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Are you looking for greater clarity?
Then you’re in the right place.

Spiritual awakening is the single most important event of our lives.
It is the dividing line between fantasy and authenticity, between what isn’t and What Is.
Awakening is the invisible bridge that leads you from mere hope, and into fulfillment.

For the past six years,
Fred has worked internationally with seekers
(and finders) at all levels of development.
The vast majority, regardless of previous beliefs,
came to recognize True Nature in about an hour.
He doesn’t tell you about enlightenment;
he takes you there and actually shows it to you.

Fred then helps you begin to accept the truth of realization,
thus moving you more deeply into it.

He pulls the curtain on the very mechanisms of the dream itself,
thereby reducing their pull.

Whether you’ve had a series of awakening experiences,
or you’ve yet to have your first,
The Living Method of Spiritual Awakening
will almost surely work for you where nothing else has.

If you genuinely want to quit seeking and take the leap
into immediate discovery, this is for you.
Come join the hundreds and hundreds of beings who’ve found
freedom through The Living Method.

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~Wake-up/Clear-up Series
1) 90-minute Awakening Session
2) 60-minute Clarity Sessions* 
(*1 Clarity Session each in the two months following your Awakening Session)

$750

 

 

~60-Minute Clarity Session

$200

Because Awakening Is More Than Just an Event
Clarity Sessions are available to those who honestly
believe they are already presently awake.

The post-awakening state can be very confusing. The impact of these
open-topic, spontaneously arising, one-on-one Clarity Sessions
can be tremendous. 
The focus is always on meeting clients
and students where they are, to skillfully encourage
increased clarity and thus accelerate the movement
toward what we usually term
abidance and embodiment.

Please pay now. Fred will confirm your payment,
and then his wife Betsy will write you within a day to help
you get set up.
Fred is
 typically booked about a month in advance.

Clients are financially responsible for no-shows,
or appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.

All Sessions Are Online Only 
Sessions take place via Zoom video.
You will receive a link by email at the time of your appointment.

Please make checks out to Awakening Clarity Now and mail to:

Clarity House
Fred Davis

754 Poinsettia Street
Columbia, SC 29205

Click Here to Find out How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with Fred

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Meeting Schedule
Monday through Friday

Morning meeting begins at 11:00 am Eastern.

Midday meeting begins at 1:00 pm Eastern.

Afternoon meeting begins at 3:00 pm Eastern.

The Eastern time zone EST/EDT is the zone where New York City
is
 located. Schedule can be adjusted slightly to accommodate
clients who live in distant time zones.
Link to easy time converter: http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

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~Online Sunday  Satsang~

~Come join us for two full hours of satsang on most Sundays~
~Affordably connect with a clear, approachable, accessible teacher.

~Everyone is welcome, some members are already awake.
~Meet Fred in person and ask those burning questions.
~Get confirmation on “where you are now.”
~Plus guidance on “where you are going.”
~Find out what can be done to deepen and accelerate your awakening.
It’s not enough to just “wake up.” We have to “clear up” as well.
Waking up is merely the invitation to the dance.
Clearing up is the authentic dance itself.

Satsang is held three times a month at 2:00 pm New York time.
Click here to find out more about satsang
Or click below to pay for this coming Sunday.

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~The Continuing Students Program~
Please click HERE for details.

(This program is currently full. Please write us to be put on the waiting list.)

 

~Teacher-to-Teacher Sessions~
Are you presently a spiritual teacher?
Do you want to learn how to be more helpful to your clients and students?
Would you like to learn how to actually wake people up?
Let me help you help them.

Write for rates and availability.
fredsdavis@gmail.com

Testimonials

“Statistically, the rate you have been instrumental in

helping others to awaken is almost unparalleled in history.”

~K.C. Oon,
20-Year Meditation Teacher
Singapore

Om50

Hello Sir Fredness,

Just a quick report to say how privileged I feel to be your student.
Every time I watch the recordings of our sessions I get another layer
of the depth and a hit of the simple magnificence of this teaching.

I don’t know if you ever saw the BBC series “Connections” many years 
ago, but James Burke (?) would take you through all the things that needed  
to happen for something in history to occur.  

For instance, you couldn’t sail across the ocean to discover the New World
until you had an accurate time piece, so you knew where in the ocean you were.
And you couldn’t have an accurate time piece until you could properly temper metal
to make a reliable spring.  And you couldn’t temper metal until the glass makers
could create a furnace that burned hot enough to do it.

So, you couldn’t sail to the New World until glass makers made a better furnace.

So with Fredness, doing what Fredness does…  The master salesman, the AA sponsor,
the natural comedian,running in nonduality has created a “new” presentation that I’m pretty sure has ever been 
around.  And it’s remarkable in it’s effectiveness.  And it’s what the seeker is so desperately 
missing.

And “yes,” it is different.  Thank Oneness, it’s different!  After a couple thousand years of meditating for 
Enlightenment, Oneness gave us a Fredness, so we could reliably laugh our way there.

All Love,

Gary-ness
8-28-18 

Dear Fred,

Thank you so much for the most wonderful 90 minutes yesterday.

Not only was it incredibly enlightening, it was so much fun. If I had sides, they would have burst from laughing.

I had always dreaded my autopsy, but it turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable.

I have so much more clarity on who I really am. You are truly an artist. Or would be, if you actually existed.

I really look forward to the link to the satsangs, joining one in the near future, and speaking with you again.

