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Schultheis explores everything from meditation and ultramarathoning to old Indian myths and biofeedback in his quest to recapture a preternatural state he experienced after a near-fatal climbing accident when he was young.
Social work in modern society requires practitioners to be culturally and spiritually sensitive. This book explores the often challenging relationships between spirituality, religion and social work. It considers the skills, knowledge and values that are required to incorporate a spiritual awareness into social work practice and in doing so explores in greater depth the social worker/service user relationship. By using case studies, reflective exercises and other learning features, students will begin to appreciate and understand the importance of a spiritually sensitive approach to their social work practice.
It has been suggested that 'spirituality' has become a word that 'can define an era'. Why? Because paradoxically, alongside a decline in traditional religious affiliations, the growing interest in spirituality and the use of the word in a variety of contexts is a striking aspect of contemporary western cultures. Indeed, spirituality is sometimes contrasted attractively with religion, although this is problematic and implies that religion is essentially dogma, moralism, institutions, buildings, and hierarchies. The notion of spirituality expresses the fact that many people are driven by goals that concern more than material satisfaction. Broadly, it refers to the deepest values and sense of meaning by which people seek to live. Sometimes these values are conventionally religious. Sometimes they are associated with what is understood as 'the sacred' in a broader sense - that is, of ultimate rather than merely instrumental importance. This Very Short Introduction, written by one of the most eminent scholars and writers on spirituality, explores the historical foundations of the thought and considers how it came to have the significance it is developing today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
The Ultimate Human Experience
The interaction between mankind and spiritual beings -- of Divine Encounters -- as recorded inscriptures and ancient texts provides a powerful drama that spans Heaven and Earth, involving worship and devotion, eternity and mortality, love and sex, jealousy and murder. But how much of these are based on real happenings and how much is based on myth?
With a visionary's ardor and a scientist's attention to detail, Zecharia Sitchin, author ofThe Earth Chronicles, gives a stunning account of human interaction with celestial travelers. He also provides further proof that prophetic dreams,visions, UFO encounters, and other extraordinary phenomena are indeed the hallmark of intervention by intergalactic emissaries who reach out from other realms to enlighten, guide, punish, and comfort us in times of need. Sitchin's research and theories, illustrated with maps and charts, chronicle a magnificent and inspiring journey through history, from the dawn of time to the approach of the millennium.
Visions of the good life are conspicuously absent in contemporary culture. This has sent people searching for a sense of spirituality within themselves, in their communities and traditions, and in the transcendent that lies beyond space and time. Contemporary education has abandoned a connection with spirituality and has failed as a consequence to cultivate goodness in people. Yet there is a deep connection between ethics, spirituality, and education. For spiritual visions respond to our quest for a moral life, and the first task of education is to initiate people into communities that celebrate such as life. The book is divided into three main sections: (1) calls for spirituality and ethics in education, (2) relations between the spiritual and the ethical in education, and (3) spiritual and ethical traditions and practices in education. Themes include education for justice, hope, and reconciliation; Jesus as teacher; spirituality and violence; spirituality and citizenship; the spirituality of Arab children in Israel and Palestine; spirituality and children in the Jewish tradition; spirituality and humanistic education; the dangers of spirituality in education; personal and collective spirituality in education; liturgy and literature in spiritual education; and spirituality and peace education. Spirituality and Ethics in Education provides an international, multicultural, interfaith forum concerning the philosophical, theological, and practical foundations of ethics in spiritual education for a rapidly changing world.
This volume completes the immensely learned three-volume "A History
of Religious Ideas." Eliade examines the movement of Jewish thought
out of ancient Eurasia, the Christian transformation of the
Mediterranean area and Europe, and the rise and diffusion of Islam
from approximately the sixth through the seventeenth centuries.
Eliade's vast knowledge of past and present scholarship provides a
synthesis that is unparalleled. In addition to reviewing recent
interpretations of the individual traditions, he explores the
interactions of the three religions and shows their continuing
mutual influence to be subtle but unmistakable.
A paperback edition of Campbell's major study of the mythology of the world's high civilizations over five millennia. It includes nearly 450 illustrations. The text is the same as that of the 1974 edition.
Mythologist Joseph Campbell was a masterful storyteller, able to weave tales from every corner of the world into compelling, even spellbinding, narratives. His interest in comparative mythology began in childhood, when the young Joe Campbell was taken to see Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at Madison Square Garden. He started writing articles on Native American mythology in high school, and the parallels between age-old myths and the mythic themes in literature and dreams became a lifelong preoccupation. Campbell's best-known work is "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" (1949), which became a "New York Times" paperback best-seller for Princeton in 1988 after Campbell's star turn on the Bill Moyers television program "The Power of Myth."
During his early years as a professor of comparative religion at Sarah Lawrence College, Campbell made the acquaintance of Indologist Heinrich Zimmer, a kindred spirit who introduced him to Paul and Mary Mellon, the founders of Bollingen Series. They chose Campbell's "The Mythic Image" as the culmination of the series, giving it the closing position--number one hundred. A lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced study of the mythology of the world's high civilizations, "The Mythic Image" received a front-cover review in the "New York Times Book Review" upon publication. Through the medium of visual art, the book explores the relation of dreams to myth and demonstrates the important differences between oriental and occidental interpretations of dreams and life.
