A Practical Guide To Spiritual AwakeningFeb 07, 2024
Join us on the Soulful Sound podcast as we journey into the realm of spiritual awakening with the remarkable Steve Taylor, PhD. Together, we explore the profound expansion of awareness that transcends the mechanical view of our existence, challenging the notion that we are mere biochemical machines. Listen in as Steve recounts his own spiritual experiences and how they propelled him on a quest for understanding within the field of psychology, revealing that this awakening is accessible to all, regardless of one's religious or spiritual leanings.
The power of voice as a conduit for healing threads through our discussion, illuminating the intersections between psychology and spirituality. Steve and I consider the limitations of traditional psychology in acknowledging spiritual experiences, and how transpersonal psychology serves as a bridge. We share insights on the inner journey towards happiness, emphasising the transformative potential within each individual. Through our conversation, we uncover the sacred interconnectedness of all things, highlighting the beauty and necessity of recognising this bond for personal growth and societal healing.
Steve and I explore the life-affirming shift from accumulation to contribution, sharing practical wisdom on how to enhance well-being through everyday interactions. We delve into the liberating power of detachment, the joy of embracing mortality, and the paradoxical freedom that often follows the loss of attachments. Our dialogue is a tribute to the carefree essence of childhood and a call to recognise the urgent need for societal healing through the realisation of our shared humanity. Tune in to this episode for a soulful exchange that promises to leave you with a deeper appreciation for life's interconnectedness and the potential for personal growth within us all.
Points Of Discussion:
0:00:00 - Intro
00:02:14 - Spiritual Awakening and Connection
0:05:30 - Psychology & Spirituality in Partnership
0:09:00 - The Adventure of Awakening
0:13:41 - The Eight Qualities of Wakefulness
0:17:57 - The Disidentification with the Thinking Mind (Practical)
0:23:25 - Awareness and Observing Thought Processes
0:29:42 - Shifting From Accumulation to Contribution
0:39:30 - Acceptance vs Resisting
0:42:59 - Detachment and Embracing Mortality
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About Steve Taylor:
Steve Taylor, PhD, is the author of The Adventure: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Awakening and many other bestselling books. He’s senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University and the chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. Steve’s articles and essays have been published in over 100 academic journals, magazines, and newspapers and he blogs for Scientific American and Psychology Today. Visit him online at www.StevenMTaylor.com.
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