Spiritual Delights and Delusions: How to Bridge the Gap Between Spiritual Fulfillment and Emotional Realities

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While spiritual delusions lure us into thinking that enlightenment brings the elimination of all suffering, spiritual realism helps us love the world as it is. Steve Posner links his personal experiences with spiritual wisdom from all over the world in order to reveal a reliable path toward a more realistic spirituality. Charting a course that can be followed by anyone of any faith—or even of no particular faith— this book is a guide for imperfect people who seek enlightenment ...

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Overview

While spiritual delusions lure us into thinking that enlightenment brings the elimination of all suffering, spiritual realism helps us love the world as it is. Steve Posner links his personal experiences with spiritual wisdom from all over the world in order to reveal a reliable path toward a more realistic spirituality. Charting a course that can be followed by anyone of any faith—or even of no particular faith— this book is a guide for imperfect people who seek enlightenment in an imperfect world.

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What People Are Saying

Caroline Myss
"'Spiritual Delights and Delusions' is a very refreshing and thought provoking approach to spiritual wisdom. It's wonderful to read practical truth. Blessings on this wonderful book.'"--(Caroline Myss, author of 'Entering the Castle' and 'Anatomy of the Spirit')
Dr. Denis Waitley
"Words can't describe the passion and power in Steve Posner's, once-in-a-decade masterpiece. Amidst the cacophony of this fast-forward world, I discovered my own inner silence and spiritual awakening within its pages. Brilliant, moving, quieting, enduring."--(Dr. Denis Waitley, author 'The Seeds of Greatness')
Alex Raksin
"With lucidity and genuine intimacy, 'Spiritual Delights and Delusions' shows me how inner peace, far from dulling outer awareness, can help us respond more compassionately to injustice."--(Alex Raksin, winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing)
Sonia Linebaugh
"I can't tell you how much I appreciate the wedding of spirituality and unblinkered, real-world consideration expressed in Spiritual Delights and Delusions. It's given me hope that these two frequently disparate realms are going to continue to converge, and for this sense alone I'm made glad."--(Sonia Linebaugh, author of 'At the Feet of Mother Meera: The Lessons of Silence')
Bob Waxman
"Posner's book contains great spiritual and psychological truths that can be easily understood and practiced in daily life. This intriguing story of self-realization includes timeless, universal esoteric gems that hold the keys to the awakening of higher consciousness. Here is the 'Perennial Philosophy' taken to the next level."--(Bob Waxman, author of 'Kabbalah Simply Stated')

"Great coaching for your journey from who you are to who you want to be! This book can help you find the person that you need to see most - yourself. Steve notes that, "the best teacher is there to aid your spiritual development." He is one of the best teachers that you will find."--(Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 Business best seller 'What Got You Here Won't Get You There')
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471698258
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Posner has been a spiritual teacher for more than thirty years. He has an Ed.M. from Harvard, and his writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, and numerous other publications. He lives in San Diego, California, and Shanghai, China. Visit his Web site at www.steveposner.com.
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Table of Contents

1 THE REWARDS OF SPIRITUAL REALISM.

2 THE WISDOM OF FEELING GOOD ABOUT FEELING BAD.

3 THE ILLUSION OF A PERFECT PERSONALITY.

4 AN ENLIGHTENED WEEPING.

5 YOUR FEARS NEED NOT FRIGHTEN YOU.

6 OUR IMPULSE TO LOVE.

7 EASING ANXIETIES THAT COME AND GO.

8 THE VALUE OF CHANGING BELIEFS.

9 FINDING THE CALM OF UNCERTAINTY.

10 THE NATURAL CYCLES OF EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION.

11 THE MYSTIC’S FREEDOM.

12 USING OUR COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS.

13 RESOLVING CONFLICT WITHIN US AND AROUND US.

14 SHIFTING INTO AN ACTIVE ENLIGHTENMENT.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2008

    ¿ Reviewed by Siona van Dijk, Director of Community Development, Zaadz, Inc.

