2015 Silver Medal Winner from Living Now Book Awards Enlightenment has long been regarded as a state reserved for a few rare individuals, a state that can only be gained by living a recluse life in a cave or in a monastery somewhere. It has been thought that enlightenment is very difficult to achieve, requiring one to give up all worldly possessions and to lead an austere life. When he started teaching throughout India and around the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi proclaimed that enlightenment is, in fact, the most normal, natural state of life. Every person of the over seven billion population in the world can experience enlightenment and unbounded bliss inside, no matter what their race, religion, or socio-economic background. This is because every person on earth has the state of pure consciousness within. We can think actively, we can think more quietly, and innate in the ability to think more quietly is the ability for the mind to be completely still. This inner stillness is a universal reality, and it is the one experience in life that is accessible to all, the one experience that can unify the world because it already underlies and permeates the world at its most fundamental level. Author Ann Purcell relates her own experiences and those of Transcendental Meditation practitioners throughout the world. She lays before us the secret to personal fulfillment, spontaneity, inner peace and balance in way that is accessible to all reader's and truth seekers.
|Publisher:||Green Dragon Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
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Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment by Ann Purcell is an excellent guide to inner peace through meditation, and it is presented to us through the author's own experiences and the teachings of many people throughout history. It is filled with quotes and useful information, as well as poetry and anecdotal stories. I particularly enjoyed the poem 'Letting Go' about the cosmic consciousness. The book describes varying levels of consciousness, including the God Consciousness, and it is filled throughout with footnotes and hyperlinks detailing many important parts of the book, as well as people, historical events that are of relevance, and more information to put the teachings in context. The author does a great job of keeping the information fresh, and delivering it with a lot of different teaching methods. Each chapter comes with poems and experiences that can help the reader relate to and see it in a different way than simply blocks of text. I've always found meditation to be an interesting and spiritual process, but it's never been something I could manage. I felt like this book covered everything from basics to advanced levels, but in a very personable and approachable format. For example, there is information about the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Program, which the author describes as a sort of Rocket Ship of evolution. The author is very excited about the events and teachings she is describing, and it becomes contagious while reading it. It felt very current, discussing things like TED talks and 60 Minutes alongside very ancient teachings. The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment by Ann Purcell shows us the journey of enlightenment for one woman and can help anyone who is interested in going on a journey of their own to take that first step.