Master Charles Cannon’s Autobiography
The Bliss of Freedom chronicles Master Charles Cannon's extraordinary spiritual journey at the side of one of the most acknowledged Eastern Spiritual Masters of the modern era, Paramahansa Muktananda. As his own spiritual mastery unfolds, Master Charles expresses his experience as a synthesis of the traditional holistic wisdom of the East and the modern scientific approach of the West.
Sooner or later, every sincere seeker of truth encounters the classic works of spiritual transformation as part of their own journey of inner exploration. To this select group of books must be added Master Charles’ contemporary spiritual autobiography, The Bliss of Freedom. This first-hand account of the full unfoldment of holistic awareness in the life of a modern Western initiate, reveals the most intimate and compelling view to date of the intricacies of that most precious of human associations….the Master / Disciple relationship.
In language so unmistakably clear, it cannot fail to ignite the heart of any sincere aspirant, Master Charles chronicles a fascinating journey of mystical experience under the tutelage of Paramahamsa Muktananda, one of the most acknowledged Eastern mystics of modern times. The reader can only marvel at the depth of awareness, intensity, humor and ultimately, surrender, as brought forth in these pages. The Bliss of Freedom is a must read for anyone endeavoring to grasp the truth of what it means to be fully human.
Meditation and mysticism come to life as Master Charles shares his experience in these rich pages. The Bliss of Freedom is a celebration of life…a glimpse of the potential and possibilities for us all, here, now.
- John Bradshaw
The act of reading The Bliss of Freedom simultaneously inspires the reader as it ineffably entrains you to the energetic emanation of your true nature…and Source. It's a wake-up call and a reminder that's never been more timely or needed.
- Steven Halpern
The Bliss of Freedom is an extraordinary exploration into the landscape of enlightenment. Master Charles is an inveterate teacher and guide for the Twentieth Century soul.
- Lynn Andrews
Rean An Excerpt
"It was an early spring day in 1970, shortly before my twenty-fifth birthday, and I was visiting friends who had just returned from a business trip to India and other Far Eastern countries. While sharing their travels with me, they talked about having met an enlightened master in India. They seemed most devout as they described the encounter, for he had impressed them with his illumination, and they had experienced deep spiritual inspiration.
They asked if I would like to see a photograph of him. When I agreed, they handed me a small card designed like a temple with folding flaps for doors. I opened it casually and looked at the black-and-white photograph of the man inside. If I had a million words, I could not adequately describe the magnitude of what I experienced over the next few hours.
As I focused on the photograph, my eyes seemed to lock in an open gaze, and my whole body followed, relinquishing all volitional control. The photograph dissolved into a whirlpool of scintillating, hallucinogenic energy. I was immersed in a rose-and-blue-colored magnificence, permeated with minute particles of dancing, diamond like light that slowly moved upward and entered the area just above the center of my eyebrows.
A multitudinous explosion erupted from the depths of my being and reverberated through every dimension of my perception, as an intoxicating bliss saturated me from head to toe. The most sacred peace filled all and everything. Time was suspended within an all-encompassing stillness, and from the subtlest dimensions an ethereal and heavenly music softly echoed-violins, harps, a lone flute, and the tinkling of a thousand glass wind chimes sounding within the harmonic oneness of an angelic choir.
I experienced a divine, awe-inspiring, yet totally nurturing contentment beyond all contentment. Wave upon wave of undulating ecstasy radiated outward to infinity. Everything within this shimmering reverberation was disappearing, all form dissolving into itself, a reflection of hallucinogenic light within an ocean of delight.
I continued to observe my two friends, but their bodies had become multidimensional. I could see to the utmost core of their beings, which in each case was a small point of iridescent blue light. Luminosity flowed in all directions from these points of blue light, manifesting as their forms, and intermingling with all other forms, as they blended one into each other.
All and everything manifested as a merging sea of blissful, luminous energy, joyously delighting within itself-the most beautiful reality that one could ever imagine. That was divine existence, absolute, free, and independent, celebrating itself for the sake of itself. This was the one without a second, a pure awareness through which an other-worldly voice reverberated its truth: "I am one…I am free…I am all that is."
Suspended within this awareness beyond all time, I merged in it, flowing, floating, dancing, delighting, enjoying the freedom of oneness as I remained a quiescent witness. My mind was stilled in awe of the heavenly majesty. Bliss consumed every cell of my being. The loving voice again reiterated its affirmation: I am one… I am free… I am the play of consciousness…I am all that is… I am... I... I... I..." The ethereal echo gradually disappeared as it was reabsorbed into the fullness of its all-pervasive unity.
I remained within the ecstasy of its incredible reality for what seemed like an eternity, and then ever so gently it diminished, contracting itself and condensing into physicality. The energy released itself through the space between my eyebrows, and like a whirlpool wound its way back into the photograph in my hands.
My body unlocked, along with my gaze, and everything seemed to return to normal, yet I was never to be the same. For I had come face to face with the divine. I had scaled the heights of the ultimate reality that I considered to be God alone, Source alone, and nothing else could ever take its place."