The Last Barrier
A True Story of a Journey into Ultimate Reality
The beautifully written autobiographical account of a young Englishman’s adventurous search after the meaning of life and ultimate truth. Guided by Hamid, an enigmatic antiques dealer who turns out to be a demanding spiritual teacher, Reshad’s curiosity for the dervishes in the Middle East develops into a journey on many levels leading him to sacred places and spiritual insights. Learning “the hard way”, he gets introduced to the mystery of breath, the spiritual meaning of the Virgin Mary and the mutual roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Step by step he begins to understand the sacredness of all life and that love is the First Cause of creation. Eventually, after many lessons, he is granted a glimpse of the unity of being.
First published in 1976, this acclaimed bestseller has lost nothing of its magic that has touched and influenced hundreds of thousands of seekers after truth throughout the world.
Editorial Reviews: “If you say yes to the knowledge in this book as I did, it will transform your life” (Ellen Burstyn). “A human being is forgetfulness. Reshad is faithful to remembering, brilliant in remembering” (Robert Bly). “A Reshad book is not to be missed” (E.J. Gold). “Reshad Feild is one of those rare combinations – artist and soul teacher” (Coleman Barks). “His eloquent orchestration shows his creative powers to be of a very high level” (The Times Literary Supplement).
Reshad Feild is one of the best-known authors and teachers of spirituality in the West. Leaving his aristocratic roots in England at an early age, he worked as an antiques dealer, a stockbroker and a naval officer before, together with Dusty and her brother, he founded the British folk-pop trio The Springfields, which became worldwide famous in 1961. His lifelong mystical search took him to Zen monasteries in Japan and Buddhist shrines in Nepal, Sufi tekkes in Turkey and sacred places of the Sioux Indians. Influenced by Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, he studied with Trungpa Rinpoche, Pir Vilayat Khan, John G. Bennett and others before he met Bulent Rauf, who became his spiritual guide and teacher. Reshad was instrumental in bringing “the Turn” of the Mevlevi dervishes to the West and founded spiritual centres in England, Canada, the USA, Mexico and Switzerland. Putting aside all religious ‘labels’, he keeps teaching the mystical science of breath and a unique, formless way to the common inner essence of all true spiritual traditions.