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Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness: Seeing Through the Eyes of Infinity

Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness: Seeing Through the Eyes of Infinity
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9781557788351
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1.50 lbs
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Paper

Pages
440

Size
6x9

Date Available
2007/08/05

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Looking through the eyes of infinity, Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness takes us on a journey through the evolution of consciousness that encompasses billions of years of terrestrial history. It does so from an explicitly spiritual perspective, yet one that in no way conflicts with scientific findings. In lucid detail, it makes clear how every thought, every feeling and every breath we take is an expression of a hidden Divine Consciousness. This book helps us to see and understand, from a spiritual perspective, our flaws and limitations as well as our potential for nobility and compassion. In very practical ways, it shows us how we can turn inward, awaken to the Divine presence within, and allow That to infuse and transform us as individuals and a society.

"Salmon and Maslow have targeted the most mysterious element in the universe: human consciousness. Blending ancient wisdom and up-to-date science, they paint a picture of consciousness that is compelling and inspiring. If we are to meet the myriad challenges that confront our era, it is imperative that we honor the key messages in this book."
—Larry Dossey, MD, editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, and author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things.

"As a neuroscientist, a long-time practitioner of Theravada Buddhist meditation, and a budding Christian theologian I find the ideas presented by Salmon & Maslow wonderfully complementary to my own perspective, particularly with respect to the nature of the self. Those interested in how the wisdom of Ancient India can help shed light on the Nature of Consciousness in both traditional Christian and classical Buddhist contexts would be well advised to study this text closely. It is a high quality, authentically serious effort, and very nicely written."
—Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, Research Psychiatrist UCLA and author of The Mind & The Brain

"The human future depends on a spreading awakening to a spiritual reality that Western cultures have been prone to deny. Salmon and Maslow bring together ancient Eastern spiritual teachings with the most advanced of Western science to help us penetrate the illusions of culture, helping us not only to understand the nature of spirituality, but even more, to experience it. A profoundly important book."
—David C. Korten, Ph.D., board chair YES! magazine and author The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

"What a beautiful and hopeful book Don Salmon and Jan Maslow have given us! In an age of oppression and anxiety they offer us a path of hope and redemption. But don’t think this is another book on how to relax and breathe properly under stress, though such books surely have their place. It is rather a deeply intelligent and compassionate exploration of the profound evolutionary possibilities of the human soul and spirit."
—Allan Combs, Ph.D., Psychologist and author of The Radiance of Being

"Don Salmon and Jan Maslow, in their highly readable and accessible book, lead the reader in a meditative and mind-expanding way ever deeper into the evolutionary awakening of consciousness and the maturation of the human psyche. They demonstrate a deep inner grasp of the Science and Philosophy of Yoga and beautifully bring this vital teaching into our contemporary cultural lives as we face the challenges of the 21st Century. This important book speaks deeply to all emerging global citizens – to all persons who are on the awakening path and who seek wholeness, wellbeing and inner peace. The narrative dares to recognize and open the lens to the encounter with Infinite Presence, and to seeing through the eyes of Infinity. This book is an accessible manual for rising into this higher life for all humans living in the 21st Century."
--Ashok Gangadean, Professor and Chair of Philosophy (Haverford College), Founder-Director of the Global Dialogue Institute and author of The Awakening of the Global Mind

"Don Salmon and Jan Maslow liberate us from the limited prison of ego psychology and awaken us to the realm of real consciousness, the true consciousness that lies at the root of all of life. Here is a map to help us escape the confines of our contemporary culture, a way to understand what it really means to be fully alive to our infinite nature. Here are signposts for individual and collective transformation: read them!"
—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi teacher and author of Awakening the World: A Global Dimension to Spiritual Life

"Developing a global consensus about the nature and evolution of consciousness provides a major challenge for 21st Century thought. Nothing could be more important for an understanding of human nature. Drawing largely on the integral yoga philosophy and psychology of Sri Aurobindo, the authors provide an in-depth account that sheds a very different light on the view currently prevalent in the West. Fascinating and provocative."
Max Velmans, Ph.D., Cognitive Psychologist, author of Understanding Consciousness and science editor of The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness.

