16 July 2016
This book is about:
Enlightenment - in spite of being submerged in outward materialism.
Practical Methods - immediately available to get you going.
The book starts with the author's personal account of his varying circumstances throughout several years. Essentially, informing the reader that starting from a purely materialistic perspective, he was inextricably drawn to unseen forces behind the workings of this physical reality. Now, this is a story theme that has been told many times before, and, it is also the same story theme that has never been told many times before because many have no interest to do so. In fact, in recounting stories, whether nursery rhymes, history, literature, holy books, ancient teachings, etc., after thousands of years of doing so, there is little originality in the themes expounded, rather, it is the fine details, different settings, unique perspectives, etc., that makes or breaks it.
So what of the fine details in the first part of the book recounting the author's journey through the stages of inner enlightenment? It is mysterious and sad. It will be unique to many readers, but should be very relatable. "Money gets you experiences" appears as the premise for the author's failing when taken to an extreme. But taking anything to an extreme will result in overdosing and the consequences. Did not the author know this at the time? Do we not all know this, even if not blatantly thinking it? Of course this is known at some level, therefore, when taking things to an extreme implies self-directed destruction. To what end? To bring about change. In the author's case it took several years. The pivotal point was the author having a mysterious double kidney failure, this organ's main function is the removal of waste products of the body's metabolism, which can symbolically refer to the author's own failure to remove the "waste" of money, status, desires etc.
The author mentions the outstanding teachings that worked for him, A Course in Miracles, the teachings of Dr David Hawkins, and Self-Enquiry Advaita of Mooji.
If in becoming the image of a teacher you aspire to, were you not also prior in the image of that which you no longer aspire? The author mentions the usual suspects of wealth, status, etc., i.e., the vagueness of things inherent in society. Perhaps one day this vagueness will be replaced with actual names of individuals, then their "teachers" could be identified, and working backwards up the chain, the root cause will finally be exposed. Sadly, until then, the author's story theme is likely to be repeated by others.
For the second and much larger part of the book, the author presents thirty ways to freedom and peace from the circumstances people may also find themselves in, as he did himself. These are largely in a western analytical form, involving a lot of content for consideration, some of which taps into the non-content introspection of eastern spiritual methods.
They are all straightforward to comprehend. There are also convenient "Action Point" headings that are easily located in the text, to quickly find something practical to do without having to re-read the theory behind it. You could simply peruse the book for the Action Points alone.
Here in this second part of the book, the author effective says, the lessons have been learned, and here is how you too can apply these tools for a variety of circumstances. Based on his direct experiences of having succcess with these tools, and others also having used them. However, as any spiritual practise, being subjective, the interest in them will be variable, and hence, the success in them will be variable. Some, like number 27 "The Witnesser / Observer", may initially require direct guidance to work.
In fact, most of the methods described require direct guidance to be properly understood and effective. This point brings up the significant matter that when a person is given undivided attention by another, especially regarding their perceived issues, they will have a reaction regardless of any techniques used. Most of the author's experiences involve giving and receiving direct guidance. Without a "control experiement" to compare the results, there is no objective conclusion. Therefore, what we can go on is, it has worked for others so it could work for you. Certainly, the numerous methods presented increase the chance of finding something that will interest anyone.
As can be deduced by the experiences described, instantaneous effects do not normally occur with the methods in the book. This is of course the only way it can be. If it were not, then we would not have the choice to believe what we want to believe - and what would be the point of that? Consequently, it will be up to each reader to choose their own journey plan from this book offering.