Soaring Beyond self by Susan Barry

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Soaring Beyond self is about the fourth state of consciousness. It permeates all the states and remains after the other three die. There is a path to experiencing this Ultimate Reality during a lifetime. This is the wisdom of the ancient philosophical treatises known as the Upanishads.

Joined to it are insights of modern psychology, death education and neuroscience, punctuated with timeless spiritual passages. Directives emerge for touching that transcendent, all-bliss consciousness here and now. Memorable and famous personages pop in to enthrall and teach. The Divine Sarah. The young author who teaches us to fall. "The most powerful woman in the British Empire," whose bust needs dusting.

Text from Barry's first book, Otherwise Fine, has been incorporated, particularly in the chapters addressing the fears of incompleteness and of not having mattered, as well as in the chapter on letting go of the physical frame.

Praise for Otherwise Fine

"Susan Barry performs a great service for us in this guide through the depths, reefs, shoals and safe channels of our death-related anxieties. She draws effectively from research findings and insightful observations that have too often remained out of sight in specialist libraries."
-Robert J. Kastenbaum, PhD, professor emeritus, Arizona State University. Author of Death, Society and Human Experience (Eleventh Edition), The Psychology of Death (Third Edition), and On Our Way: The Final Passage Through Life and Death.

"This is a rare book that compiles strong scholarship with fascinating, honest, and even humorous, personal self-discovery. The vanity temptation of every writer or artist-preening or personal therapy-is overcome, which empathically benefits us all. The result is an original and important work."
-Michael Gregoric, PhD, professor emeritus, University of Connecticut. Author of Principles in Modern Dramatic Criticism. Contributor to Videotherapy in Mental Health.

 

About Susan Barry

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Susan Barry was the originator and first Administrative Director of the Rice University Publishing Program. She was involved subsequently in regional book promotion for New York publishers. A number of freelance writing credits include a television scriptwriting award, newspaper book reviews, and a children’s play which was placed in the National Archives. Hospice-related, she produced a hands-on training video for caregivers, and has been both a professional and volunteer member of a hospice team. A lifelong student of world religions and spiritualities, she resides near Austin, Texas.
 
Published February 6, 2013 by Balboa Press. 142 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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