Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening ~ Gary Weber

In everyday life our mind is filled with endless thoughts, roughly 60,000 every day. Memories of pains and pleasures, regrets of things we wish we hadn’t done or wish we had, things we wish we had said or hadn’t, things we will say or do in the future, etc., fill our days. Most of our days are filled with struggle, uncertainty, doubt and confusion.

We believe that without these thoughts, nothing can be accomplished, that we will be unhappy and unsuccessful in “life” and even in danger for our very survival. We believe that we are our thoughts and so do this thinking, thinking, thinking from when we wake up until we fall asleep and even in our dreams.

Unfortunately, this approach, as we all know, is unsuccessful; the stream of thoughts just doesn’t deliver the happiness and peace we want. Pleasures are short-lived, and never measure up to expectations, requiring more thoughts and greater effort, and more disappointments in the pursuit of the elusive lasting happiness.

Isn’t there a better approach to happiness, one that would make it possible for you to live a sane and holistic life while fully engaged in the activities of today’s world?

What if you could dramatically slow and perhaps stop the constant stream of thoughts? What if you could live with only occasional thoughts in a heightened awareness that is fully alert, aware and functional, and yet calm, peaceful and happy?

Thoughts would still be available for certain tasks, but they are now an instrument in the band, not the stressed-out, confused solo singer and guitar. “Mental” tasks, when they occur, are done with greater insight, clarity and perception as they no longer have to fight their way through unending competing stream of thoughts.

If you look at when you have had a unique insight, inspiration or revelation, an “ah ha” moment of stillness and clarity, that is what we do in this work – make such occurrences more likely. In fact, that becomes your principal state of being.

How do you free yourself from thoughts?

There are many tools to work with, some contemporary, some intuitive, others ancient and classical. They use practices such as yoga postures, breathing exercises, chanting, meditative inquiry, affirmations, and negations. The linked pages are abstracted from Gary Weber’s book “Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening.” Many other approaches are covered in the book including simple thought exercises, surrender, chakras, diet, recent scientific studies validating the work, reasons for practice, sitting meditation, what awakening is like and what it isn’t, background texts including Ramana Maharshi’s Upadesa Saram, Shankara’s Nirvana Shatakam, and selections from the Bhagavad Gita, and many dialogues and discussions with students. A table of contents is in the book link.

Much of the work focuses on watching thoughts in different situations and investigating their structure. These approaches have been used for thousands of years and have been rediscovered by virtually every culture.

It is not necessary to change your name, clothing, or hairdo, adopt some strange customs, travel to a distant location, retire from the “world”, stop working, or give away one’s possessions to engage in this work. Gary continued his practice and “awoke” while having a family and working successfully in research institutions, industry and academia. He continued working successfully afterwards for many years.

View Gary Weber’s biography HERE

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What “no thoughts” means – 3 different kinds of thoughts

Published on Jul 14, 2013

Description of the three principal types of thoughts and the cognitive neuroscience networks in which they occur; problematic thoughts from the default mode network, tasking thoughts in the task positive network, and problem solving that is done “off line”.

Problematic thoughts can be largely eliminated by using nondual, self-inquiry, to reduce/eliminate the ego/I. This allows higher performance while doing tasks.

Most complex problem solving is done off-line by the “elephant” of billions of neurons and trillions of synapses that make up the high speed parallel processors and huge data storage of our brain. After the “elephant” solves the problem, it is sent to the on-line “rider”/press secretary, the “I”, for broadcast and claiming credit.

No Thoughts, No Time, Part I – Gary Weber

Loss of thought, functioning w/o thought, the default mode network, published current research on cognitive neuroscience on meditation for one month, different “me-ing/selfing” networks.

“No Thoughts, No Time: The Experience, The New Science” Science and NonDuality Conference, October 22, 2011 in San Rafael, CA. Dr. Gary Weber. The video “No Thoughts, No Time, Part II” is the segment of the talk following this video.

Recent cognitive neuroscience demonstrates that meditation can permanently reduce or eliminate the wandering mind. This wandering mind, called the default mode network, is the common situation in most folks’ minds when they are not doing a task, and is a self-concerned, “I, me, my” focused, narrative. Most of our unhappiness, worry, concerns, and fears are generated and aggravated by the operation of this default mode network. Meditation can change that. It is also possible to lose the negative aspects of a sense of time.

No Thoughts, No Time, Part II – Gary Weber

The Enlightenment of Work by Steve Nobel

THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF WORK: Revealing the Path to Happiness, Contentment and Purpose in Your Job by Steve Nobel, published by Watkins Publishing (256 pages).

