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About Me
I was born in Asheville, NC, grew up in Cullowhee, went to grad school at WCU, and now live in Candler.

I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2004, at age 30, and began my personal search for enlightenment.

After blogging about my journey for the last few years, I finally turned it all into a book "A Seeker's Guide to Inner Peace: Notes to Self" - http://www.treycarland.com

I enjoy reading and writing, scenic drives, and the present moment :)
Favorite Quote(s)
"The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all of the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken."
- Eckhart Tolle

"I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always."
- Byron Katie

More favorite quotes from:
Eckhart Tolle - http://quedox.com/be/tolle.html
Byron Katie - http://quedox.com/be/katie.html
Adayshanti - http://quedox.com/be/adyashanti.html
Gangaji - http://quedox.com/be/gangaji.html
John Sherman - http://quedox.com/be/sherman.html
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http://compassion-blog.blogspot.com

Author of "A Seeker's Guide to Inner Peace: Notes to Self"

Inspired by the works of Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Adyashanti, and many other well-known (and not so well-known) spiritual teachers, this book chronicles the journey of a man enamored with the idea of Enlightenment. Not only are the great wisdom teachings of Advaita brought to life in this book, the inspirations, meditations and revelations experienced by the author are also eloquently expressed.

This book is written in such a way that it appeals to those who have been actively seeking spiritual Enlightenment, as well as those who only have a mild curiosity. The teachings and experiences shared in this book are actually lessons on how to live a happier and more peaceful life. Since this book shares real life experiences with which most of us can relate, it also serves as a road map to bring about a deeper understanding of what Awakening means in our daily lives.

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I Want: The Birth of Desire

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:23am 0 Comments

Dear Friends and Family,



I hope you and yours are doing well.  Spring is in the air now, I think.  We’ve been teased a bit here in WNC with dramatic swings in temperatures, but the flowers are waking up and reminding us it’s time for us to do the same :)



So, in case you hadn’t heard, our little Adorabella is almost two years old (hard to believe I know), and is learning the ropes of being a human.  She is talking up a storm and it’s so much fun to listen to her pronounce…

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Watch Your Language

Posted on June 23, 2013 at 12:01am 0 Comments

Well, Adorabella (as I like to call her) is 14 months old now, and walking all over the place.  She also wants complete free roam of the house, which means following her everywhere.  She’s a pure joy, but it is quite challenging to get things done as a work at home Dad in an environment with a baby who doesn’t believe in naps.  It’s all a big learning game that I’m sure will never end, and we are very fortunate to have such a…
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Baby Steps

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 11:18pm 1 Comment

As I sit here, our daughter Izabella, who is now 9 months old, is crawling around the living room looking for ways to pull her self up to standing.  Iza, as Shelby likes to call her, is such a wonderful gift.  Not only do we get to revel in her discovering everything for the first time, but we get to see her…

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Book Reading at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, NC

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 2:33pm 0 Comments

Hey friends and family,



I haven't had time to write you with an update in a while now, but suffice it to say that Izabella is keeping us on our toes.  She's almost 9 months now, and crawling around like crazy.  She's trying to stand up on her own and will probably be taking her first steps within a week or so.  She's a beautiful, precious, little bundle of…
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Mental Dis-Order

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 1:51am 0 Comments

Eight years ago today, November 7, 2004, I had my first grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy.  Interestingly enough, it was on the day that John Kerry conceded the presidential election to George Bush.  Though I was not a fan of Kerry, at that time I was strongly opposed to Bush.  When I learned the news I was very upset and went into the kitchen to tell my wife, Shelby, the bad news.  The next thing I remember I was sitting on our stairs with paramedics looking up at me and…

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Comment Wall (129 comments)

At 3:27pm on January 29, 2009, Katy Fischer said…
Thank you, Trey, for creating this site. I'd been hoping something would appear that carries a greater depth of thought and gives me an opportunity to know some of the people in this community. Asheville is a place I've dreamed of living for years...and now being here....it surpasses my expectations.
At 9:18am on January 31, 2009, Angela said…
Hi Trey, Ok I'm just finding my way around this website, it will be very interesting to
read and send comments on different spiritual aspects one is working on and applying
to their daily lives, for now need to upload my photo, have the CD, recent difficulty
with pc hardware revamped means needs to find alternate way to do so, Will do so
soon, enjoyed first seeing your photo, good photo of you, Peace, Angela
At 4:51pm on February 1, 2009, Julia Borg said…
Hey Trey,
Many thanks for creating this great networking space. It's great to have a place to post happenings and see what's new. Love flowing to all. Julia
At 10:39am on February 4, 2009, Linda L Arata said…
I missed my 1st meeting and it was because of the ice in my driveway.
Do we meet this Thursday or next?
I really missed seeing everyone, how many did you have?
Linda
At 6:25pm on February 4, 2009, Moe Bruce said…
thank you Trey for the welcome and the set up of this xxx
At 12:00pm on February 13, 2009, Laurel said…
Hi Trey,
Thanks for the welcome. I'd like to attend the Byron Katie event. She is amazing. I have also found another teacher I think you'd appreciate. Her name is Eliza Mada Dalian, based in Vancouver,BC. Check her out on the web. I ordered her book and find it equally as challenging as Katie's stuff. Peace and love.
Laurel
At 6:17pm on August 1, 2009, Cullen Anderson said…
Trey, thanks so much for starting this site. Gosh, we've added several out of town folks the past few days because of the events offered. Chapel Hill, Silver Spring MD, and am expecting a lady from Florida to join as well. COOL! Sorry I haven't been out to your group for awhile. I have a transportation problem for the time being. But that will change. Namaste.
At 9:42pm on September 10, 2009, Julie Adams said…
Trey ...

Love & Thanks for your invite to the Awakening Practices ... !! Wasn't able to make it this time, but will keep it on my calendar for next time/s ... Namaste :)
At 7:01pm on December 24, 2009, Katie Davis said…
Thank you, Trey, for the welcoming post and invitation. It is delightful to discover you here. I enjoyed the slideshow. All Love ~ Katie
At 4:19pm on January 3, 2010, Cat Matlock said…
Hi, Trey, my friend. Great work you're doing. I'm really looking forward to participating in some practices and to Adyashanti's workshop in April. Already bought my ticket! Hope to see you soon. Blessings to you and Shelby for a beautiful and richly inspired New Year!
Namaste. Om shanti om...

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