Eyes Wide Open Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path

ISBN-10: 1591797322

ISBN-13: 9781591797326

Edition: 2009

Authors: Mariana Caplan

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The spiritual path is like any other road-it's going to have its share of potholes. Perhaps the best way to avoid them is through discernment, the quality of open-eyed awareness and honest perception that helps us turn challenges into opportunity, lessons into growth. In Eyes Wide Open, Mariana Caplan invites readers to join her on a quest for truth along the often bumpy journey of the spiritual life. Building on the foundation she laid with her previous works Halfway Up the Mountain and Do You Need a Guru? (Thorsons, 2002), Caplan challenges us to take full responsibility for our lives, as we investigate: bull; What is spirituality anyway? Feeding the hungry heart in contemporary Western culture bull; "Spiritually transmitted diseases"-the common traps of modern spirituality, and how to avoid them bull; The universal theme of the Healing Crisis-and how discernment provides a "life raft" for such times bull; Fully integrated spirituality-balancing body, psyche, and spirit for potent transformation We evolve spiritually by cultivating discernment that is powerful enough to pierce through confusion on every level of our experience, explains Mariana Caplan. To help us along the way, this fellow traveller now offers Eyes Wide Open.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Introduction: Eyes Wide Open-The Path of Discernment
What Is Spirituality Anyway?
The Spiritual Marketplace
The Rise and Fall of Great Gurus and Great Students
Enlightenment Is Beside the Point
What Do You Really Want?
The Need for an Integral Spirituality
Spiritually Transmitted Disease
The Inevitability of Spiritually Transmitted Disease
The Spread of Spiritually Transmitted Disease: Culture, Teacher, and Ego
Ten Spiritually Transmitted Diseases
The Deadly Virus: "I Have Arrived"
Spiritually Transmitted Disease Prevention
Testing for Spiritually Transmitted Disease
Admitting Our Errors
The Posture of the Mind
It's All about Attitude
Twelve Attitudes for a Discerning Journey on the Spiritual Path
The Necessity for Self-Study
The Psychology of Ego
Perspectives on Ego
Healthy Ego Development
Psychology and Ego
Mommy, Daddy, and the Labyrinth of Emotion
The Nature of Projection
A Karmic Perspective on Psychology
Spiritual Materialism and Spiritual Bypassing
Spiritual Materialism
Spiritual Bypassing
If It's All an Illusion, Why Do I Have to Work on My Mommy-Daddy Issues?
Spiritual Bypassing in New Religious Movements
When Spiritual Teachers Haven't Dealt with Their Stuff
The Healing Crisis
The Crack
Understanding Crisis as Opportunity
The Dark Night of the Soul
The Grief of Ego
The Tantric Principle
The Inseparability of Nonduality and Duality
Turning Poison into Medicine
The Practice of Non-Rejection
Restraint and Sublimation: The Tantric Brahmacharya
Pandora's Secret: Demystifying the Shadow
The Myth of Pandora Revisited
Why We Fear the Darkness within Us
The Psychology of the Shadow
Working with the Shadow
Revisioning Sin and Abolishing Shame
The Body as Bodhi Tree: The Imperative of Embodiment
What Is Embodiment?
You've Got to Feel to Heal
Embodying and Balancing the Three-Centered Being
Jangalikayamane: The Jungle Physician
The Union of Psychology and Spirituality
Psychology and Spirituality: One Path or Two?
A Mutually Enhancing Process
Toward a New Psychology
Enlightened Duality
The Question of the Teacher
The Spiritual Possibilities of Having a Teacher
The Psychological Challenges of Having a Teacher
The Psychological Challenge of Being a Teacher
Om Mani Padme Grow Up!
The Intrinsic Value of Practice
Give Thanks and Praise
A Love Letter from the Divine
About the Author
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