Work affects most of us at some point in our lives. Work can be a source of growth, connection, and purpose, but too often it is a source of feeling aimless, bullied or manipulated. Sometimes it comes through overarching ambition, striving to climb up the corporate ladder only to find it is leaning in the wrong direction. There are degrees of emotional and physical suffering when we feel anger, misery and unhappiness with unenlightened work.

The Enlightenment of Work is about ending that suffering. This book is essential for anyone wishing to: Transform your suffering at work: Suffering can come in many ways. It can come through feeling aimless and bored where the only reason for being there is to collect a salary each month. It can come through stress, overwork and burnout. This book offers a simple philosophy: suffering happens – but we can transform that suffering. Realise their innate gifts, talents and purpose: Most work disconnects us from knowing our authentic self – our essence or soul. Trust your courage, ideas, intuition, and discover your true self.

Reclaim their time: Time is your most precious resource and one you cannot afford to waste. However, many of us work in busy environments that leave little time for real thinking or reflection, or for doing anything very new or interesting. Busy and idle minds can get locked into different forms of anxiety about the past and the future. The changing world of work demands emotional and spiritual intelligence. No one has to stay with work that oppresses the spirit. This new world is about choice.

Steve Nobel on the Enlightenment of Work

Published on Feb 17, 2013

Steve Nobel is a co-director of Alternatives (for the past 12 years) — a not for profit organisation based in St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, London. Steve is also a personal and business coach who specialises in working with creative clients — many of his clients are actors, copy-writers, designers and playwrights. He is an interviewer and has many free interviews with spiritual authors available on his website. He also has a number of free podcasts available on The Enlightenment of Work. He is the author of three non-fiction published books and is currently writing his fourth.

The Enlightenment of Work by Steve Nobel

Published on Feb 15, 2013

The simple message of my book is suffering in your work is unnecessary. When we go beyond our habitual patterns of suffering a whole new world of possibility opens up. It is always possible to be fulfilled in your work and be in alignment with your deepest values, calling and authentic spirit.

This video was produced and directed by the amazingly creative Anna Runefelt with the great illustrating skills of “Jackfrost”

Interview with Steve Nobel author of The Enlightenment of Work

The Enlightenment of Work: Stop Suffering and Start Loving Your Work – and Yourself

The Seer: Volume One of The ‘O’ Manuscript, The Scandinavian Bestseller by Lars Muhl

The Seer is a compelling account of one man’s spiritual awakening, written with extraordinary energy, candour and humility. The first of three books that together comprise ‘The O Manuscript’, it is the beginning of a personal and philosophical quest that challenges conventional wisdom and takes the reader on a mystical journey through ancient history and modern times.

The book begins with the author at a crossroads, suffering from debilitating health, his personal and professional lives disintegrating around him. Bed-ridden for three years, Lars Muhl was put in touch with a seer who helped him, over the telephone initially, to recover his energy and brought him back to life. The Seer became his spiritual leader, teaching him the inner truths of existence.

We travel with him to Montsegur, a remote mountain village and castle in southern France, where he meets the Seer and begins his remarkable and challenging adventure. The book is not only a spellbinding introduction to the ancient vision of cosmic interconnectedness, but also a critical evaluation of a long list of limiting New Age dogmas. When Lars and the Seer part, the latter hands an old manuscript into the author’s care – a doorway to further revelations.

Lars Muhl was for many years a successful singer/songwriter who also studied the world’s religions and esoteric knowledge. Then, in 1996, he was struck down by an unexplained illness, which neither doctors nor alternative therapists could diagnose. For three years he was confined to his bed, unable to move. Through a friend, Lars was put in touch with a seer who, via the telephone, brought him “back to life.” This experience, and the revelations that followed from it, are described in The Seer; further revelations will be presented in the two books that complete the trilogy, The Magdalene and The Grail (forthcoming from Watkins).

Click here to take a look inside.

Lars Muhl — author of the O Manuscript at Watkins Books

Published on Apr 3, 2013

Lars Muhl is best known for the O Manuscript. He was active in the music business from the 1960-90s, and was the front-man for the Danish rock band, Daisy, and the New Wave act, Warm Guns. His solo hit, ‘Europa,’ placed second in the Danish Eurovision Song Contest in 1995.

Today, Muhl and his wife, Githa Ben-David, operate the Gilalai Institute of Energy and Consciousness. The author lives in Denmark.

Lars Muhl: Introduction to “The O Manuscript” book trilogy

Lars was listed as one of the 100 most influential spiritual teachers by Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit Magazine in 2013.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Meets Russell Brand

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Russell Brand at Manchester Arena Saturday 16th June 2012.

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