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Trey Carland
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  • Candler, NC
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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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Trey Carland's Blog

Fear of the Future

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 12:41am 0 Comments

Fear seems rampant around the world right now. For some it has to do with the impending rule of the new President of the United States. We have heard a great deal about how wrong things could go under Trump, and a lot of it’s easily believable based on the past. However, this is a prime example of how we create fear in our lives -- We imagine a future. We like predictability and are programmed to use our memory to project a future to help put us at ease (or freak us out). Let’s face it, the…

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Trey's Interview with Jeannie Zandi

Posted on January 2, 2017 at 11:58pm 0 Comments

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Jeannie Zandi recently (www.jeanniezandi.com). She is a great spiritual teacher that I first met back in 2007. In fact, she was the first…

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Divided We Fall

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 11:57pm 0 Comments

I divorced myself from politics back in 2004 after suffering a grand mal seizure. It happened right after I learned that John Kerry had conceded the election to George Bush, before all of the votes had been counted. I wasn’t a Kerry supporter at the time, but I was a Bush hater. When I went to tell my wife the upsetting news, I fell down and had a seizure. I woke up in the ambulance on the way to the ER. I was later diagnosed with epilepsy, but it was a wake up call that changed my life…

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My New Job

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 8:14am 0 Comments

A change in my employment status led me to a job that I never really thought of. How I got there is a long, and somewhat messy tale with its own set of life lessons that I may talk in more depth about at a later date. For now, the life lessons are bountiful from my current situation.

I am working as a brand ambassador/event specialist for Advantage Solutions*, which is a national marketing company that partners with Walmart stores to promote certain products in their stores.…

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Where is This Thing Going?

Posted on January 17, 2016 at 8:09pm 0 Comments

Like most people, I find myself caught in repetitive thinking from time to time. It’s usually about something that I need to do in the future, and can be rather bothersome. For example, when I’m laying in bed thinking about something I think I need to do in the future. Obviously there are times when you may need to think ahead or plan, but we tend to get stuck in overthinking things that are really of no importance in the grand scheme of things. It may be helpful to ask yourself, “Can…

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Comment Wall (144 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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