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Guru Papers Masks of Authoritarian Power

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The Guru Papers demonstrates with uncompromising clarity that authoritarian control, which once held societies together, is now at the core of personal, social, and planetary problems, and thus a key factor in social disintegration. It illustrates how authoritarianism is embedded in the way people think, hiding in culture, values, daily life, and in the very morality people try to live by. The book unmasks authoritarianism in such areas as relationships, cults, 12-step groups, religion, and contemporary morality. Chapters on addiction and love show the insidious nature of authoritarian values and ideologies in the most intimate corners of life, offering new frameworks for understanding why people get addicted and why intimacy is laden with conflict. By exposing the inner authoritarian that people use to control themselves and others, the authors show why people give up their power, and how others get and maintain it.

About the Author

Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad are co-authors of The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power. They have written and taught together since 1974 on evolution, spirituality, relationships, values, awareness, yoga, and social issues. Their Web site is www.joeldiana.com.Joel Kramer, the author of The Passionate Mind, did post-graduate work in philosophy and psychology and was a resident teacher at Esalen Institute (1968-1970). He is a pioneer and legend of modern American yoga whose evolutionary vision of yoga freed it from its authoritarian roots, re-visioning it for the West.Diana Alstad, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, received a doctorate from Yale University in 1971. She taught in the humanities and initiated and taught the first Women's Studies courses at Yale and Duke. She envisioned the Yoga of Relationship and developed it with Kramer.

Table of Contents

Preface and Map of the Book

Introduction:

Why Focus on Authoritarianism?

Authority, Hierarchy, and Power

Part 1: Personal Masks

1. Religion, Cults, & the Spiritual Vacuum

Religion and Morality

The Challenge of Science

Who Defines Reality in Religions and Cults?

Reexamining the Sacred

2. Gurus and Times of Upheaval

3. The Seductions of Surrender

Control and Surrender

Scandals, Saints, & Self-Centeredness

Recognizing Authoritarian Control

4. Guru Ploys

Inducing Surrender

Maintaining Dominance

5. The Assault on Reason

6. Stages of Cults — Proselytizing to Paranoia

The Messianic Phase

The Apocalyptic Phase

7. The Attractions of Cult Hierarchy

8. Gurus & Sexual Manipulation

The Betrayal of Trust

Spiritual Hedonism

9. Gurus, Psychotherapy, & the Unconscious

10. The Traps of Being a Guru

Narcissism and Adulation

Deceit and Corruption

11. Jim Jones & the Jonestown Mass Suicide

12. On Channeling Disembodied Authorities

Assumptions about Channeling

An Example of Channeled Writing:

A Course in Miracles

What Are Channels Channeling?

13. Do You Create Your Own Reality?

14. Healing Crippled Self-Trust

Part 2: Ideological Masks

Introduction: The Morality Wars

1. Fundamentalism & the Need for Certainty

The Essence of Fundamentalism

The Quandaries of Revisionism

Revisionism and the Need for Identity

What's at Stake?

2.  Satanism & the Worship of the Forbidden:

Why It Feels Good to Be Bad

Good and Evil

The Problem of Evil

Satanism as an Avenue to Power

The Divided Self: Good and Evil Internalized

Satanism as the Dark Side of Monotheism

3. Who Is in Control?

The Authoritarian Roots of Addiction

What Is Addiction?

The Divided Psyche:

Symptom of a Dysfunctional Morality

Taming the Beast:

The Inner Battle for Control

Addiction as Revolt Against the Inner Authoritarian

The Failings of Disease & Responsibility Models

Twelve Steps to Where?

Developing Wholeness and Self-Trust

4. Love & Control:

The Conditions underlying Unconditional Love

What Is Unconditional Love?

Love, Time, and Timelessness

Self-Sacrifice, Power, and Passion

Control and Boundaries

"Love Addiction"

Measuring and Roles

Forgiving and Letting Go

The Religious Foundation of Unconditional Love

Timeless Love through Time

5. Oneness, Enlightenment & the Mystical Experience

The Mystical Experience

Dualism and Renunciation

The Function of Enlightenment

The One-Sidedness of Oneness

Holism and Interconnectedness

Renunciation as Accumulation

6. The Power of Abstraction:

The Sacred Word & the Evolution of Morality

Abstractions and Power

From  Animism to Polytheism:

The Concrete Abstractions of Idolatry

Monotheism: A Universal Abstraction

Oneness: The Culmination of Religious Abstraction

Abstraction, Either/or Thinking, and Dualism

Symbol Systems and Power

Transforming the Symbol System:

A Dialectical Perspective

Epilogue: Where to Go from Here?

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781883319007
With:
Alstead, Diana
Author:
Alstad, Diana
Author:
Kramer & Alstad
Author:
Kramer, Joel
Author:
Alstead, Diana
Publisher:
Frog in Well
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Control (psychology)
Subject:
Spiritualism
Subject:
Control
Subject:
Gurus
Subject:
Authoritarianism
Subject:
Gurus -- Psychology.
Subject:
New Age x
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
bk. 7
Publication Date:
19930531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
8.96x6.03x1.04 in. 1.43 lbs.

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