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Exploring the Labyrinth: Making Sense of the New Spirituality Paperback – May 1, 1999

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group; 1ST edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826411827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826411822
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,315,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drury, a much-published author on shamanism and other subjects, has written a brief history and guide to the array of spiritualities that have developed in this century, beginning with the transpersonal psychology of Abraham Maslow and taking in yoga, Chinese medicine, contemporary science, and other influences. His careful and nonevaluative study should engage any student of religion or New Age spirituality. For most collections.
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One could object that this spirituality is not really "new," for its roots are deep in human culture, extending back as far, perhaps, as the Paleolithic period, with its nature animism and shamanism. What is new is the way contemporary spiritual seekers draw from many spiritual traditions and mix in psychological ideas from such thinkers as Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow. Drury's intelligent, insightful book reveals the historical and theoretical underpinnings of contemporary spiritual movements in an authoritative but never authoritarian manner. Drury, an expert in shamanism, seems genuinely open to and curious about various traditions and movements, and Shirley MacLaine, Aldous Huxley, bardo consciousness, and the Buddha share pages without the sound of axes being ground anywhere in the vicinity. A good, solid treatment of the subject. Patricia Monaghan

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NEVILL DRURY PhD is an independent historical researcher whose specialist interests include modern Western magic, shamanism, transpersonal psychology and visionary art. His most recent publications include The Varieties of Magical Experience (co-authored with Lynne Hume; Praeger, January 2013), Dark Spirits: The Magical Art of Rosaleen Norton and Austin Osman Spare (Salamander, 2012); Stealing Fire from Heaven: the Rise of Modern Western Magic (Oxford University Press 2011); Homage to Pan (Creation Oneiros 2009), The Dictionary of Magic (Watkins 2005) and The New Age: the History of a Movement (Thames & Hudson 2004). He received his Ph.D from the University of Newcastle in 2008 for a dissertation on the visionary art and magical beliefs of Rosaleen Norton (awarded 'Best Humanities Ph.D'. in that year).

Born in England in 1947 but resident in Australia since 1963, Nevill has worked as an international art-book publisher, lecturer and magazine editor and is now a full-time writer. He is the author/co-author/editor of seventy books covering a range of subjects like contemporary art (Images in Contemporary Australian Painting, New Sculpture, Australian Painting Now, Fire and Shadow: Spirituality in Contemporary Australian Art), Aboriginal culture (Wisdom from the Earth), holistic health (The Healing Power, Inner Health) and the magical traditions (Dark Spirits; Stealing Fire from Heaven: Sacred Encounters; Homage to Pan, Inner Visions). He is also the author of a work of mythic fiction, The Shaman's Quest, which was described by Publisher's Weekly as a 'poetic' book that 'could become a classic'. His work has been published in 26 countries and 19 languages.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Many people wonder where the main themes of the New Age have actually come from, and that's why I was attracted to this book. Although the author shows how both Eastern and Western wisdom traditions have contributed to New Age spirituality, I think that one of the strong points is the historical coverage of the personal growth movement from Maslow onwards. There are also good summaries of the consciousness frameworks proposed by key figures like Ken Wilber, Stan Grof and John Lilly, and a worthwhile overview of the shamanic, neopagan and magical aspects of the New Age as well.
The book is well researched and very accessibly written. And I notice from the jacket blurb that Michael Harner and Terence McKenna also think it is excellent. I agree...!
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Nevill Drury (born 1947) is an editor and publisher, as well as author of many books such as Music for Inner Space: Techniques for Meditation and Visualization, Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic, Merlin's Book of Magick and Enchantment, Magic and Witchcraft: From Shamanism to the Technopagans, The Shaman's Quest: Journeys in an Ancient Spiritual Practice, The Occult: A Sourcebook of Esoteric Wisdom, The Illustrated Dictionary of Natural Health, etc.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 1999 book, "For many years I have been interested in the nature of mystical and visionary consciousness but until I worked on this book I hadn't really resolved for myself how I really felt about the new spiritual undercurrents emerging in our society, and their relation to orthodox religion... Although this book is subtitled 'Making Sense of the New Spirituality' it is really about the New Age or, more specifically, about those aspects of the New Age that I consider both valuable and useful...
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