Don’t let fear stand in the way of experiencing your authentic self. In this courageous, dogma-free guide, spiritual rebel and internationally renowned spiritual leader and teacher Jac O’Keeffe offers the keys to moving beyond the limited perceptions you have about yourself and toward boundless, fearless freedom.
The first part of the book works to punch holes in the validity and authority of the thinking mind. Exercises are given that directly challenge the role of the mind as being the ultimate authority in governing one's life. You see through the facade of thoughts, beliefs, and emotions and tap into a deeper resource within. A window opens, and there's a glimpse outside the world created by mind.
In the latter part of Spiritual Rebel, Jac brings in deeper levels of perception. She skillfully moves you from one perspective to another viewpoint and activates something beyond the mind that discombobulates the usual processing mechanisms. It works the mind out of its comfort zone of familiarity. Something deeper within is able to see not just perceptions but the mechanism of mind itself. Pure awareness or pure consciousness, which traditionally defines the nondual, is not presented as the ultimate resting place and Jac offers pointers to its dissolution. You are guided to taste the inclusive, awakened state that is hallmarked by non-denialism.
Spiritual Rebel is an unparalleled resource to take action and challenge the status quo of a life lived within the confines of mind. If you're ready to courageously dive into this work and trust your inner wisdom to guide you on this journey, now is the time to unleash your own Spiritual Rebel and see your life unfold in fearless freedom.
New Harbinger interviews Jac
Jac sat down with the publishers of How to be a Spiritual Rebel for this series of short videos. They cover highlights of the book as well as what Jac's intentions were in writing Spiritual Rebel.
“From the moment of our first breath, we begin a long and at times arduous journey of mental conditioning, one of creating our individual and social selves. In How to Be a Spiritual Rebel, Jac O’Keeffe astutely guides us how to leave this conditioning and its endless searching behind for a new life beyond boundaries, beyond limitations. In such a life, each moment is lived not by conditions of the mind but rather by your inner spiritual nature, which guides you in an ongoing and ever-blossoming transformation of openness to and participation in life itself. Freedom for its own sake and authenticity are the hallmarks of a life lived free of the conditioned self.”
—Paul J. Mills, PhD, professor in the department of family medicine and public health, director of the Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health, and chief of the Behavioral Medicine Division at the University of California, San Diego; and director of research at The Chopra Foundation
“Jac O’Keeffe is one of the rare presenters of prior-to, without, or beyond consciousness and non-duality. This provides a context making her unique as both a teacher and educator.”
—Stephen H. Wolinsky, PhD (Narayan), disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
“Jac O’Keeffe has brilliantly deconstructed her own deep spiritual process to provide clear, simple guidelines and practices for all others who long for psychological and spiritual freedom. She provides tools to prepare us for living the deepest Truth, free of personal clinging to false identities. Using her own internal journey as a template, she offers a path to freedom and teaches us how to change neural pathways in the brain, freeing consciousness from the conditioned restraints and limitations caused by self-referencing thought and emotion. This unique, modern book on non-dual awakening and beyond will become a classic for those who seek realization.”
—Bonnie Greenwell, PhD, transpersonal psychotherapist and non-dual teacher; and author of The Kundalini Guide, The Awakening Guide, and When Spirit Leaps
“How to Be a Spiritual Rebel illuminates a clear and practical pathway for breaking out of automated mental patterns, and finally living an authentic life. With fierce honesty, courage, and palpable care for her reader, Jac shares potent turning points in her own journey into practices that will serve any lover of the Truth to cut through subtle deception and find their way to Freedom.”
—Miranda Macpherson, contemporary spiritual teacher, author of The Way of Grace and Boundless Love, and founder of OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation (UK) and the Living Grace Sangha
“How to Be a Spiritual Rebel offers potent truths about how mindfulness and compassion can bring greater happiness, health, and freedom into our lives.”
—Shauna Shapiro, PhD, professor in the department of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and author of Good Morning, I Love You
“In How to Be a Spiritual Rebel, Jac O’Keeffe provides a deeply wise, kind, and practical guide to untangling yourself from limiting beliefs and habits, and points to the intrinsic freedom of the heart that is available to us all.”
—Hugh Byrne, PhD, senior teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and author of The Here-and-Now Habit