- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Non-Duality; 1 edition (October 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781626258068
- ISBN-13: 978-1626258068
- ASIN: 1626258066
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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Liberation Unleashed: A Guide to Breaking Free from the Illusion of a Separate Self Paperback – October 1, 2016
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About the Author
Ciunaite’s search for truth started in 2002, when for the first time she “experienced silence of the thinking mind, a sweet sense of being, contentment, peace,” and “feeling at home.” In 2010, she discovered Jed McKenna’s books, which were a shock to her belief system and catapulted her “out of hypnosis” and toward the realization that all she believed was not truth. It wasn’t until the initial deconstruction was done, after months of painful self-inquiry, that Ciunaite felt at peace: there was an emptiness, a not knowing, a not believing anything about anything. Then the last step was taken and the separate self was seen to be an illusion. She started writing a blog, Marked, Eternal, where she shared thoughts about this newfound freedom and invited readers to look for themselves in their own experience. Later, Ciunaite and her friend Elena Nezhinsky helped develop a process called Direct Pointing, which consists of a dialogue between a guide and a seeker. In September 2011, the Liberation Unleashed website and forum was launched. Together Ciunaite and Nezhinsky published a book, Gateless Gatecrashers, that consists of conversations leading to self-realization, and which can be downloaded for free from the Liberation Unleashed website.
Liberation Unleashed is a global movement of people helping others to see through the illusion of self. Ciunaite has had hundreds of conversations with people from all around the globe. Her main focus and work is helping people end their seeking by inviting them to question their fundamental assumptions and look at their own experience. She does not give answers, only questions. In this way a seeker may see what is going on for themselves and free their minds from conditioned patterns to explore whatever comes next. Ciunaite holds live meetings and group sessions in the UK. All of her work can be found on her blog Marked, Eternal at http://markedeternal.blogspot.com and on The Gate forum at http://liberationunleashed.com.
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As a Buddhist of 36 years, I had long ago heard that there was no person or individual self running the show but had never really got much further than an intellectual understanding of how this view was the cause of so much of the suffering in the world. Ilona generously agreed to help and after a month of one-to-one daily guidance via the internet, I saw the truth of this teaching of no-self. I haven't looked back since and so it was with some excitement that I awaited delivery of this her second book. Ilona's publisher, Non-Duality Press (now owned by New Harbinger Publications), had agreed to provide me with a review copy as in the UK, the paperback will not be published until the end of December 2016.
"Liberation Unleashed" provides an ideal prelude to working directly with a guide on the website of that name or, as in my case, a reminder of some of the important material covered when working with a personal guide. One of the great things about Liberation Unleashed (LU) is that it is wholly non-hierarchical, you don't need the permission of a priest or a holy man with some secret powers to give you the permission to have a go at direct looking for yourself. As Greg Goode puts it on the back cover "This book helps move us from the age of the guru to the age of the friend."
In the book, through case studies and extracts from her blog MarkedEternal, she describes the process of seeing that there is no 'self' and some of the issues that might arise. For example, if there is no self then who decides, acts and thinks; and how do you distinguish between the description of an experience and the experience itself?
Of the various case studies perhaps my favourite described Ilona's conversation with Rowland. This account was very straightforward and illuminating, which I personally found moving and insightful, for despite having severe mental health issues he was able to fully benefit from the process.
It took a bit of getting used to, but in the book Ilona draws on various computer analogies: the I-virus; rebooting; upgrading the operating system, etc. but all in all these analogies seemed to work and I will happily be buying several copies of "Liberation Unleashed" for my friends.