Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Key: A True Encounter By Whitley Strieber

The Key: A True Encounter

The Key: A True Encounter
By Whitley Strieber

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From the bestselling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Streiber's hotel room late one night--and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man's fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life.

At two-thirty in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Streiber was awakened by somebody knocking on his hotel room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering.

This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this strange and knowing visitor was--a "Master of Wisdom"? A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He called him the Master of the Key. The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real.

The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save each of us from self-imprisonment. "Mankind is trapped," the stranger tells Strieber. "I want to help you spring the trap." In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger--which takes the form of a classical student- teacher dialogue in pursuit of inner understanding--the unknown man presents a lesson in human potential, esoteric psychology, and man's fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction--and the slender, but very real, possibility for release.

In its breadth and intimacy, The Key is on par with contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A Course in Miracles, or even with the dialogues of modern wisdom teachers, such as D.T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #73 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-05-12
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .90" h x 4.80" w x 7.00" l, .40 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 256 pages
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About the Author
Whitley Strieber is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels and works of nonfiction, among them the landmark work Communion, his account of a close encounter of the third kind. He is also the author of The Wolfen, The Hunger, and The Coming Global Superstorm, all of which were made into feature films, most recently Superstorm as The Day After Tomorrow. His latest novel is The Omega Point. He lives in California.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful.
5Fantastic read
By Ad Rosam Per Crucum
The key point of the Master of The Key, IMHO is this: spiritual evolution is not an ethical issue of becoming a "good person", "wise", "spiritual", or unconditionally loving. It is purely an energetic issue: have you or have you not developed a strong sense of self? If so, you survive death. If not, you go "back into the light" and lose forever your individuality in the greater God consciousness.

The next point is that the qualities we think an advanced being must have, such as compassion, divine love, non-attachment, wisdom, etc., are a side effect, not a cause, of consciousness growth. They come upon us naturally, as we develop the ability to identify with the energetic body instead of the physical body.

These two key points are what makes this book entirely different than conventional spiritual teachings, which emphasize learning to "love", "forgive", "not to be judgmental", "be in the moment" and so on. All these types of teachings see spiritual growth as a reward for cultivating certain types of behaviors and attitudes.

The Master Of The Key teaches us that good behavior has nothing to do with it. He re-establishes the key points of Yoga philosophy which emphasizes a mechanical shift of awareness from the beguiling allure of the physical body to the energetic. As that identification develops, non-jugemental-ness, divine love, and ecstasy naturally follow.

It is an approach that flies in the face of most conventional (and ineffective, IMHO) beliefs and so called "spiritual teachings."

Are you brave enough to read it?

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful.
By Daren Counsel
This book in some way reminds me of Carlos Castanedas works in the fact that you wonder how could something so profound come from somebodys imagination and then it leads you to the most probable truth that it actually did'nt.

The real message of the book is how to gain ascension through meditating on physical sensation so you can radiate as a seperate entity after death and a lot more besides.
The book reveals a coming ice age(which led to the movie "The day after tomorrow") and the importance of not being trapped here as we may go extinct and become irretrievably lost.
Most predictions in this book are coming true in regards to global warming such as the slowing down of the gulf stream which will in the end cause storms so powerful that the climate of the Earth will change overnight.

The book also talks about the ressurection of Jesus and what it really meant and who he really was and it has nothing to do with religion.
I will keep the review short as i could never do the book the justice it deserves-i fully understand it and it could not have come from the Imagination of Whitley Strieber or anybody else on this planet.

I also have the seven podcasts of this book which are fascinating and can be downloaded on unknowncountry.com
The book is quite small and could easily be read in one day and the way it's formatted makes it very easy to read as it's answers and questions.

Brilliant-buy it.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
5An incredible document to read and re-read.
I have read and re-read this book under its first printing more times than any other book in my collection. It's a relatively quick read because of the short length and conversational structure of the book. But it is densely packed with deep esoteric content about the structure of our world, the nature of the soul, ancient history and our potential future. The material in The Key resonates with the concepts you will find in books like Jane Roberts' vast Seth collection. And it follows the format of the transcribed interview with a higher being. Although the "Master of the Key" himself appeared perfectly human and has a somewhat more foreboding view than Seth of what may come and the dangers faced by our souls, or "radiant bodies" if we, as a species, are not ready to evolve when our planet becomes less able to support us.

I tend to think the things conveyed to Whitley by the mysterious man who showed up in his hotel room that night might be meant more as a subtle push to get Whitley, or us all, to focus our attention in the right direction than it was an actual warning of the true imminent dangers we will all soon face. So I guess I lean more towards Seth's view of the soul as an eternal and indestructible force than the MOTK's claim that it is a thing which can be captured or destroyed by scientific means. Or maybe I just don't want to believe that because it sounds so horrific.

However you feel about the exact meaning of the things expressed in this conversation, The Key will enrich you. This book will make you see many things in a whole new way, if you can get past the weirdness of the circumstances in which Whitley was given this information. But if you follow his work and actually have read his stories of past encounters, you probably have assigned him a certain amount of credibility going into this one. The material covered in all of Whitley's non-fiction books are so enormously complex and weird, yet rich with emotional undercurrents, that trust in this author comes with time. In his other works, you can feel the agony and stress he has gone through in dealing with his years of communion with the extraordinary. And he is very adept at relaying these bizarre and seemingly nonsensical events in his life and offering a context for them by connecting the dots with his own understanding of the human soul.

And on a final note, this new Tarcher edition has a great new introduction and afterword that wasn't in the original publication which helps contextualize the material even further.



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