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Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing MMX

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  653 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
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
ebook, 322 pages
Published November 25th 2009 by Smashwords Edition (first published 2002)
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This book talks endlessly about spiritual enlightenment, but I just kept hearing the line from the movie The Princess Bride: "You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." The author is elitist and arrogant--more than once he says, "the difference between you and I is that I am enlightened and you are not."

What he calls enlightenment sounds more like apathy. By trying to show that we're all just wrapped up in some elaborate movie, he tries to demonstrate what someo
Jul 26, 2007 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book about one man’s experience of enlightenment and his life teaching others about it at a small Iowa ashram is a fantastic exercise in critical thinking. Well-written and entertaining to read, it offers a valuable perspective on the difference between the kind of yummy, mystical unity experience that most people assume is enlightenment, and what McKenna refers to as actual truth realization, the rather less comfortable process of losing complete identification with your sense of self.

Jan 27, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I love everything about this book. AND I think I know who the real Jed McKenna is, but I’ll never tell. I totally get why the author would remain "anonymous". Both my husband and I devoured this book – so well written and entertaining. I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy as well as the 4th book by Jed.
Martin Velinský
Oct 21, 2013 Martin Velinský rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading lots of Eckhart Tolle and Neale Donald Walsch, this is a good wake up call from all the spiritual and enlightenment business.
Matt Neputin
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Feb 05, 2014 Tuuti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waking-up
My head hurts, I'm not sure who I am anymore or if I even exist, but I guess that's the point. If there is a point in anything at all. Not sure about that either.

Can't really say much else than read it yourself and find out. It's a journey. But maybe you shouldn't take it if you're not interested in truth.

This book is full of stories about seekers. I used to be a seeker, too. Gladly it's harder to continue being one after reading this. What's the point of seeking something that's been under your
May 14, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was introduced to me through the Author of "Busting Loose from the Money Game," Robert Sheinfeld.

I have to say that it has turned my world upside down. I can't explain where I am exactly, but I find myself questioning everything. That's always good, because change is a constant.
Where do I go from here? I don't know. Everything I believe is up for review.
Daniel Jeffries
Jan 26, 2015 Daniel Jeffries rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for the casual seeker. Be warned. It is a spiritual neutron bomb and it can be a shattering experience. This is for people who have spent their lives looking to understand why they were different and why they were compelled to seek the mythical state of "enlightenment" while their friends and family seemed so much more at home in the world. I spent much of my life on the seeker's path and this book was the final trigger for me. It is not to be approached lightly. Also the author ...more
Alexandru Jr.
May 17, 2012 Alexandru Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
superba carte
distruge o gramada de mituri despre 'iluminare' si despre 'sine'
nu-i niciun fel de 'iluminare' pentru ca nu exista niciun fel de 'sine' care sa fie iluminat
exista numai vedere clara
si singura cale catre asta - spune tipul - e sa taci si sa te intrebi, ani in sir, daca exista ceva adevarat. si sa chestionezi toate presupozitiile. si sa tai in carne vie daca gasesti lucruri false.
si tot ceea ce credem noi e fals, spune el.
si tare fain scrisa.
tare fain.
Allegiance to any spiritual teaching or teacher--any outside authority--is the most treacherous beast in the jungle. The first thing we want to do when we begin our journey is find thee companionship and validity that comes with an established group, and in so doing we effectively end the journey before it begins....Anyone familiar with the process of deprogramming someone who has been brainwashed by a cult will be able to appreciate what's really involved in breaking free of this kind of allegi ...more
Frans Baars
Mar 28, 2012 Frans Baars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: further
In essence a non-dual approach to spirituality, exposing all the ego-constructs that pose as spirituality for what they really are
Jun 19, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
The last series of books you will ever need to read.
Fureto San
Sep 06, 2011 Fureto San rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, but not fun at all.
Nov 19, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, 2012
Another one of those books that makes me want to write my own book in defiance of these books. I like the author's style, tone, and voice, but he's just another self-proclaimed enlightened guy, who in my opinion isn't very enlightened at all. There is no end Jed. If you think you've arrived, you haven't. To simply unplug is not living. It's called Autism. The author would say there is no wrong, that it doesn't exist. You could not be more wrong. UPDATE: I forgot. I am with you on the one prevail ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember exactly what led me to this book except a "list your favorite book ever" thread someplace. I could tell from the title and description that I would likely hate it. I tried to get through it as a Humbert Humbert-esque deconstruction of the narrator, but it's no good. Two hundred plus pages of an egotist saying how he has no ego. DNF at like 80%. After I put it down, a weight was lifted; I'm going to credit myself for this one. When I Googled a little to find some more info, I alm ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Annalise rated it it was amazing
Only two disappointing things:

1) I wish it was longer, deeper, meatier. Because the sequels, as Mr. McKenna slips away from what most people consider to be reality, become less...engaging? Complete? Fulfilling, I guess.

