- Hardcover: 210 pages
- Publisher: New Morning Books (20 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985691107
- ISBN-13: 978-0985691103
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,049,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sudden Awakening Hardcover – 20 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Eli Jaxon-Bear has worked as a mailboy, dishwasher, steel-worker, teacher, and organic farmer. He was a community organizer with VISTA in Chicago and Detroit before entering a doctorate program at the Graduate School of International Studies in Denver, Colorado. He has been living with his partner and wife Gangaji since 1976. They currently reside in Ashland, Oregon. Eli meets people and teaches through the Leela Foundation: www.leela.org.
Top Customer Reviews
Eli's wife, Gangaji is a true spiritual teacher and Eli here in simple words lays out what their teacher Papaji taught them. It could change your life.
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Everyone should read this book-to feel more in-tune to their own spiritual well-being, as well as to understand how we are all spiritually connected to each other. I honestly LOVED this book!!
Eli's expression is fresh, deeply insightful, but very easy and enjoyable to read. I experienced a wonderful balance between a ruthless pointing to my own experience of what is un-examined and unconscious - and a lightness of being... a confirmation and support to realize that what I truly want and love, is what I already am, right now.
To those readers who are just hearing the liberating words of truth (spoken by one who is realizing it) for the first time, this book offers a powerful and clear initiation and invitation to awaken. To those fortunate enough to have already received that redemptive instant of Grace, this book offers deep support for staying true to what Grace has revealed. It is an offering of love and wisdom from a deeply realized Teacher.
One of the liberating insights that I have received from this book (that is still reverberating) is to view the function of the "ego" from the point of view of the DNA, with its programmed imperative to survive and replicate. I really got how what is called "ego", which is the experience of being a separate something, is just an advanced program for survival! I can see that at one stage in the evolution of our species it was effective and likely necessary, but now it is outdated and ironically the greatest threat to the human DNA's survival.
As a result of trying on this perspective, something unexpected happened. It uncovered a sense of shame that I had felt during all the years (or lifetimes) when I experienced deep suffering by imagining myself to be separate from God, my own heart and all of life. Understanding the impersonal and functional role of the "ego" allowed this hidden shame to surface and discharge into an experience of compassion for this human ordeal of life experienced as a separate self.
Eli is clearly an Ally and Friend to those who are called to realize the truth that lies beneath the appearance, and to be in service to that. I hope his book finds a wide audience and that it serves to stop the reader's mind, allowing attention to fall into direct experience and reveal the lasting peace that is already present.