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The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening

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Many assume that enlightenment is the result of arduous effort — self-denial such as fasting, travel to far-flung places, encounters with teachers thought to be enlightened themselves. But here, Steve Taylor shows that ordinary people — from all walks of life and every age and place — can and do regularly experience the kind of life-changing moments many of us seek. Taylor ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 by New World Library (first published 2017)
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Janet
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Great overview of what it means to be awakened. I don't know exactly how awakened I truly am, but this is certainly accurate: "Awakened individuals love doing nothing. They love solitude, quietness, and inactivity." "We can rest contentedly within our own being because there is no turbulence or discord inside us. We don't need to constantly do things just for the sake of it or constantly supply ourselves with distractions. Rather than fear quietness and inactivity, we enjoy them deeply because t ...more
Jennifer
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really informative and fascinating read. Only a couple things held me back from giving it five stars: one of the earlier chapters on religions and spiritual practices was major information-overload and could turn some people off early (it's the only chapter that feels really dense and could easily be skipped), and often the book reads like a dissertation which may be unexpected for some. I personally enjoy reading research material so the style was fine for me. Overall, a really great ...more
Johnny Stork, MSc
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are all on a similar path in life. Regardless of our professional, personal or relationship goals, ultimately we all strive to be happy and "successful" in our lives, however we define it. Most of us also strive to become the "best" we can become as a person, a spouse or excel through some sort of creative or athletic activity. The psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of human needs which determine what motivates us through our lives starting from basic food and shelter needs at t ...more
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Endorsements:

“Life always gives you what you need, and right now it has given you this book to use as a guide or companion through challenging times. It contains a great deal of precious wisdom, expressed in the straightforward, clear, and down-to-earth language that Steve Taylor is so good at.”— from the foreword by Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

“The Leap establishes Steve Taylor as a major spiritua
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Jennifer Precious
Essential spiritual reading

This book was above all, encouraging. He describes wakefulness (enlightenment) in terms that are more humanly recognizable than the traditional view of an enlightened person being somehow super human and magical. In fact, it is an evolutionary impulse that we are headed for as a species and that we can all cultivate through stillness, mindfulness, appreciation of the natural and artistic world around us and through practicing empathy and altruism. I won't say where I a
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Sonia
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book answered my many questions about awakening. I was curious ever since learning about Eckhart Tolle. I assumed it was a rare occurrence but have since learned differently. This is also the first book that I've read that adequately addresses kundalini awakening. We as a species are on the leading edge of another evolutionary moment and it's astounding. ...more
Lyn
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I expected it to be easier to read. It got bogged down after the first couple chapters
Heidi Nobantu
Demythologizing Wakefulness - A book to read if you have been on a 'path' in life ~ explored a variety of ways to go in terms of religion or spiritual quest... or not. Or if you simply have not been able to buy that there is only 'one right way' to be 'saved' and get to heaven, so to speak. This is a thoughtful and a scientific look at what it means to 'wake up,' from the ways it can look and feel to a comparison/exploration of common traits across religions and in wakeful individuals themselves ...more
Donnell
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
The number of stars are NOT an indication of the value of this book, which I consider quite high. It offers valuable info on the awakening process and gaining this info could actually move the process along for the reader.

To sit down and read the book through, though, is a bit tough. I had to stop, actually, about mid way through and then jump to a skim of the "myths" about awakening and a read of the "Appendix: An Inventory of Spiritual/ Secular Wakefulness", which is particularly valuable."

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Karen Kerrigan
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

A very detailed account of awakening as well as the different religious groups perception of wakefulness. Deep and thorough but ultimately a great read. It gave me insight into some things that I didn't know and validated many of the feelings that I've been having over the past few months. How wonderful it is to be awake with peace and wholeness!!! Thank you Steve for your inspired research and genuine effort.
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Timbrel
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Validated my experiences

This book is an unbiased collection of data presented in an intelligent and efficient fashion that anyone can read and understand it. I am grateful it was available to read because it was nice to finally see that my experience was normal (lol well, normal for someone awakening anyway). It would be a good read for everyone, from seeker to someone who has already found.
Trudy
Apr 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was only a few pages into this when the left wing political lecturing started. I should've known better, but I'd somehow overlooked the name, Eckhart Tolle on the cover. Then I remembered he's Oprah's approved arbiter of spirituality. Oh, well. It was an interesting concept. Maybe someday somebody will write this book without politics, that would REALLY be something! ...more
lucho
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book

