Waking From Sleep: Why Awakening Experiences Occur and How to Make Them Permanent

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How much of your waking time are you fully awake? On the other hand, how often do you stumble through the day on autopilot, half-asleep and out of contact with yourself, instead of feeling connected and alive?

In this astounding book, Steve Taylor suggests that our normal consciousness is really a kind of "sleep" from which we sometimes "wake up" into a more intense and complete reality. He provides what is perhaps the first-ever clear ...

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Overview

How much of your waking time are you fully awake? On the other hand, how often do you stumble through the day on autopilot, half-asleep and out of contact with yourself, instead of feeling connected and alive?

In this astounding book, Steve Taylor suggests that our normal consciousness is really a kind of "sleep" from which we sometimes "wake up" into a more intense and complete reality. He provides what is perhaps the first-ever clear explanation of higher states of consciousness, or "awakening experiences."

This work delves into: the methods we human beings have used through-out history to induce awakening experiences, including meditation, sex, sports, psychedelic drugs, and sleep deprivation; how higher states of consciousness were normal and natural to some of the world's peoples (and still are, in some cases); and how we can make "wakefulness" our normal state again.

By fully explaining awakening experiences, the author makes them much more accessible, which may lead to a revolution in our psychological development as human beings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401928704
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 817,272
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Taylor, the author of The Fall and Making Time, is a teacher whose main interests are spirituality and psychology. He taught courses on personal development at the University of Manchester in the UK for several years, and is now a researcher in transpersonal psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction ix

1 The Varieties of Awakening Experience 1

2 Beyond the World of Form: High-Intensity Awakening Experiences 19

3 The Validity of Awakening Experiences 35

4 Disrupting the Equilibrium 63

5 Life-Energy and Awakening Experiences 101

6 Spontaneous Awakening Experiences 123

7 Other Types of Energetic Awakening 145

8 Energy and Awakening 171

9 Permanent Awakening 185

10 The Way to Wakefulness 215

Notes 233

Bibliography 246

Index 258

Mind Map of Waking from Sleep 268

About Steve Taylor 270

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