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How to Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the Glorious Grandeur of Ultra Spirituality

In case you haven't noticed, the New Age has become the Old Age. But don't recycle your crystals just yet! His Enlightenedness JP Sears is ushering in the Newer Age, blinding us with the dawn-like brilliance that is Ultra Spirituality.

Ultra Spiritual JP Sears Flawlessly Reads to You in the English Language

Let's face it, most of us don't have time to actually read anything ourselves. With this unabridged reading by the author himself, you can sit back on your zafu and let Ultra Spiritual JP's wisdom passively sink in, as you better yourself through His Enlightenedness' teachings on:

  • Competitive spirituality - the Ultra Spiritual foundation that the rest of your Ultra Spiritual path rests on
  • Dreaming up your awakening - how to engineer your carefully contrived spiritual narrative
  • Rigidly yogic yoga - the moisture-filled cloud formation that drops rain upon your river so your flow can flow
  • Following the light to the greener spiritual pastures of veganism
  • He-ness, financial levity, deathliness, and other qualities of the quality guru
  • Mindfullessness - all of the fullness of mindfulness with none of the mind

With How to Be Ultra Spiritual, His Enlightenedness JP Sears brings the heart and soul of ancient spirituality back to life with a progressive aggression, replacing the diluted uselessness of modern spirituality with the waaay more spiritual wisdom of Ultra Spirituality. Be sure to thank him when you see him.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2017 JP Sears (P)2017 Sounds True

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    J. Knight 05-17-17
    J. Knight 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I wanted to love it. His YouTube series are great"
    What would have made How to Be Ultra Spiritual better?

    I know he was trying to do the "yogi spiritual" voice but all the sentences just seem to run together. The chapters just dragged on and on turning his reading at times into the Charlie Brown adult teacher "wah wah wah wah wah wah" speech.. There were a couple of other speaker parts that I feel were helpful in the stories.


    What was most disappointing about JP Sears’s story?

    That I enjoy his YouTube series and disliked the book. The content is actually funny but for some reason it didn't work as well for the audio reading.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice inflection is very drone.


    What character would you cut from How to Be Ultra Spiritual?

    I thought all the characters listed were fine


    Any additional comments?

    His videos are hilarious but it doesn't seem to transfer well to audio or maybe I am not enlightened spiritually enough to appreciate his great teachings through this intended platform.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 03-13-17
    Mike 03-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "a one of a kind work of art"

    so funny, finished in about a week. the more u knows about the subject matter the funnier it will be, up to a point anyway, after that itll just be offensive... but its for ur health! lol ✌💜🔥

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Travis 08-09-17
    Travis 08-09-17
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    "It was ok."

    I like JP Sears, and I think he is brilliant when it comes to psychology and to thinking in general; which is contradictory for a religious, meat eating, egotistical, politically conservative individual. I also really like his video skits acted out with humor, they have messages of genius hidden in them... almost like parables found in a holy book I once read. However, the book was just ok, well, in my book anyway. But, it was his first, so to the flip side, not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lavin214 08-07-17
    Lavin214 08-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "comedic brilliance."

    if you like his you tube you'll love his book. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good laugh.

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    Gregory V. Diehl 07-26-17
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    "Lacking depth, insight, or self-awareness"

    I spent several hours reading this book in preparation for an interview I was supposed to have with JP Sears for my podcast. I had originally planned to share my thoughts and feedback directly with him during the interview, hopefully clearing up the concerns I will detail below about what JP has produced here, and the larger implications it has on the New Age movement, how humor can open our minds, the role of satire in society, and the dangers of spiritual pride.

    Unfortunately, on the day of my scheduled interview with JP Sears, my internet went down shortly before we began and didn’t come back on until 25 minutes later. I apologized to JP for the unforeseen interruption and asked when he would be able to reschedule so I could accommodate whatever time would work for him. I got no immediate response, so I assumed he was just booked solid for the rest of the day.

