I’m Göran Backlund and I’m a philosopher. A couple of years ago, something remarkable happened to me. I wrote it down in here:

Awakening: My Story.

I made this site to help you find what I found. I want to help you wake up.

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I also wrote a book, “Refuting the External World”. It’s a step by step guide, deconstructing the notion of ‘objective reality’.

You can also join my facebook group, which is the place to discuss the book, the site and awakening in general.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. I’m happy to help in any way I can. My email address is goran@uncoveringlife.com


16 Responses to About

  1. Marianne Sciberras says:

    Hi! This may be a silly question, but I’m a nutritionist and my job is helping people eat healthfully, especially as it affects their weight, which seems to affect other health areas like diabetes and heart disease. To eat healthfully, one has to live naturally, I truly believe this, that’s why I read your blog. I also want to “wake up”, even though I’ve been waking up little by little ever since my first disappointment. Life forcing me to change my mind so I can stop suffering. I want to help people listen to and follow their true hunger for food and separate it from hunger for other things, things like love, comfort, etc. Anyway, I’m designing a website for my business as Nutrition Counselor and the name of it is Loving Your Weight. Do you think this is a good name for a “non-duality” weight management website? I got this Loving Your Weight idea from Katie Byron’s book called Loving What Is. Wondering what you think.

    I love your blog, want to get your book asap.

  2. christina karukayil says:

    dear Goran,
    i do not know how to pronounce your name. yet your site is a gold mine especially for people like me and you who have been highly misunderstood. you are right on all counts, sometimes i think am i mad or is the world around me! i am so happy to come across you. you are a perfect sign post along my way. thanks a lot and god bless, i mean there is no god but i hope you understand what i mean by god. thanks a lot. love you. take care. i am a house wife so i had all the time in the world to decipher the truth, but now that the truth is understood it is so difficult to be free and liberated bec very few who belong to our world. so you are indeed a blessings. christina.

  3. Joseph Brindley says:

    I have your book on my Kindle; is it available in paperback or hard cover print form?

  4. Sankaranarayanan Viswanathan says:

    Hi Goran, I read your book – Refuting the external world – and I was honestly impressed by your logic and cutting through of assumptions. I could find no flaw in the entire argument. But, I find missing in the book a treatment of the experience of Time and Thought. Regardless, I found your book quite remarkable. Cheers!

  5. Rona says:

    Hi Goran,

    I am familiar with the happening. One question though – why would you desire to wake people up? Who is it who desires that? Why not accept everyone as is, ignorant people included?

  6. yvonne says:

    Thank you for taking my ??? If there is nothing out there out there what am I waking up to Also Im reading ur book thanks again . Im some what sad as what’s it all about if none of this real.What is the purpose???

  7. Tina says:

    Goran, I find your articles to be thought provoking, and I’d like to go deeper by reading your book.

    Do you have plans to publish it as paperback? That would be great, since I don’t own a Kindle or iPad!

    Thanks, Tina

  8. Hello,

    I hope all is well with you.

    I have recently had a small glimpse of what I believe was awareness recognizing awareness. I guess I am looking for some validation/clarification that I am on the right path.

    Recently, I came across an understanding that the more I relax into nothing(no thought/space) the more aware I become. However, I realize that awareness is prior to what is actually experienced in form(and form can’t change awareness). I am now experiencing how awareness watches, notices and affects consciousness(form). The more I’m awareness the more the world becomes awareness(senses) I have also had some intuitive thoughts that I’m not 100% sure whether to trust. The world appears to be awareness which is also consciousness which is nothing including everything(including myself). Sinking/Falling into awareness(prior to thought/form) allows for the experience of awareness to be realized in consciousness(there are unlimited levels of consciousness). The deeper you sink, the more that is revealed.

    Does this sound accurate? Thanks again for taking time to read this.

  9. Taryn says:

    Hi Goran,

    I have just started a blog called “Awakening Stories” that is a collection of stories of people’s spiritual awakenings. I am looking for story submissions for the blog and I came across your blog and thought you might be interested in contributing your story. My goal with my blog is to create a sense of community between people of a like mind. Each contributor is also welcome to connect the blog entry to their organization/ website etc. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, you can contact me through the email given, or through the blog directly:



  10. Nico says:

    Hello Goran,

    I would love to buy your book, but Amozon says it is not available for my country (Netherlands). Is there another way to get it ?
    Thank you

  11. Robert Bullock says:

    Isn’t what you’re explaining simply Buddhism? Madhyamika, emptiness, etc. If so, why do you speak as if these are your original insights? I’m very happy if you do “get it”, but it seems disingenuous not to reference the traditions from which your views are based.

    • john.sundog says:

      The Buddha may have had these insights personally but Goran’s approach is not in any Buddhist teachings of which I’m aware. Perhaps you didn’t read thoroughly? Goran’s book and this website present an amazing contribution to the literature of awakening IMO. I offer him my heartfelt thanks.

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