A wake-up call to all of us who work with college-aged and college-bound students. For teachers like me, it is a forceful reminder of how we have failed to be effective role models for our sexually diverse student bodies. For administrators it will serve as an alarm on how hate and violence persist on campuses and on how little has been done to serve lesbian, gay, and bisexual students. But mostly it is a welcomed note of change. No longer will gay, lesbian, and bisexual students have to trust to chance or the local grapevine for information about the sexual atmospheres of colleges. Now they can finally vote with their pocketbooks on what kind of school they wish to attend. I applaud Sherrill and Hardesty on filling this long-standing need. David Bergman, author of Gaiety Transfigured: Gay Self-Representation in American Literature. Now for the first time, there is a college guide written specifically for the largest under-recognized minority within our country's student population. The authors polled thousands of individuals and groups, centering their survey on the question,Would you recommend your school to other lesbian, bisexual and gay people? The result: profiles of life at 175 institutions nationwide, with specific information on the climate and special services for gay, lesbian and bisexual students and the prevalence of anti-gay violence and harassment. Studies estimate that 1 in 6 college students is gay, lesbian, or bisexual. The presence, role, and acceptance of these students has received much attention in recent years. Yet there exists no resource by which they can judge the climate at the nation's schools. The first book to evaluate the college and university experiences of gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, this volume gives voice to the largest under-recognized minority on the nation's campuses. Based on the results of a questionnaire that was sent to several thousand individuals and groups nationwide, the guide supplies information on how colleges respond to gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, what services students are offered, and what the atmosphere is for them at these institutions. Most importantly, students were asked whether or not they would recommend their schools to other lesbian, bisexual and gay people. Also for the first time, information from students all across the country regarding victimization by anti-gay violence and harassment is collected here, revealing a victimization rate nearly three times the national average for students in college. Containing information on over 175 institutions, this book will be a vital resource to transfer students, high school seniors deciding upon a college, graduate school applicants, administrators, guidance counselors, faculty, admissions officers, students affairs offices, and parents., Nearly half a century after the defeat of the Third Reich, Nazism remains a subject of extensive historical inquiry, general interest, and, alarmingly, a source of inspiration for resurgent fascism in Europe. Goodrick-Clarke's powerful and timely book traces the intellectual roots of Nazism back to a number of influential occult and millenarian sects in the Habsburg Empire during its waning years. These sects combined notions of popular nationalism with an advocacy of Aryan racism and a proclaimed need for German world-rule. This book provides the first serious account of the way in which Nazism was influenced by powerful millenarian and occult sects that thrived in Germany and Austria almost fifty years before the rise to power of Adolf Hitler. These millenarian sects (principally the Ariosophists) espoused a mixture of popular nationalism, Aryan racism, and occultism to support their advocacy of German world-rule. Over time their ideas and symbols, filtered through nationalist-racist groups associated with the infant Nazi party, came to exert a strong influence on Himmler's SS. The fantasies thus fueled were played out with terrifying consequences in the realities structured into the Third Reich: Auschwitz, Sobibor, and Treblinka, the hellish museums of Nazi apocalypse, had psychic roots reaching back to millenial visions of occult sects. Beyond what the TImes Literary Supplement calls an intriguing study of apocalyptic fantasies, this bizarre and fascinating story contains lessons we cannot afford to ignore., What is spiritual enlightenment? You often hear the term "enlightenment" in deep spiritual discussions, but it is almost impossible to find anyone who can definitively say what "enlightenment," "awakening," "union," or "self-realization" actually entails. In fact, many religions differ as to their proposals for the highest state of spiritual attainment -- which is often called salvation, liberation or becoming one with God (union) -- that often do not even include enlightenment, or they may simply recognize it under a different name. Enlightenment is the direct realization of our self-nature, source essence, or true self. This awakening constitutes directly experiencing the source and essence of reality, the original dimension of equal identity where mind and matter are one because you have found the ultimate underlying, true nature of all things. Enlightenment means to directly, experientially realize that basic substance of cosmic life where matter and consciousness are the same substance, which then consequently opens up various powers and a universal visage. That transcendental source nature you discover is often called God, Ein Sof, Allah, Brahman, dharmakaya, fundamental nature, Buddha-nature, Tao, Emptiness or Self. Some of the secular designations include Pure Consciousness, pristine awareness, one mind, uncreated light, clear light or infinite universal illumination to denote the fact that It is the ultimate substratum that gives birth to the knowingness of manifest consciousness. The way to this realization is through meditation and other spiritual practices that teach you to stop clinging to states of consciousness. You must always allow consciousness to arise, but should not cling to thoughts to thus become a perfectly free, effortless, natural and spontaneous individual. As your thoughts quiet down because of this practice, your body's chakras and chi channels will open up (you will experience a kundalini awakening) and you will gradually stop identifying your body and mind as your self. In time you can attain a pristine realization of selflessness (a state absent of the ego, I-thought or sense of separate "I-amness") that constitutes enlightenment. Regardless of your religious tradition, when you diligently cultivate spiritual practice you will gradually pass through many transitional stages of progress and particular spiritual experiences. These experiences can include special degrees of one-pointed concentration (absorption) called dhyana and samadhi attainments, which prepare you for enlightenment if you cultivate far enough. Many religions, both Eastern and Western, describe these possible achievements in great detail, and many such experiences that are not enlightenment are analyzed within so that practitioners do not incorrectly assume they have actually achieved awakening when they have only experienced inferior attainments. The various achievement levels to this awakening of self-realization that are explained. This book is the first of its kind to collect not only the rare autobiographical and biographical accounts from many traditions of individuals who achieved enlightenment (because it is a non-denominational accomplishment), but also the relevant passages in each tradition's scriptures that reveal the characteristics of the original nature that everyone awakens to (such as perfect purity, changelessness, infinity, eternality, and bliss). The reader quickly comes to the conclusion that despite sectarian differences, everyone is actually awakening to the very same thing. It cannot be anything else The pathway to enlightenment is analyzed using many different religious paths and frameworks. Many common errors of spiritual practice and misinterpretations of spiritual states are also revealed to help individuals become correctly oriented so that they can attain enlightenment as well.
The Occult Roots of Nazism : Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke download book TXT, DJVThis practical text will enable the student to develop their abilities to draw upon a range of research training materials and to select those that are best suited to their own research training needs.For a large part of his career, Ferenczi was almost as well known, influential, and sought after as a psychoanalyst, teacher and lecturer as Freud himself.The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they re wrong.
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