- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sounds True (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1622033507
- ISBN-13: 978-1622033508
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness Paperback – September 1, 2015
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"Kelly's guide to finer spiritual living maintains a non-psychological, non-denominational, and contemporary focus, drawing on wisdom from a diverse selection of traditional teachings, including Mahamudra practice, Taoist teaching, the works of William James, and modern neuroscience. Kelly articulates his structured, unified worldview with coherent language. He stresses a move away from ego-identification in our everyday lives and believes that access to awakening experiences is universally available: 'awake awareness' is not reserved for full time spiritual seekers, but is in fact the next developmental step for humankind's new normal. Practices that Kelly calls 'glimpses' take readers through the basics of mindful meditation and then through techniques some other teachers reserve for advanced study, including the process of unhooking local awareness from thought, waking up to transcendence, waking in to embodiment, and waking out to interconnectedness. Those who feel that other mindfulness texts are esoteric, foreign, or flaky will find Kelly's exercises easy to understand, his research easy to respect, and his methods blissfully lacking in both the aggressiveness common in the self-improvement genre and the focus on the author's personal experience common in new age takes."
"Shift into Freedom is a gift to us all. I wholeheartedly recommend this inspiring and profound book. This is one of the finest contemporary meditation manuals that takes mindfulness to the next level. In Loch Kelly you've found a wonderful guide for the journey of awakening, which our endangered world is so hungry for."
--Lama Surya Das, author of Make Me One with Everything and Awakening the Buddha Within
"I am so happy that Loch Kelly's groundbreaking teachings are finally available to the general public. This wonderful book translates and updates what used to be only available to a select few who were willing to spend years in a monastery. Whether you are new to meditation or are a seasoned practitioner, Shift into Freedom will change you. It will revolutionize your life, giving you immediate access to the freeing awareness that makes it possible to go beyond our small self."
--Adam Bucko, co-author of Occupy Spirituality and The New Monasticism
"Practicing under Loch Kelly's guidance is mind-blowing. You shift outof your chattering mind, and awareness emerges -- clear, fearless, unconditionally accepting. This is the 'shift' Loch is writing about, having found the words that point to the wordless. I'm keeping his book close."
--Amy Gross, former editor-in-chief O, The Oprah Magazine
"Many assume that genuine spiritual realization is either out of reach -- 'I'm too wounded . . . life's too stressful' -- or way down the road. Shift into Freedom is a rare and invaluable book that awakens trust in what is possible in this very life, right now. With wisdom, clarity, and care, Loch Kelly offers teachings and practices that directly evolve consciousness and liberate the heart."
--Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
"Shift into Freedom offers the reader a remarkable synthesis of practical wisdom from across contemporary meditation, psychology, and neuroscience disciplines. Loch Kelly provides us with a direct and accessible taste of more profound and subtle experiences of effortless mindfulness and heart mindfulness."
--David Vago, PhD, meditation researcher, Harvard Medical School
"Shift into Freedom is a well-written and important contribution. An essential read for anyone interested in learning about this great meditation program of open-hearted awareness."
--Andrew Newberg, MD, author of How God Changes Your Brain
"This is one of best contemporary books on the integration of meditation and nonduality. Personally, I'm thankful to Loch for offering this gift to humanity at this crucial time when so many people are looking for living spirituality free from outdated paradigms. Read this if you want to wake up to the beautiful mystery of life."
--Anam Thubten, author of No Self, No Problem and The Magic of Awareness
"Shift into Freedom is both a practical and inspirational guide for understanding and accessing what Loch calls 'open-hearted awareness.' The book's power comes from decades of experiences accumulated by its author, one ofAmerica's most beloved teachers. By reading his words, one's awareness seems to quietly soften and expand into much larger space."
--Catherine Ingram, author of Passionate Presence and In the Footsteps of Gandhi
"Loch is the best, or among the best, 'pointing-within' teachers in the world right now. By 'pointing-within,' I mean someone who can experientially introduce -- and then continue to mentor--folks into authentic higher consciousness and heart. Since his book is about sustaining and maturing this process, it's likely that it will be a major 'threshold' book, just like Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now was at the time it was published."
--Kurt Johnson, PhD, author of The Coming Interspiritual Age and Nabokov's Blues
"Loch shares his practice experience freely, links it to the similar experiences of many other traditions, and clarifies how these practices work with the science of the day. Shift into Freedom will be a great help to many people."
--Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
"Awakening begins with a shift of identity. It's moving your inner center of gravity from your protective parts to your magnificent essence. Loch has condensed his decades of personal and teaching experience into this wonderful book, which not only makes you realize that such a shift is possible, it also provides exercises to help it happen."
--Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, developer of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy
"In this personal and practical call to awaken, Loch Kelly has synthesized decades of Eastern and Western studies and practice into a path that can change your life."
