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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Directions Publishing; Re-issue edition (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187801921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878019219
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,073,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a radical call to liberate ourselves from the mistaken belief that we exist as a separate individual. This simple yet profound message, conveyed in a clear and often humorous manner, helps free us from our self-imposed limitations. When we recognise our true nature, we express the freedom that is our natural state and birthright. These new dialogues with Tony Parsons, recorded from talks in Southern California, deepen the exploration that he began in his best-selling book, "As It Is". This refreshingly original and timeless message has the power to demystify our long-held concepts about spiritual awakening and cut through the subtle mental obstacles that obscure our natural state of Presence. Rather than adopt an approach that perpetuates our sense of separateness, Parsons urges us to drop all effort to become realised and discover the liberating truth that we already are what we seek.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D.A. on 16 Oct. 2009
I borrowed this book from a friend. he told me that it would bring easy going clarity to the awakening process and he was right, it did. It and another book of its style helped me to let go of the search and now I live awake in the moment - in each moment. The book is very basically written and extremely easy to understand and follow, so don't be expecting another brain teaser of a book, you'll find that this one will ease your mind and lighten your steps along the road. I've recently come to realise that awakening is a rather easy process whenever it is taught well - and it's taught well here with Tony.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stevo on 22 Sept. 2010
I ordered this book (Invitation to Awaken) from Amazon. It arrived on time and in excellent condition. A very good book for anyone who may be searching for true enlightment and is willing to accept the fact that 'enlightenment' is a red herring and there is no such thing; but that's the good news because the searching is over.
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This is true for me 26 Dec. 2004
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If the topic of spiritual enlightment is attractive to you, it probably means you are looking for it at some level. There are many teachers whose writings are similar to Tony's, but unlike many, Tony Parsons stresses that there are no exercises or practices that will bring you to an enlightened state. "Who is doing the practicing?" he would ask. If you don't 'get' this idea, keep looking. Look at what is before you, right now. Really look, without judgement, without categorizing, without thinking; just look as you did as a child. I learned something recently that changed my life forever. Tony Parsons' writings helped lead me to it.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Incredible! 20 Oct. 2003
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This is an incredible book that helps us see ourselves more clearly and live our lives with a heightened sense of awareness. Many times, we think and do things without thinking about why we are thinking this way or why we are doing such things. Many times we are not even aware that we are doing certain things. This book helps us reach a higher state of awareness and allows us to recognize our thought and behavior patterns and understand why we think and do these things. Once we consciously understand these things, our world completely changes. It is an amazing thing. If you are ready to move out of the rut of life, I'd highly recommend this book. There is also another book that has helped me immensely on this. I might as well share it with you. It is called "The Ever-Transcending Spirit" by Toru Sato. It is also a fabulous book on personal-development that explains how and why all of this happens. Absolutely stunning!
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
The Antiduality 27 Aug. 2007
By KT144481 - Published on
I would wholeheartedly recommend Tony Parsons' books if it were not for his fervor to deny almost all other teachers, whose writings, in his words, "have nothing to do with nonduality." I have the following specific concerns about his credibility:

-The name of his copyrighted "communication" (kind of odd for a guy who rants against practice) --The Open Secret-- is the name of a book written by Wei Wu Wei decades ago. Tony is a former car salesman whose body language reeks of self-restraint, a usual sign of split consciousness. Like most salesmen, his language is NOT original. It may be free from eastern jargon but it is peppered with linguistic constructions borrowed from Alan Watts ("This is oneness tonyparsonsing") and loads of new-agey "nessing" -- if I had a dollar for every time Tony added -ness to a word -!!!- His total denial of methods (oh, except The Open Secret...) has been done before, with more integrity, by UG Krishnamurti. UG never wrote books or charged for meetings! Parsons' insistence that he can take something as free and timeless as nonduality and make it "new and improved" is just a testament to his inability to move beyond the Sales 101 model of oneness. For example, Parsons describes his "Open Secret" as "not only new, but prior to, and at the root of, all esoteric revelation." I can picture it already, Tony whispering in the ear of Siddhartha Gautama...

-Several people have claimed that Parsons is a former Osho sannyasin. If this is true, it puts his premise, that spiritual seeking is useless, in a different light. What else might Tony be holding back from us?

Tony's students include:

-Nathan Gill, a teacher who delivers Advaita in a medium of unintelligibly clear intellectual mumbo-jumbo.
-Jan Kersschot. Kersschot is even more anti-dual than Parsons. He writes a book, This Is It, of interviews with nonduality teachers. Then he claims in an interview that the teachers in the book were mostly NOT nondual and the hidden point of the book was to enable the reader to sort out the REAL nondual teachers from the fakes. He explains in the interview, of course, that the real nondual teachers are himself and Tony Parsons. The fakes: everybody else. We are encouraged by Parsons to discover that the founders of the Advaita tradition are dualistic fakes as well.

-The only teachers that Tony has ever acknowledged as "nondual" are a tiny handful of white European males, half of whom are his personal students! Tony even rejects Ramana Maharshi, the advaitin par excellence, as "speaking from ignorance" (check YouTube). This is tantamount to rejecting the entire Indian understanding of nonduality and, to keep his integrity, Tony should avoid using the word "advaita." He would also have to proclaim himself (oh, sorry, I meant the bodymind called Tony Parsons) the first person in the history of humanity to achieve complete liberation. Judging from the feel of his writing, he certainly wants to do so.

Somehow all this nondual infighting centered around Parsons doesn't feel right. Nevertheless, it does feel very anti-dual, SO antidual that --in Parsons's own words-- it can't have anything to do with nonduality.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not quite there 17 Nov. 2004
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Even though, I fully understand I am "no one" as Mr. Parsons points out a reading "no one", I experienced this book. I think the basis of it is sound, but I can't help feeling as I read it (and read it again) that there is something more that Mr. Parsons is overlooking here in his moment of pure awareness. I agree with the "Humble Guy" review...

Read this, but allow yourself your own experience of it! Your results may vary.
24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I didn't get it 5 Mar. 2004
By L. Smith - Published on
I bought this book on the previous reviews making 5 stars! I have read many books and I found this one particulaly frustrating. Tony spoke of "no one" is here so "no one" can do this or that. I found it to be in riddles and very difficult for pratical application.
For instance, Tony tells us there is no God on page 36, he says there is no God, there is no will....
But low an behold, on page 76 he says God is expressing himself as the table and the coffe cup, basically that God is expressing himself through everything! So which is it?
I am sorry, maybe I am "not ready" as he put it and I am thinking too much..which wont get you near to an awakening..
Apprantly all you have to do is nothing, but wait there is 'no me" that has to "do anything", therefore there is "no thing" the "no me" can do....Simply awaken, sit there be quiet, realize you are one with everything and nothing, which has no meaning, except as awareness....Sorry...I didn't get it Tony.
If you understood my last paragraph then the book is for you! um excuse the "no you" that is an illusion...good look!
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