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There is a very clear distinction between the awakened state of Presence and the world of the mind. When you are fully present, thoughts stop and your mind is silent. That is the test of Presence. It is the test of silence. You are utterly present with what is here and your mind is silent. It is as if silence is aware of silence. That is it. Not one word or thought arises. You are immersed in the moment of now.

Your mind might come in with observations about your spiritual progress or how awake you are, or how enlightened you are. These are just thoughts arising within the mind and probably generated by the ego. Your ego wants to be enlightened. Just say to your ego, “yes, yes darling you are the most enlightened of them all.” The ego will relax with this light-hearted acknowledgment.

Even if you say to me, “I am enlightened,” I would ask you, “Who is enlightened?” The only possible answer is “I AM,” which will immediately take you beyond the mind. It will take you beyond the world of time. It will take you beyond the concept or idea of enlightenment. It is the “I AM” Presence that is the awakened you. That is it. There is nothing beyond that. But the moment you think about it or the moment you have a view of yourself as being awake or enlightened, you are in the mind again.

No one can truly awaken unless they are clear about this distinction. Otherwise, you will think you are present or enlightened when you are not. Even worse, the ego will think it is present or enlightened. This confusion is an obstacle to your full awakening. It is very difficult to free yourself from an ‘enlightened’ ego.

To be present is your natural state. In fact the only way you can be somewhere other than in the present moment is to think your way out of here. And where will you go? You will take yourself into the past and future world of the mind. All thoughts are of the past or future and that is exactly where they will take you. You will find yourself in a world of illusion and separation.

I am not saying that thoughts should stop or the ego should be eliminated. Just be aware of thoughts as they arise and recognize them for what they are. Your thoughts have nothing to do with the present moment. Even brilliant spiritual thoughts are just thoughts. Even brilliant reflections upon your spiritual progress are just reflections within the mind. Do not allow the ego to fool you. Do not reject your thoughts, but also do not believe in them. Do not follow them. Just acknowledge the thought and gently return to Presence.

Once you relax into silence, you will deepen into Presence. And then of course, all sorts of wonderful things can arise from the silence at the center of your being – bliss, ecstasy, love, compassion, truth and wisdom can arise and flow through you.

If you are fully awake in this moment, all separation dissolves as you open into Oneness. Your sense of yourself as an individual also dissolves as you are immersed into the mystery of this moment.

You do not always have to be at this deep level of Presence. Unless you retire to a cave or an ashram, you will still participate in the world of time and use your mind many times each day. There is nothing wrong with thinking, as long as you are aware of the distinction between the awakened state of Presence and the world of the mind. This will enable you to settle more deeply and more fundamentally into the world of now.

About Leonard: Leonard Jacobson is an awakened spiritual teacher, mystic and author, who is deeply committed to helping others break through to the joyous experience of living in the NOW. For more than 35 years, Leonard has been teaching people how to become fundamentally present and arise in mastery of the mind and ego. Find more of Leonard’s work at Leonard Jacobson.com.
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God is real. God is here now, but we are not. We are lost in the past and future world of the mind.

We are lost in a world of illusion and separation. We are lost in ideas, opinions, concepts and beliefs including spiritual and religious concepts and beliefs.

If we want to experience the living presence of God, we will have to come to where God is, which is the present moment. Then we will begin to experience God as the silent Presence at the very heart of all things present. That’s what omnipresence really means! For believers it’s a comforting concept. For mystics who are awake in the truth of life, it’s a living reality.

Belief in God is an obstacle to knowing God. Belief is a function of the mind and God is unknowable with the mind. To believe in God is to create God in man’s image and it doesn’t work. The truth is that we are created in the image of God, which means that we have all the attributes and qualities of the divine. In Presence, we are love, acceptance and compassion. We are without judgment. We exist in the realization of Oneness and all these qualities flow into our daily lives if we are fundamentally grounded in the present moment.

But if we venture too far into the past or future, we disconnect from the present moment and in so doing we disconnect from our divine nature. We separate from God and the present moment. We then seek to avoid the pain of separation by believing in God, which actually takes us further into illusion and separation. We can only know God through direct experience, which arises when we are very deeply present.