--Michael Katz, PhD, editor of Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
"Shift into Freedom is a clear and articulate map that combines the finest wisdom of nondual practice with modern psychology and neuroscience on meditation. It is a deep inquiry and wellspring of excellent and most helpful tools that guide us on our path of awakening. It provides us with a practical step-by-step process of deep open-hearted awakening. It will warm your heart, touch your soul, and may deliver you to a lasting, embodied freedom."
--Ronald A. Alexander, PhD, author of Wise Mind Open Mind
"Shift into Freedom offers the heart-essence of Loch's deep integration of simple yet advanced meditation practices, neuroscience, and psychology. Loch Kelly is one of the very few people who are authorized teachers of mindfulness, Sutra Mahamudra, and nondual traditions. Loch presents simple methods for awakening to and living from open-hearted awareness in the midst of your daily life. I highly recommend this wonderfully clear book."
--Peter Fenner, PhD, author of Natural Awakening
"Shift into Freedom is a clear, potent, and liberating guide for our journey from ego-centeredness to openhearted awareness. Drawing from wisdom teachings, neuroscience, and contemporary psychology, Loch Kelly offers a finely detailed, sophisticated set of maps and practices for waking up, waking in, and waking out -- all so that we may fully actualize who we really are in our daily lives. Highly recommended!"
--John J. Prendergast, PhD, author of In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself
"Mindfulness has countless benefits—but, when practiced in a deliberate and effortful way, it can pose obstacles to the realization of our essential spiritual nature. This ground-breaking book offers instead a unique approach to “effortless mindfulness,” as a more direct path to nondual realization, based on the immediate recognition of our natural state of inherent wakefulness. Loch guides you step by step through the process of first “waking up” to awake awareness, then “waking in” with the discovery that awareness and the objects of awareness are one and inseparable, and finally embodying the awakening by learning how to live from Being rather than from the mind. I heartily recommend this book!”
— Stephan Bodian, author of Beyond Mindfulness and Wake Up Now
About the Author
Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is an author, educator, consultant, and recognized leader in the field of meditation and psychotherapy who studied with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche. Loch was asked to teach direct realization by Adyashanti. Loch has worked in community mental health and has collaborated with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. Loch is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, he is an emerging voice in modernizing meditation with social engagement. He lives in New York City with his wife Paige and their cat Duffy. For more information see lochkelly.org
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The book isn’t just these glimpse exercises though. Loch situates the practices within the context of contemporary psychology, neuroscience and contemplative traditions. The book is, in effect, the operating instructions, user guide and text book for the glimpses. Many of these glimpses are based on mahamudra techniques that are usually only taught as advanced practices, but are nonetheless highly effective for laypersons who have not undergone various preliminary practices. Loch is authorized by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche to teach sutra mahamudra. He is also authorized to teach by Adyashanti.
Over the past couple of years, I have had the good fortune to have practiced in person with Loch, in settings from a couple of hours to a five day retreat, and can personally attest to the efficacy of these techniques. Seekers: do check this out; you’ll be glad you did.
There is also a separate companion audio CD that contains the glimpses that lend themselves nicely to sorting into smart phone playlists (these work well on public transportation too).
His problem - mentioned in many of the non-5-star reviews - is that he gets caught in verbal thickets. Kelly has a knack for expressing elegantly simple truths with painful complexity. Worse, he has a slew of awkward go-to catch-phrases he repeats again and again. They appear to be highly meaningful for him, so he's enamored of them, but you'll need to learn Loch-speak before you can easily swallow this material.
An assertive editor might have helped keep things clear and readable, but, alas, this reads like a transcription of Kelly at his extemporaneous driest. Here's a representative paragraph, chosen at random:
Awake awareness is invisible, contentless, formless, boundless, and timeless, but it is the ground of our being. When you shift out of your conventional sense of self, there is a gap of not-knowing. Awake awareness is who we are prior to the personal conditioning we usually turn to for our identity. Rather than looking to our thoughts, memories, personality, or roles to identify ourselves, we learn to know awake awareness as the primary dimension of who we are, the ground of Being. Then, with unconditioned awake awareness as the foundation of identity, we can include our conditioned thoughts, emotions, and sensations as waves of the ocean of our life.
If you're able to bushwhack through academic-style writing, and willing to do some of Kelly's work for him by distilling wordy explanation into the simple points he's straining to make (which, fwiw, I am, myself!), you'll find this material four star good (I've deducted another star for the tortured expression). And while I'm sure this isn't his intention, a case could be made that it's actually better this way. When simple spiritual truths glide down like butter, without forcing the reader to do much work, they might not be as well-digested.
I'd suggest downloading a Kindle sample, or web search (book title + "excerpt") for examples of Kelly's writing. If you find it digestible, go ahead and buy. The Dzogchen material feels fresh, so this will be a fine addition to your book collection. But if you're a fan of, say, Adyashanti's plain-language simplicity, understand that this is pretty much the antithesis of that.