Being Consciousness Bliss: A Seeker's Guide

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SteinerBooks, Apr 1, 2002 - Religion - 383 pages
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Many people are looking for a deeper and richer spiritual life. They sense that there is more to their existence than the surface of life seems to offer, but they are confused and uncertain about where to look and how to begin.
Being Consciousness Bliss is a rich, profound, and eminently accessible compendium of wisdom that will help orient people toward a more fruitful spiritual search. Drawing on a dazzling array of sources, including the insights of G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky as well as the spiritual traditions of the East, it gives a clear and compelling account of the true inner structure of the human being and how it may be developed to its full potential.
Part One discusses the current human condition the "sleep" of ordinary life and how a person may begin to wake up from it.
Part Two offers a feast of excerpts from the Perennial Philosophy the great wisdom tradition that underlies all cultures and religions to feed and nurture the growth of the soul.
Part Three provides simple ways to put these insights into practice in daily life.
Clear, sensible, and erudite, Being Consciousness Bliss is a resource, suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners, to be used and treasured for many years.


"This is a feast of a book, spread out like a banquet of the freshest foods, served wholesomely, and presented artfully. Starting from a premise that "the aim of human life is to know who we are - to realize our Self, our true nature, and our identity with the Universal Self...," Fitzgerald's poetic and passionate prose awakens consciousness on a deep level. She helps us feel the Self, so we can begin to work with the Self. To complement her own inspired writing, she includes a section with words of wisdom from other sources, grouped by such intent as to examine suffering or to explore aspiration. In addition, there is a cornucopia of suggestions for practice, such as how to focus attention on a task, or how to listen to the sound of your own voice. Dotted with illustrations and charts to further clarify the text, this work is an invitation to a nourishing meal of self-awareness." S.J.A., Managing Editor, NAPRA Review
"Following Aldous Huxley, Astrid Fitzgerald's tireless pursuit of an inner path is sure to awaken the heart to bliss and rouse spirit to behold." David Appelbaum, editor of Parabola Magazine
This book is equal parts wisdom, beauty, and inspiration. Astrid Fitzgerald opens the insights of the ages for anyone to follow. Highly recommended. Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words
"Astrid Fitzgerald's Being Consciousness Bliss is a well-researched, clearly written account of the essential teachings given by all the major wisdom traditions, which all teach that we are one human family." Sri Swami Satchidananda, Founder & Spiritual Head, Integral Yoga International /Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville"
 

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Contents

WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES
17
THE INDIVIDUAL CONDITION
22
EXISTENTIAL CRISIS
27
THE AUTHORITY OF IGNORANCE
29
FIRST STEPS ON THE QUEST
33
LANGUAGE AND MEANING
36
SEARCH FOR A TEACHING
41
EXISTENCE AND CONSCIOUSNESS
45
NECESSARY VIRTUES
205
DETACHMENT AND SERENITY
209
MEDITATION REFLECTION CONTEMPLATION
215
THE ETERNAL NOW ATTENTION AND STILLNESS
224
AWAKENING IN CREATION
230
EXPERIENCE DELIGHT AND BLISS
238
FREEDOM UNION ENLIGHTENMENT
245
INVOCATIONS PRECEPTS AND HYMNS OF PRAISE
254

OUR TRUE NATURE
52
THE HUMAN INSTRUMENT
58
THE FULLY REALIZED BEING
67
THE PATH
75
THE VOICE OF THE SELF
81
CREATION AND THE NATURE OF THE COSMOS
85
GOD CREATOR BRAHMAN
92
UNITY AND REALITY
100
CONSCIOUSNESS AND EXISTENCE
108
LOVE BEAUTY AND THE GOOD
113
WISDOM TRUTH AND KNOWLEDGE
118
THE SELF AND SPIRIT
127
THE SOUL AND THE PSYCHE
137
THE HUMAN FACULTIES
142
ILLUSION MAYA
150
IGNORANCE SUFFERING AND THE EGO
155
AWAKENING AND SELFKNOWLEDGE
163
ASPIRATION AND THE PATH
169
SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE
178
THE HOME SOCIETY AND THE WORLD
185
WORK AND DEVOTION
195
UNCOVERING THE SELF
265
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL WORK?
270
THE DECISION
274
PREPARING THE GROUND
277
CLEANING OUT CLUTTER
284
PUTTING THE HOUSE IN ORDER
289
WORKING WITH THE FORCES
297
ADVERSITY AND SUFFERING
303
THE FIVE VEILS Or ILLUSION
309
THE IMPOSTOR
316
MEDITATION
321
DETACHMENT AND DISPASSION
329
ATTENTION AND THE ETERNAL NOW
335
HOW TO SPEND A DAY NOBLY
345
EXERCISES
353
CHANTING SINGING RECITING
357
RECOLLECTION AND DEDICATION
361
DEEP REST
363
REMEMBERING THE SELF
365
REMEMBERING THE SUPREME SELF
366
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Astrid Fitzgerald is an internationally acclaimed artist, born and educated in Switzerland and now living and working in New York. Her work appears in major public, corporate, museum and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan. She is the author of An Artist's Book of Inspiration (1996).

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