Robert has been writing since 1992 and has authored many volumes, contributing to the fields of spiritual psychology, the experiencing of silence, heart, and love. There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and see what reading calls you to explore further.
An introduction to the nature and benefits of silence as a new spiritual reality that can lead to self-awareness and healing in our chaotic, fast-paced world. With its beautifully rich prose, Robert Sardello's book invites us to experience silence as a companion presence—a creative heart-felt experience that renews, restores, and deepens the body's response to the internal and external world. Drawing on images and ideas from the Trials of St. Anthony, anthroposophy, depth psychology, and phenomenology, the book delves deeply into the subtleties of silence, exploring the phenomenon as a source of wholeness and revitalization.haring his own insights from years of experience in spiritual psychology,
Sardello takes us on an inner journey beyond the chaotic noise of the ego to a place of inner communion and self-healing. Silence opens our eyes to the importance of cultivating the nurturing aspects of silence in our personal relationships and enables us to awaken the inner currents of spirituality that ultimately lead to a path of universal compassion, service, and healing.
The Power of Soul is a practical approach to knowing the spiritual world emanation, represented by the twelve virtues and how it works into our soul and bodily life in furthering our evolution into humanity. By coming to a "KNOWING" of the spiritual, soul and bodily interplay of the twelve virtues, our incarnation can become a conscious soul life that is connected to the spiritual world, enabling virtue to be lived right here on earth. It is a practical guide complete with the phenomenology of the 12 virtues as related to humanity, alchemical processes and exercises for the reader to experience. This book is a treasure, which you will want to refer to over and over again if you are involved in any type of spiritual or soul work. Robert Sardello is a major figure in America's rediscovery of soul, reacquainting thousands with its importance and vitality. Thomas Moore hails him as one of our most creative and original thinkers, while James Hillman praises him for breaking open startling new realms of meaning. Sardello's probing, provocative books and his seminars and "soul retreats" through his School of Spiritual Psychology, have earned him widespread respect and attention. In The Power of Soul, he shows us how to educate the emotions, refine the soul, and develop inner character. He explains how to locate the soul and gain a sense of how our soul wants to act in the world. In warm, thoughtful prose, Sardello gives us a new, Western way to lead an authentic spiritual life and gain an inner feeling for each virtue. He says, "Once we enter into the task of developing virtue, we enter into an alchemical process of transforming our soul life into capacities for helping others gracefully, and with subtlety and nuance."
With economies in peril, war in the Middle East, genocides, global warming, and a host of other grim phenomena, the world has never seemed so besieged. The solution, says Robert Sardello, lies with the individual. In this timely, thoughtful book, he explains how the soul can engage with the outer world to produce radical change. Because we think of the world as a vast mechanism and behave as mechanical objects in it, the results are devastation and dysfunction. The key is to learn to identify with the plight of the Earth by developing a true sense of individual imagination and conscious awareness of inner purpose and beauty in conjunction with the soul of the world. Sardello shows how to achieve this awareness and bring what is inside out into the world, inspiring balance and stability. Using the Grail legend and the myth of Sophia—known as the Soul of the World—as well as writings by Jung, James Hillman, and Rudolf Steiner, Love and the Soul helps readers imagine a revitalized Earth by exploring the significance of grieving, the transformative power of radical receptivity, the creative power of dreaming, and a new basis for community.
Heartfulness reveals the mysteries of heart-awareness in short, contemplative passages, followed by what the author calls 'prayer/practices.' These practices bring about the capacity to open heart awareness as our spiritual organ of deep presence - to ourselves, others, the world, and Earth. A prophetic book that reveals the missing 'middle' between mind and will that will open the essential ways of perceiving the way of knowing through communion.
Volume I of over 40 years of the writings,notes, and courses of Robert Sardello, co-founder, with Cheryl Sanders-Sardello, of the Integral School of Spiritual Psychology. This volume concentrates on the works forming the foundation for a spirituality of the future. Writings include "Foundations of Spiritual Psychology I and II", "Sacred Service", "The Art of Cultivating Spiritual Imagination", "The Spiritual Psychology of Silence and Solitude", "Spiritual Psychology and the Laws of Love", "Freeing the Soul from Fear", "Developing the Capacities of the Heart", and twelve other foundational themes.
Volume II of over 40 years of the writings, notes, and courses of Robert Sardello, co-founder, with Cheryl Sanders-Sardello, of the School of Integral Spiritual Psychology. This volume concentrates on multiple spiritual themes for a spirituality of the future. Writings include "Sacred Service", "Caritas - Working with our Dead", "Love as a Force in the World", "The Force of Evil in the World", "The Wisdom of Creative Receptivity", "The Alchemical Magic of Sophia", and ten other spiritual themes.
Volume III of over 40 years of the writings, notes, and courses of Robert Sardello, co-founder, with Cheryl Sanders-Sardello, of the School of Integral Spiritual Psychology. This volume concentrates on perceiving and knowing the Spiritual Earth. Writings include "Earth as Divine Sensorium", "The Love of the Soul and the Healing of the World", "The Beauty of Being Fully Human/Fully Earth", "Earth Eldering", "The Way of Animals in Troubled Times", and twenty-seven other Spiritual Earth themes.
