Spirit : Exploring
the Parapsychology of Spirituality
T. Tart (Editor)
With Body Mind
the leading figures in parapsychology finally break the self-imposed
that has sequestered the field behind a wall of methodology and
data. Researchers, including William Roll, Michael Grosso, and Rhea
reveal how their work and that of their peers is a prelude to a
in the relationship between science and spirituality. While Body
Spirit doesn't spend time arguing for the validity of paranormal
it is no less important than any experimental test data in its efforts
to crack Western dogma that has relegated science to the material world
and designated the church as sole proprietor of the spiritual realm.
paradigm presented by these authors opens the door to scientific
of a milieu that transcends the boundaries set by mainstream
Addressing the split
practitioners of science and those of spirituality, Charles Tart
the considerations of well-known researchers and authors such as
Roll, Ramakrishna Rao, Michael Grosso, and Jeffrey
on such subjects as God, life after death, channeling, and other
A ground-breaking work that may surprise many readers.
Charles T. Tart (email@example.com)
, February 8, 1998
The world's most
(and negative) religion is Scientism, and you, dear reader, are
a member of that church at least part of the time, whether you know it
or not. A lot of (useless) conflict and suffering has occurred in our
because of that.
happens to essential science when there is a mental hardening of the
when arrogance makes us think we know it all and automatically scoff at
and dismiss anything that doesn't fit our supposedly scientific
our "ism." Scientism scoffs at and invalidates the entire spiritual
of people and so causes great suffering, for when any real part of us
denied, we get psychologically sick.
science, specifically rigorous work in parapsychology, shows the mind
do things that the brain and body, the material part, the only part of
humanity that Scientism recognizes, cannot do, and the implications of
these findings (which is what "Body Mind Spirit" is all about) open us
to look at the realm of spirit without rejecting all the good aspects
science. I believe knowledge of these findings and their implications
vital for our mental and spiritual health as modern people.
In essence, I am
proud to be both a tough-minded scientist AND a spiritual seeker,
this book is about why I can say that. I hope it will also help you
a better integration of our spiritual and rational sides, which are
part of Reality.