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Accidental Initiations: In The Kabbalistic Tree of Olympia Paperback – Large Print, March 19, 2012
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About the Author
Andras Jones is the star of several motion pictures, a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, the host and creator of Radio8Ball, and an honorable bartender. With "Accidental Initiations: In The Kabbalistic Tree of Olympia", Andras adds author to his already impressive resume of achievements. Jones makes his home in Olympia, Washington where he continues to explore the sacred artifact at the center of his book. Film Link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0427470/ Music Link: http://www.myspace.com/previouslyours Radio8Ball Link: http://www.radio8ball.com/
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I first took serious notice of syncs in the early 90's when burying my cat (Sylvester) in a state forest opposite a local Buddhist temple.
I had the local radio station on and just as I was filling the grave with dirt, on came Peter Gabriel's song,'Digging in the Dirt'?!
The funny thing about this book is that it centers around a Kabbalistic walk around Sylvester Park in Olympia, the home town of Andras Jones and his radio show 'Radio8ball', where songs are played at random to try for a synchronistic message in response to a listener's question.
He writes about his Hollywood acting career, home life, bar-tending, friendships and perceptions of moments of betrayal in his life, as well as other fascinating and candid comments on life...with liberal sprinklings of profanities, especially some imaginative takes on the C word.
So be warned, if this kind of language offends you.
Being literally on the other side of the planet from this park, I couldn't be any more further away from The Tree, but Andras makes me want to make the pilgrimage to see it one day for myself with his wonderful recounting of the walk.
"Accidental Initiations" is a really fun read. It's sprinkled with gems: strange, quirky humor, poetic turns of phrase, and brutal honesty. I pictured a lot of the best parts of the book as movie scenes - visuals that illustrate moments of beauty, horror, rage, wonder, and magic. A combination of dark and light. In other words, human.
The best thing about the book, in my opinion, is the totally unique way that the author's voice filters such heady and metaphysical subjects. He talks about masturbation, drugs, art, show biz, booze, rage, the parent-child relationship, marriage, prostitution, and small town politics - all part of a spiritual, esoteric conversation, and with a rare sort if directness and vulnerability.
Andras certainly has a way with words, and he explores topics that are personal, difficult, funny, and fascinating. If I had make a critique (I did say I'd be honest), I'd say that the structure was a bit difficult for me to follow. However, given that the last chapter is all about time travel, and about challenging our linear perception of time with a more cyclic and non-linear perception - I can only assume that Andras intended it to be this way. I also wish that there were slightly more simplistic breakdowns of the parts of the Kabbalistic tree, and a bit more integration of these parts into the narrative. I found those bits, by far, the headiest and most difficult pieces to understand.
Still, I am rating this book very highly because it's brave and different and filled with awesome little vignettes, anecdotes, and weirdness. I have experienced Andras Jones, and now I've read his book. I can tell you that Synchronicity is very real - so once you choose to let this book and all its heady kooky genius ideas into your brain, it's a very likely possibility that you'll start to notice Synchronocity's presence more and more in your life. As someone said to me when I entered Andras' synchronistic world: Enjoy the ride.
If you believe in Synchronicity, or if you want to, or if you want a fresh and revolutionary take on spirituality - read this book.
If you read it with an open mind and open your heart to it, you will be taken on a journey. One that recounts and explores the author's experiences and philosophies in life through music, acting, cults, family, love and loss, and discovery of self through the discovery of the Kabbalistic Tree of Olympia.
Most likely the experience of reading this memoir will be unique and interpreted differently by each reader. Those that embrace it will only benefit from having read it.