Into the Stillness: Dialogues on Awakening Beyond Thought by Gary Weber (Author), Rich Doyle (Author)

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, Gary and Rich point towards something eternal, framed in our 21st century understanding of neuroscience, spirituality and … something that arises from, and returns to, the Stillness and the Silence.

They offer practical investigation and guidance towards “the sweetest, fullest, most loving, caring, and manifesting experience that anyone could ever wish for.” These chapter headings include: “Using dialogue for awakening,” “Can you “do nothing” and awaken?”, “Why do we fear emptiness, silence and stillness?”, “Functioning without thoughts: sex, psychedelics and non-duality.”

Gary Weber has a Ph.D. in physical sciences and worked in national labs, industry, and academia in R&D and management. Simultaneously, he has done over 30,000 hrs of self-inquiry and Zen meditation and yoga, and experienced the falling away of the “I” and the loss of self-referential thoughts, desires and fears.

Professor Richard Doyle is Liberal Arts Research Professor at Penn State University where he has taught since 1994. Ever since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler at age 12, Doyle has been on a scholarly and personal quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture and consciousness

Look Inside

Living in Nonduality – The Hard Questions

Gary Weber’s comments on the panel discussion, “Filling in the Details” at the Science and NonDuality Conference in Doorn, the Netherlands, May 28 – June 2, 2013. Moderator – Jeff Warren, other panelists, Lisa Cairns and Tim Freke.

Topics covered included what happens w/nondual awakening as far as compassion, functioning, changes in personal relationships, sexual desire, synchronicity, fears, surprises, attachments, emotions, surrender, intimacy, control, free will, thoughts, helping others, etc.

letting go into the bliss and joy of stillness

Dialogue between Gary Weber and Rich Doyle on the approaches, and processes of letting go into the deep bliss of stillness. Byron Katie’s “The Work” and the Sedona Method are explained as well as Ramana Maharshi’s “unchanging vs changing” approach to accessing the “peace that passeth understanding”. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Michele Foucault, Robert Adams and Miles Davis also make appearances.

The wonderful surprises of awakening beyond thought ~ Gary Weber

Published on Jul 28, 2013

Dialogue between Gary Weber and Rich Doyle on the many wonderful, surprising and sweet changes that occur with nondual awakening beyond self-referential thought.

Awakening not a fixed thing/event, but a continuous magnificent unfolding. The sublime simplicity, intimacy, and miraculous “ordinariness” of everyday life. The great sweetness of “now, now, now”. The change in the nature of desire and the increased pleasure of pleasures w/o mental processing, craving or expectation. Increased creativity and bandwidth for more “Aha” moments.

View here on Gary’s book ” Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening”

What is Enlightenment?’ with Paul Smit, Tim Freke and Gary Weber, Moderated by Iain and Renate McNay

Published on Jul 19, 2013

What is Enlightenment?’ with Paul Smit, Tim Freke and Gary Weber, Moderated by Iain and Renate McNay.

This panel explores what the terms people use actually mean; Enlightenment. Awakening; self-realisation, Non-dual. Absolute Reality etc…. how does it all fit together? Does it fit together? People say they have experienced or live in these different states; is there some kind of map or understanding that brings them together?

Enlightenment is an ongoing process not a goal ~ Gary Weber

Dialogue between Gary Weber and Rich Doyle on the nature of enlightenment and how it is not an end point, but an ongoing process of enlargement. The joy of the endless adventure of expansion and deepening of awakening. The great gift of obstacles to work with. Increasing levels of challenge of obstacles. Don’t take delivery on the package of old memories and stories which arise.

Letting go into the bliss and joy of stillness ~ Gary Weber

Dialogue between Gary Weber and Rich Doyle on the approaches, and processes of letting go into the deep bliss of stillness. Byron Katie’s “The Work” and the Sedona Method are explained as well as Ramana Maharshi’s “unchanging vs changing” approach to accessing the “peace that passeth understanding”. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Michele Foucault, Robert Adams and Miles Davis also make appearances.

“Everything Is Predetermined” Einstein and Ramana Maharshi – Gary Weber

Both Einstein and Ramana Maharshi made almost identical statements that “everything is predetermined”. Nobel Laureates Eugene Wigner and Francis Crick (co-discoverer of DNA) made similar statements. The ground-breaking experimental work of Libet and many contemporary cognitive neuroscientists support these statements.

