Person-centred Inquiry into the Spiritual and the Subtle
John Heron PCCS Books, 1998, ISBN 1 898059 21 7, 156x234,
pp 288, £18 pb
This cutting-edge book breaks new ground in transpersonal psychology.
It argues for a people-based, person-centred religion which holds that
spiritual authority is within each individual, and that spiritual initiation
is a path of lived inquiry, for which all traditional systems are a secondary
resource. Topics covered include:
Sacred Science will be of interest to all those who believe in the emergence
of the self-determining human spirit within the field of religious belief
and practice. It is written for the general reader, yet specialists in
transpersonal studies will find that it addresses critical issues at a
The emergence of a self-generating spiritual culture of independent pathfinders.
An affirmation of the person as a real spiritual presence on the crest
of divine becoming.
The nature of long-term lived inquiry, and of short-term co-operative inquiry,
into the spiritual and the subtle.
A radical account of what happens when inner spiritual authority is projected
outward on to traditions, texts and teachers, with an expose of the authoritarianism
in spiritual traditions.
A critique of the gender-laden theory of a perennial philosophy.
A practical, working model of internal spiritual authority, to dialogue
with the readerís working model.
An exploration of the issues involved in do-it-yourself subtle (psychical)
A provisional new dipolar map of the spiritual and the subtle, and a critique
of other maps.
A new classification of methods of inner transformation, and a critique
of a traditional Buddhist approach.
Reports of eleven short-term co-operative inquiries into the spiritual
and the subtle, showing how the method works.
A presentation of a participatory worldview, with the paradigm of participatory
inquiry and a sketch of a dipolar theology of embodiment.
Part 1: Perspectives of lived inquiry \ Introduction and background
\ Spiritual inquiry and projected authority \ Spiritual inquiry and the
authority within \ Issues in subtle inquiry \ The challenge of cartography
\ A dipolar map of the spiritual and the subtle \ Methods for the second
form of spiritual transformation
Part 2: Co-operative inquiry reports \ Procedures \ Reports,
adequacy and viability \ Spatiotemporal extensions \
Impressions of the other reality \ The bliss nature and transtemporal
regression \ Knacks in entering altered states \ Charismatic expression
\ Transpersonal activities in everyday life \ Transpersonal inquiry within
a self-generating culture \ Ritual and interpersonal process \ Empowerment
in everyday life and group life \ Co-creating \ Coming into being \ Epilogue
to Part 2
Part 3: A participatory worldview \ Participatory research
\ Participatory theology and cosmology
References \ Index
John Heron is an international consultant, researcher
and writer based at the South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry in
New Zealand. He founded the Human Potential Research Project at the University
of Surrey, and was Assistant Director of the British Postgraduate Medical
Federation at the University of London. His most recent other books are
Helping the Client (2001), The
Complete Facilitator's Handbook (1999), Co-operative Inquiry
(1996), Group Facilitation (1993), Feeling and Personhood
(1992), Helping the Client (1990) and The Facilitatorsí Handbook
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