Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing: The Recommendation
Welcome to Joyous Expansion’s Recommendations. This is not a review because I am not going to write blogs for books I do not like. Therefore, I am only going to be writing recommendations. The recommendation this week is [amazon_link id=”0980184843″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing[/amazon_link].
Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing is a book about an enlightened dude named Jed McKenna who runs a house of enlightenment in Iowa. McKenna is surrounded by a cast of characters that are meant to represent the different aspects of spirituality. He systematically goes through each aspect of spirituality and destroys them. McKenna is not your average enlightened dude. On the surface, he comes off as a huge jerk. Actually if you read deeply you will probably still think of him as a big jerk. He is someone who is enlightened and that is all he cares about. He has little patience for mysticism or false paths to enlightenment. In his reality there is only one way to be enlightened and one way to get there.
There are two big reasons I recommend this book. First is because I find it entertaining and it made me think. I enjoyed the way the book is written. I like the tale of McKenna and the messages he had. I enjoyed the things he had to say and the brash way he said it. When I first read this book I got caught up in that aspect of McKenna. I caught myself arguing with the character in the book trying to prove myself smarter than the character. The book stood out to me.
If you’re not amazed by how naïve you were yesterday,
you’re standing still.
If you’re not terrified of the next step,
your eyes are closed.
If you’re standing still and your eyes are closed,
then you’re only dreaming that you’re awake.
A caged bird in a boundless sky.
You can find the above quote on the right in my random quotes section. What stood out to me was, “If you’re not amazed by how naïve you were yesterday, you’re standing still.” I coupled that with his koan, “further,” I was able to take myself further in my development.
If you go to Amazon, you can read some glowing reviews and some very scathing reviews. Both are correct. . I do disagree with one point that the negative reviews kept mentioning. There is a saying, “Before enlightenment you chop wood and carry water, after enlightenment you chop wood and carry water.” I missed the part of the saying that says, “You don’t play video games, go sky diving, and all of the other supposedly unenlightened activities McKenna does.” What a lot of people who hate this book are missing is that the book is meant to make you think.
This is the second big reason I recommend this book. It will make you think. The second time I read the book I gained an understanding that the star of the book is me. The parts of the book that make me upset are the parts that I need to examine. The book is good for getting you unstuck as it will show you where you are stuck. It will challenge your ideas and if you take the book to heart you will think for yourself. A person can read this book and turn it into a bible, however that isn’t the point. Learn from it and move on. Go back if you feel you need another spiritual enema. McKenna is just a finger pointing at the moon. If you ask someone for directions and he gives them to you in a tone you do not like, do you yell at him for being a jerk?
No one knows if McKenna exists or not. Some people think he is Adyashanti. If I had to choose from all the people I have read I would choose Richard Bandler. If Richard Bandler was enlightened, I believe this is how he would act. This is potentially a very powerful book and it wouldn’t surprise me if the writer had a great knowledge of NLP.
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I recommend this book to anyone who feels a little stuck in their spiritual path or is willing to challenge it. If you want to stay on your path without question, then this book is not for you. You will read it and yell at it and put it down. However, if you are looking for a book to challenge who you are, then this is the book for you.