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Extreme Spirituality: Radical Approaches to Awakening Paperback – November 1, 2004


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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Council Oak Books (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571781625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571781628
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,708,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I experienced a 400 percent increase in my net worth after learning and practicing Tolly's methods." -- Lawrence L. Cohn, CEO Danube Investments

"This book illuminates powerful principles to move beyond fear. Tolly's heart, vision, and practice are potent chemistry!" -- Alan Cohen, author of The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore

"This book is a portal to a more spiritually oriented life. I urge you to accept Tolly's challenge..." --Andrew Weil, MD

Book Description

Extreme Spirituality is any experience -- firewalking, piercing our skin, or humbly serving others -- that shows how our egos mask, limit, distort, or diminish our knowledge of a greater reality. Over twenty extreme spiritual practices are highlighted, showing how even unpleasant or dangerous situations can help us experience how love, wisdom, compassion, and interconnection reveal aspects of our divine nature and provide a clear distinction between our egos and our "higher-selves." Using many different extreme spiritual practices as examples, this book logically and enthusiastically teaches people how to assume a spiritual perspective in any situation. As a result, even sorrowful or frustrating situations don't have to cause as much suffering, because we can choose our reactions to them and use them as insights for spiritual growth.

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A good read, very informative and thougth provoking.
S. Larocque
And in so doing, alters the readers perspective, allowing a totally new insight to living.
Owen Thomas
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to develop their full potential.
Pete in St. Pete

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Martin on March 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am hardly the sort to be writing fan mail, and the truth is that I am a mature man who is more prone to scientific inquiry than to traversing a spiritual path. But the simple fact is, this book has shaken me to my roots.

I have read many books that challenged my mind, but few (if any) have challenged the very foundation of who I believe that I am. The author of Extreme Spirituality (Tolly Burkan) did just that, and I am moved in a way that I did not believe possible.

The title caught my attention in the book store and aroused my curiousity. EXTREME spirituality? How odd! As I started to read about the author's unique form of self exploration, a very strange thing started to happen to me. I started to question why MY world seemed small in comparison to the vibrant, alive world that Tolly described on every page. I couldn't simply READ this book ... I became INVOLVED in this book.

Of course I have never walked on fire, or sky dived, or shaved my head. But I could relate to Burkan's words as he described a way of looking at the world that makes things feel new again. I started to explore some of the exercizes in the book, and became deeply moved. I can hardly explain what happened, but I began to feel excited about Life again, and knew that my actions make a difference. I began to question why I always reacted to situations in the same knee-jerk fashion. As I re-evaluated my thoughts and behaviours I felt a sense of freedom and excitement that I had not experienced in years.

I finished reading Burkan's book for the first time, and am now about to go through it a second time ... slowly trying each exercize, trying to gain the maximum benifit. That part is up to me; but for your efforts Tolly Burkan, I applaud you. This was a truly amazing book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Chrisaro on December 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Extreme Spirituality: Radical Journeys for the Inward Bound" is an open, honest book that took me completely by surprise. I picked it up because it looked `interesting'. I assumed from the title that the book would focus on oddities of the spiritual world. It brought to mind images of fakirs laying on spikes, or yogis going into a mystic trance. I thought it would be the metaphysical equivalent of looking at the bizarre in a circus side show.
Instead of simply gawking, however, I found Extreme Spirituality to be an interactive experience that challenged my long held beliefs. It is difficult (if not ridiculous) to read this book passively.
Although many of the `extreme' techniques described in the book are out of the question for most of us to implement, the activities described are merely analogies for attitudes that are helpful to cultivate. The author ( Tolly Burkan) points out that walking on a hot bed of coals has little practical value - but the principles that allow someone to fire walk can be applied in gentle ways each day of our lives with powerful effects.
In my own case, I realized that over the years I have developed a series of routines that are both comforting and mindless. I put my right shoe on before the left shoe. I take the same route to work each day. I assume that people will treat me today exactly as they did yesterday. Tolly's book showed me that my routines simply tricked me into believing that life is predictable and unchanging.
As I read the pages of Extreme Spirituality I was struck with the sheer courage that Burkan showed as he faced his routines - and his fears. The ways that he dealt with them were creative and most definitely extreme.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful, fresh, powerful and right-on collection of stories, insights and exercises. Extreme spirituality is not so extreme as it is grounding, practical hands-on spiritual practice from a guy who has at least 30 years of experience in teaching and living his talk. I imagine that this book is going to generate a lot of buzz and lively discussion about what it means (in the way of positive consequences) to make spiritual life a 24/7 endeavor, quite apart from the inside scoop about firewalking, sky diving, and snapping arrows from the throat as a means to learning the difference between ego reality and soul reality, and between fear and love.
I am happy this book has been printed -- that Tolly Burkan has added his voice and depth of experience to the increasingly global conversation about urgent spiritual lessons, while reminding us with precious, grounding and exotic examples and stories, that love is the greatest personal power of all. (Tolly Burkan is known as the father of the global firewalking movement, and one of Tony Robbins' early teachers) Oprah's likely to love Extreme Spirituality. I sure did. I ordered 5 copies to give to friends.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pete in St. Pete on October 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I first encountered Tolly when I watched a videotape of his work at a friend's house. I then saw him on TV and I must say he really opened my eyes on both occasions. Then I went to one of his presentations and bought his book on the spot. I stayed up all night and just could not put the book down for a minute. I have read a lot of self-improvement books, but never encountered ideas like this. Tolly's methods are radical and very different from anything else out there. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to develop their full potential. It is totally unbelievable. You will probably never read another book even remotely like this one.
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