Spiritual Development for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Leading a Purpose-Filled Life

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 253 pages
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What exactly is spiritual development? Is it about being happy, becoming wise, finding yourself, finding the right religion, or discovering a deeper purpose? Spiritual Development for Beginners clarifies this complex idea and offers friendly guidance to anyone-religious or not-embarking on this great adventure.

Emphasizing spiritual growth as a universal and personal process, the authors offer mystical insight and an array of practices-from a variety of spiritual traditions-to forge a unique path to spirituality. Techniques involving breath, light, sound, and visualization help seekers center their consciousness, refine their auras, open their hearts, master their emotions and impulses, alter their perspectives, and strengthen their connection with spiritual realms. This practical guide also shows how to use meditation, prayer, and dream interpretation as tools to transform consciousness and become a "whole person."
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
What Is Spirituality?
7
Spiritual Development
13
Is There a Map?
29
The Spiritual Architecture of the Self
49
Spiritual Practices
59
Getting High and Going Deep
79
Taming the Wanting Beast
97
Meditation
139
Prayer
155
Connecting with Nature
171
Dreams
187
Becoming a Whole Person
201
The Transformative Power of Relationships
213
Living from the Heart
229
Works Cited
239

Intending a Spiritual Life
109
Creating a Living Heart
117
Developing Mastery
129

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Page 245 - The Heart of Sufism: Essential Writings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Boston: Shambhala, 1999.
Page 245 - The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish.

About the author (2006)

Professors Richard and Jan Potter (Nebraska) are married and have taught at Dana College in Nebraska for over twenty years. Former members of the Sufi Order of the West, a universalist mystical school, they are experienced as spiritual guides and have led workshops and seminars in the area of spiritual development.

Professors Jan and Richard Potter (Nebraska) are married and have taught at Dana College in Nebraska for over twenty years. Former members of the Sufi Order of the West, a universalist mystical school, they are experienced as spiritual guides and have led workshops and seminars in the area of spiritual development.

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