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The leap : the psychology of spiritual awakening / Steve Taylor ; foreword by Eckhart Tolle.

By: Taylor, Steve, 1967-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Novato, California : New World Library, [2017]Edition: Eckhart Tolle edition.Description: xii, 305 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781608684472; 1608684474.Subject(s): Psychology, Religious | Spirituality -- Psychology | Religious awakeningDDC classification: 204/.2 Summary: What does it mean to be enlightened or spiritually awakened? In The Leap, Steve Taylor shows that this state is much more common than is generally believed. He shows that ordinary people? from all walks of life? can and do regularly "wake up" to a more intense reality, even if they know nothing about spiritual practices and paths. Wakefulness is a more expansive and harmonious state of being that can be cultivated or that can arise accidentally. It may also be a process we are undergoing collectively. Drawing on his years of research as a psychologist and on his own experiences, Taylor provides what is perhaps the clearest psychological study of the state of wakefulness ever published. Above all, he reminds us that it is our most natural state? accessible to us all, any time, any place.
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What does it mean to be enlightened or spiritually awakened? In The Leap , Steve Taylor shows that this state is much more common than is generally believed. He shows that ordinary people -- from all walks of life -- can and do regularly "wake up" to a more intense reality, even if they know nothing about spiritual practices and paths. Wakefulness is a more expansive and harmonious state of being that can be cultivated or that can arise accidentally. It may also be a process we are undergoing collectively. Drawing on his years of research as a psychologistand on his own experiences, Taylor provides what is perhaps the clearest psychological study of the state of wakefulness ever published. Above all, he reminds us that it is our most natural state -- accessible to us all, anytime, anyplace.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-294) and index.

What does it mean to be enlightened or spiritually awakened? In The Leap, Steve Taylor shows that this state is much more common than is generally believed. He shows that ordinary people? from all walks of life? can and do regularly "wake up" to a more intense reality, even if they know nothing about spiritual practices and paths. Wakefulness is a more expansive and harmonious state of being that can be cultivated or that can arise accidentally. It may also be a process we are undergoing collectively. Drawing on his years of research as a psychologist and on his own experiences, Taylor provides what is perhaps the clearest psychological study of the state of wakefulness ever published. Above all, he reminds us that it is our most natural state? accessible to us all, any time, any place.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. ix)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • 1 Falling Asleep, Longing to Awaken (p. 13)
  • 2 Wakefulness in Different Cultures (p. 25)
  • 3 Natural Wakefulness: Awakened Artists (p. 43)
  • 4 Natural Wakefulness: Confusion and Integration (p. 61)
  • 5 Gradual Awakening in Spiritual Traditions (p. 75)
  • 6 Gradual Awakening outside Spiritual Traditions (p. 89)
  • 7 Sudden Awakening: Transformation through Turmoil (p. 105)
  • 8 Sudden Awakening: Kundalini and Energetic Awakening (p. 129)
  • 9 Other Types of Sudden Awakening: Is It Possible to Awaken through Psychedelics or Technology? (p. 141)
  • 10 The Aftermath of Awakening: Spiritual Crisis (p. 157)
  • 11 After the Storm: Lingering Traits and Questionable Teachers (p. 175)
  • 12 What It Means to Be Awake: A New World and a New Self (p. 183)
  • 13 What It Means to Be Awake: A New Mind and a New Life (p. 199)
  • 14 The Natural Wakefulness of Children (p. 219)
  • 15 Demythologizing Wakefulness (p. 235)
  • 16 The Evolutionary Leap: A Collective Awakening (p. 251)
  • The Human Race Will Rise Again (p. 269)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 271)
  • Appendix: An Inventory of Spiritual/Secular Wakefulness (p. 273)
  • Notes (p. 275)
  • Bibliography (p. 287)
  • Resources (p. 293)
  • Index (p. 295)
  • About the Author (p. 305)