Into the Stillness: Dialogues on Awakening Beyond Thought

Into the Stillness: Dialogues on Awakening Beyond Thought

by Richard Doyle


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Into the Stillness: Dialogues on Awakening Beyond Thought by Richard Doyle

At once extraordinarily wide-ranging and sharply focused, Into the Stillness offers several deceptively simple and informal conversations about life, existence, and identity in one book.

This is an important book. Don’t be misled by the casually graceful repartee and lightness of touch. Without dogma, without heavy shoulds and should nots, authors Gary Weber and Richard Doyle point toward something eternal, framed in our twenty-first-century understanding of neuroscience, spirituality, and something that arises from, and returns to, the Stillness and the Silence.

In Into the Stillness, Weber and Doyle offer a practical investigation and guidance toward “the sweetest, fullest, most loving, caring, and manifesting experience that anyone could ever wish for.” Chapter headings include “Using dialogue for awakening,” “Can you ‘do nothing’ and awaken?”, “Why do we fear emptiness, silence, and stillness?”, and “Functioning without thoughts: sex, psychedelics, and non-duality.”

As a journey, this collection of dialogues is inspiring, shifting, and full of little moments of insight that will linger for a long time afterward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908664532
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 05/18/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gary Weber, PhD, has a doctorate in physical sciences and has worked in national labs, industry, and academia in research and development and management. He’s done over thirty thousand hours of self-inquiry, Zen meditation, and yoga, and has experienced the falling away of the “I” and the loss of self-referential thoughts, desires, and fears.

Richard Doyle, PhD, is liberal arts research professor at Pennsylvania State University. Ever since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler, Doyle has been on a quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture and consciousness.

Table of Contents

A book has occurred v

Predestination, control, free will and the illusion of time 1

Using dialogue for awakening 11

Can you "do nothing" and awaken? 17

Why do we fear emptiness, silence and stillness? 23

Attachment and suffering 30

Can inward revolution change sustainability? 39

DIY non-dual awakening 45

Does the world need to be "fixed" or is it "perfect"? 54

Dysfunctional evolution of the mind 61

Enlightenment is a process not a goal 72

Functioning without thoughts: sex, psychedelics and non-duality 77

Getting to stillness in a crisis 83

Guessing others' minds through mirrors 89

Guilt and shame… useful or dysfunctional? 95

Higher functioning without thoughts 102

How much should teachings cost? 107

Is your energy level important in awakening? 111

Letting go into the bliss and joy of stillness 117

Making awakening too complicated… pitfalls and barriers 126

Non-dual awakening obstacles, tactics, misconceptions and delights 134

Oneness… What is it? How does it arise? What does it mean? 142

Psychedelics, sex and/or non-dual awakening? 151

Religion has what? 154

Self-inquiry practices on a busy schedule 164

Sleep 171

Spiritual practice with partner/wife/family as Zen masters 175

The difference between pain and suffering 181

The "I" can't dance 185

The neuroscience of non-dual awakening 189

The wonderful surprises of awakening beyond thought 199

What is a teacher? 205

When, where, why you get stuck on the 'path' 210

Why the resistance to having fewer narrative thoughts? 218

Working with relationships, emotions and grief 227

Endnotes 233

Index 236

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