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  1. Harriet
    November 17, 2016 @ 5:24 am

    Great post. Thanks, Fred.

    • Fred Davis
      November 17, 2016 @ 9:17 am

      Hey, Harriet! Thanks!

    • Donna Wynn
      November 17, 2016 @ 9:51 am

      Love you Fred, thanks so much for waking me up… As a retired ICU RN I knew there had to be more to this life,,, Now thanks to you I know 😉

      • Fred Davis
        November 17, 2016 @ 9:58 am

        Thank you so very much, Donna. It is my pleasure and honor to be of service to my Self.


  2. dan
    November 17, 2016 @ 9:26 am

    Got as far as “or Donald Trump is elected president of the United States” and had to quit !

    Thought you were “experience itself” !

    • Fred Davis
      November 17, 2016 @ 9:55 am

      I knew I was going to lose some readers over this post, and some YouTube subscribers as well. I’m okay with that; I lost some over last week’s post as well. I completely understand your position, because I know that conditioning rises to meet circumstance, it fires as it fires, and these units do what they do.

      If I have not made it clear before, then let me do so now: I am not a cardboard cut-out of a spiritual teacher, nor a people-pleasing chameleon who’s going to always show up for the widest audience in the most broadly acceptable way. That’s not my job. I did that for fifty years and I found that after decades of wearing such disguises my own humanity and dignity disappeared. No more.

      I Am Awakeness.

      I am fully Awakeness and I am also a full-blown human being, exactly as Gandhi was, and exactly as the Dalai Lama is today. Awakening doesn’t make me stupid, and surrendering to this arising doesn’t make me passive. Nonduality is about Wholeness, not the ever sharpening division we playing out in front of us. If we cannot be open, honest, and tolerant here, in the midst of this vital work, then where are we to do so?

      I am not against Donald Trump. I am for trust and justice. I am for inclusion, compassion, understanding, and the recognition of the equality of all beings – including you. I am for kindness, civility, and respect. I am for recognizing the value of education and the need for a humanistic perspective. I invite you, and everyone else, to make this work, The Only Important Thing, your most important thing.

      All love,

      Fred Davis

  3. Kathleen
    November 17, 2016 @ 10:37 am

    Thanks, Fred. Great article! Surrender is all it takes. But as you explain, that often takes time and working it from many different angles.

    Regarding politics, I appreciate that you’re not afraid to voice your position. As oneness, I love Donald Trump, and am praying that he be filled with compassion and prove to be a great president. But as the unit, I am feeling afraid.

    All love,


    • Fred Davis
      November 17, 2016 @ 10:46 am

      Thank you, Kathleen. You are far from alone.


  4. GeorgeStillStuckInMud
    November 17, 2016 @ 11:21 am

    Maybe this is why a couple of smart guys advocated principles over personalities some time ago. Yes, there were flowers amid snowflakes on the top of the mountain, right up to the point where the volcano erupted. Which was right, the flowers and snowflakes, or the incalculable pressure in the volcano? The answer, of course, is: Yes. It’s all getting easier as time goes on, though. Poor Arjuna needed Krishna jumping up and down on his head, in full public view of thousands of amped up relatives on both sides, to finally get it. These days, we read this blog instead; it’s the easier, softer way. Keep it coming, Awakeness…and thanks for the warning about “Fred” sometimes trying to heckle from the cheap seats. We do love him, though!

    • Fred Davis
      November 17, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

      Thank you, George! Come to satsang!

  5. Vince Fortunato
    November 17, 2016 @ 11:57 am

    Thank you, Oneness, speaking as Fred, for manifesting a post that is so pointedly appropriate at just this time, at just this moment, given the both the collective and personal circumstances that have occurred in recent days. I am sure it has touched many of us deeply. It certainly speaks to me directly. How can it not? Through you, I have reminded myself of who I really am and to accept that which arises, no matter how painful (from the point of view of the character), and to see through the conditioned patterns clearly.

    Thank you, Fred, for being the character you are through which this teaching is spoken! How clear! How open! How real! From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Wow!


    • Fred Davis
      November 17, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

      Thank you, Vince! See you soon!

  6. David
    November 17, 2016 @ 4:18 pm

    Great post, Fred, and very timely for me!

    • Fred Davis
      November 17, 2016 @ 4:21 pm

      Hey, David! And hello to everyone in Wales! Thank you! See you soon!

  7. Mike
    November 18, 2016 @ 2:25 am

    Thanks Awakeness for using your story to illustrate and reassure, and ever patiently mothering with repetition. I like the “miles of confused conditioning”. It’s just like the labyrinth symbol, which synchronistically(!) had just dawned on me that that’s the tangled web consciousness got itself into with its narrow micro-selfing. And only backing out with softening Awareness and the “help” of Awakeness’ vista from Presence is going to lead us back out.

    And Trump?! – seeing him other than Awakeness just keeps Me other than Awakeness. A Course in Miracles goes to the extent of describing the seeing of others as bodies is maintaining guilt within myself. (If I’m affirming I’m spirit – unlimited, eternal, untouched – how does that not include Trump?). Now if I could just make everybody around me constantly repeat this back to me … 🙂

    Thank you Fred and all for being on my bio-bomb diffusing squad.

    • Fred Davis
      November 18, 2016 @ 9:47 am

      Hey, Mike! Carry on!

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  9. Drew
    December 4, 2016 @ 12:00 am

    Hey Fred, thank you for your post! This thing has had a series of those “perceived” life-altering that at least from this angle appear and sound very much like those the Fredness spoke of in your post. The events that cut faaaaar closer to home than the mere election of one talking head over another talking head in this case were enough to knock the recognition of oneness off it’s “lofty” perch.

    Interesting how the ‘thing that thinks it thinks’ has a gradation of upsets–much like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. When they get personal–the “thinking” thing (at least in the experience at this particular perceived time/place) was enough to knock this thing for a loop for some apparent time. Not that it matters, in the end. The story tends to run itself out, and at this point, and the purity of the what “is” Awakeness seems to pervade and then work its way back into the pole position.

    Thank you for sharing the step-wise process by which the Fred-thing noticed it could slough itself back off again. Tools. We all are them, and we all require them. I truly appreciate your sharing some of yours so as not to unduly spend more time in whatever this is pretending to be the character, while being immersed in the play is so much more satisfying.

    • Fred Davis
      December 4, 2016 @ 10:34 am

      Hey, Barb! Thanks for this. It’s wonderful to spend some time at Home, is it not? 🙂

  10. Kendig Irene
    September 5, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

    Hi Fred,

    Always nice to come back to your site to read, and sometimes re-read, your posts. (This one’s worth multiple reads.) Thank you for consistently shining a clear, bright light on the freedom that we are. Much love to you and Betsy. xo

    With Loving,


    • Fred Davis
      September 5, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

      Hello, Ireneness! It’s always good to hear from you!

      All love,

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