Interest in nondual awareness as the essence of spiritual awakening, free from the obligations and cultural references of a particular religion, is rapidly expanding throughout the Western world. Those who have sought out and followed spiritual paths, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Kabbalism, etc., have often found themselves coming up against a kind of ceiling in their longing for spiritual awakening. This can be a result of the religionís cultural context or a belief system that may not see awakening as something within the reach of adherents.
So, many serious spiritual students have turned to nonsectarian teachers to further their practice. These readers will find The Open Path to be an excellent guide to the realization of the silent ground of all being and to the expression of that realization in the diverse conditions of their lives.
The book includes very helpful exercises and practices that foster a sense of equanimity and natural insight, as well as methods and teachings from many sources: Sufism, psychology, meditation traditions, and both Eastern and Western nondual teachers.
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What others have said about The Open Path:
Among many mysteries explored here: spontaneous prayer, kindness, emptiness, starting from where you are, the freedom of the universe, awakening, is one that Elias Amidon barely mentions ó friendship. Moving through this book feels to me like a continuously opening friendship.
Coleman Barks author of The Essential Rumi
The Open Path is a powerful evocation of nondual awareness by a great teacher and friend to the world.
Roshi Joan Halifax, founding abbot, Upaya Zen Center
The Open Path integrates hitherto hidden jewels and fragrances of Sufi mastery with more classical sources of nondual teaching. The result is not only that we receive fuller and more precise instruction but that we get to experience Elias Amidon's lucidity as a living sage and powerful lineage holder.
James O'Dea, former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
and author of Cultivating Peace
It is rare and wonderful when a man, who has been such a force for good in our world, opens to us his inward path. For those who would explore the teachings of nonduality, Elias Amidon will be gratefully recognized as a valuable resource and guide.
Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope
Elias Amidon is a gifted teacher and writer. We are blessed that he has assembled his lucid and powerful transmission with such coherence and depth in this book. His capacity for tapping the essence of the world's nondual traditions and sharing this in a thoroughly experiential way is unique. I am certain that immersing yourself in his vision and the exercises he recommends will bring you profound benefits.
Peter Fenner, Ph.D., founder of Timeless Wisdom
Drawing on the Pathways of the great traditions, Elias Amidon guides us to Open Awareness of the Oneness of Being, with his wide Heart and clarity of experience. The Open Path will be read with joy by any reader who wishes to uncover their True Nature.
Pir Shabda Kahn, musician and spiritual leader of the Sufi Ruhaniat International
Elias Amidon's The Open Path is an unerring guide to serve people who yearn for a spirituality that transcends religion and frees the soul from the shackles of false beliefs. Pir Elias helps the mind understand the soul and warms the heart to embrace and be embraced by the cosmic inner beloved.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, co-author of A Hidden Light
Each of the great religions has a gateway into nondual reality. Elias Amidon's lucidly clear and evocative presentation of The Open Path makes evident that the Sufis are among the gatekeepers.
Keith Dowman, Dzogchen teacher and translator, author of Natural Perfection
Elias Amidon offers us a lucid and practical gift: how to open our hearts to awareness, to what is real. This is a loving and helpful offering that will unquestionably serve those who read it. It is truly a beautiful book.
Roshi Pat Enkyo OíHara, Abbot of the Village Zendo, Manhattan
In this lucid and graceful manual, Elias Amidon reveals a path open to all who seek. Seekers become finders. This book is a little treasure to be read again and again!
William Ury, Co-author of Getting to Yes, and co-founder of Abrahamís Path
This is one of the clearest and most practical books I have ever read on the subtleties of recognizing nondual awareness. Elias Amidon's heartfelt clarity carries the signature of someone who has walked the journey himself and discovered there is no road.
Roger Housden, author of Chasing Rumi