Having just finished Tony Parsons' As It Is I I thought I would write up my impressions of what I think is a remarkable book.
Tony's main point is that if enlightenment means the realisation that everything is part of the one interconnected mass of stuff, or to quote my favourite phrase from Neil Donald Walsh - all part of God Godding, then there is nothing to be done to achieve enlightenment. It is here now - everything is as it should be - there is no process or path to be followed to improve us as individuals relative to others or to some doctrinal standard because we don't exist as separate entities. We are all part of the indivisible whole doing what it is meant to be doing.
I have become more and more convinced over the years, particularly through reading Alan Watts as I am at the moment, that the eastern view of the world - namely that we are part of an indivisible whole rather than separate from others and our environment as the western cultural standpoint would have it, is the one that makes most sense to me.
What is hard about Tony Parson's book is that it completely turns the idea of progress to somewhere better or other than where we are completely on its head. If we are to believe that in order to achieve enlightenment we have to follow certain rituals, adhere to the teachings of a particular religion or guru, or even try to meditate our way to somewhere other than where we are then we are still stuck in the trap of dualism, of seeing ourselves as other than what we are - namely an individible part of what is being what is.
So why do I just "think" it is a remarkable book? It is just hard to get your head round a book which is about nothing and doing nothing!