Question the Orthodox
By Trey Carland
Question the OrthodoxAug 27, 2023
Conversation with Frank McCaughey on Non-Duality with Trey Carland
I had a lovely chat with Frank, who is a film maker, author and non-duality speaker from Ireland. He did the film Zero and One and wrote a book called Unknowing. He also hosts online meetings and has a lot of videos on his YouTube channel. You can learn more about Frank at https://www.unknowing.life
Conversation with Suzanne about Non-Duality with Trey Carland
I had a lovely chat with Suzanne Chang about non-duality, seeking, the end of seeking, energy, suffering, creativity and more. Suzanne offers regular online meetings and has a lot of great stuff on YouTube. You can find out more at https://suzannechang.net/ or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@suzanne-chang
Interview with Kenneth Madden on Non-Duality by Trey Carland
I had a lovely chat with Kenneth Madden, who is an uncompromising non-duality speaker from Ireland. He does online meetings, in person meetings and individual sessions. You can learn more about him on his website - https://www.kennethmadden.net/. Here is a quote from his site, "The suggestion being made here is that you are not the separate individual self you experience yourself to be and that the sense of separation that may be felt is artificial. There is and never has been a separate individual "you". You will never find what you are looking for as you are not there to find it and there is no "it" to find."
Interview with TIm Cliss on Non-Duality by Trey Carland
Tim Cliss is a non-duality speaker and author from Great Britain who gives weekly online talks and retreats. He has written a book entitled, This Deafening Silence, as well as a great deal of poetry. We had a lovely chat about the nature of Life as well as disillusionment. His energy and words are compassionately uncompromising. Here is a quote from his website, "Life is always as it is, this is it. All the past is here, all the future is here. For the seemingly separate individual, the search for freedom is the search to find something other than this. In his debut book, Tim points towards the unknowable everything and nothing. All there is, is this. This deafening silence." You can learn more about Tim, his writings and his videos at https://www.timclissthis.com. He also posted the video version of this interview here - https://youtu.be/RQG6SePHFq0.
Interview with Emerson on Non Duality by Trey Carland
Emerson has been conducting interviews and hosting online retreats for non-duality speakers for a while now. His videos and online retreats have introduced me to other radical non-duality speakers, for which there is immense gratitude. His passion for this radical non-duality message is very apparent in the conversations he's had with various speakers, as well as in our conversation. You can learn more about the events he's organizing on his website is https://www.non-duality.live/.
Interview with Andreas Muller on Non Duality by Trey Carland
Andreas Muller is from Germany and has been giving talks on non-duality since 2011. He has written several books on the topic of non-duality and hosts regular online meetings as well as some residential meetings. We had a lovely conversation about the nature of seeking and the end of seeking, and the illusory experience of separation. You can learn more about Andreas on his website https://thetimelesswonder.com.
Interview with Jim Newman on Non Duality, by Trey Carland
Jim Newman is a non-duality speaker who has held retreats all over the world and currently hosts monthly online meetings. You can learn more about Jim and his message on his website - www.Simply-This.com. What Jim speaks about is much different than what most non-duality teachers are discussing as it has nothing on offer for the seeker. There is nothing to do because there is already no you to do it. This, what's arising, is complete and whole and perfect as it is and there is no separation, already. As I indicated in the interview, this message found "me" at just the right time for it to resonate on a deep level, and has apparently led to glimpses of what's being pointed to. Much gratitude to Jim for his willingness to share (as if he had a choice).
Michael Hall interviews Trey Carland
Author and spiritual teacher, Michael Hall, PhD, interviewed Trey Carland on Michael's weekly Facebook talk. They discussed Trey's two books (A Seeker's Guide to Inner Peace: Notes to Self and Finding Peace Everywhere: How Presence, Surrender and Inquiry Changed my Life). Trey talks about how his early awakening experiences and diagnosis with epilepsy started him on the awakening journey. Many of the insights gained on that journey became written words that eventually became two books. Trey has been hosting weekly Awakening Support Group meetings since 2007 and is co-founder of the Asheville Sangha online community and Facebook page. Trey also owns a meditative hiking tour business in Asheville, NC (Trey's hometown) called Zen Mountain Tours. You can learn more about Trey on his personal website at www.TreyCarland.com.
Interview with Anna Brown, by Trey Carland
A friend of mine on the non-dual path introduced me to Anna's videos last year and I was immediately struck. She is young, wide awake and lovingly sharing non-duality without pulling any punches. Anna does not consider herself to be a teacher, but a mirror reflecting the innate perfection of all that is. As she says, there are no recommended practices or teachings that could bring us closer to what we already are. We are already wholeness itself. I highly recommend checking out Anna's posts if you are on the nondual path or interested in spiritual awakening. You can learn more about her on her website - https://www.wonderfullynothing.com as well as her YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLsAMJ3K8EEvDCPLTGdc4eg.
