The River of Consciousness

Author: Oliver Sacks

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447264037

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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Two weeks before his death, Oliver Sacks outlined the contents of The River of Consciousness, the last book he would oversee . . . The bestselling author of On the Move, Musicophilia, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Sacks is known for his illuminating case histories about people living with neurological conditions at the far borderlands of human experience. But his grasp of science was not restricted to neuroscience or medicine; he was fascinated by the issues, ideas, and questions of all the sciences. That wide-ranging expertise and passion informs the perspective of this book, in which he interrogates the nature not only of human experience but of all life. In The River of Consciousness, Dr. Sacks takes on evolution, botany, chemistry, medicine, neuroscience, and the arts, and calls upon his great scientific and creative heroes – above all, Darwin, Freud, and William James. For Sacks, these thinkers were constant companions from an early age; the questions they explored – the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity, and the nature of consciousness – lie at the heart of science and of this book. The River of Consciousness demonstrates Sacks’s unparalleled ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless endeavor to understand what makes us human.

The Enigma of Consciousness

Author: Gene W. Marshall

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491769688

Category: Religion

Page: 276

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Philosophy of Religion An examination of why we have religion in every society; what makes religion necessary, good, or bad; and how we can enrich the practice of whatever religion we choose to practice. These basic life issues are explored: What is Truth? What is Consciousness? Inescapable Wonder, What is Religion? Six Was to Imagine the Unimaginable, The Ethics of Response-Ability. “With clarify and abundant insights, Gene Marshall proposes ways by which we can move beyond old forms to those that would enable us to manifest qualities of ‘profound humanness’. He has given us a roadmap constructed of vital possibilities, which are urgently needed in this time of multiple crises when the status quo simply will not do.” - Charlene Spretnak: author of Relational Reality, The Resurgence of the Real, and States of Grace; Ojai, CA “The truth of reality if a mystery—in Gene Marshall’s language, ‘an almighty unknown’—but reality is ever-present to our consciousness. To know what is known, or to make reality real, these are the profundities that Marshall systematically and thoughtfully probes in an analysis that rings as earnest and true as the author who penned it.” - Dr. Jeffrey W. Robbins: Professor and Chair Religion and Philosophy; Lebanon Valley College; Annville, PA “Gene Marshall coaxes the reader beyond the limiting enclosure of the personality-centered self and ego mind and into the realm of authentic personal interior experience. The author lifts the fog created by the pesky self-serving human mind regarding the interior life, and provides a path of clarify into depth states of being.” - Michael D. May: Teacher, Group Discussion Leader, Curriculum Editor for Interior Mythos Journeys; Bloomington, IN

The River

Author: Andrew J Knight


ISBN: 129148583X


Page: N.A

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The Thinking Christian

Author: Gene Wesley Marshall

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532695241

Category: Religion

Page: 398

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The practice of Christianity is going through a transition that is deeper than the Reformation. The Thinking Christian explores two main questions: (1) What is "religion" as a general social process that can link humans to Profound Reality, and (2) what is a meaningful and appropriate mode of Christian theologizing, communal life, and mission to this planet for a viable and vital next Christian practice? These are profound probes, and they are communal and activist guidelines for general readers. Such union of the profound and the practical pertains to the needs of scholars as well.

Women on the River of Life

Author: Ravenna M Helson,Valory Mitchell

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 0520299159

Category: Psychology

Page: 386

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Commenced in 1958 with 142 young women who were seniors at Mills College, the Mills Study has become the largest and longest longitudinal study of women’s adult development, with assessments of these women in their twenties, forties, fifties, sixties, and seventies. Women on the River of Life synthesizes five decades of research to paint a picture of women’s personality and development across the lifespan. The book explores questions of family, work, life-path, maturity, wisdom, creativity, attachment, and purpose in life, unfolding in the context of a rapidly changing historical period with far-reaching consequences for the kinds of lives women would envision for themselves. Helson and Mitchell breathe life into abstract theories and concepts with the real-life stories and voices of the study’s participants. Woven throughout the book are the authors’ reminiscences on the profound endeavor of sustaining a longitudinal study of women’s lives through time.

From the River of Heaven

Author: David Frawley

Publisher: Lotus Press

ISBN: 9780910261388

Category: Philosophy

Page: 180

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This text presents an overview of Indian spiritual tradition and its relevance to the modern mind. It introduces Vedic knowledge as the root of many mystical traditions and as a complete system of spiritual science, including the practice of yoga as part of a field of spiritual culture.


