The Shift Journey: Spirituality, Virtues, and Unconditional LoveAbout the Book
The Shift Journey:
Spirituality, Virtues, and Unconditional Love
Have you ever thought there was more to life? From the wisdom of ancient Greek philosophers to the compassion of the current Dalai Lama, this book takes you on a journey that explores the shift from living in the everyday world to living in the spiritual world–a life of virtue, authenticity, compassion, and unconditional love. If you have felt there is more to life, or if you have ever experienced the call to search for a deeper, more meaningful life, you will find this book a resource for your journey. This book discusses the components of this journey, one that reaches into the heart of spirituality, and delves into the realms of the invisible. It begins with our current situation, living in a world that is too often devoid of soul.
It examines Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s claim that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. What does this actually mean and what is required to embody the shift in your life? The author regards this succinctly deep insight as a clarion call to live authentically and with purpose. Authenticity requires acknowledging your deeper soulful nature and the recognition of your soul’s unique purpose.
- The first section examines the nature of the shift. The author calls the kind of shift Teilhard has in mind a “Perspectival Shift.” A comprehensive understanding of the shift requires an examination of the human perspective, the spiritual perspective, and a thoughtful analysis of the difference between the two.
- The second section is about creating and maintaining the shift. What is the foundation for a spiritual life? How do you maintain your spiritual bearings in daily life? Here, the author calls upon the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle to explain the nature of virtues and the notion of living a virtuous and “happy” life. Also, the virtue of genuine compassion is highlighted with examples from the Dalai Lama. Spirituality and the virtuous life go hand-in-hand.
- Lastly, the third section is devoted to love—the loftiest goal of the spiritual life, and arguably, the most natural life for us, though we may not consciously be aware of it. This section describes the difference between conditional love and unconditional love, and why unconditional love is a necessary quality of character.
The Shift Journey: Spirituality, Virtues, and Unconditional Love is balanced between a reasoned discourse and an inspirational spiritual account of the kind of life we can aspire to lead: a life of virtue, a life of unconditional love, a life of purpose and meaning, and a life of human flourishing.
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