The Simplicity of Awakening
The aim of this book is to act as a stand-alone guide to, and practices for, Awakening and is mostly composed of articles, replies to questions and internet discussions on Awakening since the publication of Freedom From Anxiety and Needless Suffering. The thrust of the book is that the initial awakening which reveals that, in essence, we are Pure Awareness is very simple to obtain. Then this needs to be established by repeated awakenings due to the natural tendency to ‘nod off’ and re-identify oneself as a separate object in a universe of separate objects. When one is awake then anxiety and unnecessary mental suffering disappear, for these are caused by this misidentification which causes us to see each other, and the world, through a murky filter of self-interest, self-concern, self-promotion, self-aggrandizement, self-loathing, the list is almost endless. It is this world-view that causes the anxiety and mental suffering based on concern for the future and feeling we... More > are bound by the past.< Less
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May 9, 2016Review by Ramaji, teacher and author of several books on self-inquiry. The extraordinary gift that Colin Drake brings to the table is a unique talent for simplicity. Albert Einstein once said "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." Einstein could have been describing Colin's new book "The Simplicity of Awakening." Colin aptly uses the term "pointers" in the subtitle. If somebody is looking for their glasses and they've got them hanging on a chain around their neck, then they already have their eyeglasses even though they are looking for them. All you have to do is point to their eyeglasses (akin to the Zen finger pointing to the moon). If that fails -- and it usually does -- then you strive as resourcefully as you can to point out the self-evident truth that their passionate search for their glasses somewhere else than right here is the very thing that is preventing them from finding their glasses! In Chapter One of Colin's... More > book there are two elegantly explained practices that will make the truth clear for you should you do them with full commitment and literally as described. Even so, Colin boldly delivers 22 more chapters to cover important topics like the Stone Buddha myth, pure awareness ("Awareness" as Colin likes to call it -- with a capital A) and suffering, pure awareness and bliss, pure awareness and death, and so on. In brief, how to live in and as Awareness in real life from A to Z. Colin's new book is a master guide, tough and lean like a reality fitness coach, to finally "getting" it. Colin is ready, willing and able to take you to the mat and make you see that this Awareness right here and now is IT. He spells it out step by step and shows you the way. If you get lost after seeing it, no worries. He shows you how to get back to the clear seeing again. Colin leaves out distracting fireworks and delivers the bright heart of liberating fire. Take a walk with him in this living fire. The false in you will get burned off and fall away. What will be left is the true You, the real "I" of Ramana Maharshi, Zen, Dzogchen and all the other great enlightened non-dual teachings. Colin Drake's new book "The Simplicity of Awakening" is a modern spiritual classic that needs to be front and center on any sincere seeker's bookshelf. It is not enough to read about non-duality. You must live it. As best as a book can do, "The Simplicity of Awakening" is the trustworthy helping hand that will finally make that possible for you.< Less
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