Become a LiveReal Member/Patron. Because of good stuff.
Lots of folks are interested in the kind of stuff we explore.
The Big Questions of life. Figuring yourself out. Inner strength. How to have relationships that aren't total disasters. Awakening experiences. Applied contemplative spirituality. Avoiding deathbed regrets. Mental clarity and emotional strength…stuff like that.
Yet at the same time, lots of folks are confronting this stuff alone, with no tools.
Lots of folks seem to secretly think about this stuff in the back of their minds. But often, we don’t talk about it. It’s like a hidden little pocket of unspoken, forbidden thoughts and questions.
Meanwhile, exploring this stuff out in the world…well, it’s the Wild West out there. (if you’ve been at it a while, you know what we’re talking about.) The flood of noise, hype, and misinformation out there can make things pretty weird and confusing, to put it mildly.
But on the other side of things…there are also a number of folks who have been exploring this kind of stuff for a long time. They know a lot. They have a ton of experience. They could probably help a lot of people. And yet they’re often sitting there quietly, not making a fuss, being passed by and ignored.
LiveReal is a place where folks who are interested in this stuff can meet up. Where like-minded folks can compare notes, trade tips, swap advice, and quite possibly, save each other a lot of unnecessary suffering.
Plenty of folks talk about lofty things while they sip lattes and scan Twitter. There’s a smaller number who are serious about it. There are even fewer who are ready to go to work.
It’s easy to merely talk, dismiss, ignore, declare stuff. It’s hard to be a Seeker.
LiveReal is a headquarters for Seekers.
Our approach is practical, no-nonsense, see-for-yourself, take-what-you-like-and-leave-the-rest. It’s open-minded yet tough, truth-seeking but fair. It’s where religion and science meet common sense.
We’re putting a team together.
So if you’re interested in this kind of stuff too…welcome aboard.
You’re among friendlies here.
So, this is where we’re supposed to give you a big fancy sales pitch.
But instead of doing that, we’re just going to say this.
To become a LiveReal Patron and Member is $9.95/month.
If you only want the course (“An Introduction to Inner Work”), that’s $195 (one-time only.)
Or, if you want to get a whole year, it’s $95/year. (Saves you about $20.)
(We don’t run ads, pitch gimmicks, ask for handouts, or sell your information. This is how we keep the lights on and the computers running. We don’t have any secret “upgrade to the Super-Mega-Mega-$10k-Level for the real stuff” nonsense. The options we mention above – that’s it. And you can cancel any time if you want.)
So, what do you get if you join?
Esteemed Patrons and Members get this:
• Immediate, Full Access to the Entire Site
A backstage, all-access pass to mingle with the stars. (Umm, and by “stars,” we mean our private, members-only content.)
• “An Introduction to “Inner Work” Course
This is the online course that lays the foundation, sets the stage, cuts a path through the jungle with a machete to help make way for more advanced conversations to come. Explore at your own pace.
It’s also the fruit of decades of research, investigation and painstaking experimentation. It’s an introductory-level course, but it’s also a huge amount of clear, no-nonsense content on some difficult topics that could save you years of wandering in the wilderness.
This course sells separately for $245.
More about this here.
• Access to the our Recommended Products
Working on yourself and figuring yourself out is hard enough when you get great advice and rock-solid information.
But with bad advice and slippery misinformation, it’s almost impossible. And there’s a flood of that – hype, noise, and well-intentioned nonsense – out there these days. Just few bad ideas can throw you off course for years. (We’ve know this from experience.) Even good ideas at the wrong time – or used in the wrong way – can become time-wasting detours and diversions.
To help remedy this, we’ve gathered a list of resources we recommend that, in our opinions, are solid, trusty, or least-likely-to-send-you-on-a-misguided-odyssey. Think of it as a “Consumer’s Reports” for working on yourself.
• The Cavalry / Reinforcements to help put this stuff into practice
We’re all drowning in information overload these days. But mere information just clutters the place up…unless you apply it, translate it into understanding, integrate it into real life.
So, how are we attempting to help remedy that? It’s simple. By helping you, to the degree that we can, to put this into practice. Through…
• A Cozy Gathering Spot/Stomping Ground/Headquarters for folks who are interested in this stuff
A group of folks who are interested in the same things, on the same page, working together to help everyone succeed…?
Crazy, wild idea, we know.
Some folks are interested in this stuff, but treat it like it’s a dirty little secret. They don’t talk about it in polite society. Other folks do talk about it – or try to (eg, “Have you ever wondered if X?) – but all too often get leered at like they just crash-landed from Pluto and sprouted five heads. Or, in better cases, merely get responses along the lines of “you think too much!” or “why are you reading that?” or “that’s crazy!”
This stuff isn’t crazy. Let’s face it: the culture these days isn’t exactly fertile soil for contemplative thought. (To put it mildly.)
Enough of this can lead a lot of thoughtful folks to “go at it” all alone. And we all wind up poorer because of it.
So, Join the Rebels.
If this sounds at all familiar, you probably understand what we’re trying to get at. This is all no small part why we’ve created this site: as a crash-pad for thoughtful seekers, seeking thinkers, and the spiritually homeless where folks who are interested in this stuff can get together in…
• A Private, Members-Only Discussion Forum
A lost art: good, old-fashioned conversation. Where people don't yell at each other.
