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“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.