The Enlightenment Trilogy

Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing

From a Spiritual Master Unlike Any,
A Spiritual Masterpiece Like No Other

Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing - Book One of The Enlightenment Trilogy

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Author, teacher and spiritual master Jed McKenna tells it like it’s never been told before. A true American original, Jed succeeds where countless others have failed by reducing this highest of attainments — Spiritual Enlightenment — to the simplest of terms.

Effectively demystifying the mystical, Jed astonishes the reader not by adding to the world’s collected spiritual wisdom, but by taking the spirituality out of spiritual enlightenment. Never before has this elusive topic been treated in so engaging and accessible a manner.

A masterpiece of illuminative writing, Spiritual Enlightenment is mandatory reading for anyone following a spiritual path. Part exposé and part how-to manual, this is the first book to explain why failure seems to be the rule in the search for enlightenment — and how the rule can be broken.

Says Jed:

The truth is that enlightenment is neither remote nor unattainable. It is closer than your skin and more immediate than your next breath. If we wonder why so few seem able to find that which can never be lost, we might recall the child who was looking in the light for a coin he dropped in the dark because “the light is better over here.”

Mankind has spent ages looking in the light for a coin that awaits us not in light and not in dark, but beyond all opposites. That is the message of this book: Spiritual Enlightenment, pure and simple.

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment Isn’t One
Kind of Enlightenment — It’s the Only Kind

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment - Book Two of The Enlightenment Trilogy

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The mark of a true master is that he can express a subject of the utmost complexity with uncanny simplicity. Jed McKenna is such a master, and spiritual enlightenment is his subject.

His first book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, was an instant classic and established him as a spiritual teacher of startling depth and clarity. Now, his second book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, takes us on a fascinating tour of the enlightened state — what it is and what it’s not, who’s there and who’s not, how to get there and how to get somewhere better.

Delightful surprises abound, including the dramatic unveiling of perhaps the greatest spiritual masterpiece of all time — long hidden in plain view and well known to all. Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Mark Twain and U.G. Krishnamurti all appear, and a student from the first book returns to share her Spiritual Autolysis journals. Also surprising are the author’s gentle efforts to guide the reader away from enlightenment toward a more desirable and accessible state.

Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged,
Missing me one place, search another,
I stop somewhere, waiting for you.
Walt Whitman

Jed McKenna’s books aren’t for everyone. They’re for people who are tired of the spiritual merry-go-round and ready to confront the unadorned reality of the awakening process. If you like your teachers with all the spiritual trimmings and trappings, Jed may not be right for you, but when you’re ready to jump off the merry-go-round and begin your journey, Jed McKenna is the guy you want to see standing there — waiting for you.

Spiritual Warfare

Guns and bombs are children’s toys.
A true war wages, and you’re invited.


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It’s an invitation you may not be able to accept if you want to, or decline if you don’t. It’s an invitation to fight in a war like no other; a war where loss is counted as gain, surrender as victory, and where the enemy you must face, an enemy of unimaginable superiority, is yourself.

In Spiritual Warfare, we are presented with the living reality of a very normal woman — a wife and mother with a demanding career and high-stress lifestyle — and we see what happens when she receives an invitation that, try as she might, she can’t refuse. And we meet another woman, a woman who accepted the invitation and fought and won. In the closing chapters of this book, we attend her memorial service as Jed delivers her eulogy.

Spiritual Warfare issues a damning and irrefutable indictment of its own audience and genre, putting spirituality and religion themselves on trial. A terrible crime is being committed against humanity, a crime of oppression and subjugation far beyond Orwell’s1984. We are the victims of this crime, but we are also its perpetrators. Our motive is fear, our sin is ignorance, and the chain in which we enslave ourselves is belief.

Belief means not wanting to know what is true.

Spiritual Warfare is a book for those who do want to know; people who want to escape from their dark asylum and experience a direct and authentic spirituality; people for whom it’s time to look, to think, to know, and, at long last, to put away childish things.

