Thursday, May 31, 2012

ANSWERING QUESTIONS RECEIVED, Part Twenty-One

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FROM A READER IN LONDON: Hello Floyd,

Three of us were sharing a flat in London when a fourth moved in recently to help with expenses. One day I began browsing through a collection of four of your books that was on the nightstand we share and became interested in non-duality. We have began discussing your teachings before bedtime. My friend said that, by the time she had finished reading the collection, what she felt could only be described as a kind of depressurisation and a sense of freedom after seeing how much in our culture really is just so much fictionalised propagandising that has lobotomised an entire nation of people. She left the book here for me to read while she is presently travelling, and I am understanding the seven steps to some degree. My query is in regards to the five stages which she said we would discuss upon her return. What is the difference, please? Might one study the stages rather than the steps or should both be studied? Cheers, and thank you. Kaitlyn

F.: And hello to you, Kaitlyn. Please share with your flatmate upon her return that the use of "depressurisation" and "fictionalised propagandising" are spot on assessments. Well said.

As for steps vs. stages, if you complete the first book in that anthology, you should comprehend the seven steps. Those are specific steps on a "path" that must be completed in their exact order if one is to be free of the "pressurisation" that accompanies the unquestioning acceptance of the "fictionalised propagandising" that is commonplace in all cultures around the globe.

The "Five Stages" are discussed in order to provide an overview for beginners - to encapsulate "the big picture," so to speak - so that they can see what has happened that has blocked the pure consciousness from seeing clearly and what must happen to be free of such blockages. Your flatmate probably heard something which suggested that you might be assisted by seeing that big picture before moving on.

Here is the way the stages are explained:

THE FIVE STAGES

The "Five Stages" offer an overview that shows how persons are programmed and conditioned and acculturated and domesticated and brainwashed (and, yes, near "lobotomised") and shows what is required to be free of the effects of those processes and then reach a condition of Full Realization (which, in turn, allows for AS IF living).

To paraphrase the explanation offered in the non-duality-based fictional novel "The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders" (available in pdf format at floydhenderson.com or in ebook format for you at amazon.co.uk):

Stage One includes ages 1-20 when person are conditioned, indoctrinated, domesticated, acculturated, brainwashed, and programmed to accumulate ... to get.

Stage Two includes the ages of 20-40 when persons unconsciously do what they were programmed to do, repeating what they were programmed to say, and believing what they were programmed to believe. Stage Two is marked by frenzied efforts to accumulate. Most never transcend that stage.

For those who undertake “the journey” and follow the Advaita “path,” they enter a Third Stage and begin Self-Inquiry. (After dealing with thousands of seekers over the last two decades, it has been noted that those Westerners who reach the understanding are generally around an average age of 42-1/2 when they reach a level of misery and suffering that inspires them to begin to seek earnestly.) Some say, "This life is shallow, hollow, unfulfilling. There must be more. I don’t even know who I am. Who am I'?"

If they find the True Self, they begin to de-accumulate in the Fourth Stage. De-accumulation is the mark of becoming free of the effects of accumulating and personality and programming and conditioning and being acculturated and being domesticated and being brainwashed and being psychologically "lobotomised."

After that, one can enter the Fifth Stage and abide in an AS IF fashion, as if this life were the real; then, they can enjoy whatever remains of the relative existence, free for the first time—free of educational indoctrination, free of spiritual indoctrination, free of religious indoctrination, free of political indoctrination, free of economic indoctrination. Free. Independent. Period.

AS IF living means that the Realized know that this relative existence should be taken as nothing more than an amusement, not as anything that is really serious. Anything offered on this site is posted as a pastime, as an amusement, but never seriously as the Real.

For more information on any of those topics, you may use the search feature at the bottom of this page. Cheers to both you and your eloquent flatmate! Peace, Love, Light.


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Non-duality pointers that have appeared in the non-fiction writings of Ralph Klein and in the works of such scientists as Barbara McClintock, Erwin Schrodinger, Fritjof Capra, Niels Bohr, David Bohm, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Also, there are selections from the works of Marvin Kaye, S.H. Sharp, Paul Krassner, Ken Kesey, Russell Brand, G.I. Gurdjieff; and a variety of examples of the non-duality messages that are contained in the body of Native American wisdom as well as non-duality pointers that can be found in the book "ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS" (a.k.a., "the A.A. Big Book").

