Roadsigns: Navigating a Spiritual Path to Happiness

Roadsigns: Navigating a Spiritual Path to Happiness

by Philip Goldberg
     
 

You may seek comfort, inspiration, and answers on the spiritual path, but eventually all spiritual paths lead to paradox-- where directions seem to conflict, the path leads in one of any number of directions, and answers seem elusive. The spiritual path is ultimately a waltz of opposites. It is as serious as a sermon and as wacky as a sitcom. The way is simpler and

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You may seek comfort, inspiration, and answers on the spiritual path, but eventually all spiritual paths lead to paradox-- where directions seem to conflict, the path leads in one of any number of directions, and answers seem elusive. The spiritual path is ultimately a waltz of opposites. It is as serious as a sermon and as wacky as a sitcom. The way is simpler and more direct than some would have you believe-- and also more arduous and more baffling than is often depicted. At each turn in the road we run into a cul-de-sac of paradox, where one guideline or precept is contradicted by another. The concise chapters in Roadsigns: Navigating Your Path to Spiritual Happiness are organized around four big paradoxes that can trip up any seeker: You You're On Your Own/Can't Do It Alone; Lose Yourself/Improve Yourself; Embrace the World/Escape the World; You're Already There/There's a Long Way to Go. Finding your way through these and other paradoxes can cause discouragement and confusion, but they can also bring delight, wisdom, and growth.

Philip Goldberg, Ph.D., an Interfaith Minister, confronts these divine dilemmas with profound insight and engaging humor. Based on more than 30 years of experience and research, the travel tips in Roadsigns will help you keep your balance on the razor's edge of the spiritual path, whether you travel independently or within an established tradition.

Goldberg is a spiritual warrior, wise about the way but light in his method. The road signs he posts-- Use All Available Lanes; Take the High Road; Don't Hurry, Be Happy; and 23 more-- offer a playful, mystical map through the deeper parts of the spiritual journey. They provide not only comfort, inspiration, and good practical sense, but also a challenge. For there are no one-size-fits-all answers on the spiritual path; we each have to clear our own way. Roadsigns will lead you to the best kind of guidance there is: that which springs from your own awareness and insight.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This is one of the wisest books to appear in recent years about the perils and promises routinely encountered by all spiritual seekers. At a time in history when people are desperately grasping for security and certainty, Roadsigns is an invaluable contribution from a wise spiritual teacher. Beautifully written and insightful, Roadsigns deserves to become a classic in the spiritual literature of our day.” —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Beyond the Body

“Phil Goldberg offers us a deeply wise and practical vision of the spiritual journey. Drawing on the metaphors of travel, he guides us through the paradoxes of inner experience we all encounter. This is a wonderfully useful book.” —Wayne Teasdale, author of A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life

“Goldberg's travel tips, drawn from a wealth of experience and insight, are as practical as they are wise.” —Deepak Chopra, author of How to Know God

Publishers Weekly
Goldberg spent many years practicing transcendental meditation, but after a while, he began another search for spiritual peace. What he learned and wants readers to understand is that the search for spiritual happiness is not a straightforward road. Along the way, people have to make choices, compromises and do some serious self-analysis to figure out what they want. Goldberg divides these choices into four categories: You Can't Do It Alone/You're On Your Own; Lose Yourself/Improve Yourself; Engage the World/Leave the World; and You're Already There/There's a Long Way to Go. Like a travel guide, Goldberg offers numerous tips and strategies. Some of his suggestions are obvious, but others are usefully new. In evaluating a teacher, Goldberg says, Define the role... Choose wisely... Don't expect perfection... Hold yourself to high standards... The teacher is not the teaching... Be yourself. Goldberg's view on combining different belief tenets is also insightful. If you assume that making a commitment to a love partner will slow you down spiritually, think again. And think yet again if you're tempted to walk away from the palace, like Buddha, and find a tree to sit under.... While the book might have been more focused, readers interested in spiritual searches will find it appealing. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579545888
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/19/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.76(h) x 1.19(d)

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Meet the Author

Philip Goldberg, Ph.D., is a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher, and ordained Interfaith Minister. The author or co-author of 17 books, including The Intuitive Edge and Making Peace with God, he has appeared on many television and radio talk shows, including NBC's Today, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, and Ladies Home Journal. He lives in Los Angeles, where he sees private clients and writes books and screenplays.

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