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There Was a Time…

Posted by Trey Carland on January 12, 2021 at 8:51pm 0 Comments

On the day of the takeover of the Capitol, I stopped to chat with my neighbor, who filled me in on what was happening. He asked me to say a prayer for our country, which I later did. It went a little something like this, “May we all find the peace that we seek and share that peace with the world.” Today, while reflecting on the recent events at the Capitol and the drama that continues to ensue, the impulse to write arose and here is the result:

There Was a…



Posted by Trey Carland on November 16, 2020 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

When asked to summarize his teachings in one word, Ramana Maharshi said, “Attention.” That struck home in a deeper way the most recent time I heard it. I thought he would have said, “Silence,” because that what his preferred method of teaching. But his answer makes perfect sense. His teachings on Self-inquiry are all about directing attention from the world of thoughts and objects to the source of attention. Attention has been described as focused Awareness and is the “tool” (if we can call…


Dealing with Anxiety

Posted by Trey Carland on June 12, 2020 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

I had a nice conversation with a friend of mine who reached out for some support regarding feelings of anxiety that had become a recurring theme. It's a common feeling we've all felt at one time or another and possibly a feeling that is being triggered more frequently by all of the things going on in the world. My friend seemed to benefit from the words I shared so I thought it might be helpful to put them out there for public consumption. Though this conversation dealt specifically with…


Am I in the Body, or is it in Me?

Posted by Trey Carland on April 22, 2020 at 2:47pm 0 Comments

We have been taught since we were old enough to learn that we are the body. But once you’ve had a glimpse of your True Nature as Awareness, that belief begins to get undermined. With subsequent realizations, non-dual moments, awakening experiences, etc., when there is a dis-identification with the body, the belief upon which the whole story of “you” was built begins to weaken. It can be unsettling when the “you” you thought you were begins to appear more like a figment of imagination. I’ve…


Are you the Doer?

Posted by Trey Carland on April 14, 2020 at 1:23am 0 Comments

Do you think you're the doer of things? If not, then read no further. If so, I invite you to ask a few questions and do some further investigation. First, let’s look at the possible options for what is doing the doing. Is it the mind? Is it the body? Or is it something else? Conventional thinking may lead us to believe that the mind is governing the body, so let’s investigate that first. Begin paying close attention to what…

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The Neuroscience of Meditation and Higher States of Consciousness at ONLINE VIA ZOOM

April 26, 2021 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
• Learn that the so-called 'monkey mind' is actually a healthy mind seeking fulfillment • Effective meditation doesn't control the mind but satisfies the mind  • The three major categories of meditation and their brain wave signatures • Dr. Fred Travis is one of the world’s most respected and highly published researchers in the area of meditation and the brain. He is director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness…See More
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Nonduality: The Primary Illusion Preventing Awakening

WHOSE ILLUSION IS IT????This is a nondual unteaching.We share a lot of great insights during our weekly satsangs, so please consider subscribing to our Satsa...
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A Two-Night Retreat with Alaya at Well Being Retreat Center

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Bask in Alaya's loving presence and clarity for a two-night silent retreat at Well Being Retreat Center where you will be well cared for, well fed, and have the opportunity to experience profound inner and outer silence.​Following a spontaneous awakening twenty years ago, Alaya has deepened her understanding by immersing herself in the teachings of Neelam (in the lineage of Ramana Maharshi) and with personal counseling with Adyashanti.​NOTE: All sessions will be held and all meals will be…See More
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Has Your Spiritual Practice Hit A Wall? at A virtual course via Zoom

April 1, 2021 at 7:15pm to April 29, 2021 at 8:45pm
     If so, you might be taking your practice and yourself too seriously. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: “Spirituality is too important to be taken seriously.”     “This is about enlightenment, not enheaviment,” says spiritual teacher Jac O’ Keeffe. Most seriousness comes from and reinforces our spiritual identity. This precludes surrender and sabotages our spiritual progress. The Wise Fool course helps you lighten up on yourself – the one person that is standing in your way. As Vedanta teacher…See More
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"Our Pursuit of Happiness" a Day-Long Online Meditation and Inquiry Retreat at On Line Event

March 27, 2021 from 10am to 5:30pm
"We can spend a most of our life energy pursuing happiness only to be disappointed eventually by its inability to be ultimately satisfying and for its inherent quality of impermanence. We recognize these characteristics, yet continue our pursuit. This retreat will explore an alternative approach."Well Being Retreat Center is offering a day-long ONLINE retreat entitled "Our Pursuit of Happiness." The retreat will be led by Don Oakley, the Founding Director of Well Being Retreat Center and author…See More
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Bob Roth: “Bringing Meditation To Everyone — And Why Science Says It’s A Great Idea” at Zoom

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Learn how this grassroots nonprofit, launched by filmmaker David Lynch, has grown to offer meditation training to over 1M people at riskLearn how some of the lowest performing schools in the U.S. were transformed into the best — by adding "Quiet Time" & meditationBob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 45 years, Bob has taught the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique to thousands of…See More
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Satsang with Alaya via Zoom at Online

March 17, 2021 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Dearest Sangha,  Presence heals all suffering.   Satsang invites us to meet what is here so deeply that nothing is left to keep us apart. With inquiry and tenderness, with curiosity and truth,  and with your deepest prayer we find what is real. Our natural ground of being is calling us into this moment to heal, to end separation, calling you home.My Beloved I bow to you in service to this.Love, AlayaPlease join us for Satsang in community, sharing and sacred space. To make a donation more…See More
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