Synopses & Reviews
The spiritual path is like any other road-it's going to have its share of potholes. Perhaps the best way to avoid them is through discernment, the quality of open-eyed awareness and honest perception that helps us turn challenges into opportunity, lessons into growth. In Eyes Wide Open, Mariana Caplan invites readers to join her on a quest for truth along the often bumpy journey of the spiritual life. Building on the foundation she laid with her previous works Halfway Up the Mountain (Hohm, 1999) and Do You Need a Guru? (Thorsons, 2002), Caplan challenges us to take full responsibility for our lives, as we investigate: What is spirituality anyway? Feeding the hungry heart in contemporary Western culture Spiritually transmitted diseases-the common traps of modern spirituality, and how to avoid them The universal theme of the Healing Crisis-and how discernment provides a life raft for such times Fully integrated spirituality-balancing body, psyche, and spirit for potent transformation We evolve spiritually by cultivating discernment that is powerful enough to pierce through confusion on every level of our experience, explains Mariana Caplan. To help us along the way, this fellow traveler now offers Eyes Wide Open.
The spiritual path is like any other road--it's going to have its share of potholes and detours. Safe travel requires a quality rarely taught yet critically important in today's world: discernment.
In Eyes Wide Open, Mariana Caplan supports us in cultivating the acute judgment and discrimination that will help us to live a spiritual life with intelligence, clarity, and authenticity.
Is enlightenment less about fireworks and bliss and more about dismantling illusions? How do we fully integrate our practice into daily living? What's the best way to work with the ego and the shadow? Eyes Wide Open explores these questions and more, offering practitioners from any tradition--or those just getting started--a traveler's guide through "the labyrinth of increasing subtlety" that defines a genuine spiritual life.
Eyes Wide Open has received the following awards:
- 2010 Gold IPPY--New Age (Mind-Body-Spirit)
- 2010 Gold Living Now Award--Enlightenment/Spirituality
- 2010 Silver Nautilus Award--Spirituality