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  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated; First Edition edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591795192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591795193
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Rather than encouraging us to seek God, Jason Shulman believes we need only make ourselves available to receive God, who is always present and awaiting us. In The Instruction Manual for Receiving God, you will encounter the presence of God through 108 "seed passages"-profound and insightful statements that are meant to unlock your mind and open your heart. Shulman offers generous reflection of each seed passage, illuminating the depth and meaning of its precious message. Reading this book is like a personal sanctuary where you will:

Experience complete liberation-the "act" of being truly human

Feel the constant rain of compassion washing over your spiritual life and receive the sacred blessings that are endlessly offered by reality itself

Learn practical ways to connect to the Divine each and every day

Whether read cover-to-cover or opened to a random verse for inspiration, The Instruction Manual for Receiving God is a book readers of all faiths will cherish and return to again and again. Here, Jason Shulman offers contemplations that access the reality of God, "who is always knocking at the door of our hearts...and whose Voice is always speaking."

From the Back Cover

What would it feel like if you realized that, from the very beginning, you were designed to look for, find, and to receive God? That you were designed to awaken to reality? How would it feel to know that this would definitely happen in your lifetime, because you were made to accomplish this very thing?

"A Dharma teacher and Kabbalist, Jason Shulman has succeeded in creating a down-to-earth guide which makes the quest to find God into a realizable possibility." - Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of Life After Death: A Burden of Proof

"The Instruction Manual for Receiving God contains exactly the type of common sense wisdom required for a person to live a good old-fashioned grounded life in a society that encourages us to do things faster while multi-tasking." - Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts and

"A guide book to help you on the journey towards the Divine." - Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul

"Jason Shulman offers us a profoundly simple guide to the obviousness of awakening to our deepest Self. Lucid, contemporary, and most of all kind, this is a beautiful book which goes to the very heart of the human condition, by encouraging us to embrace both the impersonal oneness of all things and the richness of the personal life."--Timothy Freke, author of Lucid Living

"A beautiful book that brings the western spiritual tradition into our modern world. It's deep, thoughtful, exciting, and we can sue it to find out how we live when we are fully human."--John Tarrant, author of Bring Me the Rhinoceros

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About Jason Shulman

Of the new breed of spiritual teachers active in the public eye today, few are as inclusive ' or as provocative ' as Jason Shulman.

His work defies labels and any attempts at simple definition. He is one of the most highly respected serious exponents of Kabbalah today. At the same time, he is a Buddhist teacher and Dharma lineage holder in the Zen tradition.

He is dedicated to holding both of these ancient traditions in his work. Shulman's teachings are equally God-inspired and nondual. This uniquely open-hearted and spacious ability to span many positions and perspectives is the hallmark of the new spiritual paradigm he proposes for our world today.

From his long grounding in the traditional spiritual training of Judaism and Buddhism, Shulman offers a fresh interpretation of the ancient paths to enlightenment and God-Realization. The new territory he unfolds with poetic eloquence includes both God and Boundlessness; the personal self and the Transcendent Self.

Rather than speaking about enlightenment or God-realization as some sort of state or thing, he prefers the term 'awakening': a continuous moment by moment process that never ends.

The path that Shulman offers is exceptionally well-suited for our life in the 21st century. He calls for commitment to being awake to Reality and to being fully human. At first glance, these might seem diametrically opposing aims, but in Shulman's map, they are the same destination, where living in the world and being with God are identical things seen from different standpoints.

In Shulman's masterful and seamless integration, what initially seems like contentious spiritual or theological territory unfolds as a panoramic landscape. This level of development or awakening is what draws students from around the world to Shulman. Though many are new to spiritual work, most are long-time practitioners who come to learn how to work with their most profound spiritual questions and deepest longings.

People also come to Shulman with the suffering of their everyday lives ' illness, chronic difficulty in relationships, lack of fulfilment at work, a longing to be of service to the world; sadness, loneliness, anxiety, fear and rage. His work is particularly helpful in this regard. The programs he has developed for A SOCIETY OF SOULS are specifically designed to bring together the spiritual heights of revelation and Ultimate Reality with the small and great trials and tribulations of contemporary human life.

Shulman's work as a spiritual teacher is his primary, but not his only calling. He is dedicated to the process of healing and much of his spiritual work today is centered around teaching the powerful modalities of Integrated Kabbalistic Healing and The Work of Return, both of which he has developed.

Alongside his spiritual and healing career, his earlier passion for music has remained undimmed. He is an accomplished singer and songwriter. Music for Shulman has always been a powerful way of expressing his personal knowledge of human suffering, longing, courage and joy.

Currently, Shulman has two CDs of spiritual music. The first, 'The Great Transparency' was released in 1998 and his second, 'Buddha-Cloud' in 2005. Buddha-Cloud' is available online through

A new CD, 'Songs and Chants for Receiving God', will be in the music stores at the end of 2006. Produced by Gary Malkin, these chants and songs composed by Shulman contain in music the essence of his teachings.