Nice detailed review of the types of Spiritual Awakenings posible in humans, why, how and when they occur. The overall need at a personal and for the overall evolution of our specie. Nicely Done !! Loved the way you explained why all this is happening, not as a personal as a much as it is related to our evolution.
Alis Anagnostakis
Must-read for those on a path of self-transformation

Beautiful perspective on what living an “awakened” life means, on why the crises of pur lives might actually be triggers of deeply transformaritve processes. A great read on your journey of personal growth.
Teren  Hanz
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a mind opener. We think, keeping our eyes open is enough but I think keeping your mind open teaches you the art of being conscious, consciously. But what does that mean? It simply means - inner growth. We may think, it is not easy but it is not as difficult as one may think. This book provides answers to somethings that you may have been pondering over decades. Its an easy read if the subject is of interest but only if you keep your mind open. I think, as human beings we tend to cha ...more
T Love
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Easy to read and simple to understand. While the psychology of spirituality is not new, the way in which Dr. Taylor uses simple explanations, through stories and examples, is. This work provides the reader fully clarity on not only how to get to an awakened state but what life is like along the way. I found this work fascinating and comprehensive. Whether just starting out on the path to awakening, or well into the journey, I believe this book will prove greater expansion and growth to one’s awa ...more
Mahdikhazaee
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, useful for those who are awakened and don't know exactly what has happened to them.\
the best thing about this book, is its simplicity in lexicon usage and nice subtle simply used grammatical structure that has made this book really easy to understand.
Characteristics of awakened people are described in this book, and important ways to being awakened and present are listed. easy to understand for foreign readers.
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George Marino
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This excellent guidebook for anyone on a spiritual path keenly helped me to recognize the similarities and differences with others in spiritual development and awakening. I was able to more fully understand my own experience and gained a perspective that has helped me tremendously in my life. Steve Taylor’s timely yet timeless message that we are interconnected Beings here to awake and grow into our authentic selves. Highly recommended!
Niki Walters
I lean towards the mystical and especially Hindu or yoga texts, so I loved reading about awakening from another more relatable perspective. It breaks down some of the biggest myths and shares an inspiration for where we might be heading as a human species. If you have ever felt like you are different than other people, maybe this book will have some answers for you!
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book 2 weeks ago .. I'm surprised and affected by the truth that Steve had mentioned it in the book through stories of real awakening happened for human being .. I feel enthusiastic to read his other books.
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Eric
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book taking a factual look at enlightenment/awakening and pulling it out of the mists of religion and gurus. Establishes that, in fact, enlightenment is a real process and much more common than one would think. One of the best books on spirituality I have read.
Peter Gyulay
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very thorough study of the phenomenon of spiritual enlightenment. This book gives the spiritual seeker a framework with which to understand their journey and also a mirror to reflect their experiences.
Rebecca
really interesting and illuminating book. i'm not sure if it's the nature of the topic, but after the first 40% or so, it felt like the same points were being repeated in different words. but either way, it was really helpful. ...more
Jim Ewing
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolute belter of a book, just what I needed.
A MUST READ for anyone with an interest in the evolution/raising of consciousness.
Ellen Keener
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
. Gave me a greater understanding of the process of waking up to a world beyond the ego and hope for an increased waking for the human race as a whole.
Anna Baran
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written book about spiritual emergence
Meagan
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
By reading only the last chapter, you can get all the value of this book. Worth a read, if only for the ending.
Sara
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent book to understand the different ways spiritual awakening can happen and how to deal with it, if it happens to you.
Dusica
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book I have been looking for for a long time to explain ‘consciousness shift’ occurring in daily existence. Indeed, a must read for anyone on a spiritual path.
Yameen
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very interesting take on spirtual awakening & enlightenment.
A must read for those interested in spirituality, connection, buddhism, consiousness & enlightenment.
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Steve Taylor is a senior lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, UK. His latest books in the US are The Calm Center and Back to Sanity: Healing the Madness of the Human Mind. He is also the author of The Fall, Waking From Sleep, and Out Of The Darkness. His books have been published in 19 languages. His research has appeared in The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, The Journal of Co ...more

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