Thursday, May 27, 2010

Spiritual Awakenings
Insights of the Near-death Experience and Other Doorways to Our Soul

Have you had a spiritual awakening? Or do you wonder if you might have had one? A spiritual awakening is an experiential opening to a power greater than ourselves. As a result, we become more aware of and open to our self, others and the Universe. And it is much more, as Barbara Harris describes in detail in this book.

Based on surveys that I have done on people attending my workshops each year, I estimate that at least one in three people have had a spiritual awakening of some sort. Perhaps 25 percent of those spiritual awakenings were triggered by near-death experiences, which is Barbara's emphasis. The remaining 75 percent are triggered by numerous other experiences, from meditation, to childbirth, to "hitting bottom" in a critical or desperate life situation.

Who or what is it that actually does the awakening? Is there a part of us that begins to become more aware and opens to our self, others and the God of our understanding? My sense is that it is our real or True Self that awakens, and not our ego or false self.

Who Am I? A Map of the Mind

Throughout the struggle of the human condition, many people have asked some important questions: Who am I? What am I doing here? Where am I going? How can I get any peace? While the answers to these questions remain a Divine Mystery, using the healing approach described in this book can help. In beginning to answer these questions, I have found it useful to construct a map of the mind or psyche.

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