If you decide to read "Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment", it's best to read the first book first. SIE is in some ways very much like a "sequel" with tons of references to "Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing." SIE will be much more useful if have the information in the first book first.
To start, there's a letter from a very annoyed but obviously sincere reader of the first book. She gives a blunt and informative explanation of why some will find McKenna's books completely inappropriate, useless, and even infuriating. In the first sentence of her letter she said, "I'm so mad, I could chew nails." And then the rest of her letter continued with the same intensity. She ended her last paragraph with "Put that in the front of your next book so people like me won't waste their time." And that's exactly what McKenna did. Her letter is right up front and replaces the glowing praise that so many found objectionable in the first book.
But there are many of us who feel differently than that angry reader. I actually loved SIE many times more than SE:TDT. In SIE McKenna continues to be unconventional, holding up as an example his own spiritually incorrect perspective and conclusions. And true to form, he continues breaking all the standardized spiritual "rules." In SIE McKenna takes us on a journey where he interweaves the inherent spirituality of "Moby-Dick," Julie's wrenching Spiritual Autolysis, some relevant UG Krishnamurti quotes, and some other relevant anecdotal events. He very skillfully combines all those components in order to express how a spiritually incorrect traveler might perceive and process his/her circumstances in a way that will lead to enlightenment.Read more ›
~ There is nothing that can be said about Enlightenment - non-dual awareness - including this statement. Therefore, it is enormously difficult to write a single, encompassing review that captures the astounding nature of this book as well as the impossibility of being able to say anything at all about the Subject (pun intended.) Simply stated, the ego-identity known as Jed McKenna has indeed done it again. This is another direct, compelling, startling and humorous book from the author of the self-shattering "Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing". As with the first book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment is about instrumental injunction. To paraphrase Wilber - as I seem to do with some regularity - an injunction is a call, a set of practices, a recipe that says, "If you want to know this, do this." Absolutely no one can convey what It is, or what It is like. If you perform the injunction adequately, you'll likely get direct experience of the domain presented by the practice, and you can then verify or reject the results with others who have completed the injunction. Until you actually engage in the practice, though, all discussion and judgment about the result is premature. So in order to find out if this injunction is for you, get hold of both books by this Author, and read them. The Author clearly acknowledges that when one publishes a book in today's "spirituality marketplace", it will be seen by a rather broad audience. There will be the serious, the seekers, the simply curious and the clueless. A book such as this will apply to some, certainly not to others, and most likely not to a majority. Some readers won't understand it at all and will offer an almost complete rejection of everything that the book tries to communicate.Read more ›
I read this book about 6 months after reading the previous one by Jed. His style of communicating couldn't be more my style. Just lay it all out on the table and be done with it. No beating around the bush or being afraid of saying the wrong thing. Just grab me by the shoulders and shake the crap outta me if that is what I need. And I needed it. And I started reading this right when I entered into a big phase of emotional and spiritual turmoil. I did a bunch of the autolysis work almost non-stop for about a week. Even though I didn't take it as far as I could have, I did burn up a lot of crap that was weighing me down. And it's true, I did look back at what I wrote on previous days and felt embarassed about how stupid I was then.
I found this book to be just as hilarious and entertaining as the first one, while helping me see things from another perspective. I especially enjoyed the quotes from U.G. and have since found a source where a group of people have compiled all his quotes (he doesn't promote himself or write or lecture at all), which take Jed McKenna's points quite a bit deeper and are more challenging to those who think they know all about this universe and how things are and how they should be.
Ha! How we have all been full of so much hot air thinking we actually know something!
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If not, don't bother to read this. If you do, first read McKenna's previous book- Spiritual Enlightenment- the Damnedest Thing- and then, this one. Here are some other questions to help determine if you really want to buy this book: (1) Did you love Melville's classic novel Moby Dick but not really understand Ahab's madness? Would you like to? (2) Do you sense that all spiritual and religious tenets, practices, sects, and techniques are all variations of the same frenetic movie script? (3) Are you willing to bring up every single vestige of fear you have ever been programmed to identify with- fear of death, loneliness, pain, shame, guilt, stupidity, ridicule, depression, hopelessness, angst? Is truth worth that much ? Really? (4) Could you do it without believing in anything- without a religion or teacher- just to clear away the tons of inner debris and then see what, if anything remains? I have read hundreds, if not thousands, of allegedly spiritual books. Many narcotized me, some intrigued me. These two books have touched me at a cellular level, yet ego has just barely dipped its toe in the ocean..........
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