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Douglas Harding

“Seeing Who one is occurs out of time because seeing Who one is is God seeing Who He is and God doesn’t see from half past three until quarter to four. God sees out of time and one’s seeing is not Douglas seeing that he is really God, it is God seeing that He is really God. It is out of time and so in that sense one doesn’t see all the time or for some of the time, or in time. One sees out of time. Yet there is another sense of course in which one can say that one’s seeing is intermittent, more continuous. That is the common-sense way of talking about it and we speak of people who flash into their Emptiness and then forget it, for months and months, and then meet a seer, or someone, and flash in again. There is a sense in which this does happen. It is a provisional way of speaking. Even for such people it is really out of time.” (Douglas Harding. Quoted from Seeing Who You Really Are by Richard Lang.)


“The result of observing only the universe is anxiety. Only observing the Observer of the universe will put a stop to a man’s worrying and fussing and scheming. When his interest is diverted inwards he naturally relaxes his hold – his stranglehold – on the outer world. Having withdrawn his capital and paid it into his own Central Bank (where it appreciates to infinity), he has nothing to lose out there and no reason for interfering. He knows how to let things be and work out in their own time. He’s in no hurry. Knowing the Self, he can hardly fail to trust its products. Whatever occurs is fundamentally agreeable to him. In Christian terms, he has no will but God’s: what he wants is what happens and what happens is what he wants. Paradoxically his obedience to the nature of things is his rule over them. His weakness is in the long run all-powerful. And the secret of his power over things is that he goes to the Source. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seek ye first these things, and even they shall be taken away.

This perfect obedience isn’t just lining oneself up with God’s will, or imitating it, or even becoming part of it. It’s that very will itself in full operation. If we wish to find out what it’s really like to create the world, we have only to desire nothing and pay attention. But total acceptance is very hard. It’s precisely the opposite of the lazy indifference that lets things slide. It springs from inner strength and not weakness, from concentration, not slackness. Why is the world so troublesome, so frightful? Is it like that by nature, or because we take the easy way of fighting it instead of the difficult way of fitting in with it? We have to find out for ourselves the truth of the sage’s demonstration that even in the smallest things the way of non-interference, of giving up all self-will, of “disappearing,” is astonishingly practical, the way that works. Not only in the long run but from moment to moment consciously getting out of the Light, giving place to whatever happens to be presenting itself in that Light, is astonishingly creative. We do too much and therefore remain ineffectual, we talk far too much and therefore say nothing, we think far, far too much and therefore prevent the facts from speaking for themselves – so say those who know the value of emptiness. It’s for us to make our own tests, not – repeat not – by the direct method of trying to be quiet and mindless (it just won’t work) but by the indirect method of seeing Who, it seems, was trying to be like that. No man becomes Godlike except by seeing that he isn’t a man anyway. (Douglas Harding. Look For Yourself.)”

buddha_smile” The hearing is happening through the ear. The ear is not telling me, I hear. Again it’s translated by thought, I hear. So the eye is not telling me I see and the ear is not telling me I hear, but the thought comes up and translates it. Now ask yourself this: Can the thought, I see, actually see? Look closely and you’ll realise that the thought is not seeing. Can the thought, I hear, actually do the hearing? All the thought is doing is translating. This ego is thought up and has no power to see, to hear or to be aware. The thought, I choose, can’t choose. The thought, I’m aware, is not your awareness.

So this fictitious ego is an idea to which we have been in bondage for all these years. The belief that it is an entity that can choose has self-will, self-awareness,  is having bad luck, etc, is just a thought. In the seeing that it’s a fiction, what’s going to happen then? Isn’t the natural livingness going to carry on the way it’s been carrying on anyway? It’s breathing you, it’s beating your heart, it’s growing your hair and fingernails, digesting your food, replacing cells, causing the thinking, feelings, emotions and everything to happen quite effortlessly.

If all the functioning is not being related to a me, then what’s the problem? Is good or bad a problem unless it’s related to an entity that thinks it should be some other way? It doesn’t mean to say problems won’t come up. They’ll come up, sure, because as in natures the pair of opposites are constantly functioning, but when they are coming up, they are seen for what they are. With un-fixated awareness,they move on. When we’re fixating on something, clinging to something, attaching to something, it keeps it there. There’s a resistance going on and it’s not free to move.

That’s why we say that all our problems come from the belief in a separate entity. See that it was never real and  you realise things have just happened that way.”


“Sailor” Bob Adamson simplifies it once again.

” The search itself is the trap.  You are already what you are seeking.  You think there is something to attain or to get.  You have never been anything other than that, and never could be.  We hear that, but how many of us really take a good look at it and stick with it, hang onto it?  What do we do?  ‘That is not good enough!’  We will race away and look at somebody else.  We will go to somebody else, hear somebody else, read another book or do this or do that, thinking we will get the answer somewhere else.  But the only place the answer is, is with you..  It is not with anybody else.  You already are that.  You can’t be anything else other than that.”

Sailor Bob Adamson

awareness“…There is a sense of presence with each and every one of you  right now in the immediacy of  this moment. It’s the presence of awareness, or the awareness of presence. Nobody sitting here can say I am not. Each one knows I am.

So that’s what we’re speaking to – the sense  of presence that is expressing through the mind as the thought and that which is speaking to it. In actuality, it is that sense of presence speaking to itself. There will be a resonance in hearing it. The resonance happens because innately you already know it. You recognise that you are That and always have been.”

Sailor Bob Adamson


“In recognising presence awareness, there is no ‘thing’ to see, just natural non-conceptual seeing, actually as it is without subject or object. See this and the realisation is immediate that what is labeled as awareness or consciousness or mind can never be formulated as either a subject or an object. Being empty of a subject or object, it is emptiness seeing (cognising emptiness). Emptiness can never be emptied of emptiness, nor can it be filled by emptiness. With that concept cancelled out, only the wordless thoughtless indescribable emptiness remains. Not a vacuum or a void, but a vivid self-shining, self-knowing, self-aware emptiness, like a clear sky full of light. See for yourself. No one or other can do it for you. Immediate simplicity. Continue to see that the seeing is continuous. Any doubt, question, or argument, and the conceptual seeker has appeared again. See that and non-conceptual emptiness remains undisturbed”.

Sailor Bob Adamson



“If the self-center, ego, or reference point is seen to have no substance or independent nature, it will be understood or known that whatever mental concept or image comes up naturally happens by itself, and instead of any need to discard or get rid of it, it can be a useful happening for the protection, assistance, or defense of the organism–like with an insect, animal, bird, or reptile not thinking about protection can naturally change color or grow patterns in the skin or fur to blend in with the environment around it… a natural camouflage comes about, without any attempt to change the appearance.

Likewise with humans: without belief in a self-center, anything, including mental concepts, change or action can come about naturally to suit whatever situation arises.

However, if the self-center, ego, or reference point is believed to be something substantial with an independent nature of it’s own–an existing ‘me’ or an ‘I’–then whatever arises is referred to this ‘me’ and, instead of being a natural functioning, it occurs as a contrived state, such as fear, anxiety, stress, etc., because that entity, being non-existent, cannot live up to what is imagined. And even when hearing about non-conceptual natural functioning, still believing in a reference point, useless and contrived attempts continue to be made to live up to or recreate some concept of that.

Thus, there appears to be a great difference between natural functioning without any belief in a reference point, and the imagined, conceptual, acquired mental habits caused by the old belief in a separate entity“.

Sailor Bob Adamson