033. Gary Crowley

Gary Crowley was born in 1965 and was raised in Massachusetts as a practical-minded New Englander. He graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with degrees in Economics and Political Science.

At a young age, he was attracted to Eastern philosophy and spiritual writings that seemed to offer a glimpse of something greater than the life he had known growing up.

However, by 2001, Gary finally gave up on all forms of spiritual seeking after decades on the path. He surrendered under the weight of the many well-intended spiritual teachings he’d accumulated over the years. All the study had not caused the shift in awareness that he’d so earnestly sought and had been so often promised.

The problem, he then realized, was that he had been simply piling up concepts without addressing the very foundation – his sense of “self” – that was doing the seeking.

He discovered that it is only by dismantling our assumptions about “who we are,” rather than merely describing a state of being such as oneness or wholeness, that we can bring about a natural opening to a new way of experiencing life.

Gary’s site: http://garycrowley.com/

Gary’s books:

Interview recorded 8/11/2010.

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast. Video also available on Facebook.

4 thoughts on “033. Gary Crowley

  1. I really enjoy Gary’s interview, and it makes perfect sense and it make me sad…because my neurology is very damaged and i come from a long line of very damaged violent ancestors. So to know i am the ‘happening’ of conditioning , when my conditioning is so awful….is sad…and yes knowing the truth does bring some relief and lots of change (through lots of hard work and commitment) has happened here… but to watch my family commit acts of harm on self and other including their own children is so painful x

  2. Hi Tina,
    I understand that the perspectives in this interview can be shocking to some, but ultimately the aim is that they will allow for there to be a much more natural flowing of compassion toward yourself and others. People (neurologies) can certainly change with new conditioning, but recognizing that we can’t consciously will our changes ideally allows us to deal more readily with “what is.” With a more realistic perspective and a natural flowing of compassion toward yourself and others, dare I say, you as a person will be of far more use in changing the situations you decide to try and change than someone who denies the actualities of the human condition. The taking away of humanity’s primary illusion can sting a bit, but you may be pleasantly surprised with the experiencing of living once the sting wears off.
    I hope that helps.
    You may benefit from the free articles on my website http://www.garycrowley.com, especially the article, “The Bear.”
    All the very best,

  3. Gary,
    Humor is the only thing that got me on the path to healing, especially when I could make other people not worry about me.
    I had Dr’s telling my family the bad news that I would never walk, talk, or eat again. Yet when I finally got a pad of paper, I started to make jokes with my body language prompted when my mother said something silly. She was effectively handling me like a fragile doll, even though I was tied down with tubes in, so I would not pull them out. I was just waiting to scream in frustration, something I would not be able to do for almost a year since I lost speech. Sure I may lapse onto self criticism and a morose out-look for a short bit with my on-going disabilities, but then snap out of it with humor at being so damn serious. Still looking for that perfect path that includes me!

  4. Also enjoyed this interview, due to its straightforwardness and ordinariness. I especially clapped when Gary was talking about complexity being the wrong direction.. and his response to when people email and ask why he’s not talking about “Quantum Physics” etc.– abstraction being normally just a distraction for most people (great quote). Interested in the books.

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