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What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America Paperback – March 1, 1996
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The first three chapters of the book introduce us to some of the key figures in creating what has become the "new age" movement in America. The first chapter introduces us to Ram Dass, who was part of the original LSD experimentation with Timothy Leary. The next chapter tells the story of Michael Murphy and the founding of Esalen, and the third chapter covers Elmer Green and the biofeedback movement. For me this section was a wonderful introduction to how these institutions and practices got started in America in the Sixties (ignoring, of course, the historical connections back to American transcendentalism and the like).
The middle section of the book covers some of the powerful tools that were developed and refined as part of the "new age" approach. Chapter Four covers Betty Edwards and her tools to improve "seeing" and so drawing; Chapter Five reviews the insights about how the mind effects and interacts with our health; Chapter Six details tools that have been developed to help people achieve peak performance; and Chapter Seven explores the use of "new age" tools in exploring the meaning of our dreams. These chapters capture well the some of the clear gains from the "new age" movement - a set of practical tools that people now use to live healthier and more complete lives.Read more ›
In "What Really Matters", Tony presents different movements and thinkers, chapter by chapter, in an eminently readable and easily digestible format. Covering meditation, dreamwork, creativity exercises, personality and emotional studies, athletics, Michael Murphy's Esalen work, Hameed Ali, and Ken Wilber's integral philosophy, Tony's journalistic journey is recommended to anyone who seeks a distinctly American approach to spirituality.
This book is simply one man's compendium of ideas and discoveries that he justifiably feels deserve a wider dissemination in the interest of building increased spiritual awareness in all people. Underlying the varied subject matter is a unifying wisdom tradition that is only now beginning to transplant our antiquated religious beliefs.
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Schwartz's interviews of some of America's leading figures of wisdom in the 20th century make a compelling subject for a book, and some of his content is first rate. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Abner Rosenweig
This was a gift so can only go by their reaction it proved to be interesting and helpful will recommend it to othersPublished on August 4, 2013 by Jeanette J. Cook
Fabulous book. Well written, well researched. This is a valuable tool for anyone interested in personal growth, human potential, religion, spiritualiy, consciousness and much... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Julie Applegate
I have always been fascinated by the passion and commitment people feel toward such unbeliveably diverse philosophies. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Alyssa Goodman
Essentially each chapter of the book finds the author observing the practice of another guru. He gets into the backstory of each guru's life, and also manages a few random examples... Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Ladders
This is the best book That I have read concerning finding meaning in life. Tony has not only written an excellent book about his journey to answer life's questions but has... Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by chokbarnes
I spent all last Sunday afternoon reading this book.
It's an older book, with a copyright in the 90's, so some of it comes across as a bit dated. Read more
This author, leaning heavily on M. Scott Peck, has distilled a great deal of life's lessons and learning's in a well written, hard-nosed, realistic but heart-felt book. Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by Herbert L Calhoun