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Trey Carland
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  • Candler, NC
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I was born in Asheville, NC, grew up in the mountains of Western NC.

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

In 2012 I published my first book "A Seeker's Guide to Inner Peace: Notes to Self" and hope to have the second book out in 2019.

I have been hosting awakening support group meetings in Asheville since 2007 and currently offer meditative hiking and driving tours around WNC.

I enjoy writing, meditation, yoga, scenic drives, self-inquiry and the present moment :)
- http://www.treycarland.com
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"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
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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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Dealing with Anxiety

Posted 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…

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

Posted 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…

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Are you the Doer?

Posted 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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Symptoms of Peace in a Pandemic

Posted on March 22, 2020 at 10:54am 0 Comments

I hope you are all doing well and remaining healthy. I'm feeling called to share something I wrote that came from my work with with inquiry and the pandemic. What helped me could be of use to someone else looking for peace in this very surreal world we inhabit.

In peace,

Trey

Symptoms of Peace in a Pandemic

If you are like most people on the planet Earth right now, then you have most likely been experiencing a lot of fear. There is an undercurrent of fear…

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For the Love of Traffic

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 2:55pm 0 Comments

[The following words were dictated into my phone while sitting in traffic and later revised while sitting in a café.]


As I was on my way to volunteer at my daughter's school, I ran into a traffic jam on the interstate. Traffic was stop and go. It…
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Comment Wall (158 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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