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Gina Lake's Newest Book Available for Pre-order on Kindle for just $0.99

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My wife, Gina Lake's, newest book, A Heroic Life: New Teachings from Jesus on the Human Journey, is now available for preorder on Kindle. The hero’s journey—this human life—is a search for the greatest treasure of all: the gifts of your true nature. These gifts are your birthright, but they have been hidden from you, kept from you by the dragon: the ego. These gifts are the wisdom, love, peace, courage, strength, and joy that reside at your core. A Heroic Life shows you how to overcome the ego’s false beliefs and face the ego’s fears. It provides you with both a perspective and a map to help you successfully and happily navigate life’s challenges and live heroically.

Special Price until May 4th of only $0.99 on Kindle (regular price is $3.99). Preorder the ebook here

Also now available as a paperback on Amazon: Purchase the paperback

You will learn:
 
•    How to navigate changes,
•    How to overcome difficulties,
•    How to master your negative emotions,
•    How to cultivate inner strength,
•    How to be happy, and
•    How to be true to yourself

Preorder A Heroic Life as a Kindle ebook on Amazon for its upcoming release on May 1st:
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Announcing: New Expanded Free Ebooks Program and Request for Donations

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For the past 10 years or so, we have been offering free ebooks here on Endless-Satsang.com. It is one of the favorite things we do and so far we have given away several hundred thousand free ebooks! Now we would like to expand this offering in several ways and so we are asking for your support through a regular monthly donation on Paypal or through a one-time donation to support the following new activities:

1-Promoting and spreading the word about the free ebooks page on Endless-Satsang.com: There are an ever growing number of ways to do this now on the internet ranging from paid advertising on Facebook to paid email promotions on ebook websites like Bookbub.com and Ebookbooster.com. We have done some of this kind of promotion to bring more people to our free ebooks and would like to do even more to reach hundreds of thousands or possibly even millions of additional readers. This can happen if and when the free ebooks go viral and word spreads on its own, but it helps to prime the pump by putting the word out there in every way possible.

2-Expanding our offerings on the free ebooks page: We currently offer 6 free ebooks on our free spiritual ebooks webpage and would like to increase the number of books we can afford to offer for free. If we reach $500 in pledged monthly support, we will add another 4 free ebooks to our free ebooks page for a total of 10 free ebooks. At that point, all of Nirmala's and several of Gina Lake's books will be available for free so that many more people can benefit from the teachings and perspectives in their books. In general, we have found that one of our free ebooks reaches over 100 times as many readers as one of our books that is offered for sale. NOTE ADDED: We have decided to go ahead and expand the number of free ebooks offered regardless of the level of donations we receive. Starting in mid-June, almost all of Nirmala's and more of Gina's books will be available for free on our free ebooks page.

3-Creation and promotion of a completely new website devoted entirely to free spiritual ebooks: In the coming months we intend to create a new website at FreeEbooks4SpiritualSeekers.com that will feature a wider range of free spiritual ebooks including other authors in addition to Nirmala and Gina. It is our hope that this will reach a wider audience of people who identify as spiritual seekers and who may have not yet encountered non-dual teachings. We hope to include public domain and free ebooks by authors like Nisargadatta, Papaji, Adyashanti and many more.

4-Distribution of our free ebooks on other websites: We have offered our free ebooks on other websites across the internet including ebookstores like Amazon.com and Apple's iBooks, and also existing websites devoted to free ebooks like Free-Ebooks.net. Additional free ebooks would be added to these other channels to expand the available ways for people to find the free offerings.

5-Translation of more of our free ebooks into other languages: We currently offer several of our free ebooks in Spanish on this page. We would like to expand these offerings by having more of Nirmala's and Gina's books professionally translated and offered for free in as many languages as possible. This is a time-comsuming and costly process, but hopefully, we can eventually reach people all around the world with more free ebooks in other languages.

All of the above activities require funding and so we are asking for your support in making this expansion of our free ebook offerings possible. There are two ways you can help financially support us. First is by committing to a monthly donation on Paypal to our free ebooks program. Any amount from $1.00 a month and up will go a long way towards helping us reach the goals above. Endless Satsang Foundation is a tax-exempt 501C-3 organization, so donations are tax-deductible. Click on this button to set up a monthly donation on Paypal (Note: On the page that opens, be sure to check the box that says, "Make This Recurring (Monthly)" that is next to the box where you enter the amount of your donation.)