2) I was hoping for light bulbs and gut punches. Instead, I found my deep, dark inklings confirmed much more eloquently than I could have mustered--which is great, but not so helpful if you're into the acute psychosis brought on by truth being beaten violently into your skull.
Jasun Horsley
Oct 14, 2014 Jasun Horsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The books do seem to be fiction of a sort - like Castaneda's except that "Jed McKenna" - the guru/don Juan - is the author, but perhaps as much an invention as "Carlos" the author? There is much contradiction in the books, though sometimes that seems as much a good thing as not... For example, how can a person who claims to have no preference for living over dying have a preference for NY over LA? Really?! Does that compute?

When McKenna says he hates LA, maybe that is him, the enlightened being,
I don't know whether Jed McKenna actually exists, much less whether or not he's an enlightened being. I do know how deeply this resonated with me. As an unenlightened being, myself, I was stirred more by the descriptions of the unenlightened students (and pre-enlightened Jed) than by the descriptions of what enlightenment is like. Jed nails the feelings that come from having nagging questions that won't go away, of perceiving that vast dark cloud and knowing the only way out is through, and the ...more
May 24, 2016 Jacqui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book brought me to a level of observation above and beyond where most books bring me to. Jed’s philosophy is unique to the rest of the new spiritual world in which we are sold the idea that enlightenment comes in the form of yoga poses posted on Instagram and your knowledge of Buddhist history. He strips down the material values of enlightenment and teaches us his own perception of what raw enlightenment is without the frills. Jed is an honest truth seeker and I appreciate his clarification ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yoga-and-zen
This book is a must-read for any person who considers him/herself to be on a serious spiritual path to enlightenment. But be warned--McKenna is not here to congratulate you on your progress. In fact, he systematically tears apart many of the beliefs spiritual practitioners hold most sacred, and he ruthlessly explains why common spiritual practices are probably holding you back from your professed goal of enlightenment.

A brutally honest wake-up call and a much needed kick in the ass, this book is
Nov 03, 2014 Rhythm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really is filled with piercing, pinpoint wisdom about the true non-dual nature of Reality, as well as unrepentant condemnation of all the "spiritual paths" that don't lead to it, but actually take you further from that Reality. However, the author(s) have forgotten one of the main attributes of that Reality, pure Is-ness & Silence, and have chosen to take hundreds of pages, in self-aggrandizing, novelized form, to say what could easily be distilled down to maybe 10 pages total.

Steven Lee
Mar 30, 2015 Steven Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't share this book with most people, like Jack Nicholson said "You can't handle the truth!" and so it is with 99% of humanity. If you think yourself to be in the one percentile then maybe you should read this book, any poor review you read about it is just written by someone who shouldn't have picked it up, "One does not just walk into Mordor" and one does not lightly pick up Damnedest and start perusing it like a bit of light reading.

Mar 12, 2014 Thecraft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the whole trilogy a while back. There are some rumours that Adyashanti is the author, although I personally doubt it. It is an interesting take on the Advaita/Zen tradition in it's western incarnation, written from the perspective of someone who has apparently completed the journey and sees things as they actually are. I personally doubt that too, though who am I to say. I read it as a piece of fiction in the same way that I read the Cyril Scott Initiate series. I think this style of deli ...more
Jos Ariens
Sep 14, 2016 Jos Ariens rated it it was amazing
The first book by Jed McKenna give a good picture of how easily everyone can reach a state of enlightenment. Only... the price of this truth is everything. The book also shows that you are not who you think you are. Highly reccomended reading!
Nick Arkesteyn
Jun 25, 2015 Nick Arkesteyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how to say this...this is an amazing and dangerous book. I highly recommend you read the entire serious. But be will not come out the other side the same ;)
Jun 16, 2014 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
thought provoking and does a good job poking at many aspects of spiritual striving that really need a good poking; definitely a useful book for some; however, it is *enormously* flawed in summing up enlightenment as abiding non-dual awareness - this is an important step along the path but by no means the end, and if you stop there you'll stop short of something much more profound and precious; common sense should tell you that when the protagonist has reflexive, habitual negative and cranky resp ...more
James Fisher
Apr 16, 2012 James Fisher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enlightenment explained by someone who has been there to those of us who have not.
Pavel Konoplenko
An amazing book. Highly recommend you read this.
Mar 16, 2016 Unigami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" -- which is a good thing. You find yourself injected into the mind of a deep-thinker who views the world quite a bit differently than the rest of us, one who is on an uncompromising quest for the truth, and as a result has come to accept himself as an outsider. Some passages really resonated as being deep truths, and others were perplexing - causing me to re-read them and ponder their meaning. As with Pirsig's book, I'm sure th ...more
Sep 26, 2016 Jaime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Truth exist", but it can be baffling, and so different to the "truth" we perceive every day.

A book written for the very few that are willing to even consider or look into the possibility that life as we know it, is a result of what we have been taught and what we have decided it is, based on our perception: which is also a choice, as to a certain extent, we choose what we perceive.
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