Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision

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Roger N. Walsh, Frances E. Vaughan
J.P. Tarcher/Perigee, 1993 - Psychology - 293 pages
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This book is a clarion call for an expanded vision of human possibilities. In it, many of the best thinkers of our day ask us to renew the perennial search for self-knowledge and to discover the deeper meaning of our lives.

For this, they offer the transpersonal perspective -- which extends beyond consciousness in its myriad forms, including altered states, yoga, dreams, and contemplation. This marriage of psychology and science with the spiritual traditions has borne ripe fruit: the transpersonal vision, which offers a uniquely generous and encompassing view of human nature.

The fifty essays that make up Paths Beyond Ego apply transpersonal thinking to individual growth, psychotherapy, meditation, dreams, psychedelics, science, ethics, philosophy, ecology, and service. The result is an integrated and comprehensive overview of the many dimensions of human experience.

In clear, accessible writing, the contributors suggest that our potential for enhancing human abilities is much greater than previously suspected and that our tools for this grand undertaking are widely available today. The transpersonal vision offers great hope for the future -- and links us to the timeless wisdom of the ages.

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instrumental For The Love of God taken from his seminal album Passion and Warfare...he speaks of fasting periods lasting ten days and the recording of the song during that time, and he speaks of frequenting the Bodhi Tree Bookstore in Hollywood where he copiously imbibed the spiritual legacies of "the subjective and the sacred" of our Earth's peoples which contributed significantly to the "blinding brilliance" and "raptures of the soul through virtuosity and sonic flights" contained within his guitar works.
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Here the contributors stress the dire need for the development of and rediscovery of the inner, lost through glorification of the outer only and its importance in contributing to a deeper understanding of the human condition, combining science and the world's mystical traditions to forge a new future.
the book has no index and i have to peruse further to see if references were made about Emerson.
A gift from my sister who lives in the state founded by Mr William Penn.


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Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology at the University of California at Irvine. He has published over a hundred articles and twelve books on science, philosophy, religion, and ecological issues, and his work has received over a dozen national and international awards.

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