Shadow Culture: Psychology and Spirituality in America

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Counterpoint, Jan 1, 1999 - Psychology - 296 pages
The most current New Age is not new at all, as Eugene Taylor shows. It could be seen as the third Great Awakening of America to the varieties of religious experience. Often referred to as pop religion - especially by its detractors - this awakening is a profoundly psychological one which stresses the alteration of consciousness, the integration of mind and body, and the connection between physical and mental health. Like its predecessors, today's Great Awakening is rooted in a shadow culture - the counterculture of the 1960s. Taylor examines the growth of this eclectic movement by focusing on spiritual practitioners who have found fulfillment outside of mainstream institutions and sometimes outside their own cultural heritage - Christians who study Hindu yoga or Zen meditation, Jewish psychologists who have attained the rank of Moslem Sufi masters, and American-born Buddhist nuns.

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Eugene Taylor, Ph.D., is a Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Clinical Associate in Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Executive Faculty member at Saybrook Institute. He is the author of "William James on Exceptional Mental States" (Scribner's).

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