The Dynamics of Spiritual Development: The Second Volume of Old and New Evidence on the Meaning of Life: The Mystical World-View and Inner Contest

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This volume is a comprehensive study of individual character-development at all levels from the most mentally disordered to the most spiritually illuminated and fulfilling. The evidence is not limited to worldly observations and behavior, but extends to states of consciousness in which personality structure and nonphysical beings in nonphysical 'worlds' are known with high rating in a Scale of Reality

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Overview

This volume is a comprehensive study of individual character-development at all levels from the most mentally disordered to the most spiritually illuminated and fulfilling. The evidence is not limited to worldly observations and behavior, but extends to states of consciousness in which personality structure and nonphysical beings in nonphysical 'worlds' are known with high rating in a Scale of Reality

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861402779
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/12/2001
  • Series: A Colin Smythe Publication Series
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Diagrams and Plates
Abbreviation Code
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Inner Contest: "Illfare", Its Purpose and Transcendence
1 An Initial Clarification of Ideas and Terms 3
2 Individual and World "Illfare" 18
3 The Mystical Model for Psychopathology
I Introductory Evidence and Principles 40
4 The Mystical Model for Psychopathology
II Practical Details and Application 63
5 Short-Term Precognition, Time-Skills, and the World-Plan for Physical Events 80
6 A Firsthand Experiential View of "Multiple Personality" and Possession 102
7 Dream and Dreamlike States: Their Structuring and Implications for Spiritual Development and Parapsychology 127
8 The Mystical Way and Habitualisation of Mystical States 140
Summary of Chapters 1-8 186
Pt. II Groundwork of the Unitive Life Ultimate and Near-Ultimate Contests
9 An Introduction to the Study of Female Sexuality and the Control Centres 193
10 Towards Ultimate Sexual Identity and Bisexual Functioning 215
11 Kinds of Authentic Sex-Coloured Loving 229
12 Problems of Bisexual Development in the Personality 250
13 Sexuality in the Unitive Life 283
14 The Ultimate Contest and its Antecedents: An Autobiographical Account 306
15 The "Scissors Murder"
I Adolescent Breakdown, Valium Influence, Depersonalisation, and Insistent Directive 344
16 The "Scissors Murder"
II Psychiatrists and the Law: A Critical Study of Opinions and Handling of the Case 392
17 A Case of Satanist Victimisation
I Introductory Studies 425
18 A Case of Satanist Victimisation
II Analysis: Possession States and Derealisation 446
19 A Case of Satanist Victimisation
III Background Beliefs and Arguments in the Court Hearings and Judgement 495
20 Free Will, Responsibility and Punishment: Problems of Justice in the World 527
21 The Roots of "Illfare"; Regeneration and Redemption 544
Summary of chapters 9-13 570
Supplement A St. John of the Cross as a "Marial" Mystic 574
Supplement B St. Therese of Lisieux: Brief Description of a Contest of "Ultimate" Type 578
Supplement C Swedenborg: Concerning "Spheres" in the Other Life 581
Supplement D The Etiology and Practice of Modern Satanism: Researches of Gavin Ivey 584
References 593
Name Index 603
Subject Index 609
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