A guide to uncovering the enlightenment already within us
• Builds on Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist wisdom to express the timeless and ever-present nature of enlightenment
• Reveals the negative impact of social and cultural conditioning on our psyche and how to counteract this through meditation and reframing our understanding of time
• Shows how to uncover the original spontaneous awareness we were born with
In this philosophical, psychological, and spiritual exploration of enlightenment, Jason Gregory addresses how to access the original spontaneous awareness we all came into this world with. He exposes the illusion that we must strive to reach enlightenment, uncovering how our yearning for future accomplishments, attachment to the past, and reliance on authority outside the self are social constructs that distract us from the reality of the now. The author explains how our original enlightened nature has been obscured by social, cultural, religious, and egotistical conditioning of the mind caught in time.
Building on knowledge from spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism, Gregory expresses the timeless and ever-present nature of enlightenment. He illustrates how rigid practices and initiations can become a form of spiritual postponement, continually putting off our enlightenment because we feel we are doing something good and noble. To chase enlightenment through spiritual practice is to assume it is a quality bound to time. The author helps us see that we are already what we are seeking–once we understand that existing in this world is itself a miracle beyond words, then the magic and beauty of our world will unfold. In the same way we remember someone’s name without thinking about it, we also remember that we are enlightened when we stop searching for the experience.
Emerging from the Middle Way of the Buddha, Lao-tzu’s Way of the Tao, Yoga, the Great Work of Gnosticism, the Hermetic Art of Alchemy, and quantum physics, Gregory presents a way to the state of consciousness–enlightenment, nirvana, or samadhi–in which eternity and time are one. He shows us how to counteract the negative impact of social and cultural conditioning on our psyche through meditation and reframing our understanding of time. The author explains how meditation in its truest form takes our awareness of nowness from theory to practice. Guiding us away from a time-bound understanding of enlightenment, Gregory shows us how to find ourselves in the stillness of now where the peace you are is the peace you give to the world.
Jason Gregory is a spiritual philosopher, independent scholar, writer, and teacher specializing in the fields of Eastern philosophy, Western esotericism, comparative religion, psychology, culture, and ancient civilizations. He is an ardent traveler who has searched ashrams, monasteries, and temples in some of the most remote places in the world. As a result of his travels, Jason has lived in Asia for several years studying the philosophy and culture of the East and how it can benefit civilization in the modern day. Originally trained in the meditation practices and philosophies of Vedanta in Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism, Jason’s curiosity with the perennial thread throughout the world’s spiritual traditions expanded his work into the exploration of the Western esoteric traditions of Gnosticism and Hermeticism and their underlying relationship to the East.
Jason is the author of two books and the creator of one documentary. He is the author of the highly acclaimed The Science and Practice of Humility and the cult classic Way of the Weirdo, and the writer and director of the documentary The Sacred Sound of Creation. He continually writes articles for popular magazines and websites around the world. His work has been featured on hundreds of radio shows with his numerous guest appearances.
Jason Gregory spends his time traveling, writing, and teaching around the world through his lectures and workshops centered on his work. His lectures and workshops are said to be one of the most insightful and inspirational events one can attend, as he reveals through his work that enlightenment is not an end goal that we are searching for, but instead a way of life which is an art of living. This understanding leads to the essence of his work that enlightenment evokes a humility which is a universal science. http://jasongregory.org/
How to Write a Book | Jason Gregory’s Approach to Research, Editing, and Writing
Published on Oct 26, 2016
This is an inside view of how I write a book. I explain the research, editing, and writing methods that allow me to write more consistently. I use my new book Enlightenment Now to explain the process and also how it came together to be a published book.