By Derek S. Jeffreys
Spirituality in darkish locations explores the non secular effects and ethics of contemporary solitary confinement. Jeffreys emphasizes how solitary confinement damages our non secular lives, focusing relatively on the way it destroys our dating to time and undermines our creativity. Solitary inmates event profound temporal dislocation that erodes their own identities. they can be remoted from song, paintings, and books, or locate their creativity tightly managed. expert by way of studies with inmates, chaplains, and staff within the Wisconsin division of Corrections, Jeffreys additionally evaluates the ethics of solitary confinement, contemplating yet eventually rejecting the argument that punitive isolation justifiably expresses ethical outrage at heinous crimes. ultimately, Jeffreys proposes alterations in solitary confinement with the intention to mitigate its profound harm to either prisoners and human dignity at large.
By W. L. Wilmshurst
Even though the Freemasons quantity over six million contributors around the globe, they seem to be a very secretive association. most of the people this present day thinks of them as a social fraternity just like the Rotary membership, yet that's not often the entire fact. via mysterious accident, it sort of feels, many Masons were significant figures in glossy historical past. a few of the Founding Fathers of the United States—including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere—were Freemasons. Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian freedom fighter, was once additionally one, as have been the composers Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and writers François Marie Arouet de Voltaire and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The that means of Masonry explores the ideals in the back of the order, its cryptic rites and emblems, and uncovers its final objective.
By Paramhansa Yogananda
During this quantity of all-new, never-before-released fabric, Paramhansa Yogananda—who has hundreds of thousands of fans round the world—shares how we will be able to in achieving the top good fortune of fabric and non secular potency.
By Joseph Chilton Pearce
Explains the phenomenon of shaktipat, the religious transmission of strength from a instructor to a devotee
• indicates how expertise has eroded own energy and the way perception and expertise can play the next position in our lives
• unearths how perception is the motor vehicle for profound self-transformation
Shakti is the inventive strength, the bonding energy, that holds the universe jointly. Shaktipat is the instant while enlightenment is conferred upon a scholar straight away through his master’s contact. The guru conferring shaktipat creates a bond of strength in those that have accredited her or him as their instructor. In Spiritual Initiation and the leap forward of attention Joseph Chilton Pearce describes his event of shaktipat from his instructor Swami Muktananda. From this awakening Pearce stories a dramatic shift of brain and springs to the belief that conception is fact and that perception is our purely motor vehicle for profound self-transformation.
Oneness with God is the birthright of each person, although we're culturally vaccinated to withstand experiencing this larger recognition. Our look for goal fact has lead us to not wholeness, yet as an alternative to the assumption that we've got no bond to one another, to God, or to an inanimate, actual global. Our expertise reduces our skill to adventure revelation and leads us in its place towards the chatter of careworn pondering. The problem confronted through glossy humanity, that's the problem Muktananda gave to his scholars, is to passionately assemble up the scattered fragments of our lives and channel them into the artistic realm, the place with perception or revelation we can develop into greater than ourselves.
By J. Krishnamurti
In existence forward, one of many maximum academics of our time offers a pragmatic philosophy of studying and knowing that strikes a long way past conventional principles of schooling. gathered from talks Krishnamurti gave to his scholars in India, lifestyles forward deals brief chapters established round life’s primary questions. It contains an creation written by means of Krishnamurti in particular for the e-book.
By Edward F. Kelly, Paul Marshall
The upward push of contemporary technological know-how has introduced with it expanding reputation between highbrow elites of a worldview that conflicts sharply either with daily human event and with ideals greatly shared one of the world’s nice cultural traditions. so much modern scientists and philosophers think that fact is at backside simply actual, and that humans are not anything greater than super advanced organic machines. On such perspectives our daily reports of unsleeping decision-making, loose will, and the self are illusory by-products of the grinding of our neural equipment. It follows that brain and character are unavoidably extinguished at loss of life, and that there exists no deeper transpersonal or religious truth of any sort.