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    Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    ANSWERING QUESTIONS (AND COMPLAINTS) RECEIVED, Part Twenty

    An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your Original Nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Nothingness, and the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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    F.: The scientific evidence offered recently - which proves that there is no creator, that there never was a creator, and that there will never be a creator - generated a flood of emails.

    Some expressed appreciation for a pointer which gave them a degree of clarity that finally settled the debate they have been engaged in since childhood and through adulthood; a couple of Christians expressed outrage and suggested that "I am assured of going to hell."

    That charge is one for which I should take some responsibility to the degree that the post did not mention the fact that there is no hell, or heaven either. Those two Christians, of course, ignore the words of their own "hero / savior / rescuer / redeemer" who said: "Heaven and earth shall fade away" (specifically, when the manifested consciousness fades away) and "No one shall ever see the kingdom of heaven for it is within" (as the "inner guru" or the "inner resource").

    With 97% of the planet's population claiming that they are affiliated with one religion or another, and with millions more bragging that they "are not religious but are spiritual instead," then the evidence is also in that most persons on the planet suffer from addiction, especially to "control" and to "power" and especially to "an other-worldly Male Power" (or to many "other-worldly Male and / or Female Powers").

    One writer / addict called "Bill W." - who was fairly knowledgeable about addiction - said that there are four types of intoxication, and he warned members of the organization which he helped found that many of them who were no longer physically intoxicated had become "spiritually intoxicated."

    Some of the mail received recently has been from those types - persons who are spiritually intoxicated. Many who were involved with non-duality in India listened to the later teachings of Maharaj (when he recommended forgetting about being spirituality and just abiding naturally instead) and they scorned both him and that message. The same types have done the same here.

    They prefer the newer roles that they have assumed and they ignore the fact that "The Super Religious One" and / or "The Spiritual Giant" are merely roles as well. They still have not moved beyond role-assumption and role-playing. They are not attracted to abiding naturally but want to abide supernaturally / magically / religiously / spiritually instead. So it is.

    As noted time and again, those roles must be played on the "path," but they are to be played at the third of seven steps, so those assuming and playing those roles have stopped at a point on the "path" that is short of the mid-point.

    Those persons, Maharaj said, are involved with "kindergarten-level spirituality" and are mistaking the dull light of "dawn for the noonday sun."

    Thus, the explanation offered earlier will be expanded upon, offering other pointers that might help bring about the understanding regarding "no creation" and "no creator"/ "Creator":

    No Creation:
    One survey of U.S. adults revealed that 90% or more do not know “how babies are made.” They do not believe that the process involves only two entities—a male and a female—but believe that a third party in another realm also plays a direct and active part in the process.

    Some believe in a physical intervention in which an other-worldly-Male (or other-worldly-Males-or-Females) guide (1) the swim-path of the 40,000,000 sperm released on average every second on this planet as well as (2) the movements of all the eggs in females when they engage in acts of friction.

    Some believe that an other-worldly Entity or Entities provide a supernatural element while intervening and controlling and contributing something (what?) to the process. So it is, especially in cultures dominated by magical thinkers who have been programmed and conditioned to ignore the simple facts surrounding the act of friction which triggers a chain reaction whereby elements are cycled and whereby plant cells transform into human cells and result, some nine months later, in a composite unity of elements-air-conscious-energy.

    The pointers regarding "no creation" and "no creator" and "no Creator" are, to use Maharaj's term, "intellect-boggling," so additional explanation will be offered.

    No Creators:
    Again, why is nothing being created? All the elements ever involved in what persons take to be "creations and births" already existed on the planet, along with the air that will eventually be called "breath." Of the trillions and trillions of "humans" that have supposedly "come and gone"—and of the trillions and trillions of other life-forms that have seemingly "come and gone"—nothing really came and nothing really went.

