Today’s world makes ever-increasing demands on us, but in modern spirituality we can find heartening new solutions that give us the energy, motivation and inspiration to develop ourselves and transform our world.
In The Power of Modern Spirituality, Dr William Bloom, the UK’s leading mind, body and spirit teacher, shares his wise and revolutionary approach to spiritual fulfilment.
His comprehensive and practical guidance will help you achieve a greater sense of personal integrity, purpose and calm, whatever your beliefs or background. Discover for yourself enduring spiritual wellbeing.
Best practice for those seeking to integrate modern spirituality into their professional and daily lives. This is the essential, realistic and inspiring text.
‘This is a marvellous book full of practical wisdom and helpful suggestions how to nurture spiritual growth in everyday life. Connecting the best of the traditional religious practices of different faiths with some of the newest insights of modern therapeutic practice and a scientific worldview, William Bloom shows how we can become vessels for the energy of spirit. Truly holistic and inclusive, this book comes out of a lifetime’s practice and experience and skillfully conveys the transformative power of spirituality in human life.’
Ursula King, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol and a vice president of the World Congress of Faiths; author The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest for Meaning and Fulfilment.
‘William Bloom’s excellent book succeeds in being both passionate and solidly grounded in experience. The frequent accusation that the emerging spirituality of our times is superficial and ill-disciplined will be difficult to sustain in the light of this deeply reflective book which is scholarly, rigorously researched, practical and beautifully written. It also bears ample witness to the dedicated pursuit of spiritual wisdom in the context of a compassionate life. Its list of resources and further reading is in itself immensely valuable. It should be of great value to spiritual companions and explorers of many kinds.’
Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia, Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral
‘William Bloom disentangles spirituality from religion and lucidly distils its essence for everyone. A wonderful and accessible text that will serve as a manual for spiritual seekers for decades to come.’
Dr David Hamilton, author Why Kindness is Good for You and The Contagious Power of Thinking.
‘William Bloom has been hailed as “the UK’s leading mind, body and spirit teacher.” If so, the UK is well served for in his latest book Bloom summarizes with practices and well thought-out strategies the many ways to a deeply ecumenical, intelligently psychological and spiritually meaningful way of living deeply in the world. He is in tune with the spirit of our times and his book serves notice that there is spirituality after religion and even, potentially, within religion. A genuine contribution to contemporary spirituality! One awaits his promise of a “collective messiah,” that is all of us resurrecting and awakening to the gift we share that is Life itself on this blessed planet and this ups the ante on our responsibility to work generously to balance contemplation with action and to preserve our sacred earth and holy selves.’
Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics et al.
Read the Church Times review. (This was a breakthrough, to have it recommended as Lent reading for clergy.)
‘Brilliant, erudite, intellectually delightful, practical, logical, honest. in an age of beliefs which are often ill formed, misguided, self serving and nonsensical this book succeeds in making sense of the world spirituality and applying it lucidly to our lives. William saves not only our souls but our hearts and brains too. Read it and buy one for everyone you know. Everyone who calls themselves ‘spiritual’ should read this book so they know what they are talking about. This book will bankrupt me because I want to buy one for everyone I know. I am loving your book. It is keeping me sane.’
Isabel Losada, author Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment
‘Bloom defines the essential qualities and processes of this new spirituality that spares us from the religious dogma that contaminates our spiritual lives with narrow-minded beliefs. Droves are leaving orthodox religions today, and will find this book a timely and profound validation for all seekers of divine wisdom and purposeful daily living.’
Jacquelyn Small, Author, Becoming A Practical Mystic; The Sacred Purpose of Being Human
‘I love this book. It’s what is needed by a wide-ranging audience right now in these fraught times – a clear and authoritative voice and message. Concise, well defined and easily understood, William Bloom helps us to formulate new ways of being and experiencing reality.’
Nick Clements, Professor of Creative Communities, Staffordshire University.
‘William Bloom has gifted us with a deep and beautiful book, full of wisdom and kindness, which speaks clearly to the spiritual needs of our times. We are living through an exciting period in the history of spirituality. Like most aspects of human culture, spirituality is evolving at an ever-accelerating rate. This book is an important contribution to the emergence of a vibrant new way to appreciate the great Mystery of Life.’
Tim Freke, author of The Jesus Mysteries, Lucid Living and How Long Is Now?
‘This is a milestone book – it marks a new era in human development. William Bloom has taken on the huge challenge of defining post-modern spirituality and pulled it off with aplomb.’
Barefoot Doctor, Stephen Russell
‘William Bloom writes with authority, breadth of vision and inclusiveness whilst avoiding being preachy. This highly readable text is easily accessible and informative. This book is a really good primer for those wanting to engage with the modern spiritual search and also supporting others who are doing so. Rooted in his own rich story, many years of experience and teaching across faith boundaries, he offers abundant wisdom, practical advice and everyday exercises which help the seeker walk the journey with feet solidly planted on the ground. This is a refreshing counterpoint to so much of the self-obsessed, new age spiritual literature – The Power of Modern Spirituality is rooted in ethical values and development not just for personal satisfaction, but for a greater connection with others and a deepening of service in the world. Bloom’s inspiring approach shows how being spiritual does not have to mean a retreat from reality, rather with intelligence and humour he illuminates the benefits that arise from a deeper and more empowered engagement with it.’
Rev Stephen Wright MBE, Professor of Nursing, Chairman Sacred Space Foundation
‘A really remarkable synthesis, The Power of Modern Spirituality goes straight to the top of the recommended reading list. This is a hugely intelligent book that will inspire experienced practitioners and serve as a warmly accessible friend to those who might describe themselves as new to this integrated understanding of spirituality. It is a much needed resource and gift.
This remarkable book communicates the experience that it describes. It literally facilitates spiritual connection, reflection and service through its words and William’s determined kindness from which they spring. In a language that is clear, clean and crafted William demonstrates a loving respect for the essential practices and teachings of the world’s established traditions. And with an empowered, grounded and inspired knowing lays out the ethics and the inner inquiry that an integrated, embodied and inclusive modern spirituality invites.’
Rev Nicola Coombe, Director, One Spirit Interfaith Foundation UK
‘If ever a book were needed by our modern world, this is that book. Nothing is more needed in our world today than a spirituality that can reach across the boundaries that we have created between ourselves and each other and ourselves and nature and enable us to create wholeness. That is precisely what Dr. William Bloom has articulated in this eloquent and excellent book which fires hope and opens a path of healing for anyone who reads and understands its message. I strongly recommend it and will recommend it to all my classes.’
David Spangler, President of the Lorian Association and author of Apprenticed to Spirit: An Introduction to Incarnational Spirituality