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Publisher's Summary

Over decades of martial arts and meditation practice, Peter Ralston discovered a curious and paradoxical fact: that true awareness arises from a state of not knowing. Even the most sincere investigation of self and spirit, he says, is often sabotaged by our tendency to grab too quickly for answers and ideas as we retreat to the safety of the known. This "Hitchhiker's Guide to Awareness" provides helpful guideposts along an experiential journey for those Western minds predisposed to wandering off to old habits, cherished presumptions, and a stubbornly solid sense of self. With ease and clarity Ralston teaches listeners how to become aware of the background patterns that they are usually too busy, stressed, or distracted to notice. The Book of Not Knowing points out the ways people get stuck in their lives and offers listeners a way to make fresh choices about every aspect of their lives, from a place of awareness instead of autopilot.
©2010 Peter Ralston (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"True innovators are, by definition, ahead of their time. Therefore, they remain largely unrecognized, except by a few. How many of us wish we had met Bruce Lee, sat in a session with Carl Jung, or walked around Walden Pond with Thoreau? Too late for that, but not too late to take notice of Peter Ralston. His creativity, commitment, and clarity shine through as he articulates higher principles based on direct experience and piercing insight. A caring teacher, he has been to the mountaintop and bathed in the spring of Being. His insights speak to us all." (Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior)
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4 out of 5 stars
By WallStreetsInsane on 10-23-17

Worth the slosh

The biblical sectioning especially in audio-book format is quite distracting and annoying.
The first 80% of the book is opinionated slosh but the few other chapters in the book are worth its weight in gold.

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5 out of 5 stars
By lamia on 06-09-17

Narrator is fantastic/Mind-bending book

What about Keith O'Brien’s performance did you like?

At the time of this review, there are 3 2-star ratingsof the narrator with no explanation. I do not get this. The narrator is good, as good as any good narrator. There is certainly nothing distracting, annoying, or unusual about his narration.

I almost passed on this book because of those ratings. That would have been a mistake. The techniques in this book are very valuable to me. The narrator conveys them effectively. And pleasantly.

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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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