A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe: Travel Tips for the Spiritually Perplexed
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A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe is the perfect book for readers who feel that their religious tradition no longer satisfies their spiritual needs. An elegantly written memoir and meditation, the book explores the many paths of enlightenment available to readers looking beyond today's churches, temples, and synagogues.
Author Paul Rademacher, a former minister, found that too often church focused too much on eternity—what happens when we die. With this book, he shows that the rightful focus of any true spiritual path is on infinity—how to experience eternity, the fullness of our divinity, in the here and now. Rademacher has written a deeply personal book that often uses biblical texts as a jumping-off point to explore enlightenment outside of any traditional religious institution. His quest for enlightenment ultimately led him to discover the work of the Monroe Institute, where he is now executive director.
A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe is a beautiful book for any spiritual seeker who wants a deeper spiritual life than traditional religious life can provide.
that dictionary absolutely, positively, was not there…for me. I know that it's shaky, at best, to prove something on the basis of masculine ineptitude, but that is precisely my point. When operator error is added to our limited sensory capacities, and incoming sensory data is sifted through our skewed experiential filters, our perceptions are much more a product of our internal environment than of the external world. When this data also is run through the make-believe land of “the Knowledge of
around himself. Methodically, he began washing the feet of everyone in the room. Washing feet was a job for the servants. Stooping to such a menial task was hardly the place for one so highly esteemed, a man so holy, a man who had just brought another man back from the dead. But Jesus was about to turn all of their ideas upside down. Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,
off as quite ordinary, even a little dull-witted. It's not that we should try to be more like these other disciples. We don't need to. We're already like them. And they're like us. Yet Judas has, through the centuries, been singled out as the supremely bad egg. We seem to need heroes and villains more than we need insight. The fruit of the tree demands it. Good and evil. White hats and black. JUDAS IN ANOTHER LIGHT One of the more interesting treatments of Judas looks at him through a
was both mysterious and thrilling. Everything was silent. The morning sun was peeking through a skylight. In my enthusiasm, I had arrived so early that I woke the leaders out of bed. Bleary-eyed and blinking in the light, they told me in a perfunctory manner where I could find my room. Then they went back to sleep. The program wouldn't start for another twelve hours. It didn't matter. At some core level, I was home. My room was anything but ordinary. There were no beds in sight. In an
best efforts to come unprepared, the program unfolded as if it had been handed to us whole. We knew exactly what to do and when to do it. Precisely because it hadn't been planned, we were free to live in the present, open to intuition. Not only did the participants experience dramatic shifts in consciousness, but for many it was also a major turning point in their lives. As they got in touch with their larger awareness, the guidance that they had always been hungering for suddenly materialized.