The Insider's Guide to The World's Best and Worst Spiritual Paths and Practices Amazon.com - "Spiritual Paths and Their Meditation techniques"

"How You Can Finally Know if What Your Teacher is Saying is Correct and Whether Your Meditation Practice is on the Right Track "

If you're like me, you've got lots of books on spiritual schools and practices ... too many and most of them useless ... and yet every now and then you buy some more because you still wonder if you're missing something. When you read those books, this guy says this ... and that guy says that ... and you wonder who is right or wrong or whether everything or just part of what they have to say is truly worthwhile to follow.

In your town you might hear about this group over there doing chi-gong and ask why the other schools aren't doing it if it's so effective. Or ... you might hear about this group doing a particular form of meditation over there and you wonder if you're missing something, too. You see another group of folks reciting mantras all day or doing strange visualization practices, or you watch John Edwards on TV, and you know something is "wrong" or "off" but you can't quite put your fingers on it or come up with the right words to put around the situation.

You might know something is in spaceville with unusual "spiritual" claims ... crystals, channeling, astral bodies, whatever ... but you're not 100% sure when you hear about these things because there's still that 1% of doubt. You're might definitely be seeking a real spiritual path for yourself, but when all sorts of smart folks go running off after these crazes it makes you wonder and QUESTION their sanity or your own.

You are definitely interested in these topics, but there's so many competing stories out there that you're confused and you'd really like to know how to differentiate between what's fair and honest and what's just plain simple quackery. You don't want to waste your money and you don't want to be disappointed.

Does that sound like anyhting you've experienced?

With thousands of books and knowledge of hundreds of practices and traditions, that's how I felt until I asked my own teacher to speak about all these schools and practices and trainings, and to spill his guts discussing what he really felt was wrong with these paths! I wanted to clear up this problem, and so I combined his insights with what I had personally found about about all these traditions after years of studying countless paths and denominations in every country and culture. I did so much research and added so much information to to this book that you won't have to search through thousands of books to come to some conclusions yourself.

This book is the answer to those nagging concerns because it was written EXACTLY to answer these sorts of nagging concerns. It will help you quickly identify what useless amidst the world's genuine spiritual traditions and meditation techniques so that you don't waste your precious money, time and efforts.

Here you'll find the true dependable core of universal cultivation principles that tell where things are right or wrong with various spiritual traditions and meditation techniques. But you don't even have to do any of that interpretation yourself since we already do it for you.

People who meditate need to know how to guide themselves, so they need to know the by-roads of spiritual practice they should definitely avoid - as seductive as they are - and the proper ways to cultivate your mind and body according to the true common principles of practice consistently rediscovered by various spiritual greats. That's what this book is about.

This information will not only make you more knowledgeable than your friends but will speak to you personally telling you why certain "spiritual" practices and approaches must be considered "tumors" you should avoid, while others offer safe alternatives you can try. Sometimes knowing what to avoid on the spiritual trail is as useful as knowing what to follow.

The comments most often received on this book is that it blows away all the "popular spirituality" teachings in common practice. That's because it structures the field of spiritual striving and empowers you to analyze almost any spiritual practice for determining whether it's a waste of time or can help you. You won't be cheated or confused anymore. You will finally have a way to determine that the personal path of practice you choose is the right one.

This extremely easy-to-read book (probably the best book I've written because it's been edited several dozen times!) doesn't pull any punches in saying what's right and wrong, what's legitimate and what isn't on the road of spiritual practice and results. Chakras, chi-gong, astral bodies ... they're all discussed.

"This book explains, not only at what level these practices are working on and why they may not work, but also where they are aiming. The goals of different schools can sound very different, but ... I finally understood the interconnections"

As I have been searching for the ultimate spiritual truths, I have been exposed to practically everything in the world of the paranormal and occult knowledge. Thus, I was very excited to read this book.

The book is a mixture of history of different cultivation practices and lessons derived from them. Initially, I desired something more 'on the spot' but after awhile, found this form of analysing great. Much of the popular schools today are simply repeating the same mistakes over and over which in some cases were identified by others who started new schools.

I found the information on Kundalini, sexual- and Taoist practices very helpful. These are becoming increasingly popular, but at the same time, I guess there are many people who like me just get suspicious of all the 'formulas', visualisations, the usefulness etc. For us, this book explains, not only at what level these practices are working on and why they may not work, but also where they are aiming. The goals of different schools can sound very different (even when they all strive for 'enlightenment'), but when explained with a buddhist vocabulary/methodology, I finally understood the interconnections.

