Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up To Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul

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What if you spent years of your life seeking spiritual enlightenment, but were looking in the wrong place over a long time? It's happening right now to millions of seekers around the world.

That's why Dr. Robert Forman has written his revolutionary book, which has recently become an Award-Winning Finalist in the Spirituality Category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards. Told in often poetic prose, Enlightenment Ain't ... offers new direction for people looking for a sane and healthy spiritual pathway in our increasingly confusing world.

Traditional spiritual models are giving seekers a wrong and frustrating impression about spiritual enlightenment. By exploring his own 39 year experience of spiritual enlightenment, Dr. Forman offers a remedy to folks who are:

  • Convinced they don't have the right stuff to achieve enlightenment in this lifetime.
  • Disillusioned by spiritual teachers who don't live up to their lofty self-portraits
  • Worried that choosing a spiritual life means leaving their everyday life behind.
  • Hungry for a different way to be, but unable to express it.
Through metaphor, humor, vulnerability and achingly beautiful prose, Dr. Forman's book offers new found hope to spiritual seekers everywhere.

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Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up To Be is the tale of a man who got the pot of gold--of the spiritual persuasion--for which he had longed, and discovered that it wasn't what it had been cracked up to be. But who, over decades, realized that he had indeed been given a pot of gold, only it was of a kind and nature wholly different than anything he could have known to wish for.

It is also the ruminations of a lifetime of coming to understand what he had been given and the nature of the path to it that he, and perhaps all spiritual seekers today, are actually after.

And through it all, it is an effort to tell the truth. We live in an age of memoirs.  Often when people tell of spiritual journeys like mine, or of others who undertake such journeys, they either idealize or demonize the tale, making it either bigger or smaller than it was.  Doing either squeezes out the sweaty ambiguity that soaks the fabric of every life.  Confusion and pride and paradox and disappointment and unexpected possibility always, I suspect, come with this sort of journey.  A spiritual life, even a so called enlightened spiritual life, is much less--and much more--than any self serving or bitter account could ever portray.

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Forman's Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up to Be is
especially recommended for its honesty, openness, insight, wisdom,
and significance. Points he brings up--in a thoroughly enjoyable
memoir-type format--are absolutely central to the furtherance of this
dialogue. Pick it up, give it a read, and ponder deeply its points--you
won't regret it!"  I loved it.
     -- Ken Wilber, Author of Integral Spirituality

Some spiritual memoirs are so authentic, honest and well-told that they
stir the soul. Others offer trenchant observations and wise commentary
about the modern spiritual scene. This is one of the rare books that do
both. Compelling, intriguing and thought-provoking, it is a graceful
exposition of one man's journey, but it illuminates the path that millions
are embarked upon.
     -- Philip Goldberg, Author of American Veda

Robert K.C. Forman does a beautiful job of linking spiritual autobiography
with discussion of what it means to be on a spiritual path and
engaged in personal development. Self-revealing and extremely wellwritten,
it takes on the hard issues of the spiritual path and treats them
with wisdom. This is definitely a book that I'd buy, for it makes the case
that our conventional spiritual understanding is too simple for the
complex lives we now lead.

Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up to Be stands head and shoulders above most other spiritual writings.
     -- Paul Ray, Ph.D. Author, The Cultural Creatives

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