Training for the Life of the Spirit

by Gerald Heard

A Wipf & Stock Publishers reissue is now available.

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Required reading for those walking the spiritual path, Gerald Heard's Training for the Life of the Spirit methodically outlines the entire course of the aspirant's journey. Heard provides a time-tested roadmap for the wayfarer: "There is a purpose in evolution—to evolve consciously, to evolve consciousness. That evolution is achieved only by the skilled, conscious training of our spirits." The aspirant works to subdue their ego: "For in so far as we are emptied of self, so far are we freed from accident. Our habit patterns, our moods...our natures can be reconditioned, re-freed. We will be inwardly reunited, our fissured selves re-fused."

Training for the Life of the Spirit contains Gerald Heard's essential observation: "Our whole life must become intentional and purposive, instead of a series of irrelevant events, adventures, and accidents, happy or unhappy."


Dr. (Hon.) Rhea A. White

In Training for the Life of the Spirit, Gerald Heard compellingly presents a map for living the spiritual life. He skillfully renders in modern language the classic teachings of the spirit.

Rev. Edmund A. Opitz

Training for the Life of the Spirit is, in effect, a diagram of the inner life and an explanation of the philosophy held in common by the great mystics of all ages and religions.

Harvard Divinity School Bulletin

A good primer on mysticism.

Hugh Chisholm in The American Theosophist

There is depth in the simplicity of Training for the Life of the Spirit.

Chaplain Theodore E. Miller

Beautifully and persuasively written.

The Churchman

Logical, unemotional and intelligent.

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Endorsements for the 2008 Wipf and Stock Series of Reissues

Professor Huston Smith, Noted Authority on the World’s Religions

There was a period in my early thirties when these four small books by Gerald Heard served almost as my bible. I read and reread them, and invariably found them to be uplifting and inspiring.

William H. Forthman, Ph.D., Retired Professor of Philosophy

Gerald Heard was an inspiring voice for the life of the spirit. Wipf and Stock is to be commended that Heard's remarkable work is being made available to a new generation of spiritual seekers.

Dr. (Hon.) Rhea A. White, Founder & Director of The Exceptional Human Experience Network

Gerald Heard has been a continuous inspiration in my life since the 1950s. His books are modern spiritual classics that will encourage many aspirants on the spiritual path.