This book brings together scholars of a variety of the world's major civilizations to focus on the universal theme of inner transformation. The idea of the "self" is a cultural formation like any other, and models and conceptions of the inner world of the person vary widely from one civilization to another. Nonetheless, all the world's great religions insist on the need to transform this inner world, however it is understood, in highly expressive and specific ways. Such transformations, often ritually enacted, reveal the primary intuitions, drives, and conflicts active within the culture. The individual essays--by such distinguished scholars as Wai-yee Li, Janet Gyatso, Wendy Doniger, Christiano Grottanelli, Charles Malamoud, Margalit Finkelberg, and Moshe Idel--study dramatic examples of these processes in a wide range of cultures, including China, India, Tibet, Greece and Rome, Late Antiquity, Islam, Judaism, and medieval and early-modern Christian Europe.
Author: David Shulman Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
This book brings together scholars of a variety of the world's major civilizations to focus on the universal theme of inner transformation. The idea of the "self" is a cultural formation like any other, and models and conceptions of the inner world of the person vary widely from one civilization to another. Nonetheless, all the world's great religions insist on the need to transform this inner world. Such transformations, often ritually enacted, reveal the primary intuitions, drives, and conflicts active within the culture. The individual essays study dramatic examples of these processes in a wide range of cultures, including China, India, Tibet, Greece and Rome, Late Antiquity, Islam, Judaism, and medieval and early-modern Christian Europe.
At the heart of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual philosophy is the esoteric path of inner development that can lead to true self-transformation. In these lectures, Steiner shows how. By developing certain qualities such as clear thinking, inner tranquility, and positivity, as well as through meditative exercises, it is possible to break out of the shadowy, brain-bound world of everyday consciousness.
The central theme of dicussion in this monograph revolves round the problem of man`s self-transformation in the midst of an artificial and soulless civilization. According to the author, the solution to the problem lies in a synthesis between `the rwo principal tradition of India`- Yoga and Tantra which he defines as philosophy and practice. The secret of self-Transformation is at once an indictment of all sorts of monstrosities that under the banner of modern dcience and a call for revolutionary change within man himself.
This collection of essays deals with anthropological rather than theological aspects of the Near Eastern and Mediterranean religions from the archaic period to Late Antiquity. Part one focuses on "Confession and Conversion," part two on "Guilt, Sin and Rituals of Purification."
David Seidl brings together two important issues in organization and management studies in this volume: the concept and related theory of organizational identity, and autopoietic organization theory (as originally developed by Niklas Luhmann). The contribution of the book is twofold: it provides an introduction to autopoietic organization theory and it provides a new perspective on organizational identity and self-transformation. Thus the book is relevant to both organization theorists interested in new approaches to organization and to researchers of organizational identity. The themes are reflected in the structure of the book. Chapters one and two provide an introduction to Niklas Luhmann's organization theory. Based on this, chapter three develops a new concept of organizational identity. In chapters four and five a theory of organizational self-transformation (i.e. change of identity) is developed.
Social scientists have long been fascinated by the Christian conversion, a form of religious experience that believers say both strengthens their faith and changes their lives. This study looks at the performance of conversion narratives and argues that the performance itself is central to the efficacy of the conversion. Through detailed analysis of a number of conversion narratives, Peter Stromberg shows how these narratives can be understood as a form of ritual, in which believers invoke central emotional conflicts and then attempt to resolve these conflicts by reframing them in terms of the language of Evangelical Christianity. Although the Christian conversion narrative is used as the primary example, the approach in this book also illuminates other practices - such as psychotherapy - in which people deal with emotional conflict through language.
For more than twenty years, noted therapist Eva Pierrakos was the channel for a spirit entity known only as the Guide. Combining rare psychological depth and insight with an inspiring vision of human possibility, the Guide's teachings, known as the Pathwork, have influenced many New Age thinkers. Now the core teachings of the Guide have been collected in one volume synthesizing its essential wisdom.
