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Life Beyond Belief, Everyday Living as Spiritual Practice Paperback – October 15, 2007
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Alice Gardner is an excellent person to take you into the world of radically honest spirituality. Go with her. -- Jerry Katz of Nonduality.com and editor of One: Essential Writings on Nonduality
Follow this book's thread from separation to oneness. These are words that can open what is closed/free what is imprisoned. -- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi teacher and author of Working with Oneness
Gardner short circuits the mind's proclivity to separate itself from the heartbeat of life. Clear, personal, readable and highly recommended. -- Chuck Hillig, author of Enlightenment for Beginners
I love this book. It is down to earth and essential-where heaven and earth meet! -- Gangaji, spiritual teacher and author of The Diamond in your Pocket, Discovering your True Radiance
From the Back Cover
Experience how your own circumstances, thoughts and feelings are not a distraction from your spiritual life, but are the unique and perfect way for you.
Embrace the life that you already are living with enjoyment, freedom and creativity.
Benefit from an ordinary person's experience in the territory of spiritual awakening, outside the boundaries of any particular religion.
Discover the Love that resides at the core of who you truly are!
More About the Author
Alice's life-long spiritual calling has led her through many experiences including living at the Findhorn Foundation for seven years as a young woman where she married and had two children. She returned to rural New England with her family in 1984 and stayed there for 20 years raising her children, living close to the land and running a gardening business.
It was around 2000 when Alice discovered the teachings of Eckhart Tolle through his book The Power of Now which spoke to her deeply. She attended a retreat with Eckhart and was utterly changed by it in a way that was obviously the answer to all her prayers and spiritual yearnings. She found herself in a completely changed situation - everything was now perceived in an inside-out and upside-down way as compared to her previous life and Alice no longer knew how to live. This new life was what all the spiritual yearning had been for, but what to do now? She had no idea how to make decisions or navigate her daily life any more.
A teacher named Adyashanti stepped into this breach, and gave assistance and support with his teachings. In 2004, her children now grown, Alice moved to California, where she currently resides in the bay area.
Alice lives very much in the mainstream of modern life. She holds a Master of Management degree from Cambridge College, Massachusetts, and has worked as an academic administrator at educational institutions in Brattleboro, Vermont and currently is at Stanford, in California.
In 2003 Alice started a Web site called Wide Awake Living at www.wideawakeliving.com. It was a creative outlet for the poetry and other writings that came from her time of awakening. It is now enjoyed by a substantial mailing list of people from all over the world who subscribe to the monthly Wide Awake Living Newsletter.
Top Customer Reviews
their pursuit of living Truth. For those of us who wonder at their lack of "progress," even when there is beautiful knowledge of our spiritual makeup, this book is incredibly helpful. With clarity and an obvious foundation of knowledge, Ms. Gardner presents the case that we are actually not backsliding when our thoughts and emotions take over. Instead, she give us the perspective that this is a necessary clearing of old fears and doubts. This perspective lightens our hearts, giving readers a much-needed relaxing into "what is." I highly recommend this book.
Alice Gardner's personal touch creates a bond with the reader. She leads you from exactly where you are -- physically, emotionally, spiritually -- through layers of beliefs, programming, and conditioning, to a place of greater freedom.
Gardner says you find the truth of your existence regardless of the context in which your life is currently being lived or what your mental conditioning is. You don't have to go to a monastery. You don't have to get divorced. You don't have to go on a diet. You don't have to do anything other than look where Alice Gardner points you.
Gardner talks about marriage, eating for emotional reasons, family, relationships, body image, self-esteem, deep listening, layers of emotionality, love. The writing style is breezy and calm, organized and focused, and at the same time revelatory and demanding. Don't expect your life to become perfect, it won't, but what seem like problems will ease. You'll have a whole new view of your world.
"Comforting" spirituality has its time and place. However, we can also face the truth of our lives and the truth of who we are, even if some of our emotional reactions may never change. Alice Gardner is an excellent person to take you into the world of radically honest spirituality. Go with her.
Katie Davis, Author, "Awake Joy"
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I WAS NOT THAT IMPRESSED I'VE READ A LOT OF INFO ON THIS SUBJECT IN OTHER BOOKS & SHE SEEM TO BE SAYING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER.Published 7 months ago by Linda M. Bass
im about 3/4ths done with this book and yes I adore the poetry, very lovely expression of ideas in that form. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by ampm247
I really enjoyed the book "Life Beyond Belief". It was very helpful for the change and integration I experience these days. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Zennie
In my spiritual quest I have read close to 2000 books. I can easily say that this book is in the top 5 of all the ones I've ever read. Like Ms. Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by DG