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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kirk Schneider's to Release New Book, Spirituality of Awe, June 13, 2017

The robotic revolution is here and there is no going back. From the way we raise our children, to our work settings, to our governments, and even our wars, the quick fix-instant result society is roiling our world. Yet what is lost in this delirium is depth, the awesomeness, not just of our machines, but of our flesh, our capacity to feel, and our capacity to dwell in the miracle of the unknown. This book dwells in the miracle of the unknown. It is an intimate trek into the evolving spirituality of awe--the humility and wonder; sense of adventure toward life. Can we preserve awe--the arguable "heart" of humanity--in spite of and even in light of our technologies? Or will we devolve into mechanically driven puppets, numb to our possibilities, blind to our servitude? There is no more critical problem for our age."
cover of Spirituality of Awe by Kirk Schneider - robot hand reaching finger towards human hand
  • The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution
  • By Kirk Schnieder, PhD
  • Available on Amazon June 13th, 2017
  • Paperback: $14.00; Kindle: $9.95
  • To Pre-Order and Read the Reviews Visit: The Spirituality of Awe on Amazon.
The robotic revolution is here and there is no going back. From the way we raise our children, to our work settings, to our governments, and even our wars, the quick fix-instant result society is roiling our world. Yet what is lost in this delirium is depth, the awesomeness, not just of our machines, but of our flesh, our capacity to feel, and our capacity to dwell in the miracle of the unknown. This book dwells in the miracle of the unknown. It is an intimate trek into the evolving spirituality of awe--the humility and wonder; sense of adventure toward life. Can we preserve awe--the arguable "heart" of humanity--in spite of and even in light of our technologies? Or will we devolve into mechanically driven puppets, numb to our possibilities, blind to our servitude? There is no more critical problem for our age.
Reviews of Spirituality of Awe
"The dehumanization of life in the new computer driven society...leads to a gradual death of feeling. When people are cut off from feeling they are more likely to act out in destructive and potentially violent behavior. In The Spirituality of Awe, Kirk Schneider elaborates the negative consequences of what he calls the Robotic Revolution. In this important book, the author offers an alternative in his conception of an awe-based psychology that emphasizes both the mystery and magnificence of existence. I am personally inspired by Schneider s concern and ethical approach to coping with the problem of maintaining one s human heritage in the new society."
--Robert Firestone, Ph.D., author of Overcoming the Destructive Inner Voice: True Stories of Therapy and Transformation, and (with Joyce Catlett) Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-affirming Death Awareness
"In a world where many feel dehumanized and devalued, we need courage and clarity to widen our perspective and find new purpose. In this book Kirk Schneider offers a sensitive and incisive new narrative to help us reconsider what our lives are about today. He gathers wisdom from his long experience, and freely combines this with the insights of psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy, sociology, religion, literature and cinema to create a new vision of where we are heading and how we may change direction before it is too late. Fascinating and essential reading for therapists and lay readers alike."
--Prof Emmy van Deurzen, PhD, Principal of the New School for Psychotherapy and Counseling, UK; author of Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice and Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness
"...a beautiful and important work."
--Pninit Russo-Netzer, PhD, Lecturer, University of Haifa; co-editor of Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology

Companion Video Available

Watch this related video from EHI's 2016 Conference in San Francisco: Kirk Shares Jason Silva's "Radical Openess" [Video]

EHI 2016 Conference: Kirk Schneider Shares Jason Silva's "Radical Openness" Video from Existential-Humanistic Institute on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

An EH Therapeutic Practice Workshop with Bob Edelstein, Feb 24th, 2017


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Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT is presenting a workshop titled Deepen Your Therapeutic Work Using and Existential-Humanistic Perspective on February 24th in Portland. CEs are available. 

Deepen Your Therapeutic Work Using an Existential-Humanistic Perspective
Friday, February 24th 9-12pm and 1-4pm
Hosted Reception 4-5pm
$150 (6 CEs for full day) $100 (3 CEs, morning or afternoon)

Where:
Lewis and Clark Graduate Campus Lloyd Building #107
The workshop is sponsored by the Oregon Mental Health CE/U Consortium.


Details:
This workshop is open to all levels.
The day is split up into two sessions, with 3 CEs available for each session.
Space is limited.

Morning session:

·        Core Existential-Humanistic
   Concepts
·        Inward Searching
·        Authentic Connection
·        The work of Jim Bugental, PhD
·        The work of Irv Yalom, MD


Afternoon session:

Philosophical Frames:
·        Being versus Doing
·        Process versus Content

Relationship Attitudes:
·        I-Thou Relationship
·        Intention and/or Resistance  

Therapeutic Skills:
·        Deep Listening
·        Mirror the Client’s Process



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Recommended Read for the New Year, I Am Not I by Jacob Needleman

Nader Shabahangi, EHI President and Eldership advocate is suggesting, I Am Not I, the recent book by philosopher and educator, Jacob Needleman, as our first recommended read of the New Year. Here is a description of I Am Not I from Amazon:
Seeking to reconcile the split between our inner child and our adult self, eminent philosopher and religious scholar Jacob Needleman evokes the ancient spiritual tradition of a deep dialogue between a guiding wisdom figure and a seeker. The elder offers an initiation to a younger self, an initiation the author feels is missing from our culture. Rendered as a stage play, the conversation between the 80-year-old author and his younger selves unfolds, and an ambiguity emerges as to whether this is strictly the author’s internal dialogue or whether the younger self may be nurturing a rebirth of the author.

On one level, I Am Not I brings younger readers (teenagers and young adults) face to face with powerful spiritual and philosophical ideas. But as the book progresses, the dialogue delves into questions and insights that carry astonishing new hope and vision for every man and woman, challenging our culture’s accepted—and often toxic—ideas about humanity’s place in a living universe.

Recommended Discussions and Reviews of I Am Not I 


For a wonderful, in-depth discussion of the book read Maria Poplova's review of I Am Not I on her site, BrainPickings.org.

Gospel Cruz speaks with author Jacob Needleman about the new book in a post on SFSU's College of Liberal and Creative Arts site.