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The Spirit within Us

April 2010
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    23rd April 2010
  • ISBN 9780863157486
  • Language English
  • Pages 160 pp.

Many people today find themselves in situations with which they cannot cope. How often do we have to make decisions for which we feel we don't have sufficient wisdom? How often are we overwhelmed by life’s experiences? How often do we feel: If only I could have enough wisdom and courage to deal with the events, the people, the problems, and the decisions that face me? 

Usually, we have to find our strength from within ourselves. This doesn't happen quickly or by simply wishing for it. Evelyn Capel argues, however, that each one of us has a source of strength within us—it is the spirit of Christ. By developing an active inner life, the spirit within us can be found and brought to consciousness.

However, finding our courage, strength, and wisdom requires thought and care, and in this inspiring book Capel offers practical and compassionate advice. She considers the rhythm of the day, as well as issues of concentration and meditation to help the reader cultivate a richer inner life.

C O N T E N T S:



1. Awakening to our Potential
2. Sleeping and Waking
3. The Life of the Day
4. Looking Back on the Day
5. Contemplation, Concentration, Prayer, and Meditation
6. The Self and the Threefold Inner Life
7. Meditation and Prayer


8. The Holy Spirit in the Past and Today
9. Two Kinds of Thinking
10. Thinking Free of the Brain
11. Freedom
12. Observing Thinking
13. Active Thinking
14. Mental Pictures
15. Limits of Consciousness?
16. Percept and Concept
17. The Relationship of Thinking to Feeling and Will
18. The Moral Idea and Moral Activity
19. Freedom and Morality
20. Creating the Vessel for the Holy Spirit
21. Moral Technique
22. Freedom in Relationships
23. Community out of Freedom

Evelyn Francis Capel

Evelyn Francis Capel (1911-2000) was born in Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswold Hills. She earned a degree in history at Somerville College, Oxford, and then studied at The Christian Community seminary in Stuttgart. She was ordained in 1939 and has written several books.