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 ...

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Overview

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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In this book—part memoir, part self-help guide designed to shepherd readers from "religion to personal spirituality"—Dispenza, a former Roman Catholic monk, recounts his decades-long search beyond institutional religion. Weaving back and forth between memories of his journey into and out of the monastic life and his subsequent meanderings as a "Seeker" who has embarked on "a sacred quest for spiritual truths," Dispenza uses a wide variety of traditional religious and philosophical sources (Teilhard de Chardin, Aristotle, Jung, Zen meditation) as springboards beyond the trappings of not only traditional Catholicism but any institutionalized form of religion. Dispenza's story will appeal primarily to those spiritual seekers who are not interested in the New Age movement, yet are looking for something substantial outside organized religion. However, whether or not this particular audience will be able to stomach some of his more cringe-inducing moments (including accounts such as a "perfectly spherical soap bubble" out-of-body experience and the Rolling Stones' simplistic "Satisfaction" lyrics offered up for serious dissection) is difficult to judge, though Dispenza consistently manages to follow up the fantastic-sounding and the ridiculous with sound, intelligent reflection. (May) (Publishers Weekly, February 27, 2006)

"Dispenza … offers encouragement to all those seeking independence from the secure confines of traditional religious doctrine by detailing his own courageous journey."
"The prospect of relinquishing codified church dogma and community to travel an uncharted, unconventional path can be daunting. In his latest book, Dispenza (founder, LifePath Retreats; The Way of the Traveler) offers encouragement to all those seeking independence from the secure confines of traditional religious doctrine by detailing his own courageous journey. Through thoughtful reflection, he relates the crisis of faith he experienced as a young monk in the Roman Catholic Church, which manifested itself in the inability to reconcile his emerging beliefs with the rigid tenets of catechism. Taking enormously uncertain steps, he left the faith in search of more experiential alternatives that would grant him a more fulfilling relationship with his 'Source' (or God). The resulting narrative richly illustrates both the challenges and the rewards of embarking on such a journey and 'provides a wealth of relevant discussion material and welcome support for anyone contemplating this course.' This 'survival guide' by someone further along 'the road less traveled' is appropriate for public and academic libraries, especially those with traditional and alternative spirituality collections." (Library Journal, 2006)

Publishers Weekly
In this book-part memoir, part self-help guide designed to shepherd readers from "religion to personal spirituality"-Dispenza, a former Roman Catholic monk, recounts his decades-long search beyond institutional religion. Weaving back and forth between memories of his journey into and out of the monastic life and his subsequent meanderings as a "Seeker" who has embarked on "a sacred quest for spiritual truths," Dispenza uses a wide variety of traditional religious and philosophical sources (Teilhard de Chardin, Aristotle, Jung, Zen meditation) as springboards beyond the trappings of not only traditional Catholicism but any institutionalized form of religion. Dispenza's story will appeal primarily to those spiritual seekers who are not interested in the New Age movement, yet are looking for something substantial outside organized religion. However, whether or not this particular audience will be able to stomach some of his more cringe-inducing moments (including accounts such as a "perfectly spherical soap bubble" out-of-body experience and the Rolling Stones' simplistic "Satisfaction" lyrics offered up for serious dissection) is difficult to judge, though Dispenza consistently manages to follow up the fantastic-sounding and the ridiculous with sound, intelligent reflection. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The prospect of relinquishing codified church dogma and community to travel an uncharted, unconventional path can be daunting. In his latest book, Dispenza (founder, LifePath Retreats; The Way of the Traveler) offers encouragement to all those seeking independence from the secure confines of traditional religious doctrine by detailing his own courageous journey. Through thoughtful reflection, he relates the crisis of faith he experienced as a young monk in the Roman Catholic Church, which manifested itself in the inability to reconcile his emerging beliefs with the rigid tenets of catechism. Taking enormously uncertain steps, he left the faith in search of more experiential alternatives that would grant him a more fulfilling relationship with his "Source" (or God). The resulting narrative richly illustrates both the challenges and the rewards of embarking on such a journey and "provides a wealth of relevant discussion material and welcome support for anyone contemplating this course." This "survival guide" by someone further along "the road less traveled" is appropriate for public and academic libraries, especially those with traditional and alternative spirituality collections.-Dina Komuves, Collingswood, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787983123
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/5/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 430,863
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Dispenza is the cofounder of LifePath Retreats in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he writes and is in practice as a spiritual counselor. Dispenza is an acclaimed author of numerous articles and books including The Way of the Traveler and Live Better Longer. He is a former university professor and monk who lived a monastic life for several years.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    If you are at a place where your inherited religion no longer fits your spirit, then you must reed God on Your Own.

    Wonderful book on so many levels. I love good writing and this is the best ~ it captures you into the story like a good page turner. It speaks to your spirit at many levels ~ to your past religious experience that you may be wrestling with ~ to your present experience, if you are trying to find peace with a God too big for any religion ~ to your future spiritual experience that you know is possible because you have tasted spiritual sweetness along the way. Dispenza lets us in on a secret society of the Catholic church by sharing his youthful calling to become a monk and then his calling to leave the monastery with all the implications of family and small town criticism. Unexpectedly, his story lacks the usual condemnation and rejection of the inherited religion of his childhood. Instead he shares the rituals and experiences that grew his spirit, thus allowing him to move on to further spiritual growth. 'God on your own' has a very important message no matter where you are in the spiritual spectrum. Dispenza speaks to all ~ some will find it necessary to defend their childhood faith, some will begin to examine their current faith and some will find in Dispenza a spiritual confidant who too has moved on.

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