FOR THOSE IN THE FINAL STAGES OF AWAKENING Things become much more simplified at the end of the spiritual search... so much so that it's possible to identify key stages that every seeker encounters immediately preceding awakening (enlightenment). So in one sense, these 5 steps have not been invented by me, I have simply segmented the final stages that a seeker of truth encounters when they have reached the end of the spiritual search (for greater clarity and guidance). If you've been on the spiritual path long enough, you've probably reached the conclusion that no technique or practice can wake you up, make you free, or make you enlightened. You will have likely realized that all effort to attain a different state of consciousness can only ever come from a delusional state of consciousness, or false self. So what does one do then when one realizes such a thing? If there's nothing that you can do to set yourself free, then how do you become free? Enter the 5 final steps of self-inquiry. The Method is based upon the understanding that spiritual awakening is not an attainment, but a dissolution. These 5 steps are intended to permanently dissolve the deeply ingrained belief that you can *make* yourself free. If these steps are followed through with utter totality, awakening will be what's left as a byproduct. While no methods 'work' when it comes to awakening, all methods fail... so in a way, any method can be helpful to exhaust the seeker in you. This method has been formed specifically for those who have tried every other method under the sun and are ready for defeat. This method is intended to be the last method. This is the end game my friend, are you ready? Feedback: "Those who are ripe and are exhausted with spiritual seeking and the endless questions of the mind, will find a great resonance with the words herein; and maybe, just maybe, a true catalyst for the final step." - Prof. Kriben Pillay, Author of The Poisons - greed, ill will, delusion Kyle Hoobin is an author and self-inquiry teacher. In April of 2002 Kyle experienced a profound shift in consciousness following a long battle with depression. He now offers support for those seeking authentic freedom in their lives. Kyle's teachings focus on practical and accessible methods of self-inquiry with a focus on finding freedom through direct personal experience. He has distanced himself from conventional lineage based teachings in an effort to establish a more authentic spiritual standard for spiritual seekers. To learn more, visit kylehoobin.com and take part in Kyle's bi-weekly live streams and his self-inquiry video series.
AWAKEN FROM THE DREAM OF 'ME' Zombies are not just the brain-eating undead or those who spend too much time on their cell phones and social media. They are people who live their lives believing that who they think they are is who they really are. Obviously, this applies to most of humanity. In order to rise out of the dream of believing that you are a little 'me' you must first recognize that you are knee deep in it. Once that recognition takes place you can begin removing all of the traps that you've created in order to keep yourself asleep. This book is a tool to help you through that process. "'How To Live With Zombies'" is a Simha Sat Combination Book that includes three smaller self-inquiry books: You The Buddha, There Are No Others and Sacred Nonsense. Chapter Descriptions: "You The Buddha: Freedom At The End of Your World" - This chapter provides an overview of what one is sure to encounter on the path of awakening and helps the reader navigate their spiritual path with authenticity and light-heartedness. "There Are No Others: Accepting The Reality Of Your Aloneness" - This chapter expands upon the nature of aloneness and how it specifically relates to awakening. "Sacred Nonsense: 21 Cherished Enlightenment Myths Debunked" - This chapter is designed to help the reader steer clear of unhelpful spiritual teachers and teachings in order to avoid any unnecessary confusion on the path of self-inquiry / self-realization. Feedback: "A wonderful gift to any seeker - Kyle takes the reader behind the content of our minds and points at the unconditioned Self. If you are tired of the usual recycled conceptual circular logic spirituality, and ready for spiritual transformation, give this book a chance. You'll find Kyle's inquiry approach honest and refreshing. - Karam Guirgis, Satsang Teacher" Kyle Hoobin is an author, photographer, graphic designer and self-inquiry teacher. In April of 2002 Kyle experienced a profound shift in consciousness following a long battle with depression. He now offers support for those seeking authentic freedom in their lives. Kyle's teachings focus on practical and accessible methods of self-inquiry with a focus on finding freedom through direct personal experience. He has distanced himself from conventional lineage based teachings in an effort to establish a more authentic spiritual standard for spiritual seekers. To learn more, visit kylehoobin.com and take part in Kyle's monthly webinars and self-inquiry video series."
