Clarification

 

Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true….
– Adyashanti

And really, it’s as simple as notice, write down and question the stressful thought that’s here, including any hopes/fears (triggered from my images) about “enlightenment”.

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When I do inquiry and notice a motivation other than for clarity or truth, I can take it to inquiry. And I find there is something to see there – something else is more true for me than that motivation.

What I hope to get out of inquiry is…. (don’t hold back or censor)

Happiness. Freedom from stress. Contentment. Better relationships. An easier life.

What I hope to get out of enlightenment is….

 Escape from troubles. Ease. People to see me as what I am. Admiration.

 

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What’s the relationship between happiness and awakening? What do I find for myself, so far?

I find that inherent in experience itself is a quiet joy, and it appears independent of content of experience. The less I am caught in beliefs – and struggle against what is – the easier it is to notice this quiet joy or satisfaction. And, to make it even more clear, this quiet joy coexists with any experience – illness or health, sadness or happiness, pain or pleasure. It doesn’t matter, it all happens within and even as this quiet joy.

I also find that any belief – taking any story as true – inevitably, in some situations, is stressful.

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Awakening is a word that gets a lot of projections, partly due to misconceptions from teachers, teachings, traditions and hopeful (or fearful) students, and partly because it – to many – seems mysterious and unknown.

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‘All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are…’

‘This innocence waking up, realizing that everything is itself, even all the confusion and all the ignorance and everything….this is the dissolving of confusion, of ignorance, of karma….’

‘The liberating truth is not static; it is alive. It cannot be put into concepts and be understood by the mind. The truth lies beyond all forms of conceptual fundamentalism. What you are is the beyond—awake and present, here and now already. To be here, all you have to do is let go of who you think you are. That’s all! And then you realize, “I’m here.” Here is where thoughts aren’t believed. Every time you come here, you are nothing. Radiantly nothing. Absolutely and eternally zero. Emptiness that is awake. Emptiness that is full. Emptiness that is everything…..’

– Adyashanti

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