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  1. Greg McCormack
    November 22, 2014 @ 2:22 am

    Gee Fred, you’d have to be a quite fearful Ego to find you and/or your teachings offensive. Keep up the good work my friend, your bright, shiny pumpkin is much needed.
    Greg.

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 10:48 am

      There is a lot of insight shining in this comment. Thank you, Greg!

      In joy,
      Fred

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  2. Mira
    November 22, 2014 @ 3:32 am

    Hi Fred,
    If you are a nut then you are a beautiful nut. Thank you for your honesty.
    Mira

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 10:47 am

      I love this! Thank you!

      In peace,
      Fred

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  3. Megan
    November 22, 2014 @ 4:26 am

    Thank you, Fred. I very much appreciate you sharing your story, your Youtube videos, and your admissions/perspective offered here and in the Glass houses post (both of which, I think, are very gracefully done). I second the person who sent you the supportive e-mail, whom you quoted in the post above. You have my support, too. It is hugely helpful to see someone such as yourself be as awake as you are despite all you’ve been through. It demonstrates that freedom is available to all of us, and it’s never too late. Mistakes from the past cannot diminish the light you share now. I look forward to more of your writing and videos, and I wish you all the best.

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      Hi, Megan! Yes, freedom really is available in all circumstances. Sometimes we can think that awakening means everything’s going to go our way. It’s certainly not like that! Part o what awakening does is allow us to accept, and sometimes even embrace the adverse circumstances that are sure to occur as Life unfolds. We can argue that things ought or ought not to be as they are, but there is no argument that they ARE as they are.

      Gratefully,

      Fred

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  4. Philip P
    November 22, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    Hi Fred,
    I am a regular reader of your blog and books both of which I continue to enjoy. We had a session 18 months or so ago and I’m sensing it may be time for another.
    First, thank you for your honest and clear response to having been outed. In reading your books and blogs I had always thought that your ‘sordid past’ was about drinking, money, gambling, stealing, duplicity, etc. It never even crossed the radar to do a google search.
    I teach yoga and meditation at the local state prison. My most dedicated students are in the CRA section of the prison where CRA stands for Community Restricted Access. This is where the sex offenders are sent and anyone else who might be at risk if they lived in the general population. It is where you would have gone had you lived in this state and been sentenced to time behind bars and walls. This is a progressive prison. The CRA main room has the twelve steps painted on the walls. It is very much an active recovery program. The state realizes that every one of these men is going to be released eventually and transformation is preferred over recidivism. Nevertheless these men are at the shitty end of the stick in prison culture. They have a very small space outdoors where they can exercise, their time in the gym is limited. Other prisoners take the attitude “I may be scum but I’m better than them.”
    As I said, the men from this population are my most dedicated students. I only know them by their first names and I have no idea of the nature of their crimes. I’ve no doubt they earned the right to be there. At first I was frightened (insert Bubba joke here) but within a minute of beginning class they became yoga students first and special prisoners a distant second. Not all the offenders take my classes. It is challenging, not merely the poses but because yoga opens and expands awareness of the body and it requires placing your body in positions that invite past stories to arise. I keep it moving and I keep it physically challenging. The meditation and reflection happens at the end.
    I notice that when I share the stories of teaching this population, most people shy away (insert second Bubba joke here). I notice that in popular culture sexual predation and violence is expected to be part of the prison sentence. But I no longer have that privilege of prejudice because I know these men as people and as people in recovery doing the best they can and working hard.
    So all that just to say I appreciate your continuing work and openness. You have touched a raw nerve for many people. It is no longer acceptable to dump on someone for their race or creed but by God you can back up the truck on a sex offender. I hope that you’ll continue to draw strength from people who actually know you, your work, your humor and your sincerity. We’re all God’s children. Blessings to you and yours.

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 10:40 am

      Hey, Philip! This is fantastic! Thank you, thank you! I read it to Betsy as we had some morning tea. Thankfully we already had this weekend scheduled to be off-work and together.

      It is no longer acceptable to dump on someone for their race or creed but by God you can back up the truck on a sex offender. [Anything to separate “them” from “us”.]

