Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness

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It is possible to access the same sense of well-being, clarity, inner freedom, and loving connection realized by the world’s meditation masters. We can do this by shifting our awareness in the midst of our daily lives. Shift into Freedom presents innovative teacher Loch Kelly’s training manual for actively participating in the evolution of your own consciousness.

Synthesizing insights from neuroscience and psychology with wisdom from the world’s contemplative traditions, Shift into Freedom offers an accessible and remarkably powerful series of meditations that lead us to a little-known natural capacity called “awake awareness.” Through an unfolding process of “small glimpses, many times,” these exercises shift us from a thought-based knowing to an awareness-based way of operating in the world. With continued practice, we learn to “unhook” from our customary home in our ego-based identity—and then sustain an embodied presence and relatedness known as “open-hearted awareness.” Loch Kelly teaches that this is “the meeting place of awakening and growing up, where we have the capacity to handle a fully emotional, intimate life and act with authenticity and compassion.”

Learn more about:

• How to separate awareness from thinking to realize that thoughts and emotions are not the center of who we are

• How insights from neuroscience can help us learn how to embody awakening

• Ego-identification, a pattern of thought that co-opts the body’s boundary program and creates a mistaken identity

• The paradox of “being home while returning home”

• Finding the off-switch for the chattering mind

• How to intentionally and immediately shift into peace of mind any time of your day

• Awakening as a natural process of human development, which unfolds as waking up, waking in, and waking out

• Meditation practices for all phases of the journey of awakening and embodiment

• Four stages of spiritual growth: recognition, realization, stabilization, and expression

• Untying the “knots” in our mindbody system to liberate us from our deepest doubts and fears

• How to move from deliberate mindfulness to effortless mindfulness and heart mindfulness

• How to effortlessly focus without using attention

• Discovering your innate happiness that is not dependent on circumstances

• How to welcome and liberate sub-personalities after initial awakening

• A user’s manual for your consciousness to help you free yourself from the limits of ego-identification and live from open-hearted awareness
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About the author

Loch Kelly
Loch Kelly, MDiv, LCSW, is a leader in the field of meditation and psychotherapy. He is author of the award-winning Shift into Freedom and founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch is an emerging voice in modernizing meditation, social engagement, and collaborating with neuroscientists. For more, visit lochkelly.org.
Adyashanti

Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. His books include Emptiness Dancing, The End of Your World, True Meditation, The Way of Liberation, and Falling into Grace.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. "The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all." For more information, please visit adyashanti.org.

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Sounds True
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Published on
Sep 1, 2015
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781622033898
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation
Body, Mind & Spirit / Spiritualism
Self-Help / Meditations
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There is something about you brighter than the sun and more mysterious than the night sky.

Who are you when you are not thinking yourself into existence? What is ultimately behind the set of eyes reading these words? In Emptiness Dancing, Adyashanti invites you to wake up to the essence of what you are, through the natural and spontaneous opening of the mind, heart, and body that holds the secret to happiness and liberation.

From the first stages of realization to its evolutionary implications, Adyashanti shares a treasure trove of insights into the challenges of the inner life, offering lucid, down-to-earth advice on topics ranging from the ego, illusion, and spiritual addiction to compassion, letting go, the eternal now, and more. Whether you read each chapter in succession or begin on any page you feel inspired to turn to, you will find in Adyashanti's wisdom an understanding and ever-ready guide to the full wonder of your infinite self-nature.
 


