- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 8 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477564756
- ISBN-13: 978-1477564752
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,850,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Immediacy of Infinite Being: Seeing beyond the veil of mind Paperback – May 8 2010
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Desthein came into the world with the gift of an innate knowing of true Being. Ever since a very early age, he has pursued, deepened and integrated that knowing with uncompromising dedication and devotion. Consequently, Desthein’s very teachings point at the essential, immanent reality of infinite Being that we are, and out of which alone, may awakening take place. Since Desthein’s books became available online, people from all over the world have begun to deeply resonate with his message. Desthein has since been sharing his teachings to groups, discussions with seekers in search of the direct experience of truth. Desthein brings a deep maturity of spiritual understanding in his talks and ten published books. His way of speaking and writing about living in the unlimited awareness of Being is utterly authentic and most potent. Since Desthein’s books became available online, people from all over the world have begun to deeply resonate with his message. Desthein has since been sharing his insights by corresponding to countless emails and in the form of spontaneous encounters, and in one-to-one and group discussions with seekers in search of the direct experience of truth. Desthein brings a deep maturity of spiritual understanding in his talks and tenth published books. The clarity and originality in which he speaks and writes about living in the unlimited awareness of Being is utterly authentic and thought-provoking.
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The teachings are given in a direct and straightforward manner, without any references or allusions to other traditions or disciplines. There are no offhand digressions into speculative philosophy designed to entertain and occupy the mind. The teachings stand alone in their own wisdom and clarity and are therefore quite accesible to any sincere reader.
These are not teachings of asceticism, negation, or avoidance, but rather of embracing the wholeness of who we truly are within the totality of consciousness.
The role and function of the ego, the mind, and our world experience, are not demonized, but rather placed in context as necessary steps in our evolution toward the certain awakening to our True Self.
Most importantly, Desthein continously reminds us of the immediacy of our being, and the opportunity presented in each moment to surrender our investment in our personal stories and to awaken into the awareness of what is, of Reality. There is therefore no need of engaging in prolonged practices or disciplines designed to improve or prepare ourselves, since such practices only affirm our separateness and serve to defer and avoid.
Like the proverbial fingers pointing to the moon, each page is filled with "pointing out instructions" which are complete distillations of the entire understanding. Open at any page and the reader is presented with profound truth. Just as sugar cannot be described but must be tasted, following are just a few "tastes" for contemplation:
"Self realization remains of the nature of intellectual knowledge until one has come to a place of complete dedication to the practice of awareness." (p 18)
"The change of perspective is all that is required. For at that moment, as the attention is reverted inwardly and released from the grip of the mind, not only is consciousness being realigned with its source, but the true nature of one's self is also being revealed as the only reality." (p 59)
"You do not need to be a stranger to yourself. Invite in who you really are, and be of assistance to yourself while looking at everything passing by as it truly is." (p 65)
"It is not that the world is merely an illusion. The world is a representation of the totality of consciousness, which is the reality of the known and the unknown." (p 81)
"Because we are in the dark we look for the light-- as if it could be found in the dark. In order to find the light, you must first become a light onto yourself. There is no light outside of you." (p 88)
"Any field of experience takes place within a world you create for yourself--it is you, you are the experience as you are the world within which the experience takes place. You are the play of consciousness." (p 89)
"You are already the permanency of infinite being." (p 93)
"Your attachment to the "I" has prevented you from realizing that you are already laying on that beach, under the sun." (p 130)
"You do not have to do anything for the "I" is already in the hands of infinite being." (p 153)
"The "I" is not a problem in itself; the problem lies in the unwillingness to surrender to one's true nature." (p 195)
"It is not that you cease to exist as an individual; you are simply liberated from the misconception that you exist as a separate entity, and so you are free to live to the fullest." (p 260)
And yet these are all only pointers. As Desthein has said elsewhere, "To take a teaching for the source can only mislead." So his teachings are offerred not as doctrine, but rather as guideposts as we all find our way to the source of our being.
Desthein himself states the purpose of these teachings at p 224, "The reader may well read this material as an intellectual exercise but such a reader will soon be left dry. True knowledge can only be experienced directly, and this is what this reading indicates. This material is only made for the ones who want to go for the experience of what is."
This reviewer has read and contemplated all the deep wisdom teachings, ancient and modern, eastern and western, traditional and new age. Certainly since the truth is One, it has been expressed before in many different ways. But to my mind, seldom with the clarity, insight, and light found here. I highly recommend this book to those who are serious and committed to realizing their True Self.