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Non-Duality Press

The No-Self Help Book

Kate Gustin, JP Sears
Authors:
Kate Gustin, JP Sears
New Harbinger

Awakened Relating

Lynn Marie Lumiere
Authors:
Lynn Marie Lumiere

"Full of wisdom as well as practical guidance about how to bring spiritual illumination into the very heart of our humanness."-John Welwood, author of Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships and Journey of the HeartOur natural state is to love and be loved. From deep within, we're compelled to seek connection. Yet relationships remain a struggle-even for the most spiritually enlightened among us. Traumatic experiences, insecure attachment, and especially the false but commonly held belief that we are separate, both from each other and from the love we seek, can cause endless problems in relationships. As long as our connections are built on this untruth, lasting love and harmony in relationship will elude us. Awakened Relating can help.Written by a licensed therapist and pioneer in bringing the most direct teachings of non-duality into the practice of psychotherapy, this book Love offers practical guidance for improving relationships through "awakened relating"-a more enlightened experience of falling in love, communication, conflict resolution, and sexuality. With examples, guidelines, and experiential inquiries for realizing your true nature, this book will dispel common myths and mistaken beliefs about intimacy and help you cultivate a loving relationship with yourself and others.Including inspirational stories of people who practice awakened relating in their own lives-including Adyashanti and Mukti, Rupert Spira and Ellen Emmet, Margo King and John Steiner, and more-this book will show you how to identify, transform, and resolve the deep psychological issues that prevent you from having the harmonious, loving relationships you seek. Now is the time to realize the deep and ever-present love that exists within and all around you.

Corsair

Becoming Wise

Krista Tippett
Authors:
Krista Tippett

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time. The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast, On Being, has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage. Scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from an array of faiths; poets, activists, and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett's compassionate yet searching conversation. In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind. The book is a master class in living, curated by Tippett and accompanied by a delightfully ecumenical dream team of teaching faculty. The open questions and challenges of our time are intimate and civilizational all at once, Tippett says - definitions of when life begins and when death happens, of the meaning of community and family and identity, of our relationships to technology and through technology. The wisdom we seek emerges through the raw materials of the everyday. And the enduring question of what it means to be human has now become inextricable from the question of who we are to each other. This book offers a grounded and fiercely hopeful vision of humanity for this century - of personal growth but also renewed public life and human spiritual evolution. It insists on the possibility of a common life for this century marked by resilience and redemption, with beauty as a core moral value and civility and love as muscular practice. Krista Tippett's great gift, in her work and in Becoming Wise, is to avoid reductive simplifications but still find the golden threads that weave people and ideas together into a shimmering braid. One powerful common denominator of the lessons imparted to Tippett is the gift of presence, of the exhilaration of engagement with life for its own sake, not as a means to an end. But presence does not mean passivity or acceptance of the status quo. Indeed Tippett and her teachers are people whose work meets, and often drives, powerful forces of change alive in the world today. In the end, perhaps the greatest blessing conveyed by the lessons of spiritual genius Tippett harvests in Becoming Wise is the strength to meet the world where it really is, and then to make it better.

New Harbinger

Being Aware of Being Aware

Rupert Spira
Authors:
Rupert Spira

Everybody is aware, all seven billion of us. We are aware of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions. All people share the experience of being aware, but relatively few people are aware that they are aware. Most people's lives consist of a flow of thoughts, images, ideas, feelings, sensations, sights, sounds, and so on. Very few people ask, "What is it that knows this flow of thoughts, feelings, and perceptions? With what am I aware of my experience?"The knowing of our being-or rather, awareness's knowing of its own being in us-is our primary experience, our most fundamental and intimate experience. It is in this experience that all the peace, happiness, and love we have ever longed for reside. The happiness we have sought for so long outside of ourselves, in situations, objects, and relationships, turns out to be always present, always available, in the simple knowing of our own being as it is. The knowing of our own being shines in each one of us as the experience "I am" or "I am aware," or simply as the thought "I." Because this simplest, most obvious, most familiar, and intimate experience is to the mind not a thing, or nothing, it is overlooked or forgotten by the vast majority of humanity. The overlooking of our own being is the root cause of all unhappiness and, therefore, the root cause of our search for happiness. What is the nature of this experience of being aware? The contemplations in this collection will lead readers toward their own experiential understanding of that which we all call "I."Being Aware of Being Aware is the first and introductory volume in the Essence of Meditation series of collected meditations on the fundamentals of non-duality. Each volume will include six essays, compiled from contemplations led by Rupert Spira at retreats. Future titles include The Nature of Mind, I Am, and The Nature of Happiness.

