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Newest Review of Liberation from the Lie at Amazon.com


Author Eric Gross and his ambitious 364 book `Liberation From The Lie’ is a clarion call to humanity, encouraging each and everyone of us to rediscover our uniqueness, pursue our long ignored dreams and return to the heroic path for which we were destined. While his message is contemporary and relevant his frame of reference is predominantly Buddhist with an eclectic fusion of traditions (spiritual and otherwise) that prove once again that the really important truths are the ancient ones.

One of the greatest strengths of the authors exploration of the self and its myriad of illusory, deceptive manifestations is his ability to blend numerous traditions into a cohesive theme. He accomplishes this difficult task of balancing both sacred and secular teachings in such a manner as to keep all readers thoroughly engaged no matter what their personal predilection may be.

Delving into the complex, inner workings of the psyche is no easy task for most authors, they either lose their audience in profundity or resort to shallow cliché and catch phrases. Eric Gross does neither. His ideas flow gently and gracefully across the printed page taking the reader on an highly personal voyage inward peeling the layers of pretense and facade with a grace and craftsmanship that is truly inspiring.

Are you ready to rise above the morass of conventional wisdom and discover a new way of understanding yourself, the world around you and what you’re here to accomplish? Are you prepared to wake up and return to the heroic journey we are all called to? If you are `Liberation From The Lie’ is the book for you!

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The Path to Awakening and Disney's "UP"


Last evening I saw Disney and Pixar’s new hit movie “Up” in 3D and realized about the middle of the way in that I was watching a story of full awakening; enlightenment for kids AND their parents.
First I want to warn any readers that this review may contain details about the film that you may not want to know prior to your own viewing of it – so please know that you have been “officially” warned!
Up is the story of Carl Fredrickson (Ed Asner’s voice). The movie begins in his quaint hometown. He is a lover of adventure, although there is no real adventure in his life. Instead, he projects his love for exploration onto the flashy explorer Charles Muntz who is featured heroically on the movie shorts popularly in the 1930s. We can think of Muntz as Carl’s guru, his spiritual guide. To Carl’s alarm, Muntz is accused of fakery when his partial skeleton of an unknown species of bird is judged as fake. This foreshadows Carl’s need to fall out of love with sources of power external to himself.
Carls falls in love with Ellie, a dynamic tomboy. They share their thrill of adventure and make plans to venture to a mysterious and vast waterfall in the heart of Venezuela. Ellie (sluggish Carl’s dynamic alter ego) bestows on Carl her official medal that he too is an adventurer. The only problem is that the thrill of exploration is the one thing that our rather stodgy Carl doesn’t engage in. Like all seekers, Carl lives in the dream of exploration and not in its living essence. Ellie and Carl get married and live in quiet bliss, and unadventurous love. The years pass and eventually, Ellie dies peacefully. Their dream of trekking to the great waterfall remains a dream (for this is Carl’s journey to make). Their relationship is told in a most poignant and heartfelt way and is one of the great strengths of this movie.

Carl and Russell

Carl and Russell

The waterfall is Carl’s projected visualization of enlightenment. This is the place that could have given Ellie and he happiness and it remains unattained.
Carl lives his life as an old grump alone in the house that Ellie and he built long ago. Meanwhile, a great city has grown up around them and the corporate developers need to have Carl and the house removed. Carl as grouch strikes one of the developers on the head and is forced to go to court where he it is ordered that Carl must vacate his home (his unawakened self) and to be placed into a generic retirement home, the very fate the quietly still seeking Carl fears the most. This fear is the fear of being just one of the many; ordinary and unawakened, dying alone with this dream unrealized.
Meanwhile, Carl is pestered by a young boy scout named Russell who has targeting Carl as his ticket to getting his final merit badge; namely helping the elderly. Carl, of course, shoes him away with angry irritation.
Carl evades the courts and the deathly retirement home by attaching a vast flotilla of helium balloons to his home. His plan is to steer the magically floating house to mysterious South America where he can finally realize his dream of adventureand discovery. But to his considerable consternation, Russell has snuck onto his porch and the two adversaries are forced together on the adventure.
As they rise into the clouds they leave the land of the predictable and humdrum and enter the world of mystery and transformation. The floating house represents Carl’s unmooring from this well established roots. He is now set afloat in the uncertain and unknown. This is the journey of awakening where the ties to the material life need, at some point, to be severed.
But on many levels Carl is still tied to his old, stodgy and sentimental life. His home is full of mementoes from his time with his beloved Ellie. These objects of his past are very dear to him and how they are arranged and honored in his home is very important to him.
I don’t want to tell the whole story, but Carl and Russell make it to near his dreamed of waterfall. A long trek, full of obstacles still confronts them. Here in this unearthly place, Carl is unexpectedly reunited with this projected guru Muntz and needs to learn the very harsh lesson that Muntz is nothing but pure ego in love with only himself and willing to kill and destroy anything that comes between him and his goal; that of re-establishing the adoring admiration he once possessed. Carl also needs to cut the remainder of his ties to his old stodgy life and is compelled to throw away with all of the symbols that connected him with that life.
He must find himself and that is exactly what he does. His fearfulness becomes fearlessness. His thinking about life, becomes immediate and decisive action in life. His self-styled isolation blossoms into connection with all of life. His journey in the mysterious lands around the waterfall shows him the falseness of putting idols on pedestals. Instead of just discovering exotic lands, he discovers the love that binds all of life together. Where he was once only capable of loving Ellie, he now can see beauty everywhere. Even the revered waterfall becomes something irrelevant – all that matters is his own unforced and unplanned awakening to fullness of being that he ultimately achieves. Near the end of the film, even Ellie’s ancient medal of honor must be given away to his beloved Russell (perhaps the child he never had).
“Up” is a funny, fascinating, and ultimately, beautiful film. And, I didn’t mention the best part – the language of dogs – it’s hysterical.
See the trailer by clicking on this line.


