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... a journey of penetrating significance rooted in profound personal experience. -- Mark Brady, author of The Wisdom of Listening

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

Learn how everyday life can be your most vital spiritual practice!

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!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Awake Publishing (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979243505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979243509
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Life Beyond Belief is a must read for anyone who wants understanding in
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.
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Excellent book, beautifully structured, written, and edited.

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.

Jerry Katz
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Amazing book! In this deeply personal account, Alice Gardner invites us to join her as she shares her own human story, her journey to spiritual awakening. Now like never before, I see the value of my own ordinary, everyday life. Truly it has opened up for me a "Life Beyond Belief", where compassion for my own conditioned patterns and beliefs is replacing my struggle with confusion and self-doubt. I go back to the book over and over. Each time I see a little clearer that my everyday life experiences are in the service of waking up to realizing the Peace and Freedom available and possible, already! Thank you Alice.
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If this were the ancient world then I would be required to call Ms. Gardner a prophet or a soothsayer or a master. Instead this a time where the ordinary human can step informally into the light and convey that experience with humility and directness and truth. Ms. Gardner possesses no "credential" which I recognize as a qualification to expound the great teachings, the "Dharma" or any truth whatsoever. Instead, what I recognize, is simple realization and honesty, delivered though the lens of the common human experience. I write today only having finished 2/3rds of this book. I have been reading it for more than four months and I hang on each word and the margins fill with my own annotations, and the relationship I continue to realize with her and her teachings is as resonant with me as my original inspiration with Chogyam Trungpa and his "Cutting through Spiritual Materialism" or Pema Chodron and her "When things fall Apart". I have been living in a Zen Community for the past 5 years and I go forth now inspired and resolved to meet my own self with the help of Alice and her little book of great teachings. She and I have never met, have never spoken, and I endorse her unhesitatingly. She has nothing but the a priori wisdom of truth and beauty and absolute realization to recommend her.
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"Life Beyond Belief" is a well-written and accessible guide to awakening from the dominion of the ego to the Heart. Alice Gardner writes in an honest and sometimes humorous manner that reflects the joy of living in the present moment."

Katie Davis, Author, "Awake Joy"
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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. Gardner I too had my initial satori experience as a result of Eckhart Tolle, but in the last few years have been in a rut. The teachings in this book have real power and I believe I have been catapulted out of my rut. Somehow the teaching of "living from awareness rather than from my mind" has finally sunk in as a result of her words. I feel I have experinced another significant shift that will help me "remain home" for more of the time than I have before. Her attention to the "human" side of the couplet "human being" is sorely needed in the new Consciousness Movement which seems to ignore our humanity or treat it with contempt. This is a fresh new book that breaks new ground in a way than transforms the reader rather than just educating the reader.
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