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Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing (The Enlightenment Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jed McKenna
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Book One of Jed McKenna's Enlightenment Trilogy
From a spiritual master unlike any, a spiritual masterpiece like no other. 
AUTHOR, TEACHER AND SPIRITUAL MASTER Jed McKenna tells it like it's never been told before. A true American original, Jed succeeds where countless others have failed by reducing this highest of attainments - Spiritual Enlightenment - to the simplest of terms.
   Effectively demystifying the mystical, Jed astonishes the reader not by adding to the world's collected spiritual wisdom, but by taking the spirituality out of spiritual enlightenment. Never before has this elusive topic been treated in so engaging and accessible a manner.
   A masterpiece of illuminative writing, Spiritual Enlightenment is mandatory reading for anyone following a spiritual path. Part exposé and part how-to manual, this is the first book to explain why failure seems to be the rule in the search for enlightenment -- and how the rule can be broken.
   Says Jed:
     The truth is that enlightenment is neither remote nor unattainable. It is closer than your skin and more immediate than your next breath. If we wonder why so few seem able to find that which can never be lost, we might recall the child who was looking in the light for a coin he dropped in the dark because "the light is better over here".
   Mankind has spent ages looking in the light for a coin that awaits us not in light and not in dark, but beyond all opposites. That is the message of this book: Spiritual Enlightenment, pure and simple.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 530 KB
    • Print Length: 326 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Wisefool Press (27 Feb. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003AKZBL0
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Waking Up 7 Sept. 2012
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    If you believe yourself to be a spiritual person (as I did/do), this book is worth reading. In fact, everyone - spiritual or otherwise - should read this book. I can't recommend it enough.
    Although one may not totally agree with or understand some of the points the author makes, or even like the totality of the character himself, it has the potential to change the way you think about yourself, life and spirituality irreversably so. But you must be prepared for the truth. And to make use of such content, you must be prepared to cast away everything you think you know and hold dear.
    A truly exceptional and outstanding book that highlights the first step and the struggle, very very well, toward non-dualistic awareness and truth realisation. It is inspiring in a way that has never been seen before in spiritual writings.

    Jump or burn?
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted & Entertaining 6 April 2010
    This book is written in a journal style format; anecdotes, memories and poems are combined with everyday happenings and encounters with 'seekers' at various points in their journeys in the form of dialogue. For readers already aquainted with non-path approaches to Truth, there are no great revelations, but it is an entertaining read. McKenna is delightfully irreverent, an anti-guru, and playfully breaks spiritual taboos; impatience, boredom, restlessness, likes & dislikes, judgements & assumptions abound - as well as compassion, sensitivity and patience. It is unlikely that you will ever have read anyone state 'I am enlightened and you are not' quite as many times and in as many different ways as McKenna manages to!

    The book is aimed at blowing holes in any mystical 'all is love and bliss' models of enlightenment, with repeated emphasis on deconstructing all beliefs, whether they are 'spiritual' or otherwise - as these are all means by which the ego seeks identity. There are very few tips or techniques included for challenging cherished beliefs, other than truth work and writing down what you KNOW you know 'I am...', but perhaps it will put an end to any growing library of spiritual literature.....

    "If I were to reduce this book and my teachings to their essence, I would say it all comes down to nothing more than this: Think for yourself and figure out what's true. That's it. Ask yourself what's true until you know. Everything else in this book, everything else I have to say on the subject, turns on that centre.
    That's the note I'd like to end on. It's your show. It's your universe. There's no one else here, just you, and nothing is being withheld. you are completely on your own, and everything is available for direct knowing. No one else has anything you need.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Jed McKenna's Enlightenment Trilogy 28 Jun. 2010
    Jed McKenna is no ordinary author. He has written a trilogy of books that are easy to read and very entertaining, yet at the same time exceptionally profound. These books are nothing short of excellent, in fact they're so spiritually advanced that a lot of people might quite simply not realise what true gems they are.

    Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing is the first in the series and announced the arrival of a major new voice in modern spirituality. Jed McKenna pulls no punches, but tells it like it is. It's probably not to everybody's liking, in fact some people might find his approach a bit upsetting, as he obviously seems more interested in truth than making you feel good. The second book is called Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment and is every bit as good as the first one. It contains a very interesting and enlightening in-depth discussion about Herman Melville's book Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics), as well as more of Jed's hilarious and outrageous experiences and profound insights. The third book, Spiritual Warfare, might well be the best of the three books, and is even more uncompromising and direct than the first two.

    Jed McKenna speaks of enlightenment and spiritual awakening, and does so without sugar-coating it. This is not for people who want something nice to play with, something pleasant to doze off to or some new belief or theory to occupy themselves with.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a pinacle for me... 16 Aug. 2009
    Well, I feel that I'd be understating if I began to describe this book in "it will change your life" tones. What I can say is that I'm on my third re-reading of this book and it's clearly been written by someone who is enlightened and has a very very deep understanding (or "awareness") of what it means to be there.

    The author may actually be writing under a pseudonym, nobody knows whether Jed exists, and you do get a feeling at points that it is actually fictional. But no matter, it is clear that whoever wrote this is existing in the state of 'abiding non-dual awareness' and that they have the articulacy and written skill to communicate it's nature effectively.

    If you have the ears for it, this book could speak the eternal and final truth to you; the truth behind all of the madness in the world... the truth you have probably always suspected (in fact, Jed repeatedly says that enlightenment is the destination of everyone anyway... it's a miracle that any of us stay asleep). The truth that "you" don't actually exist, at least as ego has you believe you do. It has meant the end of my search for meaning anyway. That's endorsement enough I would say.

    Everything's surreal after this...
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    In my life this has been the third attempt to show me the truth.
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    This is the first book of Jed McKenna.

    This books from Jed McKenna are just for people whom willing to find out what is truth. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Rad
    5.0 out of 5 stars Crap-busting
    If you're open to the suggestion that enlightenment is basically getting to the truth of things then you won't object to an approach where you walk uphill backwards, retreating... Read more
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    This is a thought-provoking book . Jed McKenna (whoever he actually is) shares his insights into what he considers "reality" sharing his thought with other seekers after... Read more
    Published on 13 Mar. 2013 by john Michael Moore
    4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading for all on a Spiritual Path
    Entertaining, funny and cutting to the chase sums the book up.

    Although I do wonder if it's simply a rebellion against "New Agey" , pure love, soul purpose. Read more
    Published on 13 May 2011 by Mr. R. Aries
    4.0 out of 5 stars ENLIGHTENTAINMENT
    I really enjoyed this book, although I would not in any way describe it as a spiritual masterpiece, because it is not. Read more
    Published on 15 Dec. 2010 by Neil
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening.
    Great book. Could not put it down. This guy is crazy enough to make you believe he is genuinely enlightened. Read more
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