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Darkness Shining Wild: An Odyssey to the Heart of Hell & Beyond: Meditations on Sanity, Suffering, Spirituality, and Liberation Paperback – June 24, 2005


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“An absolutely extraordinary book...[underlining] the necessity to know hell from the inside...a remarkable book long waited for.” --Stephen Levine, author of HEALING INTO LIFE & DEATH and A YEAR TO LIVE

“A fascinating and illuminating work.” --Thom Hartmann, author of THE LAST HOURS OF ANCIENT SUNLIGHT

“This is not a romanticized Dark Night’s Journey...the story of his odyssey is a naked dance of spirit.” --David Lukoff, co-developer of the DSM-IV category “Religious or Spiritual Problem.”

About the Author

Since the late 1970s Robert has worked as a psychotherapist (he has a Ph.D. in Psychology), group leader, and teacher of spiritual deepening practices, creatively integrating the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual in his work. Robert is known not only for the depth and transformative power of his sessions and groupwork, but also for his critically acclaimed books (including THE WAY OF THE LOVER and, most recently, DIVINE DYNAMITE) and award-winning essays (which have appeared in magazines ranging from Magical Blend to the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, as well as in several anthologies). Among Robert’s current offerings are cutting-edge apprenticeship programs in psychospiritual counselling and bodywork. He lives in White Rock, British Columbia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Tehmenos Press (June 24, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0973752602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973752601
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, is a relationship expert, an integral psychotherapist, and a psychospiritual guide and trainer, with a doctorate in psychology. He is the cofounder, with his wife Diane, of the Masters Center for Transformation (MCT), a school featuring relationally-rooted psychospiritual work devoted to deep healing and fully embodied awakening. A substantial portion of his work involves training MCT practitioners. He is also the author of many books, including Transformation Through Intimacy, Spiritual Bypassing, Emotional Intimacy, and To Be a Man.

His uniquely integral, intuitive work, which he developed over the past thirty-five years, dynamically blends the psychological and physical with the spiritual, emphasizing full-blooded embodiment, authenticity, emotional openness and literacy, deep shadow work, and the develop¬ment of relational maturity.

At essence his work is about becoming more intimate with all that we are, in the service of the deepest possible healing, awakening, and integration. He works side by side and in very close conjunction with Diane. They live and work in Ashland, Oregon.

His website is http://robertmasters.com.

He posts regularly on his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/robertaugustusmasters

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marineboy on February 4, 2010
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This book is not for the faint of heart. You won't find much of the "feelgood factor" in it that populates so many tomes in this field. The author's account of his radical spiritual emergency is gripping and really does penetrate like a true blade much closer to the hard existential questions that haunt the backdrop behind all of science, philosophy, and psychology. It is the author's determination not to avoid this difficult material that makes it stand out so far from the others. Setting itself against the heavy current of "love and light" books that try to sell us the comforting message that everything is OK with the universe and under control, this book enters that tradition which warns, as even some mystics have done, that existence is balanced on an extreme paradox of the light and the dark, of becoming and unbecoming, and that there is no, absolutely NO "quick fix" for this situation. This is very similar to what I believe myself, and is the direction inquiry inevitably travels in when contradictions in more simplistic viewpoints begin to mount.

The book has its faults. It has a 'self-publishy" feel about it, and a quick check didn't establish any other authors for 'Tehmenos Press' except the author of this book. That is not necessarily a mortal sin of course, except that the book, here and there, called out plaintively for an editor. The prose is at times purple to the point of beetroot juice, and the writer insists on inserting his own poetry into almost every third page. A few of these help the mood, but most of them are distracting of the underlying material. The book would be leaner and fitter if it concentrated on its philosophical kernel of radical personal experience and the author's reaction to it. The book also meanders a bit, especially in the second half.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jaanus Kiipli on June 13, 2009
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The case of severe psyhich breakdown and recovery over a quite long period is very rare and fascinating material. I'm also often contemplate about the essence of fear and pain. It is very insightful text and brings forth the conclusion that in order to evolve spiritually we must face our fears. I am not to that level yet, I have still my psyhological fraights but to put it paradoxically I'm not afraid to be afraid.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Grendahl on February 9, 2010
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There's a saying, "seek and you shall find..." and that has been true for me. I'm on a journey and sometimes it is nice to know, really know, that you aren't alone or going insane. When I picked the book up and began reading it, I 'felt sensed' that this was true. I am encouraged to proceed. Are you living in fear? Having thoughts that are dragging you down? Do you feel you are on a spiritual path or whatever you want to call it? Then this book may be for you. I would love to hear from others who have read it or ever will.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Smith on August 9, 2007
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It's a great read. Understand where the author is coming from. It has its place, knowing how profoundly one can sink into despair and also fly so high. Not for the fainthearted however.
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