After being in the spiritual path for 8 years, John Wheeler showed me I was doing it all wrong. Well, not that I was doing it wrong. The thing is that there is no "I" doing anything, so what was "I" hoping to achieve in that quest?
Some people may say his books are not for beginners. That they may require some background on Advaita or Non-duality. Personally, I do believe these books are perfect for beginners. No information or knowledge is needed at all. They will save a lot of time and digging to any seeker. I went to several retreats, courses and workshops, I spent one year in Zen monasteries. Now I just wish I started with John's books. I would've spared a lot of money and frustration.
I read many books on New Age, Buddhism, Zen, Taoism and many others. I read from Ramana Maharshi to J. Krishnamurti, from Shunryu Suzuki to Lama Yeshe, from Deepak Chopra to Eckhart Tolle, but John Wheeler is more solid and straight to the point than any other - in my opinion.
Till now I read "Awakening to the Natural State", I'm halfway through "Shining in Plain View" and I read bits and pieces of "You Were Never Born". They are all as clear as pristine water and direct as a lightning thunder.
He is utterly humble and simple, no self there at all looking for credit or recognition. At the same time, he is direct and ruthless when it comes to dismantling your illusions. I've sent him a couple of e-mails and he answers with the same clarity and straightforwardness used in the books. He is deeply "interested" in your direct understanding of your true nature, although deeply detached too.
Book 1, 2 and 3 are questions and answers, from beginning to end. Book 4 (You Were Never Born) adds an introduction to the basic points of John's approach, a collection of "pointers" and an interview with a Dzogchen practitioner.
All books are highly recommended. My understanding about spiritual issues is clearer than ever before. The beginning of the end of my spiritual quest has begun. It will conclusively end when I meet John in person. I will travel all the way from Europe to California just to meet him. I have absolutely no doubt that all will be clear and finished by then. That's how clear and sharp John Wheeler is to me.
Take a look to John's website and judge for yourself: [...]