Praise for Spiritual Enlightenment

Absolutely marvelous, splendid, perfect book! May it destroy the ignorance of seeking and plunge the world into real finding, which is now! – Shri Acharya

I have given many copies of Damnedest to friends. This book changed my life. – N. Prescott

It takes a true master to take a topic that has been studied since humans could communicate and describe it in simplicity. – Heather Froeschl

Finally, some sense in the world of Spirituality. Jed McKenna tells it straight. He separates the hype and confusion about enlightenment and tells it like it is. He makes the path so clear it make me uncomfortable at times. I am unaccustomed to such honesty in this arena with no hidden agenda. It’s hard to put down. What a relief! I highly recommend it for those who really want to wake up from the nightmare of hocus-pocus spirituality. – C. Harris

Wow! What a wonderful alarm clock! This is the best wake-up book I have ever read, and believe me, I have read a lot. Jed McKenna made me laugh about my own spiritual antics, take a good look at what I thought I wanted (but really didn’t) and helped me realize that what I was seeking isn’t really something that can be sought. If you are ready to have your beliefs stripped bare, this is for you. – Reviewer

A true masterpiece. It’s like I’ve been on a spiritual merry-go-round for twenty years and now, thanks to Jed McKenna and this utterly remarkable book, I can finally get off and start my journey. I’m an educated, level-headed, well-read person, and I can say without hesitation that this is the most important book I’ve ever read. I bought copies for all my friends and recommend it emphatically to anyone who wants to get off the merry-go-round and finally get real. Thank you Jed! – Reviewer

Good Morning. This Is My Wake Up Call. Before this review goes any further, please accept this advice: Get this book! As soon as possible and by any means, read Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing.  – Reviewer

Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing by author, teacher, and spiritual master Jed McKenna presents the quest for enlightenment in plain, simple, accessible, understandable terms. Filled with a deep appreciation for life, thought, and love, and ideal for truth-seeking readers of all education levels and backgrounds, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing is very highly recommended. – Midwest Book Review

A good teacher gently nudges us towards the right questions and then encourages us to find our own answers. And that’s exactly what Jed McKenna does in Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing. An engaging, witty, and insightful read that will, no doubt, leave many wondering if they haven’t been wasting a lot of precious time.  – Debbie Ann Brett One Spirit Project

What a relief to find a book like this! This is the best book on spirituality I’ve ever read, and there’s not even anything spiritual about it! McKenna has no teaching, he doesn’t lead or let you follow. Nothing he says is meant to be believed or accepted. It’s all about self-reliance and self-determination. He makes you your own guru, and that’s an amazing way to teach! – Reviewer

Clearly a modern masterpiece that may be the only spiritual book you will ever need. If you are a truth seeker, buy this book. – D. Shamanik

Do books have the capacity to enlighten? Jed McKenna would be the first to deny that assumption. And yet he has written a book that has all the potential to make you believe on the contrary. – Martin Frischknecht, Editor-in-chief SPUREN Magazine, Switzerland

In spite of his laid-back, nice-guy demeanor, McKenna is uncompromising. He will challenge the assumptions of some readers, and he will raise the ire of others, but he will not be easily dismissed. He has written an important book, one of the best I’ve read about enlightenment. Through wisdom and beauty, as well as candor and humor, it embodies the enlightened teacher and his message. It will set many on the path to awakening. – Dennis L. Trunk, 3rd Millenium Gateway

Jed’s straightforward approach takes the mysticism out of Enlightenment and puts it in the hands of everyday western seekers. Mr. McKenna’s writing style conveys a wonderful sense of humor, is excellent at building anticipation, delivers with impact, and exhibits his calm compassion for the individuals that have found their way to his “Accidental Ashram”. – Alan Stiles, Waking Souls Spiritual Resource Center

This is an excellent book on “enlightenment.” Using down to earth language, the author sheds much needed light on what enlightenment is and isn’t, and how one “gets it.” Reviewer

It was such a relief to hear someone say it just right. I was laughing right with him throughout. If you want to become enlightened then Jed’s book “Spiritual Enlightenment’ can show you the way by telling you the simple process to get there and by telling you what to expect once you get there.  – Reviewer

It’s hard to explain how profound an impact Jed’s writing has had on me. I can’t recall a book that does such a straightforward job of pointing out what appears a critical difference between the realization of truth and the multiplicity of self perpetuating spiritual practices. Actually I can’t think of a book that comes close. Jed writes about waking up for grown ups, and it ain’t pretty. – Reviewer

Don’t miss this book!!!  – Reviewer

Author Jed McKenna may be one of the few truly enlightened individuals on this planet.  – Shirley Roe Allbook Reviews

I gave this book 5 Stars because it breaks so much new ground and smashes so many illusions. – Reviewer

There are no words to describe how awesome this book is! – Reviewer

Praise for Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment

If you are really ready to Awaken, pick up a copy of this book today. Way to go Jed, you did it again! Bravo! – Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews

