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The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment by Thaddeus Golas - A Young Person's Guide to Enlightenment Edition - Revised and Updated by the author.

From the (Young Person's Guide to Enlightenment Edition) Revised Chapters:

In the first chapter, I proposed that space PROPELS energy and mass: the greater the contraction and resistance of an entity, the more it is propelled.

Now, in which direction will a mass entity be propelled?
It will be propelled in the direction of other mass entities: the bigger the blob of matter, the larger the gathering of mass, the greater the propulsion towards it.

Because that large con­tracted mass is not pushing back, it is not pushing outward enough—there is less space there. Thus we may view gravity, not as a pull, but as an acceleration toward other matter. This would be supported by the equivalence of the formulas for ac­celeration and gravity. (This speculation can be taken into the Big Bang and out again.)

What has all this to do with the spirit?
What this means for us is that any of us, as a unique entity, may leave this earthly mass simply by changing function. Nothing is pulling us down. When we begin expanding and cease contracting, we automatically cease being propelled toward matter—we are free in permeative space.

I am sure many of my readers have had the ex­perience of popping out into space, in satori or with psychedelics.

Of course you can’t take much mental baggage with you at such times, but the next time you’re out, try to hold the thought, “I am expanding now.”

The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment was often described around San Francisco as "the last book you'll ever need to read about spirituality".
It is a book that proposes to map-out the human spiritual experience, from its modest beginning, to full realization, in simple language that anyone (willing) can understand.

A true self-publishing phenomenon from the early '70s, this book is a precursor to much of our popular Western spiritual literature.
Many have been inspired to write their own version, but somehow, this text towers over most books on the subject. Perhaps the most dizzying quality of Golas's writing style, beyond his humorous and light touch, is his ability to pack several layers of profound meaning in his concise sentences. Meaning you'll be unpacking for years--provided you want to go through your own process of checking and proving. And enough to make the Guide a book that remains a faithful lifetime companion in just about any situation, and crisis.
If ever life came with an owner's manual, this is it.

The book has known several incarnations over a few decades, and Thaddeus Golas had often planned on expanding the text in various ways. He even toyed with the idea of doing a Guide about The Guide, with annotations.
In the end, he settled on writing a few new chapters on topics that he felt he'd missed the first time out:
Free Will, Expand!, two explorations of our relationship to matter, energy and space, and Who's on First?, a treaty on why intellectuals are always baffled by simple action.

Updates and revisions: Thaddeus Golas made revisions to his original text of The Lazy Man s Guide to Enlightenment throughout the 1980s and 1990s. These revisions were intended to help the text survive the extinction of the 1960s jargon. He also clarified many concepts and emphasized the idea that consciousness, even more than love itself, is the key to Enlightenment.
In this revised and updated edition of his original 1972 street pamphlet, Golas added material to The Guide and made over 100 small fixes to his original manuscript.
This final update returns the book to its simple, delicate and subtle "pocket-size" handbook,complete with its favorite mandala design: No fat, no extra chatter - just the facts!

Press Review:

THE LAZY MAN S GUIDE TO ENLIGHTENMENT. The Revised and Updated edition, by Thaddeus Golas, Seed Center Books.

For those on the road still trying to thumb a ride, this book will show you how to make it on your own. There is no other way. Being the lazy man s lazy man, I quickly went to the last pages and back cover to glean the quintessential enlightenment offered in the excerpts. How can I be lazy and accelerate my vibrations to encompass all that wisdom in a flash, you may ask? Chapter 7 answers that If you re the kind of person caught up in sin, asceticism, rejection of earthly enjoyment, or other evidence of strict virtuous discipline, and are still having trouble being enlightened and in joy, this book is for you. It will shatter all your preconceived ideas about spirituality, If what you are doing isn't it and leave it. In other words: let go and let God. The Lazy Man s Guide to Enlightenment lets you know you are already there. So what s the point of arrival? We exist on many levels simultaneously: from a being of concentrated mass (separateness, individuality), through energy being, to space being (oneness). How come, you may ask, most of us are only aware of the densest physical level? The answer is you can t be anywhere else until you love yourself where you are now. After all, it s a world of your own creation. As long as we reject anything we are tied to that one thing. Now that's karma! The only effective way to be free of anything, is to love. Accept yourself where you re at. If you hate or despise something, love yourself for despising or hating it. It s the E=MC2 of the Universe. Be there, then.

R.L. --I AM Magazine, Quebec.

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