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The Key: A True Encounter [Kindle Edition]

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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tarcher; Auflage: Reprint (12. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic read 31. Mai 2011
Von Ad Rosam Per Crucum - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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", 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 with the physical body. In other words, the mystics that have long said we need to be able to detach at will from our obsession with the physical world's pleasures were not moralist or old fashioned - they were right.

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 slowly develops, non-jugemental-ness, divine love, and ecstasy naturally follow as a side effect, not a cause, of spiritual development.

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?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An incredible document to read and re-read. 13. Juni 2011
Von CJ - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 afteword that wasn't in the original publication which helps contextualize the material even further.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Hope, no hope 16. Juni 2011
Von Lucius - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
The Master tells an interesting (if both promising and dire) tale, but the interviewer seems to be a typical christer with little sense of history or science. As the master says, "Stop thinking this way. This is no longer the Middle Ages." (99)

Way too much with the references to God, Jesus and resurrection. This `interview' might have been a tad more subtle had the interviewer been an atheist or agnostic, or someone like Nietzsche, or a non-believing cosmologist, or even a Taoist. But no. Instead, the questions and answers come across as an updated version of old school Catholic theology. For instance, when we die we taste ecstasy. But for bad people, like the Nazis, "the fire of ecstasy is the fire of agony." (93) So, while the Master chides the interviewer about his blinkered Middle Ages paradigmatic thinking, the "afterlife" is not that much different than a gussied-up version of Middle Ages christer fantasizing about life after death. Radiant beings, ascension, resurrection, sin, fire, the fall of man, glory, ecstasy, the soul, heaven, "be as the lilies of the field" (44), "the meek shall inherit the earth" (74), "the kingdom of heaven is within you" (101), "the word became flesh" (104), etc., all of which I learned in Catholic grammar school nearly 50 years ago and now secularly recontextualized for a contemporary reader. [I had written this before I read Strieber's "Who Was He" addendum wherein he confesses that "it all came out sounding like a mix of warmed over Catholicism and new-age mysticism." (196) Yep, true that.]

Spoiler alert:

One problem is the lack of obvious follow up questions. The Master talks about a past hidden from us. But we never learn anything about it. Advanced Ice Age civilizations? Nothing. Atlantis? Nothing. Egypt? Nothing. Apparently, though, we waged interplanetary war and destroyed life on Mars (112). So there's that.

Crop circles are made by dead people "trying to introduce themselves to this age." (88) Of course, with hoaxer Dave Chortley (of Doug and Dave infamy) deceased this makes total sense.

Electrons have the capacity to retain memories (90). Although exactly how they do this isn't specified because the interviewer apparently didn't think this obvious follow up was interesting.

Unfortunately, although humans are in all likelihood doomed if we remain on Earth, we cannot leave the Earth to colonize other planets (75) because a child who would have unlocked the secrets of gravity was not born as his parents died in the Nazi Holocaust (43). Yet, notwithstanding that, humans have been raised on other planets and even within this solar system (81). And they, apparently, exert some control over world events on this planet and "enforce mankind's blindness..." (81). But all of this is to set up an evolutionary obstacle or challenge that will force us to become stronger. Which is a great relief.

And, shades of David Icke - "Fear rules this world." (101) The government is cloaked in secrecy, the "world is a slave state", and we are "all slaves to the demons who run it, who keep [us] in ignorance." (98) Indeed, these powers-that-be "actually seek the destruction of the [human] species." (99) But knowing this, we must fight the powerful and force them to expose the secrets about the past and the ufo. We can handle the truth. Indeed, we must if we are to prosper. Although other than defections from within, exactly how and by what means we are supposed to fight the massive military/security corporate state goes unanswered.

However, despite our best efforts to transcend our present condition we may be doomed anyway because of the catastrophic effects of climate change. The Master sees that we have speeded up the natural processes that would result in the melting of the arctic ice causing fresh water to be introduced into the Gulf Stream effectively shutting it down and ushering in an Ice Age that would decimate life in the northern latitudes. [This information was used by Streiber in his book "The Coming Global Superstorm" which was made into the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow". Meanwhile, check out the Wikipedia entries for the Younger Dryas and the Shutdown of the Thermohaline Circulation.] Somehow, exposing government secrets doesn't seem much of a priority when billions of humans will be freezing and starving to death.

This Master of Wisdom (who seems part Zen koan master, part christer, part prophet) has a disturbing tale to tell and a gloomy forecast for humans on Earth as we face what seems inevitably to be our extinction as a species. Although Strieber tends to look on the bright side and celebrates the breaking down of the barriers "between science and religion, man and machine, human and God" (209), my take-away was that we are doomed by our very natures.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is the carpet that ties the room together. 13. Juni 2011
Von Mariann - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dear Review Reader,
I always enjoyed hearing Whitley's warmth, humor and keen mind expressed during interviews on Coast and was intrigued by the mentioning of this book recently and went looking for more information about it. I saw disappointingly little about it on Whitley's web site (I understand why now), saw there were only 8 reviews on Amazon but they were good (thanks reviewers) so I ordered it because I had a sense it could be important. Well I read it in one day because I could not stop. I am not one of those people that underlines passages in books, I did in this one... a lot. I have never written a review for anything, but here I am. I felt a responsibility to do this as it might help someone else make the decision to read it. It is very interesting, thought provoking, world view changing and the most helpful book I have read in my 57 year life journey to understand myself, life, death, God, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, meditation, religion, the soul, aliens and much more. I read a lot and this is unlike anything I've come across. I wish I had read it years ago. I have studied the new testament, now I will read the Koran, take a serious approach to meditation and...be rereading this book (it's the kind that should be reread). If you are seeking a better understanding of many things I encourage you to get this book now, it may be helpful.
Have a great life,
David L. Boone (Mariann's husband)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Much food for thought 31. Mai 2011
Von Raeann - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As usual from Whitley Strieber, a book containing much to gnaw on intellectually and spiritually. It reads to me not unlike many books from supposedly channeled sources, however, Whitley was speaking to what appeared, to him, to be a living, breathing human. Some of the information was not terribly surprising or new to me, but it does cast what I have read and thought about before in some new lights, which is a good thing. I found that this book has most certainly added to the breadth of my knowledge and experience, and I am in the process of rereading it already, because there are a number of parts which I have found I am having to think quite deeply upon in order to allow it to soak in and fully gain understanding.

It is a fairly short book, so it is great for someone who may not have the time or inclination to pick up a gigantic, intimidatingly thick book. I also appreciated his new foreward and also printing the original foreward from the earlier edition of The Key. Very thoughtful and interesting comments from the author.
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