New Harbinger

The Nature of Consciousness

Rupert Spira
Authors:
Rupert Spira

Our world culture is founded on the assumption that the Big Bang gave rise to matter, which in time evolved into the world, into which the body was born, inside which a brain appeared, out of which consciousness at some late stage developed. As a result of this "matter model," most of us believe that consciousness is a property of the body. We feel that it is "I," this body, that knows or is aware of the world. We believe and feel that the knowing with which we are aware of our experience is located in and shares the limits and destiny of the body. This is the fundamental presumption of mind and matter that underpins almost all our thoughts and feelings and is expressed in our activities and relationships.The Nature of Consciousness suggests that the matter model has outlived its function and is now destroying the very values it once sought to promote. For many people, the debate as to the ultimate reality of the universe is an academic one, far removed from the concerns and demands of everyday life. After all, life happens independently of our models of it. However, The Nature of Consciousness will clearly show that the materialist paradigm is a philosophy of despair and, as such, the root cause of unhappiness in individuals. It is a philosophy of conflict and, as such, the root cause of hostilities between families, communities, and nations. Far from being abstract and philosophical, its implications touch each one of us directly and intimately.An exploration of the nature of consciousness has the power to reveal the peace and happiness that truly lie at the heart of experience. Our experience never ceases to change, but the knowing element in all experience-consciousness, or what we call "I"-itself never changes. The knowing with which all experience is known is always the same knowing. Being the common, unchanging element in all experience, consciousness does not share the qualities of any particular experience: it is not qualified, conditioned, or limited by experience. The knowing with which a feeling of loneliness or sorrow is known is the same knowing with which the thought of a friend, the sight of a sunset, or the taste of ice cream is known. Just as a screen is never disturbed by the action in a movie, so consciousness is never disturbed by experience; thus it is inherently peaceful. The peace that is inherent in us-indeed that is us-is not dependent on the situations or conditions we find ourselves in. In a series of essays that draw you, through your own direct experience, into an exploration of the nature of this knowing element that each of us calls "I," The Nature of Consciousness posits that consciousness is the fundamental reality of the apparent duality of mind and matter. It shows that the overlooking or ignoring of this reality is the root cause of the existential unhappiness that pervades and motivates most people's lives, as well as the wider conflicts that exist between communities and nations. Conversely, the book suggests that the recognition of the fundamental reality of consciousness is the first step in the quest for lasting happiness and the foundation for world peace.

New Harbinger

Presence, Volume I

Rupert Spira
Authors:
Rupert Spira
New Harbinger

Presence, Volume II

Rupert Spira
Authors:
Rupert Spira
Right Way

How To Be Your Own Medium

Carolyn Creel
Authors:
Carolyn Creel

Adyashanti

Foreword writer Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Adyashanti is author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, Emptiness Dancing, True Meditation, and The End of Your World. Based in California, he lives with his wife, Mukti, and teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live Internet radio broadcast.

Bonnie Greenwell

Bonnie L. Greenwell, PhD, is a transpersonal psychotherapist and a non-dual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti. She has specialized for more than thirty years in mentoring people going through transformative experiences related to spiritual awakening and the kundalini process, the subject of her doctoral research at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP). She has an eclectic background including work in psychiatric units, a rehab center, as director of the Transpersonal Counseling Center at ITP, and years of private practice. Greenwell studied Jungian psychology, Jin Shin Do® acupressure, Psychotropic and Radiance Breathwork, kundalini, kriya, and Ashtanga yogas, and many Buddhist meditation practices before finding her ground in non-dual teachings. She was founder and director of the Kundalini Research Network, has lectured and trained therapists in Europe, Australia, and the United States, and established Shanti River Center for non-dual education and counseling in Ashland, OR. She is an author and a contributor to several anthologies.

