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The Contemplative Life: Personal Growth and Extended Awareness - 1961 Edition Paperback – July 1, 1999
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Joel Goldsmith, an internationally known spiritual leader, has here brought fresh insight to the practice of contemplation and meditation in everyday living.
This is a guidebook to attainment of inner peace and joy for those who are seeking a way to live a full and complete life here and now. How the mind can transcend its apparent limitations and become what it is intended to be, an instrument for the free flowing of the Spirit, is specifically explained by the author in his description of the resources available in meditation.
Goldsmith, author of "Realization of Oneness" and "Beyond Words and Thoughts", here helps those who are seriously seeking a center of self and a personal answer to the meaning of God in everyday living. Readers of this book will find that a door will open to a fuller, more meaningful existence. It will help to eliminate confusion and lack of direction, which are obstacles to man's achieving his highest potentialities.
This is not a work for the visionary seeking escape from the world. This is a work for persons who are seeking a way to live the contemplative life in the midst of the world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
JOEL S. GOLDSMITH (1892-1964), a monumental teacher of practical mysticism, devoted most of his life to the discovery and teaching of spiritual principles which he founded and called The Infinite Way. After the publication of his seminal book, The Infinite Way, in 1947, Joel traveled throughout the world as a teacher and a healer. Although Goldsmith's message was neither organized nor advertised, students of The Infinite Way increased in numbers. Today, a worldwide student body exists which continues to practice and preserve his work. More than thirty books have been compiled from his tape-recorded lectures and classwork including "The Infinite Way," "Practicing the Presence" and "The Art of Meditation."
Top customer reviews
to find at least one of his books for my Kindle. Frankly, I wish
they were all available. It was the clincher to even buying my
Kindle in the first place...I had hoped that at least one Goldsmith
book was offered, and Thank God it is.
I'm going to review this differently than most would. I find
that reading Goldsmith is like a private lesson in soul development.
I find that its a layering process, like multiple glazes on a beautiful piece of pottery. When you put it in the kiln, you don't
know exactly what color will emerge.
So I can't tell you what you'll get if you read Goldsmith. I can
just suggest that if you are sincere, and ready for him, you'll
probably get more enlightened, holy, sensitive, aware and peaceful.
But probably not all at once. And probably you won't remember every
word you read.
It has a strange effect on me. Every time I pick it up, its like
a new book. Because I am entering the material at a new place in life. Its like the old saying, you can't put your foot into the
same place in the river, because new water is flowing by that spot.
There are Goldsmith purists who may parse words or tell you that
you're reading the wrong "translation" or "edition", or someone
"tainted" the material. I say, bully for them. But when I read
Goldsmith, I am always healed and opened and inspired.
And once you've read one, you'll probably, if you're ready,
want more. You might get around to Thunder of Silence or the Hawaii
Hotel Talks. Oh my! Rich food indeed for the seeking soul!
Venture inward if you want something different than the traditional dogmatic pap that many spiritual books offer. Once you've
had the finest of wine, you may never drink Ripple again. (But thats
just my opinion!).
Ann Johnson, Ashland, OR
A sensible well thought out approach which address problems experienced by many who are disallusioned or confused from their experiences with organized religions and even "cult cures", "The Contmplative Life" provides balm for what spiritually ails at least some part of humanity.
This book rings to us like the real thing, demands nothing of the reader except willingness to seek and find a personal spiritual solution. A well worthwhile read and very accessible thanks to the efficiency of the folks at Amazon.com The Contemplative Life
We found a great read to follow this up with to be: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. Both books were suggested to us by dear friends who have traveled their own respective spiritual journeys. Peace, Love and Serenity.