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Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work

Seven Spiritual Practices in a Scientific Age
Narrated by: Rupert Sheldrake
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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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 in to 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.

©2019 Rupert Sheldrake (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Superlative Sequel!!

This is a rich well of research and insight....A bold venture for a scientist who has been attacked by
militant atheists and self proclaimed science experts who consider all life and consciousness to be
accidental and reductionist .
Bravo for this courageous exclamation of historical virtues and optimum Being and wisdom.
For anyone seeing negative reviews remember the lack of foundation that all materialists stand upon and where so called science can justify so called genetic selfishness,..all concepts....all disproven
If you value your own quality of life and mind and wellness then ignore any bad reviews.....
Incorporate this timeless wisdom and the contemporary compilation of a worthy tome based on experience and true values.
Thank you Rupert Sheldrake!
And to those who vehemently react to this book I must retort with a quote from Shapespeare.....
"....Me thinkest thou protesteth too much!"

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Must read for atheists who know they are missing something

Sheldrake is a great scientific and philosophical thinker of our time. He paid his dues to atheist materialism as a young man, but decided that the disconnect between his spirituality and materialistic science had to be resolved. This book is his second or perhaps third volume to draft a manual to assist a similar transition for the rest of us. It works for me.

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very validating

Well done audio book, but the content here is gold. In an age where one can either be Christian or Atheist, this book lends credence to the feeling that you can practice spirituality without the overwhelming pressure to revere only the Abrahamic God. Although, the author does seem to carry a preference for this God and even pushes the argument a bit in the last chapter. The most important thing is the effect of the practices.

Highly recommend this book for other spiritual seekers.

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  • Dave
  • Seattle, WA USA
  • 02-16-19

Fascinating book

Rupert Sheldrake is one of the greatest scientific minds of the 21st Century. This is one of his two available audiobooks.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-24-19

beautiful Book

A wonderful well informed book by Rupert Sheldrake I can not stop recommending this book to friends and acquaintances.
A Beautiful book.

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  • Martin
  • 04-13-19

Good challenge to conventional thinking

As usual, Rupert Sheldrake courageously takes us beyond the lazy ways of interpreting the world that we experience. Rather too many quotes from scriptures for my liking, but worth enduring these to get to some profound insights, particularly in the last chapter.

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  • Lizzy h
  • 03-21-19

Modern spirituality

A n interesting exploration of modern spirituality supported with research and lived experience. Great listen.

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