 

 

Or you can make a one-time donation to this program using the same button above, but do not check the "Make This Recurring" box.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Endless Satsang Foundation
PO Box 3558
Sedona, AZ, 86336

As a thank you for your support, we are offering the following levels of rewards:

Friends: For committing to a monthly donation of $5.00 or more, you will receive a collection of seven mp3 recordings of satsangs with Nirmala from a retreat in 2007 (usual value of $19.95)

Supporters: For committing to a monthly donation of $25 or more, you will receive the mp3 recordings and a signed paperback copy of one of Nirmala's books, plus a free spiritual mentoring session with Nirmala as described here.

Patrons: For committing to a monthly donation of $50 or more, you will receive the mp3 recordings, signed paperback book, and two free spiritual mentoring sessions with Nirmala.

We also understand that not everyone can offer financial support and so we have created a webpage here with several suggestions of other ways that you can support Endless Satsang Foundation, including several simple and free actions you can take that will increase awareness of our free ebooks.

PS: We just received the following message from someone who downloaded one of Nirmala's books for free many years ago: "Thank you so much for the beautiful work you are doing with Gina. I remember back in 2005 when suddenly I remembered a satsang with you in Montreal and it felt like the most important thing in my life. At the time, I could download the whole Nothing Personal book for free, printed it and read if over and over. This ended in me moving to a satsang community for 3 years in Germany, doing 6 retreats in Tiruvannamalai and booking a lot of sessions with you. It transformed my life. So I definitely agree that a free ebook can have a huge impact on one's life. For some reason it was your book that touched me and not the many others from other teachers."

Thank you always for your continuing interest and support. The greatest satisfaction for us is when our words and teachings touch someone deeply. Your interest in and involvement with our work is deeply appreciated and makes all of our efforts worthwhile. Here again are some of our free ebooks currently available (click on the covers to go to a page where you can download each book):

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Announcing: New Expanded Free Ebooks Program on Endless-Satsang.com
For the past 10 years or so, we have been offering free ebooks here on Endless-Satsang.com. It is one of the favorite things we do and so far we have given away several hundred thousand free ebooks! Now we would like to expand this offering in several ways and so we are asking for your support through a monthly donation on Paypal or through a one-time donation to support the following new activities:
1-Promoting and spreading the word about the free ebooks page on Endless-Satsang.com. There are an ever growing number of ways to do this now on the internet ranging from paid advertising on Facebook to email promotions on ebook websites like Bookbub.com and Ebookbooster.com. We have done some of this kind of promotion to bring more people to our free ebooks and would like to do even more to reach hundreds of thousands or possibly even millions of additional readers. This can happen if and when the free ebooks go viral and word spreads on its own, but it helps to prime the pump by putting the word out there in every way possible.
2-Expanding our offerings on the free ebooks page. We currently offer 6 free ebooks on our free ebooks webpage and would like to increase the number of books we can afford to offer for free. For every $500 in pledged monthly support, we will add another free ebook to our free ebooks page. Eventually we would like to offer all of Nirmala's and several more of Gina Lake's books for free so that many more people can benefit from the teachings and perspectives in their books. In general, one of our free ebooks will reach over 100 times as many readers as one of our books that is offered for sale.
3-Creation and promotion of a completely new website devoted entirely to free spiritual ebooks. In the coming months we intend to create a new website at FreeEbooks4SpiritualSeekers.com that will feature a wider range of free spiritual ebooks including other authors in addition to Nirmala and Gina. It is our hope that this will reach a wider audience of people who identify as spiritual seekers and who may have not yet encountered non-dual teachings. We hope to include public domain and free ebooks by authors like Nisargadatta, Papaji, Adyashanti and many more.
4-Distribution of our free ebooks on other websites. We have offered our free ebooks on other websites across the internet including ebookstores like Amazon.com and Apple's iBooks, and also existing websites devoted to free ebooks like Free-Ebooks.net. All additional free ebooks would be added to these other channels to expand the available ways for people to find the free offerings.
5-Translation of more of our free ebooks into other languages. We currently offer several of our free ebooks in Spanish on this page. We would like to expand these offerings by having more of Nirmala's and Gina's books translated and offered for free in as many languages as possible. This is a time-comsuming and costly process, but hopefully, we can eventually reach people all around the world with more free ebooks in other languages.
All of the above activities require funding and so we are asking for your support in making this expansion of our free ebook offerings possible. There are two ways you can help financially support us. First is by committing to a monthly donation on Paypal to our free ebooks program. Any amount from $1.00 a month and up will go a long way towards helping us reach the goals above. Endless Satsang Foundation is a tax-exempt 501C-3 organization, so donations are tax-deductible. Click on this button to set up a monthly donation on Paypal:

