Lucid Waking: Mindfulness and the Spiritual Potential of Humanity

Lucid Waking: Mindfulness and the Spiritual Potential of Humanity

by Georg Feuerstein, PH. D. Feuerstein
     
 

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A noted scholar of Eastern philosophy explains how to make the experience of heightened awareness a part of everyday life, and how this can transform the planet.

Lucid waking means bringing an intense awareness to the business of living by meeting the challenges of existence sanely, creatively, and philosophically. It is the goal of all the great spiritual

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A noted scholar of Eastern philosophy explains how to make the experience of heightened awareness a part of everyday life, and how this can transform the planet.

Lucid waking means bringing an intense awareness to the business of living by meeting the challenges of existence sanely, creatively, and philosophically. It is the goal of all the great spiritual traditions of the world. Georg Feuerstein shows how this awareness is quietly emerging in individuals in the West after a prolonged spiritual slumber. Lucid Waking shows us that it is possible to be so vividly engaged in life that it will seem as though others are sleepwalking by comparison. Feuerstein brings clarity to the often murky concepts of soul, spirit, imagination, wholeness, and enlightenment, providing a sensible accounting of higher consciousness and self-transcendence in modern life as we approach the millennium. Rich with philosophy and insight from one of our most gifted chroniclers of the inner experience, Lucid Waking is a statement of unshakable faith in the great potential of humanity.

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Editorial Reviews

Caroline Phillips
"Impressive in the range of scholarship displayed this is a stimulating and thought-provoking work. Georg Feuerstein never lets the reader off the hook of lucid waking and directs our attention to the proper use of mindfulness in order to achieve understanding and awareness. This is an inspiring book. Balanced, clear-thinking and compassionate, it holds out hope for humanity at a time of apparently endless confusion, fuzzy feeling and intellectual fragmentation; a time when, for many, it would be easier to despair."
Tami Brady
"Lucid Waking is an odyssey through philosophical thought and how it connects to mindfulness in everyday life. . . . devoted spiritual seekers will find the work very valuable not only for the content, but also for the questions raised in each section."
Larry Dossey
"From one of our culture's wisest scholars comes a book that is as clear and compelling as anything recently written about spiritual understanding. Reading Lucid Waking is a spiritual experience."
New Humanity Caroline Phillips
"Impressive in the range of scholarship displayed this is a stimulating and thought-provoking work. Georg Feuerstein never lets the reader off the hook of lucid waking and directs our attention to the proper use of mindfulness in order to achieve understanding and awareness. This is an inspiring book. Balanced, clear-thinking and compassionate, it holds out hope for humanity at a time of apparently endless confusion, fuzzy feeling and intellectual fragmentation; a time when, for many, it would be easier to despair."
Intuition
"The author of this volume of thoughtful essays is arguably the most articulate and knowledgeable Western writer on the spiritual traditions of India; but here he addresses a question of truly universal relevance: How can we awaken ourselves from automatized and conditioned patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving to which we have grown accustomed? How can we—individually and as a society—really wake up? Feuerstein speaks clearly and simply from his own experience and observation, summoning helpful references when needed but never hiding behind them."
Bodhi Tree
"Feuerstein's approach is intellectually and philosophically precise, suggesting that the modern world needs genuine philosophical inquiry—not as an intellectual pastime, but as a way to understand clearly who we are and how our lives are intimately connected with those of our fellow beings and our world."
From the Publisher
"Lucid Waking is an odyssey through philosophical thought and how it connects to mindfulness in everyday life. . . . devoted spiritual seekers will find the work very valuable not only for the content, but also for the questions raised in each section."

"Feuerstein's approach is intellectually and philosophically precise, suggesting that the modern world needs genuine philosophical inquiry—not as an intellectual pastime, but as a way to understand clearly who we are and how our lives are intimately connected with those of our fellow beings and our world."

"Impressive in the range of scholarship displayed this is a stimulating and thought-provoking work. Georg Feuerstein never lets the reader off the hook of lucid waking and directs our attention to the proper use of mindfulness in order to achieve understanding and awareness. This is an inspiring book. Balanced, clear-thinking and compassionate, it holds out hope for humanity at a time of apparently endless confusion, fuzzy feeling and intellectual fragmentation; a time when, for many, it would be easier to despair."

"The author of this volume of thoughtful essays is arguably the most articulate and knowledgeable Western writer on the spiritual traditions of India; but here he addresses a question of truly universal relevance: How can we awaken ourselves from automatized and conditioned patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving to which we have grown accustomed? How can we—individually and as a society—really wake up? Feuerstein speaks clearly and simply from his own experience and observation, summoning helpful references when needed but never hiding behind them."

"From one of our culture's wisest scholars comes a book that is as clear and compelling as anything recently written about spiritual understanding. Reading Lucid Waking is a spiritual experience."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892816132
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
08/01/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"From one of our culture's wisest scholars comes a book that is as clear and compelling as anything recently written about spiritual understanding. Reading Lucid Waking is a spiritual experience."

"Feuerstein's approach is intellectually and philosophically precise, suggesting that the modern world needs genuine philosophical inquiry—not as an intellectual pastime, but as a way to understand clearly who we are and how our lives are intimately connected with those of our fellow beings and our world."

"Impressive in the range of scholarship displayed this is a stimulating and thought-provoking work. Georg Feuerstein never lets the reader off the hook of lucid waking and directs our attention to the proper use of mindfulness in order to achieve understanding and awareness. This is an inspiring book. Balanced, clear-thinking and compassionate, it holds out hope for humanity at a time of apparently endless confusion, fuzzy feeling and intellectual fragmentation; a time when, for many, it would be easier to despair."

"The author of this volume of thoughtful essays is arguably the most articulate and knowledgeable Western writer on the spiritual traditions of India; but here he addresses a question of truly universal relevance: How can we awaken ourselves from automatized and conditioned patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving to which we have grown accustomed? How can we—individually and as a society—really wake up? Feuerstein speaks clearly and simply from his own experience and observation, summoning helpful references when needed but never hiding behind them."

"Lucid Waking is an odyssey through philosophical thought and how it connects to mindfulness in everyday life. . . . devoted spiritual seekers will find the work very valuable not only for the content, but also for the questions raised in each section."

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Meet the Author

Georg Feuerstein, a leading figure in the fields of yoga and the nature of consciousness for more than 20 years, was the founder of the Yoga Research Center and served on the governing board of the Healing Buddha Foundation. A contributing editor to Yoga Journal, Intuition, and Inner Directions, he was the author of 25 books, including The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali and The Philosophy of Classical Yoga.

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