I haven't been involved in Zen, so the chapter on it was all new for me. But something that I found very relevant from that discussion was the state of Zen today which is practically the state of all spiritual paths today. The lack of original teachings and even more - any significant wisdom and understanding of spiritual material and tradition. Just because you are tired of some fancy & colourful New-age 'instant enlightenment' path and turn to a traditional spiritual community doesn't automatically mean that your better on. Another important matter was 'the dead-tree Zen" - a concept that is VERY important! Today, meditation seems to be a new fashion word and is combined with many 'easy' directives to 'find yourself'. But many times this leads to the dead-tree state - Read the Book!

It is essential to know that this book is about spiritual- and cultivation matters and deviations from the goal, not about paranormal phenomena and occult powers and abilities (e.g. astral projection, spirits, etc). I expected some comments on these things, and was for a moment, slightly disappointed. But, from this book, you learn what really matters, and if you still cling to these phenomena, I guess your more interested in playing than true spirituality.

This is a good book - I feel that you shouldn't have any doubts about buying it - there is almost something for everyone - and you get it for a very small amount of money. Besides, you learn a bit of history as well.

Jerry Antba


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"There's almost no way for the curious Western individual looking for true insight into such a wide range of ancient methodologies to get detailed information like this"

This is laser-precision writing distilling the essence of major cultivation methods...No-fluff efficiency that lays bare core concepts and definitions in a time when it's needed most.

With this material, Mr. Bodri has produced a supreme primer and analysis of the benefits and shortcomings of these traditions' meditation methods. He has given me key insight to advance my meditation practice by cluing me into multiple schools' cultivation processes. I particularly enjoy finding out their historical connections and development. So much info commonly available in these traditions are wrapped in confusing lexicon and blatant stereotypes. Not here.

Let's face it, there's almost no way for the curious Western individual looking for true insight into such a wide range of ancient methodologies to get detailed information like this. Well, without spending months and years working with the properly educated and willing teachers... And having the knowledge and vision to read the right materials... if you're supremely diligent and lucky! Otherwise you're left with the flotsam of scouring Amazon reading lists, collecting a stack of books, and wading through the hundreds of pages of holier-than-thou writing to perhaps glean a tidbit of insight.

This material is a real gem. My practice is relatively new but I know I'm on an effective path with this core understanding along with other materials from Bill. What better way to treat yourself than by accessing this eminently useful, pertinent information to give enhanced purpose and direction to your spiritual and worldly understanding.

David Sloan

 


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"Learn the lessons well from this book, for you don't want to end up like a beginner playing the Rubik's Cube, excited and thrilled when only one sided color aligned, and later realized that there are five more sides to take care of!"

Those of us who are serious on the spiritual trails have, at one time or another, been 'sold-out' to gurus, teachers and their organizations. If we are sincere and brave, the inevitable conclusion has always been that one day, we are ultimately 'alone' on this path. Eventually, we mature a little and eliminate our window shopping for the latest colorful offerings. It is at this juncture that the e-book "The Insider's Guide to the World's Best and Worst Spiritual Practices and Paths" can come in most handy. This e-book cleanses off the cob-webs of spiritual chattering that one has gathered throughout the years along the cultivation path.

For me, its main effect is like being taught how to elegantly manipulate the Rubik's Cube toy where all six-sided colors come together in several well thought-out strokes! Everything falls into place. Prior to this, it is like me holding a toy cube with multi-faceted colors on all six sides -- beautiful and fascinating, knowing something wonderful can be done, but don't know how except to keep on twisting. I'm exposed to the many colorful traditions of the East and West, but after a while, they all looked the same and jumbled. Which do you really focus to advance your practice? A Taoist meditation retreat with a ritual to the Ursa-major looks good, but so is a 2-week kaya-kalpa rejuvenation program. A Kalachakra initiation feels about the same as a big hug from a motherly saint.

Learn the lessons well from this book, for you don't want to end up like a beginner playing the Rubik's Cube, excited and thrilled when only one sided color aligned, and later realized that there are five more sides to take care of! This e-book weaves together all major traditions with stylish details and put all the familiar cultivation practices in its rightful color and place so that you'll see each in their own grandeur and short-comings. It's almost an impossible thing to do, but this work has done just that.