With much love to you and Betsy,

UFKAP (Unit Formerly Known As Phil)

Dear Fred,

Such a joy to be with you. Not only have I experienced significant shifts, but also have a fresh and deeper understand of The Heart Sutra as well as many other Prajnaparamita texts.

A Zen master each morning would be overheard by his students speaking to himself:

“Master, are you awake?
Yes, Master, I am!
Don’t be fooled by appearances .
Don’t worry, Master, I won’t!”

Won’t be able to join you next week, but will catch up the week after.

Infinite gratitude.

Cliff

8/18

Hey Fred,

It’s funny how the worst things at a certain moment lead to the best of things in a later moment. When I emailed you a while back ago to ask you whether anti-depressants were a hindrance to awakening or not it was because I was starting to recognize that this unit was failing at the thing which the voice in its head thought to be its last hope. Its education. Of course, at the time I didn’t see it as a unit. I saw it as me.

I had failed at pretty much everything prior to starting my education. I had no relationships with women and wouldn’t set myself up to a situation where I might be rejected by one. I avoided most social circumstances since they triggered what I call social anxiety. I never had a career, since I had no education, I just took what I could get. What kept me going for many years was my interest in bodybuilding. I put everything into that. Which included needles in this unit’s ass for three years straight. That approach doesn’t follow the recommended protocol, but I just wasn’t about that. It was all in or nothing for me. I even told myself a story about how I didn’t care if it kills me, I don’t have anything else going for me.

I think our units might have that all-or-nothing attribute in common. It can be incredibly destructive, but applied to the right areas of life, it can also be a blessing.

I eventually had to give in to the fact that I had failed my education and now had to go back to my old life. The same old town, the same people asking about what I’ve been up to and I’d have to start looking for the same old jobs. I knew that life too well, and I just couldn’t stand the thought of going back into it again. I started to really fantasize about the idea of not being anymore. The thought didn’t scare me that much any longer and it felt more like not being would be liberation. But if I was really honest with myself I knew I didn’t want to die. I had a strong suspicion that I had found a blessing in this teaching and I didn’t want to just throw that away and I had seen enough to know it to be true. I just always had a story that said I was going to wake up in the future. Well future better be here soon, I hoped.

It was around this time I booked my awakening session with you, Fred. In my mind an awakening session with Fred Davis was the last stop on the seeking route. I mean if I didn’t wake up with the guy who wakes up 90% of his clients, then I might as well just give up. I could see that I wouldn’t have time nor energy to keep seeking much longer after such a meeting.

The awakening session itself didn’t satisfy Emilio. He still wanted the big thing. But the end of the session was the beginning of starting to accept that I was already home. Can it really be that simple?

Today I’m back in my old town again and to Emilio’s disappointment he’s unemployed sharing a small apartment with a flat mate. But that all-or-nothing attitude I mentioned earlier is now applied towards clearing instead. So although Emilio might be unemployed, awakeness is not. And it turns out being unemployed is the best job I’ve ever had.

Love,

Emilio

8/18

Dear Fred and Betsy,

What a lovely trip you two offer people.  I sure enjoyed mine, and I feel the ‘space behind myself’ more easily accessible than ever.  
I trust you will continue to grow inward and rejoice in our presence.  And to have fun, as you seem to be doing!
With this recognition, over and over and over again, can I expect to experience less resistance and less of the one expecting to experience less resistance?
Is this all that’s left to do?  
Who asks the question…
Vinnie
p.s.  Thanks for the Lightenment, Fred.  Grande Abraco:)
8/18

 

Fred:

Just a note of immeasurable gratitude. Thank you for making such a great difference in my and others’ lives.

Love,

tim

8/18

 

Fred,

Just sayin’…that was one helluva session, WOW, and I’m feeling mighty grateful.  Thank you so much.

Much love and much gratitude,

Kim

 

Hi again Fredness,
Thanks a lot for the luminous satsang today.
Yesterday I couldn’t stop laughing when listening to your video, I Understand All This Intellectually, It’s Just Not My Experience. Real giggling.
Just a word on other videos from you (great Zen & divine slaps):
– Repetition is the mother of clarity.
– What is born and dies: “the sense of identity” (conditioning).
– I was the laughing Buddha at the video about “oneness”, I Understand All This Intellectually, It’s Just Not My Experience.”  Emoji
Love from two-ness,
Nataching EmojiEmoji
Not awake nor asleep but Aware Awareness Awakeness Oneness

Dear Fred,

Thank you so much for the most wonderful 90 minutes yesterday.

Not only was it incredibly enlightening, it was so much fun. If I had sides, they would have burst from laughing.

I had always dreaded my autopsy, but it turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable.

I have so much more clarity on who I really am. You are truly an artist. Or would be, if you actually existed.

I really look forward to the link to the satsangs, joining one in the near future, and speaking with you again.

With much love to you and Betsy,

UFKAP (Unit Formerly Known As Phil)

Hi Fred,
I have listened to The Looking Glass..Audible version [at the end of The Book of Undoing] … so often now that I just about know it off by heart…❣️
It never fails to de-contract and expand awareness … It is brilliant! … inconceivable that a human being wrote this…..🤯…
Thanks, Fredness, for allowing the ink to flow…🙏🏽
Love,
Terry

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“Forget serious teachers and even crazy wisdom teachers! Fred Davis is enlightenment’s court jester, reformed rake, televangelist, and grits-talking magus all in one.  He’s the real deal–and I should know, after a career researching consciousness, seeking, and having my own satori and nondual experiences. From years of headbanging to recapture the awakening I’d lost through a severe drug reaction, I stumbled across him–and I awakened.

