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From everlasting His felicitie
Compleat and Perfect was,
Whose Bosom is the Glass,
Wherein we all Things Everlasting See.
His name is NOW, His Nature is forever.
None Can his Creatures from their Maker Sever.

From The Anticipation - Traherne

The Nowletter is an occasional paper which is, nevertheless, published nearly every month, earlier issues can be found here. More recent issues are accessed via the 'Latest' page.  Our first issue appeared in 1993 as an extension of group meetings we decided to hold in Sydney following the visit of Douglas Harding in late 1991. It started out as an experiment to find out whether we could extend our dialogue and enable participation by people living too far from Sydney to attend the meetings. We also wondered whether a journal based mainly on reader contributions would gain the necessary support. We found the contributions of John Wren-Lewis particularly helpful and an archive of his contributions is provided as a separate section on this site. The NOWletter title is taken from the verse above and the publication started out as a hard-copy postal newsletter and later expanded through the addition of an email version. The email version is now posted to this site. The aim of the Nowletter is summarized on the front page of every issue as follows: The Nowletter appears between 10 and 12 times every year and is a vehicle for news and views about awakening to what is really going on. 

The statement 'awakening to what is really going on' is a clue to the NOWletter connection to Traherne and his insistence on our need to enjoy the world aright by awakening into Capacitie. The content of the NOWletter is a combination of readers' own letters and articles plus work by non-readers on subjects which our contributors find interesting and relevant to the subjects which arise from time to time in the NOWletter and our meetings.

If you want to receive email notification when the NOWletters are posted to this site please send an email message with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. (See Email link in menu on left of this page).

In addition to the current NOWletter, the site provides access to all past publications and carries an index of all articles since inception.

The Backward Step is a personal journey, a collection of contributions to the monthly NOWletter over the period from 2014 to the end of 2019 in which I have recorded my response to various teachings, both traditional and contemporary, arising from the proposition that what we accept as our everyday consciousness is better described as a form of sleep and, if this is true, whether it can be demonstrated to be the case and, if so, what might be involved in awakening.

The collection can be opened and read online or downloaded from the link on the title above. It is also available as a paperback from LULU Publishing at http://www.lulu.com/shop 

5 January 2020