Deborah Roth Ledley

Deborah Roth Ledley, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety. Ledley received her PhD in psychology from the University of Toronto in 1999 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple at Temple University. She then spent several years on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Since 2006, Ledley has been in private practice in the suburbs of Philadelphia where she primarily works with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders. She has published over fifty scientific papers and book chapters, as well as four academic books, including Making Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Work and Becoming a Calm Mom. Ledley has been quoted in magazines such as Parents, Fit Pregnancy, Family Fun, and Countdown, as well as on several websites including Forbes.com, CNN.com and iParentingLife.com.

Jean Klein

Jean Klein, master of Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Ramana Maharshi and Atmananda Krishna Menon and author of many books on non-dualism, spent several years in India going deeply into the subjects of Advaita and Yoga. In 1955 the truth of non-dualism became a living reality. From 1960 he taught in Europe and later in the United States.

Joan Tollifson

Joan Tollifson writes and talks with people about the living reality Here / Now. She has an affinity with both Buddhism and Advaita, but she belongs to no formal tradition. Her approach is simple and down-to-earth, pointing beyond concepts and beliefs to the immediacy of direct knowing and being. Her first book, Bare-Bones Meditation, was published by Bell Tower in 1996. Joan has lived in Northern California, rural New York, Chicago, and Southern Oregon. Her main teacher was Toni Packer, but she spent time with many other teachers as well.

Kate Gustin

Kate Gustin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2001, and has worked in a range of clinical settings including community mental health clinics, VA hospitals, college counseling centers, and Kaiser Permanente's department of psychiatry. Gustin presently conducts individual and group psychotherapy in her private practice and offers trainings and workshops on positive psychology for patients, students, and health professionals.

Kelly Skeen

Kelly Skeen is a student at Georgetown University in Washington DC. She is also coauthor of Communication Skills for Teens with her mother Michelle Skeen, PsyD.

Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for 'thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.' She is the host of NPR's On Being.

Michelle Skeen

Michelle Skeen, PsyD, is a therapist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. She has provided brief and long-term therapy for individuals and couples by utilizing schema and mindfulness-based approaches to address interpersonal issues, weight management, anger, depression, anxiety, disabilities, and trauma. She is author of Love Me, Don't Leave Me and coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal Problems. Skeen is also coauthor of Communication Skills for Teens with her daughter, Kelly Skeen. She hosts a weekly radio show called Relationships 2.0 with Dr. Michelle Skeen on KCAA Radio 1050 AM and iHeart Radio. To find out more, visit her website at www.michelleskeen.com.

Muniya Khanna

Muniya S. Khanna, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety. Khanna has served as assistant professor of psychiatry and codirector of the Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group in the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She has been involved in some of the most important research in the field of child anxiety in the last 15 years. She is author of numerous research articles and chapters, and coauthor with Philip Kendall of The C.A.T. Project, a therapist manual for the treatment of anxious adolescents. She is active on the boards of the American Psychological Association, ABCT and ADAA, as well as national and international scientific review boards. She is currently associate editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and is an adhoc editor of multiple top tier journals.

Rupert Spira

From an early age, Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of seventeen he learned to meditate, and began a twenty-year period of study and practice in the classical Advaita Vedanta tradition under the guidance of Dr. Francis Roles and Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the north of India. During this time, he immersed himself in the teachings of P. D. Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta, and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1997. Lucille introduced Spira to the Direct Path teachings of Atmananda Krishna Menon, the Tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism (which he had received from his teacher Jean Klein), and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience. Spira lives in the UK and holds regular meetings and retreats in Europe and the United States. For further information, see www.rupertspira.com.

Tamar E. Chansky

Tamar Chansky, PhD, is a psychologist and author of several popular books, including Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, and Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Chansky is passionate about helping kids, parents, and other adults pursue the lives that they want to lead, free from the obstacles of anxiety, pessimism, and OCD. Visit her website at www.tamarchansky.com.