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A guide to uncovering the enlightenment already within us
• Builds on Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist wisdom to express the timeless and ever-present nature of enlightenment
• Reveals the negative impact of social and cultural conditioning on our psyche and how to counteract this through meditation and reframing our understanding of time
• Shows how to uncover the original spontaneous awareness we were born with
In this philosophical, psychological, and spiritual exploration of enlightenment, Jason Gregory addresses how to access the original spontaneous awareness we all came into this world with. He exposes the illusion that we must strive to reach enlightenment, uncovering how our yearning for future accomplishments, attachment to the past, and reliance on authority outside the self are social constructs that distract us from the reality of the now. The author explains how our original enlightened nature has been obscured by social, cultural, religious, and egotistical conditioning of the mind caught in time.
Building on knowledge from spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism, Gregory expresses the timeless and ever-present nature of enlightenment. He illustrates how rigid practices and initiations can become a form of spiritual postponement, continually putting off our enlightenment because we feel we are doing something good and noble. To chase enlightenment through spiritual practice is to assume it is a quality bound to time. The author helps us see that we are already what we are seeking–once we understand that existing in this world is itself a miracle beyond words, then the magic and beauty of our world will unfold. In the same way we remember someone’s name without thinking about it, we also remember that we are enlightened when we stop searching for the experience.
Emerging from the Middle Way of the Buddha, Lao-tzu’s Way of the Tao, Yoga, the Great Work of Gnosticism, the Hermetic Art of Alchemy, and quantum physics, Gregory presents a way to the state of consciousness–enlightenment, nirvana, or samadhi–in which eternity and time are one. He shows us how to counteract the negative impact of social and cultural conditioning on our psyche through meditation and reframing our understanding of time. The author explains how meditation in its truest form takes our awareness of nowness from theory to practice. Guiding us away from a time-bound understanding of enlightenment, Gregory shows us how to find ourselves in the stillness of now where the peace you are is the peace you give to the world.
PRAISE FOR ENLIGHTENMENT NOW
“Enlightenment Now beautifully shares that the idea of enlightenment comes ‘from the inside out’ and shares that pathless path magnificently. Jason Gregory describes pure awareness as the true form of consciousness itself, free from the veil of personality and our limitations of time.”
Steven L. Hairfield, Ph.D., author of A Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible
“Jason Gregory takes to heart the famous slogan of twelfth-century Tantric Buddhist master Chekawa Yeshe Dorje when he writes ‘Self-liberate even the antidote.’ The message is that in the end, even our zealous, pious practice of spiritual disciplines need to be left at the door to step into the timeless bliss of full awakening, of enlightenment. Though such practices are considered by aspirants to be more effective and/or valuable than the awakening that life itself offers us in each moment, few are willing to break the shackles of display of sacred appearance, to live in each moment–awaken to a sneeze, the movement of waves, the giggle of a baby–free of any religious mantle. Read and savor Enlightenment Now as a celebration of our true and timeless nature.”
Robert Sachs, author of Becoming Buddha, The Passionate Buddha, and The Ecology of Oneness
“Jason Gregory takes us on a spiritual journey deep into the dark world of polarized perception, showing how suffering and veiled consciousness developed. Then he leads us right back out again.We end up returning to where we’ve always been, and we get the cosmic joke! As usual, he integrates many fine points into an interesting and comprehensive narrative.”
Penney Peirce, author of Leap of Perception and Frequency
“An erudite and scholarly overview of our spiritual struggle to arrive at a place where, ironically, we already are. Quoting amply from many literary references, this multilayered book documents man’s historic spiritual quest for the very core of Truth. By fully addressing the paradox of awakening, the author points out that enlightenment itself is nothing other than the discovery of our very own true nature. If you’re willing to take the time to carefully read this intelligent and in-depth exposé, there are many hidden treasures to be mined here. Recommended.”
Chuck Hillig, author of Enlightenment for Beginners
“Jason Gregory has done it again. With a deep understanding of spiritual, psychological, and linguistic traditions he reveals how we are hypnotized into a disconnected worldview. This latest book strips away the veneer from our fast-food culture of consumerist enlightenment and points toward the need for genuine individual self-work. Gregory shines clarity onto the false joyride of our lives and makes us see clearly that the journey itself is the destination. Enlightenment Now is the ideal antidote to the spiritual sloth endemic in our ‘get quick’ cultures. Highly recommended!”
Kingsley L. Dennis, author of The Phoenix Generation and New Consciousness for a New World
“In Enlightenment Now, Jason Gregory has provided a comprehensive overview of man’s search for enlightenment. His research draws upon a wide range of resources and walks the reader through perspectives of modern philosophy and culture all the way back to the ancients. One nice feature is that the book is rich with wisdom quotes from sages. Along the way, Jason includes his own commentary and suggestions for the contemporary seeker as to what works, what doesn’t, and why. It is a book many readers will benefit from and enjoy.”
Peter Dziuban, author of Consciousness Is All and Simply Notice
“Jason Gregory has done a fantastic job of cutting through to the heart of enlightenment and the spiritual teachings of the ancient wisdom traditions. The illusory nature of the spiritual journey is explored with a profound clarity that will certainly help to guide those interested in meditation and personal liberation.”
Damo Mitchell, author of Daoist Nei Gong
“This book reminds us that enlightenment is nowhere else to be found other than within the confines of our own skin. He eloquently describes how easy it is to lose sight of our own capabilities, living in a world that is too often governed by greed and profit. Jason’s simple yet effective solution is to live in the moment and thereby find the answers we seek within.”
Gary Wagman, Ph.D., L.Ac., author of Your Yin Yang Body Type and founder of the American Institute of Korean Traditional Medicine
“A philosopher’s view regarding the endless paradoxes we encounter on our way to enlightenment–Jason rightly points out that enlightenment is not something we can attain like a new car; for ultimately, enlightenment is ‘no thing.’ Yet, it is a ‘no thing’ that we can realize, that brings ultimate freedom. But here again there is paradox, for the freedom of enlightenment is not free; it entails discipline of body, mind, and speech. It does free us from the jail of our conditioned habits and egocentric behaviors, but at the cost of realizing that every action we take is ultimately beyond our personal control, interdependent upon the movement of the entire universe. As a philosopher, I revel in Jason’s correction of our mistaken views regarding enlightenment.”
Richard Miller, Ph.D., developer of iRest Meditation and author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga
“At times I am weary of individuals using, with their own uniqueness, terms and images from a long established tradition. However, when I read Jason’s work it becomes evident that he himself does not attach to these terms and images. Instead he seems to show that some universal intelligence has always been present with humanity and our universe. I love his message because I feel it with all the reverence of my heart. There is nothing to strive for that isn’t already in the room with us right now. Right off the bat, the first chapter nails this point with the most modest of hammers. His words are still ringing within me. Good job yet again, Jason.”
Ben Stewart, documentary filmmaker of Kymatica and Ungrip
“Enlightenment Now and Jason’s previous title, The Science and Practice of Humility, teach you one of the easiest and most effective practices for cultivating spiritual awareness, which is this: the moment you stop doing things, saying things, and thinking things and just rest in your basic unadorned state of being, you’re enlightened and you’ll know it, right here and now, not tomorrow or next year or in your next life. It’s really that simple, and it doesn’t require much effort.”
Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity and The Tao of Detox
Published by Inner Traditions, October 10, 2016.
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