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Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing Paperback – 1 Nov 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Wisefool Press; 1st Thus edition (1 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971435235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971435230
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,166,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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In my life this has been the third attempt to show me the truth.
The first was a trap Buddhism . The second was mystic zen ,also a trap
This I feel is the real deal. I like the truth. Get to the truth of all things.
That's Jed's message and that's my life find the truth and expose the
Lies to yourself then release them. I was directed to Jed via Stephen Davies at [...] take the red pill neo and be truly free!!!! Immense gratitude to you both for my cocoon . Peter
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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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Jed McKenna's book is a delight to read. Its clarity and simplicity make it accessible for everyone. It provides an insight into the life of a modern day spiritual teacher, who just happens to be an every day guy like the rest of us. The book is not for spiritual seekers still looking for the extraordinary, for states of bliss, or for someone to bow down to in exchange for being granted ever deeper and more meaningful personal experiences. It is a book for those who want to cut through all the spiritual games and are prepared do what is necessary to discover Truth for themselves. It will also be useful for those new to the spiritual search. For them, McKenna provides a first - and possibly last! - step in the right direction.
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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.
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