Exemplifying what it advocates, this book is an innovative attempt to retrieve the essay form from its degenerate condition in academic writing. Its purpose is to create pedagogical space in which the inner struggle of ‘lived experience’ can articulate itself in the first person. Working through essays, the modern, ‘post-secular’ self can guide, understand, and express its own transformation. This is not merely a book about writing methods: it has a sharp existential edge. Beginning by defining key terms such as ‘self-transformation’, Kwak sketches the contemporary debates between Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor on the status of religious language in the public domain, and its relationship to secular language. This allows her to contextualize her book’s central questions: how can philosophical practice reduce the experiential rift between knowledge and wisdom? How can the essay form be developed so that it facilitates, as praxis, pedagogical self-transformation? Kwak develops her answers by working through ideas of George Lukács and Stanley Cavell, of Hans Blumenberg and Søren Kierkegaard, whose work is much less familiar in this context than it deserves to be. Kwak’s work provides templates for new forms of educational writing, new approaches to teaching educators, and new ways of writing methodology for educational researchers. Yet the importance of her ideas extends far beyond teaching academies to classroom teachers, curriculum developers – and to anyone engaged in the quest to lead a reflective life of one’s own.
This book focuses on the development of psychological self-understanding, healing psychologically painful inner conflicts, and the basis of psychological and spiritual fulfillment.Readers will discover a new understanding of effective psychotherapy, groundbreaking diagnostic psychological testing research, and the distinction between the ego self-concept, the experiential self, and the transpersonal self (the real self, the relational self, or the holistic self). It also clarifies aspects of optimal psychological health, such as authenticity, sincerity, integrity, creativity, intuition, empathy, courage, strength of character, inspiration, unselfish love (or warmhearted caring), emotional security, inner wholeness, vitality, and fulfillment Principles of psychological healing and self-transformation can enhance the development of interpersonal relationships, as well as facilitate effective and fulfilling ways of living in society. The authors deeply explored their own psychological pain and experiential truth to write this book, so readers can achieve greater self-understanding, fulfillment, and liberation from psychological pain.
The Path of Self-Transformation continues the authors' teachings on the inner mysteries of God. It lifts the veil and reveals the true understanding of biblical allegory, including the mystical meaning of the "fall" of Adam and Eve. It answers profound spiritual questions that are supremely relevant for today.
If you liked, "A Course In Miracles" you will love, "Messages From Metatron: A Course In Self-Transformation." Readers are calling it "captivating" and "astounding." This channeled masterpiece offers 30 messages from the highest Archangel, Metatron. It includes a Study Guide with questions and exercises for individuals or groups. Devi Nina Bingham has compiled an extraordinary program for self-transformation, assisting men and women in discovering their purpose, or "Life Chart." In a series of irresistible dialogues, "Messages From Metatron" stretches the limits of what is known about the cosmos to the breaking point. An absorbing read that will convince you of the reality of angels! AN INTRODUCTION TO MESSAGES FROM METATRON: Messages From Metatron is a curriculum for those seeking to achieve spiritual transformation. The underlying themes are that humanity is one, and you are an indispensable part of the Cosmic design. It consists of a text and a workbook for students and is created for individual or group use. It is a three-book curriculum teaching a non-denominational and universal spirituality. The language of the course is Christian in nature, yet includes channeled information on such fascinating and thought-provoking metaphysical subjects as: Mother God, Spirit Guides and Angels, Enlightenment, Transgender and Same-Sex, Soulmates, Karma, Intuition & ESP, The Multiverse, Parallel Universes and Holographic you, The Oversoul, The Akashic Record and The Future. The Workbook for Students includes 30 lessons that allow you to apply the messages to your life. Study a lesson per day to work through the Course in 1 month's time! Or, absorb a lesson anytime you need to be reminded of these uplifting messages of love and peace.
Helping clients control their own emotional reactivity. This book presents a grab bag of techniques - informed by current neuroscientific understandings of how the brain controls emotions - to allow readers to change their state of mind. Using principles from hypnosis, biofeedback, object relations therapy, and cognitive therapy, therapists learn how to help their clients calm themselves, remove stress, and achieve personal goals.
Based on an innovative blend of Kabbalah and magic, a step-by-step program toward spiritual attainment guides readers through each level of the the Golden Dawn system of ritual magic and its corresponding sphere in the Kabbalah Tree of Life. Original. 10,000 first printing.