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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality Press (21 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955176239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955176234
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By lesley on 29 Aug. 2012
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John's pointers are clear & direct --- the only problem that sets up 'suffering' is believing thoughts ..... once you 'step back' & see that you are THIS which is ever present prior to thought & is always Right Here Right Now (& all is appearing in THIS) then the illusion of THINKING that you are a separate entity is seen through ...

Other books recommended are Isaac Shapiro's IT HAPPENS BY ITSELF & ESCAPING FROM A DREAM TIGER & Unmani's DIE TO LOVE -- may the end of the search be yours ...
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13 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sue Whitehead on 4 Aug. 2007
Yet again, this is a book which purports to be about non-duality and yet talks about it in a very misleading way.

To quote an extract: "You are present and aware. That is what you are. Everything else simply arises and sets in this presence, which is ever-present and clear as that knowingness which knows and, therefore, transcends all appearances. That is it in a nutshell."

What is this "everything else" ?? How can it "arise and set" IN "something else"? There IS no "everything else", there is only ever THIS, which INCLUDES whatever appears, whatever thoughts there are about what "you" are, and whatever thoughts there are about what "everything else" is.

And what's all this rubbish about a "path?" Where from? Where to? There's only THIS!!

The difficulty of course is that THIS is impossible to speak of or write of, though once seen it is immediately recognised (though even those words could be misleading!)

But this sort of writing only adds to the confusion - not that it matters. All the confusion is JUST WHAT IS. And not seeing that is also JUST WHAT IS.

Why not spend your money down the pub or on a Terry Pratchett or Iain M Banks paperback (both authors who do at least as good a job of communicating THIS) instead of pouring it down the drain of the ever-expanding "non-duality" press to buy yet another book which you think is going to get "you" to where "you" already are ?!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Answer is Clear--Here and Now 14 Jan. 2008
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John Wheeler--one of the world's finest contemporary teachers of nonduality (or Advaita)--directly realized his true nature through in-depth conversations with "Sailor" Bob Adamson in 2003. John carries on that colloquial approach in this admirable work.

Through discussions and email exchanges with a multitude of seekers, John points--with captivating precision--to their overlooked, self-shining freedom. It is literally is right here, right now, as your own everyday awareness. (Full disclosure: I awakened to that fact through reading John's first book, AWAKENING TO THE NATURAL STATE, and through some follow-up emails with him).

This present work is both sturdy and handsomely-printed, and it contains over 100-chapters of Q&As. Oftentimes, the chapter-headings themselves are exquisite pointers to one's ever-present nature, e.g., "It is Just a Simple Recognition," "Awareness Is the Background of All Experiences," and "Stay With What Is Clear, Simple and Present."

As in all of his books, John's magnificent patience is clearly apparent here. Sensing a questioner's frustration, John will, for example, remind the questioner to stay not with the concept of what he thinks presence-awareness should be, but rather, with what is clearly evident at this very moment.

Near the end of the book, John--in lyrical prose--reminds a seeker that "There is no ordinary life...The universe being revealed in each moment is aflame with the presence of equisite love. In that, even the most ordinary thing is a unique and wonderful expressions of the underlying oneness of all."

Yes, this is no ordinary life. And RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW is no ordinary book. Indeed, it is not to be missed.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Awareness and Presence 2 Aug. 2007
By Anne Gorman - Published on
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The author's message is this: Against all appearances, we are not separate people. We are ONE. And what we all are is Presence-Awareness. Thoughts come and go, but we remain clear, and are always here now.

Our experiences/thoughts are flashed out as on a screen, and we are not the screen or actors but the background. The background is permanent.

We don't need to become enlightened because we are already that and have forgotten it. Our Real Nature is shining right now.

It makes me think of the Hawaiian Islands -- seeming like separate islands but in reality are connected at the base.
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Gets a gold star for unrelenting self-consistency 18 Aug. 2006
By Scott Meredith - Published on
Here we go again. I don't mean that pejoratively. But anybody landing on this page must already be somewhat clued to Non-Duality. Life is but a dream. Nothing is real but awareness. This book is a clear, consistent, unremitting, repeater-beacon on that theme. No matter what the question, there's only one answer from John.

However, some of the questioners retain a bit of their humanly spiced vacillation and weakness as they step up to the plate one more time with their little doubts and quibbles. They all take John's relentlessly polite slapdowns with good grace and are quick to blame themselves for not quite getting it yet. Both students and Master (just kidding just kidding!) all seem like nice people (if rather colorless, but after all that is entailed by the nature of their enterprise).

In one sense, what Wheeler asserts must be true. It has to be. What else could consciousness ever experience, in this world, the next world, or any world, other than "sensations, emotions, and thoughts"? There couldn't ever be anything else... see 'The Matrix' if you have trouble with that. So all the contents of Awareness are just the meaningless stream of sensory events and automated reactions occuring nowhere, to nobody. Fine, that simply must be true, it is a tautology anyway.

But a more interesting question remains. Since apparently there is no escape from this SET-stream (Sensations, Emotions, Thoughts), even after you see the empty chair behind the curtain, now the question arises, can it at least be made more pleasant? I would assert that this question might be a more practical take on the whole thing.

In other words, even though I accept the essential truth of Wheeler's bare epistemology, I think another question lurks behind it. I'm still human enough to be interested in suffering. Like The Matrix's Cypher character.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nisargadatta for Western readers 1 Sept. 2007
By Mason Warfield - Published on
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John Wheeler has a unique ability to clarify the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj for a western audience. He hammers home his dual message that we are not the separate isolated beings we take ourselves to be and that our true nature is present awareness. Highly recommended.
The Essence of Pure Spirituality 3 Oct. 2012
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This Book by John Wheeler is not for every seeker. But for those who have been searching in the "Wilderness" for some time, it is the best I have run across. Since my first reading, I have had my share of contact with John.

If I had run across John's book when I first started "looking" it would have been beyond me.

But whether you are just starting a spiritual quest or have been at it for some time, this is the clearest rendition of Truth I know.

If you get the book and it seems beyond you, just come back to it after some time.

I can 100% attest that it is Pure Truth as are his other books. Because it is not watered down, it may seem hard to accept, but it truly is the way Things Are.
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