    A few days later, to my deep surprise, I got a passive aggressive and highly condescending response from his assistant/partner Karen explaining to me that she and JP have a no rescheduling policy because their “non-replaceable asset of time” was too valuable, so it was necessary for them to “set up some boundaries and honor their hearts.” I wasn’t sure what to make of this, as it literally sounded to me like a line out of JP’s satire that he would probably mock someone for using seriously. It also showed a complete lack of respect for the money I had spent on his book (both Kindle and audio versions) and many hours I had put into consuming his work in preparation for our interview.

    During this interview, I had hoped to address the, frankly, confounding aspects of JP’s social media popularity explosion and now infectious brand identity as the Ultra Spiritualist. The only way I could interpret his actions was that he saw his time as several orders of magnitude more important than mine. Then I recalled that when I scheduled the interview with JP, he stated (without prompting) that he would not be sharing our interview with any of his following when it was posted. Again, this was odd to me, as it defies common podcast etiquette, but it suddenly made sense to me if you think of JP as only concerned about the virality of his brand and sales of his merchandise, and not a platform for serious spiritual/psychological discussion.

    Since I cannot share my thoughts about the book in my podcast interview with JP Sears as planned, I might as well share them here instead. Or, to put it another way, since I had to suffer through it in preparation for an interview that never happened, I figured I would save you the trouble of doing the same. In a nutshell: there’s no clever social commentary in How to Be Ultra Spritual. Just a lot of obvious, extended jabs at a group of people who are criminally easy to make fun of. The JP Sears formula seems to go something like this:

    1. Think of an aspect of the New Age movement that is well known. Example: yoga.

    2. Write down everything an outsider would consider strange or confusing about it. Example: Why are there so many specific types of yoga? Why are the names of the styles so hard to pronounce? Why do practitioners talk about it so much?

    3. List every single one of these as a reductio ad adsurdum carried to its hyperbolic extreme.
    Example: “the harder it is to pronounce your favorite variety of yoga and the more often you talk about it, the more spiritual you are! You should spend five times as much time talking about it as actually practicing it so everyone will know how spiritual you are!”

    4. Repeat for 250 pages.

    JP Sears is a funny guy. The principal problem with his book, How to Be Ultra Spiritual, is that when the humor goes on for longer than the 3-minute length of his popular YouTube videos, it quickly becomes clear how one-note his humor is. Reading/listening to this was mostly an experience of long stretches of wondering why he was working so hard to drive the same points home over and over, punctuated by the occasionally witty/insightful observation about how easily we delude ourselves into thinking we are more important than we actually are.

    JP is, ostensibly, more than a humorist. He appears to be a genuine emotional coach and teacher whose primary goal is to help people find peace and move beyond the delusions of one’s ego. To that end, targeted and strategic satire can be a wonderful tool for getting people to look at themselves from outside their highly biased self-view. This is why it absolutely frustrates me how much the author falls squarely into the same traps of the audience he pokes fun at. Other reviewers have commented on his highly dubious and unscientific views and various “hippie” subjects before. But I think it goes much deeper than that.

    I remember, just recently, being slightly shocked when JP hosted a live Facebook video interview with Russell Brunson, author of Expert Secrets Revealed, shilling affiliate-linked copies of the book to his legion of followers. The headline for the interview was something like “This information has never been made available online before, and now he’s giving it away for FREE!” I immediately flashed back to JP’s video poking fun at entrepreneurs and their hyperbolic self-promoting attitudes about everything and vague clickbaity headlines. I saw I wasn’t the only one to make this observation. Right away, several commenters chimed in asking JP whether or not this was intended to be satire because he sounded exactly like the kind of people he regularly pokes fun at. None of them got a response from JP that I saw.