“Fred’s simplicity, directness, humor, rapscallion past, oddball humility, and Southern accent tell exactly how to awaken. His no-nonsense approach is stripped to the essentials, with plain talk that’s right on point. Just do it. If you follow Fred’s instructions, you will come home to yourself. He’s the world’s most accessible teacher, and you’ve got everything to gain.”

~Dr. Jenny Wade
February, 2015

Om50

Long-time English Nondual Teacher Mandi Solk writes Rick Archer of BATGAP

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October, 2013

“I hear from Fred Davis that you are soon to be doing an interview with him, so I just wanted to let you know, (and I am happy for you to mention this is your interview) that yesterday I had a two-hour Skype session with him where he put me through his unique “Living Method” of inquiry. And I just wanted to tell you, Rick, that it was absolutely fantastic. It was the clearest way of directly pointing to the I AM of my Source that I have ever experienced. I think he is an amazing Teacher. I already felt that I was pretty well awakened and clear about who I AM NOT and somewhat clear about who I AM, but since his session I have huge clarity about who I AM.”

Om50

February, 2016

Dear Fred,

A week ago today you guided me to a deeper realization of the truth of who I am. I say “deeper” because the sense of knowing was already there, but your guiding drew a much clearer picture in a live, more open way for sure. Thank you!

Since then, I can honestly say that nothing has changed — yet everything has changed. It wasn’t a big light-filled event or anything splashy, but rather you helped me ease into it as you skillfully drew the pictures of what I am not, and then what I truly am. Again, thank you!

I finally paid attention to your message I had read or heard previously to the session to drop any expectation of what it might look like, of what to expect. And, well, the following couple of days as I sort of fumbled and stumbled around to get my new footing, the truth of that opened me up further to let go of all expectation — even in this so-called subjective reality, too. It seems that releasing expectation is in itself the awakening. What is, what is right here right now, is the truth that guides.

I’m finally starting to get why you laugh all the time. I find myself saying, “Huh,” a lot. Anyway, thanks again!

Love,

Cindy

Om50

May, 20

 Dear Fred

I want to thank you for such a wonderful Awakening Session last week.

The ability to be able to see myself as a player on the world’s stage, within the awareness of all that is, without limitations of time and space, conquered my fear of death and the unknown.

This is a huge step in awakening for me and the end of my seeking at long last…calm abiding!

I now understand why you laugh so much – because of the absurdity of it all.

I have not laughed so much for ages and the humour is still with me.

Oh yes, I recognise that it comes and goes…and this is how it is too…thoughts arising from within the form is emptiness and emptiness is form.

Thanks a million, Fred.

In gratitude from the Pete unit!

Pete B., Australia

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Recently, I had a direct-pointing Awakening Session with Fred Davis. Prior to that, I spent many years reading and studying everything from Buddhism to Tolle. And while study and experience provided a few awakening glimpses, it didn’t prove to be permanent.

Not too surprising, considering that we’ve spent our lives believing that life is what it appears to be, and that we exist in it as separate human beings. But it also appears that more and more of us have begun a process of questioning what the truth is, what life is, and who we really are.

We can search for decades, and even think we’ve reached an intellectual understanding, but we unknowingly stop ourselves from finding the answers we seek by waiting for something outside ourselves to happen, some event or experience that will bring enlightenment. The truth is, what keeps us from enlightenment is our belief that we’re not there yet. We’re on an endless search for something unfindable, because we’ve simply been looking in the wrong place.

But we can do whatever we want. We can read everything we can find, meditate or chant for 20 years, or suffer until we just can’t do it anymore. And continue to wait for some future event of enlightenment. But if none of the books, seminars, or disciplines have awakened you, and you want to have that experience, then I might suggest a shortcut. Have an Awakening Session with Fred Davis.

It’s not so much that Fred wakes you up, or gives you that last piece of information you think will complete your understanding. Fred simply looks to, and guides you to, direct experience. He does this by leading you to answers that you are ready to give yourself, by helping you remove what we are not and seeing what remains, and by stripping away all else that is false until only what is true is left. Not that your journey is over, but once you see the truth, you can’t not see it.

Amazingly, it takes about two hours of Fred’s effective guidance for you to see through what is not true, to see what you are, and see that you are already awake. And when that happens, you find that you are already at the destination you sought, that you are actually what you have been seeking, and that you were in fact already home.

~Robert Sandman, Houston, Texas

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FRED MY FRIEND IN THE DIVINE COMEDY and announcer of the play itself!-
From the endless realms of the heart that we share, I offer my gratitude and love.

I am basking in the joy of what is! And the universe even arranged that I would have a night without funny teen-age antics so that I can just be, imagine that!

Thank you for your profoundly honest sharing and for being so aware of the mechanics of the mind so that you can work your art so seamlessly. That’s what you are…a mind mechanic! It’s amazing that not too many things need adjustment, or so it seems 🙂

Blessings to you and your sweet wife for her role in all of this…the feminine can recognize the subtleties of the feminine’s important part. I just want to acknowledge that.

In love and laughter (so great sharing those ripples that wanted to roll out with you!)

~Susan Burleigh, Madison, Connecticut

 

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MORE EFFECTIVE THAN PSYCHOTHERAPY and it takes much less time. My entire life is re-framed in less than two hours!

So deep & so all-encompassing. An amazing, wonderful & fun experience. I’ve experienced nothing like this in 73 years. My unit thanks you so very much, Fred.

