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  1. Carol Reed
    December 10, 2015 @ 9:22 am

    Thank you for this wonderful post
    I choose the awakened state of being
    You gave me the tools
    Now it is time for the experience

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    • Fred Davis
      December 10, 2015 @ 9:27 am

      Hi, Carol. There’s the commitment. Good for you!

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  2. Kathleen
    December 10, 2015 @ 4:08 pm

    Thanks, Fred. This is very helpful how you’ve laid it all out.

    In the past, when things have been going the ego’s way, practice was not a high priority. As things have been rough for the ego for awhile now, practice has become my lifeline, the focus and center of my day. It certainly pays off over time, with increasing clarity and wisdom. But it also is a great source of comfort in the moment. I love the expanding sense of warmth and connection that the practices bring.

    All love,

    Kathleen

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  3. Steve
    December 10, 2015 @ 10:45 pm

    Fred,

    I’ve been afraid to ask this question, but since you seem so brave and open I thought I’d ask it anyway. Do you have any advice for people like me who are on the path of awakening (for a long time) but are hindered by mental problems such as clinical depression or bipolar disorder? Does the mental and physical burden go away after awakening? Do people give up their medications? I’ve noticed that most teachers don’t address this issue which is one reason I ask for your take.

    I’ve been following your posts for a while which I find very helpful, thanks so much for your work, I appreciate it.

    Steve

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    • Fred Davis
      December 11, 2015 @ 12:47 am

      Hi, Steve. I’ve said in two posts that I have a mild case of bipolar disorder. It was worse when I was younger. It’s a unit thing. “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s,” said Jesus when the Roman’s demanded payment of taxes. He shocked by paying. It was a unit thing. Same with this. Give the unit what it needs.

      I know other teachers say other things, and I think that’s just fine–for them. I noticed a long time ago that I didn’t get in trouble every time I drank or skipped my meds, but that every time I got into trouble I’d been drinking or skipping my meds. I don’t do the former, and I do do the latter.

      I’ve been told I should be able to drink since awakening. I don’t believe it. The unit is alcoholic. No matter what’s happening in its head, that body is still alcoholic. It cost them nothing to say that, but it would cost me everything if they were wrong. We’re not trying to prove anything; we’re just trying to live in alignment with What Is. You do what’s right for you; it won’t stop you from waking up–I promise!

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      • Steve
        December 12, 2015 @ 4:24 pm

        Thanks so much Fred for the thoughtful response. I’m glad to know that I’m not alone.

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    • Mike
      December 13, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

      Fred’s reassuring has been an anti-depressant for me. I guess I got to the place where I could hear Me (in Fred) that I am the One that can recognize and offer that assurance, and then let my dream have a story of reassurance. That “order” seems to work, along with honoring the experience of craving reassurance (or maybe more accurately – just being told what to do!). I went through so many anti-depressants and periods of trying them, and then not, and then back, etc. Right now not. The last couple of years the time and effort I have given to a duality that is within non-duality actually feels like something is working. The pill thing just represented for me I guess that there was something other than me! There’s still totter right next to the teeter, but I don’t seem to be actually falling into the totter. For example, still EVERY day I don’t want to get out of bed, after 10-12 hours of sleep. But that story doesn’t go downhill, and just the “who is” can start now and I get confused at WHAT the question is about, and a sense of humor in its wake. As I notice a lot now, this article is synchronous with how I even wanted to respond to it, and you Steve. I don’t even see the time and energy (quite!) so heavy as the things they were before. More Arising on Its own, and less m a k i n g it happen! Love You Guys!

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      • Fred Davis
        December 16, 2015 @ 11:57 pm

        I love you, too, Mike. All is well. Promise.

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    • Tina
      December 16, 2015 @ 5:35 am

      Hello Fred and Steve. Fred, I’ve just found you and want to thank you for the way your enjoyment makes this so enjoyable. You and Paul Hedderman are my favourite teachers. Yay for the ex-alcoholics!

      Steve, I have trauma issues and it seems to be taking me longer to get this to stick, but I realise that the history of the unit needs to be attended to, while at the same time understanding that the trauma history is attached to the unit ,,, and I’m not *just* that. Be compassionate with what’s been given to you. I try to stand beside it and help it if I can, the same as I would anyone else.

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      • Fred Davis
        December 16, 2015 @ 11:53 pm

        Hi, Tina! Thanks for writing, and welcome aboard!

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  4. Dave Gieni
    December 11, 2015 @ 12:33 am

    Hey Fred! This is a great post. I like the bit, “These days I don’t ever really listen to the crazy thoughts, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to weasel their way in. That’s why, still to this day, I do practices.” Great piece of wisdom. Finding both self-enquiry and the attention practice to be really effective, I just need to stay consistent and stop identifying with the mind which has just been going in circles about everything. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement.

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    • Fred Davis
      December 11, 2015 @ 12:40 am

      Hey, Dave! Good to hear from you! Carry on!

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  5. George
    December 13, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

    Busted again! Jeeze, Fred, you have a secret window in my house somewhere? Seems like it. OK, I’ll get back to The Work. And, humble thanks, too.

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  6. Rocky
    May 25, 2016 @ 10:42 am

    Thanks…Just wanted to say that the shifting practice long version podcast links to “Deep Attention Practice: The Experiential Heart Sutra (Nonduality, Advaita, Oneness)”. Can you correct this?

    Searching for your source podcast link (I had to search a little for this): http://s50.podbean.com/pb/11eec4298692b8719efd6a748ca6482c/5745b992/data2/fs177/794983/uploads/Searching_for_Your_SourcewwwMP3Fibercom1.mp3

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  7. Barb
    April 23, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

    Just listened to the Bubble of Self Reflection and the Sense of Oscillation, Free Will and Separate Self.

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    • Fred Davis
      April 23, 2017 @ 9:26 pm

      Ah yes, I hope the lady from satsang watches the Bubble video.

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  8. Joyce
    May 9, 2017 @ 9:40 am

    Just read this. It doesn’t take long for clarity to show up. I am so grateful for all the opportunities this website and your YouTube videos present for Oneness.p. The shift is so perceptible and the smile invades my entire being. Calm and tranquility settle in and I Am once more.

    Thank you Fred.

    Talking this Thursday. YAY!!
    Joyce

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    • Fred Davis
      May 9, 2017 @ 9:49 am

      Thank you, dear. I’ll see you Thursday!♥

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  9. Letter from the Field: Joyce Is Shining – Awakening Clarity Now by Fred Davis
    May 9, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

    […] read this (The Practice Menu). It doesn’t take long for clarity to show up.  I am so grateful for all the opportunities […]

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