If you know too much until you don't know how to choose, this book "The Insider's Guide to the World's Best and Worst Spiritual Practices and Paths" will solve your problem once and for all. You will see results in your cultivation since you can now focus and are well oriented. If you are a newcomer to the spiritual calling, this book will safe you time, money and effort since you will know what to expect from each path, understand the fruits that each practice is capable of delivering and familiar with their corresponding pitfalls.

This e-book is a relatively short work, but the experience and wisdom garnered to produce this work has obviously come from long ripened spirituality and accumulated blessings. I've known of Master Nan work for two decades, and familiar with Bill's commitment and thoroughness for the last 10 years. It is the best deal available in the spiritual market-place but ultimately the material is priceless. Get this work and stop wasting your precious time.

Jok-keng
Malaysia


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"For those of us who have been attempting to follow a path for some time and find ourselves awash in tradition, rhetoric, contradiction or disappointment ... it re-directs our minds to both the essence of spiritual practice and our ultimate aim. In this way, The Insider's Guide helps to ensure that our practice of the spiritual path does not get lost in the form of mantras, visualisations, personal or traditional religious dogma, ... "

The Insider's Guide to the World's Best and Worst Spiritual Paths and Practices offers far more than just another spiritual point of view. It provides healthy food for thought suitable for adherents of any spiritual tradition and those who think they can follow the spiritual path without studying religion. Whether or not we agree with all of its contents, it is capable of refining our understanding of the origins and essence of the spiritual goal and, therefore, enhancing our comprehension and experience of the path we're on.

It provides a useful historical background to the development of the world's major spiritual traditions and offers timely advice on things to watch out for, as well as recommending further reading which will help illuminate the path.

For those of us who have been attempting to follow a path for some time and find ourselves awash in tradition, rhetoric, contradiction or disappointment (or carried away by high emotion which is not grounded and is devoid of rational examination), it re-directs our minds to both the essence of spiritual practice and our ultimate aim. In this way, The Insider's Guide helps to ensure that our practice of the spiritual path does not get lost in the form of mantras, visualisations, personal or traditional religious dogma, simple mindfulness, or mental and emotional stagnation (you may wish to read that again).

Perhaps above all, despite it's criticism of what remains of the various traditions, it offers a much needed contribution to religious harmony: The Insider's Guide explains why so many of us instinctively feel that the mystics of all traditions were talking about the same thing. The food in this book will definitely help our spiritual digestion, although it may not all taste very nice. Highly recommended for questioning minds (and, no, I am not a personal friend or colleague of the author. I'm just another long-term seeker of truth, wisdom and blessed compassion, wherever that may be discovered - even within Sakyapa Tibetan Buddhist practices.)

Jacqueline Forbes


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The Insider's Guide to The World's Best and Worst Spiritual Paths and Practices proves what it says and cites countless examples to back things up. If you need guidance for your own spiritual practice and a road map that cuts through New Age chatter, this is the best source to turn for your answers. I've included tons of information on various Western and Eastern schools to clear up the most common cofusions people have about cultivation. After reading this book you can finally say No! and stop wasting money on all sorts of books, seminars and teachers that make you feel good but waste your efforts.

When you analyze the teachings, tenets and practices of many spiritual streams according to the common principles of basic cultivation science, their falsity or truthfulness becomes immediately apparent without any need of arguments. But to do this you need to reference basic cultivation principles -- just as this book teaches you how to do -- after which you'll rarely be misled again. You might even start to feel sorry for those not in the know.

With this information you will always be able to determine what's legitimate and what's not on the spiritual road, and you'll be armed with all the principles and facts that back up your determinations.

This is the definitive guidebook for navigating through contemporary spiritual waters to make sense of all the contradictions you encounter. Sometimes things are a little bit right or wrong, so here's your chance to learn how to distinguish. It's like having your own investigative reporter at your fingertips.

To begin, inside this volume you'll learn what people were really cultivating for in ancient India and how this spiritual striving helped shape as well as warp the Indian culture. You cannot possibly understand Hinduism, yoga and other religions without first understanding this material.

Ancient India with its many cultivation schools is the true mother source for most of the spiritual techniques and philosophies common today, and yet most people ignore this fact entirely. If you don't yet understand mother India and the various cultivation schools and approaches she spawned through Hinduism, Brahmanism and yoga, you won't be able to truly understand the effectiveness or uselessness of many currently popular cultivation methods (such as mantra, chakra meditation, prayer, kundalini cultivation, vipassana, etc.) in terms of whether they'll help you advance or not on the spiritual trail. It's by first examining the ancient roots in India that you will ultimately discover a multitude of metaphysical approaches to spiritual enlightenment.

