Active Meditation: The Western Tradition

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Ariel Press, 1982 - Self-Help - 512 pages
Now in its sixth printing, Active Meditation is rapidly becoming acclaimed as the most thorough and insightful explanation of meditation in print. Yet it is not just the most complete book ever written on meditation. More importantly, it is a masterful statement of the emerging Western tradition of personal and spiritual growth.

Authors Robert R. Leichtman, M.D. and Carl Japikse emphasize the practical nature of meditation. To them, the subjects of meditation and personal growth are inseparable. They decry the passiveness which has crept into so many systems of meditation, presenting instead a strong case that meditation is most effective when it is active. Indeed, the active practice of meditation is the Western tradition.

In the book, the authors describe:
-- What meditation is -- and is not.
-- How meditation accelerates personal and spiritual growth.
-- The nature of the higher self -- and its relationship with the personality.
-- How to contact the higher self.
-- The work of integration.
-- The skills of meditation and how to use them.
-- Seven techniques of Active Meditation.
-- Group meditations.
-- Aids to meditation.
-- Problems associated with meditation.

Throughout, the constant goal of the authors is to strip away the vagueness and obscurity often associated with meditation. In many ways, Active Meditation is the most encyclopedic book ever written about meditation.

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The Western Approach
The Role Of Meditation
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About the author (1982)

Carl Japikse is an author, editor, and teacher who lives with his wife Rose in the north Georgia mountains. He is best known for his books of humor and the development of the mind.

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