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Measuring the Immeasurable
The Scientific Case for Spirituality

by Daniel Goleman, Gary Small, Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Lynne McTaggart, et al.

      The oxymoronic title Measuring the Immeasurable is like the typical oxymoron—even though it seems contradictory, there is some truth in it.

For decades science and spirituality and related subjects were never considered in the same sentence.  There was science and there was spirituality and never the twain would meet.  More than 50 authors provide examples with scientific experiments of how spirituality affects our lives and does it in a positive manner.

The essays cover a wide range of topics so the reader can choose a topic that he or she feels will improve the quality of his or her life.  For example, "Compassion and Healing" by Larry  Dossey shows how compassion and sympathy have great value in caring for the sick, and he does it with scientific experiments.  Peter Levine provides similar evidence in his essay, "Trauma and Spirituality."

We all "know" that gratitude is good for our wellbeing, but for ages this concept was not investigated by scientists.  In his essay, "Gratitude: The Science and Spirit of Thankfulness," Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. gives scientific evidence that people who truly feel and display gratitude improve their lives dramatically when compared to those people who do not show or feel gratitude.

Some of the essays are more difficult to read than others, but readers should find essays that will help improve the quality of their lives.

It is surprising and interesting how close some of these experiment and their results come to such spiritual practices such as mediation, yoga and energy healing.

The Book

Sounds True
September 1, 2008
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The Reviewer

Willie Elliott
Reviewed 2008
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