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Waking Up In California--By Video--for Free!

Hello, everybody. I just put up a short little post that includes a note from an internationally known researcher and lecturer on nondual topics. Join me here:

Added by Fred Davis on February 3, 2015 at 9:36pm — No Comments

I Assume You

I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday season, whether you spent it alone or with family and friends. I always learn more about myself when there are others around and when I become open to the idea that they are a reflection of me.

For example, I had this realization that nothing has any drama to it unless I give it drama. I'm referring to the drama that is often prevalent in human relationships and interactions. Someone can be acting upset about something, but…


Added by Trey Carland on January 3, 2015 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Awareness of Suffering

Awareness of Suffering

Some of you may be aware that Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a serious stroke recently. He remains in a coma, still breathing on his own. He has dedicated his life to spreading the Buddha's teaching of compassion and love to relieve human suffering. His…


Added by Roger Hawkins on December 28, 2014 at 7:28am — No Comments

The Spirit ... In ... the Season

The most remarkable and poignant dimension of this season is our capacity to halt .... to stop ... and tune-in to a universal spirit of Love that connects us all. An inclusive, ever present Love that is the core inSight of every religion and spiritual instinct. We demonstrate consistent capacity each year to cease-fire from warfare and unite in a common cause of peace and good will.

There is, at minimum, one day out of 365 where a majority of humans contemplate and seek to connect… Continue

Added by Catherine on December 20, 2014 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Life's Invitation

Life is constantly inviting you to explore and rediscover your True Nature.  She is sending messages in every moment, regardless of what form it takes, inviting us home.  Attention. Here. Now, she says compassionately with every breeze, every step, every encounter. "Notice the Beauty of Simply Being," she says, knowing full well that it's impossible for people to do, until it isn't.  We're so immersed in the waves of the ocean that we can't see the sea.

When we realize we are being…

Added by Trey Carland on December 4, 2014 at 2:40am — 1 Comment

What kind of meditation did the Buddha teach?

 A puzzled man asked the Buddha: I have heard that some monks meditate with expectations, others meditate with no expectations, and yet others are indifferent to the result. What is the best?
The Buddha answered: Whether they meditate with or without expectations, if they have the wrong ideas and the wrong methods,…

Added by Thomas E.M. Ball on November 12, 2014 at 11:14am — No Comments

Guest writer (and Asheville Sangha member) on

Hello, Everybody! Georgette Cressend, a long-time Asheville Sangha member, and a friend to many of you, as she is to me, has a great article appearing right now on Click the link to read it!

Added by Fred Davis on October 24, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments

New Prime Post: The Nondual Relationship

Hello, everybody! I just published a new post on Awakening Clarity Now. Come check it out!

Added by Fred Davis on October 6, 2014 at 12:51am — No Comments

New Video: Deep Attention Practice.

Hello, everybody. I want to bring your attention to a new 30-minute video I cut a couple of weeks ago, "Deep Attention Practice". I've gotten a lot of remarkable mail from it, and I invite you to watch it as well--it's quite powerful.

Added by Fred Davis on October 1, 2014 at 9:24pm — No Comments

The truth of what remains.


So my question today and always is how may I serve the Sangha as it is a direct reflection and in truth my very own Self?  How may I be of service to you my Beloved?  As this group we meet together to dive into the illusion of the apparent form.  The separate self that thinks in separate ways.  We inquire into what is real and what remains when all this madness is opened to-released-and moves on.  The truth of what remains.  What is simply just here.  What  is always here.  This…


Added by Alaya Dickinson on September 29, 2014 at 7:43pm — 1 Comment

Sex and the Single Being

Hello, everybody! My newest video, Sex and the Single Being, was posted late last night, and it's already drawing some very enthusiastic mail. Come join us!

Added by Fred Davis on August 9, 2014 at 9:16am — No Comments

To Welcome Life and Death

Hello, everybody! I invite you to read the new post on,To Welcome Life and Death. It's been up for about twelve hours, and I've already gotten a ton of enthusiastic mail on it. Why not peek?

I'll see you all in a few months!

In joy,


Added by Fred Davis on August 7, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Mountains Out of Mole Hills

I hope you are enjoying the long days of Summer.  I love seeing the sunset at 9:00 at night and it feeling like room temperature in the evenings.  Anyway, I felt compelled to write something that might help someone in some way.  I hope you enjoy.…


Added by Trey Carland on July 31, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Interview with Mary O'Malley

I've been reading (digesting really) this great book called, What's In the Way IS the Way, by Mary O'Malley and have really enjoyed her fresh take on Awakening.  The book is beautifully written, and has many places to stop and experience what you're reading throughout the book.  I've also been re-reminded about the power of just putting a question out, without looking for an answer, and allowing an answer appear.  As…


Added by Trey Carland on July 30, 2014 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Talking Heads 2: Richard Miller & Fred Davis Discuss Nonduality & Nondual Living

Hello, everybody! I've just posted a new video tonight. Most of you know Richard from Quite spontaneously, he and I have begun a new video series. We talk about whatever arises while we're looking each other. The going gets weird, so come get strange with us!

Also, I put up a new text post on a few days ago,…


Added by Fred Davis on July 30, 2014 at 12:55am — No Comments

New 30 Minute Contemplative Talk

Hey, everybody! I invite you to listen to a half hour talk I just posted called "Asking Ourselves the Right Questions".

Added by Fred Davis on July 6, 2014 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Three New Posts on

Hello, everybody!

I put up a new post, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Surrender" on Awakening Clarity Now today. The accompanying photo is of my Zen master (and general purpose master too!), Willy the 18-pound Lhaso Apso. I invite you to join us.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Surrender

I also posted a new video this week this week by the same title:…


Added by Fred Davis on July 1, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments


Hello, everyone. I invite to check out these two new videos, which were cut in Asheville on May 31, and June 1. :-)


Added by Fred Davis on June 20, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Dawning of Awakening

Hello, everybody! I put up a new post last night on, and I invite you to join us. :-) Fred

Awakening Clarity Now

Added by Fred Davis on June 18, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Judge Not

Dear Family and Friends,

I've been wanting to put something out about judgement lately to shed light on this quote from the Bible, "Judge not, that ye may not be judged (Matthew 7:1)."  Interpreted one way, this implies that "God" is very judgmental (a common theme in Christianity), but, looked at another way, it actually has to do with the mirror effect of Life.  When you judge another, you are actually judging yourself, for what you see outside of yourself is just a…


Added by Trey Carland on June 16, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

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