My very best to you,

~Bill Puett, Dahlonega, GA

 

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FIRST, THANK YOU SO MUCH for giving of your time on Friday (my time!!) for our conversation together. At all times I felt in safe and loving hands. I cannot recall at what time you sensed that I had “got it” and I never had that “Oh my God” overwhelming feeling, but your floating me off the chair and taking things away until there was nothing more to take away, leaving just the body-less “me” and Being, the “I am”, was the lightbulb moment for me with the quiet realisation that “I am Being” and that all things thereafter were arising in me. To that point, while I had read that, it hadn’t resonated, wasn’t “owned”. With each “giving back” in your story, I saw with increasing clarity that every ‘thing” is an arising in that which I am. The final piece of the jig saw – at least, the final piece in this section of the jigsaw fell into place.

For that, more thanks than I can adequately express.

Mike Leahy, Orange New South Wales, Australia

 

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HI, FRED,

I just wanted to say thanks for your initiation. I needed your help and got it. No fireworks, just like Layman Pang, an ordinary fellow…

When the mind is at peace,
the world too is at peace.
Nothing real, nothing absent.
Not holding on to reality,
not getting stuck in the void,
you are neither holy nor wise, just
an ordinary fellow who has completed his work.

-Hõ Un (aka P’ang Yun, or Layman Pang); 8th century China

Mark, New York

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DEAR FRED, The teaching and the approach you use is so natural, simple and clear (certainly to me) that it is a living miracle. Two days after our session and that first ‘seeing’, I am still getting used to staying with That and not getting caught up with the older perspective. That is what you and others have been pointing out and it has been very useful to have that information. What I’m finding is that the sense of being is both subtle (in the background of activity) and at the same time solidly present behind all activity. It has been very useful to view your videos, especially those that deal with a post awakening state. It feels a bit like being a baby learning to take his first steps! At the same time, I know what I am, What Is and ‘what is not’. Let me also say that I felt safe and ‘at home’ during the session, experiencing a sense of joy and love, especially after realising that the world ‘out there’ is not separate from Me. I’m keen to stay in touch.
Love,

~Tony Crivelli, Canberra, Australia

 

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HI, FRED.  Thank you so very much for our Direct Pointing session yesterday! It was so clear and powerful; you have such a gift for directing attention to what is luminously ever-present, and for not allowing the mind to wander in with its ‘But what about …?’ questions. Just what is Here and Now. Wow. And it was lovely to meet you, too!
Love,

~Colin Winborn, West Yorkshire, England

 

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THANK YOU, FRED, I appreciate very much [what] you do, it was a most revealing extraordinary experience!

~Joo Tay Teck,
Singapore

 

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EVERYWHERE I GO, and every group person I see tells me that they were blown away by your talk*. We would love to have you back whenever you could come.
With love,
~Duke Warren,
Charleston, SC

 

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HI, FRED, Just wanted to thank-you for yesterday’s session…..it was awesome! Sorry about the camera….I still have to figure out what was going on with that. But I was happy that I could see you (even if you couldn’t see me); it wouldn’t have been as entertaining!
Interestingly enough, there was an incident that happened last night that would have normally “triggered” “me” into feeling very very bad about myself. And it did actually trigger me, but only for a moment. I felt this bodily sensation, rising up within me, almost out of habit. And then something just said “what me? that’s not me” and that bodily sensation was gone. Like instantly! And what was left was just open space. It was quite remarkable. I’ve never had a bodily feeling dissipate so quickly before. It used to take a lot of talking myself down.
One of the most important things I think I took away from our session was the ability to stop seeing myself as a “seeker” and just feel myself as a “finder”. Because it’s here. This is it. Right here, right now. Nothing more and nothing less. No fancy words or expressions or catch-phrases. Just a genuine understanding that this is all there ever really is. And you took me to that place. Now I understand why you laugh so much. Everything else is ridiculous!
Thanks again, Fred!
With much love and gratitude,

~Phyllis Famiglietti,
New York City

 

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HI FRED, I wanted to tell you that I had an incredible experience yesterday. All and I are experiencing the fluctuation. The cosmos story was……..I have no words to describe what it was to/for me. Putting the cosmos back in was profound. Thank you and I look forward to our next meeting.
~Gary Franks,
Charleston SC

 

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DEAR FRED, I’m sorry it has taken a while for me to get back to you. Things are quiet I think things have got quite subtle here now and the shifts are not so dramatic. I do however feel that there has been a further clarification from our talk and the work we did together. I have looked at the first of the videos you recommended and that was good too. There seems to be a marked slowdown. Even before our talk I was noticing an absence of ‘hangover’ from emotional events. Ever since the awakening in 2011 the mind has gone back and forth ‘you got it’ – ‘you don’t got it’. Now I understand I always have it even when I don’t see it. It’s always there. ‘I’ come and go. Blah blah blah and other non dual platitudes. Nothing I can say really except I will keep in touch. I enjoy your teaching very much and I hope it reaches many people. I am an ex-bookseller by the way. I was a manager at Watkins Books, the oldest Esoteric bookshop in London, for a few years. Have you heard of them? Do you sell your book to them? If not, I’ll drop in and make sure they order a few. Once again many thanks and I hope we can talk again soon.
With love,

Tom Radcliffe,
London, England

 

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HI, FRED, Many thanks again for our nice & deep session of this week. Definitely rich, fruitful & supporting in my process of seeing clear…
I am still so nourished from having realized I am without limit / boundaries, meaning there is no separation between “me” and the flower / the world… Only one, only that… Sense of Being / Awareness…
Thanks again & let’s keep in touch,
With Love,

~Yannick Jolliet,
Ticino, Switzerland

 

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HI, FRED. There’s still an inescapable awakening here thanks to our Skype chat. I deeply thank you for that. Best,

~Julz Styler,
Worcestershire, England

 

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FROM “EDNESS” TO “FREDNESS”: Dear Friend, Thank you so much for yesterday’s session! Seekers, you have reached the end of the line on Fred’s site. It’s your time to step out of your conveyance and get in touch with Fred to recognize your true Self. Fred is Non-Duality’s Socrates. His method works, and this unit highly recommends it! All the best!

~Ed-ness W,
Roswell, Georgia

 

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HEY, FRED. Please feel free to use my name and/or location in any manner consistent with ‘passing it on’. A statement of today’s extraordinary occurrences is forthcoming within a couple of days. Yes!!!
Love and Peace,

~Don Bowman,
Forest Hills, New York

 

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IT IS OUT OF A DEEP SENSE OF GRATITUDE and appreciation that I report my experience with Fred Davis’ words of clear and compassionate guidance, both written and verbal, as the gift that they are. After so many countless years of exhausting seeking forays into knowing my True Nature once and for all, it took Fred only a single phone conversation to cut through the knotted mass (mess) of concepts with his sharp sword of verbal pointers, gently nudging me back to what is true-Here and Now. With such enthusiastic kindness and heart, he consistently showed me how I subtly strayed into the many false concepts floating in my mind, thus stripping away those misidentifications that had tripped me up for decades. Fred is a gifted writer as well. His ability to articulate simply yet clearly is evidenced in every paragraph he writes. He’s somehow able to quickly zoom in on the essence of the message of who/what we really are, leaving little room for doubt about how he comes to know and live this for himself. He’s been through the trenches and has emerged a kind, compassionate and gifted guide to all who are ready and willing to stop and listen. Whether one chooses to avail themselves of his offerings in verbal or written form, I would highly recommend them all .With that gracious southern hospitality background of his, Fred will effortlessly guide you back to your heart’s true desire–to know yourself. I’m truly grateful that I didn’t miss the opportunity to spend some time with Fred.

~Melinda Cross,
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

 

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HOW DOES ONE MEASURE the effect, or effectiveness, of a spiritual teacher? It’s a pretty difficult task and is, by nature, experiential and subjective. In my own case, I didn’t really know that I was a seeker, but I kept “coming back to the well”…wanting to know more, but somehow unable to really grasp or process the concepts that I so badly wanted to understand. And then Fred came back into my life. His council and his clear, passionate message actually made sense. Like a puzzle for which the elusive missing piece is suddenly found, all of the earlier info I’d accumulated started to fit together. He helped me begin my own private surrender, and for that, I will be eternally grateful. I would encourage anyone interested in moving forward with their journey to at least listen a bit to what Fred has to say. Whether through reading his writing or in a face-to-face setting, it is clear to me that he “gets it”…and his ability to communicate great truths to all levels of spiritual understanding is undeniable.

~Tammy Kelly,
Portland, Oregon

 

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FROM THE FIRST TIME I MET FRED there was an attraction. He has always pointed me towards truth. I’m twice as big as Fred and he has no problem pointing at the truth–hard–as he often needs to with old Vince. Growing up with the problem of ‘trust no one,’ I have trusted him with all my secrets. Fred is a real piece of Love.

~Vince Reese,
Columbia, South Carolina

 

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LUNCH WITH FRED WAS A BEAUTIFUL THING. Like me, Fred was passionate about awakening consciousness. The difference was, his was and mine wasn’t. Over a sandwich, Fred set out to change this. But by this time, I had been searching for many, many years, and was pretty skilled at not finding, so he had his work cut out for him. But he was prepared. Fred himself had once been the seeker, courageously honest with himself about his own tricks, so he was ready for the task at hand. I knew I could trust him. With great compassion and love, and with unwavering dedication, he thwarted my every turning away, bringing me back to this, now. Until suddenly and at long last, I knew. Tears of gratitude arose, quickly followed by peals of laughter at the absurd simplicity of it!

~Iliana Anderson,
Opotiki, New Zealand

 

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FRED DAVIS GETS IT. His admonition is reflective of his single pointedness and intention–his ground rules for lunch, “I’m not here to discuss the weather, sports, or find a new friend. I’m interested in waking up. If you are too, let’s talk.” We spent the next hour and a half the way Fred spends his every waking moment – looking for truth. Ironic, for me, is Fred’s continual use of acceptance and surrender which is brought to bear on my clenching grasp on duality. Ironic in that he is coaching me to use acceptance and surrender to release, let go, and abandon my beliefs in order to see clearly. I didn’t need another or more beliefs, I needed fewer, far fewer. I fully know his teaching is there for as long as I have the will to wake up and stay awake.