Next you'll be introduced to a variety of different cultivation teachings on how to cultivate your body's energy (chi) channels to activate your kundalini, which is only considered a very rudimentary stage of the spiritual path! You'll also learn more about the origins of kundalini yoga and sexual cultivation than you'll find in one hundred other books.

You will even be introduced to the pranayama and kundalini cultivation equivalents in Chinese culture which hardly anyone mentions because they believe that Tibet and India have the monopoly on this type of teaching. These practices are what we call small "desire realm" teachings.

You'll also learn how and why the Indian and Chinese cultivation schools differ dramatically from one another. If spiritual striving has universal principles you should follow, why are the world's schools structured so differently? Now you'll know the answer to this question, something that's plagued the field of spiritual understanding for centuries.

Inside you'll learn why the Mind-Only school of Zen Buddhism acknowledges but ignores the physical transformations of the human body that appear on the spiritual path, and why scholars have missed this point entirely. Many of them think that Zen Buddhism is just some psychological game but this information puts these psychologists and parapsychologists to shame. It also explains why Zen - of all the cultivation schools - seems to produce the largest number of enlightened adepts. I'll give you a hint as to the secret answer... it has to do with cultivating wisdom.

Inside this book you'll not just investigate India but China as well to see how the ultimate target of Chinese cultivation -- to cultivate an actual physical body which could live forever in this world -- shaped its own early cultivation schools and techniques. The Chinese quest for a physical, rather than spiritual immortality, is what initially motivated its spiritual practitioners. This quest produced a whole host of sideways cultivation techniques that do in fact produce physical results and small superpowers, but they don't bring enlightenment.

These early Chinese cultivation methods are practiced by many New Agers today, but the Chinese actually discarded these techniques centuries ago when they learned about their deficiencies, so grab this information. For instance, true Taoism discarded the micro- and macro-cosmic circulation techniques as true ways to practice. If you want to understand the history of many cultivation techniques in popular practice today such as this, or just want to understand Buddhism or Taoism, you must obtain this material.

Inside you'll also learn the four step method (and other techniques mentioned by Shakyamuni Buddha) for cultivating extreme physical longevity, such as an immortal physical body, that you can cultivate yourself. In examining Chinese cultivation we'll go over the multi-denominational findings of Wei Bo-yang -- who was the Chinese equivalent to Thomas Aquinas -- and will examine mantra practices, yoga, tantra, pranayama and kundalini cultivation influences and how they combined to produce a whole new series of cultivation techniques. You'll also find out how the adherents of all these individual schools found their own spiritual practices deficient, and how they endeavored to correct these deficiencies. Many of them finally switched to Mind-only cultivation when they found that their practices did not produce the results they desired.

This is the key stuff to know ... how and why the successful practitioners of these various techniques found their own schools and systems lacking, and what they did find that worked. That's what you need to know today because of all this conflicting information coming public. No matter what their origins, we reveal that the cultivators from diverse schools commonly discovered the very same lessons that are missing in popular religion. Now you'll have those lessons for yourself ... in fact, all our books are about the self-empowerment possible through this information.

Finally you'll learn about esoteric Tibetan Buddhism, which many people mistakenly consider the highest evolutionary peak of the world's cultivation schools. In short, Tantra, Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism have a history of catastrophe and have actually produced far more failures than successes in cultivation. Why? Because of an excessively tilted bias towards the physical body. People get attached to the states of physical bliss or mental joy they can cultivate with these techniques, or get confused by the superpowers that arise, or just start clinging to the teachings themselves to create their own self-inflicted impediments.

After you read this synopsis, you'll understand how it's impossible for this form-based school -- which focuses on chakras, kundalini, chi channels, and states of emptiness and physical bliss -- to be the supreme cultivation vehicle of the world. Any true Zen master would just laugh at you on hearing that, but now you'll clearly see why and will have the facts to back you up!

The one short chapter on Tibetan Buddhism and esoteric tantra puts larger scholarly works and many popular translations to shame. It sheds more perspective on tantra, chi mai, and kundalini cultivation than most all the other Tibetan works put together that I have in my library, and I have hundreds of works myself on this topic alone. Lama Tsong Khapa's struggles in correcting the corrupted form of Zen that had developed in Tibet, tantric sexual cultivation and breaches of discipline ... along with modern troubles in chi-gong, yoga, New Age cultivation, and Taoist practice spawned by Tibetan yoga ... are all revealed.

