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Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being: A step-by-step guide to enlightenment and beyond Paperback – December 19, 2016
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My name is Wayne Wirs, which rhymes with "ears" (because I knew you were wondering). I live in a van and travel full-time around the U.S.A., writing and blogging and taking photographs. If they had sadhus in American (the wandering holy men of India), then I'd be one. But they don't. So I just wander. In 2009, high up on Mt. Hood in Oregon, I challenged a frog to a meditation contest. After two hours, I lost the contest but I awoke to enlightenment. Thirty years of meditating and all it took was a cold-blooded amphibian to wake me up. Still (and this is a secret, but enlightenment doesn't play very well with the "real" world), I decided not to publish anything definitive on the subject until I had it all worked out. I have a saying, "The smart have their theories, but the wise have their scars." Seven years and many scars later, I've finally published my opus—everything I know about spiritual awakening and how you too can wake up. It's called "Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being." It's a step-by-step guide to enlightenment, and the mysterious realms beyond. Because I'm a firm believer in transparency, I keep an online diary of my thoughts and travels and photography. If you are interested, it can be found at… my name dot com. Hope to see you there.
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Wayne’s own detailed description of his book along with the comments by other reviewers provide a good indication of the value Mystical Oneness offers, so I’ll try not to be repetitive. What I will say is that if you are leary of purchasing a self-published book, in the case of Wayne’s book, don’t be. If you hesitate to purchase a book by someone who has been blogging for years and think you can just read Wayne’s blogs for free, then you will enjoy his blogs, certainly, but you would be missing out on the wisdom contained in Mystical Oneness. There is no fluff, no filler in these pages, and this book by no means just tosses old postings together. All of the nearly 400 pages are very well written, clearly organized, interesting, and filled with information intended to assist and enlighten. Some blogs posts are included, but only as examples to help explain ideas, and together they form only a small part of the total. This is a book to be read, re-read, and kept. I am personally grateful to have concepts and experiences explained in ways I haven’t encountered before, such as our relationship to what Wayne calls the nine aspects of Being. With Wayne’s insights, ideas I’ve encountered over the years now make much more sense.
Did I agree with or like everything? No, that would be unrealistic. The few places I found myself questioning were when Wayne became definitive about processes/practices to follow or about ideas, such as the stages that happen after death, for example. But these few places do not detract from the whole, and may, of course, simply reflect my own “stuff.” Just as A Mystic's Journal ends with new realizations, so too does Mystical Oneness. The journey, thankfully, continues.
The down side, of course, is that a blog is by nature rambling, and unfocused. I had read Wayne’s other books (the one on diet is particularly innovative), but there seemed to be something missing. Naturally, when he announced that he was collating all his knowledge from the blogs, I was keenly interested to read the new book. Keep in mind that Wayne is (was) a computer programmer. Hence his insistence that he is a “rational” mystic. And the organization, attention to detail, and desire to define terms specifically show his intellectual prowess. For example, in a particularly brilliant passage he voices the reader’s concern “I want answers. Rational answers. I want something that makes sense. What am I? What am I really?” Not uncommon questions on the spiritual trail. He answers thus: “And right there is the gist of the problem. The primary barrier to the higher realms of consciousness is the desire to define ourselves.” Then he explains the meaning of this profound insight in a way that makes me feel like I just put on my glasses.
The number of books by people who have spontaneously “awakened” on the non-dual (Advaita) circuit seems to be growing exponentially. But here’s the rub: enlightenment does not make you a world class brain surgeon if you were not a doctor to begin with. Nor does it make you a clever organizational leader, orator, or writer, and especially it does not make you a teacher. These are mundane skills quite apart from spiritual clarity, but they are essential if you want to help others attain that kind of insight. Yet every Tom, Dick, and Harriet who has some degree of awakening seems to feel that they can teach/write/lecture, with often disappointing results. Wayne makes this clear in a section where he likens awakening to finding a job as a disk jockey after trying for 30 years. “Once you get the job, those 30 years of seeking don’t mean squat when it comes to (teaching) what it is like to actually BE a radio disk jocky.”
The point is that Mystical Oneness takes a step-by-step intellectual approach to spiritual seeking and finding. But it balances the intellectual approach with a lot of heart, something that has been helpful to me personally. In particular is the way he describes how it feels to be in contact with the Divine in daily situations. That has the effect of pulling you out of your imagination about what enlightenment is and grounds it in your intuitive heart.
Every honest review should note the limitations of the work. Wayne is not the product of any particular lineage or teaching. Hence his conceptualizations do not necessarily agree with anything you may be familiar with. And some of his terms are, to me, awkward, like his use of “TaoGod(I)” to name the Divine (ie, God, whatever that is). He is being creative, and his creation has yet to stand the test of time and be proven by actual awakening of readers. Overall though, his tone is similar to what you find in Advaita Vedanta and yoga. For example he says “When thoughts aren’t taken so seriously, your mind naturally quiets. Thoughts won’t end, but they will stop being so loud. With less noise in your mind, there’s more peace and quiet.” This is essentially what Patanjali says in the first few lines of the Yoga Sutras. On the other hand, his practices seem to be entirely original, and within the limits of my personal experience, are effective.
In conclusion, Mystic Oneness is a unique, practical, insightful, and just plain interesting book that is way better than most of the new spiritual books I have read over the last 10 years.