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The Simple Feeling of Being: Embracing Your True Nature Paperback – July 13, 2004
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"When Ken Wilber's thought walks through your mind, the door to the next higher level becomes visible. Anyone seeking to update the wisdom traditions of their lineage needs his reality and consciousness maps. The kabbalah of the future will lean on Ken's work."—Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
"After reading Wilber, it's impossible to imagine looking at the world the same way again."—Mitchell Kapor, founder of Lotus, Inc.
"Wilber blends a perceptive sensitivity to the nuances of spiritual life with a profound intellectual sophistication. The upshot is a pleasure to read: accessible, deep, provocative, and ultimately very moving."—Michael Lerner, author of Spirit Matters and The Politics of Meaning
"The twenty-first century literally has three choices: Aristotle, Nietzsche, or Ken Wilber."—Jack Crittenden, Ph.D., author of Beyond Individualism
Top Customer Reviews
Writing as someone who's read everything of Wilber's, I can attest that this book is a welcome addition to Wilber's corpus. The volume is finely edited and superbly designed. It is a compilation so it contains no previously unpublished materials (although it does bring to light some obscure but valuable passages). The book consists of nine sections into which some of the most powerful pieces of Wilber's writing have been collected and organized.
The section titles are as follows: The Witness; Memoirs; Spirit-in-Action; Immediate Awareness; Passionate Philosophy; Always Already; Being-in-the-World; One without a Second; The Brilliant Clarity of Ever-Present Awareness.
As can be gleaned from these headings, this is a book that distils and makes available a particular aspect of Wilber's vision- the mystical. While it could be argued that insight into the Divine is the catalyst behind all his writing; no one would claim that the freeing Dionysian energy dripping off the passages in this book seep into all his meticulous system building.
This book does not read like his others. It is not a detailed matrix of knowledge, not a blueprint of the possible, not a many-roomed mansion of human potentials. Rather, it is a simple and radiant testament. It is beautiful.
So, perhaps the most valuable aspect of the book is that it will not be misunderstood (although I'm sure some critic may be able to manage).
To conclude, if you're looking for an intro to Wilber's system don't look here (look instead to Integral Psychology or A Brief History of Everything). But, if you're looking for an invitation to party for One, this book will do that- throwing you back against your self and leaving you alone. But it may just take you from that alone to the Alone.
In short, the simple feeling of being is about "what is" "always already" "just this."
Four of his students - Mark Palmer, Sean Hargens, Vipassana Esbjörn, and Adam Leonard - assembled this "greatest hits" compilation. I really enjoyed seeing some of my favorite excerpts from various books in a new context. Readers of his books will likely find this to be the case, too. A relatively easy read, there's no need to worry about long endnotes, complex diagrams, or overly long technical explications.
Thus, we are treated to an array of Wilber's poetic riffs on concepts like the Witness, spirit-in-action, immediate awareness, passionate philosophy, always already, being-in-the-world, One Without A Second, and the brilliant clarity of ever-present awareness. There are also excerpts from The Collected Works, forewords to lesser-known books by other integral thinkers, and more obscure writings.
Moreover, there is a Memoirs chapter of personal material that casts Wilber in a human and vulnerable light.Read more ›
There are many other good reviews on the content of the book, including the two spotlight reviews above. I particularly agree with the first review and find that this work compliments Ken's other more technical writing. I also agree that both a "Brief History of Everything" and "Integral Psychology" are the TWO best introductions to Ken Wilber's thought. However, I would add the caveat that a "Brief History of Everything" is much more readable for the average person. "Integral Psychology" is more scholarly and perhaps better for someone who is already familiar with Wilber or a professional in this area of study.
What is wonderful about this book is that it returns back to what it's all about i.e. the internal experience of connection, unity and wholeness. It provides the vision that underlies Ken's other work in a poetic and touching manner. Mr. Wilber is a very prolific writer and this book collects some of his more poignant works under one roof. I also found that NO BOUNDARIES was written from a similar space. It has a different feeling tone than many of his other works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I keep having to replace this book. Every time I loan it out, I don't get it back.Published 7 months ago by Philip P Swy
The prose alone is worth the price of the book. The truth revealed is priceless. This book ties together much of Wilber's philosophy of our true nature and will surely become a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert Bales
I loved the collection of Ken Wilber's writings, none of which I had read before. I think it's an excellent collection for both new and experienced readers of Ken Wilber's... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sara Perry
Long-time fan of Mr. Wilber. This book did not disappoint. I value his insight and love his writing style.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
The breathe, the overwhelming scope, the richness and depth of Ken Wilbur's thought -- this anthology of excerpts from Wilbur's many books -- is an excellent book to recommend to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gray Jacobik
This is an excellent collection of Wilber's writing. I will be reading it many times.Published 24 months ago by Wende Nelson