Or you can make a one-time donation to this program using this button:
One-time donation button
Donations can also be mailed to:
Endless Satsang Foundation
PO Box 3558
Sedona, AZ, 86336
As a thank you for your support, we are offering the following levels of rewards:
Friends: For committing to a monthly donation of $5.00 or more, you will receive a collection of ten mp3 recordings of satsangs with Nirmala (usual value of $19.95)
Supporters: For committing to a monthly donation of $25 or more, you will receive the mp3 recordings and a signed paperback copy of one of Nirmala's books, plus a free spiritual mentoring session with Nirmala as described here.
Patrons: For committing to a monthly donation of $50 or more, you will receive the mp3 recordings, signed paperback book, and three free spiritual mentoring sessions with Nirmala.
We also understand that not everyone can offer financial support and so we have created a webpage here with several suggestions of other ways that you can support Endless Satsang Foundation, including several simple and free actions you can take that will increase awareness of our free ebooks.
Thank you always for your continuing interest and support. The greatest satisfaction for us is when our words and teachings touch someone deeply. Your interest in and involvement with our work is deeply appreciated and makes all of our efforts worthwhile.

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We Are Scuba Divers Splashing Each Other!

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Q: What is the difference between awareness and attention?. Something seems to still be aware of attention moving and zooming in and zooming out. You said awareness gets imprinted and if the body walks out of the room awareness follows it. What about the other people in the room. Are these different viewpoints of awareness and is the whole of awareness attached to each body or how does that work? To say one is always only that space is fine enough but it thinks it is the body and then it gets painful. Until awareness wakes up to the fact that it is not the body, the life story is painful.

A:Thanks for your questions. Here is how I experience it: awareness is a limitless, infinite presence. There is only one awareness and it is already everywhere and every-when. It is simply the capacity to experience and be all of this world and everything in it. It's nature is also empty space so it surrounds and permeates everything. Everything arises in awareness and it does not pick or choose between experiences.

Since awareness already is everywhere, how can it move or change? Where would it go? So it came up with a simple solution: it moves within itself as attention. That way it can contract and focus and have all kinds of unique experiences within the larger field of its ultimate nature as pure presence. Attention is this movement within awareness. It does not harm or diminish awareness to contract and identify and focus. It just creates a certain pressure or concentration of force that eventually dissipates again. Sort of like two scuba divers having a splashing fight 30 feet under the surface. They can push the water around and "splash" each other in the face, but in the end the water is still the same as before they had their fun, and nobody gets hurt or even "wet" because they are already wet!

So awareness itself contracts into a particular form or viewpoint and then experiences itself from this new perspective, as well as from other contracted perspectives (or bodies) in the same space. All life and all matter is an expression of this capacity awareness or consciousness has to take on an apparent form and movement. Awareness takes on the imprinting or conditioning of patterned focus and contraction in order to have a unique experience. The human system is a particularly rich means for awareness to move within and so it finds all kinds of unique ways to pay attention within the forms of multiple human minds and bodies.

Because the human body/mind is so good at paying attention and can even pay attention to itself, the possibility exists both for suffering and for awakening. The suffering is simply what happens when we pay attention completely to the experience of the contracted sense of self we get from our idea of our separate identity, and so we only "pay attention" to what we think or want or fear. We become convinced that our thoughts about "me" and "my life" are not only real and true, but they are the whole truth and the whole reality of the moment. Our fears and desires become the totality of experience. I want an ice cream cone and that is all there is, and if I don't get it I can't ever be happy again! What a powerful way to focus awareness like a laser beam on an ice cream cone!

