnings of mystical stories. And, ultimately, he recounts his personal look for enlightenment — adventurous, poignant, and occasionally strangely comedian. Horgan’s conclusions resonate with the debatable climax of the top of technological know-how, simply because, as he argues, the main enlightened mystics and the main enlightened scientists prove within the comparable position — confronting the imponderable intensity of the universe.

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All Kinds of Magic: One Man's Search for Meaning Across the Modern World

By Piers Moore Ede

This is often the tale of a guy who launched into a quest that many people have
dreamed approximately. disenchanted by means of a global addicted to fabric wealth and
scientific truth, he determined to shuttle around the globe looking for
something extra significant: the paranormal, the mystical.

His journey
takes him from snow-blanketed villages within the Himalayas to tiny, covert
groups of whirling dervishes in rural Turkey; from the world's
largest spiritual pageant at the banks of the swollen Ganges to a
dappled, historical Sufi area in Delhi. Lyrical and clear-sighted, All types of Magic is an engaging exploration of the hidden international of miracles that's instantaneously deeply own and common in its scope.

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While the Gods Play: Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Destiny of Mankind

Based on the early writings of the Shaiva tradition--still alive in India and relationship again at the very least 6,000 years--the arbitrary ideologies and moralistic religions of contemporary society sign the final days of humanity heading towards destruction.

This prediction is barely a fraction of the great wisdom of Shaiva knowledge, writer Alain Danielou as assimilated and reviewed crucial strategies of the Shaiva philosophy and its predictions. sincerely expressed within the historical teachings, those ideas are in accord with, but surpass, the boldest medical speculations approximately awareness, time, the character of lifestyles and subject, and the background and future of the human race.

Inherent during this physique of information is an knowing of the cycles of production and destruction which, at the side of astronomical levels, make sure the existence span of the species. seeing that 1939, humankind has been within the twilight of the Kali Yuga age, or on the finish of a cycle. the approaching cataclysm, Danielou explains, is caused by our personal blunders, and its date could be made up our minds via our current and destiny activities.

While the Gods Play examines how the visionaries of precedent days outlined our rose in construction. It explains why and the way we have now deserted this position, and displays on what motion could be taken to consciously and creatively impact our personal future. integrated are chapters at the faith of Nature and the faith of town, The Transmigrant physique, Sexual Rites, the Castes, Sacrifice, Magical Powers, Monastic Orders, and Forestalling the ultimate Day.

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Sent by Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit After the Bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon

By Alice Walker

Now extra well timed than ever, Alice Walker’s despatched by way of Earth displays at the tragedy of September eleven, 2001, and addresses the anger many americans felt on the presumed offender of the assault: Osama bin weighted down. In powerfully reflective, nuanced, and specifically heartfelt prose, Walker explores the seeds of hatred and resentment all over the world, and advances a shockingly debatable idea: that hatred can by no means be defeated through hatred, yet in basic terms by means of love.

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Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy

By David Richo

Such a lot dating difficulties are basically belief concerns, explains psychotherapist David Richo. no matter if it’s worry of dedication, lack of confidence, jealousy, or an inclination to be controlling, the genuine hindrance is a primary loss of trust—both in ourselves and in our accomplice.

Daring to Trust bargains key insights and useful workouts for exploring and addressing our belief matters in relationships. issues comprise:

   • How we research early in existence to belief others (or to not belief them)
   • Why we worry trusting
   • Developing higher belief in ourselves because the foundation for trusting others
   • How to understand if anyone is reliable
   • Naïve belief vs. fit, grownup belief
   • What to do while belief is damaged

Ultimately, Richo explains, we needs to strengthen belief in 4 instructions: towards ourselves, towards others, towards lifestyles because it is, and towards the next strength or non secular course. those 4 forms of belief are usually not simply the root of fit relationships, also they are the root of emotional health and freedom from worry.

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A Brief History of Everything

By Ken Wilber

A short historical past of every little thing is an altogether pleasant and obtainable account of guys and women's position in a universe of intercourse, soul, and spirit, written via an writer of whom New York instances reporter Tony Schwartz says: "No one has defined the trail to knowledge higher than Ken Wilber."

Wilber examines the process evolution because the unfolding manifestation of Spirit, from subject to existence to brain, together with the better phases of religious improvement the place Spirit turns into aware of itself. In each one of those domain names, there are routine styles, and through taking a look heavily at them, we will research a lot in regards to the drawback of our world—and the path we needs to take if "global transformation" is to develop into a fact.

