ROADSIGNS ON THE SPIRITUAL PATH: Living at the Heart of Paradox
An invaluable book for every spiritual seeker, regardless of his or her path. Based on 30+ years of personal observations and research, it was originally published by Rodale Press in April, 2003.
"This is one of the wisest books to appear in recent years about the perils and promises that are routinely encountered by all spiritual seekers. At a time in history when people are desperately grasping for security and certainty, ROADSIGNS is an invaluable contribution from a very wise spiritual teacher. Beautifully written and compellingly insightful, ROADSIGNS deserves to become a classic in the spiritual literature of our day." -- Larry Dossey, MD ("Healing Words" and "Healing Beyond the Body")
"Phil Goldberg offers us a deeply wise and practical vision of the spiritual journey. Drawing on the metaphors of travel, it guides us through the paradoxes of inner experience we all encounter. This is a wonderfully useful book."
-- Wayne Teasdale ("A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life")
"[T]he search for spiritual happiness is not a straightforward road. Along the way, people have to make choices, compromises and do some serious self-analysis to figure out what they want....Like a travel guide, Goldberg offers numerous tips and strategies....[R]eaders interested in spiritual searches will find it appealing." -- Publisher's Weekly
"Whether you are on a quest by yourself or part of a religious community, the material here will prove to be illuminating....Each chapter has a wonderful section called "Travel Tips" with exercises, action steps, questions to ask, and a statement, parable or passage to contemplate....Goldberg does a fine job evaluating the thorny ideas and ideals around gurus and the purposes of spiritual communities. He is even more insightful on the value of a multifaith perspective while questing." -- Spirituality & Health Magazine
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“Suppose you come to an intersection and find two traffic cops, each pointing in a different direction. Imagine asking for assistance and hearing, ‘Turn right at the next light, or maybe left. It depends.’ Suppose that each time you received advice, well-meaning bystanders jump in with contradictory opinions: ‘Go straight for two miles.’ ’No, six.’ ’You're both crazy, it's that way!’ Don't listen to them. My way is the only way.’ Imagine that when you ask certain questions, you are told, ’Sorry, that is unknowable.’
-- from Roadsigns; Navigating a Spiritual Path to Happiness
The spiritual path is a lot like that. Uncertainty is a constant companion, and the landscape is marked by contradiction, ambiguity, and paradox. What we need are Roadsigns -- directions and clues placed by those who have gone before. In Roadsigns: Navigating Your Path to Spiritual Happiness, spiritual counselor Philip Goldberg, Ph.D., posts these signs, along with informed insight and sensible advice to ease the way along the path. Any path. Your path. This wise and witty book will help you:
· Resolve your doubt and restore your faith
· Manage the uncertainties and ambiguities of the path
· Make sound decisions based on your personal spiritual needs
· Carve out a path that is right for you
· Continue your quest with grace and dignity
The spiritual path is ultimately a waltz of opposites. It is as serious as a sermon and as wacky as a sitcom. The way is simpler and more direct than some would have you believe—and also more arduous and more baffling than is often depicted. It is marked by grace, and also by grief. Along the way, you will find comfort, guidance, and answers to your burning questions, but you will also, invariably, run into cul de sacs of paradox, where one precept is contradicted by another, where roadblocks and detours greet every turn, and directions are impossible to decipher.
In Road Signs: Navigating a Spiritual Path to Happiness Philip Goldberg, Ph.D., an Interfaith Minister, confronts these divine dilemmas with profound insight and engaging humor. Based on more than 30 years of experience and research, his travel tips will help you keep your balance on the razor’s edge of the spiritual path, whether you travel independently or within an established tradition. The concise chapters are organized around four big paradoxes that can trip up any seeker: You Can’t Do it Alone/You’re On Your Own; Lose Yourself/Improve Yourself; Embrace the World/Escape the World; You’re Already There/There’s A Long Way to Go. Finding your way through these and other ambiguities can cause discouragement and confusion, but they can also bring delight, wisdom, and transformative growth.
Goldberg is a spiritual warrior, wise about the way but light in his method. The road signs he posts – Use All Available Lanes; Take The High Road; Don’t Hurry, Be Happy; and 23 more – offer a playful, mystical map through the deeper parts of the spiritual journey. They provide not only insight, inspiration and sound, practical sense, but also a challenge. For there are no one-size-fits-all answers on the spiritual path; we each have to clear our own way. Roadsigns will lead you to the best kind of guidance there is: that which springs from your own awareness and insight.