Praise for Seeing, Knowing, Being


2013 Winner of the Nautilus Silver Book Award in Spirituality/Religion

2013 eFestival of Words Book Award finalist, Best Non-fiction (Religion/Spirituality)

2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist in Body/Mind/Spirit

2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist in Spirituality


“An intelligent and truly transformative book.”
—Library Journal

“This book draws on the great mystical traditions and philosophies of the West and East and shows, in an extremely artful way, how spiritual realization can be lived in the fullest and most inclusive way possible. John Greer uses delightful metaphors to provide an accessible and deep introduction to the transcultural unitive dimension. I highly recommend it.”
—Peter Fenner, Ph.D., author of Radiant Mind: Awakening Unconditioned Awareness and founder of Radiant Mind and Natural Awakening: Advanced Nondual Training

“Books often describe journeys. Seeing, Knowing, Being actually takes you on one.  It moves the reader from a sense of isolation and loss of innocence to an intimate connection with Divine Reality. A profound expedition into the true nature of life.”
—Matthew Flickstein, author and producer of the award-winning film With One Voice

“Meditation teacher Greer’s first book ‘is about the return to wholeness, going back to the source from which all manifestation evolves.’ Modeled on the hero’s journey as presented by Joseph Campbell, the book itself is divided into two parts: “The Exile,” which explains how cultural conditioning leads to a distinction between self and other, and “The Return,” which traces how nonduality can be regained and ego vanquished. From Rumi and Alan Watts to the Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching, Greer carefully collects inspiring quotations from the world’s wisdom traditions to evoke a sense of oneness and interconnectivity. Also imaginative are the lists of illuminating metaphors the author includes in each chapter. The Self, for example, is explained using images of a flame, clock, prison cell, Rorschach test, clouds, and clay pot. . . . This wise and serene book is clearly the product of many years of study and practice with nondual beliefs.”
Publishers Weekly

“This book shows an author who has wrestled with the truly difficult questions of a spiritual life and who has emerged with grace and insight. Greer bases his work on the great spiritual systems, but he then leads the way to a significant understanding beyond tradition.”
—Deng Ming-Dao, author of 365 Tao: Daily Meditations, The Living  I Ching, and Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master 

“A beautifully written and comprehensive guide to the best of the wisdom traditions. Seeing, Knowing, Being abounds with images, metaphors, and stories to help the reader perceive the unseen, grasp the ephemeral.”
—Catherine Ingram, author of Passionate Presence, In the Footsteps of Gandhi, and A Crack in Everything

“The great psychiatrist Carl Jung described Gnostic Intermediaries as people who imbibe a wisdom tradition so deeply that they are able to translate and transmit its ideas to another culture. John Greer is a Gnostic Intermediary who has imbibed core ideas from the world’s major spiritual traditions and transmits them beautifully for our culture and time.”
—Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., author of Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices

To know the self is something harder than one would believe. “Seeing, Knowing, Being: A Guide to Sacred Awakenings” is a thoughtful exploration of the self and thought from John Greer as he presents a spiritual discussion that takes from many faiths to encourage people to find their nature and embrace it, no matter what one may call their traditional faith. With much to ponder and contemplate, “Seeing, Knowing, Being” is a strong addition to any spiritual reader’s collection.
Midwest Book Reviews

“Weaving together wisdom from the world’s great mystics, John Greer skillfully penetrates the core issues and endless possibilities that welcome us on our personal spiritual quest. Seeing, Knowing, Being is a beautiful and genuine work that touches both heart and spirit and gently helps us break through old ways of thinking to the wonder of what’s real.”
—Patricia Spadaro, author of Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving


RECENT BLOG FEATURES, REVIEWS AND ONLINE BUZZ  (283,000 Twitter followers, 94,000 Facebook fans) Lori Deschene, founder, said in introducing the Q and A:

“In his powerful new book Seeing, Knowing, Being, meditation teacher John Greer explores insights from a wide range of spiritual traditions, inviting us to challenge our perceptions and thought patterns to access our inner knowing and experience oneness with the world around us. Laden with evocative metaphors, the book breaks complex ideas into understandable parts, inviting us to challenge what we think know for a greater awareness of what actually is. I highly recommend Seeing, Knowing, Being.”

