Present-Day Spiritualities: Contrasts and Overlaps by Elisabeth Hense, Frans Jespers, Peter Nissen

By Elisabeth Hense, Frans Jespers, Peter Nissen

Many varieties of present-day Western spirituality give a contribution to people's health, while others have raised feedback. The learn of those various kinds is, notwithstanding, complex by way of their constantly diverging practices and ideas. via bringing to undergo a multidisciplinary technique, the 10 experts of this quantity may be able to learn different new circumstances of spirituality, e.g. in non secular contexts (Buddhism, Christianity), renowned use, enterprises and corporations, (alternative) well-being provider, and artistic endeavors. so much contributions additionally speak about tools and theories. of their editorial chapters, Elisabeth Hense, Frans Jespers and Peter Nissen exhibit the striking overlaps within the techniques, definitions and reviews of the contributions during this quantity and supply a theoretical framework. either the clean analyses and the theoretical reflections during this quantity aspect find out how to new techniques during this box of research. members comprise: Jerry Biberman, Mark Elliott, Miguel Farias, Johan Goud, Paul Heelas, Elisabeth Hense, Frans Jespers, Hubert Knoblauch, Peter Nissen, Paul van der Velde

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He, too, has his bodily characteristics, his lakshanas, each of them gained through a deep experience in which he accumulated karmic merit. It is not the same as Levine’s tattoos, but the idea is related: it bears witness to this. Levine’s second book, Against the Stream, is quite different. 23 As such it is of less interest from a literary point of view. His father, Stephen Levine, comments as follows in the introduction: AGAINST THE STREAM is a navigational chart for the journey upstream. The normal currents lull us to sleep and leave us groggy downstream on a concrete shore or at a loss on our deathbed.

If one persists in inquiring what ‘spiritual’ means, the modern practitioner’s focus often becomes somewhat blurred, his/her eyes are fixed on the horizon or a nearby wall, the speech becomes hesitant and he/she tries to define what he/she is actually practicing, feeling, experiencing. I think this selfdefinition, clumsy and uncertain though it sometimes seems in its word choice, is of great importance. C. Giacobbe, How to Become a Buddha in Five Weeks (Milano: Ponte alle Grazie srl, 2005). 32 C.

My chapter concludes with a proposal for a three-dimensional model that would enable us to reflect on the literature about present-day spiritualities in Western Christianity. 1. 2 They do not reach fullness through their own human strength but through the grace of God. This does not mean, however, that Christians passively accept their fate. They believe they can cooperate with divine grace by opening themselves up to God’s presence and preparing themselves for receiving divine gifts. What is more, they immerse themselves in divine nearness.

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