~Larry Coble,
West Columbia, SC

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Trying to get one’s head around non-duality or awakening can be a mind numbingly difficult task; after all, we are dealing with that which lies beyond our every day experience and, therefore, that which we can readily understand through language. Fred’s gift lies in his ability to hold your hand and take you step by step, specifically and unambiguously, into that which you are not as well as that which you are. Anyone can say “you are not your body and mind” or “you are the ocean from which the wave of your being arises” but Fred doesn’t take refuge in metaphors or concepts. Now, my mind is stubborn and often dictatorial but Fred, in his wisdom, put a check mate on my mind. Even as my mind rose up and said “Yeah, but…”, Fred was patient and clear, showing me (not telling me) the ground of my being and, simultaneously, the ground of all being.Whether your practice involves meditation, contemplation, inquiry, reading or whatever else helps along your path, Fred can only deepen the awareness. Unlike some non-duality figures these days, he reaches across the divide to meet you where you are instead of filling you with platitudes you’ll forget by the next cup of coffee. He is grounded, pragmatic, and understands that the ability to know our true self is as applicable and available to the monk in a cave as much as it is for the office building janitor. Before you go to India or drop thousands on an extended retreat, give Fred a try. I may be a seeker but I have no desire to remain one indefinitely. Fred’s sessions were a huge step to knowing, to the end of seeking, to residing in the place where questions no longer take hold. And there’s a good chance he’ll make you laugh along the way.
 
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CLARITY WORKSHOP REVIEWS

Hi Fred,
The Clarity Workshop was awesome, thank you so much for doing it. I love the group setting — even though we don’t interact with each other much, it’s fun to look at and listen with all the different faces. And ultimately we all have the same questions so whoever you’re talking to, you’re talking to each of us.

The workshop is aptly named because Oneness shone through us all with greater clarity today. Or at least it did for this unit. It is so helpful to do have a post-awakening resource.

Thank you so much!!!

Much love,
Anne

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Thank You for what felt like the broadening of the subject matter and at the same time bringing it into clearer pinpointed focus.

Suffice it to say you spoke of the Source and this Unit was all focused as you spoke.

Sharing – one event from long ago after reading from a book of
Either Eckhart or Adya – can’t remember – I began to meditate and all of a sudden I was the void – void and – sense of looking Out and being It at the same time so to speak.

The session this afternoon cleared up and cleared out and brought into focus thoughts this unit was working with and saw them as thoughts, not my thoughts, and not for something to be done with, just thoughts.

It’s like there’s nothing more to work at thinking about.
I thoroughly love how you convey, share and hit home the points that are expressed.

With Gratitude,
Lana

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Dear Fred,

A very special experience of sharing and being lifted. The workshop was extremely helpful, clear and above all razor sharp without any mystical frills.  I wasn’t  just a spectator to the others’ questions; they became my questions too! Yeah, there’s no me anyway, but that’s the experience of it. You didn’t stop until each and every one of us could see the absurdity of body/mind identification from the perspective of Oneness.

Definitely doing it again. Heartfelt thanks.

Robbin

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Your description of the time you watched yourself from “above” astonished me, for in 1984 I had a similar experience and it was most peculiar.  My body was lying on the kitchen floor, and  “I” was observing the body on the floor, as if from afar.  For me, hearing that today was a “whoa~aha~how cool” moment.  🙂   Through years of studying Tolle’s Now message, the irony is there is no “message,” once, as you define it, the Unit steps aside and allows.  Somehow, the pieces fell into place today.  Thank you. 

I thoroughly enjoyed today’s session and thank you for facilitating the transmission.  To use today’s vernacular, it was awesome!

Kind regards,

Gabriella

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Dear Fred,

Well, as you stated in your information and tech sheet sent to us before the workshop, “If you are willing to tell yourself the truth, you’ll wake up…” Yep, that’s what happened during today’s Clarity Workshop.  Oneness moved through this body like a roaring ocean wave, washing CaSandra freely away. Dissolved. Something parted and what was forefront was all soooo clear. Because of computer difficulties, I never was able to ask that burning question. Ha!

In deep gratitude. What a blessing to have been with you and the others.

CaSandra

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Hi Fred,

I would just like to thank you for hosting this online workshop today.  It was really very good in spite of the technical problems at the start, and you generously gave us some extra time, so I would thoroughly recommend it as great value for money.  Even though awakening happened here over a year ago, though not with you, questions still arise from time to time, and it is good to know there is a resource out there that can clear them up. My question in the meeting about ‘saving the planet’ (which I also feel drawn to do) was a concrete example of a problem that has recently emerged, namely how to bring the perspective of the Absolute to this Relativity that the units seem to live in (the Dream or the manifestation).  The Robert unit worries that if it gets it ‘wrong,’ it is because what happened was not a full or deep awakening but just partial or perhaps even false–a delusion.  From today’s workshop, I learned that this is a case of believing a random thought, (the thought being something like ‘You are a fraud because you care about people and the planet and Oneness doesn’t.’).

The workshop and your books and videos are helping me to sort this out, but I feel I am not there yet.  Whatever, I plan to sign up for the July workshop, so I’ll see you then.

Robert

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Dear Fred,

The call could not have been more perfect—from the technical difficulties in the beginning to the dogs barking in the background !!!  It was not so much about a shift, as it was a wonderful review of your teaching, as well as a realization that all of us humans really do have the same issues, even with awakening.  So I can relax knowing that truly all is well, and stabilization will happen when it does.  My favorite part was your outrageous laugh, which is a teaching in and of itself, as well as a reminder that life is, and we are, pretty darn funny!!! How lucky are we to be able to have a “person to person” clarity session for an affordable price!!! Count me in for any future sessions!!

Jane

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Dear Fred, 

Thank you so much for your generosity & warmth in today’s clarity session.

I feel SO LUCKY to have participated in the Living Method over the last 10 months.

There is NO QUESTION that if it were not for the Living Method, I would be one of the people stranded on the landing of the staircase – from your vision – never making it up the stairs. 

I love how PITILESS the Living Method is, yet you deliver it with such joy and good humor.

I hope your elbow stays immobilized until your surgery, so your pain is minimized as much as possible. 

Sincerely,

Max

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Fred,

Thank you so much for the awakening/clarity session.  I didn’t realize we’d had such a long session until it ended.  Thank you for being so generous, as always. 

The analogy you liked was that looking for a point in space where awareness isn’t is like looking for a spot of darkness with a light.  Feel free to steal, as it didn’t come from me anyway.

You’re the best, Oneness!

Love,

Kathleen

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Why bother to get a teacher?

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SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS ARE TYPICALLY LAYERED. For example, sacred literature, whether it was written a thousand years ago or the day before yesterday, can only reveal to us what we’re already prepared to see. There is a wealth of terrific information and a ton of fabulous pointers in plain sight every day. We can’t see them until we can. We don’t understand them until we do. Yet, once awakening occurs, things that were once overwhelmingly vague and arcane become as clear and solid as glass. Of course, opening never ends; that’s both the nature and the joy of the game. We see more and more and more. We know less and less and less.

SOMETHING SIMILAR OCCURS WITH OUR TEACHERS AND MENTORS. They may be telling us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but we’re only going to get what we get until we’re ready to receive more. This is what Jesus meant when he said, “He who hath ears, let him hear.” It’s not all up to our teachers; in fact, a great deal of it is not up to them. Nonetheless, they can be incredibly valuable no matter where we are on the path.

WE TEND TO RESPOND TO OUR TEACHERS IN MUCH THE SAME WAY as Mark Twain spoke of his father. The older he got, the smarter his father seemed to get! The longer we pursue the spiritual quest with an authentic teacher, the smarter he or she will seem to get–all because we grew, with their help, a whole new set of eyes and ears. If we want to find water, we don’t dig a whole lot of shallow holes. We dig one deep one. We tend to read and search broadly, but not so deeply. Find what works and stick with it a good long while.

WHILE MY TEACHING IS NOW WORLDWIDE, my overall life experience is mostly with Americans, so I’ll stick with what I know. In the United States, we are a people in a hurry. We are like a nation of cats: we want to be wherever we aren’t. We want to start a practice, or work with a teacher, just so we can graduate. We are doing this so we can do that. We are enduring the here and now just so that we can get then and there.

THIS IS A NO-WIN APPROACH IN SPIRITUALITY. If we’re not established in Nondual awareness and our teacher is, we shouldn’t egoically minimize the theoretical gulf between our experience and theirs. That shuts the Light right off. Patience and earnestness are critical if we want to walk through the Gateless Gate and join them. The good news here is that this apparent gulf simply means the teacher has a lot to offer us. As one of my mentors says, we don’t want to be in the position of following someone who’s twenty minutes ahead of us. Yes, they may be able to help a little, but the deeper the well, the longer you can draw from it.

NOW THAT I’VE MADE THAT FLAT STATEMENT, let me swoop in and take it away as well. Many of us begin as followers of the really well-known teachers. I’ll wager that Eckhart Tolle has reached more people on the planet than just about all the other teachers put together. Followers of the famous Watkins Books spiritual book store in London recently voted him the most influential spiritual personality on the planet. It’s a no-brainer. The only other contender is the Dalai Lama, who was number two.

AND IF YOU’RE JIM CARREY, OR OPRAH WINFREY, I’m sure Eckhart is a very cool person to hang out with. But how about us? Most of us are neither rich nor famous, and won’t come anywhere near to even meeting Eckhart, much less getting any direct, one-on-one teaching from him. I’m using Eckhart as the example here, simply because he’s so well known, but a similar situation exists with Adyashanti, Gangaji, Byron Katie, and a few other really big names.

YOU MAY GET TO TALK to Adya at an intensive or a retreat, and you might get to sit on the dais with Gangaji or Katie for twenty minutes in one of their meetings, but none of them is going to be able to do much for you directly and at length in the way that a hands-on teacher can. Frankly, a lot of that is show-biz. It’s fine, I get it, I’m even on board with it, and I personally love all of those people I mentioned, but we need to recognize their limitations, too.

EVEN IF OUR TEACHERS ARE A LONG WAY OFF FROM US PHYSICALLY, ultimately there’s only One Thing Going On. Space is just an idea, and Skype has proven to me that it’s an incredibly effective tool for what we’re doing. Ultimately, the difference between walking this path with a one-on-one teacher, with whom you can develop a relationship of candor, intimacy, and trust, and walking it with a big name you’ll probably never, ever chat privately with for an hour, or two, or ten, is beyond large: it’s unfathomable.

I NEVER HAD A ONE-ON-ONE TEACHER until after I woke up, and the cloudy awakeness of those early years cannot compare to the clarity and stability that good teachers have helped me find. If we have a one-on-one teacher, our journey is also less likely to remain one that revolves around ego. Nearly all of us start with egoic spiritual desires. That’s fine, it’s a stage. What matters is where we end up. But it’s critical to realize that in the absence of a teacher, we’re trying to guide ourselves to a place we’ve never even been.

A TEACHER CAN HELP US STAY OUT OF THAT STEW by calling us on unconscious thinking and behavior. Even if we come to realize the truth of No-self, we still inherit one hell of a sticky story. How does my head get me out of my head? Once we establish a friendly relationship with a teacher—and an effective one-on-one teacher should be in a friendly relationship-of-equals with his or her clients and students—then having that teacher yank us back from the dream and into reality is, at least in this teaching, the bulk of the teacher’s function. Otherwise you can wander forever, you really, really can.

