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The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic Paperback – November 1, 2011
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"A fresh, vigorous, and often startling account of a man's introduction to higher planes of reality. If you've ever wondered what the new consciousness movement is about, read this book and find out." —Richard Smoley, author of Inner Christianity and The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe
“Entertaining, celebratory, burning, reflective, and electric—but definitely not for the faint of heart or hard of head. With tales of sex, drugs, elves and Jesus, this memoir romps through the hinterlands of body and soul.” —Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga and co-author of The Art of Yoga.
"Every cultural scene needs good personal narratives. Jonathan Talat Phillips' Electric Jesus raises a proud flag for the post-modern Burning Man and techno psychonautic era. However, Phillips also seeks for more than just a flashy escape hatch from the burdens of a materialistic or pop-cultural corporate worldview. The Electric Jesus is about the quest for true Gnosis as much as it is about the crazy costumes we wear along the way. This book is sure to be one of those that defines the psychedelic resurgence that has been recently constellated by Reality Sandwich and the Evolver Social Movement." —Adam Elenbaas, author of Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest
"Jonathan Talat Phillips discovers Gnosis, transforms himself, goes off the deep end, and somehow stays grounded in the material world. I enjoyed reading The Electric Jesus, a lively and well told story.” —Jeremy Narby, author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
"A moving tale of a journey into places most of us don't even know exist." —Gary Lachman, author of Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen; bassist for Blondie
“In this vividly written and deeply personal memoir, Jonathan Talat Phillips, cofounder of the Evolver Social Movement, travels through the key stops on the current countercultural railroad—Burning Man, ayahuasca sessions, kundalini awakenings, MDMA—and winds up in unexpected places, thoroughly off the tracks, seeking planetary transformation on a new scale—a classic heroic journey, bringing out of his own darkest places a gift not for himself but for his people. —Stephan Beyer, author of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon
"Hats off to the author, Jonathan Talat Phillips, who takes some risks in this ballsy, thoughtful, and searingly honest tale of soul awakening. Spurred to activism in the wake of 9-11, and left depressed and angry after the elections of 2004, Phillips begins searching for answers and change. His starting point becomes the ancient Gnostic texts, and the unfiltered and mystical Jesus he finds portrayed therein. The author's research into the mystery schools, the clues he uncovers in the actual language of the Bible and apocryphal texts, and the archetypal symbols he investigates are fascinating and powerful."
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"5 out of 5 stars" —Denver Books Examiner
"Three thumbs up! I found it irreverent, brutally honest, spiritually enlightening and downright fun!" —Lance White, A Fireside Chat with Zany Mystic Radio
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Phillips holds nothing back in his writing, giving us a gritty, raw and sometimes comical look into his life, his struggles and his successes.The Electric Jesus will leave you off at in a different place than you were when you started reading; it will rock your world and open your mind and your heart to new possibilities.
This book is about one man's journey of learning through himself. It is for those who know deep inside that something is going on that mainstream religions can't cope with and science is only beginning to try to understand. If you are struggling with accepting what your experiences are telling you is true, then read this book and realize you are NOT crazy and NOT alone!! Reading it was an affirmation of many of my own experiences and feelings that I've had since I was young and am only now finding words to express and courage to explore.
If you're looking for a dry compendium of Nag Hammadi scripts, or a bone-sober exegesis on the Cathars, look elsewhere--what Talat-Philips gives us instead is an honest, immensely likeable narrative voice, and a journey through the bending-end of altered states of consciousness in which Gnosticism becomes not a theory to be examined, but a metaphysical reality to be viscerally lived. His book is fun, funny, and occasionally eye-rolling in its seeming naivety; it also tracks JTP's activist political life lived in the exciting contour where the new left badgered George W. with inspired surrealism, and plucked the hope of Obama out of the seeming mire of despair that followed W's re-election and the demise of American culture and empire as we know it.
Despite JTP's occasional flights of post-hippie credulity, he's dead serious about alien spirit-forms and other ephemeral realities that may be hard to swallow for the empiricist in all of us--still, he doesn't back down, nor does he preach, and the effect is a gentle opening of the bounds of reality.Read more ›
The backdrop of Williamsburg Brooklyn, Idaho Springs, Colorado, Alphabet City Manhattan, and the episode on the 'L' train subway platform, temper any "New Age" warm fuzziness around his story. It's worth reading, especially if you happen to aspire to sharing something like the author's experiences.
If you've already had such a revelation his story remains interesting, but somewhat less than compelling due to his focus on ruminating rather than illuminating.
What's left is a tantalizing, if inconclusive account, of finding the true meaning of Jesus's teachings via radical means all these many centuries later.
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I found this book to be a well written, good read and a compelling memoir. The stories of his drug trips and other mystical experiences went pretty far into the esoteric realm... Read morePublished 22 months ago by .
Inspired writing that helps one reconnect to the heart. We need more visionaries like Jonathan who are willing to fearlessly explore fear and speak their own authentic truth with... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Carey Ott
This is the real deal. Talat's autobiographical journey in The Electric Jesus details an incredibly unique, yet universally appealing approach to contemporary spirituality. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Christopher D. Evans
Fantastic story, very informative and interesting information. Once i got into the story, I couldn't put the book down. Def recommended read!Published on August 4, 2013 by David W.
Talat Phillips has experienced more living in his relatively short lifetime than probably most people twice his age. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Suzanne
Th e book does not go far enough in its explanation of how to do what the author has done. No explanation of "how to"Published on May 12, 2013 by jane barber
My wife and I finished this book over the past 2 days, and we loved every word of it. We were drawn in, magnetized by Talat's incredible writing, and the heartfelt, soulful story... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by J. Cranfill
"The Electric Jesus" is like nothing I've ever read, yet so familiar I feel like we're on the same wavelength here. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Adamist
Quite the page turner. Talat takes the reader on a trip that questions many areas and provides his unique perspective on topics ranging from drug induced kundalini awakening... Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by kile