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Illumination


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you may have heard about enlightenment, which I call Illumination, is based on hearsay derived from metaphors too out of date for most people to fully understand.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.


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Dynamic Pluralism


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 an understandable system of ethics but it also shows the listener 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 ended up with 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.


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False Starts


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 '70s were a swirling minefield filled with a family destroyed by poverty and divorce, horrible TV shows, bad disco on AM radio, and 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 setbacks, a barrage of defeats, embarrassments, and false starts.

And I wouldn't change a thing.


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The Rule Book


If there's one thing most people can agree on, it's that there should be rules for life.

And they're right. We should have a set of rules that we can all agree on, that show us how to experience happier, more authentic lives. A set of rules that cuts through the crap of everyday life to expose what it is we can all agree is true, even if it isn't always what we want to hear.

This is why I assembled The Rule Book, a book about the truths of life - everything I could fit into 36 essays. The glass is half-empty and half-full. Isolation is illusion. There are no "backsies". Some days are just gonna suck. Everything - that's right - everything is a blessing. And that's just the beginning.

I spent three years writing The Rule Book, finding a new rule each month. As each essay ran in Recovering the Self (www.recoveringself.com), I readied myself for what rule life would reveal (or just slap me over the head with) next month.

There are rules for life. They're all around us if we take the time to look.


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Climbing Maya: An Exploration Into Success


What is success? What does it mean? How is it that we all look for this thing we call "success" while each having our own idea about what it could be? Is there one definition for success? And why does the dictionary get it wrong? Find out in Climbing Maya.

Each person must find success on their own, of course. It's either that or remain unfulfilled. Nobody tells us what it is or how to find it or even what to look for; we're just told that it's what we're supposed to be. Common ideas about success include money, fame, power, and belongings - but those are all ultimately meaningless in the face of mortality. As it turns out, "success" isn't a thing we acquire or a place where we go. It's not a job or a family or any one thing. It is all of these things, and when you find what they all have in common the way to success opens before you.

Success casts its great shadow, like the shadow of some unscalable mountain, across our lives. We know it's "up there". But what does it mean to go "up there"? Where is the map that shows us the way? Climbing Maya was my way of finding the answer to this question of success, my way of defining the term and laying out a map to the goal.

As a philosophical memoir, Climbing Maya exposes the listener to ideas about success in the works of Plato and Aristotle, optimality theory and Buddhism, Kundalini Yoga, Maslow, and much more as I search for the final answer. Because success, as it turns out, is not about being rich or having it all. It's about finding that place in your life where you can breathe free, understand yourself, and take that next step toward becoming who you want to be.


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The Most Amazing Book You've Ever Heard In Your Entire Life


Take a journey unlike any you've taken before with Illiturature Books. When has a book ever showed you the view from the top of Mount Everest or accompanied you to the moon or picked up lunch? But you'll find all of that and much more in the first title by Illiturature Books: The Most Amazing Book You've Ever Heard in Your Entire Life...just make sure you're worth it.

Take a trip across our known world and beyond! You'll not only experience the highest point on Mt. Everest (nearly), the depths of a live volcano, and even the surface of the moon; you'll also learn a few secrets along the way. You'll discover why ownership isn't as possible as you've been told, why straight lines never are, and why there aren't as many new masterworks from the Renaissance as there probably should be. Discover the pitfalls of aesthetic judgments while somehow also learning the meaning of truth and beauty. And learn how it's not always the lies we are told that cause us problems. Sometimes it's the truth you don't see right in front of you.

Ken La Salle takes his own brand of twisted humor and the shattered remains of what you once thought of as an audiobook to bring you The Most Amazing Book You’ve Ever Heard in Your Entire Life. Enjoy the view.


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Puppies: Best in Stew

 

Are the voices in your head listening to you? Oh yes. Yes, they are listening to you. They know what you're saying. Sometimes, they talk back. Sometimes, they sing along. Sometimes, they write children's books with hidden messages placed in plain sight with a neon bow because, hey, a little style never hurt anyone. (This, of course, ignores the Great Style Massacre of 1973.)

Welcome to Fun To Grow On - the new children's book series for adults. These books are not for little children or big babies. Each story is filled with blood and violence, sex and swearing - seriously. This series is for adults. These are not parodies of children's books but original stories for adults who still have a lot to learn - as do we all. Fun To Grow On presents the next book in its continuing series... Puppies: Best in Stew! Hal Cheeley was the model Republican. He voted for people full of hate. He worshiped at the idol of Ronald Reagan. He even hired and distrusted immigrant labor. On the morning after the 2012 presidential election, Hal wakes up in his 10-year-old body to find himself somewhere in the future. His only answers come from his drugged-out, delusional, and damned 75-year-old self. But the answers aren't good enough. Why is America in ruins? How did global climate change really come to pass? And why does his elder self have this disgusting taste for dog?

 

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To a Dreamer

 

This audiobook is sent out into the world, addressed to a dreamer. It was written during a three-year period of my life, one that started at a time when I didn’t really believe in dreams and ended with me knowing unshakably the power that dreams have to make our lives better.

It is a collection of three shorter books and those books are: The Worth of Dreams: The Value of Dreamers, In Our Selves, and Dreaming With Open Eyes. Some dreamers will find this book... and one of those dreamers will be you. I hope that you find value in it.

I have already learned so much from following my dream. My hope is to help you take that first step in following yours. Then, this book will have done all I hoped. Because it’s only when we look inside of ourselves and find out what we really want that we actually become alive.

The power to get everything you want out of life is within you and you can find it if you have the courage to live your dream.

indian paintbrush

 

In the early ‘70s, in the middle of the night, on a dried out lawn in a broken-down neighborhood in the Southern Californian community of Santa Ana, Nate Brewer’s mother held him as they watched his father leave them to an uncertain future. After that, it was every man for himself.

