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The premiere introduction to the life and thought of the German spiritual teacher and transpersonal psychologist, Karlfried Graf Durckheim.
The openness of my soul toward this inner center occured in early childhood. Many other extraordinary moments followed in my life and reinforced this part
of myself. In these special experiences, I was touched by a profound reality which allowed me to understand that they were not a matter of feeling or belief,
but of a reality much more real than the one which we consider to be the only reality. We believe that the only reality is the one of time and space and, for
Descartes, nothing is real except that which can be inscribed in preconceived concepts. But this is only the envelop of something wholly other which hides the
reality of our depths. It is this other reality which has profoundly touched me at each stage of my life from childhood onward, through the war years on the
front and the encounter with death, to the overwhelming and definitive experience which showed me the beyond which is both hidden and manifested at the
same time...Eventually these were no longer particular experiences, but a kind of perpetual contact, a state which came and went. It is not possible to be
permanently open to this reality, but there does come a time when we always feel the call to turn toward its depths.
The summit of spiritual wisdom
Durckheim is one of the most important spiritual teachers of our age, though still little known in the U.S. This book has been a bestseller overseas for nearly a decade. What makes Durckheim -- psychotherapist, mystic, teacher of meditation -- so important to our age is that he focuses on the individual's experience of the transcendent rather than on traditional teachings. Influenced by Zen Buddhism, Jung, and the great mystic Meister Eckhart, Durckheim provides a universal map to our breakthrough toward our Higher Self. He offers a bridge between different traditions by dealing with the human potential for spiritual awakening regardless of cultural background. One of his great gifts is to focus on the body as an integral part of spiritual development. There is no theory or philosophy here. The teaching is concrete, personal, and universal. Durckheim is ciritical to our understanding of life as we enter the next century and learn to share one common Truth.
The finest in practical wisdom
This book is the best introduction to the thought of spiritual teacher and transpersonal psychologist Karlfried Graf Durckheim. He combines Zen Buddhism, Christian mysticism, and Jungian insights to create a powerful, pragmatic approach to "self-becoming".
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Theodore J. Nottingham