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Joan Tollifson
Joan Tollifson Published in October 17, 2018, 9:42 am
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Nothing to Grasp:Labuttanret


K. Picken
K. Picken Reply to on 30 September 2013
I have just finished my first reading of Joan Tollifson's two books, "Painting The Sidewalk With Water" and "Nothing To Grasp". I am sure that I will make many more readings of these two excellent works. My review relates to both books.

This is highly intelligent and mature writing and is obviously the outcome of many years of investigation, attention and insight. The author has very conscientiously summarized the key declarations of radical non-duality but she has gone much further than this. Her particular skill lies in understanding and addressing the many twists and turns of the everyday mind as it grapples with its mental fog. A common statement that she makes in response to a question is, "Do you see the joke in this question?" - She does this when she spots the very common practice that her questioner has of trying to self-improve or to grasp an insight that they have made a conceptual object of. There are innumerable comments from her that tease out the dualistic and egotistical strivings of the typical seeker.
Her comments are often dazzlingly fresh and arresting; indeed they can even be a little shocking, yet all the more effective for that. There is an autobiographical element in the books and, for the most part, she keeps this in balance. However, in "Nothing To Grasp" there is one chapter that I found to be a little pedestrian, perhaps because of its contrast with the brilliant stuff that preceded it. The chapter is entitled "Choice And Choicelessness" - the title was very promising. This chapter is almost entirely autobiographical and, although it was mildly interesting per se, I felt that it detracted from the main thrust of the book.
I read these books on my Kindle and found myself making a huge number of highlights and notes; I sometimes felt as though I was highlighting the whole page! I am tempted in this review to quote from the book but, frankly there are so many superb quotes that all I can say is, if you have an earnest wish to understand consciousness, mindfulness and, of course, Non-Duality, then get hold of both of these books; they are superb.
B Drazek
B Drazek Reply to on 2 December 2017
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Every page present some amazing wisdom that most of us miss because it is so simple. This book is one that I will read again and again. A true gem!
Changing times
Changing times Reply to on 9 June 2016
Superb fingers pointing at the moon. Brilliantly written.
Mrs A.Kashdan
Mrs A.Kashdan Reply to on 10 January 2013
This is a very good book that describes simple very simply, an amazing accomplishment for which I am very grateful.
Linnet Reply to on 21 July 2014
Very clear and simple. Joan has a great take on don-duality.
bastiden Reply to on 7 July 2016
A gem from the very first page.
Ian barkeroni
Ian barkeroni Reply to on 5 March 2013
She writes well, humanely, gently, yet holding no punches. She shows you your so called mind and shows beyond that delusion. go for it.
Pete Reply to on 13 November 2014
I'd like to extend a thanks to the author for what has turned out to be an incredibly challenging book. Rather than try and be a how-to manual, it has been more of an exploration of non-duality which has provoked question after question in me. Of course, it is only through questioning our lives that we can gain new information and insights. Whilst I am not quite ready to agree with every view she has, I have found as a whole that this book provided more intellectual and spiritual "meat" than most other books I have read.

My only caveat is to suggest you do need some interest already in this subject before tackling this book, ideally with some prior experiences from meditation or mindfulness. The sort of experiences that cannot be put into words because they are beyond description. This really is what non-duality boils down to; concepts that the very descriptions of create paradoxes. Without this sort of prior experience you may take some of the views literally, in which case the middle section of the book in particular could paint a terribly depressing view of the world ("We don't really exist", "Nothing is real", "We don't act out of choice" etc). These are of course concepts rather than literal statements, but you need to have appreciation of this.

Also, it's a shame the author drops in neuroscience and quantum physics, though she does so only briefly and once or twice. The latter is a bit of a cheap shot, it's so overused and I can't be the only person fed up with the fact that just because a lab experiment shows that the act of measuring how electrons go through a double slit changes the result does NOT mean we can make vast and vague associations with spirituality or that it is "proof" of anything else. I feel the author's work here is so strong she does not need to fall back on this kind of "evidence" and drop that magic but now cliched term "quantum physics" anywhere near this book.

Overall, I feel so lucky and privileged to have come across this book at just the time when I was most receptive to it, I am grateful for the questions, challenges and insights which I feel could be having a profound (and positive) effect on the way I look at the world. If this subject is of interest to you, I urge you to consider reading it. The writing style is very readable.
rjc Reply to on 4 October 2013
It was easy to find and very easy to order. Once I ordered it, my wife told me she found out that a Dutch translated version was on the market.......
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