Human Biological Machine as a Transformational Apparatus: Talks on Transformational Psychology / Edition 1

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Initiated by the question Why do we need to have a body to do spiritual work?, this collection of ideas and hypotheses, which grew from a conversation in a coffee-shop, discusses the body's essential role in personal transformation and spiritual development. The crucial observation that the "body-mind" must act as an ally and collaborator in human consciousness—or essence growth—is rounded out by actual experiments meant to demonstrate the highlighted concepts. This new edition includes chapter commentaries by students and practitioners who have used the suggested techniques, and features a new introduction by the author.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Not only Mr. Gold's most innovative book, but perhaps the most useful item in contemporary post-Gurdjieffian literature." —Dr. Claudio Naranjo, author, Character and Neurosis and The One Quest

"E. J. Gold has hit the nail squarely on the head. . . . To complete one's own inner transformation is the only task worth taking seriously. Everything else is secondary." —Robert S. de Ropp, author, The Master Game

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895561688
  • Publisher: Gateways Books & Tapes
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Series: Consciousness Classics
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,457,625
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

E. J. Gold is the author of more than four dozen books, including American Book of the Dead, Life in the Labyrinth, and Practical Work on Self. He lives in Nevada City, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Introduction     xi
The Situation     1
What to Do?     7
Our Potential for Inner Evolution     15
The Human Biological Machine as a Transformational Apparatus     25
Beyond Personal Enhancement     33
Beginning Work     39
Sheep in Sleep     45
Inner Aims     55
Study of the Machine     63
The Machine as an Electrical Field     81
The Repair of the Machine     89
The Essential Self as an Electrical Field     101
Help     107
Alchemy     115
Bringing the Woman to Life     123
Attack at Dawn: A Beachhead into the Fourth Dimension     139
Warming of the Soul     149
Out of Body     161
The Chronic Defense Mechanism     171
The Electrical Affinity of the Essential Self and the Machine     183
The Restimulation of the Defense Mechanism     205
Every Which Way But Up     215
An Experience     225
Exercise References
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