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Seven Spiritual Practices in a Scientific Age

Out Now in the US & Canada

The e-book and audio book, read by Rupert, are out now in North America. You may also pre-order the paperback, due out in September.

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


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

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

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

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

Audio Book Excerpt, Read by Rupert

Launch Party and Talk

Upcoming Talks and Workshops

UK Debate, Talk and Salon:
How The Light Gets In Festival

September 21

Kenwood House and Gardens
Hampstead Ln, Highgate
London NW3 7JR, UK

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UK Talk:
Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work

October 2
7.30-9.30 pm

Hampton Hotel
19-29 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4
D04 Y6K4, Ireland

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UK Sir Alister Hardy Memorial lecture:
Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work: Science and Spiritual Practices

October 19
10.30 am

St Giles

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UK Keynote address:
Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work: Science and Spiritual Practices

November 2
9.30 am

Beyond The Brain Conference
University of Westminster
London NW1 5LS

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UK Inaugural Talk:
Ways to Go Beyond: the Psychedelic Society of Nottingham

November 19
19:00 – 21:00 GMT

The University of Nottingham
7301 Wollaton Road

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