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Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment: Book Two of The Enlightenment Trilogy Paperback – October 2, 2011
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If you are also interested in my experience, here you go:
This book is the second in a series and might be a bit easier to understand in that context. Book 1, the Damnedest Thing is a biting and hilarious look at cutting through the BS of spiritual seeking. I highly recommend it for spiritually minded people who aren't so into touchy-feely stuff; or perhaps seekers that are into it, but feel they haven't made the progress they expected. Now for book 2:
At the time I read it, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment was exactly what I needed, and more than I ever expected a book could be. But I wouldn't say it is a self-help book as much as it is a human development book. It is correctly described as a road map to help make sense of and give encouragement through the painful, difficult, and choiceless process of waking up and growing up (regardless of one's age.) The author weaves his own story, written in his very direct and often humorous manner, with poetry and profound insights gathered through the history of humankind to make a powerful, complete, and riveting text.
I was totally blown away by this book, for many reasons. Perhaps others won't be, in fact, judging by the reviews here on Amazon, plenty of people hated this book. I loved it. For me, it confirmed and illuminated the lengthy and painful process I had already undergone some time ago, a process which broke down my entire sense of self and which I didn't understand other than the vague notion that it was some sort of healing process (which it was, but it was also transformative). I wish I had access to McKenna's books, particularly this one, at that time! It could have saved me so much grief, pain, and self-created angst that was, I know now, totally unnecessary. Had I understood the process of transformation, of "breaking out", it would have made all the difference.
I was somewhat taken aback by the presentation of "Moby-Dick" that runs through this book. I've never read "Moby-Dick", to be honest, and I'm not sure I ever will, but the introduction of the concept of the "Break-Out Archetype" is fascinating, and I've been looking for examples of it in other stories ever since (I've found at least one, but I'm sure I'll encounter others). This is an archetype worth understanding, if you're serious about spiritual awakening and the process of serious, life-changing transformation.
If you're not interested in transformation, you probably won't find this book to your taste at all. I don't mean this to be disparaging, but this is a book about a fairly serious process that is universal, but not common. Most people never endure this kind of transformation, and never want to. Even the author notes in all of his books that there is "no point" to enlightenment, that you give up "everything" in exchange for "nothing", and the only way you should proceed is if you have no choice. If you don't need to awaken, this book is probably useless to you.
On the other hand, if you are one of those people who are destined, by whatever means, to "break out" of consensual reality and wake up to the Absolute, this book will be invaluable on that journey.
This isn't a book for everyone. It's hardly a book for anyone, actually. For me, it was something I absolutely needed to read in order to process what had happened to me in the past and to enable me to proceed with a fair degree of awareness. I don't know who "Jed McKenna" is (I'm positive the name is a pseudonym, and the character of Jed is almost certainly fictional, but don't let that put you off; some of the best spiritual messages come in the form of parable, analogy, koan, metaphor, and, yes, fiction), but I wish I could thank him. This book didn't exactly save my life, but it has helped me to understand it much more deeply and clearly, and that clarity is priceless. For me, this is the best book of the "awakening trilogy".
I recommend this book to people who read and liked the first book. I'm not sure I recommend it to anyone else.
This book is not about living a better life. It cuts through the illusion of a better life. Came out of it becoming aware of something completely alien and foreign, even though I consider myself to be pretty well exposed to various philosophies and "spiritual modalities".
We're all going to die, physically, some time in the future. Here, Jed talks about a different kind of death, one that you experience before physical death. And strangely, I end up not just welcoming it, but actually seeing in what ways I have tried to resist it.
The vampire analogy continues to be used in this book, and in a sense, you get a glimpse of the vampire for what it is, and not what urban legends tell you what it might be.
And if this didn't make sense to you, just move on and enjoy life as a human. Maybe it's not yet time to be a vampire.
He is definitely a very unique teacher in the spiritual marketplace! If nothing else, his writing can be humorous at times.
I don't know if Jed McKenna is real or made up, but it makes no difference. The trilogy is a well written and perspective changing piece of work.