Moving Through Fear: Cultivating the 7 Spiritual Instincts for a Fearless Life

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A powerful and important new work that will help readers develop their spiritual instincts and move from a life of fear to one of freedom.

In seeking truth, success, and ultimately a happy life, there is no escaping fear; even while we may not always perceive it, fear is ever present. But what is it? What are we afraid of-really-and what can we do about it? These are the questions that Jeff Golliher answers in Moving Through Fear, a sensitive, ...

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Moving Through Fear: Cultivating the 7 Spiritual Instincts for a Fearless Life

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Overview

A powerful and important new work that will help readers develop their spiritual instincts and move from a life of fear to one of freedom.

In seeking truth, success, and ultimately a happy life, there is no escaping fear; even while we may not always perceive it, fear is ever present. But what is it? What are we afraid of-really-and what can we do about it? These are the questions that Jeff Golliher answers in Moving Through Fear, a sensitive, personal, and wholly inspiring work of guidance.

In this original and exciting work of spiritual self-help, Golliher illuminates five insights about fear, and then reveals-chapter by chapter-the seven instincts that can allow each of us to move from a life of fear to one of freedom. As we cultivate each of these seven instincts, we will in turn be creating a life where fear doesn't rule our emotions and hold our lives hostage.

Through a mix of stories and anecdotes, Golliher illustrates the nature of man-from his cultivation of love and justice to the power of community-before tackling fear and its role in these aspects of our lives. Spiritual practices follow, and the reader is encouraged to develop his tools for navigating and ultimately moving through fear.

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According to Golliher, an Episcopal priest and author of A Deeper Faith, "the fear that rules our lives makes us a danger to ourselves." While that sentiment may seem bleak, it is only because the author approaches the nature of fear with uncommon acuity and insight. He's not out to frighten, but instead to show how fearless it's possible to be. Golliher admits the primal flight-or-fight instinct is necessary for survival, but warns that unacknowledged spiritual fears lead to personal and public conflict. To move through fear, Golliher advocates strengthening seven spiritual "instincts": awe, love, intent, rest, community, justice, and faith. He explains them with touching personal stories and provides time-tested spiritual practices to help develop them. The chapter on awe is the most theologically strenuous, as a fear of God is reconciled with being in awe of God. Throughout the awe-filled contemplations, love is presented as the true opposite of fear, and so "love carries us through every fear." With intimate and affecting prose, Golliher brings home a message that is at once comforting, socially conscious, and resounding in its bold spiritual wisdom. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585428380
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/17/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 964,410
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Rev. Jeffrey Mark Golliher, Ph.D., a cultural anthropologist and priest in the Episcopal Church, has traveled widely to understand the spiritual dimension of the environmental crisis. For over 10 years, he was Canon for Environmental Justice and Community Development at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. Today, he is a parish priest and spiritual director, working with people who want to live in more spiritually-aware, healthy, and sustainable lives. As the environmental representative for the worldwide Anglican Communion at the United Nations, he has organized global conferences on spirituality, ecology, and community development, and he has written and edited numerous books and articles on these subjects for the church and the United Nations. He was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. He and his wife, Asha, live in upstate New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Living in the Real World: The Choice of Freedom or Fear xi

1 The Power and Peculiarity of Fear 1

2 Five Insights into the Movement Through Fear 28

3 Awe: Our Homing Signal 57

4 Love: The River of Life 98

5 Intent: Inner Directedness 128

6 Conscience: Our Moral Compass 153

7 Community: Conscious Relationships 184

8 Rest: The Still Waters Within 209

9 Faith: The Leap into the Unknown 231

Epilogue: In Defense of Joy 261

Acknowledgments 267

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