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Beyond Self-Realization: A Non-Sectarian Path to Enlightenment
by Paul Breer
Xlibris

book review by Anthony Avina

Everyone in life has to find their own path. Whether its religion, politics, spirituality, family, love or something else, each and every person has to make their own choices to discover who they are and where they belong. One way of doing that is for people to find a path of enlightenment. As author Idries Shah once said, “Enlightenment must come little by little – otherwise it would overwhelm.” In author Paul Breer’s novel Beyond Self-Realization: A Non-Sectarian Path to Enlightenment, the author doubles down on the ideas of his previous book to talk about the concepts of free will and the individual self—both being nothing more than an illusion, which if dispelled can lead to a more enlightened state of being.

Throughout the book, the author takes readers through a course identifying the self, the symptoms of the self, and even the negative impacts the self can have on one’s life. The book also deals with the idea of “shrinking” the self and finding ways to find meaning and enlightenment using these practices. This is a well written, thought- provoking read which truly captures the spirituality and philosophical genres as a whole. The concept of the individual identities we all have being a construct or illusion is something few people ever think of, and the author does a great job of presenting his findings and beliefs in clear and concise passages that readers will easily get into.

This is a book written for those who study or believe in the concept of religion and spirituality, as well as the philosophical debate of the self and the impact our individuality has on our lives as a whole. While I myself am not a religious person, I did find the concept of our own personal selves derailing or impeding our lives an interesting idea, and as the book went on, the arguments and positions presented by the author made for quite an engaging read. Those who do trust in religious or spiritual studies will be enthralled with this book, and may find the meaning or enlightenment they’ve been searching for all along.

Beyond Self-Realization: A Non-Sectarian Path to Enlightenment has a powerful message of shedding the concepts of the self and free will and can be freeing in a lot of ways. For some, it allows for the idea of nature and destiny taking control, and sheds any doubts about the guilt or pain of things that are out of our control, to come forward in a positive way. While not necessarily a concept for everyone, those seeking answers through spirituality and philosophy will easily be enthralled with the author’s work and how in-depth the author goes into this concept; as well as the author’s tone in each passage making this feel personal and emotional as well. Now would be the perfect time to grab your copy of Beyond Self-Realization: A Non-Sectarian Path to Enlightenment by Paul Breer if you are searching for enlightenment and the meaning to who you truly are.

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U.S. Review of Books

Beyond Self-Realization: A Non-Sectarian Path to Enlightenment
by Paul Breer
Xlibris

book review by Barbara Bamberger Scott

“It is strange to think that our most treasured possession, the self, is the cause of most of our suffering.”

A teacher named Richard conducts classes on self-realization to a variety of students in this intriguing look at the path to self-realization freed from the fetters of organized religions. Relinquishing the individual “I” is a transcendent concept intersecting psychology, intellect, and spirituality. Richard offers exercises, advice, wisdom from many sources, and his personal experience to convey his ideas to his students. His comprehensive method includes meditation and other exercises. Much is learned in open discussion with the students whose believable personalities offer unique perspectives. Richard gently guides them to understand that enlightenment, Being, or Pure Consciousness can be reached by divesting oneself of ingrained, illusory notions of control and by coming into acceptance of what it is already there. He reminds them that enlightenment doesn’t give answers; it simply stops questions from arising. As the class progresses, his students gain a grasp of these far-reaching concepts.

Breer, a retired university professor and psychotherapist, has written about related subjects from a fictional viewpoint. He constructs a ponderous work of fiction that also cites well-regarded source material, focusing on a rational search for truth. Through the device of teaching a class for adults, he offers ideas and resources for anyone intent on understanding the central theme: attaining enlightenment by divesting one’s individual self or ego. Each of the students exemplifies certain viewpoints that allow the examination of this theme across a broad spectrum, as the teacher/author skillfully tackles a variety of questions, challenges, and arguments. The author does not style his teacher as the ultimate expert but shows him dealing with the arising concerns spontaneously while sharing his own practices as learning models. In the process, the reader can see growth and change developing. This intelligent structure and the practical methodologies devised by Breer should attract a serious readership.

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