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Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality Paperback – June 1, 1990
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Since that time I've come into a bit of a "spiritual path", and read countless books on awareness/mindfulness/presence, or whatever you'd like to call this path.
Many are wonderful. This was the finest of all, though. This is not a Christian book at all. It is simply another expression of the "one true wisdom" which cuts across all spiritual teachings, religious or otherwise.
It is what the Buddha was talking about. It is what Jesus was talking about. It is what Lao Tzu was talking about. It is what Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Tara Brach, Thich Nhat Hahn, Byron Katie are talking about today.
There's really only one teaching over the past six thousand years or so. You pick your favorite teacher. De Mello is, after reading this book, mine. Perfectly hilarious and light, but forceful and to the point, without getting bogged down in words. Like someone who so confidently knows the subject matter, so confidently lives it, that there is no need for pretense.
If you don't like it because it goes against your doctrine, your dogma, your beliefs, that's fine. When you have suffered enough, you will be ready to wake up from your dream.
Awareness is the simplest and most profound book I have ever read. It is less than 200 pages, and I imagine I can (and might) spend the rest of my life reading it. So consider this my "notification" to you about the writings of Anthony DeMello: to the degree that any of us allow ourselves to be awakened by this book --- or any other of his books --- we will be changed forever.
And apparently that makes the Pope nervous.
-Thom Rutledge, ...
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Just magnificent if you remember the admonishment to "wear the world like a loose garment."Published 2 days ago by Kate Searfoss
Although there's many stories in this book to guide you to "awareness" be careful not to get bogged down if you run across a sentence or two that cuts against your grain. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jack
De Mello's insightful perspective never ceases to inspire. He is blunt, he is harsh, and he is aware. All of the self-help/spirituality writing greats come from the Eastern world. Read morePublished 17 days ago by uhhhhhhhh
A wondrous experience to partake in. Something that gives you a more competent expression to give your presence as the ultimate gift.Published 1 month ago by Ishmael
Delightfully uncomplicated. An easy read. Keep it in the bathroom for inspiration. :-)Published 2 months ago by Mark McFeely (McFly)
This is a life changer. I will read it again and again. The concepts described in the book blew my mind! Just incredible.Published 2 months ago
I am so grateful to my friend and mentor who recommended this book. It is like getting the gift of a new set of eyes with which to see the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rich C.
I use his stories as reference points for my daily meditation and path to insights. Very simple and profound. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer