About The Book
In this booklet you’ll be presented with a handful of meditative insights on why living as person is quite nutrient deficient from a spiritual and existential point of view, while living as presence is superbly, supremely, vastly healthier in all aspects of life imaginable.
This booklet is a concise introduction to an alternative perspective on life and your role in it, namely presence. Most of us view ourselves as persons, that is to say merely body and minds, however there are alternative and more authentic ways of understanding yourself.
To inspire you to live more as presence is the objective of this short book. Find out more about how and why.
I’ve read a ton of nonduality books, from all the “big names” and then some. This booklet (only 35 pages) is right up there with the best of them. I was looking for a book specifically about Presence — something was telling me to — so, when this popped up, I was immediately drawn to it. I was not disappointed. This book is a very clear, simply written, and very deep analysis of the differences between the Presence we truly are and the person we take ourselves to be. The final chapter points the way to how one can dissolve the false person in order to abide as Presence. If this were a book by Eckhart Tolle or Adyashanti, it would have dozens of glowing reviews. My thanks to the author, Daniel Seeker. I hope he gains much wider recognition, as he truly deserves it.
Presence is Vast, Person is Limited
Presence is Here, Person is Not
Presence is Fulfilled, Person Lacks
Presence is Timeless, Person is a Prisoner of Time
Presence is Stable, Person Not So Much
What is Enlightenment?
Our Original Selves
Resting before the final rest!
The Truth Shall Set You Free!
The Door of Direct Experience
Presence is Vast, Person is Limited
Living as a person is a very limited way of navigating through the world and universe. Why? Well, perhaps I best explain by what I mean by person first, although you will probably figure it out anyways as we go along. What I mean with the term person is the self-reflecting egoic mind that is constantly filtrating and projecting its own ideas unto reality.
And the person is limited precisely in this regard, that it filtrates experiences so that it fits into a certain conditioned mode of perceiving the world. It always tries to attract or fend of other “persons”. In other words it always seems to be selfishly seeking its own benefit, while doing so it inevitably ends up lessening the overall quality of the life that is being lived.
And this… my friend is not the way of presence and not the door to direct experience, which is, as we shall see, what I propose to be the ideal way of living.
Now when you first begin to live more as presence and less as person, you immediately and intuitively feel an expansion in your range of expressions. Your presence isn’t limited to your personal identity, ideas about life or even your body. Your presence is simply much vaster in what it can include in its expressions and impressions, in fact, it is quite unlimited. Furthermore this means that in this regard your original presence is quite the opposite of what the personal state brings to the table.
Presence can play the part of human beings, animals, plants, and smaller organisms like bacteria and even of insentient objects such as atoms, quarks and what have you. Its expressions are as said spontaneously infinite, and it never seems to run out of new costumes to try out. Also when talking about presence in these lesser advanced organisms and forms of matter, I am perhaps more referring to something which I call absolute awareness. Which is beyond even the sense of presence.
That being said, when we are talking about presence strictly from a humans perspective, then maybe we’ll have to exclude some of the speculations made above, though in my understanding they are not so speculative but quite intuitive, at the same time I can see why some would consider it so.
Presence often functions as an antidote to those limitations that the state of “person-hood” imposes on you and your consciousness.
In this booklet you will learn the following:
- Why living as presence is so powerful and authentic
- Why you are more presence than person
- How to always abide and live as presence
- How to see through the personal egoic mind that limits and clouds your consciousness and sense of presence.
About the author
Daniel Seeker is a wandering dervish, creator of Nirvanic and a lifelong student of the past, present and future. He realized that he was made of immaculate and timeless consciousness when meditating in his hermit cave on the island of Gotland. His writings and his online course (Liberated) are mostly a reflection of that realizaton. Daniel has studied history, philosophy, egyptology and western esotericism at Uppsala Universitet. He’s also currently writing his B.A. thesis in history which explores how Buddhist and Hindu texts were first properly translated and introduced to the western world in the late 18th and 19th century.