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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Missing Man Press; 1St Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976358107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976358107
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,542,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pretty Cool" --Ken Wilber - Author of "A Theory of Everything", May 16, 2005

...remarkable. I could not help but cry when I read your words. --Chandi, The World of Tantra, 2005

...you have so eloquently portrayed the story of the real journey for which life was intended. --Jane Mullikin, Spiritual Sisters of the Internet Cafe, 2005

More About the Author

My name is Wayne Wirs, and I'm the photographer and author of the books, "Fading Toward Enlightenment," "Seeing Clearly," "A Simple Explanation For Everything," and "The Carefree Diet."

I'm also one of the few people who was blogging before, during and after enlightenment (what I now call "Mystical Oneness"). My blog, WayneWirs.com, is more like an online personal journal---a diary if you will---than an author or teaching website. Very casual, very personal, very easy to contact me from. Updated multiple times a week, I fill it with insights into my day-to-day life, thoughts, and photography. Feel free to drop by and check it out.

Though a native of South Florida, I now live the life of a modern-day nomad---residing nowhere while traveling and exploring the United States in a small RV.

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The writing could be called prose poetry.
Jerry Katz
This is a facinating book and helped me understand things in a simple way that have been very confusing for me.
Sommerboy
I highly reccommend this book to anyone seeking spirituality.
M. S. Jessa

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Katz on August 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Fading Toward Enlightenment is both a quality art book with 79 fine art photographs, and a spiritual autobiography. I like the way insight is brought to the author's journey. He tells his story alternately in first and third person. It is as though the author's life was filmed with two cameras. A third camera, it could be said, was used to take the fine art photographs of people, urban/town/country elements, and natural settings. The pages are enhanced with perfectly selected one-line quotations from a spectrum of great minds throughout time.

On each left-hand page is a black and white fine art photograph taken by the author. On each right-hand page is a brief biographical confessional told in first or third person, and a one-line quotation. The book is divided into five major parts reflecting the stages in the author's spiritual journey or experience: Stone Cracking, Mud Settling, Lake Stilling, Mist Lifting, Sun Rising. In another section, using a question and answer format, the author elaborates on various points raised in his written confession.

The photographs are haiku-like, particularly conveying esthetic loneliness, solitude, or sabi. The writing could be called prose poetry. Here are two examples, one told in third person, one in first person:

"No longer feeling in synch with the Solid world of his peers -- he simply gave it up and walked away. He hoped to find some way to stabilize those mystical glimpses."

"Alone I spent my days and nights. Alone I was most often. Of all the deeper level of Hell, Loneliness must be the darkest."

In the question and answer part of the book, the author's voice becomes conversational. Responding to the question, "Do you have to escape from the world, as you did, to find inner peace?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2005
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This is a work where the author uses photos, black and white, deep quotes and words drawn from his inward man to help bring peace to the mind and spirit. I really enjoyed the photos and found myself really studying them and dwelling on them, not just to see what the author wanted me to see, but seeking what I could see. I have to admit, some left me clueless, but others were truly peaceful to me.

It is a frank and open read as the author shares his journey to find lasting peace and what he had to confront and overcome, including things within his own spirit on his personal quest.

For those seeking inner-peace this work should help them along on their journey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on August 29, 2005
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Rev. Marie of Rebeccasreads highly recommends FADING TOWARD ENLIGHTENMENT as a memorable quest for inner truth, soulful-ness & a spiritual connection with the physical world.

Wirs draws us in to an initiation of sorts; a commitment to begin this journey into the depths of our being. The aching for soul-life & the yearning for a spiritual way of being in a material world provide the impetus, & Wirs offers moving & inspiring food for thought with his own personal dialog, as well as the wise words of great minds from the past & present, combined with his striking photographic imagery.

A wonderful book, very moving.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Lillevand on August 13, 2005
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This beautiful book illustrates with black and white photos, quotes and the author's own prose, the journey dissolving learned patterning to open to the Infinite Mind. I loved his descriptions of the Solids (J.K. Rowling's "Muggle" world), the Ethereals and the Fluids, of which he is one. Anyone on a spiritual path would find sustenance here. I find myself reading it (viewing it?) over and over. And, I, too, want to pass it on to others to encourage them on their path.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug Coone on August 2, 2005
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The photos alone make this a most remarkable book. Adding the stories and insights makes this a must have. After reading this book for the third time I find I need to order more copies for the important people in my life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Jessa on August 29, 2005
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The author has found a way to explain the unknowable and the unimaginalbe in such a way that you begin salivating at the possibility of a direct experience. I highly reccommend this book to anyone seeking spirituality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margo L. Williamsbrown on August 1, 2005
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Wayne Wirs beautiful book discribes the path with elegant prose.

Very inspiring and gives an indepth glimpse at how the path unfolds, with it's

expansions and it's pitfalls.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Ayad on August 2, 2005
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Fading Towards Enlightenment plays many notes upon our heartstrings; sometimes we hear our own laughter, sometimes our tears. Seekers everywhere can recognize themselves in Wayne and it is this recognition of our self in another that most touches our hearts . Accompanied by striking photography and sprinkled throughout with wisdom gathered through the ages, Fading Towards Enlightenment sheds light on The Path.
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