Awakening to Spirit

Awakening to Spirit : On Life, Illumination, and Being

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 150.4 x 227.6 x 20.6mm | 476.28g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791442225
  • 9780791442227

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"This book literally drew me into its depths. It is important in itself as the record of a journey of a soul, a contemporary version of the mystic way shared with others by the experiencing of subject. I couldn't put it down." -- Ingrid H. Shafer, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
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About Lee Irwin

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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