Presence Volume II - The Intimacy of All Experience Available from Amazon
All that is known is experiencing and experiencing is not divided into one part (an inside self) that experiences and another part (an outside object, other or world) that is experienced. Experiencing is seamless and intimate, made of ‘knowing’ or Awareness alone. This intimacy, in which there is no room for selves, objects or others, is love itself. It lies at its heart of all experience, completely available under all circumstances.
Introduction: The Seamless Intimacy of Experience
The Primacy of Presence
Knowledge and Love are One
The Innocence of Experience
The Pure ‘I’ of Awareness
Awareness and Its Apparent Objects
The Imaginary Centre of Perception
The Imaginary Birth of the Self and the World
We Were Not Born
Love is the Fabric of Experience
Everything is Folded Back into Presence
All We Ever Long for
The Many Names of God
Is the World Within?
The Shadow of the Separate Self
The Amness of Self is the Isness of Things
Reality is Not Mysterious
Awareness Always Knows Itself
There is No Real Ignorance
Nothing Ever Disappears
Pure Unclouded Awareness
The Burnt Rope
The True Revolution
Presence Finds Only Itself
The Fabric of Identity
Utterly Intimately One
We Never Lose a Friend
Abiding Knowingly as Presence
Presence Breathes Out the World
The Arch Impersonator
The Apparent Forgetting of Our Own Being
The Natural State of Openness and Transparency
Our True Security
The Recognition of Being
Is This the Final Understanding
The Dissolution of Thought in its Own Substance
Does Life Have a Purpose?
The Seed of Separation
Offering Everything to Presence
Love Only Knows Itself
Person, Witness, Substance, Presence
We Do Not Know What Anything Is
There is Only Pure Intimacy
The Ever-Present Reality of Existence
Addiction and Non-Duality
Nobody Has, Owns or Chooses Anything
Experience’s Experience of Itself
Good as it gets - San Francisco Guy
First... again... my normal disclaimer: this is personal. I have no idea how these books will impact you. I'm the guy who said that if I could keep only one book in my library, The Transparency of Things would be the one. I just finished The Intimacy of All Experience, and I think right now it would be a toss up between Transparency and this two volume work. Spira has an exceptional ability to put ideas into language, is intelligent, knows what he's talking about... duh. All that is obvious. I think I know what makes his books so amazing, but it is not easy to talk about. Sounds stupid... but "logical poetry" comes to mind. When we read good poetry, our minds go farther than the words. The experience it guides us towards transcends the words. Spira's brilliant use/combination of logic, metaphor, examples... just perform magic in my head. Two months ago, I had given up believing I could ever move beyond an intellectual understanding of Advaita. Spira has unstuck me. Very exciting.
Wow - Gem
What a book...been reading it for maybe 3 weeks and am only 2/3 through- it's a book to savor- a step by clear step inspection of your own direct, immediate experience. I often smile or chuckle with delight at new insights and release of old uninspected, unsuspected dualistic presumptions. If I could have one desert island book, it'd be this one, hands down. Thank you Rupert Spira!!!
UPDATE: Finished the book. Did a weekend workshop with the author. Repeatedly viewed his DVD. This is great teaching! There's been a flood of books in this area in recent years- many simply recycle nondual dogma- not this! Here is clear guidance in undoing the presumptions of egoity by one who has done it and has a gift for guiding others in doing the same. I am grateful!
A Tour de Force - Fred Davis
I read and review a fair number of spiritual books. For the first time ever, I'm going to post an update to a review in front of the review itself. I'm doing this, so that the message I'm putting forth regarding the unique opportunity these books provide will ring absolutely clear.
December 11, 2011 Update:
I continue to reread Rupert Spira's groundbreaking new Presence book set. THESE BOOKS HAVE MORE POTENTIAL TO LIBERATE MORE SUFFERING THAN ANYTHING WRITTEN SINCE THE POWER OF NOW. Twelve years ago, when The Power of Now was published, a great many of us would not, as a group, have been ready for Rupert's new Presence book set. However, as a result of that title, and the cumulative effect of the great number of clear and fine titles that have been published since then, a very large number of people, at many different levels of the theoretical spiritual path, are now ready and waiting for these books. I do hope they reach the vast audience they deserve. I hope they reach YOU.
The Review,November 8:
I'm going to run out of superlatives in regard to Rupert Spira's new Presence book set, so let me start right away: Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! In all candor, I am in awe. The clarity here jumps off the page and into the reader. The first volume (Presence: The Art of Peace and Happiness) has an opening section that is just over 30 pages long. It is, I think, the best description of its section title, Our True Nature, that I have ever read. It is worth the price of admission, all by itself.
Since the truth can never be told, but only pointed to, Rupert then goes on to share his marvelous "translation", so to speak, of the most direct path to this singular-yet-shared True Nature. It is wonderful to have a meticulous artist at the wheel here. If you've not been to his website, I suggest you add a "dot com" to Rupert Spira and go there immediately following this review, and the subsequent purchase of both volumes of this new set. When you go to his site, you'll see that Rupert's expression of our True Nature is seemingly divided between art and teaching Nonduality. In fact, there is Nonduality in the art, and there is art in his Nondual teaching. Let me add that both are HIGH art.
The field of Nonduality is not, shall we say, overburdened with quality writing. There is a lot of clarity out there; I'm not suggesting there is not. Yet the ability to transfer that clarity from one human to another is too often insufficiently translated by a writer's lack of facility with language, and/or technical writing skills. Rupert does not share this problem. Our field could also use a truckload of editors and proofreaders. Awakening lands where it lands, and everything's done on the cheap and I get that; I'm being more matter of fact than I am critical. But it is a sheer joy to stumble upon an exception. That truck I spoke of must have stopped at Rupert's house a long time ago. (Now, doubtlessly, I'll leave a glaring typo somewhere in this review.)
I recently watched a DVD set of Dialogue Excerpts of one of Francis Lucille's retreats (see the Stillness Speaks or Nonduality Press websites). Francis, who of course studied under Jean Klein, is one of the clearest, widest openings one could ever hope to find. He is also Rupert's teacher and has been for over a decade. When the camera plays on the audience, there is Rupert, eyes closed, silently soaking in what's being offered through Francis. There is something very moving about that. Call me unsophisticated, but my eye witnesses there the deep example of humility that also shines forth on every page of this book.
Let me say just a bit more about these books. The first book takes us through all of our methods of apparently achieving the miracle of separation, and ways to reverse that. When speaking of our core problem of misidentification, Rupert uses the term, "exclusive identification" when speaking of our normal mode of life. I love that. I have often said, "You are the body, but you're not JUST the body." I'm putting Rupert on public notice that I'll be stealing "exclusive identification" at every opportunity. There is one attention-stopping observation after the other as he leads you down the path bordered by fear and desire. The great quotes to drink in are simply too numerable to count.
In the second volume (Presence: The Intimacy of All Experience) we find something akin to "dialogues", where a question is asked and then Rupert answers it. What touched me here was the encouraging gentleness and sweet wisdom with which these questioners and their questions were welcomed and discussed. The clarity and brilliance is there to the last page and beyond.
It's a great book set. I'll read it again. Right away. That's the highest praise I have. Namaste.