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Haunted Universe: The True Knowledge of Enlightenment Paperback – October 29, 2009


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1st edition (October 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439253080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439253083
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In 2002 Steven Norquist experienced that final and irrevocable event known as Awakening. The effects of this experience and the nature of its power were described by Steven a year later in his essay entitled, "What is Enlightenment, no, I mean really, like what is it?" This profound and challenging essay found wide circulation on the internet where it was praised, debated, but generally understood to be one of the clearest and most direct modern explanations of Enlightenment. In 2009, having lived in the Awakening for 7 years, Steven now offers "Haunted Universe - The True Knowledge of Enlightenment." A carefully crafted work designed not just to explain Enlightenment, but to evoke it in the reader.

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This is a very fast read.
AKN
Then this book will burst a few bubbles you might have floating around in your brain about what this really means.
Margot Ridler
The idea that the author puts forward is that nothing exists, so this is not surprising.
Korben Dallas

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Margot Ridler on December 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Are you a seeker of truth? A seeker of enlightenment, awakening, becoming one with your true Self, etc.? Then this book will burst a few bubbles you might have floating around in your brain about what this really means. I was such a seeker once, with no clue what awakening or enlightenment was really all about. There was just this immense pressure to seek and to keep going no matter what. May be this sounds familiar to you? It was like I had this maddening task master living inside, beating at me relentlessly 24/7 saying: "seek, seek, seek". But what was I really seeking? I had no clue. I was insanely driven but had no goal to pursue because I did not know what I was actually after - that was, until I came across Norquist's Haunted Universe.

There it was - black on white - what waking up was really all about. And believe me, it will shock you big time because it has nothing to do with bliss and love and heaven on earth and all that kind of stuff that's scoring big-time as best sellers in today's market place. Take it from "me" - waking up is exactly as Norquist describes.

If you are really serious and can't ignore the call to wake up - as I could not - Norquist's Haunted Universe will be a most treasured guide. It was for "me". It was my "bible" along with a few other books. I highly, highly recommend it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Weimer on December 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
For the serious seeker, Haunted Universe is a serious book. For the ripe individual, who the author says is ready at any moment to fall from the tree of delusion, this book is made to shake that tree violently, helping such a borderline person fall into the "feeling/knowing" state prerequisite to Final Discovery.

Can this book deliver? There is one way to find out. It is probably different from every other work you will find on the subject of spiritual enlightenment.

Norquist believes that you can be talked into Ultimate Reality, that you can be led to a Final Awakening. He says also that this is impossible if someone has not already walked every single step up to that final door. He refers to the paradox often and states that no one ever existed or ever would, and that efforts made toward enlightenment are impossible, pointless and indispensable.

Everyone has a unique perspective. Norquist is no different. Except he says things like, "Reality is the sound of a pebble rolling down a hill on a planet in a star system that we will never know." And, "Not only that, there is no higher self, no ultimate being pulling the strings. A look behind the curtain proves: there is no one there! The smoke and mirrors are not hiding anything; there is just smoke and mirrors."

Enlightened people come back to an existence that doesn't exist, Norquist contends, adding, "Enlightenment reveals that the only thing going on in the universe is spontaneous manifestation. No chance and no design. Only perfect, automatic machine-like emergence."

This author designed his book to take you somewhere you have never been. He's offering you a rocket ride. You can't be told, he says; you have to go there. It's profound in its simplicity.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Korben Dallas on March 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I find this book incredibly empty of content, from both a physical (most of the pages contain just a line or two) and an intellectual point of view. The idea that the author puts forward is that nothing exists, so this is not surprising. Unfortunately, this book is considered "for enlightened people" or "full of content that only your spirit can understand" in some circles. I know this first-hand, having talked to people who recommended, insisted that I read it. It's like the emperor new clothes, nobody dares say it's utter b.s. lest they be labeled "unenlightened". I'm telling it like it is, sorry for being honest. This book is garbage.

The book has almost 500 pages. It took me one (1) hour to read it cover to cover, if that. I wonder how many trees (non-existent, of course, according to the author) it took to print all the copies of this book. It's full of gems such as these: "The Truth is the dream of a sleeping rock", "Reality is the sound of a pebble rolling down a hill on a planet in a star system that we will never know". Wow. Color me unimpressed. I guess I'm not enlightened to comprehend the deep meaning of such words.

I find it appalling that people with a lot more talent can't get their books published and this author got this nonsense printed and is making probably a lot of money. I'm in the wrong line of business, obviously. I should become a spiritual guru of sorts, get drunk or stoned and start speaking nonsense like this author and people will buy anything I publish.

If they don't understand me, I can always say that it's because they're not "awakened".

KD
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dogen on November 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
How do I critique a book that is beyond description? I'll start by saying this is a beautiful book to open at random. Each and every page is filled with photos and text that is sublime. Steven's unconventional teaching is presented and combined in zen like quotes and paragraphs that have the power to enlighten.

Haunted Universe has become one of my favorite books. The quotes are arranged in such a way as to make them tremendously potent. In fact, the author asks you if you really want to read this book! Perhaps not he continues. For some, the best advice is to forget the whole enlightenment thing. I chose to read on, and my life has never been quite the same. As a close friend said after reading it: " It was like a double trigger!" So very true! Just reading the words is an exercise in simplicity and clarity. If you've begun to see the futility of seeking, then you are ready for this book.

The text can be read as a story, but at the same time, it can be picked up and opened to any page, as certain quotes may contain profound insights. It derives it's power from the enormous silence behind the words. Turn a few pages, and you will be moved and inspired, perhaps frightened.

In the beginning, Norquist states he initially had no interest in writing anything about this subject. A few days later, he wrote an article about his experience which became known as: "What is enlightenment, no, I mean really, like what is it?". After reading the article many times over, I have yet to read anything that comes close to what enlightenment is. Also included is another article written for the TAT Foundation.

The last chapter is called "The Practice" and is devoted to helping people achieve a breakthrough.
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