The Gift of Freedom

Upcoming Events with Jim Dreaver

To realize true inner freedom is the most important gift you can ever give yourself.  Freedom manifests in a clear, loving presence. You are awake, alert, patient, and listen attentively. Everything flows better, including your personal and work life.

You are invited to join us at any of the below events for meditation, dialogue, an exploration of the simple awakening practice as it applies to actual situations, and a celebration of our always-existing true nature, here and now…

Note: All times PST (Pacific Standard Time)

For questions or more information, call Jim at 310-916-4037. 

Monday, May 29, 7 - 8.45 pm. "Experience Awakening Now," Meeting with Jim. Private residence, 2860 Verde Vista Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.* By donation, all welcome!

*Private residence, take State St north to E. Alamar, which is marked by a stop light/Lemon Tree Inn. Right on Alomar, Verde Vista is 2nd street on right, 2nd block on right, 4th house—standing stone Buddha in front! (Please - no wearing of any scents/perfumes).

Say the mantra “Only now is real…” then embody its spirit. Breathe, get grounded in your body, and open your heart to everything in the present moment. Connect with your surroundings, then observe your inner reality.

When you do this, something becomes obvious: your thoughts and “stories,” including the “I” or ego “self” you most personally identify with, just like your feelings and emotions, come and go, shift and change. However, “you,” as the awareness that sees, are always here! 

When you realize this, that you’re not anything that comes and goes but rather that which is always here, that’s awakening. It’s that simple—and, also, that difficult, because the tendency to want to identify with “something” is so deep-rooted in us. 

During this evening, we’ll bask in the freedom of awakening, which is absolutely the best feeling there is. When we relax into it, it feels like we’re breathing pure oxygen. It is at once cleansing, healing, and renewing. 

Then, from this place of open-hearted presence, we’ll explore where we still get stuck, identified. After all, it’s only through the clear seeing of what we are not that we awaken to the beautiful, loving people we are…  

*To watch a short, fascinating video by NY Times best-selling author Martha Beck on how this global transformation gradually happens, visit and type in the “pyramid and the pool.”

For a recent ten-minute video of me talking about my work, click HERE.


After Esalen Workshop, September 9 - 14, 2012


Esalen 2011
Simone, Rougui, Greg, Silke, Hector, Matthew, Rico, Joel, Jim, Lucia, and Michael; Group photo by Lee

Esalen 2011
Group feet by Lee

Esalen 2011
Greg, Lee, Hector, and Matthew

Esalen 2011
Rougui at Julia P. Burns, group hike

Esalen 2011
Simone, Lucia, Silke, and Michael, group hike in Mcway Canyon

Esalen 2011
Jim and Donna on Rolf deck

Esalen 2011
Hector, El Magneto de las Mujeres, with Simone and Lucia

Esalen 2011

Esalen 2011
Our Group!