Brilliant!!! Jed hits another one out of the park! Buy the book. Read it. Love it. It is great transformative wisdom for our time. It’s freeing and ecstatic. But it’s not for the timid or faint of heart. You’ve been warned!!! – O.T. Schrock

The truth may be impossible to express in words, but Jed comes as close as humanly possible to describing it. You may want to wake up or not, that is up to you, but one thing you can be sure of – it is not pretty and it is more than refreshing to find someone who is not afraid to tell you. – R. Greenwood

Interesting and entertaining, with Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, Jed McKenna has reinforced my deeply felt appreciation for his style and skill. – M.R. Fleming

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment is another direct, compelling, startling and humorous book from the author of the self-shattering Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing. – R. Hanson

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment is a compelling, punchy continuation of Jed McKenna’s first book. But it leaves me conflicted; to write a review that unpacks its many penetrating facets would be a book in itself, so I have to be content with the alternative of creating thumbnail images of its magnificence, which in itself would be flawed because there would be too many for the length of this brief review. – Dr. Kriben Pillay, The Noumenon Journal

Plain English – Straightforward – Hits the Mark. I have read hundreds of “spiritual” books in the last ten years, and this one is at the top of the heap. Forget about “paths” and wake up, is the message I got. How simple and direct. Not, however, easy to do. – Reviewer

McKenna’s even better the second time! – Reviewer

Praise for Spiritual Warfare

Great book! Perfect way to wrap up the trilogy. – P. Gagliardi

An incredible follow-up to Damnedest and Incorrect. – M. Hall

You are a sane voice in a crazy world…. Please write another book, it doesn’t even have to be a Spiritual book. I love your sense of humour, you had me laughing out loud many times. – K. Van Rossum

WOW! A masterpiece! Very disturbing. Someone had to say it, and I’m glad it was Jed McKenna. I know of no one who has written about enlightenment in a more enlightened way. – Tijn Touber, Editor, Ode Magazine

I found Spiritual Warfare a beautiful, wonderful, breathtaking book. Apart from the truth it contains, it is admirably well structured. What a beautiful story, and how cleverly put together. What I also liked immensely were the quotes from other books. How appropriate, how ‘enlightening’! What a joy to read! – M. Wishaupt

Spiritual Warfare is one of the most dangerous books ever written. Take what is said in these pages seriously, and you will find yourself examining the only topic in this universe that truly matters. The author’s prose is stronger than ever, and the humor from his earlier books remains in tact. However, do not underestimate or brush aside the gravity of what is discussed and revealed in this final installment of the Enlightenment Trilogy, whether you agree with some, all, or even none what is said within these pages.

Truth cannot be put into words. Yet the miracle of this volume in particular is how closely Jed McKenna has come to giving even ‘the tourists’ a bird’s eye view of living the virtually undiscussable quandary of Truth-Realization, as well as the death/rebirth trauma and triumph that leads to the integrated state he calls Human Adulthood. When it comes to the direct revelation of what is Real, brace for impact. The nuclear blast on the cover of Spiritual Warfare is NOT an analogy. Proceed at your own risk. – D. Scoma, Ph.D.

I can’t thank you enough for all three of Jed McKenna’s books, but especially for his latest, Spiritual Warfare. I am so grateful for the confirmation that these books are offering, and for the roadmap that they are showing of the only true path Home.

Thank you. – D. Gurlides

I LOVE the way you write. You have such a good sense of humor! I laugh out loud reading your books. The adventurous way you have with things is very refreshing. What a fun person you are! – S. Schwalm

These three books are precious gifts to Humanity. – E. de Vries

This is the most powerful book of the three. These books have profoundly changed my life. – C. Jensen

An Absolute Ego Holocaust!! This is the best of the trilogy. It addresses where most of us are — neck deep in delusion. I’ve been ‘searching’ for 12 years after something unknown to me until reading Spiritual Warfare. How sad that most of us will never get real about waking up. Jed shows us our plight with humor and unparalleled honesty. Thank you so much! – B. Nagle

How could I possibly offer feedback on a book like this???!!! It is ALL IN THERE!! Congratulations Jed and thank you. I am grateful to be able to buy an advanced copy and really would have paid any price!!! THANK YOU!! – G. Conn

Heretical, provocative, disturbing, and monumentally paradoxical. Highly recommended for the fearless few. – Jerry Katz,

"I say an eternal thank you for The Trilogy. The books continue to challenge my mind and life.
I ordered my 4th complete set. Nothing compares to this writing." -JH, MN

“I have no more questions, I am done. Please extend my gratitude to Mr. McKenna.” -A.M., Ontario