The art of spiritual imagination does not take us into the spiritual world, but brings awareness to the fact that Earth belongs to the spiritual world. Not Earth as we usually experience Earth, but the Spiritual-Earth. By ‘Spiritual Earth’, I mean archetypal Earth. I am utilizing the word ‘archetype’ in the sense employed by the philosopher of esoteric Sufism, Henry Corbin. By ‘archetype’ he means the being or beings who orient imagination toward its origins in the spiritual world. Corbin speaks of the ‘Angel Earth’, that is, the spiritual archetype of Earth as an angel. I follow that understanding here, with a series of contemplations that open Spiritual Earth presence.
In Care of the Senses you will find a description of not just the five senses we are all familiar with -- touch, smell, taste, vision and hearing, but on top of these, it describes seven more. Each of the senses is described carefully, experientially, and, as you will notice right away, with a high degree of alarm that the very basis of our bodily being is so rapidly eroding. We live now, more and more isolated from ongoing bodily engagement with others. The reason, in large part, is the digitalizing of the world, and as our bodies become more and more like ‘foreign objects’, the center of bodily being, the heart, and thus, love, moves further and further into being mind-distance and steadily increasing anxiety and fear. We hope this writing can awaken the countercurrent, the refolding of the human being into the cosmic heartbeat of Love.
A radically deep description of listening, written from the viewpoint of Integral Spiritual Psychology. Starting with enumerating the difficulties of living within a "pronouncement" civilization, the author then details the fullness of listening as a creating process of rhythmic giving-receiving-giving. Listening rescues truth from the current degradation of living falsely, living anonymously, and living separate from the listening cosmos and the sacred Earth.
Spiritual Psychology is usually considered a minor subset of psychology, drawing on Eastern spirituality, or perhaps Buddhism, or perhaps 'chakra' theory, and apply notions from them to psychology. Spiritual Psychology as a distinct psychology perhaps began in 1992 with the forming of the School of Spiritual Psychology by Robert Sardello and Cheryl Sanders-Sardello, and the many writings emerging from this enterprise. Rather than define Spiritual Psychology, this writing characterizes its significant elements through an interpretation of Johan W. Goeth's "Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily.
Depth Psychology, as well and most therapeutic psychologies give an ambiguous picture of ego consciousness. They say this form of consciousness is necessary for functioning efficiently and effectively in the world, but this way of our usual consciousness does not encompass either soul or spirit. This writing shows that the Gospel of John reveals the processes by which ego consciousness undergoes transformation into soul-spirit-I consciousness, and a new effectiveness functioning in the world.
We live from day to day based unconsciously on the past. There may be 'new' events and experiences, but these are always variations of the past, influenced by memory, re-shaped, perhaps by memory and fantasies. Psychology and psychotherapy institutionalize this manner of living - we are pushed around by our past rather than being pulled into an unknown future. This writing, based in spiritual psychology, describes a time stream of the future and gives the practical means of entering that stream. The more accurate name of this time stream is Grail-consciousness. To become aware of that stream takes us into new primary concerns -- an inherent living with the forces of Nature, opening the realm of heart-intelligence, the awakening of community, becoming free of self-absorption, and living in the open mystery of the present.More, this writing shows, in detail, how to live what you can become.
A meditation in three parts, orienting psychotherapists, counselors, and spiritual directors, and those seeking an inner life that is not removed from the daily fare of the world, toward a genuine practice of tending the spirit of individuals through careful soul-presence. Part I is a meditation on psychological experience. The word 'psychology' is explored for it true meaning -- the logos or speech of the soul -- what that is, and how to notice this dimension of human-being. Part II consists of a mediation on spirit. What constitutes spiritual experience? How to develop the capacity of hearing the speaking of patients in its spirit dimension. Part III concerns transformation. What is the nature of spiritual longing expressed by patients, how to hear the speaking of such longing, and how to tend genuine transformation rather than seeking to be an aid in adjustment.
Tracing the origins of money in the Western World reveals money as sacred presence of the goddess. How did this change? How did money get separated from soul and spirit reality? This book details this evolution in a simple manner, all along revealing how money can again be sacred presence. A second part of the writing details specific practices for developing monastic awareness within the world.
Soul Activism urges us to observe the manner in which the life of the Soul is simultaneously endangered — yet relentlessly unfettered. And ultimately, an enlightened aspiration would lead us to live graciously in our dangerously narrow culture without being wholly captured by it, dis-membered by it. Imagine it this way: We are living in a hospice and we must learn to heal ourselves and our fellow sufferers — as well as the entire world itself
Forgiveness is the deepest mystery of the universe and of the Earth. It has been relegated to the furthest depths of the soul by the way it is approached in trauma psychology and superficially oriented religion. To enter into the region of Forgiveness – the sense of it being a place of the soul rather than something we think we can do, we have to take a path into the hidden. Such an approach goes against the impulse of the age – which is to expose everything. This writing about exposure. We do not bring out our pain to try and get rid of it, but learn how to find the way of entering into the pain and allowing it to find a much fuller context. A transforming of ugliness into beauty. We find that forgiveness does not lie ready-made, but rather ready to be created – from the depths, as a calling. An act of new creation! The deepest and highest art of the soul.