Author: Michael S. Ridenour

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1912230313

Category: Poetry

Page: 114

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‘Finding unity with Christ is not a given; it depends on turning the ego – that provides our sense of experiencing ourselves as a unique being – into an instrument of loving perception that connects with other beings. Learning to do this makes the path to Christ a path of self-knowledge, where the freedom to make mistakes and consequent error lets us see ourselves with humility as we come to know how to bring love into what we say and do.’ (From the Introduction.) In order for human beings to progress, contends the author, we can no longer rely on outer authority in the form of dogma, power and control. Rather, we need to find spiritual and creative solutions from within. Fundamentally, we should discover what makes us truly human and not merely animal. ‘The direction of this book is to indicate how this may be addressed in artistic and imaginative terms that touch the powder, so to speak, with a different fire that ignites a different future.’ With Meditations, Michael S. Ridenour provides a fresh and varied look at themes explored in his recent book The Greatest Gift Ever Given. The more meditative, intimate format of this short volume allows content and mode of expression to complement each other by expanding these themes into realms of individual experience. Part One does this by making use of a shorter poetic-commentary presentation, allowing greater variety and flexibility of focus. Part Two builds on paths of individual initiation from the esoteric Christian tradition, showing how they address contemporary concerns for greater spiritual awareness and a more perceptive quality of consciousness. Meditations is a thoughtful work that offers support for understanding and practising the contemporary spiritual path.

The River of Life

Author: Renford , Renford


ISBN: 0557087074


Page: 114

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The River of Life is an allegory with many symbols. It is a modern day parable about the eternal nature of being. Everything is a cycle and full of purpose. The being in fulfillment had no beginning and will have no end. It cannot be destroyed. Like a cell of the human body, which can be cloned, the soul is a cell of Universal Being with the same natural power of the whole.There is always communication between the whole and the part, but we are mostly unaware. 'The language of the mind' can only be understood by recognizing the way Inner Being, via the subconscious mind, communicates with the conscious. Only through meditation or dreams, when the conscious mind is induced to be quiet, can Inner Being communicate and conscious mind benefit.

The Non-Existence of the Real World

Author: Jan Westerhoff

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198847912

Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

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Does the real world, defined as a world of objects that exist independent of human interests, concerns, and cognitive activities, really exist? Jan Westerhoff argues that we have good reason to believe it does not. His discussion considers four main facets of the idea of the real world, ranging from the existence of a separate external and internal world (comprising various mental states congregated around a self), to the existence of an ontological foundation that grounds the existence of all the entities in the world, and the existence of an ultimately true theory that provides a final account of all there is. As Westerhoff discusses the reasons for rejecting the postulation of an external world behind our representations, he asserts that the internal world is not as epistemically transparent as is usually assumed, and that there are good reasons for adopting an anti-foundational account of ontological dependence. Drawing on conclusions from the ancient Indian philosophical system of Madhyamaka Buddhism, Westerhoff defends his stance in a purely Western philosophical framework, and affirms that ontology, and philosophy more generally, need not be conceived as providing an ultimately true theory of the world.

Quality of Life Therapy

Author: Michael B. Frisch

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471727237

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

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Note: Book no longer includes a CD-ROM, but the files areavailable online for download for both book and ebook purchasers "This book defines an approach to well-being and positivepsychology, that is state-of-the-art, evidence-based, empiricallyvalidated, and an outstanding guide for anyone interested inlearning about the practice of positive psychology orwell-being." —Ed Diener, the world authority on happiness from theUniversity of Illinois and President of the International PositivePsychology Association. Endorsed by Christopher Peterson of the University of Michiganand taught in Marty Seligman's Masters in Applied PositivePsychology (MAPP) Program at the University of Pennsylvania, thisbook teaches a simple, step-by-step method for putting the fieldsof well-being and positive psychology into practice. Itis a "one-stop shopping" manual with everything you need in onebook and with one approach. This approach to greater happiness, meaning, and success is“evidence-based” and empirically validated. Ithas been successfully tested in three randomized controlled trials,including two NIH-grant funded trials conducted by James R.Rodrigue and his colleagues at Beth Israel and Harvard MedicalCenters in Boston. Quality of Life Therapy also known as Quality of Life Therapyand Coaching or QOLTC is designed for use by therapists,coaches, organizational change-agents/consultants, and all professionals who work to improve peoples' well-being. Manylaypersons and clients have found the book useful as well. This book explains the "Sweet 16" Recipe for Joy and Success,along with validated interventions for each: 1. Basic Needs or Wealths: Health, Money,Goals-and-Values/Spiritual Life, Self-Esteem 2. Relationships: Love, Friends, Relatives, and Children 3. Occupations-Avocations: Work and Retirement Pursuits, Play,Helping-Service, Learning, Creativity 4. Surroundings: Home, Neighborhood, Community