Review of Seeing, Knowing, Being posted on blog: Buddhist Travelers

“A book I only had for a couple weeks, because books this new have brief loan periods from the library, is titled, “Seeing, Knowing, Being – A Guide to Sacred Awakenings”, by John Greer. I only got a couple chapters into the book, but it made such an impression on me that I ordered the book on-line from Amazon. . . . I love this stuff!”
—Buddhist Travelers

Reviewed on Dairy of a White Indian

“. . . What I really liked about the book is how it lays out the human spiritual experience as a progression of ‘exile’ from our true being to ‘return’ to wholeness, and the concepts it involves. Poignant metaphors are used to help the reader understand the concepts better.”
Sharell Cook, Dairy of a White Indian

Reviewed by Charlie Hayes, author of You Are Unborn; Thy Will Be Done

“What I love about this book is the breadth of included wisdom-pointers from a great variety of Nondual traditions. The author shares his own experience right out of the gate, then offers a veritable feast of possibilities that may resonate for a variety of seekers . . . . I recommend this book without reservation, whether you are just starting a search for Truth or a seasoned veteran of the futile search for that which already always is, fully present though usually completely overlooked, until a vibrant, alive work such as this comes along and the looking turns into natural seeing.”

Reviewed on James Waite owner of

“Greer serves up a feast of lived and well understood truths spiced and salted to taste with plenty of delicious metaphors that will feed and nourish our deeper understanding of reality. A consummate spiritual chef, Dr. Greer’s style is open, inclusive and approachable, providing a grand sampling of spiritual cuisine for those of us who are hungry. . . . Proceeds in a flowing 264 pages to dish up treats for the whole family of man that beautifully combine flavors from traditional and contemporary sages that delight even as they enlighten.”
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“Drawing inspiration from a diversity of teachers, sages, mystics, philosophers, artists, scientists, and religious leaders, Greer helps the reader navigate society’s hand-me-down version of reality.” —Religious Tolerance.Org Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

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The Validity of Mystical Insight

The understanding we gain by mystical intuition transcends the dualistic mindset and goes straight to the heart of the mystery that characterizes human existence. And those who have true spiritual insights say that they require no proof, no verification. This has been true across millennia: they simply know. For the rest of us, though, there is ample reason to question. If knowledge based on others’ testimony alone cannot be proved or disproved, how can we distinguish it from dogma or the sort of unsubstantiated claims that proliferate in the New Age marketplace?

For those who as yet have no personal experience with the revelations of spiritual insight, perhaps the most convincing confirmation is the extraordinary consistency with which they have appeared in every culture and epoch. As Huston Smith maintains, these spiritual truths “are not the exclusive possession of any school or individual; were it otherwise they would not be truths, for these cannot be invented, but must necessarily be known in every integral traditional civilization.” Joseph Campbell recognizes the same universality, drawing the distinction between the historical nature of culture-specific religious belief and the nonhistorical nature of the mystical experience, which is “to such a degree constant for mankind that we may jump from Hudson Bay to Australia, Tierra del Fuego to Lake Baikal, and find ourselves well at home.” William James is no less convinced. He notes that throughout all mysticism “we find the same recurring note, so that there is about mystical utterances an eternal unanimity which ought to make a critic stop and think, and which brings it about that the mystical classics have, as has been said, neither birthday nor native land. Perpetually telling of the unity of man with God, their speech antedates languages, and they do not grow old.” These three authorities, arguably among the world’s most renowned in the area of comparative religion and human spirituality, individually reached the identical conclusion: there is a form of knowing that transcends the bounds of time and cultures and the dictates of sectarian dogma.

In a modern world that is mesmerized by the wonders of modern science and so often looks to its proclamations for guidance, the unchallenged longevity of esoteric wisdom stands in stark contrast to the relatively brief shelf life of scientific “truth.” Repeatedly over the last five centuries, the models of reality proffered by science’s leading experts as absolute, and widely accepted by the rest of us as such, have been discarded in favor of new constructs. One needs only a superficial grasp of the revolutions precipitated by Copernicus, Descartes, Newton, Darwin, Freud, and Einstein to realize that in the frame of human history the laws of science have held for no more than a few generations before being turned upside down. All the while, one and only one truth has reigned supreme in the esoteric realm.

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