    This is a rare and relevant book. It's unusual, anywhere, to find spirituality so bravely married to the world's most pressing political, social, and environmental issues, but Posner manages to wed the two beautifully. And somehow it makes sense: his fearlessly clear-eyed portrayal of war and suffering could, it seems, only be made possible through some act of the soul. 'Spiritual Delights and Delusions' is essential reading for anyone with an interest in what it means to be a human being alive today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2008

    ¿ Reviewed by Janet Atwood, author of the 'The Passion Test'

    Steve Posner is a man of passion and clarity. He delivers a powerful message that urges us to take a clear look at the difficulties we all face so we can identify the real spiritual opportunities that we all possess. 'Spiritual Delights and Delusions' contains a rare teaching expressed with words that are filled with compassion, maturity, and optimism.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    A reviewer

    A book that I've been waiting for that obliterates the oxymoron, Spiritual Realism, and converts it into wisdom that will help everyone find their path.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    ¿Reviewed by Rabbi Ohad Ezrahi, Galilee, Israel, author of 'Worlds of Doubt'

    It is rare to find realism and spirituality in one place. As a person who was born and lives in a country that is in continuous conflict and war, I find 'Spiritual Delights and Delusions' important and honest. Real Spirituality does not need to bypass conflicts or tell us fairy tails about this realm of fleshy life. Real spirituality is always open-eyed. Love is not always nice. Sometimes it is forceful, sometimes it is painful, and yet - if you are acting from a place that is dedicated to increasing real love in the world - you do not avoid hardship or darkness in order to pave your path with spiritual flowers. You do what real love asks you to do in any moment - whether it is nice or not. It is my blessing that this book will serve its purpose in the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Spiritual Delights and Delusions: How to Bridge the Gap Between Spiritual Fulfillment and Emotional Realities

    Great coaching for your journey from who you are to who you want to be! This book can help you find the person that you need to see most - yourself. Steve notes that, ¿the best teacher is there to aid your spiritual development.¿ He is one of the best teachers that you will find.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Spiritual Delights and Delusions: How to Bridge the Gap Between Spiritual Fulfillment and Emotional Realities

    Words can't describe the passion and power in Steve Posner's, once-in-a-decade masterpiece. Amidst the cacophony of this fast-forward world, I discovered my own inner silence and spiritual awakening within its pages. Brilliant, moving, quieting, enduring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    A reviewer

    I have found Steve Posner¿s book to be refreshing and well-written. In particular, he avoids the Western cultural misunderstandings about Islam, which so often inform our thinking and beliefs. He shows us its sweetness and provides a new way of dealing with conflict.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    ¿Reviewed by Dr. J. Shems Prinzivalli, Center for Healing and Conflict Resolution

    I have found Steve Posner¿s book to be refreshing and well-written. In particular, he avoids the Western cultural misunderstandings about Islam, which so often inform our thinking and beliefs. He shows us its sweetness and provides a new way of dealing with conflict.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    ¿ Reviewed by Marci Shimoff, author of The New York Times bestsellers `Happy for No Reason¿ and `Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul¿

    Steve Posner challenges the conventional views about self-development and spiritual fulfillment. He breaks the rules so we can discover new ones that serve us despite the uncertainties and conflicting emotions of daily life. 'Spiritual Delights and Delusions' is a fascinating work. It offers us a message that is insightful, practical, and provocative.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    ¿Reviewed by Denise Linn, author of `The Soul Loves the Truth¿ and `The Glory and Pleasure of Being a Woman¿

    The personal stories in this book are compelling as we follow the author as he shares about growing up in the Bronx, being shaken down by thugs in Shanghai, maneuvering along a treacherous mountains in Burma, being confronted by terrorist supporters on the West Bank, meeting the guru Mother Meera and being hugged by Amma the hugging saint. Using examples from the terrifying to the sublime, Steve shares his belief in 'spiritual realism' which insists that we must never close our eyes to the horrors of the world, yet suggests that there is a way to find stillness amidst it all. At times, it was hard to read this book because Steve demands that the reader face the violent realities of the world and his vivid examples often staggered me. Yet, having trouble just reading about these atrocities, caused me to address the question that Steve puts forth so eloquently¿if you can't face the atrocities of the world, how can you ever find spiritual quietude if those realties ever visit your world. It is a question worth pondering.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    ¿Reviewed by Louise Diamond, author of `The Peace Book: 108 Simple Ways to Make a More Peaceful World,¿ and `The Courage for Peace¿

    How do we bring our spiritual life into our care and concern for the world in these troubled times? How do we live and move from that deep place of inner peace to bring light and love to our relationships, near and far? Steve Posner has painted for us a brilliant picture of spirituality-in-action. Full of engaging real-life stories, plus gems of wisdom from a wide range of spiritual masters and philosophers, this book shows how active, awakened spiritual realism can make a difference - in our lives and in the world around us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2009

    from Sam Yulish, PhD, author of Where Have All The Hippies Gone

    For me, the best part of this book was the statement that we (almost all of us) are not going to reach complete enlightenment in this lifetime. There are so many "spiritual paths" out there that push followers into believing that they can obtain enlightenment, thus causing frustation and guilt. Thank you Steve Posner-this book is a real blessing.

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    Posted February 7, 2009

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