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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159181040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591810407
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An ingenious book! May it help people see what's absolutely simple, obvious and inescapable. -- Douglas Harding , On Having No Head

There are brilliant insights in Chuck Hillig's book. Even one of them could dramatically change your life. -- Deepak Chopra

Unlike most titles on spirituality, this isn't meant to instruct or provide new insights: Enlightenment for Beginners: Discovering the Dance of the Divine is instead meant to steer in the right direction - and to remind readers about what they might have forgotten. As such, chapters offer very simple one-line reflections to encourage self-examination and understanding. --The California Bookwatch

You succeed in expressing very profound ideas of perennial philosophy in the most elementary, simplified and humorous way. --Stanislav Grof, M.D., Realms of Human Unconscious

I loved your book! Alan Watts would have roared with amused approval. Congratulations! --Timothy Leary, Ph.D., The Politics of Ecstasy

It is simple, witty and fragrant with the Source from which it was received. A wonderful gift to be passed on to our loved ones. --Francis Lucille, Eternity Now

This book is a gem and a classic. --Dan Millman, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

About the Author

Chuck Hillig is the author of the internationally distributed Enlightenment Quartet. His books have helped thousands of people around the world to experience a new awareness of their own true nature… pure consciousness. Hillig has a BS in Social Studies from John Carroll University in Cleveland, an MA from St. Louis University, and an MA from Azusa Pacific University. He has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1978.

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Customer Reviews

Chuck is one of those authors who is clear about it.
Jan Kersschot
Reading it could shape intuitions into a knowing to which one may resort moment to moment.
Jerry Katz
I read this book from cover to cover the second I picked it up!
Jason B.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Peter L. Olcott Jr. on April 18, 2002
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The sample pages don't provide an accurate measure of the greatness of this book. These pages lead up to an amazing conclusion, that can't be provided without spoiling the wonderful surprise.
A much more accurate measure of the value of this book is provided by author Deepak Chopra's review (see the reviews of his many books to know the value of his opinion).
"There are brilliant insights in Chuck Hillig's book. Even one of them could dramatically change your life.
"Deepak Chopra, M.D. (Quantum Healing) (and many others)
Of all of life's experiences, this little book has the greatest beneficial influence on me. If you have been searching for enlightenment, then this book is required reading. No other book explains the underlying truth of enlightenment as clearly or concisely. Many people spend their whole life striving to attain the insights that this book provides in a few minutes of reading.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Katz on May 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Enlightenment for Beginners uses very simple language and graphics -- basically a few words and a cartoon per page -- to teach about the nondual nature of reality. Since it's original publication in 1977 under the title 'What Are You Doing in My Universe?', it has been praised by "everyone." Timothy Leary said, "Alan Watts would have roared with amused approval." Ken Wilber, Stanislov Grof, Jean Klein, Huston Smith, Francis Lucille and others have enthusiastically expressed their enjoyment of this book.

I'll let the author, Chuck Hillig, describe the book. The following is from an email sent by Hillig to the Nonduality Salon email forum in July, 1999:

"Enlightenment for Beginners tells the entrancing story of how (and why) you've been cleverly imagining yourself to be only a separate and limited Being. Using the simple parable of 'Black Dot #1', the Reader is shown how Life is only a wonderful Game of Pretending to NOT be 'the Other'...(better known as 'Black Dot #2'.)

"Using easily-understood words and drawings, the author invites the Readers to discover that they already are 'who' they've been looking for. The book is short, direct and avoids any esoteric 'buzz' words so often associated with eastern philosophy. After an Introduction of 1600 words, (which the Author suggests the younger Readers should skip entirely), the main text uses only an additional 2000 words to tell its entire story.

"Enlightenment for Beginners is a book for the entire family...adults and young kids alike. It's suitable for those very familiar with advaitic/non-dualism and, of course, it's absolutely perfect for those just beginning on their inner journey of SELF discovery.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Srikrishna Ghadiyaram on August 18, 2003
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This is a concise attempt to point to our wrong personal identification with this body-mind as a limited 'I', though infact this 'I' is 'infinite'.
This book is only apparently simple. Though it is titled "Enlightenment for Beginners", I do not know if a real beginner will get its message. Probably, one who is already into this 'enlightenment' stuff, will find this a refresher course about the core principles of this 'enlightenment' game.
The following three sentences in the one and only one essay in the book, on 'Reality' summarise the findings and approach to realization.
"In order to be able to interact dramatically with these so-called "others", you have to first experience yourself as a disconnected ego. In short, you have to pretend to be playing out a role in this drama as a separate individual. In other words ... you have to be a "Person"!
However, just like in the movie, the actial reality that underlies your "role-in-the-world" might also be like a kind of unbroken and seamless "screen", too. In truth, this very "Screen" that is supporting the dramatization of your individual "movie role" may actually be, deep down, WHO you really are! It may infact, be your very own true nature !
. . . . .
Infact, the oldest eastern religions have long recognized this Great Illusion as "lila" . . . the "divine dance". By completely giving up his attachment to the role that he is playing in his life, the Seeker becomes awakened to the pure consciousness that he really always was all along. In a sense, he "becomes" the Screen itself by discovering that he alreadu is who he has been looking for ! "
A few other important ideas are suggested to tell that the view of individuality is imagined.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jan Kersschot on January 11, 2003
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A lot of readers today are confused about enlightenment. Liberation has nothing to do with a person, and even less with perfection or holiness (as is suggested in a lot of books from the East). Chuck is one of those authors who is clear about it. Highly recommanded.
Jan Kersschot, author of "Nobody Home"
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Unlike most titles on spirituality, this isn't meant to instruct or provide new insights: Enlightenment for Beginners: Discovering the Dance of the Divine is instead meant to steer in the right direction - and to remind readers about what they might have forgotten. As such, chapters offer very simple one-line reflections to encourage self-examination and understanding.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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