      What a line! There will come a time when this will be viewed as being akin to putting people in stocks and throwing rotten vegetables at them. Isolating a community, however loathsome the acts some of them have committed might be, is the surest path I know of to recidivism. There has to be a willingness to allow people at least the opportunity to heal, learn anew, and rejoin society in a positive way. We have to be willing to let the revenge factor play less of a part in our thinking. It’s in our own best interest. A lawyer friend just sent me this:

      There are instances here in CA that upon showing of rehab, community service (good deeds done) that the court reduces the charges to a non-registerable crime and then the registration part goes away.

      On we go.

      Gratefully, with blessings,

      Fred

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  5. Irene
    November 22, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    Hey Fred, just a quick note to thank you for posting. I so appreciate the authenticity, transperency, courage and vulnerability reflected in your sharing. May your Thansgiving be filled with moment-to-moment gratitude for the blessings that are yours. xoxo

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 10:26 am

      Hi, Irene! It’s always good to hear from you. Thank you so much for your kindness.

      All love,
      Fred

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  6. Mary Leary
    November 22, 2014 @ 8:16 am

    Fred,
    As a long time student of A Course in Miracles, this firestorm surrounding you right now is easily understandable to me. You could call it Karma but it’s just a little residual guilt that has to be uprooted and forgiven. You are handling it so well that you are still an inspiration to all of us whom you have helped along our paths to Truth. And since there is only one of us in the room, it’s you! Right? Thank you for all you do.

    Mary

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 10:25 am

      Hi, Mary! Thank you so much for your encouragement.

      Gratefully,
      Fred

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  7. André Amesse
    November 22, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    Hello Fred,
    This unit is French-Canadian. It’s from St-Bruno, Québec but it’s only part of the field. Boy! You’re the real thing although you’re only part of the same field. Your unit taught me who I am. I am the same way everything is. One boundless eternal consciousness playing the Chinese yin/yang game of life. Every single cell of this unit vibrates in unity and in total surrender. Timelesness, nothingness, freedom and awe, here and now.

    I’m forever so deeply grateful.

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 10:24 am

      Thank you so much. It’s wonderful to hear back from Myself that the Light is spreading.

      All love,
      Fred

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  8. André Amesse
    November 22, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    Hello Fred

    Thanks for teaching me who I am: one boundless consciousness playing the yin/yang game of life. I surrender. Freedom and awe, here and now.

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  9. Fred Davis
    November 22, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    Hi, Leo! I certainly understand what you’re saying here. One of the reasons that I wrote this post last night–in a blur until the wee hours–was that Betsy looked at me and asked, “Are we going to let these naysayers win?” I told her, “No, we’re not.” Then I got up and went to the computer.

    Gratefully,

    Fred

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  10. Miles
    November 22, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

    Hi Fred,
    I am sitting here in complete silence having just read “Working with Karma” Your honesty is beautiful.
    I am full of happiness, grief, despair, enthusiasm and gratitude. I feel like I could write about my life forever , yet despite all those feelings I am at peace, or should I say life is at peace with itself ?
    Over the last couple of years a lot of “non-dual” awakening stuff has happened to me. Including buying your book and I recognize and resonate with everything you say. You’re beautifully down to earth.
    I would love to write something profound and meaningful and start a dialogue, but I just feel strangely stunned at the moment. Everything is OK just as it is.

    Thanks for everything you do. Love MILES

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

      Thank you, Miles!

      All love,
      Fred

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  11. arlenez
    November 22, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    Ok Fred, the post went through. Arlene

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  12. Kim
    November 22, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    Dear Fred,

    I have not had a clarity session with you nor do I know personally any who have but I have read, seen and closely listened to your message in all of your books, articles, postings and videos. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making a difference in my life by consistently reminding me ever so charmingly of what is really here.

    Yours in Unconditional Love,
    Kim from British Columbia.

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

      Thank you, Kim! I so appreciate your thoughts.

      All love,
      Fred

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  13. Cheryl Shortridge
    November 22, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    Lol. I heard about this in an unusual way, but I`m not surprised it has blown up. Maybe the Bill Cosby thing will distract people from it! But seriously, anyone who knows their ass from their elbow can see that you are no longer “that man”… But the people who are still sleeping cannot see that. I have great compassion for them. And great Love for you. You are the `real deal` & that is very evident for those that have eyes to see & ears to hear.