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The Path to Awakening and Disney’s “UP”


Last evening I saw Disney and Pixar’s new hit movie “Up” in 3D and realized about the middle of the way in that I was watching a story of full awakening; enlightenment for kids AND their parents.
First I want to warn any readers that this review may contain details about the film that you may not want to know prior to your own viewing of it – so please know that you have been “officially” warned!
Up is the story of Carl Fredrickson (Ed Asner’s voice). The movie begins in his quaint hometown. He is a lover of adventure, although there is no real adventure in his life. Instead, he projects his love for exploration onto the flashy explorer Charles Muntz who is featured heroically on the movie shorts popularly in the 1930s. We can think of Muntz as Carl’s guru, his spiritual guide. To Carl’s alarm, Muntz is accused of fakery when his partial skeleton of an unknown species of bird is judged as fake. This foreshadows Carl’s need to fall out of love with sources of power external to himself.
Carls falls in love with Ellie, a dynamic tomboy. They share their thrill of adventure and make plans to venture to a mysterious and vast waterfall in the heart of Venezuela. Ellie (sluggish Carl’s dynamic alter ego) bestows on Carl her official medal that he too is an adventurer. The only problem is that the thrill of exploration is the one thing that our rather stodgy Carl doesn’t engage in. Like all seekers, Carl lives in the dream of exploration and not in its living essence. Ellie and Carl get married and live in quiet bliss, and unadventurous love. The years pass and eventually, Ellie dies peacefully. Their dream of trekking to the great waterfall remains a dream (for this is Carl’s journey to make). Their relationship is told in a most poignant and heartfelt way and is one of the great strengths of this movie.

