I met John Wheeler at a talk and book-signing event in the summer of 2005. The funny thing was, he wasn't really peddling his book very hard, and as the talk went on, I understood why not - John's whole message is that you don't need another book. So that was my introduction to unique thing #1 about John Wheeler: he's about pointing right at the simplicity of Being, not selling books or anything else. Just showing you the way - clearly, patiently, and as some would say, relentlessly.
Unique thing #2 about John Wheeler is that he looks like he could be the guy at the next desk in the office - no flowing garb, no eccentric hairstyle, no etheric gaze - and, there's no fuss along with his presentation - no request for silence before he enters the room, no bell-ringing, no photos of gurus on the wall. He's just a regular working guy, and the reason I mention this is that it was this very quality that instantaneously brought his message into focus for me - for the first time in my life, I realized this business is for regular people like you and me.
But I'm not saying being with John *felt* like being with the guy next door - far from it. The total clarity of his presence somehow knocked all the thoughts right out of my head (Unique thing #3). I sat in that room listening to people ask John questions, and I was sort of dazed, grinning, and thinking, what do these people think they have to find out? Can't they see there's nothing more to know - that they are already what they're looking for?
The reason I'm making this book review so personal is to tell you that I know first-hand, John Wheeler is the real deal. You can completely trust what he says, and his pointers are very clear. I followed up with John by reading this book, and his second book, "Shining in Plain View," and they have been described really well here by reviewer R. Haigh. A few emails and a phone call later, my twenty-five-year search was over. John is that clear, and that effective.
What John talks about in "Awakening to the Natural State" is not theoretical or metaphysical - he doesn't ask you to take anything on faith, but instead asks you to look and see for yourself (Unique thing #4). John continually shows you what direction to look and what kind of inquiry will assist you. His whole point as a teacher is to take you beyond the need for further help. And this he does directly and swiftly, by illustrating the utter simplicity of what we make such a muddle of in our heads.
Not just "highly recommended" - more than that! John Wheeler could end your search. Don't pass up this opportunity.