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Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment Isn’t One Kind of Enlightenment — It’s the Only Kind 

THE MARK OF A TRUE MASTER is that he can express a subject of the utmost complexity with uncanny simplicity. Jed McKenna is such a master, and spiritual enlightenment is his subject. 

  His first book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, was an instant classic and established him as a spiritual teacher of startling depth and clarity. Now, his second book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, takes us on a fascinating tour of the enlightened state — what it is and what it’s not, who’s there and who’s not, how to get there and how to get somewhere better. 

  Delightful surprises abound, including the dramatic unveiling of perhaps the greatest spiritual masterpiece of all time — long hidden in plain view and well known to all. Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Mark Twain and U.G. Krishnamurti all appear, and a student from the first book returns to share her Spiritual Autolysis journals. Also surprising are the author’s gentle efforts to guide the reader away from enlightenment toward a more desirable and accessible state. 

     Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged,
     Missing me one place, search another,
     I stop somewhere, waiting for you. 
          -Walt Whitman 

  Jed McKenna’s books aren’t for everyone. They’re for people who are tired of the spiritual merry-go-round and ready to confront the unadorned reality of the awakening process. If you like your teachers with all the spiritual trimmings and trappings, Jed may not be right for you, but when you’re ready to jump off the merry-go-round and begin your journey, Jed McKenna is the guy you want to see standing there — waiting for you. 

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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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Dear Mr. McKenna

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You expect me to drop everything I value in my life, things that give meaning to my life. It would be flushing everything I value down the toilet. Real lives are at stake here and you talk as though it’s nothing more than a stage. Get real. What you call enlightenment, I call a horrendous nightmare...........

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Epigraph

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Loomings

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Call me Ahab.................

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California Dreaming

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I usually just try to stay out of the LA area, but that’s hard to do when flying into LAX..............

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Dicking Around

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“I’m not,” I say, recalling a conversation under similar circumstances from college.

“Huh?”

“I’m not really here,” I repeat, wondering if he’ll go for it, if he’s in the right state of mind........... See All Chapters
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Fish Story

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After a while the phrase Baptism of Solitude appeared in my thoughts and quickly turned into a mellow yearning, so I figured what the hell, I asked for it; a deal’s a deal. I took a cab to Kennedy and booked a flight for Rabat by way of Madrid. I stayed in Essaouira where I read Paul Bowles, Cormac McCarthy, some Faulkner, and a book of Civil War letters aloud to myself. When I’d had enough of that,I went to Marrakech where I read Pullman, Rowling and Tolkien silently to myself. I avoided people and news and did less than I thought possible while time reshaped itself around me. After a few months I didn’t feel like being there anymore, I flew back to New York and got a reservation on the Friday afternoon Hamptons Reserve train, the Cannonball. Three hours later I was in Montauk and two months later it’s now...........

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Spiritual Autolysis

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What actually transpired was that Julie took the one step she had been moving toward her entire life, and perhaps lifetimes before that; the FirstStep. We ended Damnedest on that note, pointing out that, for Julie, nothing was over, but only just beginning. What it was the beginning of we are able to hold up for display here because Julie chose to use the process of Spiritual Autolysis as her primary method for waging the long battle she found herself facing.............. See All Chapters
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No oasis situated yonder.

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PEOPLE CALL ME AN ‘ENLIGHTENED MAN’– I detest that term – they can’t find any other word to describe the way I am functioning. At the same time, I point out that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all. I say that because all my life I’ve searched and wanted to be an enlightened man, and I discovered that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all, and so the question whether a particular person is enlightened or not doesn’t arise............

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Shadow Dwellers

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Understanding is a state of being where the question isn’t there any more; there is nothing there that says “now I understand!” It is the questioner that creates the answer; and the questioner comes into being from the answer, otherwise there is no questioner................

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The Damnedest Thing

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“Well, I looked and I got this whole mess of stuff saying stuff that’s critical about you.” He has around twenty e-mail and amateur reviews printed out. Not bad considering how many I’ve asked him to look through.

“What kind of critical?”

“Some say you’re kind of arrogant,” he answers.

“Okay, that hurts. What else?”.............. See All Chapters
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Radical Sanity

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We’re sitting at a table outside on the deck overlooking the marina. I’m working on a lobster and she’s got something like a braised sea bass Florentine. As usual, I have Moby-Dick on the brain, and I think Mary is happy to have someone to discuss it with again after so many years without Bill.

“So, you understand why Ahab is after the whale?” she asks me, well into our discussion. “It’s not about revenge?”

“No, it’s not revenge. Ahab isn’t after the whale.”

“Ahab isn’t after the whale?”

“Nope.”

“Captain Ahab isn’t hunting Moby Dick?”

“Nope.”

“Well, okay, that’s quite a statement. What is he hunting?”

“I don’t know. He doesn’t know. It doesn’t matter.”.......... See All Chapters
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Whoever You Are, Holding Me Now in Hand

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