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Integrative Spirituality
Religious Pluralism, Individuation, and Awakening

ISBN 9781138610392
Published October 29, 2018 by Routledge
248 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In Integrative Spirituality, Patrick J. Mahaffey elucidates spirituality as a developmental process that is enhanced by integrating the teachings and practices of multiple religious traditions, Jungian depth psychology, and contemplative yoga. In the postmodern world of religious pluralism, Mahaffey compellingly argues that each of us must fashion a unique path to wholeness which integrates aspects of life and of the self that have become disconnected and disowned.

Integrative Spirituality uniquely conjoins four components: exemplary religious pluralists from three traditions, individuation, the forms of contemplative Hindu yoga that have been successfully transmitted to the West, and a presentation of two models for integrating psychological growth and spiritual awakening. The book presents pioneering practitioners in each field who exemplify how we may fashion our own approach to integrating both spiritual awakening and psychological development and delineates an array of spiritual practices that integrate the somatic, psychological, interpersonal, and spiritual aspects of life. Ultimately, Mahaffey contends that integrative spirituality is a mode of being that fully embraces the divinity inherent in each of us and in the world.

Integrative Spirituality will be essential reading for academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian studies, transpersonal and Jungian psychology, and religious studies and contemplative education. It will also be of interest to analytical and depth psychologists in practice and in training, and to anyone seeking a greater understanding of spirituality, psychological growth, religious traditions, individuation, and contemplative yoga.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sally Kempton;  Introduction;  The Spirit of the Times;  Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and Stages of Faith;  Christianity;  Hinduism;  Buddhism;  Jungian Depth Psychology and Individuation;  Contemplative Yoga and Awakening;  Intergrating Spiritual Awakening with Psychological Development;  Credo.

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Patrick J. Mahaffey is Professor and Associate Chair of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, USA, where he teaches Hinduism, Buddhism, and depth psychology and the sacred. He is the author of essays on Hindu yoga traditions, Buddhism, and Jung’s depth psychology.