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Spirit matters
Lerner, Michael, 1943-
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Publication Information:
Charlottesville, VA Hampton Roads Pub. Co., [2000]

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xiv, 363 pages ; 24 cm
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"Walsch Books."
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BL624 .L45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The author of The Politics of Meaning presents a vision of an "Emancipatory Spirituality", one that is capable of healing our inner conflicts and reconnecting us with a sense of unity; one that creates a new society in which compassion, social justice, ecological sanity, and spiritual transformations are the norm.

Author Notes

Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun magazine, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in San Francisco

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Lerner, psychotherapist, rabbi and editor of Tikkun magazine, strongly feels that people subconsciously realize that they have closed off their sense of spirituality, and that they long for deeper meaning. He calls for this hunger to be openly recognized, with humanity working toward a global "Emancipatory Spirituality." Emancipatory Spirituality proclaims a recaptured awe of the universe, affirms the equal worth of every human being and promotes the healing and transformation of the world. It connects people to the "oneness of all being," embracing our innate sense of play, creativity and intellectual capabilities. Spirit matters, Lerner says, and denial of this fact leads to fractured personal lives, an alienated society and the unhealthy treatment of our environmental resources. His theoretical arguments are compelling and well considered, particularly as he traces the history of the horrors we have reaped from collectively denying the Spirit, and readers will no doubt appreciate his exercises in becoming more open to the Spirit. Unfortunately, Lerner's arguments on how to implement the needed focus on the Spirit in vocations such as medicine, education and law often fall short of reality and practicality, sounding shallow and glib. While he may be correct in arguing that individuals should remain open to the Spirit made manifest in their lives, he neglects to acknowledgeÄor prescribe a cure forÄthe large numbers of people who may not care to do so. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 The Evolution of Spiritp. 39
2 Living in a Spiritually Deadened Worldp. 72
3 Love, Mutual Recognition, and Spirit--The Psychospiritual Dimensionp. 101
4 Ecological Sanity Requires Spiritual Transformationp. 138
5 Emancipatory Spiritualityp. 165
6 The Respiritualization of Our Work and Our Professionsp. 195
7 The Soul of Medicinep. 204
8 The Spiritual Transformation of Lawp. 219
9 The Spiritual Transformation of Educationp. 233
10 Spiritual Practice and the Socially Engaged Soulp. 273
Afterword: How You Can Be Involvedp. 331
Bibliographyp. 340
Indexp. 351