A guide to understanding the relationship between Western psychology and the contemplative sprituality of the East—and how one’s spiritual journey can be enriched by both
How can we connect the spiritual realizations of Buddhism with the psychological insights of the West? In Toward a Psychology of Awakening John Welwood addresses this question with comprehensiveness and depth, building on his innovative psychospiritual approach to health, healing, and spirituality. He covers the following topics:
• What can the spiritual methodologies of the East teach us about psychological health?
• What issues arise when the recognition of our larger nature challenges our very conception of individual self ?
• What new directions become possible when psychological work is undertaken in a spiritual context?
• How does Western psychological understanding affect our approach to spirituality?
Welwood’s psychology of awakening brings together three major dimensions of human existence: personal, interpersonal, and suprapersonal in one overall framework of understanding and practice.