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We are programmed from birth to believe that our existence is an unsolvable riddle, but if we make an honest effort, we discover that mystery itself is the riddle. Not just what is the big mystery, but why is there any mystery at all? And what if there isn’t? What if the Mysterium Tremendum is just an internal belief without any external counterpart? What if the answers to life’s biggest questions were all hidden in plain sight?

     “If man will strike, strike through the mask!
      How can the prisoner reach outside except
      by thrusting through the wall?”
                                                 -Captain Ahab

Those interested in striking through the mask will welcome a theory of everything that makes sense, doesn’t rely on religious or scientific chicanery, and can be easily understood. And those familiar with Jed McKenna and the Enlightenment Trilogy will know that it’s not just a theory.

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Praise for Jed McKenna's Enlightenment Trilogy

“Jed McKenna is an American original.” -Lama Surya Das

“Absolutely marvelous, splendid, perfect books!” -Shri Acharya

“These books have profoundly changed my life.” -C. Jensen

“These three books are precious gifts to humanity.” -E. De Vries

“Thank you for the books. I’ve been waiting all my life for them.” -C. Vankeith

“I can think of no other author I’d recommend more highly.” -M.R. Fleming

"I say an eternal thank you for the Trilogy. The books continue to challenge my mind and life. I ordered my 4th complete set. Nothing compares to this writing." -J.H.

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8. Mysterium Non Tremendum

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Mysterium Non Tremendum

Please be so good as to believe that there is nothing whatever mysterious about this matter. If it were easy, should we not all be Buddhas? No doubt, but the apparent difficulty is due to our conditioning. The apparent mystery, on the other hand, is just an inability to perceive the obvious owing to a conditioned reflex which causes us persistently to look in the wrong direction. -Wei Wu Wei.......... See All Chapters
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9. The Story of Markandeya

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The Story of Markandey

A long time ago, all living creatures had perished. The world was no more than a sea – a gray, misty, icy swamp. One old man remained, all alone, spared from the devastation. His name was Markandeya.

He walked and walked in the stale water, exhausted, finding no shelter anywhere, no trace of life. He was in despair, his throat taut with inexpressible sorrow. Suddenly, not knowing why, he turned and saw behind him a tree rising out of the marsh, a fig tree, and at the foot of the tree a very beautiful, smiling child. Markandeya stopped, breathless, reeling, unable to understand why the child was there. And the child said to him:

“I see you need to rest. Come into my body.”

The old man suddenly experienced utter disdain for long life. The child opened his mouth, a great wind rose up, an irresistible gust swept Markandeya towards the mouth......... See All Chapters
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10. The No-Paradox Paradox

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“What about time travel?” he asks.

“Nope,” Claire answers him, “you can’t do that.”

“Because of the paradox,” adds John.

“Because you could kill your parents before they meet,” says Claire.

“So your parents couldn’t give birth to you,” adds John.

“So there would have been no you to go back and kill them,” says Claire.“

Anything you do could totally change everything,” adds John.

“And so on,” says Claire.

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11. Mountains & Rabbit-Holes

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The third part of this mountain triplet suggests we’re back at the first part, but that’s not the case. Going into the third phase, the world regains its former reality, but reality itself does not. That second part, where the mountain is not a mountain, is nothing forever. Once all emotionally empowered wrong-knowing is removed, nothing forever is what remains........

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12. The Evil Demon

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The Evil Demon

Am I so dependent on the body and the senses that without these I cannot exist? But I had the persuasion that there was absolutely nothing in the world, that there was no sky and no earth, neither minds nor bodies; was I not, therefore, at the same time, persuaded that I did not exist? Far from it; I assuredly existed, since I was persuaded. But there is I know not what being, who is possessed at once of the highest power and the deepest cunning, who is constantly employing all his ingenuity in deceiving me. Doubtless, then, I exist, since I am deceived; and, let him deceive me as he may, he can never bring it about that I am nothing, so long as I shall be conscious that I am something. -Rene Descartes

THE EVIL DEMON COMES TO US from Descartes. In coming up with the cogito, he concluded that an Evil Demon could deceive him about everything except that he exists. He has to be correct about the fact that he exists in order to be deceived by an Evil Demon, so that’s the one thing an Evil..... See All Chapters
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13. Agrippa’s Trilemma

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“Maybe everything is true.”

“No, not true,” I say, “but you can call it real since it’s your reality. In truth all we can say is…”

“I-Am/Consciousness,” says John tiredly.

“Yeah,” says Claire, “we got that.”

“But we must know more than that,” says John.

“Good,” I say, “doubt and skepticism are the appropriate responses. Treat C-Rex as a hypothesis and try to destroy it. Do that with everything anyone tells you; especially me, especially this......... See All Chapters
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14. The Difference Between Us

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“…the difference between us isn’t something I have that you don’t, it’s something you believe that I don’t. You think it’s real and I don’t even see it. At this point, I can’t even remember it.”

“And what’s that?”

“Everything. Everything you believe. Everything you’re absolutely certain about. Everything you’d bet your life is true.”

Curtis knocks on the table.

“I’d bet my life this table is true.”

“Perfect example,” I say. “It would never even occur to me that this table might have reality. I have no thought that even resembles that. I have no context in which such a thought could exist. Reality has no reality for me.”

“You’re saying there is no table?”

“I’m saying there is no question of a table.”

He looks at me speculatively for a minute, trying to figure out if I’m really saying that I don’t think the table we’re both leaning on is real............. See All Chapters
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15. Theater of the Absurd

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If you think about it, you’ll agree that nothing could make less sense in the lucid dreamstate than doing what I do. If you became fully lucid in your dreams, would you want to spend your time telling dream characters that their reality isn’t real? There are only two reasons for doing something so pointedly pointless; either you’re programmed/destined/ ordained to perform this function, or you’re only dreaming that you’re lucid; a strangely not uncommon phenomenon..........


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