IT’S NICE TO GET OUTSIDE CONFIRMATION of what we’re experiencing, and where we are along the path. Is confirmation necessary? No. Is it generally beneficial? Oh yes. For one thing, it gives us confidence that, as I shared with a friend recently, “We aren’t just sitting in our living rooms smoking spirituality.” That’s really easy to do.

EGO IS MORE THAN HAPPY TO GRANT CONFIRMATION of all our grandiose notions of where we are on the path, and what’s going to happen when we’re discovered and transformed into spiritual royalty. From the very beginning of our journey, ego has been looking forward to being enlightened, and is happy as all get-out when it decides it’s gotten there! Oh, the specialness of it! This is always a false reading; no exception granted. That doesn’t mean our seeing wasn’t authentic. It means that what’s currently grasping that seeing isn’t authentic.

THERE’S NO PROBLEM IN BEING either a seed or a sapling. All great trees were once the same. Trouble only starts if a seed or a sapling begins to believe it’s already a tree. I see it all the time. We can do a lot of damage to ourselves and others if we end up in that position. And it’s all too easy to stay there, because the only way we can get out of it is to admit we’re wrong. Who wants to do that? The willingness to jettison “rightness” and “righteousness” is not common, and neither is the humility required to remain in an open, not-knowing space of being. The thing that knows is the thing that has to be jettisoned.

CONTRARY TO MANY POPULAR REPORTS, there are no firm laws in any of this. Awakeness can and does work anyway it wants to, any time it wants to, with anyone it wants to. Having said that, it’s fair to say that the sort of direction handed out by well known spiritual teachers with large followings, however good that advice or clear those pointers may be for that specific questioner, may not work well for us, and almost certainly will not work for us indefinitely. We have to grow those ears.

THE FURTHER WE GO, THE MORE SPECIFIC ADVICE WE’RE GOING TO NEED, well on into awakening. Only ego wants to graduate from the student’s chair. I make an effort to keep myself in it. As Suzuki-Roshi taught us, Beginner’s Mind is an open mind. In this teaching, I live and die by the Law of Large Numbers. What works most often for most people? Almost all of us, if we’re to “succeed” in the apparent spiritual journey, will need a sharper finger pointing at the moon than generalities can provide–one that knows something about where we are on the path and in our lives, in order to do some direct pointing and counseling that’s specifically for us.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF GOOD TEACHERS available if we’re simply willing to avail ourselves of them. Ego, of course, if it’s not going to be groomed by the famous, often wants us to do it all itself, because at least that way there’s no close scrutiny of our thinking and seeing, and we get to magically advance to any level we wish, just as fast as we want to! Sadly, most of us will also get to pay the ultimate price for that, which is magnified delusion and continued suffering.

IT’S CERTAINLY NOT THE FAMOUS TEACHERS’ FAULT that they may ultimately become limited in their value to us. No matter how awake they may be, no matter long their experience, extensive their expertise, and how brilliant their clarity, they are still human beings. Human beings come with limitations, and time is one of them. Having thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of followers may be a good problem for a teacher to have, but it’s no quite so hot for the student.

THE “SECONDARY” LINE OF TEACHERS is where the gold lies. There are a lot of brightly awake, talented and devoted nondual teachers in our community. For the most part, these folks are at least pretty good, and some of them are very good at what they do. With rare exception, you will get more out of an afternoon with a pretty good one-on-one teacher than an excellent general meeting.

DON’T ASSUME THAT LESS-KNOWN TEACHERS ARE “LESS AWAKE” OR “LESS CLEAR” than their better known counterparts. Many of them just as clear. Some of them may even be sharper than many of their better-known contemporaries. Our community is not an island unto itself. Sex appeal, charisma, and the “cool factor” play about as large a role in our community as they do anywhere else. The fact is that any currently awake teacher can help the great majority of as-yet-unawakened seekers who have the luck to spend time with them; there’s no question whatsoever about that.

AND REMEMBER, EFFECTIVE NONDUAL TEACHING IS EASILY MEASURED. We’re awake, or we’re not. Others are waking up around us, thus proving the effectiveness of our teacher, or they’re not. Clarity is the only yardstick worth using. Do we really want freedom, or a charming, attractive star to shine up our self image? Are we really serious, or really not? It pays to ask ourselves these things.

AS WE TRAVEL ALL THE MYRIAD PATHS we find ourselves on during the course of our spiritual career, we want to use our common sense to guide us. We don’t ever “give ourselves up” to a teacher. What’s all that about? In my opinion, we want to look very, very carefully at any teacher who suggests we do so. Again with rare exception, Awakeness would not care about that sort of concession, but ego would be crazy about it. If we are anxious to give ourselves over to a teacher, we are lost before we begin.

IT’S A GOOD THING TO REMEMBER that however wonderful our teacher might be, they are still human beings. Sex, money and power have pulled down many an awake being. We want to be our brother’s keeper in this, too. We are all intelligent people; nonduality doesn’t attract much of anything else. We want to use a teaching to help us cross the ocean, not fall in love with an anchor that holds us stationary, or even underwater.

WE CAN LOVE AND RESPECT OUR TEACHERS without getting stupid. After all, it’s our path; let’s take some responsibility for it.
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I have worked with people associated with all the major traditions: Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Transcendental Meditators and Zen practitioners, as well as a whole lot of people with no allegiance to any religion or sect at all. You don’t have to give up your faith to benefit from The Living Method. Come wake up and return to your own tradition with a new understanding and experience of what moved and inspired the original founders of your faith.
 
 
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“The life which is unexamined is not worth living.”

~Socrates

 

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