The Neurotic s Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment

The Neurotic s Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment Author Chris Niebauer, Ph.D.
ISBN-10 9781478700432
Year 2014-03-10
Pages 172
Language en
Publisher Outskirts Press

Has self-improvement really improved the self? More than ever people are on a quest for self-improvement and enlightenment. People are "watching" their egos or losing their egos in order to find peace of mind or to get along better with others. And yet, the more we try to lose our ego, the more of it there is to lose. The more we try to make peace, the more we find conflict. It is exactly what happens when we try not to think of the number 3 and that is all we can think about. Our efforts seem to have the opposite effect and this is due to the way the left side of the brain processes information. Neuroscience discovered that the left brain makes up elaborate stories and convincing explanations. It is the left brain that makes up the most elaborate and convincing story of all, the story of who you think you are. And the more we try to get out of this story, the deeper we find ourselves in it because it is the function of the left brain to work on the law of opposition. Try not to be anxious and that's exactly what happens. Try not to worry and you will be flooded with anxious thoughts. And the same is true for self-improvement. The more we try to improve our story, the more the story needs to be improved. The left brain excels at these games even when it plays by pretending not to play. If I said that all attempts at self-improvement are futile, how would you respond? Would you reflexively think I'm wrong? Is there any way not to play these games of the left brain? Which part of your brain do you think is asking this question? This book was written for the ordinary person who has an extraordinary curiosity for who they are, how thoughts work and why they cannot control their thoughts. It is a practical guide that uses examples from my kids, favorite movies and TV shows from the 80s and 90s along with simple exercises so you can see for yourself if any of this is on track. While no special knowledge of neuroscience is required, you may understand many of the examples if you've seen an episode or two of Star Trek or Seinfeld. While this work is based on the teachings of Alan Watts and Eckhart Tolle it integrates the findings of modern neuroscience which surprisingly reveals a similar message. It is the desire for enlightenment that is the biggest block to happiness and peace, in fact, it is the only block. It is not until one gives up the quest to find oneself, improve oneself or be more spiritual, that one can ever find the peace they are looking for. And it is not your ego that gives up this quest, it is you. For more info please see my blog at

Hume s Enlightenment Tract

Hume s Enlightenment Tract Author Stephen Buckle
ISBN-10 0199271143
Year 2004-02-19
Pages 351
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand

Contrary to Hume's wishes, 'An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding' has long lived in the shadow of its predecessor 'A Treatise of Human Nature'. Stephen Buckle presents the 'Enquiry' in a fresh light.

How to Live with Zombies

How to Live with Zombies Author Kyle Hoobin
ISBN-10 0994056346
Year 2016-01-07
Pages 136
Language en

AWAKEN FROM THE DREAM OF 'ME' Zombies are not just the brain-eating undead or those who spend too much time on their cell phones and social media. They are people who live their lives believing that who they think they are is who they really are. Obviously, this applies to most of humanity. In order to rise out of the dream of believing that you are a little 'me' you must first recognize that you are knee deep in it. Once that recognition takes place you can begin removing all of the traps that you've created in order to keep yourself asleep. This book is a tool to help you through that process. "'How To Live With Zombies'" is a Simha Sat Combination Book that includes three smaller self-inquiry books: You The Buddha, There Are No Others and Sacred Nonsense. Chapter Descriptions: "You The Buddha: Freedom At The End of Your World" - This chapter provides an overview of what one is sure to encounter on the path of awakening and helps the reader navigate their spiritual path with authenticity and light-heartedness. "There Are No Others: Accepting The Reality Of Your Aloneness" - This chapter expands upon the nature of aloneness and how it specifically relates to awakening. "Sacred Nonsense: 21 Cherished Enlightenment Myths Debunked" - This chapter is designed to help the reader steer clear of unhelpful spiritual teachers and teachings in order to avoid any unnecessary confusion on the path of self-inquiry / self-realization. Feedback: "A wonderful gift to any seeker - Kyle takes the reader behind the content of our minds and points at the unconditioned Self. If you are tired of the usual recycled conceptual circular logic spirituality, and ready for spiritual transformation, give this book a chance. You'll find Kyle's inquiry approach honest and refreshing. - Karam Guirgis, Satsang Teacher" Kyle Hoobin is an author, photographer, graphic designer and self-inquiry teacher. In April of 2002 Kyle experienced a profound shift in consciousness following a long battle with depression. He now offers support for those seeking authentic freedom in their lives. Kyle's teachings focus on practical and accessible methods of self-inquiry with a focus on finding freedom through direct personal experience. He has distanced himself from conventional lineage based teachings in an effort to establish a more authentic spiritual standard for spiritual seekers. To learn more, visit and take part in Kyle's monthly webinars and self-inquiry video series."

