From Adyashanti

13 Jul

Adyashanti wrote:Life itself is nothing but relationship. In the ultimate view of things, it’s the relationship of the One with the One, of Spirit with Spirit. Then there is the appearance of this relationship — the dance of relationship, the dance of life. And in this dance, it is absolutely essential that we not hide from anything.

If you do try to hide from something — if you are in a relationship that is dysfunctional or a job that is tremendously unsatisfying, and you choose not to deal with it — the consequence of that denial is that you will not truly be liberated. You won’t ever be capable of being fully free, because any area where we choose to remain unconscious will ultimately have an impact upon us, as well as upon others.

The call to come out of denial is not something that is imposed upon life. It may sound that way; it may sound like I’m saying, “Here’s what you need to do, here’s what you’re supposed to do, and if you do it, you’ll be a better person and have a better life.” It may sound that way, but it’s not at all the perspective from which I’m speaking. I’m simply saying that awakened consciousness moves in particular ways. It does not deny anything. It does not hide; it is not avoiding any part of life. That which we are, that which is fully awake, is also utimately fully engaged and fearless. It moves the way it moves, out of unconditional love and truthfulness. It is only the fear in the mind — the fear that constructs the illusion of ego — that causes one to recoil from this phase of the spiritual life.

I want to emphasize this. If you avoid those aspects of your life that are not in harmony, those aspeccts of your life where you may still be in denial, that kind of avoidance is going to hinder your spiritual awakening. In the early stages, it may not have much of an effect. But later, as we get into the more mature opening of realization, there is no more room for denial. This is something that a lot of people don’t count on. A lot of us think that somehow enlightenment is going to allow us to avoid dealing with those things in ourselves that we find uncomfortable.

Awakening can be the ground from which we meet every person and situation. It can be the ground from which we relate to all the circumstances of life. But this takes a lot of courage and a lot of fearlessness. It also takes something I continue to emphasize: a very simple sincerity. This kind of sincerity arises from that which loves the truth and sees that the truth is the greatest good.

To be anything less than real, to be in avoidance of anything at all, diminishes our experience of who we are. As I often say to my students, to be less than truthful with the people and situations in your life is to withhold the expression of who you are. In the end, we must come to see that truth itself is the highest good, that truth itself is the greatest expression and manifestation of love. Ultimately, love and truth are identical; they are like two sides of a coin. You can’t have truth without love, and you can’t have love without truth.

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One Response to “From Adyashanti”

  1. Katie July 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    Wow. I definitely needed that dose of dharma.

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