We feature a private, non-searchable, members-only Discussion Board where you can ask questions, have conversations, share tips, rant a little, compare notes, get (and give) reality checks, get stuff off your chest, tell dumb jokes and get weird in a friendly and supportive environment with other folks who are interested in this stuff.
Like Nietzsche said: “One person seeks a midwife for his thoughts…Here is the origin of a good conversation.” (A place where folks can be midwives to each other…does that sound weird?)
At any rate, the culture here is designed to support mutual respect, friendly interactions, fruitful discussions, support, honesty, tough love, and…did we mention ultracool, interesting, fun, intelligent and highly attractive people? Oh yeah - that too.
• Additional Members-Only content.
5 Big Ideas That All Major Spiritual Traditions, and Atheists, and Agnostics Agree On
The #1 Reason Why Self-Help Fails So Often (and How To Overcome It)
12 Common Denominators of Major Religions
How To Become a Better Lover
Spiritual Giants: A User’s Guide
Dharma Combat: When Spiritual Giants Duke It Out
2 Important Names Worth Knowing When It Comes To Understanding Relationships (That You Might Not Have Heard Of)
• Complete and total spiritual enlightenment. Which is nice.
(Yes, we’re kidding.)
• The warm feeling of satisfaction that comes from being a Patron of a cause
We’re working to make ourselves – including our little community, including the world – a bit more wise, a little more sane, a touch more happy and fulfilled, a tad more compassionate and loving and all kinds of mushy stuff.
But this isn’t all about mush.
We’re also working to solve serious problems. The topics we explore touch on topics that of people are struggling with. These topics contain big problems that create, the way we see it, a lot of unnecessary suffering. And we’re working to provide no-nonsense, practical, workable solutions.
We’ve been working on our own and making progress for quite some time now. But we’d like to do more. We have a pretty big storehouse of unpublished stuff that’s in-progress but isn’t ready for prime time yet. The vast amounts of time, energy and expense it takes to create all this is painstakingly, vividly real to us.
But by becoming a Highly Esteemed Patron, you help us do more.
Those are the headliners.
The above are the high points. There are other ways we think about what we’re trying to do here. Like, in a way…
It’s like your own private Think-Tank.
It’s like your own team of Information Brokers.
It’s like your own personal Support Network.
It’s like your own community of Inner Strength Trainers.
It’s like your own Secret Club of Like-Minded Folks.
…but we won’t go into all that here. Some stuff is best discovered along the way. (And we’re trying to keep this short. Unsuccessfully.)
Except maybe one thing…
“Your own Secret Club of Like-Minded Folks.”
What the heck is that about? Here’s the basic idea:
J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis hung out together and drank beer, and eventually wrote some of the greatest books of all time. “The Concord Quartet” – Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott and Hawthorne used to compare notes and read each others’ stuff. The “Beats” — Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and others used to collaborate, help and challenge each other, and rose together. Hemingway, Joyce, Fitzgerald, Stein, Pound, and so on…
We could go on. And yes, we’re probably getting a little carried away with ourselves on this. But this is all to try to illustrate a simple point:
Folks working together can often get better results than folks working separately.
A good community of people giving you feedback, reality checks, suggestions, support and so on can make a huge difference. By an order of magnitude.
Finding a good community can be hard. But if you do find it, it can save years of efforts, tons of energy, a lot of sanity, as long as it’s the right group, built on a good foundation. (“Good foundation” meaning something like the value of good conversation, respectful back-and-forth, free-thinking logic, clear-minded reasoning, healthy dialogue, open-mindedness combined with rigorous thought, friendly argumentation, and so on.)
This is the kind of community we’re working to build here.
(Just to be clear: we aren’t promising that you’ll write the next Hobbit or Walden immediately after joining. But then again, you might.)
What if I join and then change my mind and decide you suck?
No problem. You can cancel any time.
So, can I definitely cancel at any time?
What about a refund?
Wow. A bit jittery, are we? Well, no problem. Our plan is not to take your ten bucks and hightail it to Tijuana. So…yes. If you join and decide it’s not a good fit, then we’ll a 30-day, easy refund, no sweat.
Is anyone secretly controlling you behind the scenes?
LiveReal is secretly owned by some sinister, shady corporation that’s part of some elaborate and diabolical plot.
Yes, we’re kidding again.
No, it’s just us.
LiveReal is 100% free. We are fully and completely funded and operated, 100%, by us – the creators – and you – our Patrons. We create it, control it, operate it, steer it, own it.
We have no corporate boss telling us what we can say and not say. We no university department head dangling tenure in front of us, telling us what we can ask, research, study or not. We have no fat-cat Sugar Daddy Warbucks paying us to come to certain conclusions and not others, to hype certain results and bury others. (cough cough pharmaceuticals! cough)
We follow the evidence down wherever weird, twisty trails it leads, and bring it back here for you to poke and ponder.
And that is our plan: to keep it free, so we can continue to follow the truth wherever it leads.
What other folks have said about LiveReal
Some folks have said nice things about us.
To be totally clear, the folks above are talking about an earlier version of LiveReal. Much of the current content is the same (or even better) than it was when they made the above comments, but the structure of the site has since changed to the current, paid membership model.
So, here’s the offer again.
Cancel any time. If you aren’t happy in your first month, ask us for a refund and we’ll do it. We promise not to hightail it to Tijuana.