Author: Ramesh Manocha
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Release Date: 2013-01-08
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Can't sleep because your thoughts won't switch off? Ever walked into a room to get something, only to realise you've forgotten what you were looking for? Does a constant stream of unnecessary chatter run through your head? Do you wish you could stop that mental noise whenever you wanted to? Australian bestseller SILENCE YOUR MIND offers a completely new approach to meditation - the experience of mental silence - that will help recharge your mental batteries and leave you feeling more positive, dynamic and wholly engaged with the world. It clearly explains how just 10 to 15 minutes of simple meditation practice each day can turn off that unnecessary mental chatter, thereby awakening your hidden abilities in work, sport, studies and creative pursuits. Scientifically based, this is fundamentally different from any meditation book you may have read before. Australian Dr Ramesh Manocha is leading the world in research into the positive impacts of the mental silence experience. His findings show that authentic meditation is easy, enjoyable, health-giving and life-changing. SILENCE YOUR MIND has sold over 10 000 copies in Australia. Royalties from its sale are directed to further research and educational activities in the field of meditation.
Author: James Swartz
Publisher: Sentient Publications
Release Date: 2010-01-16
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Enlightenment has been eagerly sought for generations as a means to remove the limitations that compromise one's happiness. Vedanta, the science of self-inquiry, has been described as the grandfather of all enlightenment traditions. James Swartz explains and unfolds the methods of Vedanta in his direct style, while unravelling the myths and mysteries behind the enlightened state. But this book does not simply present one more set of spiritual techniques; it presents a comprehensive body of knowledge and practice that has successfully directed the inquiry into the nature of reality by untold thousands of enlightened beings. The author starts from the point of view of any individual seeking happiness and logically walks the seeker through the whole spiritual path. The book explains how self-inquiry affects the lives of those who practice it, including its effects on personality, relationships, and the mind. The book considers the qualifications necessary for enlightenment, as well as the obstacles encountered on all spiritual paths, and unfolds proven methods. The ancient teachings of Vedanta, once available only to those who could receive them directly from the sages of India, are now accessible to anyone with a hunger for freedom and enlightenment.
This is a concise step-by-step instruction book for a powerful method of daily meditation that will systematically unfold inner peace, creativity and energy in daily life. Whether you are seeking an effective tool for reducing stress, improving your relationships, achieving more success in your career, or for revealing the ultimate truth of life within yourself, "Deep Meditation" can be a vital resource for cultivating your personal freedom and enlightenment. Yogani is the author of two landmark books on the world's most effective spiritual practices: "Advanced Yoga Practices - Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living," a comprehensive user-friendly textbook, and "The Secrets of Wilder," a powerful spiritual novel. The AYP Enlightenment Series makes these profound practices available for the first time in a series of concise instruction books. "Deep Meditation" is the first in the series.
Has self-improvement really improved the self? More than ever people are on a quest for self-improvement and enlightenment. People are "watching" their egos or losing their egos in order to find peace of mind or to get along better with others. And yet, the more we try to lose our ego, the more of it there is to lose. The more we try to make peace, the more we find conflict. It is exactly what happens when we try not to think of the number 3 and that is all we can think about. Our efforts seem to have the opposite effect and this is due to the way the left side of the brain processes information. Neuroscience discovered that the left brain makes up elaborate stories and convincing explanations. It is the left brain that makes up the most elaborate and convincing story of all, the story of who you think you are. And the more we try to get out of this story, the deeper we find ourselves in it because it is the function of the left brain to work on the law of opposition. Try not to be anxious and that's exactly what happens. Try not to worry and you will be flooded with anxious thoughts. And the same is true for self-improvement. The more we try to improve our story, the more the story needs to be improved. The left brain excels at these games even when it plays by pretending not to play. If I said that all attempts at self-improvement are futile, how would you respond? Would you reflexively think I'm wrong? Is there any way not to play these games of the left brain? Which part of your brain do you think is asking this question? This book was written for the ordinary person who has an extraordinary curiosity for who they are, how thoughts work and why they cannot control their thoughts. It is a practical guide that uses examples from my kids, favorite movies and TV shows from the 80s and 90s along with simple exercises so you can see for yourself if any of this is on track. While no special knowledge of neuroscience is required, you may understand many of the examples if you've seen an episode or two of Star Trek or Seinfeld. While this work is based on the teachings of Alan Watts and Eckhart Tolle it integrates the findings of modern neuroscience which surprisingly reveals a similar message. It is the desire for enlightenment that is the biggest block to happiness and peace, in fact, it is the only block. It is not until one gives up the quest to find oneself, improve oneself or be more spiritual, that one can ever find the peace they are looking for. And it is not your ego that gives up this quest, it is you. For more info please see my blog at http://worriedbuddha.com/
