SPIRITUALITY - TRUTH OR QUACKERY?

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


Spirituality is defined as "life and consciousness away from the body" (Oxford 1980, s.v. "spirituality"). This definition can be useful, for it neither implies nor denies the presence of some organized religion. Is there life or consciousness away from our bodies? If so, what is it? Can we experience some of it without being commanded to "take it on faith?"


Popular literature recently has been full of discussions of such matters, from out-of-body experiences to near-death experiences to past lives regression therapy. Is this all hocus-pocus or is there truth among the many claims?


Spirit is the real and eternal. Matter is...temporal..... Mary Baker Eddy

You may believe that we are just our bodies and that our consciousness dies with our bodies. Such a belief causes distress (life at all costs is one major area of distress caused by such a belief). There are many opportunities in today's world to experience something different. One possibility for a different experience is to seek some OBE (out-of-body experience) by studying Monroe's Journeys Out of The Body, a classic work about OBEs. To play with projecting your consciousness elsewhere, you can try the spoon-bending mentioned later in this chapter. Or talk with someone who has had a near-death experience (you have heard about it - the tunnel, the white light and looking back at the body). You could also try to reach your past lives' experience via hypnosis, also described later in this chapter. The above are just some of the current opportunities for direct experience of your spirituality. Are you afraid of such direct experience? Most find such experiences fun.

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"This is a safe universe" is an unpopular but VERY DESIRABLE belief that can work wonders for one's peace of mind. Definitely NOT crazy at all.

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   HAPPIER CHOICES
   TWO HAPPIER BELIEF SYSTEMS
   ONE-TIME-AROUND VS. REINCARNATION
   PAST LIVES THERAPY
   ASTROLOGY
   THIS IS A SAFE UNIVERSE
   I GET EXACTLY WHAT I NEED
   WHAT ABOUT BEING A VICTIM?
   SUMMARY OF BELIEFS HAPPY AND UNHAPPY


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