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The aim of my teaching is enlightenment—awakening from the dream state of separateness to the reality of the One.  In short, my teaching is focused on realizing what you are.  You may find other elements in my teaching that simply arise as a response to people’s particular needs of the moment, but fundamentally I’m only interested in you waking up.
Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.  Realize and be, realize and be.  Realization alone is not enough.  The completion of Self-realization is to be, act, do, and express what you realize.  This is a very deep matter, a whole new way of life—living in and as reality instead of living out the programmed ideas, beliefs, and impulses of your dreaming mind.
The trust is that you already are what you are seeking.  You are looking for God with his eyes.  This truth is so simple and shocking, so radical and taboo that it is easy to miss among your flurry of seeking.  You may have heard what I am saying in the past and you may even believe it, but my question is, have you realized it with your whole being?  Are you living it?
My speaking is meant to shake you awake, not to tell you how to dream better.  You know how to dream better.  Depending on what you mental and emotional state at the time is, I may be very gentle and soft with you, or not so gentle and soft. You may feel better after talking with me, but that is incidental to awakening.  Wake up!  You are all living Buddhas.  You are the divine emptiness, the infinite nothing.  This I know because I am what you are, and you are what I am.  Let go of all ideas and images in your mind, they come and go and aren’t even generated by you.  So why pay so much attention to your imagination when reality is for the realizing right now?
 
How can we bring an effortless yes to this moment? How do we stop running from “the mess of life”—our predicaments, our frustrations, even our search for liberation—and start flowing with all of it?

In small venues throughout the UK and Europe, a young teacher named Jeff Foster is quietly awakening a new generation of spiritual inquirers to the experience of abiding presence and peace in our ever-shifting world. His informal gatherings, blogs, and kitchen-table video posts have created a rising tide of interest in his teachings.

With The Deepest Acceptance, Jeff Foster invites us to discover the ocean of who we are: an awareness that has already allowed every wave of emotion and experience to arrive.

While Jeff delightfully admits the irony of writing a book to convey something that is beyond words to teach, here he confirms his ability to guide us in unexpected new ways to a space of absolute acceptance and joy, no matter what’s happening in our lives.
Candid, thoughtful, humorous—and deeply compassionate toward those searching for a way out of suffering—this refreshing new luminary inspires us to stop trying to “do” acceptance … and start falling in love with “what has already been allowed.”
 
"Wise, spacious, and loving. Teachings that can free the heart."
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Lamp in the Darkness and A Path With Heart

"There is a transmission in this book: an alive, compassionate presence that invites awakening right here, this very moment, no matter what is going on in our lives."
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"A beautifully written guide to the fearlessness and simplicity of living fully immersed in each moment of our lives. The Deepest Acceptance rings with the power and authenticity of Jeff Foster's deeply felt, deeply lived wisdom. His affirmation of life and compassion for the full range of human experience is a much needed contribution."
—Judith Blackstone, PhD, author of Belonging Here and The Intimate Life

"Jeff Foster is an honest seeker who has unraveled the many trappings of seeking through his faithfulness to the humble ground of being here, now, and his book is a gentle and helpful companion on the journey."
—Mark Nepo, author of Staying Awake and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

"The Deepest Acceptance is the story of a merciful awareness, which offers us the heart's inborn destination we were born to discover. Love is the highest form of acceptance. Judgment is the mechanics of non-acceptance.”
—Stephen Levine, author of A Year to Live

"The Deepest Acceptance is a multi-faceted spiritual gem. Every page transparently illuminates our real nature as naturally accepting, centerless awareness. Jeff has performed a great service in revealing awareness as the already-present source for living our lives in the most loving and meaningful way possible. I am immensely grateful to Jeff for bringing forth the essence of his teaching with such great power, love and sensitivity. A timeless classic through which numberless people will connect with the source of ultimate fulfillment."
—Peter Fenner, PhD, author of Radiant Mind and The Edge of Certainty

"Jeff has achieved something wonderful with this honest and insightful book - something that benefits all of us and sheds much-needed light on the mystery we call life."
—Stephen Gawtry, Managing Editor, Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine

"Throughout The Deepest Acceptance, Jeff Foster offers sentence after sentence that penetrate the mind and heart in a fresh, thrilling, life-changing way."
—Raphael Cushnir, author of The One Thing Holding You Back and Surfing Your Inner Sea
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