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What Other People Are Saying

AWARDS:

Ben Franklin Award, from the Independent Book Publisher's Association: The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician, won a silver medal in the Body, Mind & Spirit category.

The New England Book Festival: Spiritual Books Category-2012,  The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician, won an honorable mention award.

The Great Southwest Book Festival: Spiritual Books Category-2013, The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician, won an honorable mention award.

The Hollywood Book Festival, Spiritual Books Category-2013, The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician, won an honorable mention award.

BACK COVER QUOTES:

Dr. Michael Mayer has helped numerous people through his knowledge of psychotherapeutic principles, internal martial arts practices, and life style enhancement. Readers of this book will find Dr. Mayer's personal story an engrossing one, and may be motivated to recast their own beliefs and behaviors, even reluctantly, into a metaphysical mode. 

—Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Alan Watts Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University
Co-author, Personal Mythology

 

In the 1970s Dr. Michael Mayer began his study of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with me. With continuous diligence, devotion, and skill he grows and ages with me as faithful student and friend. It delights my eyes and warms my heart to witness the masterful way Dr. Mayer creates a joining of hands between Eastern and Western spiritual traditions in this book.

—Fong Ha, internationally recognized grandmaster
of Tai Chi Chuan and Yi Chuan Qigong

 

Behind the veil of our everyday experiences there is another reality that beckons our attention. Michael Mayer’s revelations in this domain are a guide for anyone who desires a richer and more fulfilling experience of life.  If you think life must contain more juice than you have known so far, this book is for you.

—Larry Dossey, MD
Author, Healing Words

REVIEWS:

Kirkus Reviews says: "A meaningful contribution to the spiritual self-help library…A psychologist blends spiritual paths from the East, West, and beyond for an innovative approach to healing…an expansive tale told with humility and insight." 

The Midwest Book Review says (December, 2012): "...much to ponder on the spirtual world and how to better understand it...the metaphysical is not taken lightly in "The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician."  ...How to better piece together one's place and soul for the ones who don't delve into the ideas that the stars determine our destiny. Worth considering  for spirituality and metaphysical collections..."

The Mindquest Review of Books by Lightword Publishing (2013): This book explains why negative experiences, or just coping with today's reality, offers opportunity for accessing your inner "Genii" to create a better life. Dr Mayer reveals ancient secrets and methods to cope with common problems and for entering a rewarding life path. Mindquest recommends and reviews the book, The Path of the Reluctant Metaphysician, as "exceptional."

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

I love Michael's new book, a fascinating storytelling from a thoughtful revolutionary in the field of healing. The tile of the "reluctant metaphysician" represents a humble invitation from a passionate healer who skillfully combines personal stories with historical myths and firm evidence from his clinical practice. I will use this book as a reference in my practice and will recomend it to many of my patients.

Wes Rocki MD, PhD
N. Virginia Mind Body Medicine Clinic
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work Worth Reading August 20, 2012, on Amazon.com
By Mathew
Dr. Mayer's book is a well written guide to understanding our own path in life's mysteries and inspired wisdom. Using stories of his own life, he created a context of observing my own experiences which was very valuable. Looking at my own experiences with the context of Dr. Mayer's, and combined with his scholarly knowledge and insights of the world's wisdom schools, gave me a refreshing appreciation of the inspiration on my own path.I was moved by his transparency and willingness to share some painful times in life where real growth and self realization took place. Dr. Mayer helped me see that I was indeed a "Reluctant Meta-Physician" myself and that what I perceived as odd experiences and perspectives were actually inspired moments for me to realize my own gifting and calling.I highly recommend "Reluctant Meta-Physician" as a book to read, study, and meditate on. I believe readers will find refreshing perspectives of their own journey and a context for growth and inspiration for their path.
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Early Signs of Being a Metaphysician

The Metaphysical Threads of Life

 

…the metaphysical part of all of us is he or she who is aware

 of the weaving of the threads of time into the fabric (space-time) of eternity.

—Michael Mayer,
The Path of the Reluctant Metaphysician

When I was young I looked at trees and wondered what I would be like and what the tree would be like in many years, and I tried to picture what people would look like when they were older. What were the early signs that you were metaphysically inclined?

What were the early signs that you were a metaphysician?

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What Is a Reluctant Metaphysician?

My philosophy is that psychological issues and bodily disease are "divina afflictios" (divine afflictions) giving us opportunities for psycho-spiritual growth, soul-making, and finding the source of healing.

Are you a Reluctant Metaphysician? A career change, an upsetting external event, a serious illness, a painful breakup, or an unravelling culture can all be invitations to enter a deeper world behind the world. You may not have chosen to go there, but you evolve thereby. No less than Persephone’s abduction created a journey to her becoming a Queen of the underworld and a rebirth into a new life stance, so can our world be transformed at such times.

The Path of the Reluctant Metaphysician leads each of us to create a holistic spiritual philosophy in our current times of the “great unraveling” of our political, economic, cultural, and ecological world.  The metaphysical path incorporates the spiritual path, but includes both “spiritual” and “soulful” pathways (Hillman, 1975). Daniels (2009) calls for an “all vector” approach to spiritual traditions. The path of the Reluctant Metaphysician is such a path… an integral approach to finding your life stance in troubled times.

Each soul’s purpose is to take the joyful and painful stories of our lives, and from those experiences to weave a “coat of many colors” to pass on to our children or future generations, as biblical Joseph’s father Jacob did. Each of us weaves together our unique quilt from the threads of various spiritual traditions we have explored (blue threads), the light hearted moments we have experienced (golden threads), the wounds we have suffered (red threads), the places in nature that have become our sanctuaries (green threads), the people we have met (uniquely colored threads), and from our dreams and visions (purple threads).