The Path of Presence


Question: What must I do to awaken and be free? Where is the moment from asleep to awake?
To awaken requires a deep intention on your part to be present. Every moment you have a choice. Will you be present with what is actually here now, or will you allow yourself to be absorbed into the world of the thinking mind, which is an illusory world of thought, memory and imagination. The present moment is always available, but you have to choose it.

The more you choose Presence, the more grounded you will become in the truth and reality of the present moment and the more you will experience the sacred and the divine. If your commitment is to being present, there will come a time when being present becomes your home – and even though you will have occasional or even frequent excursions into the world of the mind, you never go so far into the mind that you get lost there.

You ask where is the moment from asleep to awake. You cannot awaken in the future. You can only awaken now. And when you awaken, you will find yourself here, in this moment, utterly present with what is here in the moment with you.

In truth, there is nothing but the present moment. In truth, you can never be anywhere else. The experience of being somewhere other than in the present moment is an illusion which is created when you enter the world of the mind, and become identified with the story that is unfolding there. If you believe in your thoughts, memories, imaginings, ideas, concepts and beliefs as being somehow true, you will find yourself imprisoned within the mind and disconnected from the present moment.

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Leonard Jacobson
Leonard Jacobson is an author, teacher and mystic who is deeply committed to helping others break through to the joyous experience of living in the NOW. He has been sharing his Way of Awakening for over 35 years. He lives in Wayzata and offers regular meetings there. Find more of Leonard's work at


  1. Mr. Jacobson

    You make it sound like awakening is a single event that when it takes place you move from being fully asleep to being fully awake.

    The awakening you speak of is really a continuous process based in the present moment is it not?
    Or do you believe you in a single moment you went from being asleep to being awake to your Self in this present moment of now?

    Just curious for clarification!!



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