To know these mistakes is to avoid them rather than embrace them! Now you can finally know them ... you'll have private information no Esoteric master is going to teach you. If you think you will find this material at the feet of some monk or within modern texts on Tibetan Buddhism or Tantra, then you'll just end up spending your time and money without getting anywhere. Sure you can practice that path but save yourself by getting smart.

Zen Buddhism is introduced from an aspect never approached before and its popular masters (Hui-neng, Lin-chi, etc.) are discussed along with the effectiveness of their preferred teaching styles. To know whether you should or should not study Zen koans, read this material for yourself. Find out how the Zen school degraded as students started falling into many mistaken roads of practice, such as pursuing the silent illumination of "NOW". Sorry, but that avenue of practice might be popular but it won't change your body, enable you to cultivate dhyana, purify your thoughts and emotions or help you escape the rounds of birth and death.

As a warning regarding the correct types of spiritual practice, please remember that all genuine spiritual cultivation and meditation techniques must also effect a positive transformation of the physical body. Furthermore, spiritual progress doesn't just mean to calm one's thinking and open your field of awareness. Therefore, what people are now starting to champion today as true cultivation practice was actually discarded centuries ago in Zen, yet popular proponents don't know this at all.

You will also learn about the development of Western cultivation streams and their own particular cultivation meditation methods. Islamic cultivation, Byzantium cultivation, Jewish and Christian cultivation are all discussed. These are cultivation schools largely ignored in the EAst. However, you'll learn that the Western traditions used the same cultivation techniques as in the East (mantra, meditation, visualization practice, etc.) and produced the same states of spiritual knowing as a result (St. Thomas, St. Theresa, etc. achieved the same spiritual end states). This is ground breaking spiritual material because you'll be able to link Jewish prophets with eastern gurus.

You'll also trace Grecian cultivation from Socrates through Plato and Aristotle, and examine Jesus' stage of cultivation in light of Eastern cultivation schools and concepts! The "lost Christianities" disagreed on whether Jesus was a singular exception in humanity or a general example that anyone can follow. You'll learn how to compare eastern and western cultivation schools, and you will even delve into medieval western internal alchemy along with the path of cultivation practice most appropriate for today.

This one book puts organized religion, meditation techniques and spiritual striving into a grand but simple perspective, shows you how spiritual practices have changed over the centuries as their deficiencies were found, identifies which of those early but mistaken paths are being reborn today but should be avoided, and flat out tells you how you should correctly practice meditation yourself.

"More clarity in less then 200 pages than a library full of encyclopedias' in the subject"

 

I have been pursuing the field and practice of Inner Cultivation for 17 years. It is a subject that has consumed me. I read most of the popular works on the subject form many world traditions. During this time I hoped for information that was to really bring clarity to the field in an objective and yet decisive manner. My first encounter with this level of information was with Master Nan's, Tao and Longevity. After reading this book ##@&** times, never seeming to get enough, I was  delighted at how much information was packed into such a small paperback.  I found other titles published in english by Master Nan and gobbled them too. But, I longed for more of his works. Well I guess you can say the "ship has come in".

     The collaboration of Master Nan and Mr. Bodri on the varying paths to spiritual attainments is a MUST READ FOR WESTERNERS. Now there are a lot of information sources on the subject of inner cultivation in libraries and obscure book stores and I will say that most of it is bogus creations of many peoples illusions. Most of it does not bring clarity to your search for greater spiritual understanding. The stuff makes you feel good like smoking some green stuff but eventually you have to come down to the reality that there is a lacking in "real substance" amongst all the smoke. This is not he case for "The Best and Worst". It delivers more clarity in less then 200 pages than a library full of encyclopedias' in the subject. Not only will you get very clear cross comparisons but insights into how you might gain and "bare witness" to what is being taught.

     There is also a very striking and unique quality to this work. When making the comparisons and "arguments" for their perspective they use information from respected leaders of the many spiritual paths being evaluated to prove the point. This is done so many times it is nearly impossible to not understand the truth of the content.

     Whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, you must read this work. If you would like to understand the why of so many paths and how they all lead to one cause then buy this book. I could go on and on about this book but it would better for the authors to speak to you directly.

Cornell T Garrett
P.S. With the ground breaking content of this book I cannot wait to buy the others!


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This is a GREAT BOOK, as anyone who has been searching for ‘the Path’ for a number of years can testify.

Distortions creep into all schools with time and changing authorities, and many disciplines which come over to the West are diluted, changed and Westernised for acceptance.

