Here's a tip for authors of books in the spirituality, religion, mysticism, and meditation genres:
If you want readers to finish your book, don't include a mention of another title like "Doing Nothing: Coming to the End of the Spritual Search."
I stopped reading during my pre-meditation quiet time when I came to that mention.
I wrote down the name of the book for future inspection, then turned to another book that didn't have anything to do with spirituality. Must obey...
When I fired up Amazon on my MacBook Pro, "Doing Nothing" seemed sufficiently interesting to justify a buy. Heck, if author Steven Harrison is persuasive, maybe this will be the last book about spirituality I'll ever purchase.
(Not likely, but hey, its possible.)
It does bother me a bit that Harrison has a pretty extensive web site devoted to doing nothing. How much explaining does it take to back up the simple assertion, nothing needs to be done?
But I suppose that's justified.
Many people have built up so much momentum in their search for the meaning of life, recognizing that IT is right here, right now can require some active braking before the present moment is seen for what IT is.
I took a look at several essays/talks on Harrison's web site.
On the whole, I like his style. Came across a mention of quantum consciousness something-or-other, which usually is a red flag for me for New Age Bullshit. But I'll give the guy a pass on that.
(Let he who has never written anything containing New Age Bullshit cast the first critical stone... that guy isn't me.)
Nice title: To Seek Enlightenment is Passe. Cool. I want to be on the cutting edge of non-enlightenment. Some excerpts:
Steven Harrison, U.S. author and international speaker on consciousness, relationships and alternative education, tells Prema Manmadhan that there is no need for gurus or self help books in one's life.
He's been there, done that, experimented with spirituality, studied Buddhism, Hinduism, yoga, written books on a couple of subjects, one of which is Doing Nothing - Coming To the End of the Spiritual Search. And now, Steven Harrison, US author and international speaker on consciousness, relationships and alternative education, has written a book called What's Next after Now? Post-spirituality and the Creative Life.
Think out of the box, chant management gurus. But there are probably not many who think as much out-of-the-box as Steven Harrison.
He has been up the spiritual path, and back, and feels there is really no need for gurus or self help books in your life. Seeking enlightenment is also passé, he holds.
...Harrison, in this book, tells you to be yourself, truthfully and stop searching for any answers outside.
He speaks about a post-spirituality condition, in which spirituality becomes `much like a reference to the weather last year, which occurred but has no specific reflection in our life today'. He elaborates, `The monk who has meditated for 50 years and the average person on the street are essentially the same, although their behaviour may be relatively different'. Harrison has an aversion to self help books, for he says, eventually, you will be yourself, not something that the book says you can be.
"Spirituality builds itself around self location... ... while post-spirituality `abandons the myth of self in all its forms and deals directly with the actual self, the manifest self, just as it is, giving up all sense of improvement'.