There are two dimensions of how the spiritual instinct works. One is a backward step and deep inner plunge into the realization of our true nature. The second is a reemergence to surface consciousness where this realization informs the way our humanness expresses itself. Adyashanti explores these two dimensions of enlightenment and what it means to embody the depth of Spirit.
“The dialectic of enlightenment is kind of a communication between your absolute ground and your relative life. It’s going in and out like your breath does; it’s a deep plunge into realization and then we bring that realization back to one’s life. Both of these are extraordinarily important.”
“The human being is looking for the eternal, and the eternal is looking for the humanness.”
“You don’t have to wait for some enlightenment experience to happen to start to pay attention to your depth.”
“When we intuitively listen where the spiritual yearning is originating, we’re not looking for something outside; we’re not even looking for something inside. I call it the treasure hunt version of spirituality.”
“We are much better served by engaging in the practice of recognizing what is present rather than assuming that it isn’t and trying to make it happen.”
“Your awareness is not battling your mind.”
“The old and ancient question of ‘Who am I?’ is meant to reorient attention towards attention itself. It disarms the mind for a moment. And for a moment you don’t know who you are.”
“The heart is a sensory organ that you experience unity from.”
Recorded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 14, 2019.
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