I read a lot. And I shamelessly deface the books that I read – I write in them. I don’t just underline, I circle, I annotate. Books in my collection can never be resold by a traditional second-hand bookseller because they are full of my reading graffiti. Wayne Liquorman’s book “Never Mind: a Journey Into Non-duality” is totally destroyed after reading: it’s dog-eared in a dozen of places, it’s littered with notes, exclamation signs and coffee stains, which is all evidence of what I consider to be a “meaningful read.” A very meaningful read for me – Wayne’s book, like my own writings and ravings, insists on the provocative notion that reality is perfect, always perfect. Here’s a passage from his book – a glimpse of his shocking sobriety about What Is:
“As one’s understanding deepens, it is understood that that which is material is spiritual, that includes everything that exists, not just sunsets, puppies, and rainbows and dolphins, but also the sadists, the rapists, the murderers. Everything is spiritual. Of course, we don’t invite psychopathic murderers into our homes. We don’t entrust our valuables to known thieves. We still have practical considerations, but there is understanding that even the foulest creatures are aspects of the Source. The same manifest energy that creates saints, creates sinners. All are aspects fo the same thing, and that which they are aspects of, is spiritual. This becomes the reality. That’s the beauty of this teaching: anything that you do is a happening, part of the natural flow of What Is.”
Wayne’s teaching – in my inspection – does two things: 1. it celebrates What Is, unconditionally; 2. it is apophatic – i.e. based on deconstructing un-truths as it tries to approximate the understanding of the ineffable truth of What Is. I’ve done the same thing in my two books Present Perfect (celebrating What Is) and Lotus Effect (learning about what we are by understanding what we are not). In short, Liquorman, a disciple of Ramesh Balsekar, is another modern-day rascal sage.
Here’s a brief review of Wayne Liquorman’s “Never Mind”:
Whatever you are seeking is right here, in this book. Whichever way you are seeking it is a misguided detour, a doctrinal springboard into a volcano that might or might not erupt. You might fearlessly dive in, head first, or cautiously rappel down into this apophatic abyss, the volcano might or might not erupt, it might or might not burn out your “you” to whom it is a “me.” It is my suspicion that there are tens of thousands of us who get it – legions of us who can read a book like that and get it, get every word of it, every subtle reference – and yet still not get “it” experientially. Wayne would tell you it’s because there is no one to get “it.” Nor is there an “it” to get. I read Wayne’s book (just like I read UG Krishnamurti’s “Mind is a Myth” and tons of others) and I both got it (intellectually) and didn’t get it (experientially). My “me” is still here. I travel this world with a suitcase of notes – from minds like Wayne’s – dragging the baggage of “know-how” with “me,” and yet still a “me.” Never mind this review. Write your own.
Pavel Somov (author of Present Perfect, Lotus Effect, Neural We)