At least, that’s how Nate and his brother, Ira, saw it.

Now, Nate is 45 years old. He’s losing his wife. He lost his career. His mom is losing that same home in Santa Ana and Nate thinks he may be losing his mind.

That’s just the beginning of Indian Paintbrush, a darkly, bittersweet comic tale told by Nate himself. He thinks he’s writing a journal for his psychiatrist but, as his recollections grow darker, he realizes that he has let every bad moment in his life keep him from reaching for anything good. This could be his last chance at remembering just what it is he can’t live without.

Some people grow up hoping things will change but, very often, the only thing time changes is our memories... Maybe there are times when "family" comes down to a group of people you just can’t stand, who you actively hate. And these are the people with whom you will share some of your fondest memories.

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Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World


Are the voices in your head listening to you? Oh yes. Yes, they are listening to you. They know what you're saying. Sometimes, they talk back. Sometimes, they sing along. Sometimes, they write children's books with hidden messages placed in plain sight with a neon bow because, hey, a little style never hurt anyone. (This, of course, ignores the Great Style Massacre of 1973.)

Welcome to Fun To Grow On - the new children's book series for adults. These books are not for little children or big babies. Each story is filled with blood and violence, sex and swearing - seriously. This series is for adults. These are not parodies of children's books but original stories for adults who still have a lot to learn - as do we all. Fun To Grow On presents the very first book in the series, Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World! When a cookie gets herpes, he decides to ask God for a cure. Can he find God in time? Someone fed a chocolate chip cookie equal parts of blinding self-awareness, cranberry vodka, and shrooms and asked him to tell his story. Here it is, with all the pageantry you would expect from a cookie…which is probably a whole lot less than you would desire.


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Dreaming With Open Eyes

 

When we dream of what our lives can hold, we should always dream with open eyes. We should always be aware of the pitfalls before us but, more importantly, we should open our eyes to the dangers that exist should we lack the courage to pursue our dreams. Once we understand our options, we’ll be better suited to do what we need to do to find happiness in our lives.

 

Dreaming with Open Eyes is Ken La Salle's third collection of essays from the pages of Recovering the Self. As he shares his journey in the pursuit of his dreams, he spotlights the dangers and opportunities in the journey ahead of all of us. Only when we open our eyes can we see the truth of our lives. Dreaming with Open Eyes shows us just what riches our dreams and our lives can hold.

 

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The Day We Said Goodbye


What do you do when your father is losing his life just as you are losing your mind?

Run like hell.

At the close of A Grand Canyon, Ken La Salle and his beloved Vicky drive off into the sunset. It’s a fairy tale ending, providing your idea of a fairy tale includes suicide attempts, hallucinations, and crippling self-doubt.

Now, in The Day We Said Goodbye, it’s time to live the dream. Vicky and Ken get married, travel the world, and embrace the warm light of love. Or so Ken wanted to believe. But he never really dealt with the impulses that drove him to the edge of the Grand Canyon, now manifesting in schizophrenic episodes, like when his ex-wife shows up at his wedding. And it doesn’t help that his father is dying and Ken has to find a way to say Goodbye.

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Daughter of a One-Armed Man

 

Jackson is just a Wal-Mart worker from Los Angeles, far too caught up in the apathy of modern life to believe in anything. After spending one night with the daughter of a wood nymph and the man who surrendered his arm for the woman he loved, the lithesome beauty named Mari, Jackson knows he believes. And he knows he'll do anything to find her again.


Daughter is more than just a simple love story because it also poses this question to the listener: Is love really possible? Can human beings really love each other? For, if love isn't possible, how can Jackson really say he loves Mari? Faced with proof after proof that it doesn't exist, Jackson's only hope is to somehow prove otherwise.

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In Our Selves

 

Dreams make us better, happier, healthier people. They help us achieve our greatest potential. They help us become the person we want to be. With In Our Selves, Ken La Salle brings another collection of essays from the pages of Recovering the Self. Not only does he share his journey but he also provides the reader with tips and clues and signposts to help them along the way. Dreams are the best parts of all of us. We should never forget they lie not in the stars but In Our Selves

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A Grand Canyon

One Man's Journey Through Depression


In September 2002, Ken left his home and drove to the Grand Canyon to kill himself. The only life he'd ever known was little more than a shambles. He'd lost his wife and now he realized that he really couldn't live without her. All that was left was depression, booze, and guilt - with a running start and a jump over the edge, he would end it all.

Ken's story is filled with dysfunctional families, love found and lost, breakups, breakdowns, and his attempts to end it all. It's the true story of a man lost without love and too destroyed to think he deserves love. But the most amazing part of the story isn't what set him on the road to the Grand Canyon, it's what happened... afterwards...

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Blue Food

The works of Ken La Salle range from the bizarre to the whimsical and even further beyond still. In Blue Food and other menu items, Ken La Salle treats you to a dozen tales, hilarious and deeply strange.

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Death Misses

 

These works by Ken La Salle range from the bizarre to the morbid and even further beyond still. In Death Misses and other tales of death, Ken La Salle treats you to a dozen deadly tales to keep you up at night.

 

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The Worth of Dreams The Value of Dreamers

Write an essay every month about pursuing your dreams? Heck, it was a struggle every day just for me to keep believing in mine.
And yet, that is how this book began.
I began writing an essay every month about pursuing your dreams for the fine folk at Recovering The Self and an amazing thing happened: I felt it help me pursue mine!
I hope the essays in this book, encompassing the first year of essays in Recovering The Self (along with a little bonus material), help you get a little closer to yours.
 
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More audiobooks are in the works so keep checking back!