As It Is: The Open Secret of Spiritual Awakening Paperback – 1 Sep 2000
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This is a profound and radical work that points to the fundamental freedom that is independent of path, process, effort, or belief. In these pages, the reader is taken on a journey - one that clearly reveals that there is nothing to become, nor any specific goal to attain. Rather, what is shown is how a deep-rooted misperception of our true identity has caused us to live in 'apparent' pain and fear. Tony Parsons is an esteemed teacher who regularly shares this 'open secret' of spiritual awakening with people throughout the world. His straightforward and highly effective message of awakening to life "as it is", is delivered with an impersonal authority that emanates from absolute clarity. Through the direct perception of "what is, as it is", Tony Parsons offers the reader a very practical and accessible approach to authentic spiritual realisation. His invitation is to live life from a wholly different perspective - one centred in the infinite awareness of one's true Self.
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The difficult of realising this total abandonment of seeking is that the very idea " I must do something to become enlightened" is so deeply ingrained that even giving up or "not doing" is approached in the spirit of something to be done. One is likely then to fall into infinite regression when one tries not to try ad infinitum.
You may remember the wise words of Alan Watts many years ago
" Self surrender is not then a voluntary act but something which happens when man finds himself in an ultimate quandary, at a crossroads where every road offered is the wrong road and every choice made, even making no choice, is a mistake......the function of such Buddhist disciplines such as meditation is to precipitate this quandary.."
This is the weakness of Tony's book in that it describes the end of a long journey, the destination if you will, but it is not possible to arrive at the place described without walking a long road (choosing and using a method). Tony does not seem to realise that his own experience which he describes in his book confirms this fact.
I do agree with an earlier reviewer who said Mr Parsons does not actually appreciate his own path or, dare I say it, process, required to arrive at where he is. Those who have come to a similar stand point have usually done so by choosing something to help them along the way, whether it be gardening, yoga, a life crisis of some sort or working with eastern gurus - as he has! It is very easy to say how simple clarity is when you've put it all the work!
However, despite the above I did find the book very enjoyable - I had fun reducing some of his more complicated paragraphs into as few simple words as possible.
The idea of no (ego) self is from Buddhism. Also, the idea of separation as an illusion is also Buddhist. Plus the idea of awakening and immediate radical insight that is effortless in the here and now is typical of Zen Buddhism.
This book weaves these three ideas together in a very engaging and succinct way, but it is not really particularly original. However the author writes is a insightful way and clearly understands these truths deeply.
Also, there are contradictions and confusions which the author does not resolve, - e.g. do nothing to attain anything spiritual at one point and at another, to let go of projections, motivations and expectations, the separate self and make a leap in perception at the fundamental level. Quite a lot of doing nothing!
However, the author does add the idea that there is no one AT ALL, yet speaks of I this or I that most of the time. In fact there is a whole page on I Am this and that. On that page he expands on Buddha's central proverb, I Am, You are, It is, though no mention is given to Buddha here. The author should have explored "self as everything", the I Am that I Am, which would resolve the contradition in this book and other books of similar approach.
The author says no self means no choice / no free will and so you can add no personal responsbility too. This is a departure from most others approaches and the biggest concern of all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THIS BOOK. IT IS MUMBO-JUMBO. The author, I would wager, is a COMPLETE charlatan. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2007 by Mr Anonymous
It has been said that Tony Parsons is such a great teacher because he never gives an answer to anything. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2007 by Clive Culbertson
The message seems to be "There is no you to gain anything"
Tony's book is not about personal achievement, personal transendance or attaining Enlightment at all! Read more
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