Coming to clarity by way of delusion

 

The way to clarity is by way of delusion.
– Adyashanti, paraphrased

Here is a couple of ways this is true for me right now:

I find clarity by going through the shadow, by meeting (noticing I am) experience, inquire into beliefs, releasing tension/traumas out of the body etc.

And I sometimes find clarity by using delusion as stepping stones.

In a conventional way, I sometimes get caught up in a delusion which puts me on the course to more clarity. For instance, I may first meditate to change states, and through that realize the inherent discomfort in that impulse and allow the shift into allowing what is as it is. Or I may try to cultivate compassion, and then notice it’s already here – and available if it’s not covered up by the noise of believed stories.

In a more basic sense, any insight is a stepping stone for clarity. An insight serves to reorient, and is then another question and pointer for inquiry.

From previous post:

The way to clarity goes through delusion

When I explore this, I am reminded of what Adya sometimes says (paraphrased):

The way to clarity goes through delusion.

These explorations are just stepping stones.

The questions and exploration is what’s important.

What I write down here has very little importance or value in itself, apart from as new questions – new pointers for exploration.

In other words, what I write here – and in any post on this blog – is delusion, at most a stepping stone to more clarity.

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  • coming to clarity by way of delusion
    • (a) going through the shadow, inquire into beliefs etc.
    • (b) delusion as stepping stones
      • (i) caught up in beliefs, sometimes a stepping stone to clarity
      • (ii) any insight helps reorient, is then a question and pointer for inquiry, a stepping stone for further clarity

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  • coming to clarity by way of delusion
    • (a) going through the shadow, inquire into beliefs etc.
    • (b) also sometimes, delusion as stepping stones (“in theory” not necessary, but in reality what often happens)
    • ….

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– delusion as stepping stones
— (i) caught up in beliefs, eventually leads me to more clarity
— (ii) insights helps reorient, and then move on – can always be clearer | an insight becomes another question and pointer for inquiry, a stepping stone for further clarity

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Although an initial insight may not qualify as “delusion”, it can always be clearer.


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