"This book tackles in an elegant yet incisive manner one of the necessities of our time – the synthesis of science and spirituality. Bringing to bear the insights of Indian philosopher-sage Aurobindo Ghose, it helps us understand our experiences from a spiritual perspective. It offers optimism about our world’s future which is needed in this time of transformation. Read it."
—Elmer Green, Ph.D., Psychophysicist and Biofeedback Pioneer

"For the reader who is sincerely interested in knowing about the positive, transformative changes and states of consciousness that are possible to be experienced by right personal endeavor, this book will be extremely helpful."
—From the Foreword by Roy Eugene Davis, direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and Director of The Center for Spiritual Awareness, Lakemont, GA

"The authors range widely through contemporary thinking in consciousness studies, philosophy of science and psi research, providing provocative challenges to traditional thinking at every step."
—William A. Adams, Ph.D., psychologist and author of What Does It All Mean? A Humanistic Account of Human Experience.

"The book is excellent – informative, easy to read, well researched and organized, and most of all it has a wonderful spiritual atmosphere. I can feel the breath of Infinity behind every page."
—Michael Miovic, M.D., is an attending psychiatrist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston.

"Yoga in its original and deeper intention has always been a psychology, a way of alleviating suffering from the mind and heart and opening a higher awareness within us. Salmon and Maslow have taken the essence of Yoga psychology and show its relevance today as an important new paradigm for bringing humanity to a higher level of consciousness in which all our personal and social problems, however apparently intractable, can be solved in a lasting manner."
—David Frawley, author Ayurveda and the Mind, and Yoga and Ayurveda

SAMPLE AUDIO MEDITATION CLIPS
Sample Audio Meditation 1 (Click to play .wma file)
Sample Audio Meditation 2 (Click to play .wma file)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword by Roy Eugene Davis (Click to download .pdf file)
Preface by Ashok Gangadean (Click to download .pdf file)
Introduction by Authors (Click to download .pdf file)

BOOK I
THE STORIES
Overview
Chapter 1
Sharon’s Story: A Reason to Live

Chapter 2
The Story of the Evolution of Consciousness

BOOK II
PREPARATION FOR THE JOURNEY

Chapter 3
The View from Nowhere

Chapter 4
First Challenge To the View: Questioning the Assumptions of Materialism

Chapter 5
Second Challenge To the View: Exploring Hidden Assumptions about Matter, Life, and Mind

BOOK III
THE JOURNEY
Third Challenge

PART I
THE VIEW FROM INFINITY

Chapter 6
The View from Infinity

PART II
THE EVOLUTION OF THE FIELD
Overview

Chapter 7
Matter: The Birth of the Universe: Awakening of the Physical Consciousness

Chapter 8
Life: The Evolution of Life: Awakening of the Vital Consciousness

Chapter 9
Animal Mind: The Evolution of the Physical Mind and Vital Mind

Chapter 10
Human Evolution I: The Nature of the Thinking Mind

Chapter 11
Human Evolution II: The Evolution of the Thinking Mind

PART III
THE KNOWER OF THE FIELD
Overview

Chapter 12
The Soul and the Psychic Being: The Knower “Within” the Field

Chapter 13
The Ego

PART IV
AWAKENING TO THE KNOWER AND TRANSFORMATION OF THE FIELD
Overview

Chapter 14
The Play of Karma in the Individual

Chapter 15
Collective Karma: The Conflict between Soul and Ego in the Life of America

Chapter 16
Psychic Awakening and the Transformation of the Individual

Chapter 17
Psychic Awakening and the Transformation of Society

Chapter 18
Spiritual and Supramental Awakening and Transformation: Tuning the Finite To Infinity

APPENDIX A
SCIENCE AND YOGA
APPENDIX B
AN OUTLINE OF YOGA PSYCHOLOGY
APPENDIX C
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SRI AUROBINDO AND MIRRA ALFASSA
APPENDIX D
A TRIBUTE TO INDRA SEN
Bibliography
Index
TABLE OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES The Space of Awareness
Cultivating Inner Silence
Going Within
Deconstruction of a Reaction
Cultivating Intuitive Awareness

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