We call this intense focus suffering, but it is also the source of all of our pleasure and joy. The focus on the ice cream cone also makes it exquisitely enjoyable when we are eating it. The ability to focus and pay attention and identify completely with our desires, beliefs, sensations, experiences, opinions, fears, doubts, dreams and wishes is not a mistake. For a long time there is great satisfaction in focusing our attention and then fulfilling that focus. I often point out that orgasms are a series of powerful contractions. Are you sure you might never want to contract again? What a strange and glorious opportunity it is to be human and pay attention with such complete abandon and involvement and identification with whatever we focus on.

However, the human system also has a unique capacity to be self-aware. We can pay attention to our self, which really means paying attention to awareness itself, since that is what we are made of. When this capacity to be self-aware arises as a particular being evolves, there is a whole new possibility within this game of attention. At first when we pay attention to ourselves and reflect on our experience, we become aware of the trade off between pleasure and suffering. We realize that focusing or paying attention has a price. Anytime we focus our attention and become more aware of the object of our attention, we also become less aware of the rest of reality. What we are unaware of still exists and so we tend to suffer from it. We bump into the things we are unaware of and metaphorically stub our toe.

For a long time, we try very hard to manage our awareness and our unawareness, thinking that if only I could have only the things I want to be aware of in my focus of attention, then I would be happy and fulfilled. But the rest of reality is still there and we still keep bumping into the things that we don't want to be aware of. The irony is that the suffering is not actually in the things we want to avoid that keep showing up, but in the effort we exert to try to control our experience. The over-contraction and extreme trying to control is what hurts eventually. It is like holding a very tight fist: it does not hurt at first, but if you keep squeezing and squeezing, it can quickly become agonizingly painful.

So we eventually notice that all of this paying attention is both a source of enjoyment and also the source of all of our suffering. What to do then? If we try not to suffer, that is just more trying and more suffering. But because we can notice the effects of our attention, or in other words because we can pay attention to how we are paying attention, a completely new possibility arises: to simply choose to be aware of what is already here. We can pay attention to what is already in awareness. This is incredibly subtle and tricky at first: to catch the natural flow of awareness and join in with whatever it is already experiencing. It is like trying to sit exactly the way you are already sitting, and breath exactly the way you are already breathing, and think whatever you are already thinking. All you add to any experience is noticing that you are already having that experience.

In one sense we pay attention to awareness, but since awareness is like empty quality-less space, how do you do that? When you turn your attention back on awareness itself, you can get confused and disoriented because there is no thing called awareness and attention needs an object to stay focused on. But you can catch a glimpse of the movement of awareness into attention by being curious about your attention. What is it like when you are paying attention to your thoughts? What is it like when you are paying attention to your desires? What is it like when you are paying attention to whatever appears in awareness in this very moment? I would suggest that you ask all of these question of your body: what is it like in your body right now? Where is there sensation or tension? What is the underlying focus of that tension or sensation? Just be with the sensation in the body and let it speak to you. What is it trying to experience or trying not to experience?

Becoming aware of that "trying" is all you need to do. Awareness itself can manage whatever comes from becoming aware of our trying or suffering. You can just bring awareness to the flow of attention, and then awareness will know what to do next. Often the contraction relaxes as more awareness flows within and around the previous focus. Sometime the contraction will increase to give you an even clearer experience of contraction or identification. You can simply pay attention as if you were an "attention billionaire" and could never run out of attention. If you were a multi-billionaire, hopefully you would realize that you no longer need to think about where to spend or give your money. Well, you have a limitless supply of awareness, so there is no need to decide what to pay attention to and what not to pay attention to: just notice everything! Awakening is what can happen when we pay attention to everything and anything. At some point we can simply realize that we are the limitless awareness and not just this body or person.

But no matter what, the pure flow of awareness is always here even when we are intensely focused on only experiencing what we want to experience. Again the infinite ocean of water is still here even when we are trying to push it this way or that, and splash our way underwater to some particular experience. By noticing what it is like to splash around in awareness with all of the increased intensity of pleasure and suffering that naturally entails, we might indirectly discover the sweetness of the underlying liquid flow of our true nature, and how we never run out of awareness itself. We are the ocean, not just the splashing. We are the limitlessness, not just the pleasure or the pain. Why not dive right in to whatever is here in this moment's dream like flow?

I hope this helps.

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