Loch Kelly Loch Kelly, MDiv, LCSW, is a leader in the field of meditation and psychotherapy. He is author of the award-winning Shift into Freedom and founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch is an emerging voice in modernizing meditation, social engagement, and collaborating with neuroscientists. For more, visit lochkelly.org.
Praise from the book:
"Loch Kelly is one of the clearest expressions of authentic
awakened freedom and love that I know. Shift Into Freedom a shining
gem in the modern spiritual landscape. This book is wise and loving
medicine for anyone who is ready to take responsibility for their
own liberation here and now."
-From the foreward by Adyashanti, author of Falling Into Grace
"Shift into Freedom is a gift to us all. I wholeheartedly recommend this inspiring and profound book. This is one of the finest contemporary meditation manuals that takes mindfulness to the next level. In Loch Kelly you've found a wonderful guide for the journey of awakening, which our endangered world is so hungry for."
-Lama Surya Das, author of Make Me One with Everything and Awakening the Buddha Within
"I am so happy that Loch Kelly's groundbreaking teachings are finally available to the general public. This wonderful book translates and updates what used to be only available to a select few who were willing to spend years in a monastery. Whether you are new to meditation or are a seasoned practitioner, Shift into Freedom will change you. It will revolutionize your life, giving you immediate access to the freeing awareness that makes it possible to go beyond our small self."
-Adam Bucko, co-author of Occupy Spirituality and The New Monasticism
"Practicing under Loch Kelly's guidance is mind-blowing. You shift out of your chattering mind, and awareness emerges-clear, fearless, unconditionally accepting. This is the 'shift' Loch is writing about, having found the words that point to the wordless. I'm keeping his book close."
-Amy Gross, former editor-in-chief O, The Oprah Magazine
"Many assume that genuine spiritual realization is either out of reach-'I'm too wounded . . . life's too stressful'-or way down the road. Shift into Freedom is a rare and invaluable book that awakens trust in what is possible in this very life, right now. With wisdom, clarity, and care, Loch Kelly offers teachings and practices that directly evolve consciousness and liberate the heart."
-Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
"Shift into Freedom offers the reader a remarkable synthesis of practical wisdom from across contemporary meditation, psychology, and neuroscience disciplines. Loch Kelly provides us with a direct and accessible taste of more profound and subtle experiences of effortless mindfulness and heart mindfulness."
-David Vago, PhD, meditation researcher, Harvard Medical School
"Shift into Freedom is a well-written and important contribution. An essential read for anyone interested in learning about this great meditation program of openhearted awareness."
-Andrew Newberg, MD, author of How God Changes Your Brain
"This is one of best contemporary books on the integration of meditation and nonduality. Personally, I'm thankful to Loch for offering this gift to humanity at this crucial time when so many people are looking for living spirituality free from outdated paradigms. Read this if you want to wake up to the beautiful mystery of life."
-Anam Thubten, author of No Self, No Problem and The Magic of Awareness
"Shift into Freedom is both a practical and inspirational guide for understanding and accessing what Loch calls 'openhearted awareness.' The book's power comes from decades of experiences accumulated by its author, one of America's most beloved teachers. By reading his words, one's awareness seems to quietly soften and expand into much larger space."
-Catherine Ingram, author of Passionate Presence and In the Footsteps of Gandhi
"Loch is the best, or among the best, 'pointing-within' teachers in the world right now. By 'pointing-within, ' I mean someone who can experientially introduce-and then continue to mentor-folks into authentic higher consciousness and heart. Since his book is about sustaining and maturing this process, it's likely that it will be a major 'threshold' book, just like Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now was at the time it was published."
-Kurt Johnson, PhD, author of The Coming Interspiritual Age and Nabokov's Blues
"Loch shares his practice experience freely, links it to the similar experiences of many other traditions, and clarifies how these practices work with the science of the day. Shift into Freedom will be a great help to many people."
-Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
"Awakening begins with a shift of identity. It's moving your inner center of gravity from your protective parts to your magnificent essence. Loch has condensed his decades of personal and teaching experience into this wonderful book, which not only makes you realize that such a shift is possible, it also provides exercises to help it happen."
-Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, developer of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy
"In this personal and practical call to awaken, Loch Kelly has synthesized decades of Eastern and Western studies and practice into a path that can change your life."
-Michael Katz, PhD, editor of Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
"Shift into Freedom is a clear and articulate map that combines the finest wisdom of nondual practice with modern psychology and neuroscience on meditation. It is a deep inquiry and wellspring of excellent and most helpful tools that guide us on our path of awakening. It provides us with a practical step-by-step process of deep openhearted awakening. It will warm your heart, touch your soul, and may deliver you to a lasting, embodied freedom."
-Ronald A. Alexander, PhD, author of Wise Mind Open Mind
"Shift into Freedom offers the heart-essence of Loch's deep integration of simple yet advanced meditation practices, neuroscience, and psychology. Loch Kelly is one of the very few people who are authorized teachers of mindfulness, Sutra Mahamudra, and nondual traditions. Loch presents simple methods for awakening to and living from openhearted awareness in the midst of your daily life. I highly recommend this wonderfully clear book."
-Peter Fenner, PhD, author of Natural Awakening
"Shift into Freedom is a clear, potent, and liberating guide for our journey from ego centeredness to openhearted awareness. Drawing from wisdom teachings, neuroscience, and contemporary psychology, Loch Kelly offers a finely detailed, sophisticated set of maps and practices for waking up, waking in, and waking out-all so that we may fully actualize who we really are in our daily lives. Highly recommended!"
-John J. Prendergast, PhD, author of In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself