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About the Author

Garry Gilfoy earned four university degrees. His formal studies included psychology, theology, and education. Gilfoy currently trains therapists, and his private practice specialises in mid-life transitions and past-life regression. He lives with his family in South Australia. Visit him online at www.garrygilfoy.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462071074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462071074
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,515,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garry was raised in Nova Scotia and now resides in South Australia where he trains therapists. His formal qualifications include Theology and post-graduate degrees in Education and Social Science. His lifelong quest to understand spirituality began as the result of his own early experiences.

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Garry Gilfoy has created a book that could not be more timely. From all indicators that surround us at present life is chaotic and random and without meaning. But Gilfoy, in a gentle, loving and supportive manner in this immensely readable book, invites us to the noetic experience. His technique is to share his own story of how he became aware of his true part in being at oneness with the universe, a series of experiences that are credible, ones from which we can learn more about the importance of the spiritual world too few appreciate, and then proceeds to share the stories of seven warmly accessible people who have experienced those vague, gauzely defined concepts of reincarnation - following the path of karma, destiny, participation in creation that will lead us to an evolution of consciousness that we are all at one with the ever changing and evolving universe.

In Gilfoy's words, "People who embrace the reality that we are spiritual beings on an evolutionary path, and who reflect on what this means about the life we live, are considerably happier and more resilient than those who do not. I don't mean 'happy' in the usual transient, fragile sense of something that might be gone tomorrow if our circumstances should change. I refer to a deep and abiding sense that all is well, which in turn provides a firm foundation for living in good faith." He visits people who have had near-death experiences, finding 'they become more open-minded, have less or no fear of death, feel emotionally stronger and less fearful of life, have greater compassion and understanding for others and can develop intuitive abilities and a sense of being guided by higher powers.' In short, Gilfoy leads us to the level of acknowledging that life is purposeful.
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I came across an interesting quote by Rainer Maria Rilke on the first page of the preface to this book, which reads in part, "...all those things that are so deeply akin to us, have by daily parrying been so crowded out of life that the senses by which we could have grasped them are atrophied. To say nothing of God." This quote goes far in setting the tone for this book.

In "The BIG Picture, Insights from the Spiritual World," author Garry Gilfoy shares with us the stories of seven individuals, including himself, who have had profound brushes with the spiritual world, and covers subjects such as karma, reincarnation and the spirit within with a striking authority that comes only from years of experience and study. Although many books have been written on these concepts, Gilfoy maintains originality throughout the book in his treatment of the subject matter, and I was impressed by his keen insights.

Early on, Gilfoy introduces us to the practice of "psychosynthesis," a subject he teaches, which is a type of psychotherapy that aims to bring the individual together on both a personal and spiritual level. It was his own spiritual experiences that eventually brought him to this practice, and it was the sharing of these experiences with his classes that resulted in this book. As student after student sought him out after class to share his or her own spiritual story, Gilfoy came to realize these types of stories needed to be shared on a greater level.

The people we meet are diverse. As well as Gilfoy revealing his own spiritual evolution, we share the journeys of six other individuals who have had insightful brushes with the spiritual realm.
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Are you seeking enlightenment and direction for the next step? Do you need a confirmation of what you have already been contemplating? If you are wondering about your spiritual life and asking, "What's the point? Why am I here? God where are You? or What's next for me?" you will probably benefit from reading it. It is well written and easy to read. Not "religious" but he brings you to You/Self/YourSelf/HigherSelf and ....that's all I'll say for now.

Personally, it far-exceeded my expectations. (Actually, I did not know what to expect.) A friend highly recommended it as I was preparing to fast. It has aided my spiritual growth tremendously. I take it with me everywhere! I was sitting in a recital with tears streaming down my face while reading pages 27, 28. So, for me, reading it has been a mind-blowing experience. So many ah-ha moments. It is just what I needed at this point in my life. Truly amazing...I would highly recommend it. maybe, only only amazing Anatoliy Obraztsov with "a crossing or the drop's history" impressed me a bit more.
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I heard of this book from a friend, and recently having a close call with death myself near by home outside Brisbane I decided to order it and read about others who have transcended death and returned to life anew. What an extraordinary set of experiences by this group of people! The author, Garry Gilfoy, does a superb job of weaving his own spiritual wisdom into his interview-like accounts of his subjects. I was instantly drawn to the last story included of young American girl Keely. What a girl! If the author is reading this review, I would be honored to get in touch with her to know more about the injuries she sustained and her state of mind when doctors told her she would never walk. Also, how is she doing now? I've experienced these same sort of authoritative predictions from the medical field for a condition of my own, and I know from experience it takes an incredibly strong person to stand up (no pun intended but perfect actually) to the authority of surgeon-doctors and all the so called 'specialists' out there. Even more so to take the chance, with your life, to go against what they say will be. I will highly recommend this read if you are someone who believes in spiritual callings, destiny, the journey of life and death, and heroism in unlikely places. For everyone else, read it and see the other side of life! To the author, thank you for your contribution to this growing field of metaphysical study. We need more brave authors like you out there. Five stars from me, Lizzy.
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