The Future University

The Future University Author Ronald Barnett
ISBN-10 9780415881920
Year 2012
Pages 233
Language en
Publisher Routledge

Winner of the Comparative and International Education Society Higher Education Special Interest Group Best Book Award for 2014! As universities increasingly engage with the world beyond the classroom and the campus, those who work within higher education are left to examine how the university's mission has changed. Official reviews and debates often forget to inquire into the purposes and responsibilities of universities, and how they are changing. Where these matters are addressed, they are rarely pursued in depth, and rarely go beyond current circumstances. Those who care about the university's role in society are left looking for a renewed sense of purpose regarding its goals and aspirations. The Future University explores new avenues opening up to universities and tackles fundamental issues facing their development. Contributors with interdisciplinary and international perspectives imagine ways to frame the university's future. They consider the history of the university, its current status as an active player in local governments, cultures, and markets, and where these trajectories may lead. What does it mean to be a university in the twenty-first century? What could the university become? What limitations do they face, and what opportunities might lie ahead? This volume in the International Studies in Higher Education series offers bold and imaginative possibilities.

Karl Popper A Centenary Assessment Volume I

Karl Popper  A Centenary Assessment Volume I Author Ian Charles Jarvie
ISBN-10 0754653757
Year 2006
Pages 295
Language en
Publisher Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Sir Karl Popper (1902 1994) is one of the most controversial and widely read philosophers of the 20th century. His influence has been enormous in the fields of epistemology, logic, metaphysics, methodology of science, the philosophy of physics and biology, political philosophy, and the social sciences, and his intellectual achievement has stimulated many scholars in a wide range of disciplines. These three volumes of previously unpublished essays, which originate in the congress 'Karl Popper 2002' held in Vienna to mark the centenary of Popper's birth, provide an up-to-date examination of many aspects of Popper's life and thought. Volume 1 discusses a variety of topics in Popper's early intellectual history, and considers also some features of his remarkable influence outside philosophy. The second part of the volume contains papers that from different political perspectives tackle problems raised by Popper's principal contribution to political theory, democracy and community, "The Open Society and Its Enemies". Volume 2 deals especially with Popper's metaphysics and epistemology, including his proposal (critical rationalism) that it is through sharp criticism rather than through the provision of justification that our knowledge progresses. Several papers tackle the problem of the empirical basis, and offer decidedly different answers to some unresolved questions. The volume contains also a number of papers evaluating Popper's celebrated, but much contested, solution to Hume's problem of induction. Volume 3 examines Popper's contribution to our understanding of logic, mathematics, physics, biology, and the social sciences, from economics to education. Among the topics covered are: verisimilitude, quantum and statistical physics, the propensity interpretation of probability, evolutionary epistemology, the so-called Positivimusstreit, Popper's critique of Marx, and his defence of the rationality principle as a component of all social explanations.

Wisdom in the University

Wisdom in the University Author Ronald Barnett
ISBN-10 9781317995913
Year 2013-09-13
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher Routledge

This provocative and challenging book questions how people think about what universities should seek to do and how they should respond to the grave problems of our age. It addresses issues such as: What is wisdom? Ought universities to seek, promote and teach wisdom and what would this involve? Does it mean we need a revolution in the aims and methods of academic inquiry? What implications would the pursuit of wisdom have for science, for social inquiry and the humanities, for education? Is i.

Advanced Yoga Practices Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Vol 2

Advanced Yoga Practices   Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living  Vol  2 Author Yogani
ISBN-10 9780981925547
Year 2010-12-01
Language en
Publisher AYP Publishing

FROM THE BACK COVER OF THE PAPERBACK EDITION: Yoga opens the doorway between our outer and inner reality, leading usto Oneness and Joy in all aspects of life. Our nervous system is the doorway...Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP), Volume 2 refines and enhances the core practices presented in the first volume, and provides plain English instructionsfor new practices designed to cultivate middle and end stage development onthe path of human spiritual transformation. Additional practices include advanced applications of samyama, diet, shatkarmas, amaroli, non-dual self-inquiry, bhakti and karma yoga, and a variety of approaches for building and managing a progressive and stable practice routine.Volume 2 does not stand alone, relying on the first volume as a foundation, and building on it. There are nearly 200 additional lessons here for assistingthe serious practitioner to realize a life filled with abiding inner silence, ecstatic bliss, outpouring divine love, and unity.What readers are saying as they make use of the AYP lessons: "It's almost a science. You do the practices and progress as predicted." - MA"As a physician, it is moving to see the effects on medical conditions." - KC"I will be adding AYP to my class offerings to cover the whole of yoga." - MR"Far above and beyond all other yoga writings I have encountered." - KG"A growing inquiry in stillness has taken me to new levels." - CL"Especially useful for stabilizing my kundalini awakening." - SR"The tantra techniques bring great pleasure into our lives." - ZA"This approach includes a deep tolerance of other paths." - AN"Thank you for being the one who said: The guru is in you!" - KKFor more reader feedback, see the last section in the book...