    The elements involved in all those temporary cyclings were present on the planet then and are still present on the planet now. Appearances that are labeled "babies, children, adults, etc." are assumed to be something other than what they are. By comparison, a brick's appearance is taken to be what it really is, but looking at the brick under an electron microscope makes clear that it is not at all what it appears to be.

    So it is with all appearances. In the process of all of the cyclings, the only component in the process which arrives from outside the earth’s closed system is the "energy." No creation or destruction of anything has ever happened. Neither energy nor matter can be created or destroyed. No part of anything that has ever manifested has left the earth’s closed system, save the conscious-energy.

    Thus, there is no "birth" and there is no "death." Elements, air, and consciousness merely cycle. At the moment of what persons call "birth," the recycled elements' appearance is taken to be a body when in fact it is mainly space, and the form appears to change throughout the length of its manifestation because billions of cells are constantly being replaced along with a supply of conscious-energy, all via the intake and digestion of plants (or via the intake and digestion of animals that have eaten plants).

    Nothing mystical, magical, religious, godly, spiritual, or supernatural is involved with a very simple, natural process that unfolds automatically. Among humans alone, 40,000,000 sperm cells per second are being released (20,000,000 per instance of friction that results in an ejaculation) and two eggs are being fertilized per second around the globe as one sperm cell per instance "wins" the race to the eggs.

    Among all species on the planet, trillions and trillions of sperm cells are being released every second and billions of eggs are being fertilized every second. No “Prime Causer” or “Creator” is guiding trillions and trillions of sperm cells per second. It happens automatically, and nothing is being created. No creation equals no Creator and no creators, including those assuming the roles of proud "parents" who erroneously believe that they "made a baby" or "created a new life."

    They merely entered into acts of friction that resulted in the triggering of another cycling of elements, air, and consciousness. All that happens when an egg is fertilized happens automatically as long as the female consumes the plant-food that provides the elements and conscious-energy required for development of a space that will temporarily "house" consciousness.

    No man has ever talked to his pregnant wife and heard her say, "I'm exhausted. I made the baby's brain today, and I put a lot of effort into that so our child will be intelligent." All that the pregnant woman is doing is eating, and what she is eating is automatically and spontaneously transforming into a variety of cells. The process from start to finish requires no concentrated effort on her part.

    What persons call a "new-born" is simply a reorganization of the already-existing elements on planet earth into what is nothing more than an elemental plant-food body / space with temporarily-manifested consciousness.

    As with the eight-legged ancestors of "humans" that emerged from the water and later began to breathe the oxygen in the air, the "new-born" that was in water in a womb will walk the surface of the planet and breath air until the consciousness is no longer manifested.

    Again, there is nothing mystical or magical or supernatural that is involved in the totally-natural process which begins with an act of friction that can trigger another cycling of three components—the elements, the air, and the consciousness—in combination, temporarily.

    WHO - what assumed personas - are ignoring the basic, scientific, elementary-school-level-biology-class facts, wanting to believe that they have made something / someone special and unique? "The Proud One," which is simply another false ego-state / identity that is supported by egotism.

    Feel Real Love for "the child"? Sure. Assign "specialness" to a child (elemental plant food body) or assume a sense of "specialness" for two "selves" that did nothing more than enter into an act of friction that transferred body fluids? Please.


    Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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    (Note: Contrary to what you might read, every quote in this book is identified by its author or speaker)The work contains quotations and pointers not only from scores of non-duality books and talks but also offers non-duality pointers that have appeared in works of non-fiction, fiction, classic literature, and movies.

    The book include the following:

    The offering of non-duality quotations and pointers by category and subject matter but from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj exclusively.

    Quotations and pointers from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj that discuss nisarga yoga and nisarga living.

    Quotations that other seekers / readers have indicated that they found to be significant.

    A section with an arrangement of non-duality quotations and pointers by category and subject matter. The rationale: when offering non-duality quotations, some collections provide key pointers that are offered in no particular order, but here the approach is to group pointers according to subject matter so that a seeker dealing with "body identification issues" can find quotations addressing body identity while a seeker dealing with "being free of the influence of the mind" can find quotations and pointers that offer information on that topic. Other subjects in this part of the book include personality, the child ignorance or no-knowing stage, the two types of witnessing, the Absolute, the Void or the Nothingness, and many more.