As a beginner, it is impossible to know what is genuine and will further our development, because not only is the subject so vast, but it has been modified by so many hands over time.

The research which has gone into this book is phenomenal, it would take years and cost much time and travel.

Yet here it is, for a mere 25$, a book which points the way, explodes some of our preconceived notions, and divests the mythic auras around what we thought were the most certain ‘authorities’.

I only wish I had found it 25 years ago!

Zerda Barlo


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"It points out the common mistakes in the different traditions, and allows one to avoid them as one develops one's own cultivation practice"

The Insider's Guide to the Best and Worst Spiritual Traditions is a practical, hands-on view of the major Eastern cultivation practices. It is not a scholarly article, but rather an analysis from some one who actually practices inner cultivation. It points out the common mistakes in the different traditions, and allows one to avoid them as one develops one's own cultivation practice. I'm not sure of any other material I've come across that makes these mistakes so clear. A book like this can be quite valuable to a beginner to avoid making the small mistakes that become large later on. It can also be of use to the more experienced as an honest assessment of one's own practice. I've seen these mistakes in the past, but was previously unable to completely understand them. This book makes spiritual cultivation accessible and easy to understand.

Matthew S.
Chicago, Illinois


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You'll also learn how and why certain popular religious movements arose, how conventional religion has protected itself against individuals who privately cultivated and succeeded in achieving some stage of spiritual attainment, and how even great religions typically grow corrupted over time. This is not just handy information, but the information you need to feel secure within yourself about your own path and practice.

In knowing about previous spiritual approaches and meditation methods that were discovered to be effective or defective, you'll be able to clearly see what to avoid in today's popular spiritual landscape. You will understand a multitude of different spiritual approaches and how you should meditate yourself. You won't be able to get sidetracked anymore, you will develop security in your own spiritual roots, and will become able to correct your own path of practice regardless of whether or not you have a personal spiritual master. As an introduction to the path of spiritual striving, you've got to get this book. You just click the button below.

Oh yes, one more thing. I forgot to tell you that The Insider's Guide to the World's Best and Worst Spiritual Paths and Practices has a 30-day 100% money back guarantee if you are worried about internet sales or that you don't like it. Read the book and absorb the information Risk-Free. If the information isn't helpful to you, if you don't like it, if you didn't learn anything, if you're afraid you can't download it (it's as easy as checking your email) -- I'll cheerfully refund your money and you can keep it with no questions asked. I'm not going to risk my sincerity for your dissatisfaction. When I wrote this book I made sure that I included as many different topics as possible, well beyond those discussed by my own teacher, so that you had as clear a road map as possible for the spiritual path. So if you want a refund for whatever reason, you can have it. I didn't write it just to make money but to clear up your cultivation practice.

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"I found your site and ordered, a bit skeptical, I must admit. I was blown away."

I bought 'best and worst spiritual paths' last week, and I'd like to share my experience with you. ...

You see, I've been on a 'spiritual quest' for several years, which intensified about a year ago. I took another job to have more time, read a lot of stuff, tried many things, spent a lot of time and dollars. But I ended-up more confused than when I started. There is just too much accessible knowledge nowadays, and I lack the required wisdom and experience to discriminate. Every school, every site, every guru will tell you that they know best, that their approach works, and that you should stop wasting your time searching and join them. The point is that you can only find out if their practice works for you after 10 to 20 years ;-). Deep inside, I was growing frustrated with the How of the Spiritual Path. In addition, the 'What' of spiritual cultivation was still eluding me (are you cultivating energy, vibration, chi channels, chakras, internal winds, sexual energy, ...). So I looked for independent, transversal persectives. Most of them are shallow, superficial, in a word, they did not help me.

Then I found your site and ordered, a bit skeptical, I must admit. I was blown away. This book is amazing : a mix of timeless wisdom, practical recommendation, theorical developments, lively anecdotes... I read it like a novel, and had a great time. I learned a lot, and more importantly, realized that I could have easily gone on 2 or 3 'erroneous' paths without knowing. Things are now much clearer, and I feel much better equipped on the 'Path'.

Sorry for this long message, I just had to share.

If I had to say this in a short way, I would say : I see spiritual growth as an adventurous journey in which the ultimate goal eludes you. You can easily get lost and waste a lifetime (as well as a lot of money) stuck on an 'inappropriate' path. To me, this book is like a map that can help you to get started or to get back on track.

Thanks again !

Laurent Chenot
Paris - France

 

     


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