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"A delightful and lucid account of opening to the mystical in everyday life . . . a very valuable contribution to the growing awareness that spirituality is not just for the religious." —Peter Russell, author of The Global Brain and From Science to God

"A marvelous journey. Witty, eminently readable and absorbing, . . . a delight to read." —Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg and Magical Child

--Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg and Magical Child

"A delightful and lucid account of opening to the mystical in everyday life... a very valuable contribution to the growing awareness that spirituality is not just for the religious." - Peter Russel, author of The Global Brain and From Science to God --Peter Russel, author of The Global Brain and From Science to God

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The path to enlightenment is not always a straight one. If traditional religion is no longer satisfying your spiritual needs, why not take another path? Paul Rademacher did and discovered a simple truth many people never do - you don't have to be religious to be spiritual. 

Rademacher  spent his childhood earning medals in Sunday School and trying to be a good, God-fearing child. In his young adulthood he hitchhiked across the United States looking for enlightenment, but only found pieces of it along the way. When he returned home, he started a business pouring concrete with his brother before finding his way back to church and divinity school. Eventually he realized his spirituality could find deeper roots outside the church of traditional religion and he became executive director of The Monroe Institute (an education and research organization dedicated to the exploration of human consciousness) in Virginia. He chronicles his journeys in A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, reflecting on his life in the process. His journey to enlightenment and deeper spiritual understanding is an inspiring one for those whose religion is no longer answering their spiritual questions. 

"A delightful and lucid account of opening to the mystical in everyday life... a very valuable contribution to the growing awareness that spirituality is not just for the religious."
- Peter Russel,  author of The Global Brain and From Science to God
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (May 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571745971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571745972
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In most books on transpersonal states of consciousness and spirituality, the tone is understandably serious, sometimes a little mystical in tone, even scholarly. As a reader, I pay respectful attention to the depth and quality of the narrative, and when I'm finished, I'm left with varying degrees of satisfaction that the book was written in the first place. On rare occasions, a book emerges that combines all the best elements of this genre, and then some. Such a book is Paul Rademacher's A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, published by Hampton Press.

The author tackles a difficult subject - his slow process of disillusionment within the confines of traditional religion and his quest for spiritual growth and enrichment that could not be realized within the church. He courageously evaluates his life as a Presbyterian minister along with the events that impel him to move away from the ministry after fifteen years of service. Significantly, he uses humor that plays with the absurdities inherent in the mundane and what philosophers have labeled the realm of "deadly everydayness." Many passages are suffused with this delightful humor. Through his use of the ordinary as a baseline, his mystical experiences take on even greater luminescence and credibility. In addition, interspersed throughout his narrative, he re-examines some major Biblical events so that the psychological significance of the stories opens up in a revelatory way for the reader, taking on a new freshness and relevance.

Ultimately, Paul's quest leads him to The Monroe Institute, in Faber, Virginia, which he likens to a modern-day mystery school.
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I'm 71 years old and have been "searching" since I was about 30. OK, so I'm a bit slow.... but getting there is supposed to be half the fun, right?
I have had very few "experiences" similar to Paul's, but they all stick in my mind like flypaper. I attended the Monroe Institute for my 60th birthday (gift from my sweet wife) and was very impressed by the results that OTHER people were getting, but I wasn't having the experiences I EXPECTED, so after a feeble effort to continue practicing what I had learned, I let it go completely a few months after I got home.
However, after I ordered and received Wave I-VI of the Monroe Gateway Voyage and started "hemi-syncing" again, I began noticing some synchornicities in my life (like Paul's book). I also noticed some synchronicities that I hadn't noticed in the past, like a small, background voice occasionally saying to me, " ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE" LITERALLY A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

As a retired Physicist I know some of the implications of quantum mechanics and such. Everything seems to be tied together and pointing to a reality that Paul experienced and Jesus described. Only now it seems to be quite literal and more real than anyone imagined. THANK YOU PAUL!
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Rarely have I enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed this one. It was like a sumptious feast that I needed to read and digest in small amounts on a daily basis. I usually read very fast and devour whole books in one or two sittings. This book stopped me in my tracks so many times that I read it very slowly and lovingly. Not only is Rademacher an entertaining writer, he presented so many new ideas to me about the biblical stories that were wonderful. I laughed out loud; I cried. But, most of all, I thought and thought. For a week, I read for 45 minutes to an hour before going to sleep each night. Consequently, my dreams were vivid and alive in a way that I have not experienced in a long time. I never wanted it to end, so I would reread some stories over and over. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of the wonderful book. You will not regret it.
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Paul Rademacher, Executive Director of the Monroe Institute, has brought so much of his diverse background, intuitive observations and wisdom to this book, it is a joy to read. With wonderful humor, and the enlightened universal message of Jesus (at last), he provides a real contribution to the understanding of life's purpose to a general audience.
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The truth is I've never been a big fan of the Bible because I've been fairly A-religious most of my adult life. That's not to say that I don't see value in certain parts of it, because I surely do. I was just never inspired to look for deeper meaning in it beyond its basic stories. I really didn't know there were such mystical aspects to many of the stories, but thanks to Paul Rademacher now I do. As a person who once served as Presbyterian minister, and now is the Executive Director of the highly metaphysical Monroe Institute, Paul really "gets" how to bridge the gap between conventional religion and the topic of spirituality.

If you're fairly new to the spiritual path, or like me and have read numerous titles in this category, either way I feel you'll find this to be a great book.
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I respect this man because he talks like you were good friends. Life as a pastor is difficult and was not for him. It would not be for me either. I like how he explains several verses in the Bible...it opened them up more for me. I was a christian for 30 years and since I left that constrictive box I see so much more and understand more about myself and how the universe really feels about all of us. I will re-read this book as time passes and be encouraged all over again
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