This list of recommended authors and books is in no way intended to be a comprehensive, definitive or authoritative list of nondual or spiritual books. I'm not endorsing every single word spoken or written by any of these authors including Joan Tollifson.
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Don't believe anything you read, but instead, question, look, listen, feel into it, and see for yourself. The book that wakes you up one day may lull you to sleep the next.
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These recommendations are periodically updated or revised. If you've been here before, refresh or reload the page to be sure you are getting the most Sprinys version. Nothing to Grasp ; Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogs about Nonduality ; Beautiful women seeking sex Camp Springs in the Heartland: My books always encourage the reader to investigate directly rather than holding onto beliefs or second-hand ideas.
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My books explore questions of identity, free will, addiction and other forms of human suffering, and the nature of experience.
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The mind habitually wants comforting, feel-good answers; Toni provided none: Not a movement away, an escape into something that will provide what this state does not provide, or doesn't seem to provide: Just completely, unconditionally listening to what's here now, is that possible?
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All very highly recommended. Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats — Eckhart is an exceptionally clear contemporary teacher whose expression is deeply grounded in presence and refreshingly free of conventional religious or dogmatic trappings.Ladies Looking Casual Sex Rothsville
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German by birth, he now lives in western Canada. There is tremendous Srings and subtlety in all of Eckhart's books and tapes, and I recommend them very highly.
A New Earth is his most comprehensive and recent book, and the one I would most recommend for getting his complete teaching. Stillness Speaks is a highly distilled jewel that offers the essence of his message in sutra-like form—exquisitely clear and simple.
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