    Miscellaneous non-duality quotations and pointers which are relevant to Advaitins and that have been offered by philosophers and sages and seers of truth from various periods, including Plato, St. Francis of Assisi, Desiderius Erasmus, Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, Richard E. Lingenfelter; Robert Burton, Daniel H. Boorstin, Gary Zukav, E. Bayda, Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Brad Thor, Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr.; Nelson Mandela, Immanuel Kant, Bruce Lipton, Clive Cussler, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, Lewis Thomas, Max Planck, Heinrich Hertz; the bands "Pink Floyd" and "The Beatles"; and others.

    Non-duality pointers that have appeared in the non-fiction writings of Ralph Klein and in the works of such scientists as Barbara McClintock, Erwin Schrodinger, Fritjof Capra, Niels Bohr, David Bohm, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Also, there are selections from the works of Marvin Kaye, S.H. Sharp, Paul Krassner, Ken Kesey, Russell Brand, G.I. Gurdjieff; and a variety of examples of the non-duality messages that are contained in the body of Native American wisdom as well as non-duality pointers that can be found in the book "ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS" (a.k.a., "the A.A. Big Book").

    An offering of non-duality messages that have appeared in the fictional works of Jack Kerouac, Michael Connelly, Mary Shelley, Victor Hugo, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Abraham "Bram" Stoker and others as well as quotations with the non-duality message as offered in film with a list of over thirty movies that are based in non-duality, including The Matrix (Part One), The 13th Floor, Inception, The Truman Show, Dark City, Existenz, Avatar, and many more.


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    in
    the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, and Italy
    this new release:

    FREEDOM FROM BELIEFS
    (Believers, Non-Believers, and "No-Belief-ers")





    For those seeking the full explanation of the topics addressed on this site: there are non-duality books offered below as well as retreats and Skype or telephone sessions available at
  • Floyd Henderson's Website

  • The full explanations are also available in the books in the author's collection that explain in detail all of the non-duality, nisarga teachings offered here:
    1. Most non-duality books below are available through Amazon.com.
    2. Read Kindle books on your own device by downloading a free app.

    The available books are arranged on the carousels below. Use the arrows to move each book to the forefront; then, you may click on any book that you might be interested in to find more information or to purchase.

    THE ADVANCED SEEKERS' SERIES
    From the I to the Absolute
    Consciousness / Awareness
    From the Absolute to the Nothingness
    The Final Understanding
    The Advanced Seekers' Series in
    paperback
    The Two Meditation Guides




    The BLISSFUL ABIDANCE SERIES, PART ONE
    What BLISS Is and What BLISS Is Not
    Why You Must Be Empty If You Would Be Full
    When Reality Is Overlaid Upon the Relative
    Freedom from Shifting Between States of Happiness and Unhappiness
    Liberation
    The Blissful Abidance Series (6 books) in
    paperback



    The ADVAITINS Collection
    with THE SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ SERIES, including:
    (1) Why NISARGA YOGA in addition to the ADVAITA TEACHING?
    (2) Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and His Evolution
    (3) A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
    (4) Going Crazy / Going Sane
    (5) The Final Fifteen Topics Discussed by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
    and
    (6) The Non-Duality Pointers Offered by YESHU'A ("Jesus the Christ")
    (7) William Shakespeare the Advaitin

    (8) The "Final" Talks of Floyd Henderson
    (9) QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS dealing with NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA and more)


    The BLISSFUL ABIDANCE SERIES, PART TWO
    Overcoming the Fear of Being Totally Independent
    I AM THAT (vs. "This Is Who I Think I Am")
    The Essence of the Teachings
    The Relative Results of Returning to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State"
    There Is Nothing That Is Personal (Including You and Including God)
    Lessons in Non-Duality from Travels in South Africa
    The Path to Freedom vs. the Path to Misery




    The FREEDOM FROM THE MIND Series
    Instability / Insanity: What the Advaita Teachings Can (and Cannot) Address
    PROGRAMMING, CONDITIONING, DOMESTICATION, AND ACCULTURATION
    Your Original Nature
    The Ultimate Sickness, The Ultimate Medicine
    Going Crazy / Going Sane
    There's No Such Thing As "Peace of Mind" (There Is Only Peace If You're Out of Your Mind)
    Freedom from Beliefs (Believers, Non-Believers, and "No-Belief-ers")
    Dancing Lightly




