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Light hearted & Entertaining
on 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. no one else can lead you, pull you, push you or carry you. No one else is necessary for your success. It cannot be simpler; you are asleep and you can wake up. If you understand that, you'll understand that it's the best news you could possibly receive. Behold! The way is open to thee."
McKenna also states that you are almost certain to fail in truth realisation: "You're embarking on an undertaking that millions upon millions of sincere, intelligent men and women have committed their lives to without success."