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Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work

Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work

By the author of The Science Delusion a detailed account of how science can authenticate spirituality

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, writing as both a scientist and a spiritual explorer, looks at seven spiritual practices that are personally transformative and have scientifically measurable effects. He combines the latest scientific research with his extensive knowledge of mystical traditions around the world to show how we may tune into more-than-human realms of consciousness through psychedelics, such as ayahuasca, and by taking cannabis. He also shows how everyday activities can have mystical dimensions, including sports and learning from animals. He discusses traditional religious practices such as fasting, prayer, and the celebration of festivals and holy days.

Why do these practices work? Are their effects all inside brains and essentially illusory? Or can we really make contact with forms of consciousness greater than our own?

We are in the midst of a spiritual revival. This book is an essential guide.

(P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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Genre: Mathematics & Science

On Sale: 24th January 2019

Price: £25

ISBN-13: 9781473688346

Reviews

Rupert Sheldrake does science, humanity and the world at large a considerable favour.
The Independent
Praise for Rupert Sheldrake
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Read the book just because it's funny, wise, full of whimsical weirdness, and drawn from a massive hinterland of knowledge and reflection. Read it because it'll give you lots of strange stories to tell, and because it'll make you ontologically queasy, make you wonder what you are and make you easier to live with.
Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast, Literary Review
Certainly we need to accept the limitations of much current dogma and keep our minds open as we reasonably can. Sheldrake may help us do so through this well-written, challenging and always interesting book.
Financial Times
Sheldrake will be seen as a prophet.
The Sunday Times
An affable erudite manual to show how life need not be boring and seem meaningless.
Jonathan Benthall, The Times Literary Supplement
His is a rare voice and a needed one in an apocalyptic time like ours that requires both grounding and expansion of human consciousness amid the turmoil that confronts us. The practices he espouses do not take us out of the world but put us back in.
Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing
nothing is more important in our melancholy era than a renewed vision of hope and promise that can see us through. The messages in Rupert Sheldrake's Ways To Go Beyond are wonderfully clear and inspiring... I regard this as one of the most important books of our generation.
Larry Dossey, MD
Sheldrake is a very engaging writer.
The Telegraph