Wilber deals a chain of extraordinary and unique perspectives on many issues of present curiosity and controversy, together with the gender wars, glossy liberation events, multiculturalism, ecology and environmental ethics, and the clash among this-worldly and otherworldly techniques to spirituality. the result's a unprecedented and exhilarating trip in the course of the Kosmos within the corporation of 1 of the nice thinkers of our time.

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The Essential Yoga Sutra: Ancient Wisdom for Your Yoga

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is a vintage Sanskrit treatise inclusive of 195 “threads,” or aphorisms, describing the method of liberation via yoga. even if little is understood approximately Patanjali (most students estimate that he lived in India circa 200–300 b.c.), his writings have lengthy been well-known as an essential contribution to the philosophy and perform of yoga. This new, professional translation of the unique Sanskrit textual content of Patanjali’s best-known paintings offers his seminal principles and techniques in obtainable, plain-language English.

Patanjali equipped the sutra into 4 components: Samadhi (absorption), Sadhana (practice), Vibhuti (supernatural powers), and Kaivalya (liberation). every one represents a step in breaking freed from our restricted definition of awareness and coaching the brain to accomplish oneness with the universe. Geshe Michael Roach, probably the most revered lecturers of Tibetan Buddhism in the US and a popular pupil of Sanskrit, presents authoritative observation on all the sutras. His notes and rationalization are basic and hugely readable, untainted by way of imprecise, educational terminology or New Age jargon. the 1st variation of the Yoga Sutra to provide a Buddhist viewpoint, this paperback unique should be welcomed by means of scholars and religious seekers alike.

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Cosmic Detox: A Taoist Approach to Internal Cleansing

By Mantak Chia

Tips on how to cleanse the 9 openings of the physique for detoxing and self-healing

• Explains tips to purify the body’s inner setting via mono diets, fasts, and colonic cleanses to avoid degenerative illness and untimely getting older

• offers a 14-day total-body detoxification advisor

• comprises chi self-massage and therapeutic sound practices in addition to typical recipes for natural tonics and detoxification flushes

Long identified through Taoist masters, the physique has an innate skill to heal itself, a capability that's hampered by way of pollution within the foodstuff we ingest and effort blockages that come up from health problems and hindrances in our lives. those blockages rework the body’s strength rivers right into a polluted and stagnant swamp--the root of degenerative illness in addition to untimely getting older.

Revealing the cleansing and rejuvenation practices of the Taoist sages, grasp Mantak Chia and William U. Wei convey tips to reactivate your body’s self-healing skills via steadily and properly expelling amassed pollutants via fasting, mono diets, and detoxification the 9 openings of the physique. utilizing the practices of chi self-massage and therapeutic sounds besides typical recipes for natural tonics and detoxing flushes for every of the openings and their comparable organs, the authors clarify tips on how to stability and purify the body’s inner surroundings via acid and alkaline meals, urine remedy, colonic cleanses, dry epidermis brushing, ear candling, and energized water. Concluding with a 14-day total-body detoxification application, Cosmic Detox deals instruments to maintain the power rivers fresh and flowing, getting ready the physique for greater point Taoist practices in addition to permitting therapeutic of our emotional and religious our bodies.

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Spirituality for the Skeptic: The Thoughtful Love of Life

By Robert C. Solomon

Is it attainable to be non secular and but no longer think within the supernatural? Can an individual be non secular with out belonging to a non secular staff or organization?
In Spirituality for the Skeptic, thinker Robert Solomon explores what it capacity to be religious in brand new pluralistic global. in keeping with Solomon's personal struggles to reconcile philosophy with faith, this e-book deals a version of a colourful, pleasurable spirituality that embraces the complexities of human lifestyles and recognizes the thrill and tragedies of existence. Solomon has solid an enlightened new course that synthesizes spirituality with feelings, mind, technological know-how, and customary experience. His new paradigm, "naturalized" spirituality, establishes as its cornerstone the "thoughtful love of life"--a passionate predicament for the here-and-now, and never the by-and-by. Being religious does not imply being holed up as a recluse, spending hours in meditation and contemplation, Solomon argues. It calls for involvement and emotional engagement with others within the fight to discover that means in our lives. As such, this modern day spirituality features a passionate enthusiasm for the realm, the transformation of self, cosmic belief and rationality, coming to phrases with destiny, and viewing existence as a present, all of that are explored intensive all through this book.
Spirituality for the Skeptic solutions the necessity for a non-institutional, non-dogmatic spirituality that results in own success and delight. via analyzing the tips of serious thinkers from Socrates and Nietzsche to Buddha to Kafka, Solomon arrives at a realistic imaginative and prescient of spirituality that are meant to attract many seekers seeking to make experience of the human condition.

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