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Presence of the Infinite : The Spiritual Experience of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness (Paperback) (Steve
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The Presence of the Infinite sheds new light on the important subject of spiritual experience. Using the emerging insights of evolutionary spirituality, integral philosopher Steve McIntosh enlarges readers' capacity to have spiritual experience more abundantly and use it more effectively to improve their lives and the world around them.
The Presence of the Infinite starts by providing a timely cultural analysis and critique of the various forms of spirituality that are vying for influence in contemporary American society. Building on this context, McIntosh shows how evolutionary spirituality overcomes the limitations of religious, secular, and New Age spirituality by better harmonizing science and spirit. Evolutionary spirituality's transcendent potential is found in its deepening realization of the essentially spiritual qualities of beauty, truth, and goodness.
McIntosh then uses evolutionary spirituality's enlarged understanding of what spiritual experience is and how it works to consider the question of ultimate reality. This leads to an examination of conflicting ideas that regard spirit as either formless and nondual, or as loving and creative. By working to harmonize and integrate these alternative conceptions of ultimate reality, McIntosh shows how evolutionary spirituality can achieve a synthesis of nondual and theistic teachings of truth that can produce a spiritual renaissance in America and beyond.
The Presence of the Infinite is destined to become a definitive text in the exciting new field of evolutionary spirituality.
The Presence of the Infinite reveals more clearly than ever before what spiritual experience is and how it works. Integral philosopher Steve McIntosh expands our capacity to have such an experience often and use it effectively to improve our lives and the world around us. Within this expanded understanding, conflicting ideas that regard spirit as either formless and impersonal or as loving and creative, are harmonized.
McIntosh, the inventor of the Zen Alarm Clock, transcends pluralistic relativism and soft-headed New Age thinking. His concentration on America's need for more effective forms of spiritual leadership keeps the discussion practical and culturally relevant while also being profound and inspirational.
Destined to become a definitive text in the exciting new field of evolutionary spirituality, his book presents a vision that can help us move forward in the 21st century.