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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  443 ratings  ·  51 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 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.

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
Martin Velinský
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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Alexandru Jr.
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.
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.
Frans Baars
In essence a non-dual approach to spirituality, exposing all the ego-constructs that pose as spirituality for what they really are
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
Jasun Horsley
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,
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.
Daniel Jeffries
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
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
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.
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.

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
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
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
Enlightenment explained by someone who has been there to those of us who have not.
The last series of books you will ever need to read.
Pavel Konoplenko
An amazing book. Highly recommend you read this.
Steven Lee
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.

May 15, 2012 Lisa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: spiritual
This book was AWFUL! I don't know who this author thinks he is, but my impression of him is a pompous ass who runs (ran) a Davidianesque compound that he's calling an ashram in Iowa. His followers look at him doe-eyed and put him on a pedestal, but he gives the impression of really not caring about their spiritual "enlightenment" so long as they are cleaning his house. He talks about dodging conversations and avoiding his followers. He also doesn't really talk about "enlightenment" but dodges th ...more
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
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
Pretty good book, I think he has created quite a character in this Jed McKenna. His description of spiritual enlightenment is solid, and he panders it well.
Dean P
Highly entertaining, but also highly effective look at 'enlightenment', spirituality, and the deconstruction of belief systems related to these areas. Presented as a story, yet containing real and relevant advice. Lots of 'in house' jokes and humour make it entertaining as well as instructional. Some great choices in small quotations and pointers in what the author is trying to express (or deconstruct). This dream character here loved it- on first reading. (The audiobook is great too, excellent ...more
Really forces you to take a hard unflinching look at your assumptions. I'm definitely going to read the next two in the series.
Cate Montana
Fabulous! The guy really is enlightened!
Ina Kuhn
Mind-blowing. Shakes your foundation....
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“Don Juan advises Carlito to choose a path with heart. I am familiar with it for the same reason that so many spiritual seekers are familiar with it, because it has that ring of sagely goodness that makes it the one thing out of all of Castenada’s writings that gets widely remembered. Does that make it true or valuable? Obviously not, just another cliché. Just another piece of pretty misdirection. I am well aware that a great many of the world’s most popular spiritual doctrines advocate a heart-centered approach to spiritual development, but popularity among the soundly asleep may not be the best criterion by which to judge a method for waking up.” 0 likes
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