Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path: A Roadmap to Joy and Rejuvenation

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True to the title, this guidebook directs beginners on the spiritual journey. Author Jan Phillips, reared Catholic, has traveled through Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim cultures merging dualities of East and West. A popular workshop leader for decades, she is a dynamic, upbeat, straight-talking, wise old woman in her own right, and her prose reflects her character. In warm, engaging language, she presents basic spiritual concepts and practices for the multitudes of Americans who have left traditional religion and ...
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Overview


True to the title, this guidebook directs beginners on the spiritual journey. Author Jan Phillips, reared Catholic, has traveled through Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim cultures merging dualities of East and West. A popular workshop leader for decades, she is a dynamic, upbeat, straight-talking, wise old woman in her own right, and her prose reflects her character. In warm, engaging language, she presents basic spiritual concepts and practices for the multitudes of Americans who have left traditional religion and are searching for a full-bodied, mind-expanding, convincing spirituality.

The book consists of short essays and personal anecdotes. Each story incorporates the wisdom of various traditions, all suggesting the immanence of the Divine in our lives. Each chapter reframes the meaning of a typical road sign-such as YIELD for surrender, STOP for taking time for balance, LANE ENDS for giving up old notions. All in all, this lively book maps an adventurous trek from illusion to reality, fear to fulfillment, isolation to community. It invites us to go deeper and further, finding, at the end, that the journey is everything.

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Publishers Weekly
Recent decades have seen a steady rise in the number of individuals who have broken free from traditional religion and yet still want to live a life of faith. For those embarking on this quest, as well as those already on a spiritual journey, this book identifies the signposts of a spiritual path with a lucidity and succinctness rarely articulated by others. Interweaving story, poetry, and reflections on her own spiritual journey, Phillips elegantly answers the fundamental questions: what is the spiritual path? Who else is on it? And where does it lead? Road-sign metaphors such as “yield” (the surrender that yields fruit) or “curves ahead” (the spiritual path is never a straight road) provide familiar images for the core concepts of this “pilgrimage inward the destination is awareness.” Seasoned seekers will recognize other common signs along the spiritual way: a daily commitment to peace, mystical paradox, self-forgiveness, compassion, harmonious relationships, and moments of enlightenment. And while the path itself is hardly new, this book provides an innovative and inspirational map of the landscape that typifies 21st-century spiritual consciousness. (July)
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Jan Phillips describes a spiritual path that is inward, cosmic, multi-faith and culturally diverse. This new pathway— infused with unity, vitality and hope—will dominate the spiritual consciousness of the 21st century. --Diarmuid O'Murchu, author, Evolutionary Faith

Many of your customers have no religious affiliation, and more and more people are leaving traditional religious organizations everyday. It doesn't mean they're becoming less spiritual - just the opposite - but you already know that. You also know people are searching for a spiritual understanding and direction that suits their religious independence. Jan Phillips has written Finding the On-Ramp to help meet that need, employing the metaphor of a highway and its abrupt, mundane signage to describe the journey from religious dependence to personal spiritual authority and fulfillment. For example, she uses the familiar "Lane Ends" sign for the chapter in which she describes the moment when she, as a postulant intending to become a nun, began to take her spirituality into her own hands. Her writing is disarmingly simple and highly personal. While it contains in-depth information about the state of traditional religion and people's struggle to move beyond church walls, it is also lyrical, with an overall tone that carries the reader along with hopeful expectation and increasing faith in the possibility of finding spiritual growth without dogma and limitation. The book is a joy to read. --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight magazine, August-September 2013

Through story, poetry and her own spiritual journey, Jan’s creative-mystical awareness invites our deep attention to the radical aliveness of a journey of the heart. She awakens us to the mystery of love guiding us through moments of synchronicity, novelty and resonant relationships. What does the next level of consciousness look like? This book inspires any seeker, evolutionary or spiritual pilgrim to walk in the freedom of love by discovering the truth of their deepest inner knowing. --Barbara Marx Hubbard, author and public speaker

With her usual enthusiasm and pluck, Phillips reflects upon mindfulness, faith, Infinite Mind, the grace of surrendering, miracles, the dead end of dualistic thinking, commitment, community, and much more. Philosopher Jacob Needleman has stated that group pondering may well be the art form of the future. Spiritual seekers relish getting together with others to share experiences and to come to grips with the mysteries of God and of the human adventure. Phillips has written a handy guide that these groups and individual seekers are bound to appreciate. --Frederic Brussat, Spirituality & Practice

Finding the On-Ramp provides yet another way to inspire readers to travel beyond the rules and structure of conventionality and organized religion that keep us powerless and dependent on external forces. Her prescribed route alerts us to our individual callings, and promises a destination where our true bliss can be found in following them - for the sake of our own fulfillment, and for a healthy society as well. --Margaret Placentra Johnston, Quest Magazine, Winter 2014

I love Jan's insight, guidance, and especially her stories. This book is like having tea with a spiritual mentor who I wish I had beside my when my own journey began. If you're at the on-ramp of yours, please let Jan drive for awhile. --Raphael Cushnir, author, The One Thing Holding You Back and Surfing Your Inner Sea

Not since reading Thomas Merton when I was a young seminarian have I been so deeply impressed by a book on spirituality. This is the book I would recommend to anyone wanting to explore and articulate a meaningful spirituality in the twenty-first century. --Michael Morwood, author of Tomorrow's Catholic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835609173
  • Publisher: Quest Books
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 490,398
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Jan Phillips is known internationally as a visionary thought leader, award-winning author and speaker. Her own quest has led her into and out of a religious community, across the U.S. on a Honda motorcycle, and around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage. Her workshops cover many facets of creativity, some sponsored by the International Women's Writing Guild, and her award-winning photographs and feature articles appear in national publications such as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Utne Reader, and many other national and regional publications.

She has spoken and presented multimedia works at the National Organization for Women convention and at dozens of universities and spent three years as a contributing artist and coeditor of the annual Women Artists Datebook In Praise of the Muse. Jan is the author of many books on spirituality and creativity.

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