Living Deeply

The Art & Science of Transformation in Everyday Life


By: Marilyn Schlitz, Cassandra Vieten and Tina Amorok
Forward by: Robert Thurman
With: Angeles Arrien, Sylvia Boorstein, Ram Dass, Stanislav Grof, Gerald Jampolsky, Jon Kabat-Zinn, George Leonard, Noah Levine, Rachel Naomi Remen, Huston Smith and Starhawk
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781572245334
Published: January 2008

Format: eBooks (ePub, PDF)
ISBN: 9781608826841
Published: January 2008


Living Deeply transcends any one approach by focusing on common elements of transformation across a variety of traditions, while affirming and supporting the diversity of approaches across religious, spiritual, scientific, academic, and cultural backgrounds. Each chapter in the book ends with Experiences of Transformation, exercises drawn from wisdom traditions or scientific investigations meant to enhance your direct experience of the material.

Opportunities to actively engage in your own transformation and that of our world are woven into the fabric of your everyday life. Learning more about the terrain of consciousness transformation can not only give you a map, but can help you become the cartographer of your own transformative journey. Research over the last decade at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) has systematically surveyed hundreds of people’s stories of their own transformations, as well as conducting over 50 in-depth interviews with teachers and masters of the world’s spiritual, religious, and transformative traditions.

No matter who you are,where you come from, or what your current path is – whether you seek to transform your life completely or simply make adjustments that will add a layer of richness and depth to your life – exploring the many ways that transformation is stimulated and sustained can hold great power. Weaving together cutting-edge science with wisdom from teachers of the world’s transformative traditions this book explores how people experience deep shifts in their consciousness, and how those shifts can lead to healing and wholeness.

Research over the last decade at the Institute of Noetic Sciences has explored in depth the phenomenon by which people make significant shifts in the way they experience and view the world. Focusing in particular on positive transformations in consciousness, or those that result in improved health, well-being, and sense of meaning, purpose,and belonging, hundreds of people’s stories of their own transformations were included in the research, as well as in-depth interviews with over 50 teachers and masters of the world’s spiritual, religious, and transformative traditions.

Authors Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D., Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., and Tina Amorok, Psy.D. – will begin conducting workshops based on the information they have gathered for this book. These workshops will blend the rigors of science with the deep wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions. Drs. Schlitz, Vieten, and Amorok will offer key insights from the decade-long qualitative and quantitative research study, of how people transform their lives. The workshops will include rigorous inquiry, group dialogue, and direct experience about the kinds of transformations in consciousness that change a person’s worldview to one that is more connected to others.

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Also available is a companion DVD.


A brilliant synthesis of science and wisdom from the world’s greatest spiritual traditions, both ancient and modern, translated into practical tools for anyone who is seeking more depth and meaning in their life.

Deepak Chopra

Living Deeply is a magnificent invitation to dive below the surface appearances of life and plumb the depths of our shared humanity…and spirituality. Clear, concise, credible, and inspiring it will be a classic in the field of human potential and transformation.

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

Living Deeply is the accumulated wisdom of many of our greatest living teachers, all adepts in the goal of personal transformation. This is one of the finest collections of gentle, penetrating insights available. Highly recommended.

Larry Dossey, MD

Living Deeply provides us with some of the most significant insights into spiritual transformation that I have ever read. Based on interviews with spiritual teachers, leading scientific researchers, religion scholars, important public intellectuals, and major writers, this volume is a remarkable example of an integrative approach to a topic of immense importance. It is marvelous to look through the different windows of transformation that are so richly described and interpreted both spiritually and scientifically. Living Deeply is a major accomplishment that will hopefully become a classic in an emerging field. It is truly a brilliant synthesis. I think Living Deeply will change lives and change the world for the better.

Stephen Post, Ph.D., professor of BioEthics at Case Western Reserve

The timely transformation of our thinking, valuing, and living is the key to achieving a more peaceful and sustainable civilization. This book offers a way to achieve this transformation for all the citizens of our stressed and endangered planet.

Ervin Laszlo, president of the Club of Budapest and author of numerous books, including Science and the Akashic Field and The Chaos Point

Few books on your library shelves remain in continual use. Living Deeply is a wonderful examination of how limited our everyday perception is and how we can expand this by practical exercises. It is based on years of scholarship and experience of transformation and transcendence by the authors. I recommend it as one of those books which won’t be gathering dust in ten years time and will become a classic in its own right.

Dr. Peter Fenwick, consultant neuropsychiatrist at Kings College Institute of Psychiatry in London and author of more than 200 papers and chapters on the science of brain function

Living Deeply is a true treasure trove of information about healing, inner transformation, and consciousness evolution, an extraordinary book that brings together revolutionary discoveries of modern science and ancient wisdom of the great spiritual traditions of the world and offers invaluable insights and guidelines for everyday life. Highly recommended reading for professionals, as well as general audiences!

Stanislav Grof, MD., PhD, psychiatrist, professor, author, and cofounder of Holotropic Breathwork

Living Deeply, the Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life reveals the Universality of what are the common elements of the transformative process across tradition, practices and world views. More than sixty teachers, scholars, and masters of transformative practices and traditions from around the world, have been interviewed, and researched. This is an invaluable and original book and study that people of any age, culture and profession can use and readily identify where they are in their own transformational process, as well as contribute to transforming social consciousness for the greater good of all.

Angeles Arrien, cultural anthropologist, author of The Four-Fold Way and The Second Half of Life

The work of the Institute for Noetic Science has been at the forefront of the evolution of species consciousness for decades. Now this book gently puts some of the most dynamic and compelling developments growing out of that work into our hands. A treasure chest! Open it at your risk, because these gems change hearts and minds…

Jeremy Taylor D.Min., Unitarian Universalist minister, Past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Professor at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.