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Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment - Part 4 of 4

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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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Man, Deprogram Thyself

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One teacher Julie spent time with attributed great importance to introspective self-discovery techniques such as journaling, group dialogues and sessions with the teacher as a means of clearing out the internal debris that “keeps us from knowing our true self and pristinely mirroring the divine love of the universe.” I’m describing it poorly because all I have to go on is Julie’s delightfully lunatic ravings, but the point is that because the teaching found a place inside her, Julie can now find that same place and use the teachings to which she originally responded as a surface against which to pit herself. In this way, many of her battles are fought against “real” opponents, “visibly personified, and made practically assailable”............

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To Live Deliberately

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In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.

-Henry David Thoreau.............. See All Chapters
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The Symphony

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In this chapter, The Symphony, Ahab the man takes a final look back over the life that has brought him to this end. He considers his lost humanity and sees it in the “magic glass” of Starbuck’s eye.............

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

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We talk about Moby-Dick. We often do. It’s something we have in common, the way she and William did. During my visit most of our conversations have revolved around Moby-Dick and the countless ways in which it makes more sense when the reader understands that it’s not about whales and whaling, or good and evil, or God and Satan, but simply about striking through the wall, about purity of intent, about a man in a life or death struggle for his freedom.

Hanging over all of our conversations has been the thing I’ve hinted at but haven’t stated; my second epiphany regarding Moby-Dick, the missing denouement. Figuring out what the book is really about is secondary to figuring out how triumphant and magnificently complete it really is. Moby-Dick isn’t a masterpiece, it’s the masterpiece. It’s the greatest story ever told once you understand the level at which it truly functions............. See All Chapters
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Montreal

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“So, how’s the enlightenment thing working out for you?”

I look up and smile.

“Oh, real good, thanks. Really getting a kick out of it,” I recite my lines. “You?”

“Oh, same, yeah. Real pleased,” she says........... See All Chapters
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Epilogue

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Human Adulthood is what all seekers really want, and it’s not silly..............

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Bibliography

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Jed McKenna Interview

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Even in the dreamstate my character is almost fully dissolved back into the ocean so, for instance, an outside observer might say that Jed McKenna wrote these books, but from my perspective there is no such distinction...............

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Zen and the Art of Self-Mutilation

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I receive many offers from people who want to come be with me. Maybe anyone perceived as a spiritual solution-provider receives this kind of offer, I wouldn’t know. People want to give up everything; their stuff, their money, their very lives, really. They don’t know what to do with them so I guess they figure, why not dump them on someone who seems more qualified, like a mother leaving her baby on the rich man’s doorstep..............

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Mannahatta

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That’s a clear illustration of two widely disparate modes of operating in the world; the distrusting way of the segregated self and the trusting way of the integrated self...............

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