Out of the Darkness: From Turmoil to Transformation Paperback – 7 Mar 2011
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An important contribution to the shift in consciousness that is happening on our planet at this time. (Eckhart Tolle)
A fascinating and illuminating journey through the landscape of spiritual transformation. (Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness)
Out of the Darkness is filled with amazing stories of enlightenment brought about by life's most difficult circumstances. It helps us to realise that we can always choose to make something good out of the worst that life can offer us, thereby greatly reducing our fears and inviting happiness to embrace us. A truly inspiring book! (Susan Jeffers PhD, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway®)
Some of the best research, stories, and answers to the perennial question, Why (and how) do some people emerge from difficult times stronger, wiser, and more grateful, while others sink into depression, bitterness, or resignation? The stories are fascinating and inspiring. They are like breadcrumbs in the fairytale; follow their trails so that your own turmoil can be spun into transformation. (Elizabeth Lesser, author of the New York Times bestseller, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow)
Steve Taylor's suggestions for encouraging awakening...could transform human civilization. We could move from a culture of domination, violence and destruction, to one of partnership, peace and respect for nature. Out of the Darkness is an important contribution to achieving this dream. (Network Review 2011-05-01)
A thoughtful, thought-provoking and inspirational account. (Psychology Today)
Fascinating...illustrates the almost infinite capacity of humans beings to overcome suffering. (Natural Health & Beauty magazine)
In his new book, Steve Taylor reminds readers of the resilience of our human spirit and our capacity to find light in the darkness as we pass through that dark night of the soul to find a brighter dawn. (Dan Millman - author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior and The Four Purposes of Life)
A wonderfully clear and inspiring book about the way great suffering and ordeal can lead to sudden awakening. Its importance for our menacing times and for the transformation being birthed by them cannot be exaggerated. (Andrew Harvey author of The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism)
This is a most compelling book. Even after reading it through several times I can still get absorbed in re-reading it... I can thoroughly recommend it for both personal reading and study - it will enrich on both counts. (De Numine The Journal of the Alister Hardy Society)
About the Author
Steve Taylor is a senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University and a researcher in transpersonal psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. He has written articles for many magazines, newspapers and academic journals, including Psychologies, the Daily Express, Kindred Spirit and the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. Steve lives in Manchester with his wife and three young children. www.stevenmtaylor.com
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Top Customer Reviews
He explains the workings of the Transformation that people undergo, sometimes known as
awakening or enlightenment.
I felt I knew all the lovely people he interviewed, he treats them with Respect, admiration and affection.
The final chapter offering the tools of Transformation through , Detachment, Spiritual Practice and Awareness of Death is Inspired.
I loved New Earth by Eckhart Tolle but dare I say it to me this book is even better ( no disrespect to the Marvellous Eckhart).
Hopefully with this book everyone will in time find the Peace and Happiness Steves " Shifters" found without the need of the great suffering they all so courageously endured.
Steve Taylor's rhetorical style is warm and inspiring. He never goes into quackery or hyperbole regards the experiences listed therein, which are the result of countless personal interviews with so many people who were brave and kind enough to share their experiences. Furthermore, Steve has broken the book down into very manageable sections and it reads fluidly and effortlessly towards the conclusion, without ever going into poo-poohing or patronising pseudo-speak.
It's well worth the 5 stars ive given it, in my humble opinion, because so many people out there need some form of reference guide as to compare and contrast their own experiences; especially when interpersonal relationships and even the other forms of help available isnt in abundance, as part of their own inner journey to self-actualisation.
An essential read for those on their spiritual journey and for those who are fans of the genre, of which this is one of the best and most concise "first hand experience" journals yet.
Luckily for most of us he suggests three ways to make contact with our true self without putting ourself through the same intense suffering. ( Conscious detachment, Spiritual practice, ie meditation and developing death awareness practice.. )
I found the section on the experiences of former alchoholics and the section on astronauts who have had awakenings, particulary interesting as well as a chapter on the experiences of some well known spiritual teachers.
A great joy to read and it just goes to show that there is something divine in us which is not touched by our mortal human suffering.
sleep' in which Steve Taylor talked about awakening experiences. An awakening experience is
also known as a spiritual experience. You may have felt this experience for yourself but perhaps
didn't have the words for it. It's a moment when everything feels perfect, you are completely in the
moment, not thinking of the past or the future, but you feel at peace and at one with everything.
In `Waking from sleep' Steve Taylor explains these experiences perfectly. He explains the many ways
they come about and goes some way into explaining how to keep them.
In his new book `Out of Darkness' Taylor has picked one of the ways awakening can take place such
as: near death experiences, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, extreme suffering, and other
great life traumas. In this book he creates a kind of anthology of stories from many people that not
only had awakening experiences but also had a shift of consciousness that made them permanent.
Perhaps the most famous person who has achieved this awakening is Eckhart Tolle. In this book
there is a beautiful interview with Tolle in which he explains how thoughts of suicide lead him to
master his ego and the thoughts in his mind.
To understand the idea of awakening you must first believe that when we are in a form of
unconsciousness. It's the belief that what we know as reality might not be. Awakening experiences
often feel more real than normal life; certainly there is a feeling of intensely loving life. If you haven't
come across this idea before I would encourage you to read Steve Taylors book `Waking from
sleep' before this book.Read more ›
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I love this book. Many actual life stories of people who whose life seemed hopeless and then were transformed. It gives you a feel good factor!Published 10 months ago by Alice
this is such a positve book, the type of book you can pick up years later and still find something new in it , really enjoyed reading this book.Published 10 months ago by bernadette oflaherty
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