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Excerpted from The Way of Harmony  by Jim Dreaver. Copyright 1999 by Jim Dreaver. Excerpted by permission of Avon Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"The split, the schism between the inner and outer, between the spiritual and material, is probably as old as humanity itself."

Jim Dreaver, The Way of Harmony, Part 2

Adam's experience with meditation really sums up the message of this book. It is about the inner path to balance, happiness, and success in life. As you learn to make your spiritual well-being your foremost priority, and master the art of getting relaxed, centered, and grounded within, you'll be able to move out into the world--into your relationships, your work, your creative endeavors--with confidence and ease. This is the way of harmony.

If something happens (as it periodically will, for such is the nature of life) to cause frustration, disappointment, pain--or even that learning opportunity we call "failure"--you'll know how to deal with it. This book will give you the information and the tools you need to clear away any conflict or confusion in your mind, harmonize the energy in your body, and tap into the joy that is your true nature. 

You'll be able to meet life again with a renewed sense of clarity, enthusiasm, passion, and commitment. You'll feel the inner wholeness that Adam felt. You'll experience a sense of true, inner abundance, a richness of spirit that will always be with you, no matter what is happening outwardly in your life. You'll no longer feel any sense of split between who you are and what you do, between your inner self and your outer world.

The split, the schism between the inner and outer, between the spiritual and material, is probably as old as humanity itself. At a personal level it translates into a conflict between trying to fulfill one's deep spiritual needs, while doing what's necessary to prosper in the world.

Many people get caught in one polarity or the other. Some become very spiritual, giving their whole lives over to the pursuit of truth: meanwhile they struggle to pay the rent and make ends meet financially. That was the path I took for many years, and it was my own need for balance, as well as my desire to share the treasure I found, the core insight, that inspired this book.

Others go in the opposite direction. The spiritual dimension in life sounds too abstract to them, too idealistic, and so they place all their trust in the material, in the world of the marketplace, money, technology, and things. While they may accumulate material security and do well in the world, there is a chronic dissatisfaction, a lack of real inner peace and happiness, in their heart and soul.

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