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“...I envision myself pointing people to this book quite often because of its depth and breadth. Quite literally, it has to be read to be fully appreciated. It's nice knowing that this book is out there for people!”
Scott Kiloby, author of Love's Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search, Natural Rest for Addiciton: A Revolutionary Way to Recover Through Presence, and Living Presence: A Simple, Plain-English Guide to Non-Duality

About the Author

Greg Goode is known for a unique combination of penetrating insight, comfort with both Eastern and Western sources, and a down-to-earth sense of humor. He is author of Standing as AwarenessNondualism in Western Philosophy, and many popular articles. Goode studied psychology at California State University, and philosophy at the University of Rochester and the Universität zu Köln. He became drawn to self-inquiry initially through the work of Brand Blanshard, George Berkeley, the Chinmaya Mission, and Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. His spiritual search came to its sweet conclusion through the Direct-Path influences of Francis Lucille and Sri Atmananda. Goode is a member of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, and serves as the technical consultant for their peer-reviewed journal Philosophical Practice.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908664029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908664020
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Goode is the author of highly regarded books in the contemplative spiritual field. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. Greg grew up in multicultural Southern California. He lived in Panama for three years during his service with the U.S. Army, and lived in Germany for a year during graduate school. Greg currently lives in New York City with his wife May.

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As the author of Living Realization: Your Present Experience...As It Is, I have a huge bookcase of books about nonduality ranging from teachings from the great masters of the past to the newest, modern approaches on the subject...I've read nothing like it in my life. This book is astoundingly comprehensive in its reach, a deep and endless resource on nondual awareness.

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.
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Two disclaimers:

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.

Two notes:

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.
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Greg Goode goes to unheard of lengths to show you that your experience is awareness, whether it is the experience of a chair, your hand or brain, a thought or subtle impression, or the witnessing awareness.

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.
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