    RECOVERY LITERATURE, the RELATIONSHIP books
    A Twelve-Step Journey to SELF-Realization [Kindle]
    A Twelve-Step Journey to SELF-Realization [Paperback]
    A Guide for Working the Twelve Steps (In the Manner Used by the Founders)
    The Twelve Steps and Advaita / Non-Duality: A 21-Day Plan for a Psychic Change
    Finding Real Love in An Unreal World
    Casting Light on the Dark Side of Relationships



    The NO DEATH books, NON-DUALITY IN FICTION, FINANCIAL SANITY
    The Myth of Death
    What Happens When I Die?
    The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders (Non-Duality) [Kindle]
    The Board of Directors of Wars (Non-Duality) [Kindle]
    The Board of Directors of Wars (Non-Duality) [Paperback]
    Living Within Your Means
    How Your Personality Type Shapes Your Spending Habits




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    You will be guided through all seven of the steps, in order, that lead from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond). For more specific information and details about the course, you may click on the link to the right. To get started now now, click the pay button below and receive the $365 course for a discounted price of $325.00.

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    2. BY READING the explanations offered in the collection of non-duality books that are available on this site.

    3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes

    For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
    To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

    4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

    5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally. Use the Contact link for information or use the link below to pay for your first Advaita session.

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    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    ANSWERING QUESTIONS RECEIVED, Part Nineteen

    An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your Original Nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Nothingness, and the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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    [To new visitors: As with Maharaj, the intent here is not to try to turn seekers into "Super Religious Persons" or "Spiritual Giants." Ultimately, it can be seen that those, too, are just roles. Here, there are two invitations: (1) to use religion or spirituality as nothing more than a plane that can carry You to the Your Destination and (2) an invitation to then exit that plane and abide for the remainder of the manifestation in a Nisarga (natural) fashion, marked by freedom and peace and by enjoying the relative existence fully, relishing all of its available pleasures and bliss rather than merely sitting on the plane for the remainder of the manifestation.]

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    F.: A follow-up question was received some weeks ago after a pointer referenced the difference between the reality of "cycling" vs. the falsity of "timelines."

    The most widely-held beliefs about timelines track the time from what is perceived to be "birth" to "life" to "death" to a "final judgment" and then to "eternal life" marked by "eternal reward" or "eternal punishment."

    [Of course some also believe in multiple births and multiple deaths as persons try to earn or work their way up some imaginary hierarchy of "levels of enlightenment" and / or "expanded and higher levels of consciousness" until they reach "eternal reward or bliss." Of course higher or lower levels of consciousness is a dualistic concept. There is consciousness, and it is either blocked post-manifestation or it is not blocked post-Realization, yet it will never be free of some touch of duality as long as the abidance is functioning under the auspices of consciousness rather than as the Original Nature ... as awareness.]

    So here the cycling is explained this way:

    Cycling: Existing elements can combine, "un-combine," and re-combine automatically, so nothing has ever been created, nothing was born, nothing can ever be destroyed, and nothing has ever died. Only the seeming appearance of what is taken to be a "new space" happens.

    Only the disappearance of what was taken to be one thing (which was not that thing at all) has happened. In actuality, elements and air and specks of conscious-energy are simply cycling. The elements cannot be created nor destroyed, but in "minds" that block the consciousness from seeing clearly (because "minds" are filled with contaminants via programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation and brainwashing) then the combinations of elements can be taken by persons to be different things when in truth they are only One thing.

    So, too, can consciousness cycle and re-cycle in spaces that have a nervous system. With the constant cyclings of the spaces called "humans," elements, breath and consciousness combine temporarily in a space or form called "a body" (pointed to here with the term "a composite unity").

    Later, the elements return to the pool of universal elements, the breath returns to the universal pool of air, and the consciousness returns to the universal pool of consciousness-at-rest (a.k.a., Awareness that is not aware of). The cyclings happen automatically and spontaneously, free of any "guidance" or "intervention" or any other magical factors that only personas believe in.

