Jed McKenna, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment – Video & Text Review

Hello and welcome to the review of Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, by Jed McKenna.  This is the second book in McKenna’s Enlightenment Trilogy.  Because there are references to his first book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, it is helpful to have read that book before reading this one.

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment has lots to offer.   While this book is written in a narrative, and still has Jed’s unusual interactions with a cast of ego bound characters, there is also a lot more “how to” in book 2.  The reader is able to see Jed’s inquiry method called Spiritual Autolysis at work in the form of the character Julie.  She was a journalist for a spiritual magazine, and interviewed Jed in his first book.  Apparently she realized she was living a lie and journeys off to a cabin in the woods for over a year.

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Spiritual Autolysis involves writing until you finally write something that is true.  Julie sends Jed emails of her ramblings and he shares them in the book.  This is something every seeker can identify with.  She uses the analogy of an attic filled with “her stuff.”  And it is jammed full.  Seeing  the process she goes through in this book in itself is worth the buy.

One word of advice is to actually buy the book, not the audio book.  For one, the book is filled with some excellent excerpts from U. G. Krishnamurti Mark Twain and others, which in themselves serve up as a resource, and secondly the voice of Julie on the audio book is extremely irritating….and I’m not kidding.

Another subplot to this book is Jed’s long stay near a New England whaling village with a lady who has spent her life researching the book Moby Dick by Herman Melville.  Jed realizes after reading through the pages of Moby Dick that there is a deeper story there that no one has figured out and written about in the more than 150 years since Melville penned this classic.   This was not a story about a lunatic named Ahab, but about a guy who knew exactly what he was doing when he took the battle to the white whale, a metaphor for ego.

According to Jed, anyone other than an enlightened being would have not been able to recognize this.  In his words, it is like having a master painter use all of the brilliant colors and then having his work reviewed by a color blind critic.

Whether anyone would really believe that Moby Dick is a book about awakening isn’t really the point.  The connection is masterfully done, and Jed’s explanation is really a pointer in the direction of what kind of monomania one needs for self realization.

As you can tell this is a book with a lot going on.  It’s really a challenge to get into the depths of this book in a short review.   Jed  McKenna is a controversial character.  People seem obsessed with finding out who he really is, if he is enlightened, etc.  Who really gives a damn?  If anything, it’s better that the guy isn’t trying to sell you on coming to his next satsang, isn’t it?

Overall, if this isn’t the best spiritual book I’ve read, it would be close.  The enlightenmentdudes give the Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment a 10 on our infinity scale.  It is highly recommended.

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