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The Enlightenment you Seek in other Religions has been present in Christianity from the beginning. Richard Rohr, a global leader in spiritual awakening, helps you recognize the forces (such as ego resistance and dual thinking) that separate you from your deeper self. Then, drawing from the Gospels and the greatest Christian contemplatives, he shows you what it means to be spiritually awake. You'll learn:
Richard Rohr is a well known lecturer who founded the Center for Action and Contemplation. He has been a featured essayist on the NPR program This I Believe, a guest on the radio show Oprah and Friends, and he appeared in the documentary ONE, featuring spiritual teachers from around the world. He is a regular contributor to Sojourners and Tikkun magazines, and he is the author of numerous books, including Adam’s Return, The Enneagram, Everything Belongs, Simplicity, and Things Hidden. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Preface: Why I am Writing This Book
The Gift Is Already Given
When You Surrender to Fear and Distraction
When You Joyfully Surrender to God
Discover Your Birthright
Prayer - Practicing Heaven Now
The Great Unsaying
Three Ways to View the Sunset
The Urgent Need for Contemplative Seeing
What It Means to Be a Mystic
We Should Have "Known" Better
Knowing Worse: All-or-Nothing Thinking
Knowing Better: Contemplation and Presence
Mystical Christianity: A Critique from Within
A Lesson from the Monks
The Limitations of Individualism
A Debate Everyone Can Win
Glimpses of Wonder: The Quest Is Begun
But We Have to Make Judgments, Don't We?
We See What We Are Ready to See
The Radical Perceptual Shift: Is It True?
Not Many Things, but One Thing
Getting Thrown Off Your Horse: Sudden Conversion
How Martha Becomes Mary: Willfulness and Willingness
What about Jesus?
The Prayer of Jesus
Not Here, Not There
The Two Heels of a Christian Achilles
Conversion: Begin by Changing the Seer
Healing the Observer
Three Levels of Conversion
Change Your Mind
The Ego Hates Change
Different Religions, Same Ego Resistance
Inertia Resists Change
Heaven and Hell: You Must Change Again and Again
Things "Too Good to Be True": From Polarity Thinking to Prayer
Reframing False Dilemmas
Prayer Is Resonance
Experience Impossible and Improbable Things
The Lost Tradition
The Decline of Contemplation
More Recent Rediscoveries
Faith Is More How to Believe Than What to Believe
Opening the Door: Great Love and Great Suffering
What Nondual Thinking Is Not
The Watchful Gaze: What Do We Mean by Being "Awake"?
The Meaning of Spiritual Love
Sinners, Mystics, and Astrophysicists: How to Celebrate Paradox
The Value of Paradox
Physics and Astrophysics
What It Means to Follow Jesus
What Every Good Leader Knows
The Principle of Likeness: In the End, It All Comes Down to This
Appendices Practicing The Naked Now
Levels of Development
Training for the "Third Eye"
Litany of the Holy Spirit
Christian Tantra: The "Welling Up" Exercise
The Prayer of the Self-Emptying One
The Virgin Prayer
Walking Meditation: The Mirror Medallion
A Joyful Mind
The Shining Word "And"
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