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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Backinprint.com (September 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595348351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595348350
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vaughan calls on a trove of sources, including ancient myths, mystical teachings, world religions, and the work of eminent psychologists, to point the way toward spirituality as a path to wholeness. A transpersonal psychologist herself, Vaughan utilizes case studies to show instances in which clients who integrated a spiritual awareness with the driving force of the ego were able to resolve inner conflicts and attain a more peaceful life. Vaughan also reflects on deeply enmeshed attitudes toward sex and death, the ability to love, and the meaning of soul and its relation to gender. A concerned voice and contemplative demeanor distinguish the author's compassionate guidance. Whether characterizing a healthy spiritual freedom or illuminating the practice of spirituality in daily life, the writing is always engaging and lucid. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., a psychologist in Mill Valley, California, is the author of Awakening Intuition, The Inward Arc: Healing in psychotherapy and spirituality, and co-editor of Paths Beyond Ego, and Gifts from A Course in Miracles. She has served as president of the association for the transpersonal and humanistic psychology and as a trustee of the Fetzer Institute.

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This is a great book by a person who understands psychology and spiritual paths.
Daryl S Paulson
For more than three decades Dr. Vaughan has been at the forefront of efforts to integrate psychology and spiritual growth.
Dr. Richard G. Petty
This is a book worth tasting, a little morsel at a time, and chewing upon thoughtfully.
D. Benor

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
At least once a month a psychotherapy client or a student in a clinical psychology graduate program asks me what to read for a psychologically sophisticated approach to spirituality. Without hesitation I always tell them about Frances Vaughan's "Shadows of the Sacred," a work of such wisdom, warmth, and practicality that, after they read it, they'll probably want to see her for therapy. Vaughan's knowledge of both depth psychology and spiritual traditions is breathtaking. There's no wholly-headed New Age thinking here. This work belongs right next to Scott Peck's "The Road Less Travelled." It will be meaningful to men and women in all walks of life who are searching for the greater life they sense is possible.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
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I think that religion is an attempt to explain why the world is the way it is in an oversimplified fashion, inherent with limitations. For a critical thinker, this oversimplified version is simply not satisfactory, so we search for universal truths to satisfy our need for greater understanding, but unfortunately there are many pitfalls possible on that search, and this book does a great job of pointing many of them out............a must read for anyone on such a path.....for me it was a great book to read after book I Conversations with God...by Walsch.......
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard G. Petty on May 11, 2007
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I have read three other books by Frances Vaughan, but I might have missed this extremely interesting study if it hadn't been for Ken Wilber's laudatory forward.

For more than three decades Dr. Vaughan has been at the forefront of efforts to integrate psychology and spiritual growth. Not only is she a practicing psychologist, but also she has been trained in several contemplative traditions: Christian, Sufi, Zen and at least one Hindu school.

I would like to quote from Ken Wilber's forward, "In the West, where psychology (and psychiatry) have completely replaced religion as the dominant sciences of the soul, it is the school of transpersonal psychology that carries most clearly the banner of genuine contemplative spirituality."

Frances Vaughan's view - and I am sure that she is correct - is that most of psychology and academia, particularly in the United States, has ignored, or become insensible to most people's need for a rich and healthy spiritual life. Many believe that the ever-increasing rates of substance abuse and extreme behaviors are a reflection of that unquenched spiritual thirst. As she says, "We live in two worlds: the outer world of ego and the inner world of soul. Many people suffer from being out of touch with the inner world of soul. Others suffer because they have tried to explore the world of soul without having come to terms with the world of ego. Freedom depends on acknowledging both worlds, harmonizing them and bringing them into balance."

The book breaks new ground, providing us with accounts of spiritual awakenings that she has seen in her practice, placed in the context of the many spiritual traditions that she has studied. Dr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Benor on April 10, 2009
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This is a book worth tasting, a little morsel at a time, and chewing upon thoughtfully. Frances Vaughan shares of her own wisdom and, through profound quotes, from observations of others across space and time.

The soul that is attached to anything, however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union. For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate thread that holds the bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for, until the cord be broken, the bird cannot fly. - St. John of the Cross

Though her book is more than a dozen years in print, it is timely in the context of the needs of humanity to waken to our connection with the All if we hope to survive the planetary crises facing us today. Vaughan notes, "The seeds of grassroots spirituality seem to be springing up everywhere through the cracks in the old order." (p. 3)

An essential aspect of reconnecting with the needs of our planet is the clearing of many issues within us that are driving us to destroy the environment, to suicide as a species through global heating, and to kill most, if not all other life on the planet at the same time. The accumulated personal and collective angers, fears and hurts within us are, to a large extent, outside our conscious awareness. These dark aspects of ourselves have been called the shadow in Jungian terms.

Whether we think of the shadow as the unacceptable "other" in the psyche or the voice of the soul that has been repressed, it makes itself known to us whenever we turn attention to the inner world in search of spiritual renewal. Authentic spirituality cannot ignore the shadow.
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