"THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE tells the story of a
resolute and courageous journey toward calm of soul and body.
It is an invitation, not a directive.
Dhyana Stanley's writing can be uncomfortable along the way
as it presses toward the essential, the universal and a far more authentic way
of understanding, compassion and fullness . . . now."
Howard Washburn, Former Baptist Pastor and Denominational Executive – Currently Quaker
Published by O-Books
Although The Human Experience is not an autobiography I do share snippets of my own journey within the first chapter and then here and there throughout the book. Because even though our journeys differ at the superficial level, at a deeper level they are really all the same. What we are all looking for as well as what keeps us stuck and what opens us up are the same regardless of any surface differences within our paths. So, rather than only ‘tell’ this book also ‘shows’ those common threads within everyone’s journey through the inclusion of every day examples.
Even though we may use different terms for what we are all seeking, such as peace, happiness, well-being, harmony—at a fundamental level, we are all searching for the truth of who we are. And if we want to discover the truth of our being, honesty and courage are key. Dishonesty and fear keep us stuck and honesty and fearlessness open us up—but as shown in this book the type of honesty and courage that open us up is not what we typically think of as honesty and courage.
Before the realization, we often move through stages of denial, blaming others and then blaming ourself. Initially, we may deny that we are not happy but when we become more honest we admit we aren’t but then often move into blaming others or life for our unhappiness. And then when we become more honest we admit that blaming others isn’t working to get what we want, but then often move into blaming ourself for our unhappiness. And then…for those who are open to see that blaming yourself is not working to get what you want, there is ‘a way’ to jump out of that entire way of seeing into the true sense of your wholeness.
But this book does not leave you once you have discovered your natural sense of well-being. Because after the realization, there is, for most of us, a process of stabilization and integration that can be quite intense for a while.
After the realization, honesty and courage take on a new kind of clarity and focus. Once we discover the truth then there is an intensity and clarity born of love that looks through and sets free all that seems to bind us. We, more and more, (without end—in my experience, anyway) come to ‘admit’ and relax and expand into the truth of who we are and to live that out fearlessly. Gradually, it becomes clear that any dishonesty and fear is some type of resistance to the truth of our being.
To live freely and well is why we are here—and it is my desire that whoever is drawn to read this book clearly sees through all that seems to bind them into the ever expanding fullness of freedom.
And for those interested,
The Table of Contents:
1- The Journey Out of All That Seems So Personal
2- The Unfolding of the Discovery
3- Let It Be
4- Allow It Fully
The Realization of Universal Mind : Beyond Time
5- Are We Human Having a Spiritual Experience or Spirit
Having a Human Experience?
6- Life Is On Our Side
7- Honesty Is Foundational to the Realization of Who We
8- Are You Whole Already?
9- Courage is a Necessity
10- A Walk in the Park
11- Everything Wants To Be In Its Natural State – Even
12- Even Feelings Want To Remain In Their Natural State:
13- The Gift of the Groundhog’s Death
14- Thought Often Has an Important Function in Awakening
15- Two of the Greatest Obstacles to Awakening
16- Allow Attention to Rest on Actual Experience: Presence
17- Three Levels of Experience in the Waking State
18- Belief Does Not Allow Real Choice
19- What Is Nonresistance?
20 - Fear at the Level of Thoughts and Feelings
21- That Which is Permanent is also Uncaused
22- The Truth Sets Us Free – When We Know The Truth
23- True Intelligence
24- Allow and Sense: Stories of the Rope and Necklace
Realization of Universal Body: Beyond Space
25- Stillness Moving: Deepening Sense of the Whole
26- Bold Movement in Alignment with Truth
27- Fear at the Level of Movement
28- Love’s Embrace
29- The Kingdom of Heaven
30- Can I Be Awake and Still Dye My Hair?
31- Life Without Fear Also Includes Without the Fear of
32- Freedom – Beyond Morality
33- Owning Without Owning
34- Waking Up From the Dream of Lack and Separation
35- Beware of the ‘Awake Me'
36- The Pursuit of Happiness or the Discovery of
Happiness? Conflict or Peace?
37- Why It’s Necessary that the Personal Self Seem So
38- The Dance
Some of what is on the back of the book:
The Human Experience is the Dance of Heaven and Earth is a book about awakening - but it is not your typical book on the subject. Rather than only tell about the process of awakening it also ‘shows’ the process through the inclusion of many practical daily-life examples.
Although the realization of who we are is not a process, the integration of this realization is. Some teachings shy away from the term ‘process’ altogether and other teachings present the process as a self-improvement endeavor - this book does neither.
When we glimpse peace or wholeness or whatever term we happen to use there is a process of integrating this understanding that unfolds. But this is not a process of improving who we are. It is a process of seeing through who we are not and more fully relaxing into who we already are.
So many people are now in various stages of awakening. Some have had glimpses of truth but don’t trust them and others have had glimpses they trust but become confused when conditioned habits pull them. The Human Experience does not leave the readers to fend for themselves.
We are here not only to realize the truth of who we are but to be free enough to actually live it. As our understanding integrates more fully into what we sense and how we express ourselves, this inner harmony then moves out into the world. And when more and more of us come to know and live this harmony, world peace cannot help but unfold.