Did Jesus believe in God or did he know God? Was he so deeply present that he could feel and sense the Presence of God in everything? Was he so present that he experienced Oneness with everything, and so he felt one with God? Christ is a state of consciousness, not a person. Jesus the man awakened to Christ consciousness. He opened so fully into the present moment that he could see, feel and sense the Presence of God in everything. Christ consciousness is available to everyone who is willing to surrender belief in God and become fully present.

If you want to go beyond belief in God to the direct experience of God, then you will have to learn how to be deeply present. As you deepen into Presence, the illusion of separation dissolves. You will feel fulfilled by the moment as it is and your constant striving for more dissolves. You relax. You accept the moment as it is. You can sense that there is a Presence in everything and somehow you know that the Presence in everything is the Presence of God. You feel overwhelmed by love and gratitude. Your soul rejoices. It is what your soul has been longing for from the very beginning of time. You are aware of the extraordinary abundance and beauty of the present moment. You feel one with God. It feels like you have come home.

There is one step beyond Christ consciousness. It is God consciousness. In Christ consciousness, you are so present that you experience yourself as one with God. In God consciousness you have become so fully immersed in the present moment and Oneness that all sense of yourself as an individual dissolves. Only God remains.

About Leonard: Leonard Jacobson is an awakened spiritual teacher, mystic and author, who is deeply committed to helping others break through to the joyous experience of living in the NOW. For more than 35 years, Leonard has been teaching people how to become fundamentally present and arise in mastery of the mind and ego. Find more of Leonard’s work at Leonard Jacobson.com.
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If we are fully present, there are no thoughts. If there are no thoughts, then quite literally, there is no time. There is no life outside of this moment. We can no longer function in the world of time, because there is only now. You would need a team of caretakers to take care of you, or an ashram would have to develop around you to take care of you and receive your enlightened utterances.

One such example is Ramana Maharshi. When Ramana awakened, he did not participate in the world of time. He remained in the silence and an ashram developed around him. That is the beauty of India. The Indian culture allows for one to enter into that fully awakened state and remain there. They know how to respond to one who is fully awakened.

But it is time for many more of us to awaken. Enlightenment can no longer be for just a select few, who do not participate in the world. If there is to be an awakening at a collective level, we will have to find a balance between the timelessness of the fully awakened state and the world of time. This means that we must master the art of moving easily between those two dimensions.

To do so, we must know that the present moment is the truth of life. We must know that everything outside of this moment is illusory in nature and so we no longer believe in any of it as true. We must recognize that life at the level of mind is simply play. It is sometimes happy and sometimes sad, because it is a world of duality. We relax and accept the dual nature of life within time. We are no longer for or against anything. We have transcended judgment. Life is accepted fully and so too is death. Joy is accepted fully and so too is pain. But we are so deeply grounded in the moment of now, that we no longer get caught in the movements of the mind and its world of thought and emotion. We are no longer identified with the story unfolding within the world of time. We are no longer defined by that story. We are deeply grounded in Oneness. We can move easily into time and the world of thought, and we are able to return to silence and Presence at will. In fact, silence and Presence are always there as the foundation of our existence, even when we consciously choose to venture into the world of the mind.


A man went for a walk one day. As he walked, he became aware that he was feeling lost and alone. Rather than push the feelings away, he allowed them to be present with him. “I’m lost. I am all alone,” he cried to himself. A deep sadness arose within him.

Suddenly a voice arose from a deeper level. “If you are lost, then where are you?” It was the voice of his Being. It was the voice of truth.

The man paused to consider the question. “If I am lost, then where am I?” he asked aloud. He sat down and as much as possible, he became present with his feelings.

“I am lost. I am all alone!” he repeated several times.

Once again the voice of his Being gently challenged him. “You say you are lost. Then where are you?”

The man tried to see where he was. Suddenly, it became clear to him.

“I am lost in my mind!” he cried.

