God on Your Own

God on Your Own : Finding A Spiritual Path Outside Religion

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After spending eight years in a monastery, Joseph Dispenza walked away from his life as a monk and the religion of his youth in search of a different kind of spiritual path. Outside the confines of organized religion, Dispenza was able to create a spiritual life that gives direction and meaning to all he does and all he is.
God on Your Own is written for anyone who has left (or is thinking of leaving) organized religion but wants to continue on a spiritual path. Written by noted author and retreat leader Joseph Dispenza, this book provides a spiritual road map for those who want to make the transition from conventional religion toward a richer and more satisfying direct relationship with the Source, without rules, dogmas, or doctrines. Throughout the book, Dispenza offers wise, compassionate guidance, speaking as one seeker to another. He has made this journey himself, gleaning spiritual truth from across traditions and practices.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 158 x 227 x 16mm | 404g
  • Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0787983128
  • 9780787983123
  • 595,203

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We have been thinking of ourselves as human beings on a spiritual journey--it would be more correct to think of ourselves as spiritual beings on a human journey.
--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

After spending eight years in a monastery, Joseph Dispenza walked away from his life as a monk and the religion of his youth in search of a different kind of spiritual path. Outside the confines of organized religion, Dispenza was able to create a spiritual life that gives direction and meaning to all he does and all he is.

God on Your Own is written for anyone who has left (or is thinking of leaving) organized religion but wants to continue on a spiritual path. Written by noted author and retreat leader Joseph Dispenza, this book provides a spiritual roadmap for those who want to make the transition from conventional religion toward a richer and more satisfying direct relationship with the Source, without rules, dogmas, or doctrines. Throughout the book, Dispenza offers wise, compassionate guidance, speaking as one seeker to another. He has made this journey himself, gleaning spiritual truth from many traditions and practices.

Walking a spiritual path is not always easy, but the rewards of searching for the Source of all being and enjoying an intimate relationship with it are immense. For anyone who is ready to take full responsibility for his or her spiritual life, God on Your Own will serve as a personal guide for the journey.
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A FORMER MONK GUIDES YOU ON YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY OF THE SPIRIT



"Joseph Dispenza and I have much in common. We know monastic life firsthand, and we know Christian theology. When we were very young, something stirred to turn us, toward an unknown spiritual focus; though the forms shifted over the years, the path of seeking is intact. I admire many elements in his story, especially his willingness to pursue intuition in service of his unique spiritual destiny. He takes the spiritual life seriously and yet wears it lightly."
--from the foreword by THOMAS MOORE



"Dispenza offers a thoughtful, openhearted, profoundly humane vision of authentic spirituality lived outside the walls of conventional religion. He shows how, through honest, persistent seeking, we can open to the direct experience of the sacred, beyond belief."
--DEAN SLUYTER, author, Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies



"Every now and then a book nourishes our deepest and often unstated need. For those of us stepping out from organized religion, learning to incarnate the divine and to discern the deeper meaning of all great mystical revelation as sovereign persons, this book is literally a God-send! We are taken on a journey to spiritual freedom and fulfillment as a personal revelation. It's a remarkably good book."
--BARBARA MARX HUBBARD, president, Foundation for Conscious Evolution



"A piercingly honest look at humanity's weakest condition, belief. In this work, Joseph Dispenza stokes the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual drive within each of us to know God and not surrender ourself to some dogma of belief. An oracle work in which readers will be challenged to know their calling, define their life, and live on purpose."
--DAVID A. MOREHOUSE, David Morehouse Productions
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Table of contents

Foreword, by Thomas Moore.
Introduction: Taking Back Your Soul.


PART ONE: BEGINNING.


1. A Larger Picture.


2. Beyond Religion.


PART TWO: SEEKING.


3. Sacred Skeptic.


4. Beliefs.


5. Discernment.


6. Obstacles.


PART THREE: BUILDING.


7. Detachment.


8. Innocence.


9. Responsibility.


10. Peak Experience.


PART FOUR: BEING.


11. Service.


12. Heaven on Earth.


Afterword.


Bibliography.


The Author.


Index.
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"...sound, intelligent reflection." (
Publishers Weekly, February 27, 2006)
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About Joseph Dispenza

Joseph Dispenza (San Miguel De Allende, Mexico) lived monastic life for eight years, studying religion and spirituality first-hand in the order of the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC). After he left monastic life, he worked for social change with a number of humanitarian organizations, including the Center for Social Communications in New York and the Institute for Environmental Response in Toronto. He is the author of Live Better Longer, published by HarperCollins in 1997 and The Way of the Traveler, published (second edition) by Avalon in 2002. He has written on spirituality and natural self-healing in magazines, newspapers, and websites, including Alternative Medicine, American Way, Free Spirit, Magical Blend, Massage Magazine, NewTopia.com, Spirituality and Health, Whole Life Times, and To Your Health, and Beliefnet.com. He is the founder of LifePath Retreats (a guided retreat that leads participants through a dynamic process of moving through obstacles in order to answer the call of living their best life).
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