Living “In”: A Spiritual Practice for Skeptical Seekers and Critical Thinkers

Living “In”: A Spiritual Practice for Skeptical Seekers and Critical Thinkers

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Sotiris (Sam) Karras, a business consultant and doctoral student in Psychology, is presently visiting Greece. He recently earned masters’ degrees in system dynamics from Radboud University (the Netherlands), University of Bergen (Norway), and University of Palermo (Italy). He has taught mathematics in high school. As a mathematics teacher and entrepreneur, he resided in the States for over twenty years and became a US citizen. He has USA and Greek citizenship. His bachelors’ degree is from the University of Athens (mathematics). He served in the Greek military as a Navy Seal. He attended various esoteric institutes in Europe and the US. He spends much of his time teaching spiritual practice, writing, and in spiritual practice. He published a paper in 2012 in Human Systems Management entitled: “Comprehending Transformational Critical Thinking.”

Harold W. Haddle, Jr. presently lives in Atlanta, Ga., where he was born. He has worked as a private practice psychologist in Atlanta and Douglasville, Georgia, for over forty years and recently retired. He has a PhD in counseling psychology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. In 2009 he published a poetry book titled Seeking Is Finding. He spends his time writing, teaching, with family and friends, enjoying two grandsons, and in spiritual practice.

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Description

As a result of an email dialogue between a mathematician and a psychologist a process of a spiritual practice is described, which focuses on the development of a refined awareness for the purpose of seeking the sacred, unity, and wholeness. The practice of “living ‘in'” involves a training of the mind to reach beyond the limitations of thoughts and emotions.

The authors began the dialogue as skeptical seekers. Both were experiencing doubt about religious matters and had almost given up on their spiritual quests.

As the dialogue progressed, a student-teacher relationship developed. Sam, the teacher, presented an approach which began with logic, and Harold, the student, responded with questions and challenges related to the world of ideas.

Eventually the results became a practical nontheoretical map (mostly spatial) for approaching the sacred, enhanced with a blend of philosophical, religious, and psychological viewpoints to relate the pure “without impressions” practice to paradigms of thought from antiquity to postmodernity.

Essential issues were explored, including the dilemma of dualistic thinking, the mostly hidden religious tradition of practice versus belief, dialectic theology, and depth psychology, to name a few.

The skeptical seeker and critical thinker, who have practically given up on the sacred, should find this book helpful since it may provide an approach to the sacred that could honor their doubts and thinking processes. It could also be helpful to the believer who wants to develop a deeper experiential level of religious practice.