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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Underlining edition (1 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874776783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874776782
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology at the University of California at Irvine. He has published over a hundred articles and twelve books on science, philosophy, religion, and ecological issues, and his work has received over a dozen national and international awards.

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By A Customer on 23 May 1999
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This book is very hard to follow and is badly put together. find a different book to study transpersonal theory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to a Hopeful Vision of Humanity 24 April 2000
By William Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book and am glad to see it has passed the test of twenty years of use. I found its first incarnation as "Beyond Ego," a wonderful distillation of transpersonal psychology and consciousness research, and am happy to recommend what is now a completely rewritten, updated, and even better version to clients and friends today. I appreciate writing that makes learning easy, and the current "Paths Beyond Ego" succinctly introduces its readers to the key ideas of more than thirty five of the most influential thinkers in the field, thus saving the effort of wading through the hundreds of original texts.
Although easy to read, this is a rigorous work that integrates scientific and psychological thinking with the spiritual traditions to create a comprehensive transpersonal vision of the highest possibilities of what human beings can be. The media is full of the wonders of physical technology, while this book offers a much needed counterbalance by examining the less commonly known wonders of psychospiritual technology. One of the most interesting questions this book explores is how something non physical like spirituality can be studied with scientific rigor rather than being left adrift in the realms of arbitrary belief, superstition, and dogma.
"Paths Beyond Ego" examines some of the major ideas, practices, goals, and experiences, that underlie the spiritual traditions and the new discipline of transpersonal psychology. It does this in a non-denominational way that avoids getting lost in the beliefs and details of any particular path or religion. The editors paint a broad interdisciplinary overview of what leading researchers of consciousness are exploring today, including; personal growth, transpersonal psychotherapy, spiritual emergency, addiction, meditation, enlightenment, gurus, lucid dreaming, psychedelics, science and spirituality, ethics, philosophy, mysticism, love, near death experiences, service, and ecology.
I have used this book as an introductory text for university undergraduates, who rated it highly, as well as an introduction to transpersonal thinking for "growth oriented" therapy clients. I have also recommended it to corporate managers and trainers who wanted a quick overview of how "normal every day consciousness" can be developed by practice into much more effective "higher states of consciousness" through self awareness, self transcendence, and ultimately, enlightenment.
For those who find the gems in this collection of fifty essays engaging and want to go deeper, you will have both the "big picture" and a reading list with which to select among authors and longer works that will take you there. In this field, theory is only proven by personal application of the understanding it offers, so if you are inspired by the possibilities of inner exploration, and ready to move beyond theory into actual exercises and practices, Dr. Walsh's newest book, "Essential Spirituality," is an excellently written, user friendly, and highly recommended place to start. (Recommended by Wilber, Grof, Tart, Ram Dass, Jampolsky, Arrien, and other leaders in the field, with a forward by the Dalai Lama.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on transpersonal Psychology 18 Feb. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a wonderful series of essays for those of us interested in transpersonal experiences. It was very inspiring and helped me experientially get closer to transcendence. The richness in content comes from many people discussing the transpersonal experience from many different perspectives. I'd highly recommend this book. Another book on transpersonal psychology I'd recommend is "The Ever-Transcending Spirit" by Toru Sato. It is the best book that explains what transcendence really means! It explains these things in a way that everyone can understand! Both books are excellent!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "New Consciousness" books 21 Mar. 2002
By Shawn Regan - Published on Amazon.com
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An outstanding book on the subject of transpersonal psychology. This is a collection of essays from the leaders in the field. I Especially enjoyed the articles by Ken Wilber (of course) and Roger Walsh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transpersonal Psych 101 22 Aug. 2010
By dharmaDOC - Published on Amazon.com
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Paths Beyond Ego is a compilation of essays and articles by philosophers, psychologists and scientists that sheds some light into the field of Transpersonal Psychology. Transpersonal Psychology is a younger branch of Psychology which strings together various theories from Humanistic, Jungian, and other schools of thought, while adding a new "Transpersonal" level emphasized in many ancient Eastern traditions.

If you are interested in blurring the boundaries of science and mysticism, this book is for you. Paths Beyond Ego is considered one of the basic "textbooks" for Transpersonal Psychology. Additional information about Transpersonal Psychology can be found in Maslow's: "Toward a Psychology of Being" and it's extension: "Farther Reaches of Human Nature".
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Read 28 Jan. 2007
By bootzen - Published on Amazon.com
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I was so relieved and pleasantly surprised when I opened up and began to read "Paths Beyond Ego." As this was a required text for my university class of Transpersonal Psychology, and just one of many text books I have to read, this wonderfully written book makes study time a joy. So often school text is very dry and technical so as to require the use of a dictionary every paragraph, just to get the idea of what point the author is trying to relay. Roger Walsh and Frances Vaughan use brilliant examples and metaphors in the form of stories and poems that keep your interest and explain difficult concepts in the simplest ways. This is a wonderful addition to any library that focuses on transpersonal issues.
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