Every time I read a passage from one of Jed McKenna books I feel two things.
I feel a shrill sense of love for the measure of simplicity afforded to his otherwise complex mind. His very precise expressions are borne out of clarity and lucidity, the very qualities I personally appreciate in human minds at large. It is quite a rare thing to behold.
I also feel a sense of annoyance that the mind of such calibre got nevertheless infected by the prevailing ‘spiritual’ paradigm of mainly North American origins. I mean.. the middle aged talking heads of the West Pacific coast expound exactly the same nonsense: Truth realisation means no Self, no universe in existence, I am Consciousness, nothing is real etc. etc.
The most annoying is “The Theory of Everything“, in which the blabbering around conceptual statements only twists the mind into further concepts and away from any meaningful understandings. Jed stated in his first book that reality and existence are not a mystery. Correct. We make it so because so very few have the capacity to ask meaningful questions and to use their heads to answer those questions. Just like the Buddha did under his tree, after having utterly failed at finding answers in external frameworks. Not that he didn’t lie after, mind you.
“If we say that truth does not exist, then we are saying it is true that truth does not exist; a self-nullifying statement like saying there are no absolutes. Would you agree?”
The already lost participant tentatively replies ‘I suppose so’. Like him, the readers attempt to grasp the kernel of each expression in the book, but instead sink deeper into the maze of cognitive appraisal. Just try to wrap your mind around the phrase above and see how quickly you will get trapped.
But we are talking about Reality, right? In Reality, one receives the impressions of concepts on another, above (or below if you wish) level FIRST. You see… all smashing, all destroying hammer of The Insight has no consideration for naming conventions, definitions, dictionaries and the likes. It comes. It cuts across any and all of them and lands one in Clarity, but no explanation of how one arrived there.
Attempts to explain come later. This is exactly what Jed’s books do. They demonstrate the evolution of one man’s mind, from the first question to the Aha! moment to settling into a newly found vision. From “The Damnedest Thing” to “The Dreamscape”, the progress in his personal perceptions and understandings is remarkably visual.
“Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing” was a reflection of that first blindfold drop, a sense of elation, pride, awe, of own sense of achievement, because yes, it cost him some and was not easy. “I can fucking SEE!!! Look! Look! Fuck that, I can see!!” Darn. I remember the feeling.
The rest of the first Trilogy books chart this brave new world. One has to get used to light and clarity, but of course the world is not really ‘new’, does not rush towards you to embrace and to behold, and if you had an ugly mug before – you will have an ugly mug after, literally and metaphorically speaking. One still has to survive and to make amends. As I said earlier, even the most powerful people (and minds) can be gunned down in seconds. That’s Reality for ya.
“There can plainly be no such thing as untruth. I don’t pretend to understand it, and I cannot make it fit reality as I see it, but the logic is perfectly sound”, states Jed in “The Theory of Everything”.
He is both correct and a bluff at the same time. Truth equals Reality. Reality equals Truth. There can be no untruth, because Reality IS and cannot NOT exist. If you doubt that – you firmly planted self in the conceptual world. Jump in the cold shower or observe your friend dying from cancer, then come back here and state none of it was real. Fuck you, you brainwashed impotent little mind. You lied. To self first and foremost.
When Jed stated he does not understand it, he was bluffing. Further in the book he claims “As it happens, one of the things you get when you make this particular journey is perfect knowledge; complete and absolute understanding of everything.” This is also correct. TOE is iron clad in artful premises, syllogisms, reasonings and conclusions that are a thorough attempt of one man to rationalise his way through what had become his Reality of living. But the perfect knowledge was not obtained by way of reasoning. First, one researches answers to the questions that trouble them the most. His was “Truth exists”. The Mind burns, is set on fire, wants to know, looks for information. Then, the Mind drops in the assault of The Insight. Then, after the recovery the Mind attempts to explain what took place. Then, the Mind says “I see. OK. No worries.”
The books are the explanation and in no way a teaching.
I haven’t read “Jed’s Talks” and so cannot comment on it. His book “Dreamscape: The Conspiracy Theory” is the work of a more mature individual, more in touch with the reality of this world, more connected and less confused. It shows a definite inner progress, that famous ‘further’. Jed resides firmly in the acceptance of the world as is, where fairy tales and imaginings are left to those still on the path to Clarity.
Good on you, Jed, and you shouldn’t have written the books. One man’s mature mind cannot make another mind just as mature. Life will take care of that eventually, so what is the point of dragging anyone out of slumber when they do not have enough life experience, never asked any meaningful questions, do not know how to ask and are emotionally immature to even venture into the world of the honest enquiry? Some correspondents are in their twenties, hardly lived, yet got hit on the head by ‘spiritual’ books, bitten by the bug and are walking around in circles, because their minds are NOT READY.
It is the same as suggesting that it is possible for a six months old baby to walk… then write a book about it. Then, given the human propensity to be fascinated by improbable scenarios, people might just attempt to make those babies walk? Perhaps, not. Everyone is aware that the muscles, coordination, bones density need to strengthen before a baby can walk, and it will happen naturally. Why the hell does everyone ignore the fact that the same applies to the human mind? A disaster all around and a cruelty to animals.
The human babies need to live first, gain some foothold on Reality and then ask some questions of themselves. Not because they have read a book about ‘it’ and got hooked on the promise. When they are naturally ready – they will start walking.
The books are brilliant, but useful only to a handful of humans who had already done most of the ground work themselves. Why? Because they relied on themselves to find the answers. Until one begins to trust in the power of own enquiry – most will remain in the fog and will keep searching for own clear Mind until Death claims them.
Ironic, isn’t it? Self.