The Complete Idiot's Guide to Awakening Your Spirituality

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If you are curious, puzzled, or intrigued by the idea of awakening and exploring your spirituality, this book will help you. Instead of traditional dogma, it gives you down-to-earth explanations, encouragement, and real life examples to help you nurture your soul and grow your spiritual consciousness. It will help you define your inner strengths, weaknesses, obstacles, and the allies that shape your spirituality, and it will offer you practical tools and methods to cultivate your spiritual growth and awakening.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028638263
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 8/17/2000
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

I. WHAT DO YOU SEEK?

1. Defining the Target.
Show Me the Spirit.
Knowing Your Target. Asking Questions, Finding Answers.
Spiritual Without Spirit. Wayward Hope. The Cosmic Carrot and Stick. What to Expect When You're Expecting.
How to Be a Spiritual Jerk. Out of Control.
Being a Spiritual Scientist.

2. Keys to the Kingdom.
Honesty Will Set You Free. The Power of Humility. Use Humor to Become More Fully You. Ya Gotta Have Courage. Catch 'Em with Kindness. The Fervent and the Urgent. The One in Wonder.

3. Diving into Now.
The Present of the Present. Into Inner Presence
Into Intuition. Is It Intuition? Listening for Intuition.
Going out of Your Mind.
Staying Awake. Getting Lost.
Know About Flow.
Going with the Flow. Feeling the Flow.
Creating a More Perfect Union.

4. The World According to Awareness.
The Parade of Selves. Taking Off the Tinted Glasses. How to Be Nobody. Waking Up in Jail. Breaking Out of Jail.

II. DIFFERENT SHADES OF LIGHT.

5. The Way of the West.
One Family. Judaism: The Ultimate Legal Contract.
God Makes a Deal. Law Leads to Love.
Christianity: Love Fulfills the Law. Love Fulfills the Law.
The Cry of Christianity. Opening to Spirit.
Islam: The Way of Surrender.
The People of the Book. The Is of Islam. The Five Pillars. Sufism, the Mystical Branch.

6. The Way of the East.
The Here of Hinduism.
The Many Faces of God. The Final Goal of Liberation.
The Science of Buddhism.
Buddha's Teachings. Is Buddhism a True Religion? Buddhism Today.
The Now of Taoism.
The Contribution of Chuang Tzu. The Importance of Yin-Yang.

7. Twelve Steps to Transformation.
A Framework for Recovery.
The Twelve Steps Approach. Step by Step.
Using the Steps. Caring for Others. Seeing It as It Is. The Flip Side. What Is Addiction?. Fixing What Is Broken.

8. The Way of Devotion.
The Hindu Science of Devotion.
The Devoted. The One in the Many.
Emotional Buddhism. Devoted to the Guru in You. The Devotional Christian. The Technology of Devotion.
Cleansing Rituals. Chanting.

III. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES.

9. The Wonderful World of Prayer.
Questions Are the Answer. Prayer as a Cosmic Proposal. The Many Faces of Prayer.
How Hindus Pray. How Jews Pray. The Prayer Life of Muslims. Christians and Prayer.
Let Thy Will Be Done. Making Space for Quiet Time. How Do I Pray?.

10. The Significance of Service.
What Is Service? Service Comes Naturally. Obstacles to Service. How Can I Serve? Service and the Path.

11. The Art of Meditation.
Meditation and Your Mind. Transcendental Meditation.
Meditating the TM Way. Consistency: The Key.
Contemplating Your Navel. Visualization Meditations.
The Pure Love Meditation. Pure Love Variations.
Meditation for People Who Can't Sit Still.
Questions and Answers. Staying Active.
Initiation Meditations.

12. Body-Centered Practices.
Yoga for Beginners. Qigong and the Body Electric. Martial Arts. Is T'ai Chi for Me? The Bridge of Breath. The Wonders of Whirling.

IV. USING NEGATIVITY TO DEVELOP.

13. Using Negativity as Rocket Fuel.
How to Not Learn from Life. What You Resist Tends to Persist.
Holes in the Balloon. The Signposts.
What's the Point? Getting a Wake-Up Call.
Negative Alarm Clocks. The Alarm Clock in Action.

14. The Yoga of Relationships.
Making Shadows Visible. The Path of Radical Honesty. Being Right vs. Being Loved. Overcoming Separateness. Expanding Love Through Awareness. Overcoming Judgment.

