Awakening and further


Adya has a good way of talking about awakening and enlightenment, if I understand it correctly.

Awakening is a glimpse of what we are, or of what we are noticing itself. It can happen more or less clearly, and for shorter or longer periods of time. (Non-abiding awakening.)

Then, there is a process of clarifying and embodying this awakening. To clarify what we are, and to reorganize and realign our human life within that new context.

Eventually, the last bits of identification with stories may wear out and identification shifts (back) into what we are. (Abiding awakening.)

And before and after that happens, our human self continues to realign and reorganize. To heal, mature, develop skillful means. Live more and more in integrity.

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3 thoughts to “Awakening and further”

  1. It is very good to clarify how teachers use these terms, since it varies from teacher to teacher. For example, it sounds like Adya’s use of “non-abiding Awakening” corresponds to what Joel calls a “Gnostic flash” or “Gnostic episode” (depending on its duration), and Adya’s use of “abiding Awakening” is what Joel would call “Gnostic Awakening” or simply “Gnosis.”

  2. Do you think that these descriptions can be problematic in that they seem to imply a place where a self may abide, which is dualistic and thus indicative of fundamental suffering? Perhaps it is an unavoidable circumstance due to linguistic syntax, but I wonder if there is a more accurate way to speak of such a thing.

    One such example could be using verbal language to indicate “the abiding self,” which would imply a constant process of impermanence evolving as such. The adage “Being is Becoming” comes to mind. Then again, to a person still heavily entrenched in duality, the most accurate descriptions are probably not the greatest marketing tactic.

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