It was a pleasure to have interviewed Roger Walsh about his book entitled, “Essential Spirituality“. This book was originally recommended to me by a very good friend, and I am so glad that I made the effort to reach out to Roger and conduct this interview.
Roger Walsh is one of the foremost scholars on spirituality and psychology, his wisdom became so apparent as we dialogued about his book, “Essential Spirituality“, that I could have engaged in a much longer dialogue with Roger. I have invited him to return to do additional interviews-so stay tuned for a series of interviews with this wonderful man.
Rogers book is about the deep practices that each of us should cultivate and maintain in our life to reach a deeper connection to the Divine. Roger has done extensive research into the various religious and spiritual practices that for centuries have assisted us in cultivating a deep spiritual connection. He makes a point to differentiate between religion and spirituality, which I believe is important. The word religion has many meanings; in particular it implies a concern with the sacred and supreme values of life. The term spirituality, on the other hand refers to direct experience of the sacred. Spiritual practices are those that help us experience the sacred–that which is most central and essential to our lives–for ourselves.
The ultimate aim of spiritual practices as our author states ” Is awakening; that is to know our true Self and our relationship to the sacred. However, spiritual practices also offer numerous other gifts along the way. Gradually, the heart begins to open, fear and anger melt, greed and jealousy dwindle, happiness and joy grow, love flowers, peace replaces agitation, concern for other blossoms, wisdom matures, and both psychological and physical heath improve. Virtually all aspects of our lives touched and transformed in some way.
If you are seeking to cultivate a life of joy, meaning and fulfillment then the spiritual path would be a great place to begin. Our author Roger Walsh in his book “Essential Spirituality‘ provides the tools and practices that will assist anyone on the path of awakening. His book is the best book that I have ever read on spiritual practices and the benefits associated with the cultivation of these practices. I encourage all of my listeners to add this book as a must read if you are exploring the spiritual path.
If you would like to learn more about Roger Walsh, you can visit his website by clicking here or you can watch a short video on YouTube by clicking here. Enjoy this wonderful interview with a very wise and knowledgeable scholar who speaks the truth to the common man and woman.