It was so simple. He was lost in his mind. He was lost somewhere in his remembered past. Or somewhere in his imagined future. One thing was clear. He was not here now. He closed his eyes and became very still. He became very aware of his body and his breath. He became very aware of the sounds around him. He could feel the soft caress of the breeze upon his face. He became silent. He began to feel very present. The feeling of being lost and alone disappeared. He paused for a few moments in silent gratitude. He opened his eyes and his heart exploded with joy as a bird soared into the sky.


Answer, There are a number of levels from which I can respond to your question…
The first is to say that enlightenment is the awakened state of Being. When all thoughts have stopped and you are in a state of deep inner silence, which is profoundly peaceful and still, you are in the enlightened state. You are so fully present with everything around you that separation largely dissolves and you experience Oneness. You feel the Presence of God or the Divine within you and within everything around you.

It is profoundly blissful. A deep inner knowing arises and yet you are in silence. You come to know yourself as love. Profound insights and revelations sometimes emerge out of the silence. Spontaneous healings can occur.

This awakened state is the natural state of your Being. It is the truth of who you are. It is ever present within you. It is just that most of the time, you are so involved in the world of the thinking mind and the past and future that you are largely unaware of it.

At the deepest level of enlightenment, or Presence, all separation dissolves completely. The personal dimension of you disappears. There is no sense of your self in the past or the future. There is no sense of life outside of the present moment. You have become utterly absorbed into Oneness and the mystery of existence in the moment.

However, you cannot function in the world at this level. You would need a team of caretakers to take care of you. I recommend a softer version of enlightenment — one that allows you to function in the world in an enlightened and balanced way.

This means that you are fundamentally grounded in the present moment, but the world of time is available to you. You are in the world but not of the world. You have a sense of the past and future, but you are not identified with it in any way. You know that only this moment is the truth of life.

Enlightenment is also a process.

Each time you allow repressed feelings, thoughts and memories to emerge from the darkness of your unconscious mind into the light of awakened consciousness, you bring more light into your life and your Being. As you continue with this process of liberating yourself from the wounds and traumas of the past, you will gradually become enlightened, which simply means that there is nothing left in the darkness of the unconscious mind.
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If you are to awaken, you will have to come into right relationship with the ego, which means that you will have to master the art of being present.

When you are present, you have transcended the mind and the ego. This gives you a view of the mind and ego from a transcendent perspective. It is easy to witness how the ego functions and how it uses thoughts and feelings to pull you out of Presence.

The ego thrives on the energy of judgment and rejection. Any attempt or intention to defeat the ego simply strengthens it. But if you are present and you relate to the ego with love, acceptance and compassion, it has no defense against that. If you regard the ego as your friend and protector, it will gradually begin to surrender.

The ego has been protecting you against the pain of living in a world where no one is present. It remembers the pain from your past, mostly from your childhood, and it develops strategies and ways of being in the world designed to help you avoid that pain in the future. But the pain is from the past. In the present, there is no pain and so there is no need to protect you.

At first, the ego will resist you becoming present, but as you settle more fundamentally into Presence, and as the ego trusts the flowering of Presence from within, it will gradually relax and surrender. It will no longer try to pull you out of the present moment. This will allow you to settle even more deeply into Presence.

The two dimensions of ego

Leonard Jacobson explains how we leave the present moment, become imprisoned by thought forms and function in the world as egos. He describes a second level of ego, which is completely independent of us and reveals the way to overcome its dominance in our lives.

The tragedy of our existence is that this beautiful planet is actually Heaven on Earth, but we are not aware of it. We are lost in the mind. We are lost in illusion and separation. We are not fully here, and so we do not know who we are or where we are.

Heaven on Earth is occupied by billions of unconscious humans. We have claimed dominion over this planet and that is our greatest mistake. We do not have dominion over anything. At most we are caretakers, which means that we should take care.

We are sharing this planet with millions of species, all of them more present than us. In our unconsciousness, we are causing so much harm to the other species and to the world of nature.

If we are to assume our true role as caretakers of Heaven on Earth, we will have to awaken into Presence. We will have to awaken into a level of consciousness where we experience the Oneness that is inherent in everything. We will have to become so present that we experience God as the silent Presence in all things present. We will have to recognize that everything in physical form is the body of God and that this planet is indeed Heaven on Earth. Perhaps then, will we take care!

In the present moment, there is no death. Then where is death? It is somewhere in the future. When we are in the past and future world of the mind, we can anticipate the future. We can imagine the future. And that is where you will find death.

Each day, death is approaching. It is coming closer. This creates fear and anxiety for many people, often at an unconscious level. It accounts for our feelings of vulnerability and mortality and it completely overlooks that dimension of us that is immortal.

However, if I am fully present, there is no future. There is only this moment and death does not exist in this moment. For death to exist, I would have to leave the present moment and enter the world of the mind. I would have to peer into an imaginary future to find it. It has no connection to the present moment. Even if I am in the last few moments of my existence here on earth, there is no death if I can remain present.

In this moment, I am present with my breath. No death! In this moment, I am still present with my breath. Still no death! I am relaxed. There is no judgment. There is no holding on. There is no fear of the unknown. I am simply present with my breath, moment to moment. Perhaps I can hear the rain outside my window or the sound of a bird singing. I am present with the sound. Or I am present with the fragrance of the flowers next to my bed. In Presence, I experience no fear or anxiety, just a feeling of gratitude.

Then suddenly, I leave the body. This is not death! It is simply a transition to another dimension. I am transitioning from the physical dimension to the soul dimension. If I have not awakened fully during my lifetime, I will be born again. I will be given another chance to free myself from the past and future world of Illusion. I will be given another opportunity to awaken into the truth of life, love and God revealed through the doorway of the present moment. If I have awakened fully, then my return to the physical plane is optional. But why would I not want to return? After all, this is Heaven on Earth.

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Being present is immensely worthwhile. It opens you into the truth of life. It opens you into peace, love, truth and Oneness. It releases you from the pain of the past and anxiety about the future. It empowers you to be yourself and express yourself fully. It enables you to come into right relationship with your ego and with your feelings. It enables you to transcend judgment, which is one of the keys to awakening.

To be present is your natural state. The only way you can leave the present moment is to think your way out of here. And where will you go? There is only one possibility. You think your way out of the present moment into the world of the mind. It is a world of past memory and future imagining.

The problem is that we are all addicted to thinking. The thoughts never stop and because thoughts are always about the past or future, we become absorbed into the past and future world of the mind. In this way, we disconnect from the present moment. This is what has happened to humanity. It is as if we are all lost in an unimaginably complex maze, an intricate network of thought, memory, imagination, concept, idea, opinion and belief.

When we caught within the mind, we are affected by all the limiting beliefs which formed in early childhood. We live with all the repressed emotions from the past. We live with anxiety about the future. We judge ourselves and others.

The only way to come out of the mind and return to Presence is to bring yourself present with something that is here in the moment with you. If you can see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, touch it, or smell it in this moment, then you can be present with it.

Look around the room. Be present with something you see right now. It could be a flower, or leaf, a chair, or anything else you see in the room. Or you could be present with the sound you hear. Everything that is in the present moment is inviting you to be present with it. You can be present in the movement of your body.

The moment you are truly present, thoughts stop and your mind falls silent. The past drops away, revealing the present moment as it is, free of your ideas, opinions, beliefs and projections. Now you are awake in the truth of life, and this will continue for as long as you remain present.

Each moment you have a choice. Do you choose to be present, or do you allow yourself to wander off into endless unconscious thought. This choice is at the very heart of free will, and your life will be radically affected depending on which choice you make. The more you choose to be present, the more Presence flowers within you.

The flowering of Presence from within is like the mustard seed that Jesus spoke of.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, smaller than all other seeds.”

At first, Presence is delicate and it will be difficult to remain present. But each moment that you are present nurtures the seed of Presence. There are so many opportunities to be present each day. Whenever there is no need to be thinking, bring yourself present. Be present as you wash the dishes. Be present as you have a shower or go for a walk. It is that simple. Gradually the seed of Presence will flower within you and you will find yourself becoming more and more established in Presence.

a message from Leonard Jacobson
If you are to awaken, you will have to come into right relationship with the ego, which means that you will have to master the art of being present.

