In the Company of Sages: The Journey of the Spiritual Seeker

In the Company of Sages

The Journey of the Spiritual Seeker

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ISBN10: 1620553848 ISBN13: 9781620553848 Publisher: Inner Traditions Published: Feb 5 2015 Pages: 307 Weight: 1.14lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English

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Explains how to successfully navigate each of the nine stages of spiritual apprenticeship, from choosing a teacher to teaching others • Explores how to approach a teacher for initiation, including gauging your inner response for trust and resonance with the teacher • Reveals how most students eventually need to separate from their teacher and how to negotiate the emotional conflicts that can arise at this stage • Shares his encounters with several provocative spiritual mentors and details spiritual lessons learned through confronting doubts and fears In the search for inner awakening and self-realization, a spiritual mentor can be key to advancement. Yet the process of finding an authentic spiritual teacher who resonates with you can be daunting, especially for anyone who has had a negative experience with a guide. Exploring the emotional nuances of mentoring relationships, Greg Bogart details the nine stages of spiritual apprenticeship, from choosing a teacher to teaching others, and explains how to successfully navigate each. The author explores how to gauge your inner response for trust and resonance with a teacher and then how to approach them for initiation. He explains how the teacher-student relationship affects the student’s state of consciousness over time and how most students eventually need to become independent from their teacher. Describing emotional conflicts that can arise at this stage, he shows how wise teachers accept our need to separate and graduate while immature teachers try to thwart and control us. Openly sharing his own interior journey, the author illustrates the lasting resonance of his encounters with several provocative spiritual mentors, including Swami Muktananda and Dane Rudhyar. He shares stories showing how unpredictable “crazy wisdom

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