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Spiritual Enlightenment - Part 3 of 4

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From a Spiritual Master Unlike Any, A Spiritual Masterpiece Like No Other 

AUTHOR, TEACHER AND SPIRITUAL MASTER Jed McKenna tells it like it’s never been told before. A true American original, Jed succeeds where countless others have failed by reducing this highest of attainments — Spiritual Enlightenment — to the simplest of terms. 

  Effectively demystifying the mystical, Jed astonishes the reader not by adding to the world’s collected spiritual wisdom, but by taking the spirituality out of spiritual enlightenment. Never before has this elusive topic been treated in so engaging and accessible a manner. 
 
  A masterpiece of illuminative writing, Spiritual Enlightenment is mandatory reading for anyone following a spiritual path. Part exposé and part how-to manual, this is the first book to explain why failure seems to be the rule in the search for enlightenment — and how the rule can be broken. 

  Says Jed: 

The truth is that enlightenment is neither remote nor unattainable. It is closer than your skin and more immediate than your next breath. If we wonder why so few seem able to find that which can never be lost, we might recall the child who was looking in the light for a coin he dropped in the dark because “the light is better over here”. 


  Mankind has spent ages looking in the light for a coin that awaits us not in light and not in dark, but beyond all opposites. That is the message of this book: Spiritual Enlightenment, pure and simple. 

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"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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Truth-talk in the Dreamstate

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“Jed,” says one of the guys, Randy, “when you say that there is nothing to know in order to be enlightened – ”

“Yes?”

“Well, I guess I just can’t reconcile that with any of the world’s great teachings and religions. I mean, what about Yoga and Vedanta and Buddhism? What about the ancient and European philosophers? What about Christianity and Islam and Judaism? How can there be nothing to know?”

Obviously this is something he’s really struggling with.

“It’s incomprehensible. It’s just too much. I can’t get a handle on it.”

There is a murmur of agreement. The questions seems to resonate with all of them.

“I know what you mean,” I reply. “The only thing to get a handle on is negation; the tearing-down process. I know you want to learn something, to embrace something, to understand. Humans are comprised of emotion and intellect, so it’s only natural to want to follow one or both of these aspects of ourselves inward to the truth, but you can’t.......... See All Chapters
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As Immortal and Fathomless as Myself

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The Golden Rule

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“Well,” I reply reluctantly, “if you’re asking just from curiosity about me, the answer is I don’t know. I get a bit confused when the discussion turns to metaphysics. If you’re asking because you want to know if mystical powers are necessary to achieve enlightenment, then the answer is no; no superpowers required. If you’re asking whether or not you get mystical powers as, like, a bonus when you become enlightened, then the answer isn’t so clear. I don’t see auras or know the future or anything like that. I suppose I could go out and develop some mystical skills, but I wouldn’t know what to do with them. I have no such desire. On the other hand, I have – uh, heightened abilities might be a good way to put it – that most of you haven’t gotten around to developing or recognizing in yourselves yet. These abilities are not really related to enlightenment directly, though; at least, they don’t hinge on it, nor it on they. I’m talking about the ability to manifest desires, for one; to shape your personal reality...........

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The Uncherished Sword

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Raw Human Things

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............equipment bag was already prepared for the season, so all I had to do was throw some clothes and a towel in a backpack, double-check to make sure I had my log book and a few other odds and ends, throw it all in the trunk and make sure the car wasn’t blocked in by others so I could make a hasty departure this morning. And that’s where I am now; making the thirty minute drive to my home dropzone on a morning that promises to be ideal for jumping out of airplanes.I always have a nervous stomach on the drive to the airfield that stays with me until I exit the aircraft for the first jump of the day, and today is no exception. It’s like a low-level dread. If anything, it’s a little worse than usual today because I haven’t done any jumping since December when I made it down to a dropzone in Florida for a few days. After my first jump I’m always fine for the rest of the day. It’s nice to think that enlightenment lets you transcend emotions like fear at will, but as they say to the beginners in skydiving, if you’re not afraid of jumping out of an airplane, there’s something wrong with you..............

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Further

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Layers

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Chris comes in carrying a load of plates and glassware. Chris is okay in small doses. He tends to be very fixed in his opinions, so there’s really no point in trying to teach him anything until he is able to clear out some room in his head. His teacup is full, in the Zen sense; no room for anything else. That doesn’t stop me from teaching him though. It’s not my job to figure out where the words go once they leave my mouth. I’m sure Chris knows exactly why he’s here with us and I’m sure he’s wrong, but he’ll get what he came for despite not knowing what it is, and eventually he’ll leave with it though he’ll be disappointed because he didn’t get what he thought he came for. This is not terribly uncommon. I don’t know why Chris is here and I’m not all that interested. I don’t think about anyone’s reasons, real or imagined. That’s not my job. My job is to speak, to transmit, to say what I know. Reception is out of my hands. I have no interest in the results because I already know the results...............

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Even the Poorest Thing Shines

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..........go to sleep at four a.m. and get up around noon regularly.That’s the schedule I tend to stabilize at when I’m not trying to be normal.So now it’s one in the morning and I’m sitting in the living room sorting through the books, seeing what’s come in since I last spent time looking through the shelves. There are several thousand books in the house, most of them spiritually related to one degree or another, so that, as it happens, the place I most enjoy book browsing is in my own home.That’s on the one hand.On the other hand, most of these books make me cringe with distaste and annoyance and I have an urge to use them to fuel a huge bonfire. In the context of having a wellstocked spiritual library that is amusing to browse, I enjoy it. In the context of not further confusing students already punch-drunk on bogus and conflicting spiritual knowledge,I want to make a pile and light a match.That, for example, is an interesting topic not addressed in a single one of these books that I know of; context.........

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The Origin of All Poems

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Theater of the Absurd

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...........My job isn’t really to answer the questions directly and I seldom do. Ironically, students aren’t really qualified to ask questions and if I simply answered the questions they felt the need to ask then they’d only manage to deepen their own entrenchment in their false beliefs. That’s why it might seem like I never give a straight answer to a straight question. Rather, I use the question, or the first few words of the question, to determine the next thing the student needs to hear. The student has no idea what the next thing they need to hear might be, but I know exactly what it is because I’m looking down from an elevation that lets me see exactly where they are, where they want to be, and where they have to go to get there...........

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No-Self is True-Self

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Like a Death Sentence

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I make my way downstairs looking for some lunch. As usual, the fridge is stocked with leftovers that have somehow improved with age. I grab some seb pulao, apple rice, and a masala dosa and make a plate, which I nuke for a minute before spooning on some pear chutney. Kings and princes don’t eat this well. I eat standing up in the kitchen. The house is surprisingly quiet. A few of the gang stick their heads in and say hello or ask for help clarifying some point or another, (Q: “Why am I always so dissatisfied? Why can’t I ever just be content?” A: “You weren’t born to be content. Your discontent is the engine that drives you, be grateful to it.” Q: “What does it mean if I saw a blue pearl during meditation?” A: “It means you saw a blue pearl during meditation.” Q: “Where’s the cream?” A: “Top shelf behind the juice.”), but for the most part the house is unusually silent. I don’t think there’s anything special going on, it’s just one of those low energy days. Everybody’s probably lying around, taking naps, reading, keeping to themselves..........

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