Oneless Oneness

Tao as an Existential Remedy

Non-Fiction - Self Help
83 Pages
Reviewed on 08/06/2022
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Author Biography

Marcel Eschauzier, a Dutch native, is married and lives in Belgium. He used to travel a lot, working as a business consultant and living in different cultures. After a revealing experience in 2016, he shelved his suitcases to set out on the journey within and write about existential questions. His inner engineer shines through in his style, breathing clarity into matters traditionally veiled in mysticism. When not writing, he occasionally tries to pilot a kickbike pulled by the family husky.
Marcel holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lois J Wickstrom for Readers' Favorite

Oneless Oneness by Marcel Eschauzier is one of those rare books by someone who has found Truth and wants to help others find it, too. Unlike many other books on similar subjects, Marcel is not religious. He has no dogma to memorize, no chanting, no holy books or belief system. He is an engineer, and he approaches the Tao with logic. Since I am trained in the sciences, I find his thinking both fascinating and compelling. No, I didn’t have the KEY INSIGHT and suddenly reach nirvana from reading this book. But I have found concepts worth my time to consider, and truths to check against my perceptions. Eschauzier begins with the famous quote from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu:
“ The Tao that can be Told
Is not the True Tao;
Names that can be Named
Are not True Names.”
Thus he admits from the outset that an author cannot give the reader his experience. The reader must find it personally. But, since we do not actually exist as individual people, this is a paradox.

I have been drawn to other writers who have tried to explain the importance of “NOW.” But none have put it so succinctly as Marcel Eschauzier: “The past doesn’t change. The future isn’t there yet. Only the present changes.” Accepting that we live in the perpetual NOW, and everything in the NOW, including us, is in a state of change, is both scary and reassuring. I like to imagine that I can plan for the future. But I can only act now. Because I am not in control, I am part of the NOW and I will be part of the future. Nothing changes because of how I feel about it. In this system, the reader is left with the ultimate paradox that free will is the same as predestination. If you enjoy thinking about how you perceive the world, this book will give you much to cogitate on. And, according to the author, if you do it right, the present will be so enthralling, you will truly see it as your life.

Philip Van Heusen

According to Marcel Eschauzier, his book Oneless Oneness: Tao as an Existential Remedy is a meeting of Eastern and Western thought. Marcel presents an outside-the-box approach to Zen, requiring readers to focus on his unorthodox approach to the challenges of the conscious mind. Meaning is based on what the receiver thinks the meaning is. In the West, most people see life as a duality. In Zen Buddhism, life is not a duality because the objective world exists only in our imaginations. Tao teaches that the now is all there is. The first part of the book is a collection of 84 pithy sayings. Since Tao is personal, no one can tell you the “right” way to achieve it or experience it. Marcel teaches that Tao is a universal truth that does not need to conflict with one’s culture, faith, or science.

In Oneless Oneness, Marcel Eschauzier points out that when one finds inner truth, there is no longer a need to seek external truth. Differences are only conceptions of the conscious mind. Since life is only in the now, the past and the future do not exist. We create our fate. Human thought is the result of inner conflict. In Tao, we don’t live as humans, but we are only changing. Too many people struggle with their shortcomings. In Tao, one does not worry about faults because they are not real. Since we don’t exist in a physical body, life and death don’t exist. Inner peace is one of the most significant advantages of Tao. At the end of each chapter, Marcel gives us a Haiku as a moment for pause and reflection. Take your time reading this book. It is deep and requires thought to be understood.

Foluso Falaye

Oneless Oneness is an engineer's attempt to simplify consciousness by employing an "outside-the-box approach to Zen." As the third book in Marcel Eschauzier's Unlock Tao series, the book complements the previous installment by explaining in short, simple words where one can find Tao and how to gain from its guidance. The unorthodox, straightforward approach is employed to make moving past the illusion of duality and connecting to one's inner truth less time-consuming, compared to ancient methods. The first part of the book explains satori and Tao linearly, while the second part teaches the benefits of Tao—which can be read separately. In Oneless Oneness, you will learn how to deal with internal conflict, the fear of death, suffering, and every problem you experience daily or otherwise with Tao's guidance.

Forget the idea that you need to spend months in a temple or long hours reading ancient philosophical books to find inner peace. Marcel Eschauzier's informative, concise, and exceptionally comprehensible book is perfect for today's fast-moving world. The short and surprisingly deep sentences in the book hit me with a force so strong that I constantly took a break to ponder them. One such sentence profoundly states, "Fear of death shows that the future isn’t separate from our existence." Though concise, the book is thorough and rife with useful references to ideas from Buddha, Western rational philosophy, Huang-Po, Lao Tzu, and other philosophical entities. This reader-friendly, inventive philosophical book had me feeling limitless and abundant like I had just discovered the fountain of youth. If you struggle with regrets, fear, and other forms of turbulent forces, Oneless Oneness will guide you toward discovering your true, abundant, and limitless form.