Enlightenment Ain't for the Media

What does it feel like to gain spiritual enlightenment?  Does it change your life? Do your problems disappear? Does it have anything to teach?

Dr. Robert Forman found what’s called spiritual enlightenment forty years ago during a nine-month meditation retreat. Though instantly he felt differently, he soon came to realize that it wasn’t the golden pill that spiritual teachers often claim it to be. He still worried about things, still felt depressed. And it nearly ended his marriage.

In his new book Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul, Dr. Robert Forman gives a no nonsense account of what it actually feels like to find enlightenment and how it affects a life.

He recounts the unusual onset of his spiritual enlightenment in intimate detail – the strange “unzipping” of the noise in his mind and the sudden breaking in of a vast and spacious silence that has come to accompany his every hour of wakefulness and even sleep.

But his key discovery was this: enlightenment is not the panacea it is billed to be. It is not the life of “perfection,” the “absolute enjoyment,” the “eternal joy,” or the “end of all suffering.” And the neon lights don’t flash!

Growing out of his lifelong struggles to make sense of his 39 years of this unusual state of consciousness, he re-imagines a juicier, more important spiritual goal for readers’ complex lives than “enlightenment.” That, he shows in sometimes achingly beautiful prose, has to do with living in our everyday lives with authenticity and grace.

This is why Dr. Robert Forman has written Enlightenment Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be. It tells just what enlightenment is and ain’t, and how readers can find its freedom in the messiness of the everyday.

About the author:

Dr. Robert K.C. Forman has been called "one of America's most respected spiritual teachers."  He has a Ph.D in Comparative Religions, 42 years of daily meditation, 18 years of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic training and has an international leadership role in the grassroots spirituality movement. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Forge Institute for Spirituality and Social Change and the Forge Guild of Spiritual Professionals, a non-profit dedicated to helping people from any religion or spiritual path live “soul to soul.” He routinely gives lectures, trainings and workshops around the world and is the author of ten scholarly books on spirituality, mysticism, consciousness and world religions.  He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.  See www.TheForge.org for more information.

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Early reactions to Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be:

The honesty, openness and transparency of Robert's spiritual journey instantly captivated me.  I read the book in one long, joyous sitting. It is illuminating, entertaining and impactful.

–Jack Canfield, Co-creator of the New York Times #1 bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series

Especially recommended for its honesty, openness, insight, wisdom, and significance.

–Ken Wilber, Author of Integral Spirituality

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