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Dr. Steve Taylor is One of 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People

Have you ever experienced a spiritual awakening? Do you feel ‘separate’ from society? Have you ever wished to have inner stillness and be self-sufficient?

In this episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Dr. Steve Taylor about his spiritual experiences.

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Meet Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. For the last four years he has been included (this year at no. 62) in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of the ‘100 most spiritually influential living people.’ His books include Waking From Sleep, The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, and The Calm Center. His latest book is The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening. His books have been published in 19 languages, while his articles and essays have been published in over 40 academic journals, magazines and newspapers, including Philosophy Now, Tikkun, The Daily Express, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology and others.

Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ Steve’s book ‘The Calm Center’ was published through Eckhart’s own publishing imprint. This is also the case with his new book, The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening, which was published in March 2017. Steve lives in Manchester, England, with his wife and three young children.

Steve Taylor’s Story

When Steve was around 16, he started having spiritual / awakening experiences. He felt a deep sense of inner well-being, being connected to his surroundings, and luminosity. Years later, when he became a psychologist, his main aim was to study these experiences. He wanted to find out how common it was and what brought it on and how you could make it a permanent state.

In This Podcast

Summary

In this episode, Dr. Steve Taylor speaks about spiritual awakening. He speaks about the difference between being spiritually awake and asleep. Dr. Taylor also mentions the three characteristic qualities of being spiritually awake.

About Spiritual Awakenings

People don’t speak about spiritual awakenings, it is a bit of a ‘taboo’ topic as people are worried others will think they are crazy. But, when you open the discussion, people are eager to share their own experiences. People that haven’t experienced a spiritual awakening are in a state of ‘sleep’. They feel separated from society and are anxious because of it. As such, they look towards status, or materialism to fill that gap. Education systems (and sometimes parents) often teach people to switch off to the wonder of the world.

Characteristics of Awakening

  1. Union
  2. Inner stillness
  3. Self-suffiency

3 Ways That Wakefulness Can Occur

  1. Natural, i.e.: innate wakefulness
  2. Gradual, i.e.: meditation, serving, etc.
  3. Sudden / dramatic

How to Become Awakened

There are degrees of wakefulness, so it’s about intensifying whatever level of wakefulness you have. One of the most successful ways are through meditation. You could also try to cultivate an attitude of acceptance and gratitude. Contact with nature is also very important. The more contact you have with nature, the more connected you feel and the more you slow down.

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Meet Joe Sanok

private practice consultantJoe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

 

 

 

 

 

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