Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment

math of enlightenmentSubtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment is now in print, available from Amazon or your local bookseller.  What’s it about? It’s an entertaining and informative look at the seven years of my spiritual path which culminated in enlightenment.

From the Foreword by Bob Cergol:

A subtractive, deconstructive process is the surest way to successful conclusion of a spiritual path. It was the main piece of the shortcut that Richard Rose said existed. But just what in the world does subtraction on a spiritual path really mean? How could it translate into a viable spiritual practice? How does one follow a subtractive path?

That is precisely what this book is about, what it so eloquently reveals, and what it so satisfyingly illustrates, all in a way that frequently reminded me throughout my reading of it, that the author of these pages is also a talented and inspiring poet.

From fasting to falling in love, teaching kids to 30-day solitary retreats, a Zen master in West Virginia to an Indian guru in Germany, and a dozen other adventures and misadventures, Subtraction presents a wholehearted search for God, the real self, our true nature, or whatever you want to call that splinter in your mind which won’t let you rest until you find the answer.

8 thoughts on “Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment”

      1. Not to burst your bubble here but possibly you’ve heard that Morgan is now being called on the carpet in connection with alleged incidents of sexual harassment and even intimidation of women he worked with. That might then influence your consideration of having him read or maybe not?

  1. I am heartbroken with a breakup, bored with life, and have social anxiety. That’s why the world cannot give me joy anymore and it made me seek within. Will this book help me of this misery?
    Should I read letting go by David R. Hawkins or this one?
    Thank you.

    1. I am not familiar with Letting Go by Hawkins. I can attest that I was both heartbroken and had social anxiety when I started the spiritual path. You might find Subtraction of help, as cover some of those difficulties in the book.

  2. Hi Shawn,
    What is the best way to achieve kundalini awakening? I have been searching and searching. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Alina,
      I don’t know. My first thought is that rather than search and search for the “best way,” just begin practice. You’ll find that as you practice, you’ll gravitate towards ways that are better suited to you. The practice improves the ability of the practicer to find better methods of practice.

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