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#2139 - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - Editor: Jerry Katz


Gabriel Rosenstock


The nondualistic snail
Never leaves a trail!








Arjuna Ardagh


Dear Friends,

I am extremely happy to inform you of the forthcoming publication of my new book "The Translucent Revolution." Please visit the book's website, which contains an overview of the book, information about many of the people I interviewed, excerpts from a number of chapters, and endorsements and reviews.


Arjuna Ardagh







The First Instant

by Gilbert Schultz


All there is - is Knowing
A guide to a direct, unmediated Knowing
of your own true nature – Wakefulness

Download a free copy of this e-book consisting of excerpts from the complete book:


What is the First Instant?


What is the First Instant?

The first instant can be described simply as this vast unbounded presence.  It is completely
indescribable yet all talk is not about anything other than this presence.

The first instant is all there is.

There are actually no limitations to this space of knowing (which you are).  If you explore it, it
simply opens up more and more as this unfolding first instant of knowing.

As this moment unfolds before you, there is a ‘space of knowing’ in which everything unfolds.
We call this unfolding, ‘time’. 

If you stay quietly present to this subtle unfolding of time, you may notice that everything of this
unfolding is registering clearly within this space of knowing.  It never budges.  It has no qualities
of coming or going to it.  It is as if this space of knowing is absolutely still.  The scale of these
movements or unfolding vary from large and obvious movements down to very subtle impressions
of change.

All of these impressions are registering on awareness without causing any change to the space of

This clear open cognizing is the first instant of knowing.

Without a thought or story being attached to this open cognition, it remains clear and without


When the mind latches onto some movement in this unfolding, a fixation takes our attention into
a mind realm.  This can be called inadvertence.  We tend to be less present to the unmediated
registration of direct cognition.  In retrospective analysis, it appears that we had gone into the
mind’s matrix.

However, in the first instant of direct cognition, what we truly are has never gone anywhere.
We are the first instant of cognition–knowing.  

There is nothing that is not of the first instant.  This instant right now is it.  All moments from the
so-called past are it.  All moments of the so-called future are it.

It is One moment—the first and only instant.

What is this first instant?  You are this first instant. Unmediated knowing.

There is no ‘other’ here in this first instant.

You are the center of your world.  Start from the fact that YOU ARE.

This immediate being-ness is not negotiable. It IS.


Everything else is belonging to this flow of unfolding phenomenal changes.
All that appears in this flow will disappear.







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