Acknowledgments Introduction Out of Time and Into Enlightenment 1 Monarchical View of the Universe 2 A Superficial Initiation into the Future 3 The Occult Initiation of Purusha (Pure Awareness) 4 The Imperfection and Nonevent of Enlightenment 5 Fast-Food Spiritual Junkie 6 Enlightenment Is Natural, Not Artificially Induced 7 Enlightened Attunement 8 The Pattern and Order of Universal Consciousness 9 The Journey Is the Destination and the Destination Is the Journey 10 Now Is Enlightenment Notes Bibliography Index
Jason Gregory is a teacher and international speaker specializing in Eastern and Western philosophy, comparative religion, metaphysics, and ancient cultures. Author of The Science and Practice of Humility, he divides his time between Asia and Australia.
"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 * "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 * "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 o * "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 * "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 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 * "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 expose, there are many hidden treasures to be mined here. Recommended." * Chuck Hillig, author of Enlightenment for Beginners * "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 * "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 * "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 * "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, New Dawn Magazine *