Lucid Waking

Mindfulness and the Spiritual Potential of Humanity

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Lucid Waking
Mindfulness and the Spiritual Potential of Humanity

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Pages : 256

Book Size : 5.38 x 8.25

ISBN-13 : 9780892816132

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : August 01, 1997

Format : Hardcover Book

Just as in lucid dreaming--the practice of being consciously aware during the dream state and directing it creatively--so is it possible to be vividly engaged in waking life. Lucid Waking shows how to bring intense awareness to the business of living, meeting the challenges of existence sanely, creatively, and philosophically.

“A wise and wonderful book by one of the most illuminating thinkers of our time.”
--Ken Wilber
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About Lucid Waking

A noted scholar of Eastern philosophy explains how to make the experience of heightened awareness a part of everyday life, and how this can transform the planet.

Lucid waking means bringing an intense awareness to the business of living by meeting the challenges of existence sanely, creatively, and philosophically. It is the goal of all the great spiritual traditions of the world. Georg Feuerstein shows how this awareness is quietly emerging in individuals in the West after a prolonged spiritual slumber. Lucid Waking shows us that it is possible to be so vividly engaged in life that it will seem as though others are sleepwalking by comparison. Feuerstein brings clarity to the often murky concepts of soul, spirit, imagination, wholeness, and enlightenment, providing a sensible accounting of higher consciousness and self-transcendence in modern life as we approach the millennium. Rich with philosophy and insight from one of our most gifted chroniclers of the inner experience, Lucid Waking is a statement of unshakable faith in the great potential of humanity. 
Table of Contents

Table of content

And Yet...

Preface

Acknowledgments


1 In Praise of the Philosophical Life
2 The Seminal Question: Who Am I?
3 The Challenge of Embodiment
4 The Changing Fortunes of the Soul
5 Who or What is the Spirit?
6 The Power of Imagination
7 Right View
8 Intuition: The Other Way of Knowing
9 Creativity: Self-Actualization and Transcendence
10 Higher Consciousness
11 The Art of Self-Understanding and Self-Transformation
12 The Shadow of Enlightenment
13 Freedom, Destiny, and the Quantum Reality
14 The Quest for Wholeness
15 The New Age: Regression or Possibility?
16 Toward Integral Consciousness
17 Remembering the Future

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

Author Bio
Georg Feuerstein, a leading figure in the fields of yoga and the nature of consciousness for more than 20 years, was the founder of the Yoga Research Center and served on the governing board of the Healing Buddha Foundation. A contributing editor to Yoga Journal, Intuition, and Inner Directions, he was the author of 25 books, including The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali and The Philosophy of Classical Yoga
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"From one of our culture's wisest scholars comes a book that is as clear and compelling as anything recently written about spiritual understanding. Reading Lucid Waking is a spiritual experience."
Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Prayer Is Good Medicine and Healing Words 

"Feuerstein's approach is intellectually and philosophically precise, suggesting that the modern world needs genuine philosophical inquiry--not as an intellectual pastime, but as a way to understand clearly who we are and how our lives are intimately connected with those of our fellow beings and our world."
Bodhi Tree

"Impressive in the range of scholarship displayed this is a stimulating and thought-provoking work. Georg Feuerstein never lets the reader off the hook of lucid waking and directs our attention to the proper use of mindfulness in order to achieve understanding and awareness.  This is an inspiring book. Balanced, clear-thinking and compassionate, it holds out hope for humanity at a time of apparently endless confusion, fuzzy feeling and intellectual fragmentation; a time when, for many, it would be easier to despair."
Caroline Phillips, New Humanity

"The author of this volume of thoughtful essays is arguably the most articulate and knowledgeable Western writer on the spiritual traditions of India; but here he addresses a question of truly universal relevance: How can we awaken ourselves from automatized and conditioned patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving to which we have grown accustomed? How can we--individually and as a society--really wake up? Feuerstein speaks clearly and simply from his own experience and observation, summoning helpful references when needed but never hiding behind them."
Intuition

"Lucid Waking is an odyssey through philosophical thought and how it connects to mindfulness in everyday life. . . . devoted spiritual seekers will find the work very valuable not only for the content, but also for the questions raised in each section."
Tami Brady, TCM Reviews, May 2010
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PHILOSOPHY

“Georg Feuerstein’s wonderful new book, Lucid Waking, is well served by his extensive grounding in the great wisdom traditions, as evidenced in his many highly acclaimed books. This background in the perennial philosophy acts as a superb context from which Feuerstein casts an illuminating eye on numerous, presentday, sometimes urgent, always fascinating topics: the new age, the care of the soul, the effect of psychedelics, the nature of consciousness, the coming millennium (its promise and its craziness), the role of intuition and creativity, the quest for wholeness, and--perhaps most important of all--the nature of a truly integral consciousness. Feuerstein’s voice is sane and solid, careful and compassionate, and yet he always sheds new light and understanding on even the most mundane of topics. A wise and wonderful book by one of the most illuminating thinkers of our time.”
--Ken Wilber, author of The Spectrum of Consciousness; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, and The Eye of Spirit: An Integral Vision for a World Gone Slightly Mad

“Georg Feuerstein is not only vastly knowledgeable about the history and literature of spirituality, he is also a genuinely wise human being. In Lucid Waking, he casts his net broadly to take in nearly every topic relevant to spiritual life at the close of the second millennium. His panoramic perspective yields a grand overview that is deeply informed, compassionate, and accessible. The reader could ask for no more lucid guide to the understanding and expression of human potential than this.”
--Richard Heinberg, author of Memories and Visions of Paradise, and A New Covenant with Nature

Lucid Waking means bringing an intense awareness to the business of living, meeting the challenges of existence sanely, creatively, and philosophically. It is the goal of all the great spiritual traditions of the world; now Georg Feuerstein shows how it is quietly happening to individuals in the West after a prolonged spiritual slumber. Most of us still wander through our days in a partial stupor, stuck in automatic patterns that involve no true thought at all. We seem to have no more control over our lives than we do in our dreams. But just as sleep researchers have developed the technique of lucid dreaming--being consciously aware during the dream state and directing it creatively--Lucid Waking shows us that it is possible to be so vividly engaged in life that it will seem as though others are sleepwalking by comparison.

Feuerstein brings clarity to the often murky concepts of soul, spirit, imagination, wholeness, and enlightenment. He provides a sensible accounting of higher consciousness and self-transcendence and examines their place in modern life, especially in light of such developments as quantum theory and the “Millennium Effect”--the very real possibility that the year 2000 A.D., psychologically and therefore sociologically, will prove decisive for the future of our species. Rich with philosophy and insight from one of our most gifted chroniclers of the inner experience, Lucid Waking is a statement of unshakable faith in the great potential of humanity.

GEORG FEUERSTEIN has been a leading figure in the fields of yoga and the nature of consciousness for thirty years. He is the founder of the Yoga Research Center and serves on the governing board of the Healing Buddha Foundation. A contributing editor to Yoga Journal, Intuition, and Inner Directions, he is also the author of twenty-five books, including The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, Living Yoga, and the Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga. He lives in Northern California.

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