What are We Doing when We Pray

What are We Doing when We Pray Author Vincent Brümmer
ISBN-10 0754662055
Year 2008
Pages 186
Language en
Publisher Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Vincent Brümmer's classic book on prayer from 1984 provides a comprehensive philosophical analysis of central issues regarding the nature and practice of prayer.This new edition has been substantially revised and updated. Serving as a valuable core text for students, this book also contributes to a number of current debates in theology and philosophy of religion: the debates on realism and religious belief, on the rationality of faith and the nature of theology, on the relation between religious belief and morality, on the relation between science and religion and the lively debate among evangelical Christians in America on the 'openness of God.'

The Medical Enlightenment of the Eighteenth Century

The Medical Enlightenment of the Eighteenth Century Author Andrew Cunningham
ISBN-10 0521382351
Year 1990-07-19
Pages 330
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press

A series of essays on the development of medicine in the century of the Enlightenment, illustrating the decline in the role of religion in medical thinking, and the increased use of reason.

How to Attain Enlightenment

How to Attain Enlightenment Author James Swartz
ISBN-10 9781591810940
Year 2010-01-16
Pages 317
Language en
Publisher Sentient Publications

Enlightenment has been eagerly sought for generations as a means to remove the limitations that compromise one's happiness. Vedanta, the science of self-inquiry, has been described as the grandfather of all enlightenment traditions. James Swartz explains and unfolds the methods of Vedanta in his direct style, while unravelling the myths and mysteries behind the enlightened state. But this book does not simply present one more set of spiritual techniques; it presents a comprehensive body of knowledge and practice that has successfully directed the inquiry into the nature of reality by untold thousands of enlightened beings. The author starts from the point of view of any individual seeking happiness and logically walks the seeker through the whole spiritual path. The book explains how self-inquiry affects the lives of those who practice it, including its effects on personality, relationships, and the mind. The book considers the qualifications necessary for enlightenment, as well as the obstacles encountered on all spiritual paths, and unfolds proven methods. The ancient teachings of Vedanta, once available only to those who could receive them directly from the sages of India, are now accessible to anyone with a hunger for freedom and enlightenment.

5 Steps to a 5 500 AP European History Questions to Know by Test Day Second Edition

5 Steps to a 5  500 AP European History Questions to Know by Test Day  Second Edition Author Anaxos Inc.
ISBN-10 9781259836701
Year 2017-01-06
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher McGraw Hill Professional

500 Ways to achieve your highest score From the Renaissance and the Rise of Sovereignty to Nationalism, the Cold War and beyond --there is a lot of subject matter to know if you want to succeed on your AP European History exam. That’s why we’ve selected these 500 AP-style questions and answers that cover all topics found on this exam. The targeted questions will prepare you for what you’ll see on test day, help you study more effectively, and use your review time wisely to achieve your best score. Each question includes a concise, easy-to-follow explanation in the answer key. You can use these questions to supplement your overall AP European History preparation or run them shortly before the test. Either way, 5 Steps to a 5 500 European History Questions will get you closer to achieving the score you want on test day.

Qualitative quantitative Research Methodology

Qualitative quantitative Research Methodology Author Isadore Newman
ISBN-10 0809321505
Year 1998
Pages 218
Language en
Publisher SIU Press

Through graphic and narrative descriptions, Newman and Benz show research to be a holistic endeavor in the world of inquiry. To clarify their argument, they provide a diagram of the "qualitative-quantitative interactive continuum" showing that qualitative analysis with its feedback loops can easily modify the types of research questions asked in quantitative analysis research and that the quantitative analysis results and its feedback can change what will be asked qualitatively.

Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment

Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment Author Charles L. Griswold
ISBN-10 0521628911
Year 1999
Pages 412
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Charles Griswold has written a comprehensive philosophical study of Smith's moral and political thought. Griswold sets Smith's work in the context of the Enlightenment and relates it to current discussions in moral and political philosophy. Smith's appropriation as well as criticism of ancient philosophy, and his carefully balanced defence of a liberal and humane moral and political outlook, are also explored. This 1999 book is a major philosophical and historical reassessment of a key figure in the Enlightenment that will be of particular interest to philosophers and political and legal theorists, as well as historians of ideas, rhetoric, and political economy.