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- Print Length: 296 pages
- Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (June 16, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 16, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0056J10E0
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Minister of the Houlton Unitarian Society
There is no shortage of enlightening books these days (and digital downloads) on spirituality and religion. One genre, though, that is sorely lacking and difficult to find in any great depth is spiritual autobiography. Thomas J. Anderson's first book, All-Amareakin; A Book for Sincere Seekers of Truth and Understanding, is just such a detailed personal account of the spiritual journey. Drawing upon personal experience, influential books, and spiritual teachers, the author shares the inner process of individual awakening. Spiritual writer Henri Nouwen once said, "Anyone trying to live a spiritual life will soon discover that the most personal is the most universal." Thomas Anderson takes the specifics from his own life story and shows their universal themes drawing upon the work of Joseph Campbell and Ken Wilber. The author gives detailed accounts and descriptions of his progress along the spiritual path as well as his setbacks. The book also emphasizes the universal quality of religious experience.
"There is only one Truth and all enlightened beings, no matter what their background, their cultural or religious upbringing, live in the experience of this one Truth...there is only one Truth, the Self is that Truth and there is nothing higher. It was clear to me that the Self is a universal experience and the essence of human consciousness." from page 161
At two hundred and eighty three pages and a small font size, this book is not short on content. It is an up-beat book that encourages each of us to cultivate our own brilliant awareness through simple practices emphasizing that personal awakening is within reach of us all. It is a book written with the hope that seekers everywhere will find insight and inspiration to continue their own journey.
Have you ever felt that there must be more to the superficial answers offered by science and religion, which we are to often asked to accept on faith? Have you been told that you have all the answers yet remain skeptical? Does it seem your deepest questions go unanswered? Are you looking for something more, but don't quite know what it is you are seeking? Have you examined the answers both orthodox science and religion offer and still feel there must be more? Do you wonder if the answers might be contained in traditional religion, but you can't find them? Have you attended synagog, church, temple, and/or spent time with science and still believe, if there is a Creator, we must have been given the ability to obtain a greater understanding than is found on the surface of our respective cultures and contemporary methodologies of knowing. Have you tried meditation and couldn't quite understand what it is about or what you should be doing? Have you wondered what the ancient sages meant when they instructed us to "Know Thyself"? Do you seek peace profound?
The author is not just telling us what it is like to be in a lifelong search. He does not ask the reader to take anything on faith, but shows how with sincerity, purpose, and perseverance, we may find our own answers. It is possible, regardless of religious or cultural heritage, to find understanding if we truly seek it and are willing to put forth the effort required for quieting our minds. It is just that most of us are never shown how to do this.
Read this book and your quest may be forever changed.
The book covers a period of about 30 years. It is sincere, earnest, unpretentious, and whole-heartedly focused on helping the reader.
One of the most interesting sections describes the practice of self-remembering which the author learned from books by Ouspensky and others in Gurdjieff's tradition. After eight days of intense effort, the author had his first direct experience of the Self. Such rapid results are unusual with any method of meditation. The author describes in detail what he did to help bring this experience about.
The author writes about all parts of his life that influenced him spiritually. For example, the first chapter, which is titled "How I Became A Seeker," discusses his relationship with his high school girlfriend. Similarly, later chapters describe how he dealt with conflicts at work by remaining conscious. These examples show how real seeking takes place. It permeates our whole lives and influences everything we do.
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