This cutting-edge book breaks new ground in transpersonal psychology. It argues for a people-based, person-centred religion which holds that spiritual authority is within each individual.
Topics covered include:
The emergence of a self-generating spiritual culture of independent pathfinders.
An affirmation of the person as a real spiritual presence on the crest of divine becoming.
The nature of long-term lived inquiry and short-term co-operative inquiry, into the spiritual and the subtle.
A working model of internal spiritual authority, and of how it gets projected outward.
A critique of the gender-laden theory of a perennial philosophy.
An exploration of the issues involved in do-it-yourself subtle (psychical) research.
A new map of the spiritual and the subtle, and of methods of inner transformation.
Reports of eleven short-term co-operative inquiries into the spiritual and the subtle, showing how the method works.
Part 1: Perspectives of lived inquiry
•Introduction and background
•Spiritual inquiry and projected authority
•Spiritual inquiry and the authority within
•Issues in subtle inquiry
•The challenge of cartography
•A dipolar map of the spiritual and subtle
•Methods for the second form of spiritual transformation
Part 2: Co-operative inquiry reports
•Reports, adequacy and viability
•Impressions of the other reality
•The bliss nature and transtemporal regression
•Knacks in entering altered states
•Transpersonal activities in everyday life
•Transpersonal inquiry within a self-generating culture
•Ritual and interpersonal process
•Empowerment in everyday life and group life
•Coming into being
Part 3: A participatory worldview
•Participatory theology and cosmology
I think that anyone who is interested in the spiritual dimension would find that John Heron explores so much of relevance, from the more orthodox and authoritarian religions, to the exploration of issues involved in 'do-it-yourself' subtle psychical research. He evidences the possibility of generating joyful, spiritual culture which affirms each individual's spiritual presence and authority, without projecting onto teachers and traditions. Betty Gould, Self and Society, Vol. 27, No. 5, November 1999.
Heron invites us to navigate our own idiosyncratic way through his book. I read the inquiry reports in order to fill out the theory and interrupt the density of the first section. This book is not an easy read, both in terms of style and content. Much of what Heron says resonated strongly with me and to a large extent describes how I go about my own spiritual life. However, I also experienced a particular form of brain ache that tells me that my received and unquestioned assumptions are being profoundly challenged. Rose Cameron, Person-Centred Practice, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1999.