The Irreducible Primary

A Dialogue on Nature, Spirituality, and the Human Condition

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
117 Pages
Reviewed on 11/17/2017
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Author Biography

My experiences over the years led to the book. Although I do not discuss myself at all in the book, I also do not write anything that is not based on my own experiential journey.

The primary objective of the book is to provoke thought. We need to seriously consider what drives human interactions and why we are so opposed to each other and nature.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Irreducible Primary is a non-fiction consideration of spirituality penned by author Rob Taylor, self-summarized as ‘A Dialogue on Nature, Spirituality, and the Human Condition’. This short work of deep thought considers the relationships we, as humans, have with ourselves as well as aspects such as nature, society and a sense of spirituality. This volume challenges readers to look within for the energy which they are seeking to fill that void and reconcile themselves. Taylor suggests that our thoughts are activated as energy, and that every thought is a spiritual act, whether it results in politics, economics or society in the outside world. He advocates the use of mindfulness and meditation to be aware of ourselves and this energy which we hold.

Author Rob Taylor presents a challenge to the current thought processes of self-help literature, in which readers in crisis often look within in a rather selfish manner to improve something which they resent in themselves. Here, however, Taylor encourages us to look at ourselves as products of the human condition overall, and see that we are all making those same errors in our search for contentment, and that collectively those errors often take the form of major world events. Taylor’s considerations are well phrased, and sometimes accompanied by verses of poetry which aim to explain the topic in an alternative, emotive form to get the message across, both of which combine for a really intriguing read. Overall, I’d recommend The Irreducible Primary as a work to get you out of your head and thinking much more philosophically.

Joel R. Dennstedt

If one can truly appreciate the enormous discrepancy inherent in current spiritual practices today as defined by two objective realities stated by Rob Taylor in his devastatingly, creatively perceptive book, The Irreducible Primary …

“Unconditional love is the requisite predecessor to peace and equality. This is an unalterable fact of human reality.”

“'Unconditional love’ is merely a catch-phrase strategically inserted into political, religious, and social rhetoric.”

… then one might fully appreciate the incredible intelligence and thoughtfulness that went into writing this concise but vitally important work. This is not religious pablum served to pacify the masses. This is nourishment meant to feed the full adult processing his/her individual spiritual transformation.

“Mindfulness, compassion, and gratitude are the imperative conducts of inner work.”

“Authentic spiritual effort is the antithesis of blind faith.”

With The Irreducible Primary, Rob Taylor wields an infamous two-edged sword of truth, mindful only of presenting the starkest reality behind that truth: that we as individuals are influenced by and exert determinative influence upon the entire wholeness of creation; creating as a species either consuming chaos or eternal peace - something rarely encountered or discussed in most other spiritual commentaries, orthodox or New Age. With perceptive depth sufficient to intimidate the timid, Mr. Taylor speaks to those who have committed to the practice of inner work, more demanding than social, ecological, or political activism, and in the end the only work that makes such activism effective. Mr. Taylor pulls no punches, but the engrossed reader is left unassaulted – retaining only a sense of mindfulness, compassion, and gratitude as exhibited by this amazing author.

Ruffina Oserio

The Irreducible Primary: A Dialogue on Nature, Spirituality, and the Human Condition by Rob Taylor offers a path for humanity to redefine their place in the universe, a surprisingly cogent redefinition of spirituality. Slim as it is, the book is designed to give readers tools for serious thought and reflection, articulating on a variety of themes — the concept of individuality, the introspective journey, the spiritual importance of human existence, the connection between our being-ness and the future of creation, creating spaces of love and compassion, and many more. Rob Taylor offers a completely new perspective to approaching spirituality. He considers spirituality as a way of connecting with one’s self, a connection which allows the individual to contribute to the evolution of creation. It is the work of a new consciousness, one that allows us to connect with ourselves and with the world around us.

In this book, the author underlines the inner structure of the human being and the power of introspection, while exploring the power of mindfulness and meditation. He writes: “Spirituality is a continuous, intense process of individual effort directed toward the discovery of our inner structure and our obligations during the moment-to-moment evolution of creation.” According to Taylor, creation isn't completed in its evolution; it is an uninterrupted process in which we observe, participate, and stimulate energy flows within the cosmos. The Irreducible Primary: A Dialogue on Nature, Spirituality, and the Human Condition is a book that offers powerful insights and wisdom on becoming spiritual. The style is highly philosophical, but the entire book is filled with meaningful points for reflection. The author compels readers to embrace a path that liberates their creative energy and that enables them to create spaces of growth for themselves and the world around them.

Kris Moger

In The Irreducible Primary: A Dialogue on Nature, Spirituality, and the Human Condition, Rob Taylor presents an interesting look at spirituality through his poetry and reflections. As he works through his beliefs about the discoveries he has acquired, he does not hold back his thoughts on society and religion, identifying the weaknesses of our struggling world and the pursuit of peace. I particularly loved the author’s observations on the importance of human to human and human to nature relationships. There is a poem in chapter 4 which stayed with me, especially the first stanza - Childhood innocence Ravaged as a postscript To human cruelty.

For me, it is easy to agree with Rob Taylor in The irreducible Primary when he talks about unconditional love being an extremely important goal of the spiritual journey. I found myself agreeing with Mr. Taylor over and over, recognizing the realities and agendas of the current systems presently guiding most humans. Mr. Taylor writes with sincerity yet the writing is almost scientific in its language. Still, it offers important insights into the human journey and truth about the significance of the inner journey toward spirituality and unconditional love. This is something which I believe every person has to face if humans are to continue to exist. As he presents his position through analytical thinking, he touches on a more emotional response to the issues with his poetry. I found the interweaving of these two writing methods effective in bringing home Mr. Taylor’s message.