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This is a book that is profound in its simplicity, its depth and its wisdom.
stephen malls
I believe they did this because they are true sentences and because it touches us deeply to hear truth.
Donna Baier Stein
I highly recommend it as a guide book for the great spiritual journey to one's humanity.
Erin Minta

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mary K. Bernstein on October 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jason's new book is like the clear scent of a flower calling us

home. As my dad and my first husband were dying they both said the

same thing: "It's time to go home." Listening to each I thought,

"Why can't I go home while I am still alive?" This book opens to us

that way home, not by re-making our life into something other than

what it is, but by guiding us as we take every bit and morsel of it

as the nourishment we need to be truly at home in our life and body.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By stephen malls on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If God is - Always-Present-Everywhere - and is most desirious of being Found, then our Relationship with this Being is unalterably different from the way that most of us approach it. This is a book that is profound in its simplicity, its depth and its wisdom. It is a human roadmap to that which is paradoxically both BEYOND US and yet at the same time may quite possibly represent our ultimate Identity. In my opinion, it is must reading for anyone whose Spirit and Consciousness is so engaged.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RKG on January 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In those moments when all you can hear is the house creak and the dog change positions, I like to pick up this book and read one or two of what the author calls seed passages. It's that kind of book. The author provides joyfully lively and thought provoking portals for the contemporary seeker's spiritual envisioning regardless of the readers' religious or non-religious identification. It is a small book with big ideas. Mr. Shulman's languaging, explanations and examples, in this his second book, are extremely clear, to the point and easily understood., The profound perspectives offered present many varied opportunities for the healing integration of body, mind, heart, and spirit into a place of embodied fullness and awakened consciousness. I find this book deeply transformative, full of delight and would recommend this book to all seeking devotional insight.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"This book does not encourage false forays into imaginary worlds where there is no suffering of any sort, where some magical notion of spirit has whitewashed reality into a palatable dollop. Instead, the words in this book seek to awaken you to the truth of God, that perspective and level of integration that allow you to be separate and one with the universe at the same time. It seeks to put life into perspective and to make our lives something worth living, despite the hardships inherent in the situation in which we find ourselves." - From the book

Rare is the day that I read a book but instead enter a peaceful sanctuary. It is equally rare for me to discover a book that depressurizes the air surrounding the human condition and the idea of spirituality.

The Instruction Manual for Receiving God does not advocate the destruction or transcendence of the ego, nor does it promote striving to reach a superhuman ideal. There are no flights into magical thinking, denials of the difficult or dualistic notions of God being "here" but not "there".

Instead, this seminal work disseminates forbidden knowledge--ideas so profoundly simple and shockingly sublime that to peer into this deep well of mystery is to see the face of God.

According to author Jason Shulman, you--yes, you!--already have what you need to receive God. In fact, "you have your own song, and God has a ticket to your concert. If you are shy, God, being God, will sing for you."

Here are a few of my favorite excerpts from this gloriously poetic, healing book:

"The hardest job in the world is to be simply and fully human."

"When we have problems, we imagine a different sort of life where there are no problems and then attempt to get there...There is no life but this one.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Erin Minta on October 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I feel happy that there is a book that makes known the true kindness of God: That God embraces the human condition just as it is and we can be with God just as we are. This book is written with a living and embodied wisdom by someone who understands our deep need for a relationship with God that lets us relax and be ourselves. It is also written with great kindness towards the condition(s) we find ourselves in as human beings. I'd have to say that kindness is the heart of this book.

The Seed Passages unlock my mind and heart (and even my feet) to reveal God in this place, right now. Practicing receiving God in this way helps me to work with my longing to be in (or go to) some other place in order to be with God. I can just be myself, right here, at my cozy desk, and be with God, too. This makes getting on with the tasks of life much easier as pining to be (or worse, fantasizing about being) elsewhere in order to find God is such a painful energy drain.

In another piece of writing called "The MAGI Process," Jason Shulman writes, 'The world settled down is God.' "The Instruction Manual for Receiving God" is a walk through the settled down ground, and a felt sense of the divine plays on every page. This is one of those books you can walk with, and in, at the same time. I highly recommend it as a guide book for the great spiritual journey to one's humanity.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Gruber on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
in the Jewish tradition is Jason Shulman's The Instruction Manual for Receiving God. Shulman, a Kabbalaist who has also drunk deeply from the well of Buddhist Dharma, is the founder of A Society of Souls, a school based in New Jersey dedicated to awakening the human spirit.

Shulman writes in a direct but low-key manner, presenting us with 108 (a number favored by Buddhists) "seed passages" which he invites us to meditate and reflect on.

The core message that Shulman delivers is that it is not so much God who is elusive, but rather, it is we who tend to hide ourselves and make ourselves unavailable to God. We think that because we are imperfect, we must not let God see us, but, in fact, it is in embracing our imperfection, in this moment, exactly how we are, that awakening and enlightenment become possible.

For example, one of the seed passages states that "God receives us just as we are. But we don't receive ourselves in the same way. We don't love ourselves as we our. Our deepest work is not so much to improve ourselves as to realize ourselves, to see ourselves clearly and dearly." Then, the commentary on this passage concludes that, "The secret here is that we are not practicing being better than we are. We are simply practicing kindness toward who and what we are."

I found some of the passages to be truly enlightening, while others failed to hit home. But overall, as I read this book, I found myself cheering on Shulman's message about being here, now, exactly as we are, with all our imperfections and warts. Forget about the notion of a single "Big Bang" or spiritual enlightenment, the Kosmic Orgasm that sets you free forever and lifts your spirit permanently into the clouds.
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