The Simplicity of Awakening
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A guide to, and practices for, Awakening composed of articles, replies to questions and discussions since the publication of 'Freedom From Anxiety and Needless Suffering'. Its thrust 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-loathing etc. On Awakening one discovers that there truly is no separate self and this filter is removed allowing us to see the world ‘as it is’ with no self-concern for the future or past. This gives a great ease and lightness of being which is... More > (en)lightenment in the literal sense of the word...< Less
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Dec 4, 2016Colin Drake's New Book Is a Modern Spiritual Classic, May 11, 2015 By Turiyananda An invisible obstacle blocks spiritual seekers when they approach non-duality. The greatest service a teacher can offer is to point out with vivid clarity and shocking directness the utter simplicity of the work they have embraced. The seeker by definition will continue seeking. Rarely does the seeker realize that the very act of seeking instantly removes them from the possibility of enlightenment. In spite of well-intentioned advice like "be here now" the seeker plows bravely on, convinced that his or her liberation awaits. 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... More > 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). In Chapter One of Colin's 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 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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- Colin Drake (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Beyond Awakening Publications
- June 1, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.84 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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