The Key: A True Encounter

The Key: A True Encounter

by Whitley Strieber

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Overview

From the bestselling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Streiber's hotel room late one night--and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man's fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life.

At two-thirty in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Streiber was awakened by somebody knocking on his hotel room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering.

This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this strange and knowing visitor was--a "Master of Wisdom"? A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He called him the Master of the Key. The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real.

The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save each of us from self-imprisonment. "Mankind is trapped," the stranger tells Strieber. "I want to help you spring the trap." In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger--which takes the form of a classical student- teacher dialogue in pursuit of inner understanding--the unknown man presents a lesson in human potential, esoteric psychology, and man's fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction--and the slender, but very real, possibility for release.

In its breadth and intimacy, The Key is on par with contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A Course in Miracles, or even with the dialogues of modern wisdom teachers, such as D.T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585428694
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/12/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 248,636
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 7.00(h) x 2.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Whitley Strieber is the internationally bestselling author of more than 20 novels and works of nonfiction, among them the landmark work Communion, his account of a close encounter of the third kind that took place in December 1985. He is also author of The Wolfen, The Hunger, and The Coming Global Superstorm, all of which were made into feature films, most recently Superstorm as The Day After Tomorrow. He lives in California.

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The Key 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This certainly can be a thought provoking work, remaining basic in its content and mystery, its something for the beginner who possess an open mind. Given the content, it's also something that the gullible will surely feast upon, unable to separate fiction from fact. Keep your guard up and also an open mind in order that you distinguish the enlightened from the dark and not be taken in the culling. The master has laced deceit in the truth, both of which you will find here, knowing the light from the dark will allow you to find the freedom within, the God within. I fear more shall find the dark in this work as they mistake it for the light, none the less, this is how you find the light.
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
How profoundly convincing and intriguing is Whitley! many truths that the mysterious man tells Strieber are scientific facts that have just been discovered. There truly is a secret within this book that can change the way we see our universe and mans connection with it.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting to get from this book, but whatever it was, I didn't get it.I mean, maybe if I could have read this book without so much skepticism, I would have enjoyed it more. But the author starts out telling the reader about the "Master of the Key," as he calls him. A strange man comes to the author's hotel room late at night, spouts on for an undetermined length of time, has the author drink some white liquid, and then leaves. When the author wakes up in the morning, he isn't certain if this was all just a dream; he was so unsure of himself, in fact, that he called his wife to tell her to remind him that it was real if he ever doubted it. He took some almost-indecipherable notes of this "encounter," but he couldn't really read them; instead, he touched them and he remembered snippets of the conversation.And...I'm supposed to take this seriously? Umm, no.There's nothing groundbreaking to be found here; it feels very disjointed and rambling. I don't know how this book got such high ratings on Amazon. The stuff dealing with religion is rather weird. The so-called "Master of the Key" has a lot of good things to say about Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. Umm. What happened to the other major religions of the world? What happened to Judaism, which inspired both Christianity and Islam? Or what about NO religion? The author's Catholic, and he's coincidentally studied these three religions that the "Master of the Key" seemingly favors, and it's obvious where his bias is.And just a personal rant, which most people will probably think is strange, but I HATE the stereotype of Jews being some sort of super-intelligent people, which is just perpetrated here (the reason, according to the "Master of the Key," that people are still living on earth is because some super-genius' parents were killed in the Holocaust, so s/he was never born, so we still have to obey gravity). I mean, yes, there are definitely some geniuses among us, but most of us are just normal, everyday people. I hate always being labeled as "other."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for people who are willing to stretch their minds a bit. It gives us an opportu ity to see and understand more than we usually see. Everything is a matter of perspective. Sometimes we need to step away from our comfort zone so we can see life a little differently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...poorly written. I like his other books and thought this one was a great idea but the format of question/answer is so monotonous and makes for a boring read. It is also extremely repetitious and highly based on religious thoughts. Not for me.
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DJO-1968 More than 1 year ago
I liked the book if I just read the Q & A portions - A MUST MUST READ. I have read Whitley Strieber's books before, and liked/appreciated. He is definitely a catalyst figure to make major daily life personal changes (along the lines of the great prophets - at a modern day & age). However he tends to philosophical complex analyze things on and on. I think this is helpful maybe for the doubters/skeptics, and especially for those overly educated corrupted. But for those of us highly spiritual that already believe/trust - and kind of have a gut feeling all this is true (also reading other past key books within this set of topics) - just read all the Q & A and everything will fall into place and make sense all on its own. I SHOULD NOTE HOWEVER that I only read all the Q & A - multiple times - and only maybe 20% of his additional comments (which is a large portion of the book). So THERE MAY BE STUFF IN THERE that is further good. But I’ve read many of his other books and listened to him in other media, and I kind of get overwhelmed with the analyzing. I will eventually read all his comments/explanations in this book, however. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I didn’t want to delay in my review as the Q & A needs to be read by many as we are entering the next astrological cycle on 12/21/12…
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Slivman More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this...took me a couple days. If what I read is partially true, then this book is truly a revelation for society!
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If this story is true....... it is truely THE MIRACLE of our century!!! Quite amazing. I am actually going to read a second time to closely scrutinize further what the master of the key quoted with concern to events in our time. Real or not??? You be the judge. I am strongly leaning towards a real, true miracle!!!! Thank you Whitley for this extrodinary information. God bless
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
....... yet a deeply thought-provoking read - and a little disturbing when I first read it.
EnysAntonia More than 1 year ago
I got this ebook based on a friend's raving about it. I am partway through it and am very intrigued. Whitley Strieber never disappoints!