The Finders (English Edition) Kindle版
"One would never enter a wilderness without a map and compass or a competent guide; Dr. Jeffery A. Martin is all those things for explorers of the psycho-spiritual domain. The Finders is simply one of the best descriptions of the process of personal growth and maturation to appear in recent years. The importance of this book extends beyond the individual, personal dimension, for it is likely that our survival as a species will depend on the degree to which we take the implications of The Finders to heart."
Larry Dossey, MD, founding editor of EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing, author of ONE MIND: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
"In The Finders, Dr. Martin has made a real contribution. First he's defined a whole new class of folks' experiences: the enlightened, the illuminati, the deeply fulfilled, which is oft discussed and little understood. So, a careful and traditional transcending study of it is long overdue. While we've heard of these folks, by looking carefully at their experiences, he's been able to categorize their experiences, with clear, albeit complex and flexible, categories. To do so his interviews were thorough and have led to intelligible analyzes. This is a decade-long project and well worth his time and our study. An important book!"
Robert K.C. Forman, Ph.D., D.Hon., founding editor of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, author of Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up To Be
"The Finders is a fascinating description of the ways in which people can find their greatest sense of well-being. The research is fundamental to understanding how experiences of fundamental wellbeing occur and provides new insights that will propel ongoing investigations. Essential for anyone striving for this type of well-being."
Andrew Newberg, M.D., Professor and Director of Research for the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University, author of How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain
- ASIN : B07MZVB816
- 出版社 : Integration Press (2019/3/31)
- 発売日 : 2019/3/31
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 4165 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 242ページ
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 77,125位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
(a) The description of the way the average person’s life is dominated by the narrative-self and its associated self-referential thoughts, largely feeding on a diet of fear, worry, and anxiety (Search also for “nafs” and “commanding self”).
(b) The way the narrative-self gives the constant switching of our many mini selves the appearance of unity (Search for “ornstein multimind”).
(c) The possibility – as the narrative-self recedes and becomes diminished – of going beyond that to become a finder experiencing higher levels of awareness and consciousness and the deep and abiding peace that lay hidden behind the veils of the narrative-self.
And (d) the mention of the dark night of the soul and the possibility for the finder’s narrative-self to “die before you die”.
The author’s long and extensive research led to a smart model which enables such finders to be sorted along a continuum into buckets or, as he prefers, locations; and he goes on at great length to describe his findings on the characteristics and other details of these locations.
What left me feeling a little flat was that the locations are merely numbered rather than carrying memorable descriptive names; and numbered buckets simply cannot contain or do justice to the wonderful and unique individual seekers, nor to the rich and varied culture, knowledge, and wisdom of mystical paths such as Sufism (be it Islamic, Universal, or Western). I would suggest that many mystical teachers and guides actually do know how to deal with the intermediate location 4, its difficulties, the paths of freedom and of humanity, and locations beyond 4 which the author feels are areas of ongoing research and beyond the scope of the book.
Also, the book doesn’t provide more detailed context about the sort of tried-and-tested paths that might lead the seeker to become a finder, such as Zen, Buddhism and the Sufi Way (as projected in the West). Nor does the author provide much detail about exemplary individuals who have become finders, to whom readers might be able to relate. I guess that had the author gone into more detail in some cases, then he would have filled a fat volume or two with details of the many other examples, in order to maintain an overall balance.
Nor is The Finders a cookbook – ie something of practical application. The book certainly provides a detailed description of the kitchen environment, the utensils to be used, the ingredients, the menu, adverts, and testimonials. But as for the recipe, the first course (seeker to finder), and dessert (finder to explorer), there is a link to a web page (unpromisingly titled “Email Capture”) to download a free how-to book, and that in turn leads you to visit two more of the author’s web sites, sign up to one or both courses, and pay rather more. It may, however, help set would-be seekers off on their search, or take more seasoned seekers off in new directions.
Full marks for the many years of dedicated, painstaking, thoughtful, and outstanding scientific research. However, unlike many mystical texts, teaching stories, humour, poetry, musical pieces, and often indirect teaching methods, reading The Finders is unlikely – in itself – to impart baraka (grace, “gifts”, or “honey”) or bring about lasting and transformative change by design.
Having said that, with a 70% success rate advertised for the finders course, and given the unarguable benefits that becoming a finder has to offer, that may well prove to be of inestimable value.
Slight niggles: In the Kindle edition, the image of the locations does not display correctly and is unviewable.
The human experience studied is quite possibility our next evolutionary step.
He gives us a monochrome account of an extraordinarily rich experience, which is not surprising as he takes great pride in writing as a scientific materialist. But trying to apply scientific materialism to a field that does not lie in the material/ physical plane is a category error made by most materialists of his ilk. Martin stays on the surface of the ocean and thus misses the extraordinary wonders that lurk in the depths.