Free Medicine

Meditations on Nondual Awakening


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Free Medicine is a collection of forty intimate meditations written by Sufi teacher Pir Elias Amidon. Whether describing a naked dive into a pond in the middle of the night, or a confrontation with soldiers in a Burmese temple, these meditations can serve as companions for those whose deepest desire is to know first-hand “the good news at the heart of reality.” Human, accessible, and tender, Free Medicine has the power to open us up in ways we never expected.

Amidon’s close connection with nature; his compassion for people in distress; his simple, clear observation of the mysteries of life and death; and his calm sense of humor combine in intriguing ways to reveal the uncaused happiness that is our essence.

Praise for Free Medicine

“Reading this book is a wonderful experience, full of brilliant insights, stories, images, lots of free medicine.”

— Coleman Barks, author of The Essential Rumi

“This beautiful book, rich in accessible wisdom, captures the direct experience of love and awakening in the music of poetic prose.”

— Roger Housden, author of Risking Everything

“It’s a sheer mystery to me how Pir Elias Amidon condenses so much wisdom into every sentence he writes. Free Medicine moves with a living, poetic potency that invites spiritual awakening into every moment of our personal lives. I wish I could keep turning the pages of Free Medicine forever!”

—Peter Fenner, Ph.D. author of Natural Awakening

“Although it comes packaged in different languages, cultures and religions, deep mystical insight spirals around a single heart-core: here is Elias Amidon’s inspired Sufi reflection of that ineffable nondual reality.”

— Keith Dowman, author of Natural Perfection

You can listen to an interview with Pir Elias Amidon on the Spirit Matters podcast, recorded in July, 2016 here.



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about the author

Elias Amidon

Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way International. He has been an initiate of the Sufi Way for the past forty-two years. Pir Elias has also studied with Qadiri Sufis in Morocco, Theravaden Buddhist teachers in Thailand, Native American teachers of the Assemblies of the Morning Star, Christian monks in Syria, Zen teachers of the White Plum Sangha, and contemporary teachers in the Dzogchen tradition.

From child to elder, Pir Elias has lived a multifaceted, engaged life. The son of an artist and a social activist, he has worked as a schoolteacher, carpenter, architect, professor, writer, anthologist, environmental educator, peace activist, wilderness quest guide, and spiritual teacher. He helped develop several schools, including the Boulder Institute for Nature and the Human Spirit, the graduate program in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University, and the Open Path. He has a Bachelors degree in literature from Antioch College and has written six books.

Pir Elias has been leading programs in Sufism for over three decades, and Open Path programs for the past six years. He resides in Boulder, Colorado but continues to travel widely, both teaching Open Path programs and engaging in citizen diplomacy.

His website is