This is the first part of a presentation at the Science and Non-Duality Conference in San Rafael, CA in October 2009. The second part is covered in the video “Intelligence Choice is Impossible”; the third and last part is covered in “You Are Not In Control”.

There is a new video “Predestination, free will, control and the illusion of time” which explains much on these concepts.

Additional information is @ website: book: Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening. Downloadable @ youTube: Gary Weber Nonduality FB

Gary Weber – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jul 15, 2013

Biographies seem to be of intense interest to many folk. It is not clear what purpose they serve, positive or negative, but as others include them, here is one.

It is important to remember that a biography is only one version of the story, always remembered incorrectly, even if the intent is “total” honesty. Recent brain studies have shown that the brain modifies long-term memories and that they are not what was actually recorded by the mind, which was already highly subjective and selective. It is in the third person as it really didn’t happen to “me”.

The author was raised in a devout Methodist home and through early adolescence was involved in religious affairs, giving annual religious talks. From early adolescence until late twenties, he went through a secular life with marriage, two children, undergraduate school, military service, and then graduate school.

Following a near-death experience in the military, he became intent on deeply exploring what was possible to bring understanding to life, to personally experience “enlightenment”, and to end the mental turmoil and suffering he experienced and saw in those around him. One day, reading what turned out to be a famous Zen poem that he had happened upon “by accident”, the normal world fell away and he was in a state never before experienced and beyond any context he knew. After some time the state passed, but he was left with a burning desire to return to whatever it was that he had experienced. He went deeply into Zen meditation, and then various yogas, first so that he could sit for longer periods and then to work with the body to further inquiry.

When he finished graduate school and became a scientist at a national research center, he continued to take teachers’ training courses and studied with different yoga and Zen teachers and philosophers. Arising daily, hours before work, he would meditate and do yoga asanas, and at night would meditate, do yoga and read philosophy. Several times, he taught yoga and meditation wherever he was, but, despite the interest of the students, he would ultimately stop as he knew that he had not achieved full understanding.

This process continued for over 25 years through a series of jobs in different industrial companies eventually reaching the senior executive level of a major company with 1000 folk, 4 research laboratories and a budget of $260M; children were raised, went off to college, etc. During this time, there were many experiences and “enlightenments”, but nothing that was lasting, that really touched the core of reality or that ended the suffering brought about by thought.

One day, after having consciously surrendered every attachment, and given up completely on being able to reach the final understanding “by his efforts”, doing an asana done thousands of times before, a complete shift in consciousness occurred in which self-referential thought fell away and all that happened, happened in stillness and presence. He realized that he was not this body, nor these thoughts, but the undying consciousness behind them. He saw that everything was perfect as it was and that all was somehow within him, and that simultaneously everything was God.

This shift was so complete and radical that he soon left his executive position, did many silent retreats and visits to Zen masters, and yoga teachers in the U.S. and India to confirm and deepen his understanding. To further test his understanding, and to see if it was possible to function successfully from an awakened state, he took other complex, high responsibility, upper-level management positions in fields in which he had no previous experience, and was successful.

During this last period, at the urging of students, other yoga teachers, and a Zen master, he began teaching again.

Since then, he has taught, authored two books, a blog, several articles, numerous videos, interviews, and presentations on nonduality and neuroscience at various conferences and universities. He has been a subject and/or collaborator in cognitive neuroscience and meditation studies at Baumann Institute, IONS, CSNSC, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Penn State.

All of these experiences really happened to no one, and they ultimately really mean nothing. The events were created out of the control of any “I” and arose from nothingness and went into nothingness. Attaching any importance, ownership, or personal causation to these events is incorrect. However your spiritual path unfolds, it will certainly be different from this one.

As one of his Zen teachers said frequently, “Whatever happens to you is none of your business”. Or, as the poet Rumi has said, “Your life is not your own”.

Books: Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening Dancing Beyond Thought: Bhagavad Gita Verses and Dialogues for Awakening” (in publishing)

Website: Awakening Beyond Thought

View here for his book, “Happiness beyond Thought: A practical guide to awakening”

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

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