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This Is It: The Nature of Oneness*Interviews with Teachers of Non-Duality Including Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now Paperback – January 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842930931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842930939
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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73 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Scott Meredith on November 10, 2004
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This is on the radical fringe of the neo-advaita scene. Absolute take-no-prisoners "everything-is-total-illusion-and-that's-just-fine-there's-absolutely-nothing-to-be-done-about-it".

For a book about non-dualism, it has a strangely two-pronged flavor.

First, it is making the general and expected points: No need to do anything, you are already enlightened (except that you don't exist and enlightenment is meaningless to begin with), etc.

Second, it has a definite under-edge of Non-Dual community infighting. At times, it has a strangely catty, insider tone. I feel it is written not so much for the general person just trying to figure things out, but for a specific narrow sub-readership of people who are very experienced shoppers in the spiritual supermarket, even or especially people who've been around the non-dual track a few times. These are the people that the author wants to reach, and get them to 'stop seeking'.

Though of course, even 'stop seeking' is "doing" something, or having a kind of program, and therefore unacceptable. Except that of course EVERYTHING is acceptable because it is all illusory anyway.

I say that this author (and his interviewees) are on the far edge of current non-dual thought in that other stars like Byron Katie still offer a kind of goal (cessation of mental suffering) and a sort of problem-solving method (4 questions) to advance that program. Or for example Gangaji is supposedly pure advaita but she subtly asserts the reality of various distinctions, such as guru v. seeker; a more lovely Satsang space v. a less-lovely one; a community of friends pursuing the goal or teachings together (as though that would help it along); etc.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ashe on September 16, 2005
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I gave this book 5 stars mainly for the Eckhart Tolle interview it contains. It's an interview that really demystifies him. I highly recommend it if you are a fan of Tolle yet feel he is somehow above you or better than you.

Many of the other interviews are good as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Norman E. Babbitt on September 5, 2005
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The book, This Is It, by Jan Kerschott, is unerringly explicit in addressing the core of true non-dualism. It does so in both a general, sweeping fashion, in relation to a basic, overall consideration of religion and spirituality, and in a precise, deliberate manner clarifying the misleading (and divinely perfect) dualistic teachings that present themselves as non-dualistic. Why is this important? Because it is so easy to believe in a path to what is. I was heavily into an understanding that was couched in non-dualistic notions, but upon looking more closely was, actually steeped in duality. Such directives as the need to meditate more, be silent more, be more honest, more passionate, more, more, more have been seen to only push away freedom. Kerschott's book spoke to a deep place in awareness and exposed in nakedness the contradictions so visible when seen with clarity. This book is not for everyone. Anyone who wants to progress and develop into what already is will not enjoy this. But if you are open to seeing that there is nothing but the truth, then freedom already is.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Advaitin for the Rest of the World on April 25, 2006
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I thought I'd throw in my two cents so here goes. After investigating several spiritual paths and "concluding" they were all very nice and even complicated, I came across this pure advaita business especially Tony Parson"s stuff and I realized this was or had to be as close to the truth as I suspected one could get. It is absolutely simple!!!(once you have a rudimentary understanding). I absolutely knew in my heart that the truth just had to be something absolutely simple and lo and behold....here it is. This business that Jan talks about denies nothing out there in spiritual land and

judges nothing as all is absolutely perfect in the "daydream". I absolutely love Northern Lights review below as there was an element of truth contained therein. This neo-advaita is a joke and if awakening should ever happen for NorthernLights he will,in fact, laugh and laugh and laugh, and see that it was and is - that everything is just that....a cosmic joke - yet behind the joke is absolute peace and some might say even love. Pssst... it yet it goes even deeper, but we'll have to save that for another day....
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Black Dot Publications on May 12, 2005
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"This book is an uncompromising assertion of the absolute Oneness of Consciousness. Jan Kersschot is unwavering in pointing directly to the Unicity that is the ground-of-being for being-ness, Itself. The author reminds us of the seductive perils inherent in dualistic thought and, instead, invites his readers to discover that the ultimate Truth lies within their own heart-of-hearts. Jan's sparkling dialogues with several non-dual teachers are fascinating examples of how Consciousness joyously dances with Itself. Few other non-dual writers are able to describe the spiritually ineffable with as much clarity as does Jan Kersschot. I highly recommend this book."

Chuck Hillig, Author of:

Enlightenment for Beginners, The Way IT Is, Seeds for the Soul, The Magic King, Looking for God: Seeing the Whole in One
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By inbreath/outbreath on June 29, 2005
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i have not read this book (forget about the rating), but have another book of the same author...and also i have read several books on the same category.

"advaita" or "nonduality" -

These words signifies the highest truths about reality, and the highest teachings in religions. They are simple, yet complicated (a true nondual insight - both, not one or the other). Because of their logical concepts, it is quite easy to get an intellectual understanding and this is both a useful and nescessary tool. Still, the real and deep insight (in which words like "Self-realization", "enlightenment" etc have meaning)is lacking in several books on this topic. It has become a trend, making it possible for people to write books, even with only partial understanding. So people who feel inclined towards nondual teachings should be aware of this. In the old greece, there was philosophs (lovers of wisdom) and sophists (experts at manipulating the language). Much of this "modern advaita" is sophistry. personally, i believe to know and to have experienced "true nature" or "self", but mostly i`m caught in my "stories" and patterns (knowing truth, and recognizing "the truth of no-truth"). Actually, all of us know our true selves and meet with it every night (in dreamless sleep. Being together with someone who knows "true nature", makes it possible to learn to recognize the "original mind" or "natural mind" (in which all is one...in the heart of hearts, everybody is One)

It can be instantaneous, and it can take time. First a sudden insight or feeling of expansion, then working to get this "knowing" and "Being" to become more regular or total . "Enlightenment is not a fixed place", one realized individual said. Some of these books can trigger such moments of expansion.
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