July 2020: A new second edition of The Genesis of Now: Self Experiments with the Bible & the End of Religion is now published by New Sarum Press! Our friends at New Sarum liked it so much they wanted it for their lineup, where it is honored to be alongside Suzanne Segal’s classic Collision with the Infinite: a Life Beyond the Personal Self.
177 Pages | ISBN 978-1-9162903-7-2 | Richard M. Doyle’s Bio
The Genesis of Now: Self Experiments with the Bible & the End of Religion offers a series of self experiments that will enable you to discover the always available resource of the unchanging Now. Through guided focused attention on the structure, meaning and rhythm of biblical scripture, the genesis of the Now withers your own obsessions with self and tunes you in to larger realities in which you are enmeshed – nature, planet, cosmos, beyond.
With practice, effects of this “word yoga” emerge that are too remarkable to occur simply by accident. The bards and scribes who composed these powerful scripts for hacking your own brain into discovering its own ability to tune itself may not have always known why their techniques worked, only that they did. Contemporary neuroscience suggests that through such practice in “non dual” experience – where past and future dissolve into the eternal Now – healing and insight occur. While writers such as Benny Shanon, Gordon Wasson and Michael Pollan point to the possibility that The Bible describes psychedelic states – the strangely insightful fruit in Eden, the burning bush of Moses, the practically heavy metal visions of Revelations – The Genesis of Now suggests that an attentive reading of The Bible can, in symbiosis with other practices or all by itself, alter your consciousness and allow for self healing through focused and loving awareness, right Now.
“I cure with language. Nothing else.” ~Maria Sabina
“When you see a fork in the road, take it.” ~Yogi Berra
“If you are a disenfranchised Christian who left for reasons similar to mine, or if you are someone who never really understood some of the most important and well-known concepts in The Bible, the world’s best-selling and most published text, this book is for you.” ~Gary Weber