Beyond Physicalism is the manufactured from an strange fellowship of scientists and arts students who dispute those perspectives. of their prior e-book, Irreducible Mind, they argued that physicalism can't accommodate a number of well-evidenced empirical phenomena together with paranormal or psi phenomena, postmortem survival, and mystical reviews. during this new theory-oriented significant other quantity they cross extra via trying to know how the realm needs to be constituted so that those “rogue” phenomena can take place. Drawing upon empirical technological know-how, metaphysical philosophy, and the paranormal traditions, the authors paintings towards a much better “big photograph” of the overall personality of truth, one that strongly overlaps territory generally occupied by way of the world’s institutional religions, and which makes an attempt to reconcile technological know-how and spirituality by way of discovering a center direction among the polarized fundamentalisms, spiritual and clinical, that experience ruled fresh public discourse.
Contributions by means of: Harald Atmanspacher, Loriliai Biernacki, Bernard Carr, Wolfgang Fach, Michael Grosso, Michael Murphy, David E. Presti, Gregory Shaw, Henry P. Stapp, Eric M. Weiss, and Ian Whicher
By Michael Shermer
A new version overlaying the newest clinical learn on how the mind makes us believers or skeptics
Recent polls document that ninety six percentage of usa citizens think in God, and seventy three percentage think that angels frequently stopover at Earth. Why is that this? Why, regardless of the increase of technological know-how, expertise, and secular schooling, are humans turning to faith in better numbers than ever prior to? Why do humans think in God in any respect?
These provocative questions lie on the center of How We think , an illuminating examine of God, religion, and faith. Bestselling writer Michael Shermer deals clean and sometimes startling insights into age-old questions, together with how and why people placed their religion in the next strength, even within the face of medical skepticism. Shermer has up-to-date the ebook to discover the most recent learn and theories of psychiatrists, neuroscientists, epidemiologists, and philosophers, in addition to the position of religion in our more and more different glossy world.
Whether believers or nonbelievers, we're all pushed by way of the necessity to comprehend the universe and our position in it. How We think is an excellent clinical journey of this historical and mysterious desire.
By Israel Regardie
• advent from famous Golden sunrise pupil Pat Zalewski
• comprises the outlet of the Watchtower Ritual for Self Transformation
The right operating of formality is on the center of the Western magical culture. This booklet indicates precisely how ceremonial innovations can be utilized to pay attention and harness the large psychic and religious power of human cognizance. Dr. Regardie’s targeted research and outline of key rituals are in line with his personal substantial adventure and his wisdom of Golden sunrise options. as well as delivering functional directions on gowns, ritual apparatus and decor, he additionally hyperlinks present occult perform to broader old precedents.
In religious Dimensions of Psychology Hazrat Inayat Khan explores the purification and coaching of the psyche, its use as a device in non secular development, and the internal teachings of the mystics on meditation, contemplation, instinct, visionary goals, thought, revelation. The revised version comprises 3 new chapters in addition to extra fabric, all from unique resources.
By Karen Armstrong
In this crucial and thought-provoking paintings, Karen Armstrong—one of the main unique thinkers at the position of faith within the sleek world—provides an impassioned and useful consultant to supporting us make the area a extra compassionate place.
The twelve steps she indicates commence with “Learn approximately Compassion,” and shut with “Love Your Enemies.” In among, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, pain, sympathetic pleasure, the boundaries of our wisdom of others, and “concern for everybody.” She stocks concrete how you can aid us domesticate and extend our ability for compassion, and gives a examining checklist to motivate us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Armstrong teaches us that turning into a compassionate person is a lifelong undertaking and a trip packed with rewards.
The First Step: find out about Compassion
The moment Step: examine your personal World
The 3rd Step: Compassion for Yourself
The Fourth Step: Empathy
The 5th Step: Mindfulness
The 6th Step: Action
The 7th Step: How Little We Know
The 8th Step: How should still We converse to at least one Another?
The 9th Step: drawback for Everybody
The 10th Step: Knowledge
The 11th Step: Recognition
The 12th Step: Love Your Enemies