In "Love Does," a five-session, video-based small group study, you will discover the whimsy of "New York Times" best-selling author Bob Goff through a sometimes humorous, thought-provoking, meaningful lesson that makes faith in God simple and real.
You will discover the paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world's most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it's not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob's love takes action, just like Jesus did. Bob believes "Love Does."
When "Love Does," life gets interesting. Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob's life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible too.
This companion study guide is designed for use with "Love Does" A DVD Study and will lead you and your group deeper into the video content (sold separately) with video notes, group discussion questions, and between session personal reflections and actions to enhance the group experience.
This collection relates colorful moments of spiritual awakening and follows one man's journey down a solo path to enlightenment while offering lessons on identifying one's own true self. From the first spark of simple inner awareness to the eventual formation of a church dedicated to spiritual assistance, this compact history follows John-Roger's spiritual growth as it progresses into a full-fledged metaphysical movement. While telling his personal story, John-Roger provides unique responses to universal questions, including "Who is a spiritual master?""How does one endure the tests on a mystic path?" and "How do we become aware that we are spiritual beings, not of this world, but with human experience?"
Your Identity Unlocks Your Inheritance!
To experience the full inheritance that Jesus purchased at the cross, you must understand your royal identity. In this classic bestseller, Kris Vallotton and Bill Johnson denounce those strongholds of thought that have kept many Christians from enjoying their supernatural inheritance. They lovingly guide readers into a revolutionary understanding of who God says they are—royal heirs to the eternal Kingdom of God.
Step into your God-given destiny by dispelling the pauper mindset, uprooting the poverty mentality, and embracing royalty as part of your spiritual DNA!
Claim your spiritual inheritance today!
90 min DVD. The Film expresses the important aspects of Sri Ramanas life and teachings. It presents the highlights of the thought provoking commentaries from David Godman, James Swartz and John David on Sri Ramanas most important written works. The film contains archive material of Sri Ramana, film of the Ramana Ashram and of course, beautiful footage of Arunachala.
Let spirituality enhance the effectiveness of your marriage and family therapy practice! The field of marriage and family therapy is starting to acknowledge that spiritual and religious issues are a valuable part of the lives of both clients and therapists. Spirituality and Family Therapy provides you with important information about this growing trend, including guidelines for therapists who are unsure how to integrate spiritual issues into their practice and detailed case studies that reveal how and why faith is a vital part of many clients' lives. Along with these features, you'll also find two unique conversational-style chapters where various authors explore their own beliefs and discuss the role of religion in their lives and careers. Spirituality and Family Therapy will help you understand your own spirituality, and use it as an important resource in your relationships with clients. In Spirituality and Family Therapy you'll learn about: the links between faith, fathering, and family therapy clinical applications for Christian mediation making altars as a way to help your clients come to terms with loss the ways spirituality helps parents cope with the death of a child ways to integrate the spirituality of the therapist into your work the value of faith in services for Alzheimer's caregivers integration of religion, gender, and spirituality in clinical practice
Though the role of St. Joseph is limited in the New
Testament, his function is not insignificant in the
plan of God.
In "Society, Spirituality, and the Sacred," Swenson draws on both Weber's "Charisma and Routinization of Charisma "and Thomas O'Dea's "Dilemmas of the Institutionalization of Religion "to reveal how religion has both a positive and negative effect on people. Moving from the individual experience of the sacred to the more institutional religious experience, the book explores the many manifestations of religious life and offers a synthesis of folk religions, new religions, the New Age Movement, and the challenges posed by the secularization of contemporary life. This approach to studying the sociology of religion offers a more challenging and provocative opportunity for students compared to other texts on the market.
The second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to integrate the latest developments in the field and to offer a more global approach to the study of religion. New chapters on women and religion and new religious movements have been added and discussions of Islam, indigenous religions and postmodernism have been significantly expanded.
A master key to true self-discovery Amidst the busyness and chaos of our daily lives, many of us search for meaning, fulfillment, and a genuine sense of who we really are beyond our ego and conditioning. An Invitation to Freedom guides you toward the immediate, authentic awakening that so many of us seek--the realization of our true nature as pure, effortless awareness. These simple yet profound instructions, questions, and contemplations will lead you directly into the heart of truth and absolute freedom. This could be the greatest discovery you make in your life. Also available as an audiobook read by Mooji.
All archaic landscape lines are, in essence, spirit lines. Within us all we hold a blueprint of this spiritual earth and of the ancient shamanic power of magical flight. If we could only find the wellsprings of the psyche and translate these timeless patterns from our minds to the physical earth, then we too could learn to experience the reality behind the straight line mystery. Once again, we would allow the spiritual earth to lead the way in our personal growth and transformation. We need to bring this out-of-body state from its cultural exile and give it the much greater attention it deserves.
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