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Follow the Author
Truth Like Fire Paperback – December 1, 2000
From the Author
For some this reading may require unflinching courage to avoid reading vicariously - because the one exposing themselves to this work "is" the context in which this book was written. In other words, it was written for "you" personally and is not about others. Therefore the following is a short piece that I hope will provoke and perhaps tickle your inherent receptivity:
Receptivity does not mean that you agree or disagree. The inquiry of your own self is far deeper than agreeing or disagreeing, Agreeing or disagreeing often bypasses the question of truth to defend preconceived notions. And, often the question of what one inherently knows is perhaps never asked. The receptivity I speak of creates the possibility for you to ask the question with your entire Being, "Is this true?" This question has three possible answers: Yes, no, or I don't know. This can clear the way for the deepest question to ask yourself, "Who am I?"
To read a book on the most intimate subject of ones own nature may cause one to begin with emotion, perhaps excited anticipation or apprehension and fear, perhaps any number of feelings that may cause an interpretation of what is said rather than seeing the essence of what is said. But let us both author and reader understand that this may be the only way we will ever encounter each other. However limited this fact may be, I understand what I am saying. I don't know how you will interpret it. I shine a light on human events and in doing so call awareness to itself or you could say to the source.
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TRUTH LIKE FIRE & THE PARADOX OF SELF-REALIZATION
What these books can be like for at least one person, myself: Suppose there's something important you ran into sometime back. You meant to follow up on it, but it was rather disturbing and you didn't get around to it. Then you run into a reminder, and remember that there have also been other reminders. These books can be like that.
I hesitated to give a high rating to these books because that is a general statement and their value will depend very much on the individual. Very high for some, perhaps of no value at all for others. I thought maybe the reason these books "got" to me was that I knew (though slightly) some of the individuals named (though before they took on those names). However, my son saw them lying around, picked them up, read them with considerable interest, and refers to them now and again in conversation. You would have to know something of me, my son, and our relationship to appreciate how remarkable this is. Think I'll buy him copies. They'll probably just be around for a while. And then someday he may look into them again.