School of Spiritual Psychology

August 18, 2016

PictureRobert Sardello, Author of The Power of Soul: Living the Twelve Virtues
Co-founder and co-director of The School of Spiritual Psychology, which began in 1992, and co-editor of Goldenstone Press. He has written: Money and the Soul of the World (with Randolf Severson), Facing the World with Soul, Love and the Soul, Love and the World, Freeing the Soul from Fear, The Power of Soul: Living the Twelve Virtues, Silence, Steps on the Stone Path: Working with Crystals and Minerals as Spiritual Practice, and Acts of the Heart. His main emphasis has been to develop theoretical and practical approaches to perceiving and being in right relation with the Soul of the World, showing that humans are pulled from the time stream from the future rather than pushed from the past, and developing the interior presence of heart with Earth, others, and the world. He is an independent teacher and scholar. He is a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and one of its founders.


Book Description

The Power of Soul is a practical approach to knowing the spiritual world emanation, represented by the twelve virtues and how it works into our soul and bodily life in furthering our evolution into humanity. By coming to a "KNOWING" of the spiritual, soul and bodily interplay of the twelve virtues, our incarnation can become a conscious soul life that is connected to the spiritual world, enabling virtue to be lived right here on earth. It is a practical guide complete with the phenomenology of the 12 virtues as related to humanity, alchemical processes and exercises for the reader to experience. This book is a treasure, which you will want to refer to over and over again if you are involved in any type of spiritual or soul work.

Robert Sardello is a major figure in America's rediscovery of soul, reacquainting thousands with its importance and vitality. Thomas Moore hails him as one of our most creative and original thinkers, while James Hillman praises him for breaking open startling new realms of meaning. Sardello's probing, provocative books and his seminars and "soul retreats" through his School of Spiritual Psychology, have earned him widespread respect and attention. In The Power of Soul, he shows us how to educate the emotions, refine the soul, and develop inner character. He explains how to locate the soul and gain a sense of how our soul wants to act in the world. In warm, thoughtful prose, Sardello gives us a new, Western way to lead an authentic spiritual life and gain an inner feeling for each virtue. He says, "Once we enter into the task of developing virtue, we enter into an alchemical process of transforming our soul life into capacities for helping others gracefully, and with subtlety and nuance."
“Whatever Sardello touches breaks open with startling new meaning. Now he enters the great arena of our cultural disorders so that we can suddenly see them afresh. I have thieved privately from his mind for fifteen years. At last his work is out, available to anyone recognizing the need to reimagine the soul’s plight in a world astray.”—James Hillman, founder of archetypal psychology and author of The New York Times best seller The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling

Picture“Sardello’s work sets a momentum into order every time I pick it up, one which asks only that I stay open to that momentum. I haven’t encountered this kind of book before, and I don’t know what’s in it for me, only that I have a longing to stay open to it.… I daresay the work will speak for itself. I can’t speak for it except to pray it finds a very wide audience and works its magic thereon.”
—Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit; Magical Child; and The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: New Constructs of Mind and Beauty

“This book is a breakthrough. Robert Sardello modestly, elegantly—and magisterially—brings thirty years of work in phenomenological, soul-based spiritual psychology to a new level. What was implicit before becomes explicit: spiritual psychology is not just another theory; it is a path to a new reality.”
—Christopher Bamford, author of The Voice of the Eagle: The Heart of Celtic Christianity and An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West
“With reverence and insight, Sardello delves deeply into… the power of silence to heal people physically and spiritually, and the importance of silence in prayer and meditation… Reading this book, one soon learns to equate silence not with the vacuum of outer space but with the rich depths of the soul.”

This books is delicious and terribly confusing- confusing only when you attempt to read it with your logical, linear and utilitarian mind. Once you abandon all hope of 'grasping' these powerful meditations on the twelve spiritual virtues, you open the possibility of being taken in yourself, into the creative tensions through which virtue manifests in our being and actions.
In "The Power of Soul" Sardello continues demonstrating the art of spiritual psychology. With beautiful and highly observant sketches of inner phenomena, Sardello sheds light upon experiences so subtle that they often slip by our daily consciousness unaware. Yet, by entering into Sardello's description of each virtue's profile, we can slow down and begin to dwell within our own inner processes and, therefore, we can take our own independent steps in bringing the spiritual virtues into the world with our unique, individualized touch.

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