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To go beyond is to move into a higher state of consciousness, to a place of bliss, greater understanding, love, and deep connectedness, a realm where we finally find life's meaning - experiences for which all spiritual seekers seek.
Dr Rupert Sheldrake – best selling author of Morphic Resonance – examines seven areas of spiritual practice that are personally transformative and have scientifically measurable effects. He combines his extensive knowledge of science and the natural world, as an experienced biologist, with a broad command of mystical and religious traditions to show how we can tune into more-than-human realms of consciousness. Whether by taking cannabis or psychedelics such as ayahuasca, or by engaging in more traditional religious practices like fasting, prayer and celebrating holy days, Sheldrake shows how we can and do truly go beyond. Even everyday activities can have mystical dimensions, as he illustrates, including sports, relating to animals, the cultivation of virtues and the helping of others in our complex social environment.
Why do these practices work? Are their effects just brain activity? Are they essentially illusory? Or can we really contact forms of consciousness greater than our own?
1 The Spiritual Side of Sports
2 Learning from Animals
4 Cannabis, Psychedelics and Spiritual Openings
5 Powers of Prayer
6 Holy Days and Festivals
7 Cultivating Good Habits, Avoiding Bad Habits and Being Kind
"Rupert Sheldrake is one of the most clear-thinking and revolutionary scientists of our time"
— Professor Richard Tarnes, California Institute of Integral Studies
"Funny, wise, full of whimsical weirdness and drawn from a massive hinterland of knowledge and reflection."
— Charles Foster, Literary Review
"A very engaging writer"
— Steven Poole, The Telegraph
"An invaluable compendium of ‘ways to go beyond’ that can enhance our sense of connection and interconnectedness"
— David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer
"Rupert Sheldrake is a pioneer in the new marriage of science and spirituality"
— Rev Dr Matthew Fox, ProgressiveChristianity.org
"Sheldrake presents a lively case for a variety of activities and practices to show how they can be spiritually illuminating."
— Mark Vernon, Church Times