Nonduality is the ancient philosophy of seeing and perceiving life or reality as an infinite, edgeless, timeless, aware presence. The Buddha, Jesus the Christ, Rumi, Meister Eckhart, Lao Tsu and many other historical teachers have pointed to the core belief of being a personal self in an external, time-based reality as the source of all suffering.

What we are as pure presence appears so effortlessly and intimately as beingness we simply misperceive the appearances of life and create a story about life with a personal me or self at the center looking out to an external world of subjects and objects.

Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden, Raleigh, NC

I’ve been a Christian pilgrim for more than 48 years and the essays and posts on this site reflect the many paradoxical and ancient nonduality teachings including the teachings of Jesus the Christ, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Wu Hsin, as well as modern nondual philosophers/teachers like Ramana Maharshi, Richard Rose, Alan Watts, and Douglas Harding.

What is animating beingness, aka – aware presence, will mysteriously place a path in front of you when you are ready.  If you are reading this site, there is likely a seed within your beingness that’s curious to uncover what you really are and how perception and true nature could so easily be veiled.

All are welcome…These botanic gardens are the perfect venue for exploring the true nature of being and noticing aware presence. I offer friendship and breadcrumbs for those deeply questioning the belief of having a personal identity and I point towards the true nature of what is appearing through the creative, healing, and meditative tools of self-inquiry, community, and silence.  ~ anita