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Doing Nothing Doesn't Work
on February 18, 2009
There is much about this book that is useful for folk well down "the path", who have read similar books by Tony Parsons, J. Krishnamurti, Adyashanti, Poonjaji, etc. Knowing the language and landscape is useful as this book is often complex and densely written in trying to express what happens and is understood in the latter stages of awakening. Granted, it is about a state "beyond mind" and perfect expression, but others have made it clearer and more accessible.
The major drawback is the title and premise that by "doing nothing" one will come to "the end of the spiritual search". In fact, that is not what the author did as he details that he "sought out every mystic, seer...throughout the world", did "long periods of isolation and meditation", "spent long periods in India and in the Himalayas searching..." etc. He concludes "it was all useless".
As I pointed out to the author at a presentation, there is now exhaustive and conclusive evidence from the best scientific laboratories in this area that his "useless" practices of 25 years reshaped and functionally modified his "brain" in a way that made his awakening much more likely, even if he finally moved beyond them.
"Neuroplasticity" has been demonstrated for many skills, from meditating to playing the violin. To claim that it was useless is like having a world class Olympian, chess master, or pianist, claim that all of that previous training was useless.
The belief that there is nothing you have to do, just "be enlightened", has been around for decades; it is seductive because we want it to be that way. Unfortunately, that isn't how it works. Check out the bios of those who claim it is.