How we facilitate Essential Spirituality
Source of the Seven Spiritual Practices
The Seven Practices approach is ideal for members of faith communities who can draw on such practices reflected in their own tradition, as well as those who are spiritual but not religious who recognise the abiding value of humanity’s spiritual heritage. By focusing on the practices we thus seek to promote both deeper interfaith dialogue and mutual interspiritual support for one another’s transpersonal development.
Based on over twenty years of research and spiritual practice, Dr Roger Walsh who is both a spiritual practitioner and scientist, discovered that each of the great spiritual traditions has both a common goal and seven common practices to reach that goal: recognising the sacred and divine that exist both within and around us.
The book Essential Spirituality integrates the spiritual principles of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism and engages readers in spiritual exercises leading to a way of life in which kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity become an ever-growing part of everything you do.
Practice 1: Redirecting Motivation
Practice 2: Transforming Emotions
Practice 3: Living Ethically
Practice 4: Training Attention
Practice 5: Refining Awareness
Practice 6: Cultivating Wisdom
Practice 7: Serving Others
Contents of the core book we use for group and self-study
|Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
1. Unveiling the Sacred
|The Seven Practices
Practice One: Transform Motivation: Reduce Craving and Find Your Soul’s Desire
5. The Secret of Happiness
|Practice Two: Cultivate Emotional Wisdom: Heal the Heart and Learn to Love
10. The Gift of Love
|Practice Three: Live Ethically: Feel Good by Doing Good
15. The Value of Virtue
|Practice Four: Rest in Peace: Concentrate and Calm the Mind
19. Your Meandering Mind
|Practice Five: Awaken Spiritual Vision: See Clearly and Recognize the Sacred In All Things
22. The Healing Power of Awareness
|Practice Six: Cultivate Spiritual Intelligence: Awakening Wisdom and Understanding Life
27. What is Wisdom?
|Practice Seven: Express Spirit in Action: Generosity and the Joy of Service
31. The Spirit of Service
© Roger Walsh 1999.