    Once it is understood that nothing is created, then the seeker becomes open to questioning everything and seeing that nothing that she or he has been told is true. Maharaj address that in this way:

    Maharaj: "After the information given to you by the mother, that you are a boy or girl, all your further acquisitions are by hearsay."

    Furthermore, once the concept of "creating babies" and the concept of "birth" are disproved, then another level of freedom comes, described thusly by Maharaj:

    "When the birth is disproved, the great noble meaning of spirituality and the meaning of this world—everything—is disproved."

    So, cycling actually happens, but nothing referred to on a timeline ever actually happens, be that "birth" or "the life of a person" or "death" or "judgment" or "rewards vs. punishment" or "eternal life
    ."

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    The BLISSFUL ABIDANCE SERIES, PART TWO
    Overcoming the Fear of Being Totally Independent
    I AM THAT (vs. "This Is Who I Think I Am")
    The Essence of the Teachings
    The Relative Results of Returning to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State"
    There Is Nothing That Is Personal (Including You and Including God)
    Lessons in Non-Duality from Travels in South Africa
    The Path to Freedom vs. the Path to Misery




    The FREEDOM FROM THE MIND Series
    Instability / Insanity: What the Advaita Teachings Can (and Cannot) Address
    PROGRAMMING, CONDITIONING, DOMESTICATION, AND ACCULTURATION
    Your Original Nature
    The Ultimate Sickness, The Ultimate Medicine
    Going Crazy / Going Sane
    There's No Such Thing As "Peace of Mind" (There Is Only Peace If You're Out of Your Mind)
    Freedom from Beliefs (Believers, Non-Believers, and "No-Belief-ers")
    Dancing Lightly




    RECOVERY LITERATURE, the RELATIONSHIP books
    A Twelve-Step Journey to SELF-Realization [Kindle]
    A Twelve-Step Journey to SELF-Realization [Paperback]
    A Guide for Working the Twelve Steps (In the Manner Used by the Founders)
    The Twelve Steps and Advaita / Non-Duality: A 21-Day Plan for a Psychic Change
    Finding Real Love in An Unreal World
    Casting Light on the Dark Side of Relationships



    The NO DEATH books, NON-DUALITY IN FICTION, FINANCIAL SANITY
    The Myth of Death
    What Happens When I Die?
    The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders (Non-Duality) [Kindle]
    The Board of Directors of Wars (Non-Duality) [Kindle]
    The Board of Directors of Wars (Non-Duality) [Paperback]
    Living Within Your Means
    How Your Personality Type Shapes Your Spending Habits




    NON-DUALITY BOOKS, EACH CONTAINING A SERIES OF ESSAYS DISCUSSING ONE OF THE SEVEN STEPS ON THE PATH TO REALIZATION



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    FOR THOSE SEEKING FURTHER EXPLANATION

    An online Advaita Internet Course is offered here. The price of the course includes the four Advaita eBooks used as the texts; questions sent after completion of the assigned readings; replies to your answers; and follow-up as required.

    You will be guided through all seven of the steps, in order, that lead from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond). For more specific information and details about the course, you may click on the link to the right. To get started now now, click the pay button below and receive the $365 course for a discounted price of $325.00.

    Purchase at Discount the Advaita Internet Course with Floyd


    by
    Clicking the Buy Now Button below:

    Or, if you prefer, begin by arranging a one-hour Advaita session via Skype with Floyd:

    Next, you can now receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
    For more information or to order, click:

    DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

    SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:


    1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk, Seven-Hour Video (DVD) Set of an advaita retreat, or the downloadable file version. To find out more or to purchase the DVD or downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
    DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat
    International buyers: note the separate option for those outside the continental U.S.

    2. BY READING the explanations offered in the collection of non-duality books that are available on this site.

    3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes

    For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
    To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

    4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

    5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally. Use the Contact link for information or use the link below to pay for your first Advaita session.

    You may click the BUY NOW button below to begin arrangements for your first Advaita session with Floyd via Skype and he will contact you to schedule: