A Book of Self-Discovery

Barry Long

Plain statements
of essential truth

ISBN 978-0-9508050-5-4
Ebook ISBN 978-899324-28-6

216 x 138mm 328pp p/b
£10.99 $16.95 A$28.50

First published 2000

This is the most complete survey in one volume of Barry Long's spiritual teaching -
a compilation of short articles written in his inimitable forthright style: plain statements of essential truth.

99 concise chapters. Signposts for
The ways of truth, love, stillness, prayer    and the way 'Now'.
The pitfalls of the spiritual path and    delusions of the 'New Age'.

The way in to the truth of life and love, and the way out of the labyrinth of spiritual paths.
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'Wonderfully clear, incisive and honest, this book cuts through the crap
with the flame of truth. I love it!'
- Cassandra Eve, Insight Magazine (Australia)

Barry Long offers various ways to the Way - the ways of truth, love, stillness, and prayer - and then charts the blind alleys and false trails of the spiritual path.

We are invited to look for the truth in our own direct experience of life and not in hand-me-down systems of belief.

There is advice on how to meditate, how to pray, what to look for in relationships and how to discriminate between true and false teachings.

There is instructive comment on other spiritual traditions, psychic practices and the New Age.

Towards the end of the book the focus is on the goal of all spiritual self-discovery - freedom from suffering and conscious participation in the purpose of life on earth.

Readers will learn to recognise which are the reliable signposts on the spiritual path as Barry Long guides us finally to The Way Out, where the ultimate or highest truth is found.

Some of the questions answered in this book:

- What is truth? What is the spirit? Does God exist?

- What has sexual love got to do with love of God? How can I bring the love   back into my life?

- Why should I meditate? How can I stop my mind from getting in on the act?

- What is the real effect of prayer? What is there worth praying for?

- Is visualisation a help or a hindrance?

- What distinguishes psychic teachings from spiritual ones?

- Where do channelled teachings come from?

- Can therapy really help?

- Does the term 'New Age' have any real meaning?

- What's the difference between Eastern and Western teachings?

- Is enlightenment just an abstract concept?

The Way In includes the contents of Barry Long's popular audio cassette
'Start Meditating Now' and puts its exercises into print for the first time.


Barry Long's response to the perennial questions of life and death is original, compelling and up-to-the-minute. Over many years as a spiritual teacher in Europe and Australia he has confronted his audiences with 'The Simple Truth' and shunned traditional and intellectual paths to God. Now we have a collection of his writings that gives a thorough overview of his way in to the mysteries of the spirit.

'The Way In' is essentially a practical manual for spiritual life in the contem-porary world, written in short and pithy chapters. It has much to say about meditation, prayer and the many means of bringing truthfulness and love into daily life. Barry Long's world is the one we live in and share everyday with our husbands, wives, lovers, children and colleagues. So it's easy to relate to what he says, even though the truth of it may not always be comfortable.

The underlying message is the one at the heart of all Barry Long's work - the proposition that we cannot truly trust or believe in anything outside our individual and immediate experience of life now. Least of all can we believe in a 'teaching'. By continually inviting his readers to test the truth of what he says in their own experience, Barry Long actually teaches us to discover the truth for ourselves.

As with all true teachers, his primary concern is to disabuse us of what hinders or impedes our own self-discovery. For Barry Long this is not just the incessant chatter in our heads, but every false, ignorant or less than fully-conscious act. And this includes any teaching that is itself less than the highest truth. A large part of the book is a systematic reappraisal of 'spiritual paths', both traditional and New Age.

The central message of the book becomes clear towards the end. What we are really being shown is the way out of the labyrinth of 'spirituality' to a true and free state of being. Those well-read in spiritual literature may find this new book both refreshing and unsettling, instructive and inspiring. It is well worth accepting Barry Long's implied challenge that there is always more to discover about ourselves. And newcomers to this field could hardly come across a more stimulating 'way in'.

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