Hey Fred + Betsy!
A few things I’d like to address with you two.
First, I need to reschedule my clarity session on Sept 14th because a work meeting has come up that I (most likely) can’t miss. Are there some more times available this month where you could possibly squeeze me in? Thanks.
Second, oh my God. The Book of Nothing has been nothing short of astounding. While each clarity session seems to bring more consistent and deeper clarity, this book has put that on steroids. I’ve had many “insights” and “enlightenments” reading this book. Lots of tears of joy too. The complete okayness and impersonality of reality is apparent. Nondual inquiry is happening on its own. While there can be the appearance of fogginess and residual identification/suffering, it has become undeniable that I am Awakeness when I just take the time to notice. Thank you so so much.
Love love love,
Just a quick note to thank you.
This teaching is like coming home to a place where one (and One) can be as one (and One) is. Words fail me, but you get the gist! So, thank you, thank you, thank you. The weekly satsang is precious beyond measure. Also, the community that is formed around this teaching is such a pleasure to behold.
Also, a quick note about the book – a memoir! – I told you about yesterday.
It dawned on me today what the book actually is.
It is a love letter to Maya. At my best (and not trying at all to be nondually correct here), it is easy for me to see, to quote Blake, eternity in a grain of sand – or in a nice watch! Of course, this is when I am at my best… So after bringing it up yesterday, and continuing the book today, there was a sudden shift, in a particular spot where I wrote about a happy memory from my childhood, with my dad.
A love letter to what is – and what WAS!
Well, the book is titled at the moment “My Wonderful Life”…
I bought the Book of Nothing for my trip. It’s the hammering we’ve been talking about. I’m so grateful you did this beautiful book. Speechless. Thank you.
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate Satsang each week. It’s an invaluable tool that seems to promote ever greater clarity here. There’s a noticeable difference when I am unable to attend. As if the experience here is just a little cloudier.
I have been trying to participate more in the sessions. However, this unit has never been very good at verbal communication. It’s often a challenge to effectively communicate the experiences here. There are a lot of stories being told about being an introvert, getting embarrassed & sounding like an idiot in front of “others”. Although these are just stories about a non-existent character, there still seems to be some belief that they are true.
Nonetheless, there does seem to be more clarity here than there previously was. Inquiry has become almost second nature & more often than not, thoughts pass through like annoying mosquitoes instead of swooping hawks, as they once did. Hopefully that makes sense! It’s also been noticed that there are sometimes moments where a kind of relaxing happens & there aren’t any stories, just a calm, extended silence. Then there are also times when thoughts are completely believed & “Jason” starts complaining that everything sucks & nothing is going his way!
I’m looking forward to Skillfull Means next month! Although I can honestly say there are no expectations here (about Skillful Means), which seems to be more helpful than hoping for some event or experience to occur.
Just wanted to say thank you for an awesome session, as usual, and for setting me straight once more, like from 180 degrees.
I wanted to mention the author I told you I am fond of, William Samuel.
Many blessings and good things,
(On the Skillful Means Series)
Thank you for these three wonderful weeks Fred. The series has been life-changing. And to u are a great teacher.
After things settle down a bit on this end I hope we meet again in satsang.
I listened to yesterday’s skillful means again today, The Milky Way story. Got it. I guess there’s nothing more to say at this moment, except for that having attended the sessions has been like attending a rock concert. No questions, just loving the beat and being in tune with it. I’ll be attending satsang today.
Thank you for the skillful means, they were very clear and straightforward, and I loved them. Direct experience for the “who is here to win?”! 😀
Thanks for satsang today; “you’re either noticing or seeking-after” – that right there is worth the price of admission, just that – and also separates you from all or most other teachers.
(On Skillful Means)
Thank you Fred (and Betsy for her admin skills and stories!). I may not have said much beyond hello, but I was listening closely and enjoyed every moment.
I don’t really know how it’s happening (Satsang definitely has something to do with it so thank you!) but this past week there has been the relinquishment of a lot of resistance to “my current lack of peace” which has allowed…greater peace lol! Comparison is the root of suffering! There’s only what is.
Thank you for the Sunday gathering. It was a joy to speak with ‘Fred-ness”, as a new student. I will most likely catch replays for Sundays and look forward to July with the special Saturday series.
I love your funny way of teaching.
I’m just so thrilled and grateful to be a part of this un-teaching.
I’m sure that I’m not the only one to feel this way, but we, as humans, have been so conditioned to seek answers outside ourselves, that sometimes we just need someone to GIVE us PERMISSION to be free of this dream.
I’ve been directed my whole life on who I was SUPPOSED to be. Of course, I rebelled against that pretty much the whole time ,but I was still conditioned to live based on external feedback and opinions.
It’s like my roommate has told me, when he used to sell cars long ago (which he hated ) he said that he learned from his boss that you have to give the customer “permission to buy”. They are at a car lot, so obviously they are looking for a car, but many, if not most, people need to be told what to do.
Anyway, for what it’s worth I thought I’d share this perspective with you. I’m just so grateful that you are free and that you are consistently guiding me through this clearing process and giving me 100% permission to be free. It means a lot.
Mind boggling. Literally. What an awakeness party.
Oh dear. I hope that session recorded, as it was utterly brilliant. But if it hasn’t, boo hoo, but so be it.
I must say, even though your teaching is ALWAYS scalpel-like in it’s precision, I felt last week during CSP and satsang, the clarity was EVEN MORE diamond-like (if that could even be possible).
Love and hugs, Amy