DO YOU THINK YOU ARE ULTRA SPIRITUAL?
Okay, so for this month’s article, I absolutely had to share the amazing and hilarious book I just read. While I was unable to get an interview with the author this time, I felt it was still worth sharing just the same.
If you are super-duper into spirituality, and you need a really good laugh, then this book is definitely for you. If you are familiar with the YouTube channel by JP Sears, the spiritual coach/comedian, and you have seen any of his hilarious and ridiculous videos poking fun at the not-so-spiritual/spiritual people, then you may not be surprised to hear that his book is even more hilarious and ridiculous!
If you like his videos, and they make you laugh until you are almost peeing your pants, then his book will be music to your ears (I mean eyes!?) . . . How To Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 ½ Steps To Spiritual Superiority by JP Sears, made me laugh until I cried on more than one occasion while I read it.
It turns out, “His Enlightenedness JP Sears” is actually a wealth of knowledge with a comedic flair to back it all up. Pretty unique, wouldn’t you say? After creating a seemingly endless fountain of content on YouTube he was able to put together almost 300 pages of pure gold.
Now, I will warn you, though, this book is NOT for you if you are easily offended! For instance, if you happen to be one of the people who honestly think yourself spiritually superior, then it will probably push all your buttons. However, this might be a good thing! The content allows us to laugh at ourselves and the best part is, we are reading it, so we can gently make changes in our lives, contemplate the ideas, and no one will ever know!
He points out amusing stereotypes like, “If you’re one of the 33% of people reading this who isn’t a yoga teacher, how do you know which teacher is best for you? Look for the one with the most tattoos. I’m not talking about normal tattoos, like hearts, skulls, or names of ex-lovers written in a tribal barbed wire. You’re looking for Spiritual tattoos: Shiva sitting in full Lotus, ornate lotus flowers, spiritual quotes in cursive script surrounded by lotus flowers, Sanskrit syllables in the middle of lotus flowers, etc. It’s your discretion whether or not mystical animal tattoos on the prospective teacher’s calves give them any credibility, as them being a potential zookeeper doesn’t do anything for you.”
He also pushes many buttons when approaching the veganism issue by pointing out that as long as your elbows are twice the size of your biceps then you know you are doing it right! Or that you can call yourself a guru as long as you have enough beautiful female followers.
Word of warning: this book is written entirely in sarcasm. And I mean entirely. If you watch his YouTube channel, you know that his videos are intended to look as if they are serious, but none of it is intended to be taken seriously. His book is exactly the same way. It’s like his entire YouTube channel on steroids in written form.
I am a firm believer that it’s important to learn to laugh at ourselves. If we take life too seriously we end up dried up and uptight. Spirituality has been life-changing for so many of us. It has helped us become better people. But what happens if we become so uptight about it that we miss the actual point? JP makes sure this doesn’t happen.
So if you can read between the lines throughout his entire book you can take away some really poignant and transformational information. Do yourself a favor, allow your inner child to come forth and pick up a copy of this book. It’s a much-needed reprise from the black-and-white, do-this/do-that, here’s-what-you-need-to-change-in-your-life type of spiritual books. Your funny-bone will thank you!
YOU CAN GRAB A COPY BY CLICKING HERE: How To Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 ½ Steps To Spiritual Superiority by JP Sears