Jim Riley


From the film, National Treasure: "There are 20 million books in the Library of Congress, and they all say the same thing: 'Listen to Riley!'"

If you listen to me, what will you hear? Who am I? In college I was the Editor of the literary magazine and received a national award for young writers. Since I have devoted my writing to inspiring readers to live informed lives. Only greater enlightenment throughout the world will save us, and not just us, but our planet.

On a personal note, my other interests are health and fitness and composing Celtic music. These are not unrelated pursuits. If people lived foremost for simple health and well-being, not greed, the world would save itself without our doing more. As for my music, I believe Celtic music speaks to the spirit of enlightenment more directly than most.

I grant that my spiritual journey started slowly, like a locomotive drawing heavy freight. But gradually I picked up steam, and finally reached the destination. My spirit came to rest at a rustic country station with a weathered sign, "The Village of Light." Standing on the platform, the Stationmaster greets all who end their searches here, saying thus:

"Yes, our routes differ. But we are all on the same trip. We give it different names, depending on our beliefs. But these are never more than names.

"The greatest joy is accessible to every heart, moments of diamond-like clarity, like a vision of the Divine. Fine art may evoke this experience. But art can never represent it. Only enlightened living may.

"Throughout the universe countless beings ponder their purpose. Whatever their shapes or forms, the lucky ones come to this: Love is who I am. Love is why I am. And conscience is the lamp that lights my path."

Read these simple verses slowly and thoughtfully and they will act as a piano tuner for your heartstrings.

Put another way, this book is a friendly helping hand, assisting your own efforts to pull back the curtains of delusion to reveal the sacred light.

What readers say:

"While the author recognizes limits to the written word, his use of the medium is beautiful."

"...seamless and intelligent...perspectives I've never thought of before."

"...flows like poetry...breathtaking."

"...more wisdom and common sense than Solomon."

Smashwords Interview

What are your interests, besides writing?
Piano, composing, yoga, health and fitness, landscaping, and bicycling.
Any fears?
Realizing later I've been dishonest with someone.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jim Riley online

Facebook: Facebook profile

Where to buy in print


Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,190. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
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Enlightenment does not belong in Heaven or Nirvana. Brilliant lands have no need of lamps. This often-dark world does. We each have a heart. Thus, we each hold a key that opens the door to enlightenment. There is no other key to search our pockets for.

Jim Riley’s tag cloud

buddhism    enlightenment    happiness    health    heaven    karma    nirvana    philosophy    tao    zen