From the best-selling 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 2:30 in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Streiber was awakened by someone 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.
©2011 Whitley Strieber (P)2011 Penguin
I find it a bit sad that the two other reviews before this say what they do, as it's just this kind of close minded thinking that the visitor in the book would have been aiming to overcome with his visit to the author.
I've been studying metaphysical priciples for 15 years now and I can assure you that you would be well served to expose yourself, with a relaxed and open mind, to this book.
There is a shift in consciousness taking place towards an expanded context from which to see ourselves, which is ultimately healing. Mankind at large is asleep and people like this late night caller are whispers penetrating throught the dream, encouraging us to wake up.
The narration is decent too.
This book fills your mind with peace and understanding of who we are and what we will be.
Unleashing the Power of the God Code, by Gregg braden. Both books refer to the God within and how to open our minds to reach it.
Master of the Key
We need to become a compassionate world.
Wonderful listen. Everytime I listen to it I learn something new.
I have read many of Whitley's books over the years, starting with Communion which was published in 1987.
Our generation has matured since that time and certainly we have all become more skeptical. In that sense, it is quite remarkable that despite the ridicule he has suffered, Whitley continues to share the extraordinary knowledge he has gained from his years of encounters and research
The information contained in The Key is fascinating and contains "higher knowledge" that rings intuitively honest and forthright. The Key Holder, rather than judging or condeming the human condition, appears to seek only to give us alternate viewpoints, information and predictions regarding our unlimited potential.
The narrator was a bit robotic and at times and it was difficult to differentiate between the two characters.
We may never know who or what visited Whitley in that hotel room; a human, angel, alien or God him/herself, but there is little doubt that the wisdom and warnings that were shared with and through him have the potential to benefit our species and our planet.
I am an amateur ethno- botanist, an Apple evangelist and an avid consumer of audio books. Audio- books have given more choices of what to have in my head while I am doing mindless tasks. Audible has become more important now than when I first joined since I have limited shelf space in our new apartment.
I would recommend listening to individual parts of The Key again. Although the information is clumsily scattered throughout the book, many parts are reiterated more than once.Bookmarking favorite sections of chapters are a must as it makes it easier to think about what is being conveyed.
This story is best considered a parable for the twenty-first century.
The narrator has the job of being both voices. I feel there would be less confusion if he had changed pitch when playing both voices.
We are responsible for our own souls.
Comparing The Key to other books with a similar message such as The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz, The Secret, or even a more metaphysical books, the listener is left with questions that can not be readily answer. There is many revelations that pull life on earth at this time, together and gives a feeling of being relieved of guilt for all that is wrong.
There is a lot of information contained in it. It is not for a casual read. Those that do not like it that is okay not everyone is in the right place to understand it. It does make sense for those who do have the ability to want to look beyond what organized religion has done to the words of both Christ and Mohammed.
God wants companions not supplicants
It was confusing at times who was saying what
People tend to separate out others particularly religious types when in we really are connected to everything (quantum entanglement). There has been more bloodshed over traditional religion than most anything else which is just really sad.
I guess that I like to read comments that state "don't waste your money". I usually will buy the book because depending on the subject it takes some brain power to understand it, like The Key.
It gave me lots to think about
I like them both
I listened to this book probably six times in a row, and each time I've heard something new.
An awesome book!
I have a really hard time with this one, First let me say I do believe his other true stories. I don't know why, this one gives me issues. Oh well I do love his other books...
love horror, true crime, and biographies
Was among the best audiobooks I've read so far
very good book, worth the read
The content. The story was good but the conversation between the teacher and Mr. Strieber was the most riveting thing I have read in a long time.
The teacher was the character that the story was written about and he was wonderful
He was great with the voices and delivery
Too many things, I'm still re-listening and digesting the information provided.
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