A Practical Guide to Spiritual Awakening
Steve Taylor has devoted his life to investigating spiritual awakening - or enlightenment - as both a psychologist and a spiritual explorer.
The Adventure: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Awakening, he offers readers step-by-step practices for cultivating spiritual awakening, while posing a crucial question: Can humans awaken through their own individual efforts?
The answer is a resounding yes and
The Adventure offers readers a roadmap through eight essential qualities of wakefulness: disidentification from the ego, gratitude, presence, altruism, acceptance, integration with the body, dissolving psychological attachments, and embracing our mortality. Taylor devotes a chapter to each of these characteristics, and includes guidance, exercises, and meditations that readers can use to cultivate each quality.
“Awakening is the greatest adventure we can undertake as human beings,” writes Taylor. It’s a voyage of discovery that reveals exhilarating beauty and richness but may also expose us to challenges. The essential principle is that to cultivate these individual characteristics means to cultivate wakefulness itself as an overall state.”
Taylor frames the book’s eight main chapters with introductory and concluding chapters that discuss the wider context of awakening: what it means, how and why it occurs, and where it leads. He leaves readers with an amazing possibility: that each individual awakening is a forerunner of our collective awakening as a species, foretelling a momentous change in human consciousness.
“In this book, I go to great lengths to be practical,” Taylor writes. “As a psychologist, I know that specific changes need to occur if we are to awaken. The eight qualities we will explore are equally important. They are also interdependent. As we cultivate each quality, the other qualities will naturally arise too.”
At this time in history, when the external world has been almost exhaustively explored and conquered, it’s surely the right time for us to reverse our attention and undertake the inward journey of self-exploration and self-transformation,” Taylor writes. “Indeed, in the light of the present crises faced by our species, our very survival may depend on our collective awakening.”
About the Author: Steve Taylor, PhD, is the author of many other bestselling books. He’s senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University and the chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. Steve’s articles and essays have been published in over 100 academic journals, magazines, and newspapers and he blogs for
Scientific American and
Psychology Today. Visit him online at www.StevenM Taylor.com.
The Adventure by Steve Taylor
219 pages ~ $19.95 ~ ISBN 978-1-60868-885-2
Book Release from New World Library