Soaring Beyond self is about the fourth state of consciousness. It permeates all the states and remains after the other three die. There is a path to experiencing this Ultimate Reality during a lifetime. This is the wisdom of the ancient philosophical treatises known as the Upanishads.
Joined to it are insights of modern psychology, death education and neuroscience, punctuated with timeless spiritual passages. Directives emerge for touching that transcendent, all-bliss consciousness here and now. Memorable and famous personages pop in to enthrall and teach. The Divine Sarah. The young author who teaches us to fall. "The most powerful woman in the British Empire," whose bust needs dusting.
Text from Barry's first book, Otherwise Fine, has been incorporated, particularly in the chapters addressing the fears of incompleteness and of not having mattered, as well as in the chapter on letting go of the physical frame. Praise for Otherwise Fine
"Susan Barry performs a great service for us in this guide through the depths, reefs, shoals and safe channels of our death-related anxieties. She draws effectively from research findings and insightful observations that have too often remained out of sight in specialist libraries."
-Robert J. Kastenbaum, PhD, professor emeritus, Arizona State University. Author of Death, Society and Human Experience (Eleventh Edition), The Psychology of Death (Third Edition), and On Our Way: The Final Passage Through Life and Death.
"This is a rare book that compiles strong scholarship with fascinating, honest, and even humorous, personal self-discovery. The vanity temptation of every writer or artist-preening or personal therapy-is overcome, which empathically benefits us all. The result is an original and important work."
-Michael Gregoric, PhD, professor emeritus, University of Connecticut. Author of Principles in Modern Dramatic Criticism. Contributor to Videotherapy in Mental Health.