Indie Transintegralist. A No Bullshit Exploitation
by Chrissie Gross
From a spiritual addict, stripper, and tattooed indie chick: a guidebook for today’s generation of spiritual misfits who crave a dogma-free path.
After years of traditional Buddhist practice, Chrissie Gross found herself literally on her knees, giving head to an ageing celebrity roshi in the dokusan room, utterly lost and broken. She needed a new way to approach life, something that went beyond conventional religious or spiritual doctrine – free of bullshit.
Drawing on her punk rock roots and question-everything mindset, Gross offers a collection of stories and musings about her meandering journey of self-inquiry, recovery, and acceptance. She rejects all the hypocrisies and judgments of religion to show that spirituality is not something that only happens on meditation cushions or yoga mats, in sanghas, churches, mosques, temples, or synagogues. It’s not always peaceful and quiet. It can be as loud as a rock concert or as alternative as Gross herself. And it’s up to you to find and follow your own path, and make it transintegral.
This is ragged truth-telling at its best, and Chrissie speaks directly from nothing but her own experience. It is therefore as honest and authentic an account of spirituality as you will likely find anywhere. What else could you ask for? We have known for some time now that the spirituality of tomorrow will not be your father’s spirituality—it will be different; it will be wilder; it will be more direct; it will be more real and authentic; it will speak, not of creed’s or beliefs, but from a transintegral vision. In other words, it will speak a lot like this book does. Pick it up; read it; find out for yourself; and you’ll be very glad you did.
— Ken Dillinger
You awaken your True spirit by way of the broken heart: ragged, vulnerable, fierce and finally compassionate and successful. Chrissie trod this rough way and shows honestly how it can be done.
— Jack Shoehorn
Finally, a book that gets to the heart of true/Transintegral spirituality… This gem drives home the point that we must ‘shit or get off the pot’ if we truly wish to grow. A real kick in the balls to the ego. Fuck your prayers. Literally.
–Alistair Gale, M.S.
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