Ken La Salle

Prepare to be Illuminated!

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Uncovering the missing piece in both Atheism and Religion in Illumination...


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Click the book cover above to find out more about Illumination!


Now Available!

Everything you may have heard about enlightenment, which I call Illumination, is based on hearsay derived from metaphors too out of date for most people to fully understand. That is why I have reinterpreted the metaphors for the 21st century, making your path to Illumination easier to follow than ever!

But I wasn’t always Illuminated. I was born a Christian, born again, brought to Atheism through critical thought, and only found my way through Buddhism after a decade of hard work. Illumination was not found by following what I had been told but by searching deliberately. If you want to see the kingdom of heaven, you have to actually look.

Illumination is the essential ingredient missing from much of western religion and atheism is not designed to help you find it. Though it fits well in the atheist system – Illumination requires no god or worship – Illumination should be sought by Christians as well, for a more complete understanding of where they fit in the universe.

Because, as it turns out, Illumination (or enlightenment) is not as difficult to find as you might think. Heaven (or Nirvana) is all around you; you just need to know where and how to look. Understand such concepts as Samsara, Reincarnation, Karma, and Sunyata in ways you probably never imagined, ways that enrich your life – the only one you’ll ever get – so you don’t spend all of your time expecting it in a life after this one.

Illumination can be as simple as a change in perspective or as difficult as the destruction of the self, comprehending the significance of your own insignificance. But you can do it right now without dogma, without authoritarian rule, and without god.

Click the cover above to find out more about Dynaimc Pluralism!

Dynamic Pluralism: A Revolution in Ethics

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In the history of philosophy, there have been many theories about ethics but none have been straightforward enough to understand and use in everyday life. That ends now with Dynamic Pluralism.

Dynamic Pluralism presents a system of ethics that is not only easy to understand and easy to use but beneficial to the lives of those who do so. Dynamic Pluralism filters out the philosophical jargon so popular in academic circles and structures ethics so it is accessible to everyone. Not only does it present and understandable system of ethics but it also shows the reader how they can use ethics to create a better world.

Dynamic Pluralism casts a clear and defining light on the challenges of our century – war, overpopulation, climate change, energy dependence, equality, and much more – and illuminates our path into a brighter future.

We live in a world without a working system of ethics available to all people and this explains how and why the United States has ended up with a President-Elect like Donald Trump, a man bereft of ethical clarity, a moral compass, or any sense of justice. Dynamic Pluralism defines ethics, morals, and justice so that we may all understand them, what happens when we live without them, and how they should be used to create a better world.

Dynamic Pluralism is not just a book of philosophy. It is a Revolution in Ethics. It is a system for creating a new world based on ethical treatment, fair and fulfilling relationships, and a future in which we can finally live in peace.

False Starts

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I recently opened up my chest of childhood memories, faced a decade I had long since forgotten, and wrote these words:

“It was the hippest of times. It was the funkiest of times. It was the 1970s.”

And I grew up right there in the middle of it. I won talent shows. I went to camp. I fought the school bully for the honor of the girl I loved. I lost my father…

But having just turned 50, I decided the time had come to take an honest look at those years without the tinted lens of nostalgia, which allowed me to remember so much more. I never told the girl I defended that I loved her. I barely survived camp. No amount of talent show victories brought my father back and, to be honest, my memories weren’t as accurate as I thought they were.

The 70’s were a swirling minefield filled with a family destroyed by poverty and divorce, horrible TV shows, bad disco on AM radio, wretched food… and the only saving grace a child like me had was Pong. My teachers tried to put me on drugs. My sister taught me the art of shoplifting. My best friend was Burp Boy. Life was a series of constant set-backs, a barrage of defeats, embarrassments, and false starts.

And I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Readings and signings!

I always love meeting with and talking with my readers. If you would like to arrange a reading or signing, or if you have a blog or podcast you would like me to appear on, please get in touch!

Reviewer Angelle LeBlanc calls False Starts "heartfelt and humorous yet heartbreaking at times too". Click the link to the left to find out more! You can purchase False Starts on ebook, paperback, and audiobook. (October 2016)

Virginia from Stephanie's Book Reports calls Once Removed "a great story with a lot of mystery and twists and turns!" Read her entire review by clicking the link to the left - and pick up a copy of Once Removed while you're there! (October 2016)

On October 13, 2016, I had the distinct pleasure to sit down with Jim Christina for my 2nd appearance on The Writer's Block. And we covered just about everything under the sun: old projects, new projects, and much more! (October 2016)

Sherry Fundin says "I have read several of Ken La Salle’s wonderful, wacky and creepy books, so to learn where all that talent came from is something I was more than happy to do.
He finds those moments of light and happiness that shine through the darkness.
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip down memory lane and getting to know an author I plan on following for a long time. I think it is because of his upbringing that he is able to write so well in very different genres with his humorous bent shining through the written words."
You can read the entire review by clicking the link to the left! False Starts is available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook! (November 2016)

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Ken La Salle

A Brief Introduction to Illumination...

Posted: Sat 29th of April, 2017

March for Science: Fullerton...

Posted: Sat 22nd of April, 2017

Pick up The Wrong Magic - for FREE...

That's right!Head on down to Amazon right now by clicking this link and pick up your own copy of my novel, The Wrong Magic, for FREE on the Kindle!And then, while you're there, buy another one! Leave a review! I will really appreciate it! Posted: Tue 11th of April, 2017

Illumination, and some light gossip...

It’s been quite a year so far as I prepare for some greatly needed time off. The snow levels in the Sierras have dissuaded many experienced mountaineers from hiking the entirety of the Pacific Crest Trail this year, as well as giving timid writers the perfect excuse to stay at home. But I will be hiking some of the Pacific Crest Trail and, of course, you can see much of it on my YouTube channel at you believe I’ve only released ONE title thus far in 2017? It must be Trump Shock, which is also what many doctors are calling a kick to the nuts. But, never fear, I’ve also been hard at work readying future projects and editing more future – the point is there’s still more to come. So, don’t worry. Just go out and buy one of my titles secure in the knowledge that I will ask you to buy another in no time at all… such as this one right here!IlluminationAs a writer, one choice has been essential to how I approach my work. Do I want to be seen as the kind of writer who focuses on one thing, which for many writers is the key to greater sales? Or do I want to focus on those projects that are most important to me as a person? This is a choice many writers – nay, many artists – must make, and I have decided to work on only those projects that inspire me.And this brings me to my latest title: Illumination.What could an atheist – about as “self-professed” an atheist as you’re likely to find – have to contribute on the subject of enlightenment? Quite a bit, actually.Illumination is a project I’ve been working on for much of my life. The idea of finding enlightenment without relying on any gods, mythologies, superstitions, and the like – accomplishing a state of Illumination simply from a change in the way you see the universe has been essential to me as both a person and a student of philosophy.Now, I bring this to you in Illumination, available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook.Find out more by clicking this link. You can also view the first trailer for Illumination by clicking this link. (My email service does not allow embedded videos, so...)My recent flood of non-fiction titles – False Starts, Dynamic Pluralism, and now Illumination – likely means I’ll be taking a break from non-fiction and returning to more creative work in the months and, perhaps, years ahead. There’s lots of exciting news on the way, just as soon as I carry 40 or so pounds up the mountains of California… for some inexplicable reason…All the best,Ken La Salle
Posted: Mon 3rd of April, 2017

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