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Life Beyond Belief, Everyday Living as Spiritual Practice

Life Beyond Belief, Everyday Living as Spiritual PracticeISBN: 978-0-9792435-0-9

Page-count: 216
Publish Date: 2008
5 1/2 X 8 1/2 trade paperback.
Retail: $16.95

An excerpt:

“Do we actually need to live in rarified spiritual environments in order to be good spiritual people?  Do we need to only work in certain kinds of jobs, or have certain kinds of spouses or families?   Look into it for yourself but, for me, the answer that has come out of this investigation is no. The essential breakthrough that is the culmination of what we call the spiritual life is to realize that what we are is already 100% with us and available, no matter what the circumstances that we are living in. From that knowing, personality still has its preferences, but it lightens up about having to get things entirely its way all the time. The mind-made self is finding its place in a very different configuration about how life works. As it finds that place, it finds that its job is much easier and much more doable than it ever was when it was trying to control things all the time. Now mind can just rest when it is not being useful doing the kinds of things that it really is good at.

“As our process of spiritual awakening unfolds, we find ourselves able to stay aware of the opportunities that come to us through our uncomfortable moments, and to welcome with honesty and openness all that life sends our way. The dualities of good and bad, spiritual and non-spiritual, black and white, high and low, open or shut, all are still visible. They keep giving richness and texture to the world we experience, but we are less affected by their changeable nature because our attention is more and more on that which does not change. In seeing the world in this way and letting what we see penetrate us fully, the opposites are found to contain each other, and then even the preferences soften. We find ourselves to be the one that contains both sides of all of the dualities, the one where they meet and find peace with each other.”

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“Alice welcomes us to the simple wonder of what is, to the effortless Self that is always present behind every thought, every action. This is a journey from mind to heart, from separation to oneness. Follow its thread, because these are words that can open what is closed, free what is imprisoned, and help you to live awake.”

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Ph.D., Sufi teacher and author Working with Oneness.

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Another early endorsement:

“Alice Gardner has succeeded brilliantly in breathing her humanity into the story of awakening to “what is.”  Throughout the book, she points out the universality of the cross-cultural perennial Truth that everything is, quintessentially, only One.  By directly encouraging us to actively use whatever experiences show up as an occasion to deepen our awareness, she short-circuits the mind’s proclivity to separate itself from the heartbeat of Life.  Clear, personal and very readable.  Highly recommended.”

Chuck Hillig
Author of:  Enlightenment for Beginners, Looking for God: Seeing the Whole in One, Seeds for the Soul, The Way IT Is, and The Magic King.
www.chuckhillig.com

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Life Beyond Belief is available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and other online bookstores and will be distributed to brick-and-mortar bookstores by Ingram Book Group, so if your local bookstore does not stock it, they will be able to order it for you through Ingram.

 

Finding Our Way Forward: New Perspectives On Our Evolving Human Potential

Finding Our Way ForwardISBN: 978-0-9792435-4-7
5 1/2 X 8 1/2 trade paperback
Page count: 238
Publish date: 2012
Retail: $16.95, Kindle $9.95
June 2012

Excerpts from Finding Our Way Forward-New Perspectives on Our Evolving Human Potential

Who could have dreamed up a world such as this?

Could this current world situation be a perfect setup for a major leap forward in human development?  In Finding Our Way Forward, Alice Gardner proposes this view and then engages the reader in an introspective journey to the core of who we are and back out again to all of the world’s intractable issues. We are then led to find the unique part each of us has to play in humanity’s grand maturation process. This is as significant an evolutionary transition-point as was the beginnings of our logical/analytical thinking. Now, again, our old ways of thinking are becoming obsolete.

Learn how to adapt your thought processes resiliently during this fast-moving and often tumultuous time. This is how we can make a difference.  This is how we can be a part of leaving behind a world which we are proud to let the children of the future inherit

We stand at a significant evolutionary transition-point!

Can you imagine that the current world situation could be inspiring a significant transformation – a promising leap forward towards a new earth and a new awakening in human nature? Do you feel that you would like to change the world for the better, help establish world peace, etc., but you don’t know how?

In this book, learn immediate and powerful ways to make a difference during this transitional time. Ways to change the world and bring a new awareness and peace to all that you are involved in. Learn to broaden your perspectives, revealing expanded possibilities for addressing the monumental world issues. This breakthrough information allows you to immediately become a part of the solution!

Awaken to find yourself taking a creative part in this unparalleled breakthrough in human development.

In Finding Our Way Forward, Alice Gardner proposes an inspiring view of transformation coming directly from our troublesome world situation. She then engages the reader in an introspective journey to the core of who we are and back again to all of the world’s intractable issues. We are then led to find the unique part each of us has to play in humanity’s grand maturation process. This is as significant an evolutionary transition-point as was the beginnings of our logical/analytical thinking. Now, again, our old ways of thinking are becoming obsolete, and we need to move forward.

We can and do make a difference, no matter how small a part we play!

This is how we can be a part of leaving behind a world which we are proud to let the children of the future inherit. This is how we can know what peace is; know how our consciousness affects everything, and how love can today begin to direct all the actions we take.

Let yourself be inspired by:

  • Poetry – inspirational poetry throughout the book, interspersed with the prose
  • Novelty – cohesive and articulate ideas presented simply, in everyday language
  • Significance – Timely, transformational, meaningful and important for leaving a valuable legacy for future generations
  • Motivation/Stimulation – hit the ground running with the immediacy of the material
  • Inspiration – Find ongoing non-dogmatic support for spiritual awakening in the midst of everyday life and for living from a positive vision about what is happening in the world.
  • Ongoing support after you have finished the book through an extensive recommended reading list.

A Personal Note from the Author

This book has come out of the fact that when I was a teenager I had some big questions about how to fit into this crazy world of ours. In an environment of doom and gloom, what does a young person do? How does one participate in a way that does not make one a part of the problem? I didn’t have any good answers – I didn’t know. I ended up more or less dropping out, separating myself from the problems of the world. I didn’t want to hear all the bad news from the media. I just wanted to grow my own food and live close to nature. Now, as this book is finished I am 59. It has taken all this time to come up with the answers to my own teenage questions.

I introduce an unbelievably broad group of topics in order to address those questions, topics such as human development, brain science, evolutionary theory, perception and so on. I am not trying to present myself as an expert in all of these fields, but instead to function as integrator, tying it all together for the reader in the way that I have tied it all together for myself.

I hope it offers a way of looking at the world situation that makes sense of it and balances a lot of the fear and worry that is around as we move into this time of awakening, transformation, transition and change. I hope also that it becomes an ally and an inspiration to you as you find your own way forward.

Warmly and with best wishes,
Alice Gardner