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Trey Carland
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Trey has been actively on a spiritual journey since 2005. After several awakening experiences, he became passionate about sharing these insights with the world. "This has to be shared," was the thought that came after one such experience. So, he began blogging about his journey and eventually turned those blogs into two books. His first book, A Seeker's Guide to Inner Peace: Notes to Self, was published in December of 2011, and his second book, Finding Peace Everywhere: How Presence, Surrender and Inquiry Changed My Life, was published in January of 2021.

In 2007 Trey began hosting weekly Awakening Support Group meetings dedicated to enlightenment and awakening. Also in 2007, Trey co-founded the Asheville Sangha online community and Facebook page to help bring together like-minded individuals from Asheville and beyond.

In 2018 Trey began offering meditation hikes in the mountains of Western North Carolina as a way to help others find peace. Combining meditation with walking in Nature is a powerful combination that enables people to become fully present and can foster a sense of oneness with all that is. He created Zen Mountain Tours in 2019 and now offers tours through Airbnb Experiences as a way to invite those visiting the Asheville area to connect with Nature in presence. You can also find Zen Mountain Tours on Facebook.

His latest venture is called Virtual Dream Creations, which is a video production business. Using his drone and 360 camera, he offers aerial and virtual reality photos and videos. VDC offers photo/video services for use in real estate, as well as cinematic productions. His goal is to create art through video and has a Vimeo page with time lapse videos of sunsets and moon rises. To that end, he has been working on a film project that he hopes will turn into a mini-series on the trials and tribulations of people on a spiritual path. He also enjoys shooting videos just for fun. He and his daughter, Izabella, have a YouTube channel called Daddy Daughter Fun Time which is a compilation of improvisational skits they do for fun :-)

Trey also has a podcast called Question the Orthodox, where he has posted interviews with some spiritual teachers and non-duality speakers.

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"The paradox is that THIS, this appearance, isn't what it appears to be. It is and it isn't. It's no-thing being something. It's emptiness appearing as everything. It's unified appearing as divided or separated." - Jim Newman

Life's Invitation

"It would appear that Life is always inviting us out of the dream of identification with the separate self. Each event is an invitation to wake up and recognize that we are Life itself. This is "my" invitation to "you" -- find out, using your own direct experience, what you truly are, prior to second hand information." ~ Trey

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​​Radical Non Duality and The End of Seeking

Posted on April 4, 2022 at 12:19am 0 Comments

I have not written anything since publishing my second book a year ago, but not long after publication I encountered a message that seems to have taken "my" apparent journey and leveled it. It's not a popular message and certainly not a message I would have chosen to resonate with, but there was apparently…

There Was a Time…

Posted 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 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 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 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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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 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?
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.
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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