15. Selves of Lead.
The Hurried Task Completer. The Blaming Excuse Creator. The Anxious Stimulation Filler. The Looking Stupid Avoider. The Idle Worrier. The Righteous Winner. The Know-It-All Judger.

16. Turning Lead into Gold.
Lightening the Lead Through Disidentification. Inoculating Yourself from a Self's Effect. Watching a Self Until It Disappears. Work on Small Things. Do Sweat the Small Stuff. Feeding Selves Deliberately. Relax into the Gold.

V. EXPERIENCING THE SACRED IN DAILY LIFE.

17. The Alchemy of Money.
The Mission of Money. Money Traps.
Not Enough. Attachment. Selfishness and Arrogance. Laziness.
Money Miracles. The Road Less Traveled—to Riches. Tithing and Other Experiments.

18. Work as a Spiritual Path.
Right Livelihood. Working on Your Self.
Learning on the Job—About Yourself. Facing Your Fears.
Making Your Vocation Your Vacation.
Getting Hotter, Getting Colder. The Moses Model.
God Is My Boss.
Giving to God. Letting Go.

19. Aligning with the Divine.
Thank God for Gratitude.
Thanking, Not Asking. Thank-You Prayer.
Flowers Through the Concrete. Beauty Is Soul Deep. Everything's Perfect.

20. From Fear to Magic.
The Way of the Easiest Thing. Risking Your Way into Life.
Facing Your Fears. Getting Stronger.
Living Your Dreams. Scheduling Your Spontaneity. The Inspiration of Conversation.
Ask Big Questions. Exploring the Depths.

VI. SPIRITUAL ACCELERATORS.

21. Retreats and Workshops.
The What and Why of Retreats and Workshops. Spiritual Retreats.
So Many Choices ... Finding a Retreat.
Spiritual Workshops.
Choosing a Workshop. Don't Become Addicted. Finding a Workshop. Go for It!

22. Back to School: Students, Teachers, and Groups.
Why Be a Student?
The Challenge of Dependence. Being a Student of Life.
Who and Where Are Teachers?
Looking for a Teacher. Recognizing a Teacher. How Teachers Can Help.
Spiritual Groups.

23. Enjoying Sacred Space.
Altars.
Your Own Sacred Space. Community Altars.
Tuning in to Sacred Space Outdoors. Spiritual Monuments. Ley Lines and Power Spots.
Alfred Watkins. Dowsing and Mapping.
Energy Vortexes. Pilgrimages: Travel with a Special Purpose.
The Pilgrimage in History. A Few of My Favorite Pilgrimage Destinations.

24. Going Beyond the Body.
Death: The Cosmic Shake-Up of Old Routines.
The Miracle of Life. Death as a Part of Life.
Studying Death While Alive.
The Hospice Example. “Little Deaths.”
Losing Control. We Are Not Our Pain.

VII. SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION.

25. Inspiring Movies and Books.
Inspiring Movies.
Movies to Tickle Your Funny Bone. Spiritual “Drama” Movies. Movies of Hope and Joy.
Reading Your Way to Spirit.

26. The Creative Spirit.
The Magic of Creativity.
The Artistic Calling. The Product vs. the Process.
Opening to Creation.
The Inner Critic. Liberating Ourselves.
Creating Our Lives.
Inviting Creativity into Your Life. Overcoming Resistance.
Art and Healing.
Extraordinary Forces. The Shadow Side.

27. Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll.
Tantra: The Spirituality of Ecstasy.
Sacred Sexuality.
Circular Breathing.
Slow-Motion Love.
From Acid to Zinc. The Muse in Music. The Romance of Dance.

28. Final Words of Wisdom.
Lynn Andrews. Pat Boone. Joan Borysenko. Levar Burton. Mantak Chia. Deepak Chopra, M.D. Alan Cohen. Ram Dass. Bruce Davis. Wayne Dyer. Wayne Farrell. Louise Hay. The Dalai Lama. Kenny Loggins. Dan Millman. Bernie Siegel, M.D. Marsha Sinetar. Charles Tart. Mother Teresa. Marianne Williamson. Jonathan Robinson.

APPENDIXES.

A. From Allah to Zen: Glossary.
B. Surfing to Enlightenment.
C. Everything Explained in 800 Words.
Index.
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