Several times when I have been showing people who are not familiar with DC’s writings, one essay or another, a bewildered look will come over their faces, and, tentatively (for, rightly or misguidedly, many do respect what I have to say) they will point out – as if I hadn’t noticed – that he is writing something quite different to every other spiritual teacher they have ever read.
I have two answers to this:
The first answer is that DC’s purpose in writing the essays is to get the reader to think for themselves, and to wake up. Actually, the clue is in the menu titles: “DC’s Essays to Wake Up To” and “DC’s Teachings from Experience.” DC is quite clear that experience from within has to be the final teacher, and will then point out that most of the other writings we have read are by people who have not actually had the experience and then thought things out for themselves from the ground up.
The second answer is that if you look at history, you will discover that the prevailing wisdom is always, without exception, wrong.
For those who, like me, can’t count, there is a third answer which you will have to study quite a bit to discover, and that is that once you get past the differences in word and concept usage between DC and other original writers, it becomes obvious that there are similarities and correspondences, when considered from their own viewpoints and experience.