Awakening to Spirit: On Life, Illumination, and Being

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SUNY Press, Jul 16, 1999 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 388 pages
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Awakening to Spirit explores the nature of spirituality in the postmodern age as a personal journey within a living, responsive cosmos. In a world of multiple religious traditions, spiritual ambiguity, and widespread secular atheism, Lee Irwin offers a non-traditional view of spirituality that’s intrinsic to personal growth and development.

He presents Ten Principles that reflect stages of spiritual growth and culminate in a mystical encounter inherent to an experiential view of contemporary spirituality. Various physical, emotional, imaginative, intellectual, and psychic aspects of spiritual development are considered, leading to a discussion of spiritual maturity, old age, and self-renewal. Social relations, compassionate love, and responsible, mature human relationships are emphasized. Altered states of consciousness (dreams, visions, mystical experiences) are presented as a valid, necessary means for an understanding of Spirit, and many ideas from contemporary cosmology, process theology, parapsychology, and western esotericism are integrated into the book.

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Opening Meditation
The Second Principle
The Third Principle
The Fourth Principle
The Fifth Principle 12
The Sixth Principle
The Seventh Principle
The Eighth Principle
The Ninth Principle
The Tenth Principle
Closing Meditation
The Ninety Aphorisms

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Page 363 - Milton K. Munitz, Cosmic Understanding: Philosophy and Science of the Universe (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986),
Page 363 - Theology, On Consulting the Saints, Mystics, and Martyrs in Theology (New York: Paulist Press, 1987).

About the author (1999)

Lee Irwin is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at the College of Charleston. He is the author of a number of books including Visionary Worlds: The Making and Unmaking of Reality, also published by SUNY Press.

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