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About the Author

Tony Parsons is an esteemed teacher who regularly shares this "open secret" of spiritual awakening with people throughout the world. His straightforward and highly effective message of awakening to life "as it is," is delivered with an impersonal authority that emanates from absolute clarity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Directions; Third Edition Used edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878019104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878019103
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Tony Parson's book is another in a series of gifts to humanity: books by individuals who have realized the Holy Grail of spiritual seekers throughout history. Seeker/readers who found Eckhart Tolle's book 'The Power of Now' valuable will immediately connect with Parson's open, simple, and fundamental description of and access to the nature of the Prize. In brief, succinct introductory chapters entitled Awakening from the Dream, Context, No Achievement, No One Becomes Enlightened, Time, Expectation & Purpose, he describes his own experiences and revelations on his path and beautifully expresses that seemingly contradictory truth "that enlightenment only becomes available when it has been accepted that it cannot be achieved". These chapters conclude with "The Park" in which he recounts the arrival of the Recognition as he walked across a park in a London suburb. The remainder of the first part of the book deals with the perennial issues with which, I believe, we must each finally come to grips: Presence, the Choiceless Choice, My World (the nature and value of individual subjectivity), the Death of the Body Mind, Abstraction, Fear, Guilt, Thinking, Relationships. Part one concludes with two short descriptions of who "I Am Not" and who "I Am". Part two comprises a series of dialogues with other seekers which he prefaces with the statement that "words are not truth just as honey is not sweetness". If you have read and treasured any of the writings of Eckhart Tolle, Ramesh Balsekar, Douglas Harding, Gangaji, HWJ Poonjaji, it is my suspicion that you may well have come as far as "you" can go on the Path. From here on, the truth simply becomes more and more transparent. Tony Parsons deserves our deepest gratitude and appreciation for his assistance.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By fivefeethigh on June 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
Barn's burned down.
Now I can see the moon.
--Masahide
Other reviewers will tell you what this book contains (and equally important, what it does NOT contain, including rules, rituals, practices, and techniques), so let me tell you what this book achieves.
Or what it can achieve, if you are fortunate to read it in the right frame of mind. Read this book with your mind wide open, and it will serve as a torch to burn down the barn of your self-image. Lucky you! You won't just see the moon, you'll be the moon. And the stars. And the grass. And the trash by the side of the road. And you'll love it all.
Well, that's what happened to me. Whoever I am.
Tony Parsons says that everything is the invitation from the Beloved to come home. Yes, everything is the invitation, but some things speak to the heart more than others. This book spoke to my heart, in the language of my heart. It silenced all my questions and left me with nothing but gratitude for the glimpse I was given of what is real.
Reading this book is like waking up from a disturbing dream and turning to your bedside to see a dear friend sitting beside you. "It's okay. You were just dreaming. But now you're awake."
You sit up, look around, and are amazed to see that all the furniture is made of love. The bedspread, the carpet, the window, the birds outside the window, all made of love. How could you not have seen it before? It's so obvious.
About four days after I finished my second reading of the book, the world no longer seemed whole, and made wholly of love, but fragmented, with love sometimes visible, sometimes not. And yet, this too, I know, is the invitation.
It doesn't get any better than This. But This is really quite fabulous, if you think about it. Or rather, if you DON'T think about it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I love this simple and beautiful book. Tony's descriptions of "presence" are as clear and beautiful as any I have ever read. I find myself entering deeply into that profound state just after reading a few sentences of his book. It carries the purest essence of truth, coming as it does from a truly liberated human being. I was especially intrigued with his "dialogue" which is guaranteed to bring out a great deal of ego resistance. But if you feel that resistance and defensiveness coming on don't get stuck there - read it again and again and you will resonate with the deep truth of his statements. His has great gentleness but also will come on strong against your ego. Read his along with Eckhart Tolle's book - "The Power of Now." Two awakened brothers.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steve LaRue on October 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
After I first read "As It Is...", I found myself immediately making a reservation to fly to Wales to take a workshop with
Tony. In a few days my phone rang and it was Tony himself on the other end. "His" infectious humor and presence were immediately perceived when he asked, "Are you sure you want to come all the way here for nothing?" He didn't want me to be disappointed to think I was going to get something out of all of this seeking....when there was nothing to find, in the end and the beginning...he is just a friend sharing a simple message that frustrates the mind and intellect until something is seen, by no one really....everything is presence, divine, or whatever word we call that which is beyond understanding and that is the joke of it all. There is lots of humor and laughter when one is around Tony and his lovely wife, Claire. He likes to kid everyone that we pay a lot to come to his workshops for nothing, but, to me, it is worth every penny. Don't miss him or this book or his new one.
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