When you are present, you have transcended the mind and the ego. This gives you a view of the mind and ego from a transcendent perspective. It is easy to witness how the ego functions and how it uses thoughts and feelings to pull you out of Presence.

The ego thrives on the energy of judgment and rejection. Any attempt or intention to defeat the ego simply strengthens it. But if you are present and you relate to the ego with love, acceptance and compassion, it has no defense against that. If you regard the ego as your friend and protector, it will gradually begin to surrender.

The ego has been protecting you against the pain of living in a world where no one is present. It remembers the pain from your past, mostly from your childhood, and it develops strategies and ways of being in the world designed to help you avoid that pain in the future. But the pain is from the past. In the present, there is no pain and so there is no need to protect you.

At first, the ego will resist you becoming present, but as you settle more fundamentally into Presence, and as the ego trusts the flowering of Presence from within, it will gradually relax and surrender. It will no longer try to pull you out of the present moment. This will allow you to settle even more deeply into Presence.
Copyright Leonard Jacobson. For more info visit http://www.leonardjacobson.com or email to: info@leonardjacobson.com


When you were born, you moved from a womb that became too small for you (your mother’s womb),
to a much larger womb ( the world you were being born into).

But you did not have the opportunity to complete that transition. You got caught in the trauma of separation that occurred at birth and instead of entering a world of Oneness, you entered a world of separation.

It was a gradual transition as you joined your parents in the past and future world of the mind. If your parents had been fully present and awake, and not lost in the mind, they could have guided you through the trauma of separation into the present moment. The feeling of separation that arose in the birth process would have subsided and you would have developed within a world of Presence and Oneness. But your parents were not present. They did not know how to guide you into the present moment. Instead they guided you into their world of the mind. It is not their fault. That is what happened to them, and it is passed down, generation to generation.

The whole point of awakening is to return to that larger womb, which is existence itself, revealed through the present moment. You will feel safe. You will feel connected to everything. You will experience Oneness. Now you can evolve into your true nature. Now your true destiny can unfold.
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Leonard Jacobson ♥ Awakening to Presence

During the opening of this talk, Leonard explains what awakening is and he emphasizes the value of being present. Leonard identifies who we are when we are present and shares how the quality of our lives improves as we settle more fully into Presence. Other topics include: Meditation and spiritual practice, What is the ego? Right relationship with the ego, Experiencing God, Accepting duality, Presence and mastery, Inviting grace into your life, Liberating the energy of anger, In the present moment, there are no problems, Bringing consciousness to attachments, Coming to your senses, Presence and relationships, What is your story? Relaxing into, “Ah this,” Why are we so lost in the mind? The strongest addiction, Defining “Presence” and “mind.”

Published on Mar 15, 2016

This talk was given at SAND15 conference in San Jose, California. For more talks please visit: http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/

Leonard Jacobson is an awakened spiritual teacher, mystic and gifted healer.

He experienced a spontaneous spiritual awakening in 1981. This first awakening was followed by a series of further awakenings, occurring approximately every three years. As a result of these enlightenment experiences, he is able to guide others into the direct experience of the awakened state of Presence, Love and Oneness. He also shares how to integrate awakened consciousness into everyday life and relationships.

Leonard is the author of five books, Words from Silence, Embracing the Present, Bridging Heaven & Earth, Journey into Now and his most recent book, In Search of the Light, a children’s book. He has written, produced and performed a one man play on the true meaning of the words of Jesus, titled Liberating Jesus. There is a DVD of the play.

He was also the recipient of the 2005 Peace Prize awarded by Religious Science International.

In his books, seminars and retreats, Leonard shares invaluable keys to enlightenment as well as effective ways to integrate higher consciousness into everyday living. He has been traveling throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia for the past thirty years offering inspiration, healing and guidance to those on the path of spiritual awakening. His teachings and his presence are a powerful reminder that the source of life and truth is within each one of us.


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