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    • Fred Davis
      November 22, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

      Thank you, Cheryl! You are echoing what Hamsa said.

      Gratefully,
      Fred

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  14. Norb
    November 23, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

    Hi Fred,
    Been awhile since our very successful session. I continue to follow your blogs and appreciate the truth I find in your messages. Those truths continue to remind me of what I am. You are very much appreciated.
    I really find that I don’t give a rat’s ass about who you were. I really do care about your offerings, and your offerings smack of truth. Your messages helps me stay engaged with life. If your future messages no longer have the ring of truth, then they will not serve me and my attention will move on.
    The sad part of this whole exposure thing is the glimpse into our insane world belief that we are our history. I am a nutty as everyone else.
    With Love and appreciation,

    Norb

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  15. Fred Davis
    November 23, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

    Hey, Norb! We both loved this note! It gave us a laugh on a day we certainly needed one! 🙂

    And thanks for the session plug! I’ll keep doing what I’m doing until Oneness lets me know it’s over. I’ve gotten several bookings since this happened, so I imagine I’m going to continue to be an annoyance to those who DO thing we are our history for quite some time.

    Love,

    Fred

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  16. Paul
    November 23, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    Hey Fred,
    We did an Awakening Session a few months ago and it is still an unfolding event. Thanks much for the words on karma, it’s something I think about a lot what with mine and the collective past that is. Lately, for what it’s worth, I’ve come to see my past lives as being a moment, an hour, or maybe ten or a hundred years ago. It manifests in the present and shapes the future. I can pretend it doesn’t but that is not the experience. Behind all that everything is OK but it sure can seem real. Life takes a lot of courage for everyone, and beginning to see clearly can really take a lot of courage. Hang in there, we are all with you.

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    • Fred Davis
      November 23, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

      Hey, Paul! It’s great to hear from you and I very much appreciate your support. And you’re exactly right–awakening never ends. Only ego wants to graduate. Conscious Awakeness has been functioning here for more than eight years, yet I just had a major insight this week, thanks in part to this pressure. Oh that Vise of Suffering! Thank you again.

      In peace,

      Fred

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  17. Patti
    November 23, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

    Hi Fred, another beautiful post, thank you. I can definitely sense the Light coming through loud and clear in this post and the previous one. As well as so much of your writings. Fredness is a charming unit but there’s no doubt that something else is doing the messaging here through Fredness. This is why I love your work. It is so beautifully clear and at the same time humorous and very direct when it needs to be. But, yes, also obvious that the Light or Awareness or Consciousness or whatever we want to call it, has found a clear channel through the unit. And I, for one, am relieved you’re not sitting on silk pillows in an Ashram in India somewhere with acres of devotees surrounding you (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course). Your (Big You, as I think you say in your writings) style is accessible and, right now, I think the world needs more accessible and less intimidating so these messages are easier to find and digest. Your accessibility and your ability to relate and be brutally honest about your past also helps immensely, especially for units like me.

    As a recovering alcoholic myself and someone who most certainly was fundamentally transformed on a spiritual level by the 12 Steps despite my own best efforts NOT to be, I completely identify with what you wrote. And also, of course, the resonance with nonduality that happened, too. Don’t know if recovery laid the groundwork for that or whether the near total destruction of the personality/unit allowed for my ego to shut the hell up long enough for Awareness to peek through but, no matter how I came to it, glad I am here.

    Look forward to our session next month and thank you, as always, for a beautiful post.

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  18. Fred Davis
    November 23, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

    Thank you, Patti! Our Awakening Session will be a last minute holiday gift to yourself!

    I love what you say here. 🙂

    In peace and gratitude,

    Fred

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  19. Rob
    November 24, 2014 @ 9:00 am

    As seen from here, the degree to which we focus on “other people’s business” is the degree to which we ignore our own. Thank you for sharing Fred.
    Thanks for your love and commitment to the light.

    Love,
    Rob

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    • Fred Davis
      November 24, 2014 @ 9:58 am

      Thank you, Rob! Great to hear from you. As Byron Katie says, “There are three types of business: mine, yours, and God’s. I notice that when I’m busy running your business, and God’s business, that there’s no one here running mine.”

