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Franklin Merrell-Wolff's Experience and Philosophy: A Personal Record of Transformation and a Discussion of Transcendental Consciousness Paperback – January 25, 1994
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To existing reviews I just want to add that one of the deep joys of this book is Dr. Wolff himself, as transmitted by his language. Extremely literate, deeply kind, considerate, powerful, courageous, patient, thorough, Dr. Wolff is beautiful to read. This book contains the truth, in sentences that are so precise that they are like mathematical equations, and so vast in scope that they are themselves like books.
There are other similarities between the two thinkers. Bertrand Russell once said that he found solace and certainty in higher mathematics. Franklin Merrel-Wolff says the same thing. In fact, Merrel-Wolff says that this certainty was his inspiration for looking further and finding the Other. If only Bertrand Russell had a more open mind. Who knows? There is a lesson here.
A word of warning. Like logical atomism, the writings of Franklin Merrell-Wolff are not meant for the uninitiated, though if you stick with it, as I did, and do your homework, the lessons will stay with you forever; trust me. Franklin Merrel-Wolff is not a snake-oil salesman, and neither is he selling you a fast-track to enlightenment, like Huxley did. Instead, Franklin Merrell-Wolff's goes to great lengths in explaining the difficulty of understanding, and there is trust in this sort of complexity I guess. I think that I have gained a glimmer of something by reading this guy and I think you will too.
Being the real deal then, it is any wonder that we find Franklin Merrel-Wolff difficult at times? He isn't difficult because of his style, its just that words cannot describe the thing, words will never ever take you there, except for the lies of gurus and Deepak Chopra type salesmen, words are not the terrirory. Why are words useless? Well imagine trying to describe what ice cream tastes like to someone who has never tasted ice cream. This is why words fail.Read more ›
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Dense text, but revealing in the subjective experience of Franklin Merrell-Wolff. I did not make it far into it but can see myself giving it another shot in the future.Published 5 months ago by neosimulacrum
I read the second half first - "The Philosophy of Consciousness Without an Object" (I'm glad I did) The first part seemed like he was still forming the thoughts that come... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
If nothing else, this book proves that contemplative experiences are universal and objective phenomena that can be studied as such. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SEC2014
I hold this book in incredibly high esteem. It contains some of the strongest writing on any topic I have ever encountered. Read morePublished 9 months ago by nick reading
This book is up and over the top and may be helpful after reading and much review. The book includes vast explanations of generally all meditation practices/experiences from... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Geo Hall
One needs to understand that Wolff is describing a different conscious reality. He is also describing it from the perspective of an exceptionally educated philosopher. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by charles McKeon
An intimate account of the Awakening of an individual that has taken great conscious care in both a daily account of the process after the shift to Awakening, and of the overall... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by D. Doyle
In my view this is one of the best books ever written, if not the best -both in form and content- as to the development of self-consciousness, step by step, until the point where... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Carlos Mondejar Otero
This was a gift to my son, but in glancing at the index, I felt like I should keep it and read it myself. I will get it from my son when he is done and settle in with it.Published on February 5, 2013 by Gerald Carlson