We live in a peculiar time with respect to the question of work; while there are fewer and fewer jobs available, there is more work to be done in the world than ever before. Work, though, as the word itself means, is something whole; it refers not just to the act of doing something, it also refers to what is done, such as a work of art, or a work of architecture. Or doing good works. Fewer and fewer people feel they have a life work, while there is more and more worry about having a job. Can this gulf be understood and can we find a way through it -- individually, and culturally? Here is a response from Spiritual Psychology.
"Reading through this volume is to be taken on a journey. It is to walk with Robert Sardello on his journey as he pushes forward toward new realities. In a sense, each step is not so easy. The thinking often appears dense, the ideas often new and therefore disconcerting. But each individual piece, as the whole, is bathed in an aura--in a way, we may say it is bathed in soul; in love, in generosity, and friendship. Attending to these, we find the ideas and the new possibilities begin to make sense. We are moved to change our lives." -- Christopher Bamford (from his introduction).In these introductions, Robert Sardello introduces us to many people we may not otherwise have met and introduces us to many ways of being and thinking, which we didn't know before. The range of those we meet in these pages is staggering. At the same time, there is a sweet harmony and ever-unfolding deepening of a single theme. Miraculously, it pervades and shapes the entire sequence of those whom he presents, even though he often wrote in response to a request, and not initially on his own initiative. Robert writes of matters with which he has made a deep friendship, and out of that friendship he has received and participated in a communion of ideas. He is able to do this because he has entered the aspiration of those he is introducing at the deepest level, making their insights his own and deepening them in his own way.
For more than a hundred years, the various fields of psychology have sought methods for healing the individual soul. Today, the being in need of care is the world. All the organizing forms that ought to enrich life with beauty, purpose, and depth no longer do so. To heal ourselves we need to reimagine the world. Beginning with the myth of Sophia―the “Soul of the World”―Sardello evokes a sense that the world is filled with her presence. He suggests that the soul’s primary aspects―its arts of concentration, meditation, imagination, and contemplation―do not belong simply to individual consciousness, but constitute a surrender of subjective, personal states to the consciousness that is the soul of the world. He shows how we can begin to approach daily life in a new way by practicing these arts. The chapters that follow establish a psychology of the world.
Fear comes at us from politics, war, work, relationships, strangers, movies, and television. It keeps us from behaving intelligently, since the mind's first reaction to fear is to ignore danger, hoping it will go away. When fear takes over, it drives us to extremes of manic happiness or fits of rage; it pushes us to destroy relationships instead of letting relationships help us defeat it. When fear wins the battle, viciousness sets in, and we have miserable lives in a miserable world. Most important, fear keeps us from the one thing that could stop its taking over: becoming present. This book is at once an inspiring manual for dealing with fear and a call to arms to change our situation and thereby change the world. It is a rich combination of theory, anecdote, exercises for strengthening the soul, and the wisdom of a great student of the soul.
Drawing on images of the Grail legend and myths of Sophia―she who is called the Soul of the World―Sardello develops approaches to intelligence of the heart, the world significance of grieving, the transformative power of radical receptivity, re-enlivening the senses, the creative power of dreaming, and a new basis for relationships. Based on a synthesis of C.G. Jung’s writings on the nature of soul, James Hillman on the work of soul making, and Rudolf Steiner on the formation of a spiritual culture, Love and the World establishes a ground of hope for the new millennium, as well as a radically fresh direction for psychology―one concerned with what we can be, rather than what has influenced us from the past. Robert Sardello, author of Facing the World with Soul, offers an immensely human approach to the soul we share with one another and with the world. Love and the World is vital reading for anyone who wishes to explore the riches of spiritual psychology. This is an updated and revised edition of Love and the Soul.
Through myths and legends, the knowledge of the power of certain gems and crystals has been preserved over generations. However, the practical aspects of how to use these precious stones to promote spiritual development have been lost to all but a few initiates. In Steps on the Stone Path, Robert Sardello offers strategies and rituals for recapturing that lost power. Sardello starts with guided meditations and rituals for developing awareness of, and the ability to experience, stone qualities such as deep silence, form, transparency, and color as modes of spiritual consciousness. Entering these modes of silent, creative consciousness requires befriending the elemental angelic beings embodied in stones. Sardello develops these initial practices into a sensory yoga of stones, in which the connection between the self and the Divine Self manifests through the medium of stone-awareness. He encourages readers to wear certain gems or to keep specific crystals close to their body, allowing them to enter the world of spirit. Steps on the Stone Path explores the possibility of uniting our soul being with the soul of specific stones, reveals unknown inner qualities and dimensions of humankind, and presents a dazzling theory of stones as critical tools in the making of a New Heaven and a New Earth.