- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Wisefool Press (Oct. 2 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780980184846
- ISBN-13: 978-0980184846
- ASIN: 0980184843
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 490 g
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spiritual Enlightenment, the Damnedest Thing: Book One of The Enlightenment Trilogy Paperback – Oct 21 2009
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If you are the type of person who sweeps reality under a rug or needs to be handled with kid gloves ...it's probably not for you
I like the no BS attitude of Jed
The first time around, I liked it but after 5 years, it's like a whole new read!
If you are on the path of truth (even if it's not pretty or how you imagined it) this is a must read
Beware spiritual bypassers! This book can kill you. Thruth only exist but you dont really know it until you see and destruct yours cop outs, beginning by telling yourself the thuth about your spiritual journey: it has always been and still is the ultimate trick of Maya!
I found his use of the expression "awake" (enlightened persons are "awake" and the rest of us are "asleep") interesting since it is the same expression used by Gurdjieff and expounded in the works based on his teachings by P.D. Ouspensky. I read Ouspensky's book In Search of the Miraculous and was quickly lost in a maze of obscure concepts. But I was intrigued by the idea that most of us go through life "asleep" and that there are ways to "wake up." I once found a copy of Ouspenky's The Fourth Way at a used book sale and brought it home thinking I'd persevere through it and get some illumination on how to wake up. A short time with the book revealed it to be even more obscure than my first attempt at understanding Gurdjieff. So the book went into the bin to be resold on Amazon. Someone else bought it and is probably now scratching their head at the difficult ideas within.
But you won't find any difficult ideas in Jed's book. At least not in the same way as with Gurdjieff. Jed lays it all out in a series of conversations, many involving analogies that you can follow quite easily. The hard part is actually becoming enlightened and Jed is not encouraging about the prospects for success. Getting there is painful, as we see as one of Jed's seekers gets to the First Step at the end of the book. By showing us a cast of characters trying to learn from him, Jed leads us gently through what enlightenment is not and guides those who want to go there to what it is. After reading this book, I'm not sure I want to go there, even though I'd like to "wake up." Jed's explanations are simple, but what he expects you to do to achieve enlightenment is not.
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