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Extreme Spirituality: The Secret Key to Empowerment Paperback – November 1, 2004
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"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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite go-to books. Makes me excited for life when I finish each chapter.Published 16 months ago by Samantha Edwards
Highly inspiring. Thank you for sharing your extraordinary life in this book and for being an inspiration to my life, including firewalking, arrow snapping and morePublished 17 months ago by Mikal Nielsen
This is a very rare book. I was so happy when I found it on Amazon and extremely satisfied after reading the book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Iman Aghay
I wanted data on the firewalk and it gave me good information.
Spirituality however cannot be taught. It's innate to us.
Book was a challenging depiction of how to alter your outlook on life and others. However, book doesn't describe or teach how to perform the extreme methods listed: breaking... Read morePublished on February 10, 2008 by Timothy Adams
Tolly is a man who not only walks what we writes about but more importantly for all of us he shares with others his learning's in his seminars. Read morePublished on December 14, 2007 by R. Midgley
Tolly Burkan is a man on a purpose...his mission is to demonstrate to all of us that living small benefits no one and living with Extreme Spirituality benefits all. Read morePublished on December 14, 2007 by Gregg Swanson
This book was good but not great.
Tolly is one of the world's foremost experts on transformational events, fire walking, glass walking, brick breaking etc. Read more