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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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Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?

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..........With TV, movies and novels I don’t shun horror or violence. I get weepy at the right parts, I laugh when something strikes me as funny. The willing suspension of disbelief may come a little harder for me than most, not in the conventional sense but in the sense of forming an empathetic bond with the plight of the characters. The same holds true in “real” life. I see people fulfilling their roles and “acting” like “themselves” and I tend to forget that they really identify with their character and their character’s plight. There’s some whispering in the room as word of my presence is passed around. Some heads turn, people smile.I don’t come down here often, don’t do the mingling thing much, but tonight I just felt like watching something with other people. I’m a little concerned that my presence will detract from the viewing for the group, but there’s nothing wrong with making them a little uncomfortable. Maybe it will get them to somehow re-evaluate their own views of the programs we’re watching. Maybe my presence will make them self-conscious so they observe themselves observing dramatic performances, which might in turn encourage them to become detached observers in their own dramatic performances.........

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Kill the Buddha

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I always have the feeling that storms are spectacles for my personal entertainment and I feel a pang of guilt if I don’t pay attention to them. It’s no hardship to pay attention to them though, since they provide me such pleasure. I think of storms as boisterous sound and light shows put on by the universe for those who have the sense to appreciate the majesty and grandeur of them. Nothing to do with enlightenment, just something I like............

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One Truth

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The Ultimate Truth

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Suddenly, after months of seemingly interminable browns and grays, it happens as if from the wave of a wand. Color bursts from the ground and the trees and the sky as the whole thing just wakes up frisky. You only get a nice day every week or two in early April so no one misses an opportunity to get out there and start prepping the gardens for the new season. I’m an old soul, if you care to look at things that way, and I feel like I’m supposed to be out there puttering around in a cutting garden or tending grapes and communing deeply with nature, but I’m not really coded for that. Sometimes I’ll mow the grass if I can find the tractor, a full gas can and a bit of motivation all at the same time, but, as you might guess, those three planets don’t line up too often..............

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Refiner’s Fire

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The Willing Suspension of Disbelief

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SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT: THE DAMNEDEST THINGbath accessed from my bedroom. At first she included me in the planning but she quickly became exasperated with my meddling desire for simple functionality. She already had control of the household accounts so she just excluded me from the process and did what she wanted.So what I ended up with was one of those bathrooms like you see in design magazines. She did it in an elegant cherry wood and black granite style that doesn’t excessively violate the overall feel of the house. The design is very Japanese in its simplicity and I certainly couldn’t have wished for anything better. I whined about the cost of it at one point and Sonaya just looked at me like I was soft in the head.She knows that money is just something that flows; that it comes and it goes and that if you don’t disrupt the flow there’s always plenty. It’s me who sometimes forgets.While showering, my mind revisits the afternoon on the grass with Jolene. I had used a variation on Plato’s cave analogy to illuminate the differences between enlightenment and mysticism and she seemed to get it pretty well. If you haven’t noticed, I’m big on analogies. In fact, here’s an analogy about why I like analogies: If you’re trying to explain fire to someone who’s never seen it or felt it, then you’re pretty much stuck with comparing it to things they’re already familiar with. Of course, it’s no substitute for the direct experience of fire; it’s just the best you can do under the circumstances. It serves the additional purpose that when they come across real fire, they’ll know what they’re looking at.

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The Harmony of the Spheres

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Everyone shifts into a more formal mode and then I’m the center of attention and everyone looks at me expectantly, which is too much fuss just for a book. We have a huge spiritual library. Several, actually. The main one is in the living room but there are half a dozen others spread throughout the house. Together, they probably hold every spiritual and New Age title from the last hundred years as well as countless versions, translations and transliterations of all the ancient stuff. Almost always, when people come out for a visit or a stay, they feel they have to bring something. Even if they’re just coming to hang out or do some work, they often feel that they can’t come empty handed, so they bring gifts. The gifts are actually an important part of the whole deal, as is the work they do here. A student cannot approach a teacher like a beggar, hat in hand, only taking. There has to be an energetic exchange. It doesn’t matter that I may not ever see the gift they brought, only that they brought it.............

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Murder Me

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It’s Saturday and the campus is quieter than the downtown area, so I go zipping merrily between and around the buildings that once housed the state’s government before it was bundled off to Des Moines, at which time the university acquired the old capital buildings and grounds.There are a few students dozing and reading on the grass, a few basketball games in progress, but the gray skies and approaching weather seem to be keeping most people inside so I have wide sidewalks and mostly clear sailing.

After a grand time careening along the walkways of higher education with only one close call involving an inline skater and a Frisbee-chasing dog, I note that it’s two minutes to eleven, so I turn down a steep path that plummets me headlong into the river valley where I barely make a right in time to stay dry and follow the riverwalk for a quarter mile to a pedestrian bridge that I shoot across at a heady clip followed by a series of hard lefts and some even harder braking to stop on the boat ramp with my front tire in the drink. I am at the boathouse and it’s eleven on the button............ See All Chapters
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The Unlocked Cage

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Codename Beatrice

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“You hear the term right action used a lot in spiritual circles. It’s one of the steps on Buddhism’s Eightfold Path, but I don’t think you mean rules of abstinence. Right action always sounds like a term for some higher heart-centered morality, but you make it sound very specific and, I guess, not so moral, if it would allow you to murder someone.”

“Do you know what agapè is?”

“Yes, it’s like the highest form of love. Divine love.”

“Yeah, that’s what everyone thinks, but it’s not really. It’s one of those things you can’t understand until you have the direct experience of it. Love as we know it is like a shadow of agapè; like the candlelight flickering on the wall and not the flame itself. It’s a very different thing at its source, but love is the closest representation of agapè available, so that’s what it gets translated as. Right action is the same deal.Morality is a just a shadow of right action. Right action isn’t the highest degree of morality any more than agapè is the highest degree of love. When you understand and are able to act from right action, morality is no longer necessary; it’s instantly obsolete and discarded........... See All Chapters
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Right Here, Right Now

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I walk out that way. There are eight or nine workers preparing for a pour. The surveyors and the back hoe have obviously come and gone, the forms have been set, and the cement mixer I saw is not the first of the day........

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Pasupatastra!

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