    This small example demonstrates a very important point about the fundamental failing of JP’s book and overall style. Great satire should do more than make you laugh at a comical exaggeration. It should make a statement about how seriously we take ourselves and how to evolve our thinking and acting. If there were any particular satirist where this should be especially true, it would be JP Sears. Instead, from what I can tell about the lackluster and beaten horse approach of his much too long book, it’s easy to reach the conclusion that JP had no other motivation in publishing it than to capitalize on his social media fandom with another product with his name on it. Like so many author overnight YouTube stars today, it was just another box to check off on a media list. All he had to do was take the same observations he had made in his videos and draw them out to 10 times longer.

    Over and over throughout the book, I kept wondering what the point of it all was supposed to be. He’s clearly not telling these people to change their behavior, as that would make him a hypocrite for participating in them himself (with apparent sincerity). If the point of the book is not to change behavior, but just to get people to stop taking themselves so seriously, it fails there too. JP takes himself very, very seriously. The survival of his brand depends on it. Either he really does believe his own story, or he doesn’t but has no problem pretending to (so long as there are sales and affiliate commissions to be made by harvesting the audience he has built).

    Poe’s Law states that any sufficiently advanced satire is indistinguishable from the genuine article. Perhaps JP Sears is such an accomplished performance artist that he intentionally blurs the lines with his own life. Until my private encounter with JP and his staff that demonstrated his “more-important-than-thou” attitude wrapped so eloquently in straightfaced New Age flowery rhetoric, I was willing to believe that was the case. However, it seems clear to me now that he is, ironically, victim to the very same social weaknesses he unapologetically (sometimes even ruthlessly) tears down in How to Be Ultra Spiritual.

    Don’t buy this book expecting anything more than a few chuckles, and please don’t waste your non-replaceable asset of time trying to make it all the way through.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 07-11-17
    Sean 07-11-17
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    "Audio book of the Year!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be Ultra Spiritual to be better than the print version?

    JP Sears is brilliant in his delivery. If there was ever a reason to get the audio version, he's it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    JP Sears


    What about JP Sears’s performance did you like?

    He's hilarious and intelligent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud, but also thought deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    My pick for Book of the Year :)

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    Timothy P. McEver TN USA 05-24-17
    Timothy P. McEver TN USA 05-24-17
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    "I would have given it a perfect score if"

    I find his YouTube channel even more funny. This book was funny, somewhat offensive, and most of all unlocked my ultra spiritual superpowers.

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    Anonymous 04-30-17
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    "hilarious and enlightening"

    his enlightenedness delivers a reading that's almost too funny to enjoy while driving. JP is incredible!

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    Sulien 03-25-17
    Sulien 03-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hilarious"

    I came to this book with high expectations, and JP delivered! There were times that I was laughing so hard I had to pull over, since I mostly listen in the car. If you like his YouTube series, you will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ProNapper 03-24-17
    ProNapper 03-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Too funny"

    Laughed from beginning to end. It is kind of offensive and has some misconceptions but it really pokes fun at the egotistical way new age spiritualist go about being spiritual. Overall if you can look beyond the exaggerations, it really makes you think from a different perspective. When you understand why he is wrong in his intentions, you understand how to not be a piece of shit and be in touch with your better self.

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    "Stick to sarcastic videos"
    Would you try another book written by JP Sears or narrated by JP Sears?

    Absolutely not


    Would you ever listen to anything by JP Sears again?

    I like his videos


    What didn’t you like about JP Sears’s performance?

    The droll sarcasm works well in 3 minute youtube videos, but not for several hours of audiobook. The very few perfromances by other actors were much better, do more of that JP, get GOOD voice actors to recite hilarious stories - talk less yourself.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, though to be honest I didn't come in with many expectations.


    Any additional comments?

    What I did like is that it does highlight pretty much every single cliche in the health and spirituality world today... but again for ALL those hours... 1-2 hours would have been more tolerable. Still, "Harmony Shakti" will always have a special place in my heart.

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  • davide
    3/23/17
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    "The most clever, funny and enlightening "

    Seriously, absolutely awesome I'll listen to it again and again. Oh hail your enlightenedness JP

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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