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Seven Spiritual Practices in a Scientific Age

The Best of Nature Writing 2019

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To Go Beyond is to move into a place of bliss, greater understanding, love and deep connectedness, a realm where we finally find life’s meaning, experiences for which all spiritual seekers seek.

In this sequel to Science and Spiritual Practices, Rupert looks at seven spiritual practices that are personally transformative and have scientifically measurable effects. He combines the latest scientific research with his knowledge of mystical traditions around the world and explains why these seven practices work. They give a greater sense of connectedness. They make people happier and healthier. He looks at their effects inside our brains, throughout our bodies, and on our relationships. He asks whether spiritual experiences are essentially illusory, or if they give us direct connections with realms of consciousness greater than our own.

The Spiritual Side of Sports
Learning from Animals
Cannabis, Psychedelics and Spiritual Openings
Powers of Prayer
Holy Days and Festivals
Cultivating Good Habits, Avoiding Bad Habits and Being Kind

The Best of Nature Writing 2019

... as recommended by Charles Foster on the Five Books website

"Sheldrake is the cataloguer par excellence of the difficulties with the reductionist worldview – a world view which is teetering on the edge of oblivion. He points out its shortcomings better than anyone else. He helps us to go into a wood and feel wonder, and feel all the other things which the natural world should be producing in us, without worrying that it’s in some way scientifically disreputable."


"... funny, wise, full of whimsical weirdness and drawn from a massive hinterland of knowledge and reflection." — Charles Foster, Literary Review PDF

"A very engaging writer" — Steven Poole, The Telegraph DOC

"... an invaluable compendium of ‘ways to go beyond’ that can enhance our sense of connection and interconnectedness" — David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer PDF

"Rupert Sheldrake is a pioneer in the new marriage of science and spirituality" — Rev Dr Matthew Fox,

"Sheldrake presents a lively case for a variety of activities and practices to show how they can be spiritually illuminating." — Mark Vernon, Church Times

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