1. Tom Thomas Tommy
    May 27, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

    That was so beautifully clear and direct. Thank you Fred


  2. Shay
    May 27, 2015 @ 8:32 pm

    Thank you for pointing this out Fred. I will look into your videos and guided meditations….
    your book: “The Book of Undoing” was great.

    Indeed Nisargadatta Maharaj never gave clear instructions as to what it means to dwell on the sense of “I Am” in his book “I am That”. So when I read his book I didn’t understand how to dwell on the sense of I am….


    • Fred Davis
      May 27, 2015 @ 8:46 pm

      Great. Thanks for your comment. I’m so glad you liked TBU1.


  3. Ian
    May 27, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

    Dear Fred,
    I bought your Book of Undoing earlier this year, read it in one sitting late at night, loved it and then put it to one side. Also watched a few of your videos. Ive been meditating for 42 years and read a lot of the available advaita and mahamudra literature; and realise Ive probably gotten a bit jaded.
    I re-read TBU while I was on a 30 day solo meditation retreat in the mallee (i.e. remote South Australian bushland). Just returned last week. It really made the difference to have protracted quiet time to sink into your pointing out instructions. Very clear, concise and direct.

    I want to thank you very much for powerful (and entertaining!) way of teaching.


    • Fred Davis
      May 28, 2015 @ 12:06 am

      Thank you, Ian! You are so very welcome. I appreciate your comments.


  4. Kathleen
    May 27, 2015 @ 9:47 pm

    Thanks, Fred (and to Gambit), for articulating this so well. I feel that the work I’m doing now (post awakening), is pretty much the same as what I was doing leading up to awakening, except that now I am much clearer in my direction, more motivated, and thus able to move forward more efficiently. But the practice is essentially the same – working to bring my will and perspective into line with the absolute.

    I’m reminded of a friend who was in therapy leading up to her getting sober and then afterward as well. She made progress in therapy while still drinking, and it contributed to her finally getting sober. But once she got sober, her progress really accelerated.

    All love,



    • Fred Davis
      May 28, 2015 @ 12:07 am

      Kathleen, you just keep on doing what you’re doing. Clarity abounds.



  5. Shay
    May 28, 2015 @ 9:37 am

    Fred I have another small question.

    you wrote:

    “If you read the works of Nisargadatta Maharaj beyond the ubiquitous I Am That, you will hear him say over and over again, “Simply dwell on the I Am” or “Meditate on the I Am—it will open the door to everything else.”

    so Nisargadatta was not talking about the emotional body or “embodiment”. I guess his teachings lack something….
    because I can dwell on the sense of “I am” all day long. But if I don’t take care of my emotional stuff
    then it’s not going to lead me to complete freedom.

    What do you think?
    did Nisargadatta have all his emotions taken care of before he started meditating on the “I am”?


    • Fred Davis
      May 28, 2015 @ 9:42 am

      I don’t see any relevance between dwelling on “I Am” and emotions. I do know that if you wait to get your emotions all in order before you wake up you will never wake up.


      • Shay
        May 28, 2015 @ 9:58 am

        Thank you Fred, I didn’t mean ‘to get your emotions all in order before you wake up’
        I will write you a private message later 🙂


  6. Mike
    May 30, 2015 @ 11:22 pm

    I just read this for the third time and will make it a repetition/clarity practice for me. This “what to do” question has gripped my life, and to see it addressed here – and hear how commonly so – gives me relief. I didn’t think in terms of “should” because the anxiety itself was such a loud should(n’t) that I stayed drowned in it (or more accurately, I alternated drowning in it with trying to tread water with it). I wanted so much for so long to be told what to do, I get it now that self-inquiry is MY answer. The anxiety runs out much faster because “there is no one there to be told what to do, especially since I can’t find who asked that!” No future either “to do” in, just clearer here and now (another rep for me!)

    I love your twist on “acting as if”. Normally it’s about the “spiritual”, fake it til you make it. Here though we treat our feeling like someone’s there as if there is, in the opposite sense. We let it be the pretend play thing it is and have it “play itself” OUT. And WE choose what it gets to play with, knowing WHAT IS is in charge NOW. Is this how you meant it?

    And I love the realization that of course it’s not manageable if it’s not even there! (along with the way you state it in Beyond Recovery: it isn’t bondage to self, but being bonded to the idea of separate self, that is insane.)

    Thanks Fred!


    • Fred Davis
      June 3, 2015 @ 9:13 am

      Thanks so much for this Mike. I really appreciate your support and encouragement.


  7. Kathleen
    January 8, 2019 @ 3:09 pm

    Good to review this one. Clearing is essentially practicing being what you are. “Act as if,” and you’ll notice that you already are!

    <3 K


  8. Barb
    February 10, 2019 @ 10:03 pm

    Repetition, I do know, surrender….again and again….thank you, as always.


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