Author: Lama Surya Das
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Lama Surya Das, the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition, presents the definitive book on Western Buddhism for the modern-day spiritual seeker. The radical and compelling message of Buddhism tells us that each of us has the wisdom, awareness, love, and power of the Buddha within; yet most of us are too often like sleeping Buddhas. In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who we really are in order to lead a more compassionate, enlightened, and balanced life. It illuminates the guidelines and key principles embodied in the noble Eight-Fold Path and the traditional Three Enlightenment Trainings common to all schools of Buddhism: Wisdom Training: Developing clear vision, insight, and inner understanding -- seeing reality and ourselves as we really are. Ethics Training: Cultivating virtue, self-discipline, and compassion in what we say and do. Meditation Training: Practicing mindfulness, concentration, and awareness of the present moment. With lively stories, meditations, and spiritual practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is an invaluable text for the novice and experienced student of Buddhism alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In this book there are practice instructions for seven different methods of meditation including: 1. The Awareness Watching Awareness Method. 2. The Abandon Release Method. 3. The Eternal Method. 4. The Infinite Space Method. 5. The Loving All Method. For thousands of years humans have been stuck in the same pool of inward unsolved problems. Thousands of years ago humans had the problems of suffering, sorrow, anger, fear, violence, conning, cheating, lying, death, etc. Today humans have the problems of suffering, sorrow, anger, fear, violence, conning, cheating, lying, death, etc. All of those problems have a single cause. In this book the cause of the lack of progress and the solution that actually works is revealed. There is a secret, a missing link, a vicious circle, that is keeping humans stuck in the same pool of unsolved problems. That secret, that missing link, that vicious circle is revealed in this book. How to break free of that ancient human trap is also revealed in this book. The solutions taught in the past have failed. Not even one in a million humans has been freed from all suffering and been established in absolutely perfect infinite-eternal-awareness-love-bliss by the solutions that have been taught in the past. It is possible to be free of all sorrow and suffering and to experience absolutely perfect infinite eternal joy in this lifetime. It is possible for all humans, not just a few humans. There is a rapid means to infinite bliss. That rapid means is taught in this book. Whatever spiritual path you are on, this book will be a great help. The problem of the ego distorting, distracting and keeping the attention directed outward is a problem shared by all humans, whatever path they are on. The ego's tricks have seldom been looked at in spiritual literature. The ego's tricks are revealed in this book. How to put an end to the ego's tricks is also taught in this book, making this book a unique and immensely valuable contribution. This book is a great help to all humans, including those who are not on a spiritual path, because the most direct and rapid means to end suffering and sorrow and to live in awareness-love-bliss, is of benefit to all. For human consciousness to be transformed something new must be introduced. This book introduces something new into human consciousness. It is rare that a spiritual book goes into detail revealing the tricks the ego uses to avoid liberation. The Most Direct Means to Eternal Bliss is such a rare book. Step-by-step instructions in how to put an end to the ego's tricks are given in this book. This book shows how to directly experience infinite-eternal-awareness-love-bliss in this lifetime. This book contains a detailed description of the difference between the True Self and the imposter self. Detailed instructions in how to directly experience the True Self are given in this book. Of the thousands of spiritual books you could purchase, The Most Direct Means to Eternal Bliss is the best first choice. This is the book that created a spiritual revolution that is continuing to transform all human life. The direct experience of infinite-eternal-life is available to all humans. There is a fork in the road. One road leads to ideas, beliefs, concepts and opinions. The other road leads to Direct Experience. This book shows the difference between these two roads and how to choose the road that leads toeternal-perfect-love-bliss in this lifetime. This book is a new doorway for humanity. On a combination lock that you have been unable to open it is not the numbers on the dial that are new. It is the combination that opens the lock that is new. The more than fifteen hundred sentences in this book reveal the combination that opens the lock. On the other side of the door is eternal Life-Love-Bliss.
Based on his own experiences, Martyn tells it as it is. With no special qualifications or education, Martyn's natural instinct for seeking answers led him down a path to an old discovery. The discovery that we all at some point question and seek. A discovery that we all put just out of reach. A discovery that seems to be impossible to attain. Or is it? This book is a guide, a perspective, his truth, his story. An ordinary guy with a normal life. Family, work and all the usual stresses, until he started to wake up and viewed life from a whole new level. Sharing his story from the everyday existence of 21st century living into 21st century being. In reading this book, Martyn wants you to realise your own truth and to wake up from the mass illusion of this reality. Enlightenment - the keys to consciousness" not only describes how Martyn experienced his awakening, but also gives you tools to enable you to grasp yours too, simple exercises for everyday use.
An assessment of the human condition in the twenty-first century presents data demonstrating that life quality, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise throughout the world because of the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.
