Jon’s New Book!

Unbelievable Happiness

The Unbelievable Happiness

of What Is

Beyond Belief to Love,
Fulfillment and Spiritual Awakening

The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is contains some of the most direct, inclusive, and useful spiritual teachings that I know of. There is no flowery spiritual lingo here, just straightforward, wise, and loving guidance for those who want to wake up from the confines of confusion and fear to who and what they really are. ~ Adyashanti

Acknowledging and letting go of the beliefs that keep you stuck can set you on the path toward an awakened life of joy and freedom. Following the heart-centered guidance in these profound teachings, you’ll learn how to bring awareness to the strongly held beliefs that hold you back, and move beyond them into the realization of true happiness and fulfillment, right here and now.

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Praise for The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is

This is a marvelous book — simple, clear, direct, full of light. What I love about Jon is that he doesn’t give us philosophy, metaphysics or nondual dogmatism. Instead, he points in plain language to the non-conceptual, embodied experiencing of this moment. He invites us to drop out of our busy minds and beliefs into the openness and immediacy of awareness and presence, not with the idea of attaining some result or crossing a finish-line, but in a spirit of never-ending discovery, and always with complete acceptance of what is, just as it is. I love the spaciousness and the simplicity I feel in his words, and his gentle and loving approach to our human struggles. If I could recommend only one book on the subject of being awake here and now, this might well be it.
~ Joan Tollifson, teacher and author of Nothing to Grasp, Awake in the Heartland, Painting the Sidewalk with Water and Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life.

In this wise collection of short teachings, Jon Bernie delivers the only news that’s fit to print — that happiness is not something you acquire or create, but what you are fundamentally, your birthright, your natural state. Just let go of your attachment to having life be a certain way and open to the ineffable perfection of what is!
~ Stephan Bodian, author of Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening and Beyond Mindfulness: The Direct Approach to Lasting Peace, Happiness, and Love

There is a plethora of spiritual teachers theses days. Very few actually have the gift of transmission and deep freedom. Jon has both. In person, Jon is a force of presence. I was happy to experience that coming through in this book. His words could be spoken by anyone, but they have a power in them because of where they are spoken from.
~ Megan Cowan, Co-founder, Mindful Schools

Another book on how to find happiness? How do you choose among thousands of similar ones jostling for attention? My personal trick: A few paragraphs suffice to get a feel for the author. Can I trust that person as teacher and guide? I suggest you test this method on The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is. I’ve known Jon Bernie for a long time; I love and deeply respect him. But even if I didn’t know who the author was, a page or two would suffice to make me trust someone who manages so skillfully to disappear in the process of helping me find happiness in my own way.
~ Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, author, and lecturer

Jon’s latest book is a great reminder for the weathered seeker as well as an incredible directive for beginners. His message and wisdom, offered in such a kind and loving way, opens the heart.
~ Cherie McCoy, Spiritual counselor and author of Becoming Alive and Real: Journey into the Body’s Truth

The mark of Jon Bernie’s teaching is intimacy – with his students as human beings in all their complexity, and with the Truth itself. Behind the hundreds of books and Youtube lectures on nonduality, what most of us long for is to make contact with a teacher that can directly point out the Truth as well as the very specific ways our conditioned patterns are keeping us from embodying it. Jon is such a teacher, and in The Unbeilable Happiness of What Is, the flavor of his work comes through crystal clear.
~ Chris McKenna, Guiding Teacher, Mindful Schools

A must read for those on the spiritual path! I’ve been a devoted student of Jon Bernie’s for 30 years now and continue to attend his workshops to gain insight into the depths of the spiritual teachings he represents. I’ve also witnessed Jon’s intense focus on studying various traditions with the greatest spiritual leaders of our time and have seen how he has come to his own essential understandings that are so well represented in this book.
~ Dr. Daniel Kalish, Founder, Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine

I highly recommend this book it to others. It is a stimulating read that simplifies the life process. Bernie argues successfully that one key to Unbelievable Happiness is awakening to the moment by continually dismantling one’s beliefs, routines and any fundamental resistance to what actually is. This seemingly simple key is one of many treasures I found in Jon’s book.
~ Fritz Frederick Smith, MD, author of Inner Bridges and Alchemy of Touch, and founder the body/mind therapy Zero Balancing

Jon Bernie’s The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is reminds me of Ram Das and Be Here Now, the epochal, consciousness-shifting book of 1971. Like that earlier opus, Jon’s work is both a restatement of ancient spiritual wisdom, and a delightfully frank and open guide to modern meditative truth. Part of Jon’s focus is on the core inner-growth issues of identity, identification, interpretation, integration and belief. In Hinduism they note that, “The first teaching is also the last teaching.” These teachings may be simple, complex or contradictory, but they must work. And in order for them to work they must be understandable. Jon has the gift, as teacher and as writer, of getting to the root of things in a lucid, direct way. Yet he is also able to discuss the fluid trickery of monkey-mind in such a way that the monkey becomes lovable, and understandable. And when we thoroughly understand something, fear and inner conflict leave, and the deeper spiritual journey can begin.
~ Hugh Milne, author of The Heart of Listening: A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work

In our culture that teaches us to look outside of ourselves to consumption and materialism, in the form of buying, eating and drugging, Jon provides us with practical guidance on ways of looking inside for the real answers that reside within us all. In our culture inundated with interruptions, Jon teaches us how to listen. In our culture that teaches us to follow others, Jon teaches us how to lead ourselves. In our culture that is divided, Jon teaches connection through love. In the 20th century Ram Das brought us Be Here Now. For the 21st century Jon Bernie has brought us The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is. Read it and transform your life.
~ Richard Louis Miller, M.A., Ph.D, Caretaker, Wilbur Hot Springs – 1972-present


The following elements were inadvertently omitted from the first printing of this book.

Edited by: Kenneth Haugan


My life and this book are dedicated to the innate and unknowable wisdom that will guide you to True Happiness.


My heart-felt and deepest gratitude goes out to my dear friend, senior advisor and tireless editor at Clear Water Sangha, Kenneth Haugan, without whom this book would not have happened. Kenneth’s myriad skills and long-standing support are the backbone that has made my work possible.

I would be at a complete loss without my assistant and close friend, Lisa, whose amazing organizational service on so many levels has been enormously beneficial to me and in our service to those in need.

I’d also like to express a special thank you to my dear friends Adyashanti and Brother David Steindl-Rast for their contributions to this book. Their friendship, love and support spanning from almost two to over four decades, respectively, has been nothing less than a profound blessing.

A very warm and grateful thank you to: Dr. Fritz Smith, Joan Tollifson, Dr. Dan Kalish, Hugh Milne, Dr. Richard L. Miller, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Megan Cowan, Chris McKenna and Stephan Bodian for their generous endorsements.

Many thanks to the wonderful crew at New Harbinger who created the opportunity for this book being realized: Catharine Meyers, Matt McKay, Julian and Catherine Noyce, Clancy Drake, Gretel Hakanson, Julie Bennett, Cassie Kolias & Fiona Hannigan.

Also crucial to the completion of this book was years of transcription service of public talks by Lee Zipin. This work also wouldn’t be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers like Lyde, Mark, Sajohn, Patricia, Elizabeth, Steve and Sam.

I am profoundly grateful to my teachers Jean Klein and Robert Adams. Their radiant embodiment mirrored and clarified the pathless way.

And, of course, I want to thank my friends, family and loved ones, especially my partner and sweetie, who’s the love of my life, for their unconditional love and support.