      We point out so that we don’t have to look within. “I am separate, and I am superior.”

      Love,

      Fred

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  20. Monique
    November 24, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    You say:
    “We should all be held accountable for our actions. The idea that the unit is somehow not responsible for its own acts is an Absolutist cop-out, and I don’t subscribe.
    “Responsibility must be placed somewhere, and it falls squarely on the unit. This is why I say this is karma. It is the work of the unit on the relative plane, and it’s the unit’s job to square it up. This teaching has never been about dodging, excusing, or transcending everyday life. That is why, in the early days, I did precisely what I did: I attempted to make amends.
    “I stepped forward, accepted responsibility for my actions, and acknowledged my misdeeds publicly. I at least offered amends. I have an ongoing living amends, of which this whole thing is a part. I accepted my punishment. I paid my fees, did my time, walked a difficult line for five years, and continue to walk it today.”

    I appreciate the fact that you continue to leave a little room for spiritual misinterpretation. I certainly do. One day, you may see this in a totally different light. Or you may not. Here is the view from ‘here’, ‘now’.
    The fact that you think the way you do, including taking some responsibility for ‘past actions’, is part of Fredness, one aspect of the divine perceiving this aspect of itself. Fredness could not NOT do this differently. To say that the unit is responsible for anything is like saying that a car has some responsibility for an accident. The unit is the receptor, the sensor; God or the Infinite, or whatever the name, is the perceiver. The perceiver needs the sensors, some limited view in order to perceive a particular aspect of itself and it needs all kinds, billions and billions and billions in this world alone, all different one from the other, from the ‘lowest’ life form to the most sophisticated. That limited view is done through the sensor, the unit, and it also has its homing device. In this game, at this tiny level, God forgets its unlimited infinite Self in order to perceive the limited but the homing device secures its way back home. Every part of God is home-bound, sensing along the way. You can see it in all of humanity, even in its darkest shades. Without time and space, it all happens at once. With our view of time and space, there are linear events, karma; one death is like one night and it continues. Seeds from one aspect generate crop in another, etc etc, not linked to the individual unit at all. All God’s. This is the simplicity of it all, as it is perceived at the level of this unit. There is no way that a unit without a sense of responsibility could ever feel responsible for its actions, unless or until it is in its basic ‘structure’ to do so now, always in the now.
    And of course, this is all a projection, a movie that seems so real…
    In love and awareness
    Monique

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    • Fred Davis
      November 24, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

      Hi, Monique! Thanks for writing.

      I completely understand what you’ve said, and what you say is absolutely true from the Absolute view. However, for me to have presented that view as either explanation or defense would have been way too convenient self-serving, and insincere on the relative level, which is where all apparent experience appears to be taking place. From the relative view I stand by what I wrote, while fully appreciating what you’ve said from the Absolute. Be well.

      In love and awareness,
      Fred

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  21. Lana Grant
    November 26, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    Hi Fred
    Your journey with all its ups and downs and all around
    My journey with all its ups and downs and all around
    Opposite ends of the same stick
    Love pours forth for both our journeys
    Support floods in for both as they are one
    At its so called end of seeing feeling knowing being
    Much Gratitude only
    No why me
    why you
    why why
    For a moment I looked at the word I spelt out – why –
    and it couldn’t didn’t register
    I shook my head
    to kinda bring it back to focus on the word
    Just a Word
    Much Love and Light To You and Me
    Lana

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  22. Fred Davis
    November 26, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Thanks, Lana! I think you’ll like the next post I’m going to get out for Thanksgiving. 🙂

    All love,
    Fred

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  23. Lana Grant
    November 26, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    Feed
    I like what you said about on the relative level
    And
    which is where all apparent experience appears to be taking place
    And If not from there it dismisses This happening to either
    End of the same stick
    And on the Absolute Level – only now with nothing attached to it

    Lana

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  24. George
    November 28, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    Man, I wish I’d said that. I’ve spent time in “those rooms,” too, Fred. This was a great meeting. Thanks.

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    • Fred Davis
      November 28, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

      Thanks, George! Good to hear from you.:-)

      Reply

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