Author: Stephen Buckle
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: 2001-02-01
Hume's Enlightenment Tract is the first full study for forty years of David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. The Enquiry has, contrary to its author's expressed wishes, long lived in the shadow of its predecessor, A Treatise of Human Nature. Stephen Buckle presents the Enquiry in a fresh light, and aims to raise it to its rightful position in Hume's work and in the history of philosophy. - ;Hume's Enlightenment Tract is the first full study for forty years of David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. The Enquiry has, contrary to its author's expressed wishes, long lived in the shadow of its predecessor, A Treatise of Human Nature. Stephen Buckle presents the Enquiry in a fresh light, and aims to raise it to its rightful position in Hume's work and in the history of philosophy. He argues that the Enquiry is not, as so often assumed, a mere collection of watered-down extracts from the earlier work. It is, rather, a coherent work with a unified argument; and, when this argument is grasped as a whole, the Enquiry shows itself to be the best introduction to the lineaments of its author's general philosophy. Buckle offers a careful guide through the argument and structure of the work. He shows how the central sections of the Enquiry offer a critique of the dogmatic empiricisms of the ancient world (Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Aristotelianism), and set in place an alternative conception of human powers based on the sceptical principles of habit and probability. These principles are then put to work, to rule out philosophy's metaphysical ambitions and their consequences: religious systems and their attendant conception of human beings as semi-divine rational animals. Hume's scepticism, experimentalism, and naturalism are thus shown to be different aspects of the one unified philosophy - a sceptical version of the Enlightenment vision. - ;... a pleasure to read. Buckle's commentary on the Enquiry is compelling, and the manner in which he situates the Enquiry in its historical and intellectual context is likewise engaging. This book clearly presents the roles of philosophical thought in the various phenomena constituting the Englightenment, and so will be of value to scholars and students of Hume, and will be of special value to people who are teaching the Enquiry for the first time and desire to understand how it all "hangs together". - Eighteenth-Century Thought;Buckle's work represents a stimulating and timely addition to the new scholarship on the first Enquriry ... He succeeds in the important task of establishing the Enquiry as an independently significant philosophical work, central to the interpretation of Hume's thinking as a whole, and his book should help ensure that the work remains at the forefront of a new critical thinking about Hume's epistemology. - Journal of Scottish Philosophy;Stephen Buckle's new work represents the first full study of the first Enquiry by a single author since Anthony Flew's Hume's Philosophy of Belief appeared more than 40 years ago ... Buckle's work is undoubtedly an important addition to the recent growth in scholarly writing on the Enquiry ... the only single-author work to offer both a critical overview of the Enquiry, a systematic general interpretation, and a section-by-section commentary on its contents. - Journal of Scottish Philosophy;Buckle makes out a fascinating and extremely scholarly case for concluding that Hume's first Enquiry was indeed originally intended to show how Hume's ideas were all related to and provided support for those of what came to be called the Enlightenment ... this is one of those books a copy of which ought to be held in the Philosophy section of every university library. - British Journal for the History of Philosophy;Stephen Buckle's new study of the first Enquiry and its relation to Book I of the Treatise will be welcomed as a potentially important addition to the Hume literature ... genuine food for thought. - Mind;This astonishingly learned and wonderfully stimulating study ... Buckle's great achievement is to present the Enquiry as a unified and constructive work, a current (rather than a counter-current) in the stream of the Enlightenment. His book is full of insight ... and its clear, measured and stately prose makes it accessible even to readers encountering Hume for the first time ... We are lucky to have a splendid new book that sheds so much light on [Hume]. - Kenneth P. Winkler, Times Literary Supplement
The first textbook to offer novice and experienced teachers guidelines for the "how" and "why" of self-study teacher research Designed to help pre- and in-service teachers plan, implement, and assess a manageable self-study research project, this unique textbook covers the foundation, history, theoretical underpinnings, and methods of self-study research. Author Anastasia Samaras encourages readers to think deeply about both the "how" and the "why" of this essential professional development tool as they pose questions and formulate personal theories to improve professional practice. Written in a reader-friendly style and filled with interactive activities and examples, the book helps teachers every step of the way as they learn and refine research skills; conduct a literature review; design a research study; work in validation groups; collect and analyze data; interpret findings; develop skills in peer critique and review; and write, present, and publish their studies. Key Features A Self-Study Project Planner assists teachers in understanding both the details and process of conducting self-study research. A Critical Friends Portfolio includes innovative critical collaborative inquiries to support the completion of a high quality final research project. Advice from the most senior self-study academics working in the U.S. and internationally is included, along with descriptions of the self-study methodology that has been refined over time. Examples demonstrate the connections between self-study research, teachers' professional growth, and their students' learning. Tables, charts, and visuals help readers see the big picture and stay organized.
Author: Immanuel Kant
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2013-09-26
Immanuel Kant was one of the most influential philosophers in the whole of Europe, who changed Western thought with his examinations of reason and the nature of reality. In these writings he investigates human progress, civilization, morality and why, to be truly enlightened, we must all have the freedom and courage to use our own intellect. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.