Carl and Russell

Carl and Russell

The waterfall is Carl’s projected visualization of enlightenment. This is the place that could have given Ellie and he happiness and it remains unattained.
Carl lives his life as an old grump alone in the house that Ellie and he built long ago. Meanwhile, a great city has grown up around them and the corporate developers need to have Carl and the house removed. Carl as grouch strikes one of the developers on the head and is forced to go to court where he it is ordered that Carl must vacate his home (his unawakened self) and to be placed into a generic retirement home, the very fate the quietly still seeking Carl fears the most. This fear is the fear of being just one of the many; ordinary and unawakened, dying alone with this dream unrealized.
Meanwhile, Carl is pestered by a young boy scout named Russell who has targeting Carl as his ticket to getting his final merit badge; namely helping the elderly. Carl, of course, shoes him away with angry irritation.
Carl evades the courts and the deathly retirement home by attaching a vast flotilla of helium balloons to his home. His plan is to steer the magically floating house to mysterious South America where he can finally realize his dream of adventureand discovery. But to his considerable consternation, Russell has snuck onto his porch and the two adversaries are forced together on the adventure.
As they rise into the clouds they leave the land of the predictable and humdrum and enter the world of mystery and transformation. The floating house represents Carl’s unmooring from this well established roots. He is now set afloat in the uncertain and unknown. This is the journey of awakening where the ties to the material life need, at some point, to be severed.
But on many levels Carl is still tied to his old, stodgy and sentimental life. His home is full of mementoes from his time with his beloved Ellie. These objects of his past are very dear to him and how they are arranged and honored in his home is very important to him.
I don’t want to tell the whole story, but Carl and Russell make it to near his dreamed of waterfall. A long trek, full of obstacles still confronts them. Here in this unearthly place, Carl is unexpectedly reunited with this projected guru Muntz and needs to learn the very harsh lesson that Muntz is nothing but pure ego in love with only himself and willing to kill and destroy anything that comes between him and his goal; that of re-establishing the adoring admiration he once possessed. Carl also needs to cut the remainder of his ties to his old stodgy life and is compelled to throw away with all of the symbols that connected him with that life.
He must find himself and that is exactly what he does. His fearfulness becomes fearlessness. His thinking about life, becomes immediate and decisive action in life. His self-styled isolation blossoms into connection with all of life. His journey in the mysterious lands around the waterfall shows him the falseness of putting idols on pedestals. Instead of just discovering exotic lands, he discovers the love that binds all of life together. Where he was once only capable of loving Ellie, he now can see beauty everywhere. Even the revered waterfall becomes something irrelevant – all that matters is his own unforced and unplanned awakening to fullness of being that he ultimately achieves. Near the end of the film, even Ellie’s ancient medal of honor must be given away to his beloved Russell (perhaps the child he never had).
“Up” is a funny, fascinating, and ultimately, beautiful film. And, I didn’t mention the best part – the language of dogs – it’s hysterical.
See the trailer by clicking on this line.


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Latest Liberation from the Lie Review


From amazon.com
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise – a new contribution to the literature on courage,May 4, 2009When I first saw the subtitle of “Liberation from the Lie,” I thought it was the usual hyperbole that authors put on book covers to sell books. But Eric Gross does a very creditable job of laying out a path for “cutting the roots of fear once and for all.” The exercises he prescribes will not be easy to do, but they can enhance awareness and mindfulness, and thus courage. Perhaps the greatest contribution this book makes is the construct of “the Wound” and “the Fear-Self” (caps in original). It is a useful way to avoid being crushed between the anvil of yesterday’s regrets and the hammer of tomorrow’s worries. I give it five stars – well worth reading and reflecting upon.

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From a Reader of Liberation from the Lie


Dear Eric
A belief never separates anything except as ever-more conceptual postulations. That is all in the mind. It only seemingly separates. – WHY give it any credence at all? SO long as you keep believing that a belief has some power it will evade detection. It is ALL in the mind and when you look for the mind you cannot find one.
THIS should indicate something exceedingly profound.
What is so common and it seems that everyone repeatedly sidesteps any opportunity to LOOK at it, is this:
As soon as ‘you’ take the position or posture of being ’someone’ trying to achieve ’something’ then ‘you’ have already entered into a paradox that cannot be resolved.
Just because words are expressed in a blunt and frank manner, does not mean that there is any anger within them.
Loving and patient expressions may work efficiently and it may just be ‘what the doctor ordered’. – In my experience it rarely works, if at all – it just keeps the ‘patient’ wanting more lovely images to play with in their mind.
A sign post does not change its clear and brief message to suit the traveler.
Many ‘people’ believe that they have attained a certain amount of ‘enlightenment’ – but they still get offended by words.
If words can offend you, then the one saying the words is doing you a favor, no? To live in a deluded state of mind, believing that ‘I am enlightened’ is a most absurd way to be.There are 15,000 perceivable different shades of gray. White is white. Black is Black.
The White, the Black and the 15,000 shades of gray ‘in between’ all register equally in pure cognition – ‘long before’ any idea of being a ‘person’ turns up. Many ‘people’ are called to serve a ‘higher power’ as priests, ministers, teachers and whatever. – A great number of these, candidates for the luny bin, get corrupted by that same imaginary power. All mind projections.
A little temptation comes along and they take the bait. – Now they are in a real pickle. They have to sidestep their own shortcomings and attempt to preserve the IMAGE of being pure. – This inner turmoil ‘creates’ a torment in the psyche and all manner of obscene ’scenes’ unfold.
There is only one Power – one Presence – one reality – one moment.
The conceptual notion of personal power is nothing but ego. – Yet ego does not exist. – If we get to the source of all ‘our troubles’, we find a ‘foot print’, a ghost of the ‘me’ – and yet it does not exist.
I want to thank you for your kind gift ( you have send me Liberation), thank  you very much.
Damir

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