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The Direct Path: A User Guide Paperback – February 16, 2012
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Much has been written about awareness, yet often the practical and very subtle points are conspicuously missing from other texts. Although it is written from the perspective of a particular path ("Direct Path Advaita")
Greg Goode's book is so comprehensive that, after reading it, my mind could not even think of something that was missing. It covers the various dualities we believe we experience such as inside/outside, subjectivity/objectivity, life/death, existence/non-existence and enlightened/unenlightened, to name a few. It also covers the world, the body, the mind, the witness, physical objects, senses, emotions, thoughts, states, positionality, location, identity, containment, choice and doership, time, cause and effect, language, and many other things. It's so thorough that it is helpful to any awareness-styled path. It covers every nook and cranny, every trap, and every angle that I've encountered (and many more that I have not encountered) while meeting with people over the years in the course of my own work in nonduality.Read more ›
1) This review is based on working only halfway through the book.
2) I work with individual seekers solely by using No Self Direct Pointing methods.
Now that we've got that covered, I'd say that the fastest way to EXPERIENCE unshakable non dual/no self/emptiness realizations is through clear and simple pointers which lead you, seeker, to reflect on your very own everyday world AS IT ACTUALLY IS, not as you have assumed it to be.
If you're honest and willing there is only a single question ever worth looking into: "What is true in my direct experience." Any guide serves only to point to the right questions you must ask *of yourself*, and which you must answer *on your own*. This method leaves no guru, no teacher, and most importantly, no seeker in its wake.
It's immediately obvious from the first chapters that this book leaves no wake. An invaluable tool for those ready to do the necessary work, I suspect it will shortly become one most often discussed and drawn upon within direct pointing groups. I, for one, intend to use and recommend it regularly.
A caveat: Do NOT read this book. Experience every bit of it.
I will be back with an update when finished.
After finishing the book, the only thing I'd change about this review is to give it 5 rather than 4 stars. That's because each idea Goode presents here is very challenging to convey and yet the exercises and explanations lead the seeker back to the source of "knowing" each time.
Though the introduction says exercises do not have to be done sequentially, I'd strongly recommend it. Each is a chip in the veneer of what we call reality, and one exercises very often builds on another.Read more ›
He carves new paths through the wildernesses of experience to the ancient pond of awareness. These paths are called experiments in this book and there are about 40 of them.
There are many reasons for reading this book.
If you are drawn to the direct path teachings of modern teachers Francis Lucille and Rupert Spira, this work is in that tradition, yet very different.
If you are drawn to a stepwise teaching beginning with investigation of the world, then the body, then the mind, then the witnessing awareness, and culminating in the dissolution of witnessing awareness, this book parallels advaitin traditional teachings, though it is not intended to be a substitute for them.
If you prefer to read nonduality books freely, without any particular structure or order, Greg encourages that too. Perhaps all you need to do is go through a few experiments and read the amazing section on deep sleep, for example.
If you want to see how your inquiry is doing, check yourself by going through this book. Is your inquiry perhaps stuck at the realization that there is only awareness? Greg might nudge you into freedom.
If you like Greg Goode as a person or want to get to know him, this is a great way to "feel" him. The book is rounded out with personal experiences in inquiry and self-realization, including some old school stories.
If you want to see how crazy love manifests, this book is a model for that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mehh. Boring activities that illustrate a vividness beyond words.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent. If you want to see clearly, there's no way you can go though this inquiry and NOT see what is "hidden in plain sight".Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is book is shortest path to direct crap. This is totally mindless fellow. He has not respect for concepts or words.Published 6 months ago by KRISHNA THOTA
I was hoping for an interesting, non-philosophical exploration of conscious awareness. What I found instead started right away with pushing Adviata dogma. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Pete Ashly
Greg Goode recently posted a cartoon by John Spooner of two doors on a cloud. A sign on one door read, “Heaven;” the other read, “Lecture about heaven. Read morePublished 16 months ago by William Arsenis
Experiential, direct, clear and comprehensive. In my opinion, the author is pretty clear on what he's speaking. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andre Pais
This is an unbelievably clear and precise book. No New Age/Spiritual fluffy talk. Just straight on instructions for what you need to do to start perceiving Reality. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JB
crystal clear observations available to anyone who is ready to experience openings through the senses.Published 19 months ago by Kristiina Helin