Interview with Michael Hall PhD, by Trey Carland
In this interview, Michael describes his spiritual path of Zen Buddhism and subsequent awakening experience(s) that led to an end to identification with the sense of a separate self (aka ego). He talks about how this shift influenced the way he interacted with clients as a clinical psychologist. We also discussed the scientific evidence that dispels the idea of free will, and what the implications are of that discovery. Michael's book, Awake and Alive: Being What You Already Are, is available in hardcopy and Kindle. He is currently hosting regular online meditation group meetings through his Facebook page.
Awakening in Nature Meditation
This guided meditation was designed to accompany you on a hike in nature. You don't have to be walking in nature to enjoy the message, but it helps :)
Inquiring into Awareness
These questions are not designed to be answered with the mind. They are intended to invite exploration into the questions, to the experiential answer. They are intended to invite attention to explore its Source of Awareness and become familiar with it. In other words, we want to explore the nature of Awareness with our attention.
Am I aware?
What does it feel like to be aware?
What does the experience of just being aware feel like?
Is there a stillness here?
Is there a sense of peace here?
Is there a sense of just being aware here?
Is there a sense of aliveness here?
Is there a sense of existing here?
What is it that’s aware of all that?
Is this aware stillness what I am?
Am I just Awareness?
Is this person I call “me” just an experience in Awareness?
What is it like to just be Awareness?
Does this Awareness feel contained by the body, or is the body contained by Awareness?
Does this Awareness have a location, or is it everywhere?
Does this Awareness have any limits, or is it infinite?
Does this Awareness come and go, or is it ever-present?
Does this Awareness ever move, or is it always Here?
Does this Awareness have any preferences, or is it all accepting?
What is it like to just be aware?
What is it like to know yourself as Awareness?
Meditative Self Inquiry - The Senses
After I ask each of these questions, repeat them over and over again (out loud or in your mind) and direct attention to where they are pointing. There will be a one minute pause after each question, but you are welcome to pause this and sit with each question for longer if you feel so inclined.
Sights and Sounds
You can use these questions to explore your current perception of the world.
What is looking through these eyes?
What perceives what’s being seen?
Is what I’m seeing being seen from behind my eyes, or is it being seen where it is?
What hears these sounds?
Are these sounds being heard in my head, or are they being heard somewhere in space?
Direct attention toward the feeling of aliveness in the body. Close your eyes and get a feel for the energetic experience of the body. Once you are feeling its alive energy, ask the following questions:
What is experiencing the body?
Is the experience of body just a sensation floating in an aware space?
Is the body is being experienced from all around, both from inside and out?
Am I this aware space that experiences the body, or am I the body?
The following questions become the thoughts you are investigating when you think of each question.
From where do these thoughts arise?
What hears the voice of these thoughts?
What’s here prior to and in between thoughts?
Where are thoughts being perceived from?
Are these thoughts appearing in my head, or are they just appearing in an empty, aware space?
Am I this aware space, or am I the thoughts?
Enneagram and Awakening, with Trey Carland, Tammy Hendrix and Tom Marino
In this episode, Trey interviews Tammy Hendrix and Tom Marino on their experience with the Enneagram. Tammy teaches workshops on the Enneagram of Awakening and shares how she has used the Enneagram with her clients. She talks about the various blind spots that people with different types tend to fall into. Tom shares how his life was permanently changed for the better thanks to his experience with the Enneagram.
(My apologies for the background noise in places. One of the microphones was being rustled without me noticing.)
Discussion on Awakening with Trey Carland, Tammy Hendrix and Dan Kelso
In this episode, Trey, Tammy and Dan talk a bit about their personal experiences with spiritual awakening. A discussion about tantra ensues and will be explored in more detail in a future episode. (2/11/2019)
Interview with Dan Kelso, by Trey Carland
Trey interviews author and spiritual teacher, Dan Kelso, Dan shares how his 30 year spiritual search eventually ended in a final shift in identification from the body/mind to pure awareness. Dan shares how he finally discovered the right questions to ask, which eventually led to the creation of the Deep Self Investigation approach to awakening that he currently teaches. Learn more about Dan and DSI at http://deepselfinvestigation.com.
Interview with Mary O'Malley, by Trey Carland
In my discussion with author and spiritual teacher, Mary O'Malley, she talked about the depression and suicide attempts in her younger years and how her suffering contributed to her finding the peace that we all seek. She demonstrates how our challenging issues (or spells as she likes to call them) are actually Life's way of guiding us to the light. You can learn more about Mary at https://maryomalley.com.
[Due to a connection issue there are a few places where the audio drops out and a bit of background noise in places.]
Interview with Alaya, by Trey Carland
Alaya is a spiritual teacher in Asheville, NC who has been offering satsang since 2011. I sat down with her in July, 2014 for an interview. We discussed a bit about her awakening journey, as well as her perspective on the meaning of non-duality. Learn more about Alaya at https://www.alayasatsang.org.
Interview with Fred Davis, by Trey Carland
In this lively interview, Fred talks about his struggle with alcoholism, subsequent recovery, and how that played a role in his awakening. He is now a spiritual teacher who has written several books and is helping countless others wake up (without hitting rock bottom). You can learn more about Fred's work at AwakeningClarityNow.com.