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cause enlightenment is ever present in all places and at all times. 

What you can do is to remove any and all illusions, especially the 

ones you value most and ind the most security in, that cloud 

your perception of Reality. Let go of clinging to your illusions 

and resisting what is, and Reality will suddenly come into view.

he Way of Liberation is medicine used to cure various states 

of spiritual dis-ease. Just as medicine is not itself good health 

but a means to good health, these teachings are not Truth but 

a means of revealing Truth. he Indian sage Ramana Maharshi 

likened spiritual teachings to thorns used to remove other thorns, 

and I rather like that image.

To study he Way of Liberation teachings is to study yourself. 

To study yourself does not mean to add more knowledge to your 

cluttered brain’s ideas about yourself, but to remove all of the 

customary deining characteristics you usually associate self with: 

name, race, gender, occupation, social status, past, as well as all 

of the psychological judgments you make about yourself. When 

the self is stripped down to its essential core, all that can be said 

about it is: “I am; I exist.”

What then is the I that exists?

his is not a book about spiritual betterment, self-improve- 

ment, or altered states of consciousness. It is about spiritual 

awakening, going from the dream state of ego to the awakened 

state beyond ego as quickly and eiciently as possible. he jour- 

ney isn’t what anyone anticipates, and enlightenment isn’t what 

it is frequently sold as. I won’t be telling you how to achieve 

bliss or unending happiness, ind your soul mate, or the ten easy 

steps to making a quick million bucks. I don’t believe in decep- 

tive advertising or luring in spiritual seekers with false promises. 

Many spiritual seekers already live on a steady diet of spiritual 

junk food, those nice-sounding platitudes that have little or no


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