Ilona Ciunaite was born in Lithuania and received a degree in
psychology. Her search for truth started in 2002, when, through the
use of psychedelic mushrooms, she "experienced silence of the
thinking mind, a sweet sense of being, contentment, peace," and
"feeling at home." She was drawn to the writings of Osho and
Richard Bach, and in 2010 finally discovered Jed McKenna's books,
which were a shock to her belief system and catapulted her "out of
hypnosis" and toward the realization that she'd had no idea she had
no idea. It wasn't until the initial deconstruction was done, after
months of painful self-inquiry, that Ciunaite felt at peace: there
was an emptiness, a not knowing, a not believing anything about
anything. Inspired by the forum called Ruthless Truth created by
Ciaran Healy, she started writing a blog, Marked, Eternal, where
she shared thoughts about this newfound freedom and invited readers
to look for themselves in their own
experience. Later, Ciunaite, her dearest friend Elena Nezhinsky, and a group of people from the Ruthless Truth forum developed a process called Direct Pointing, which consists of a dialogue between a guide and a seeker. In September 2011, with the help of Healy, Ciunaite cocreated the Liberation Unleashed forum, a global movement of people helping others to see through the illusion of self. Ciunaite has had hundreds of conversations with people from all around the globe and has started to hold live meetings and group sessions. All of her work can be found on her blog (http://markedeternal.blogspot.com) and on The Gate forum (http://liberationunleashed.com), which includes recordings of her meetings. She lives in England with her husband Mantas, a tattoo artist from whom she learned the art of tattooing. Together, they run a custom tattoo studio in West Sussex (http://www.mantas-tattoo.com).
"Liberation Unleashed further documents an exciting new
spiritual activity: online peer-to-peer mentoring, no airline
tickets required. This book helps move us from the age of the guru
to the age of the friend."
--Greg Goode, author of The Direct Path and After Awareness, and coauthor of Emptiness and Joyful Freedom
"As Ilona points out in this wonderful book, there was truly a fire started with the Liberation Unleashed movement that occurred several years ago. I remember it well, as many people flocked to the movement in order to cut a path straight to liberation. In many ways, the movement has revolutionized the way people consider liberation these days. The pointing is very direct and leaves out a lot of unnecessary spiritual stuff. I've known many people who found it to be tremendously helpful. And the fire of the movement is still burning strong with this powerful book by Ilona. Highly recommended."
--Scott Kiloby, CEO of The Kiloby Center for Recovery
"In this book, Ilona's honesty and integrity shine through. In a world of gurus vying for your devotion and money, Ilona's new book is refreshingly different. In ordinary language, completely free of pretense, she invites you to take a look for yourself and discover whether your assumptions are true. She skillfully guides you through an investigation that may reveal a shocking clarity that you are not what you thought. I enjoyed this book."
--Joey Lott, author of The Best Thing That Never Happened