Jolted Awake: An Unconventional Memoir
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Whether one calls it "enlightenment," "spiritual awakening" or "Self-realization," teachers and gurus from every time, place and tradition have said that there are many paths to the top of the mountain. The view from the top, however, is the same. While there is no one right way to get there, the journey that Richard Levine -- a/k/a "slave Rick" -- took, and continues to take, has been an exceptionally unorthodox one. Through mindfully engaging in a consensual Master/slave (M/s) relationship, which included sadomasochistic practices, he made an important discovery. Much to his surprise, he found the challenges in his life and the ways he was different from societal norms and expectations no longer needed to prompt shame and guilt. Instead, when directly faced in the context of his M/s relationship, they could serve as a catalyst for the greatest peace, joy and fulfillment he has ever known.
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Jul 30, 2017I just finished reading Jolted Awake, and am strongly moved by it. Richard Levine's written testimony of his life is sincere, open-hearted and loving. I am not part of the BDSM community, and was hesitant to read this book. However, Jolted Awake radically changed how I feel about M/s relationships. Because of Levine's words, I understand that I may be wired differently from him, but can appreciate the growth he experienced on his path. Previously, I felt judgmental about M/s relationships, and now, can accept this path as simply another path to achieve personal growth. Thank you, Richard.
Jul 22, 2017While I am not part of the BDSM community, I found Richard Levine's book to be interesting and inspiring. The story of Richard's life definitely kept my interest and I found that I couldn't put the book down. Interspersed with the story, and more important to me, was Richard's enlightened perspective on what was happening. This is a deeply spiritual book which opened my eyes to another way of life. There are many paths to self-realization and Richard has shown me that the BDSM path is one of them. I really appreciate his vulnerability in dropping all the acceptable masks and showing up as his true self.
Mar 12, 2017Inner struggles of a man seeking freedom and ending with finding love as well. It may be different to what the mainstream society thinks it should look like but it is love nonetheless. A boy's love to his mother, brother and ultimately his master.As a heterosexual woman I enjoyed the genuine and honest portrayal of a gay man's discovery of himself and his journey to get there. The author is obviously a very sensitive man who has also been involved in humanitarian activities that we can all learn from ....well done!
Mar 9, 2017It takes a man of high emotional intelligence and spiritual development to be able to open his heart and his history to the world. I was so impressed by Richard's candid stripping away of the parts of him that did not serve his life's purpose. The course of my own life has been severely altered by his words and his service to the man who guided his life. I ended up purchasing multiple books and giving them as gifts to those who I felt could see his life as as an example of devotional bliss and gratitude. I want to thank Richard for the gift he gave us all by sharing his story.
Nov 13, 2016I have had the honor of knowing Rick for about 6 years now, and hearing from him at conferences and classes. He and Skip have been a guiding light towards the spiritual fulfillment I have sought. I experienced an intensely emotional awakening when I first met these kindred spirits who were teaching at a conference, and who were so much further along the path than myself. When they spoke, their words were such truth as I had thought did not exist outside my own beliefs. I spent that weekend in tears; moved so intensely by their wisdom, and a feeling of coming home. This book documents Rick's journey, so purposefully pursued, and wonderfully evolved. All through this book are the pearls of wisdom that are the secret to spiritual success, as well as the road map to find the anchors that will help secure you to the path. Thanks to Rick, I finally found out about the SOM Church of New Thinking. And, at long last, was able to find others focused not on an organized set of religious rules,... More > but rather the development of spirit, and recognition of the ego for what it is. Rick's work has set out not only the story of his journey, but is a road map and instructional guide for one's own evolution as well. I am grateful to Rick for his wisdom, and his book.< Less
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- Richard Levine (Standard Copyright License)
- First Print Edition
- Alfred Press
- August 29, 2016
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.76 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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